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More Psych Tweeps

Out of fairness I couldn't put us in the top ten list, but PsychCentral tweeps have some great Twitter accounts.

@docjohng (our fearless leader)
@aliciasparks (glamorous author, Celebrity Psychings editor, World of Psychology contributor)
@dr_aletta (therapist/life coach, World of Psychology contributor)
@summerberetsky (mental health writer, World of Psychology contributor)
@channelNvideo (me, editor of Channel N, features extra neuro/psych videos and new media talk)
@unsuicide (me again, a suicide prevention peer resource with positive, practical info...
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Green and Environment

Call for Submissions: Nature as Nurture: Mental Health and the Environment




Midweek Mental Greening

If you're interested in the connection between the environment and your mental health - and you enjoy writing or creating art - here's a treat for you:

The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County, New York, is seeking submissions for its Summer 2009 issue of States of Mind, "Nature as Nurture: Mental Health and the Environment," and if you don't live in New York, don't fret - I was fortunate enough to email with with States of...
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Alcoholism

Stalking Irish Madness: An Interview with Patrick Tracey

Today I have the honor of interviewing Irish author Patrick Tracey, who penned an amazing book, "Stalking Irish Madness Searching for the Roots of My Family's Schizophrenia," for which he has won the Ken Book Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for "outstanding literary contribution to the understanding of mental illness," a Slate best book of 2008, and the prestigious PEN New Winship Award for Nonfiction. "Stalking Irish Madness" is a dynamite, compelling read. It's intriguing, informative,...
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ADHD and ADD

Chasing the Genetic Ghosts of Mental Illness

For decades, scientists have been making claims about the genetic roots of mental illness, ranging from schizophrenia and depression, to bipolar disorder and attention deficit disorder (ADHD). And for decades, they've largely been chasing ghosts.

Eric Kandel, writing for Newsweek, makes the at-least-annual appeal that scientists are making "certain advances in genetics" which give "us new reasons for optimism" in understanding the biological basis for mental illness. As someone who's been tracking the progress of such genetic advances over...
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Best of the Web

Top Ten Psych Tweeps


Microblogging service Twitter is maximizing in popularity. Though there are naysayers who don't understand the medium and dismiss it as shallow and narcissistic (just like early blog critics did), Twitter is used in many vital ways. For every snarkster who writes about her lunch, there's an account like Brainline sharing serious medical info. Musicians set up impromptu concerts while professors analyze journalism, and people organize flash mobs for celebrity tributes or political protests....
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Celebrities

The Loss of 3 Entertainment Icons: Jackson, Fawcett, McMahon


It's been a rough week in the entertainment world, with the loss of three stars in music, Hollywood and television. With the passing of Michael Jackson (music, mostly in the 1980s), Farrah Fawcett (movies), and Ed McMahon (The Tonight Show and Star Search), the world has lost some significant talent. Each, in their own way, contributed something special and unique to their field.

You couldn't have grown up in the 1980s and...
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Boredom Can Be a Door To New Growth

A few days ago a friend forwarded me a post on called "Boredom: Fanning the Creative Flames." It says:

The human mind thrives on novelty. What was once a source of pleasure can become tedious after a time. Though our lives are full, boredom lurks around every corner because we innately long for new experiences. Yet boredom by its very nature is passive. In this idle state of mind, we may feel frustrated at our inability to channel our mental energy into...
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General

You Wear the Suit: 8 Tips on Trading Places with Your Spouse

I've noticed many more men at pick-up from school and camp, soccer practice and birthday parties. The women? They've gone back to work because there are more jobs available in their fields.

In a recent article, Peter Coy writes:

They eat from the same dishes and sleep in the same beds, but they seem to be operating in two different economies. From last November through this April, American women aged 20 and up gained nearly 300,000 jobs, according...
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Anxiety and Panic

Tips To Find A Good-Enough Doctor

When you have a chronic illness your relationship with your doctor is second only to your spouse or your parents. Being honest (and you must be honest!) with that person means being able to trust them to hear you.

In my CI career I fired three highly recommended specialists because they were rude poopy heads. Thankfully I’ve also had wonderful physicians who literally saved my life and my mind. Not uncommonly for people with chronic illness, the path...
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General

6 Steps to Manage Your Time Better: An Interview with Russell Bishop

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Russell Bishop, currently Senior Editor-at-Large for the Huffington Post and founder of Bishop & Bishop, a consulting and coaching company. Russell is the author of numerous articles on the power of choice and awareness, and has two books in development. An expert in personal and organization transformation, Russell has coached leadership teams, entrepreneurs, and CEO's in 34 countries around the world. He has lectured for executive...
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