Can Depression Be Prevented? Yes

Can psychiatric disorders like depression be prevented, instead of just treated? Well, the obvious answer is also the correct one -- yes.

Just like we can all do things to help prevent the spread of the flu or cold viruses in the winter (such as washing your hands regularly), there are also scientifically proven techniques that suggest we're only a short distance from offering more generalized and practical strategies for preventing depression.

Research published in December 2007 looked at 17 research trials that looked...
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37% of Americans report being bullied on the job

According to research by Zogby International, 37% of the American workforce experiences bullying on the job. Further, according to the NY Times, the common workplace bully is much more subtle than “the playground” bully, which makes it difficult for the person being bullied to report him/her. It may start with a belittling comment at a staff meeting. Later it becomes gossip to co-workers and forgetting to invite someone to an important work event. If the bully is a supervisor, victims may...
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Alaska settles for $15 million from Lilly in Zyprexa suit

For several weeks, the state of Alaska has been battling the maker of Zyprexa, Lilly, for Medicaid bills incurred when patients taking the drug for Schizophrenia developed diabetes. The NY Times reported on Friday that the $15 million is only “a fraction of the hundreds of millions of dollars in damages that Ed Sniffen, Alaska’s senior assistant attorney general, had said the state was seeking when the trial opened three weeks ago”. According to the NY Times article, several documents presented...
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How Does the Internet and Video Games Affect Children?

Mind Hacks has a good entry today about psychologist Tanya Byron's take on the effects of digital media -- mainly the Internet and video games -- on children (PDF). It's a 226 page file, and I stopped about 10% of the way through it, but hope to finish reading it over the weekend. The gist of her findings, which were done at the request of the 's Prime Minister, is that technology is both good and bad. It's just as important to...
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Gene Mutations and Schizophrenia

Just yesterday we were lambasting the lack of science behind the bipolar genetic test on the market. And now this hits the newswire -- genetic mutations and schizophrenia.

The new research examined DNA sequences within individuals' genes, looking for what are called "mutations" -- uncommon deletions or duplications that scientists wouldn't ordinarily expect to find. We'll let ScienceNOW summarize the findings from the journal article from Science:

One team [of researchers] found these rare so-called copy number variants in 15% of 150 schizophrenics...
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Child Psychiatry Videos

Keeping Kids Healthy is an award winning, long running public television program about pediatrics and parenting. Their archives feature lots of half-hour productions about mental illnesses and behavioural issues in children. One, about bipolar disorder in children, is the second most viewed video in my Vodpod collection, with hundreds of views compared to dozens for others. Enter the controversy and learn what pediatricians, parents and their kids say about real life experiences with early onset bipolar disorder (or...
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Facing Us Multimedia

Facing Us is an online clubhouse created by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) that hosts some nice multimedia. Remember their video contest last fall? Winners are posted on the site now. First prize went to A piece of me… by S. Braun of New York City. With the soundtrack In the Backseat by Arcade Fire, it's a curiously joyful abstract montage referencing an anniversary of recovery from a suicide attempt. Cool inventive use of a cell phone cam.

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Mental Health is Medicine’s Second Fiddle

Why does mental health always play second fiddle to health concerns?

From ERs to health insurance reimbursement, mental health concerns always seem to get the short shrift. Nobody cares, nobody pays them much attention. Mainstream family physicians and medical doctors nearly always look at a mental health concern as something akin to a rare STD or skin condition, and always seem somewhat uncomfortable talking about them ("It's all in your head!").

And yet, the facts remain the same -- mental health concerns...
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