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Media Alert – Halloween Horrors Results & Thanks!

MEDIA ALERT - NAMI NATIONAL Thank you to everyone who helped fight back against Halloween “haunted asylum” attractions and costumes. There is not enough space to call out individual names, but I want to thank especially NAMI California, NAMI Connecticut, NAMI Florida,...

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Hospital ERs a Mental Health Dumping Ground

Not just the last but the only resort for too many It is no surprise to anyone working in a hospital that emergency departments have become the de facto dumping ground for patients in psychiatric distress. An online survey released this week of 1,716 emergency...

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Maybe We Should Call Psychiatry Something Else

Research shows that changing the name could help reduce the stigma of mental illness When meeting new people, I'm often asked what I do for work. Depending on how I phrase my answer, I receive very different reactions."I'm a doctor specializing in mental health"...

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Send Your Brain Back in Time

There’s a reason adults don’t pick up Japanese or learn how to kite surf. It’s ridiculously hard. In stark contrast, young people can learn the most difficult things relatively easily. Polynomials, Chinese, skateboarding — no problem! Neuroplasticity — the brain’s...

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Sports Stats May Be an Ideal Measure of Mental Health

Tracking athletes’ performances could shed light on psychological conditions that are notoriously difficult to quantify. Faced with a crippling depression, Olympic swimmer Allison Schmitt would wake every morning wanting nothing more than to go back to bed. “I was...

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