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September 10, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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CBT May Help Treat Misophonia

September 10, 2021 08:15 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Misophonia is a neurological disorder characterized by negative emotional reactions to ordinary sounds, like chewing, eating, and breathing. People with misophonia experience strong feelings of anxiety, disgust, or anger towards these harmless noises. [More]

September 3, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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Defining Mental Disorders Is Not Clear Cut

September 3, 2021 08:20 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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The number of people affected by a mental disorder is growing, along with vagueness around the term “mental disorder ”A recent Psychological Medicine article explores the controversy around defining what thoughts and behavior indicate a diagnosis and suggests that the psychiatric field would “benefit from developing more sharply defined indicators of dysfunction” [More]

April 30, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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Reading Has Mental Health Benefits

April 30, 2021 08:01 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Recent research found that “Leisure reading is associated with several important educational and cognitive benefits, and yet fewer and fewer young adults are reading in their free time.” Even though reading has declined for some age groups, mental health providers still practice bibliotherapy, using books as part of therapy to treat psychological disorders. Several experts shared their perspective on the benefits of this practice. [More]

April 16, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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BPD diagnosis Is double for the LGB community

April 16, 2021 07:53 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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A recent study found that BPD diagnosis was higher for the LGB community than heterosexual individuals. “Health care professionals evaluating patients for factors linked to BPD might ignore environmental stressors that LGB persons face or be unable to competently assess the extent to which the behaviors signify BPD or normative reactions to stress.” [More]

January 18, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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COVID-19 Made Mental Health Appointments Virtual, Many Patients Want It To Stay That Way

January 18, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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A year ago, trying to get patients at Michigan Medicine to agree to telehealth for their mental health appointments was a challenge. The academic medical centre associated with the University of Michigan had only 26 video appointments in a six month period compared with 30 thousand in person visits. COVID-19 changed all that. [More]

October 16, 2020
by Tina Arnoldi

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Improving Telehealth with a Human-Centered Design Approach

October 16, 2020 08:38 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Millions of patients and doctors are using telehealth for the first time and likely will continue doing so for the foreseeable future. Although the end of COVID-19 is not yet in sight, patients continue to need routine medical care. The benefits of technology are beyond what we could have imagined decades ago, but we’re experiencing cognitive overload, brought on by our dependence on technology, bringing a whole new set of health problems. [More]

April 24, 2020
by Tina Arnoldi

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COVID-19 Health Care Workers and Mental Health

April 24, 2020 07:58 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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During the 2003 SARS outbreak, health care workers had concerns about infecting others and experienced stigma because they were in close contact with sick patients. A new study in JAMA looked at the mental health of 1,257 health care workers attending to COVID-19 patients in China since COVID-19 is our current concern. A large percentage reported depression, anxiety, insomnia, and distress. Findings suggest that these health care workers are at a significant risk of developing mental illness. [More]

November 1, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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An Alternative Approach to Gender Identity Conversion Therapy

November 1, 2019 08:09 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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In a recent survey of 27,715 transgender adults in JAMA Psychiatry, gender identity conversion efforts (GICE) were associated with higher odds of attempted suicide and severe psychological distress. Many jurisdictions ban this practice and several professional organizations oppose it because they recognize the adverse mental health outcomes seen in those who experienced these efforts. [More]