World of Psychology

The State of Depression

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, a nonprofit organization offering information, support groups, advocacy, research and more, released a report called The State of Depression in America. It examines the landscape, socioeconomic impact, health care access issues, treatment and emergent recovery methods and more, focusing on a call to action. In the course of compiling the report, solutions arose, and The State of Depression recommends many sensible strategies including education, coordinated care and consumer-driven treatment. It concludes, "If implemented, the opportunities...

Web suicide pacts surge in Japan

Web suicide pacts surge in Japan

While the statistics are easy and true on the surface, they are a tiny, tiny statistical blip in the overall number of Japanese suicides. 34,000 in 2003, to be exact. Put 34 into 34,000 and you get of all suicides.

Something to focus a lot of policing or media attention on? Sure, maybe a little.

Just another example of something connected to the Internet getting seriously undue and unwarranted attention. Suicide is a horrible, irrational act. Trying...

Toxoplasma Parasite Mind Control?

Toxoplasma Parasite Mind Control

If the parasite can alter rat behavior, does it have any effect on humans? Dr. E. Fuller Torrey (Associate Director for Laboratory Research at the Stanley Medical Research Institute) noticed links between Toxoplasma and schizophrenia in human beings, approximately three billion of whom are infected with T. gondii:

Toxoplasma infection is associated with damage to astrocytes, glial cells which surround and support neurons. Schizophrenia is also associated with damage to astrocytes.
Pregnant women with high levels of antibodies to Toxoplasma are more...

Arguing Parents Leads to Stressed Out Kids

Six-year-olds whose parents displayed frequent disagreements in their relationship responded to subsequent parental conflicts with elevated distress and negative thoughts, according to a team of researchers from the University of Rochester and the University of Notre Dame.

In the latest issue of the journal Child...

Study: Carer criticism increases anxiety in relapsed psychosis patients

Carer criticism increases anxiety in relapsed psychosis patients

08 Feb 2006

Criticism from carers seems to affect patients who have recently had a relapse of psychosis primarily by making them anxious, researchers report in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

The findings "provide justification for family interventions in schizophrenia, as recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines 2003, to focus on reducing tensions in family relationships, to try to help carers feel less depressed, and to cope better," said lead author Elizabeth Kuipers,...

Study: Marijuana-Induced Psychosis May Foretell Future Episodes

Psychiatr News February 3, 2006
Volume 41, Number 3, page 23
© 2006 American Psychiatric Association

Marijuana-Induced Psychosis May Foretell Future Episodes
Joan Arehart-Treichel

Few individuals who smoke marijuana experience psychosis afterward. However, when marijuana-related psychosis does occur, it may be a warning sign that more psychotic episodes could occur.

Reports from various researchers have suggested that marijuana-induced psychosis is generally short-lived and that total remission can be expected. Such reports, however, have been based on case studies, not on long-term follow-up data, according to the authors...

Shouldn’t Depression Information be Reliable at WebMD?

Take a look at two pages apparently reviewed by the Cleveland Clinic over at WebMD:

Drug Treatment for Depression

Psychotherapy to Treat Depression

Medication is mentioned 4 times in the psychotherapy article. Psychotherapy is mentioned zero times in the medication article. The words "medical cause" is also mentioned in the psychotherapy article in relation to treating depression's "medical cause" as well as its psychological and social aspects.

What's wrong with this picture?

1. If there were an identified "medical cause" of most people's depression, there would also...