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Mental Health Daily
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

November, 2015

DAILY SPECIAL​
 
Discovery News
November 15, 2015
 
Terrorists choose their targets not based on military or political importance, but rather emotional and visceral impact.
 
 
BPS Research Digest
November 16, 2015
 
A lot has been written about the downward spiral of loneliness. People who crave more social contact often develop behaviours and thinking styles that only serve to accentuate their isolation, such as turning to drink and becoming more sensitive to perceived slights and rejections. Less studied is the question of whether some people have personality traits that give them a buffer against these loneliness-related risks.
 
 
New York Times
November 14, 2015
 
We don’t just loathe inconsistencies in others; we hate them in ourselves, too. But why? What makes contradictions so revolting — and should they be?
 
 
Psychotherapy Networker
November 13, 2015
 
In Jim Rendon’s new book, Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth, he challenges an all-too-common stereotype: that most trauma survivors remain forever stuck in place, embittered, broken in core ways. 
 
 
TEXAS
 
What to Know As Affordable Care Act Coverage Deadlines Approach
Dallas Morning News
November 15, 2015
 
As deadlines approach for Texans to buy, renew or switch health plans offered through the Affordable Care Act’s state marketplace, consumers need to know about changes in prices, insurance product offerings and fines for those who forgo coverage.
 
 
New Statewide Jail Form Aimed at Suicide Risks

Texas Tribune
November 13, 2015
 
In the wake of the hanging death of Sandra Bland and other recent suicides, the state agency that oversees jails is issuing a new inmate intake form so jailers will ask more specific, direct questions when booking people.
 
 
Treating PTSD: it's A Maze of Pills, Possibilities for Troops, Vets

Killeen Daily Herald
November 15, 2015
 
Former Army Sgt. Eric Terry returned from Iraq in 2007. Friends of his died during the yearlong deployment, and he experienced close calls with mortars and other attacks.
 
 
UT/TT Poll: Texans Say Mental Health Top Cause of U.S. Mass Shootings

Texas Tribune
November 16, 2015
 
Mental health issues, gun laws, unstable families and media coverage get most of the blame for mass shootings in the U.S. in recent years, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
 
 
NATIONAL
 
The Age
November 16, 2015
 
Employers are training their workers in how to recognise the signs of mental health problems and how to intervene helpfully – just as they would if someone had a heart attack on the job.
 
 
Harvard Crimson
November 16, 2015
 
Amidst a week of demonstrations against racism on numerous college campuses, including the University of Missouri at Columbia and Yale University, the event was co-hosted by the Harvard Black Alumni Society and the Steve Fund, an organization dedicated to wellbeing among students of color and established in memory of a Harvard alumnus who died by suicide.
 
 
RESEARCH

Efficacy of Direct Current Stimulation in Major Depression
Bipolar Network News
November 16, 2015
 
A new meta-analysis presented at the 2015 meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry has clarified the efficacy of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in major depression.
 
 
Meta-Neuroscience: Studying the Brains of Neuroscientists

Neuroskeptic
November 15, 2015
 
In a remarkable (and very meta) new paper, German researchers Frieder Michel Paulus et al. scanned some neuroscientists (their own colleagues) using fMRI, to measure the brain response to seeing neuroscience papers.
 
 
OPINION
 
San Antonio Express-News
November 15, 2015
 
It’s been 20 years since Texas has studied its behavioral health system in such an important and potentially meaningful way. What the committee will find won’t be pretty.
 
 
Houston Chronicle
November 15, 2015
 
Of the 254 counties in Texas, only about 20 offer veterans' courts, and Harris County provides the only Veterans Treatment Court that handles both felony and misdemeanor cases, according to Bill Kelly, director of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Mental Health America of Greater Houston. Harris County's program makes sense and deserves to be replicated statewide.
 
 
Monitor
November 16, 2015
 
Information and Referral is the art, science and practice of bringing people and services together and is an integral component of the health and human services sector.
 
 
New York Post
November 15, 2015
 
Once again the de Blasio administration has demonstrated its cluelessness about untreated serious mental illness and the mayhem it causes New Yorkers.
 
 
Guardian
November 15, 2015
 
There is no way for a young person to say the words: ‘I am lonely.’ And, worse, there is nobody for them to say it to.
 
 
FEATURES
 
Monitor
November 14, 2015
 
Tim Ardis hid his pain from family and friends until it was too late. He was 30 years old, happily married, and had a 15-month-old daughter when he died by suicide in July 2002.
 
 
Christianity Today
November 12, 2015
 
In many ways, anxiety has served me well. It’s the energetic fuel in my tank. In my professional life, anxious energy drove me to do research for my undergrad thesis, complete my doctorate, and write a few books. But as anyone who has felt the weight of anxiety knows, it has a dark side.
 
 
Psychology Today
November 14, 2015
 
You can control what people feel and do by controlling their beliefs. Is that ISIS’s secret weapon?


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