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Mental Health Daily
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

April, 2016

DAILY SPECIAL
 
Fiscal Times
April 19, 2016
 
While the two parties are light years apart on Obamacare and health care reform more generally, they are eagerly seeking common ground on mental health issues in the wake of numerous mass shootings over the last few years.
 
 
The Atlantic
April 20, 2016
 
Why this might be is unclear—the researchers speculate that “some of the increase in disability among the younger population likely resulted from change in emphasis on mental health, the rise in autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and the changing patterns of drug use across time.”
 
 
Science
April 20, 2016
 
Little is known about how these techniques might influence the brain. Yet many scientific papers have claimed that the techniques can boost mood, alleviate chronic pain, and even make people better at math by directly affecting neuronal activity. The new, unpublished cadaver data make dramatic effects on neurons unlikely, Buzsáki says.
 
 
CityLab
April 19, 2016
 
In the face of growing awareness and need, New York has developed comprehensive programs focused on prevention and treatment.
 
 
TEXAS
 
Time Warner Cable News
April 19, 2016
 
In the wake of April's fatal officer-involved shooting in Lockhart, law enforcement officers are talking about what can happen when they come across a mentally-unstable person.
 
 
Reporting Texas
April 20, 2016
 
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that as many as 19 percent of new mothers in the U.S. experience symptoms of PPD, making it the most common complication after pregnancy.
 
 
Texas Tribune
April 19, 2016
 
UnitedHealthcare, a major health insurer, will no longer sell insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace in Texas next year, according to a letter filed with state regulators.
 

NATIONAL
 
Fusion
April 19, 2016
 
In late 2011, Elliott Williams, a U.S. army veteran, was arrested outside a Tulsa County Mariott hotel for the simple crime of misdemeanor obstruction. Williams—who had a history of psychological illness, and was reportedly in the midst of a mental breakdown—was allegedly thrown to the ground, and restrained with a knee pressed into his back.
 
 
Beta News
April 20, 2016
 
Healthcare costs for people diagnosed with mental illness and common chronic health conditions are 75 percent higher than for those without a mental health diagnosis according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
 
 
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 18, 2016
 
The South Jersey Behavioral Health Innovation Collaborative on Monday announced pilot programs to develop better-coordinated care for people with mental-health and substance-abuse disorders.

 
INTERNATIONAL
 
Star
April 19, 2016
 
In the wake of Attawapiskat’s youth suicide crisis, prime minister said his government would work with the provinces and territories to build the ranks of counsellors, psychiatrists and psychologists.
 
 
RESEARCH
 
CBS News
April 19, 2016
 
The hallucinogen found in "magic mushrooms" may help ease the pain of feeling rejected or left out of a group, a small new study suggests.
 
 
Medical News Today
April 20, 2016
 
Findings published this week in the journal Heart demonstrate that loneliness and isolation are as serious a risk factor for stroke and heart disease as anxiety and a stressful job. The findings open a debate about how society and the medical community should respond.
 
 
University of Liverpool
April 20, 2016
 
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have published a study highlighting the effectiveness of using positive memories and images to help generate positive emotions.
 
 
BPS Research Digest
April 19, 2016
 
Experts have likened loneliness to a disease that changes the brain. Sadly, these changes often affect people in ways that further isolates them – for example, lonely people are more sensitive to negative facial expressions.
 
 
OPINION
 
Psychotherapy Networker
April 19, 2016
 
As both an art therapist and a marriage and family therapist, I believe that vulnerability, doubt, fear, and uncertainty---feelings most people try to avoid---are essential to getting unstuck in life and engaging in creative problem solving.
 
 
The Atlantic
April 20, 2016
 
Yesterday I published an article on “concept creep” in the field of psychology, arguing that concepts like abuse, bullying, trauma, mental disorder, addiction, and prejudice “now encompass a much broader range of phenomena than before,” and that these expanded meanings reflect “an ever-increasing sensitivity to harm.” The article generated lots of discussion online and via email.
 
 
FEATURES
 
Psychology Today
April 20, 2016
 
Rumination is one of the similarities between anxiety and depression. Ruminating is simply repetitively going over a thought or a problem without completion.
 
 
AllPsych
April 20, 2016
 
Over the last few years, a whole line of psychology research has sprung up looking at what optimism is, where it comes from, and how it affects people’s lives.
 
 
Wired
April 19, 2016
 
Mental health apps have had a tough time of late. Studies from the American Psychiatric Association's Smartphone App Evaluation Task Force and the University of Liverpool have found that, despite a surfeit of mental healthcare apps available online, many lack an "underlying evidence base, a lack of scientific credibility and limited clinical effectiveness".
 
 
The Atlantic
April 20, 2016
 
And how it can help solve the mystery of human consciousness.
 
 
Vox
April 20, 2016
 
No other species on Earth gets joy out of punishing strangers like humans do.


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