Friday Flashback for February 29, 2008

While I'm down in Texas enjoying some sunshine and the ranch life, I'm happy to present to you some of the golden oldies from Psych Central's archives. Have a great weekend!

10 Years Ago on Psych CentralThe Birth of a New Society:
The International Society for Mental Health Online
Ten years ago this March marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of this Society, dedicated to mental health online (contrary to the organization's website, it actually remains open to anyone interested in online mental health,...
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Lessons From the Family Bathroom

We'd like to give a hat tip to the New York Times health blog, written by the intrepid Tara Parker-Pope, for her entry on our article published earlier this week by our resident expert, Marie Hartwell-Walker, -- The Family Bathroom Waltz. If you didn't get a chance to check it out, it's well worth the read for anyone who's ever grown up sharing a family bathroom! It's not just about the bathroom, it's learning all sorts of social skills that otherwise...
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Coping with Existential Depression

People and professionals often divide up depression into different types, such as "clinical" depression versus "non-clinical" depression, "biological" depression versus "situational" depression. The diagnostic manual professionals refer to, however, doesn't make any distinctions about theorizing where or how your depression is caused, and neither...
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Mentally Ill Unfairly Portrayed as Violent

As I've banged the drum previously here and here about the lack of a significant relationship between violence and mental illness, I was happy to read an editorial published in today's Boston Globe, Mentally ill unfairly portrayed as violent by Dr. Ronald Pies. He makes the point far more succinctly and strongly that I ever did -- there is little relationship between violence and being mentally ill (despite media hype to the contrary), according to the scientific research.

Where a relationship...
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Eating Disorder Awareness 2008

Eating disorders are usually thought of a teen issue, but increasingly men, adult women and girls as young as seven also suffer. They don't fit into the usual treatment programs designed for adolescent girls. In my community, there's a recovery program for girls aged 12 – 19, and another mental health service runs a body image support group for girls up to 18. Plenty of good videos, books and web sites target young women. Trouble is, eating disorders don't have an expiration date,...
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Mentally and Physically stimulating environments delay dementia

I’ve been reading a lot of articles in the past couple of years supporting mental exercises to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s. However, today I came across a study which states that physical exercise is also beneficial to delay onset of dementia, which is a main component of the Alzheimer’s disease.

In this study, which examined mice with early-stage Huntington’s disease, researchers attempted to delay the progression of dementia through providing more mentally and physically stimulating environments. According to the...
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