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The holiday-suicide myth and the intractability of popular falsehoods

The holiday-suicide myth and the intractability of popular falsehoods

For years, the media have reported that more suicides occur during the holidays than at any other time. But, in fact, the last two months of the year in the United States are typically among the lowest in average daily suicide deaths during the year.

December 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Washington state to require all health providers to undergo suicide prevention training

Washington state to require all health providers to undergo suicide prevention training

Most people who die by suicide don’t see a mental health counselor but commonly interact with healthcare providers in the weeks leading up to their suicide.

November 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Retail rage: Why Black Friday leads shoppers to behave badly

Retail rage: Why Black Friday leads shoppers to behave badly

Black Friday creates a competitive environment since not all shoppers can get what they want. Thus, this competitive environment causes both positive and negative emotions. Consumers are thrilled when they get what they want and frustrated when they do not.

November 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Person-centered counseling doesn’t work in the long term – Viewpoint

Person-centered counseling doesn’t work in the long term – Viewpoint

Person-centred counselling is one of the most popular treatments for mental health problems. If focuses on how patients view themselves in the here and now, rather than how a therapist interprets their unconscious thoughts. And the patient takes the lead in finding solutions to their own problems. However, despite its popularity it doesn’t appear to make people better in the long term.

November 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Liquid Gold: Pain Doctors Soak Up Profits By Screening Urine For Drugs

Liquid Gold: Pain Doctors Soak Up Profits By Screening Urine For Drugs

Drug testing, driven by the nation’s epidemic of painkiller addiction, generates profits across the doctor-owned network of 54 clinics, the largest pain-treatment practice in the Southeast. Medicare paid the company at least $11 million for urine and related tests in 2014, when five of its professionals stood among the nation’s top billers.

November 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
How seeing problems in the brain makes stigma disappear

How seeing problems in the brain makes stigma disappear

As a psychiatrist, I find that one of the hardest parts of my job is telling parents and their children that they are not to blame for their illness. Children with emotional and behavioral problems continue to suffer considerable stigma. But dramatic advances in brain imaging, genetics and other technologies are helping us objectively identify the neurological causes of mental illness.

October 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hospitals step in to help house the homeless. Will it make a difference?

Hospitals step in to help house the homeless. Will it make a difference?

Hospitals around the country are taking steps to help homeless people find housing. Doing so, they say, will limit unnecessary ER visits and reduce wasteful health care spending.

October 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
What is mindfulness? Nobody really knows, and that’s a problem

What is mindfulness? Nobody really knows, and that’s a problem

Mindfulness receives a bewildering assortment of definitions. Psychologists measure the concept in differing combinations of acceptance, attentiveness, awareness, body focus, curiosity, nonjudgmental attitude, focus on the present, and others. It’s equally ill-defined as a set of practices.

October 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Katrina Brain’: The invisible long-term toll of megastorms

‘Katrina Brain’: The invisible long-term toll of megastorms

Health officials say that, in the aftermath of an extreme weather event like a hurricane, the toll of long-term psychological injuries builds in the months and years that follow, outpacing more immediate injuries and swamping the health care system long after emergency workers go home and shelters shut down.

October 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
The secret to chronic happiness as you age

The secret to chronic happiness as you age

The real key to happiness at every age and stage — particularly old age — is not material things, but gratitude for life’s simple blessings, like laughter among friends or watching a sunset with a loved one.

September 5, 2017 | By | Reply More