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Hogg Foundation Mental Health Daily
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

October, 2015

Mental Health Daily - October 13, 2015
 
 
 
 

DAILY SPECIAL
 
Mother Jones
November/December 2015
 
We know that many mass shooters are young white men with acute mental health issues. The problem is, such broad traits do little to help threat assessment teams identify who will actually attack. Decades of research have shown that the link between mental disorders and violent behavior is small and not useful for predicting violent acts.
 
 
Radio Open Source
October 8, 2015
 
What if Barack Obama — once a troubled young man, by his own admission — came to see the violence problems vexing the end of his administration, as male problems?
 
 
New York Times
October 9, 2015
 
O.K., so I don’t meditate. Stop judging me. There are other ways to achieve the same goals.


TEXAS
 
Austin American-Statesman
October 13, 2015
 
About 50 University of Texas psychology professors have signed a statement opposing guns in campus buildings.In June, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law the ability for those with gun licenses to carry a concealed handgun throughout university campuses, also known as “campus carry.”
 
 
KVUE
October 12, 2015
 
Meeting with officials in Austin on Monday, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) presented the case for legislation aimed to prevent mass shootings by helping those with mental health issues before they reach a crisis.
 
 
Dallas Morning News
October 12, 2015
 
Texas lawmakers are saying they’d like to know why a state agency spent $2 million for a flawed research project on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
 
 
Texas Tribune
October 13, 2015
 
Current and former state officials say Texas' payments to therapists from Medicaid have been unnecessarily high for at least a decade. Lawmakers, arguing that Texas pays therapists more than other states, ordered a $100 million payment cut to the program last session.
 
 
Texas Tribune
October 12, 2015
 
When it comes to loved ones with mental health problems, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn says, families have traditionally faced two troublesome options: do nothing or institutionalize their relatives. And as a result, families don’t have the tools to help provide the treatment needed, Cornyn said Monday in Austin, as he promoted federal legislation that would require mental health checks before denying anyone the ability to purchase firearms.
 
 
NATIONAL
 
Washington Post
October 12, 2015
 
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A fourth young adult has killed himself in less than three weeks in a remote Alaska Native village, the latest in a tragic cycle in which each of the previous three deaths influenced the subsequent one, authorities said.
 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS
 
New York Times
October 12, 2015
 
Mohammad Abo-Hilal, a Syrian psychiatrist, is on a mission to help some of the two million child refugees traumatized by the war in Syria.
 
 
The Age
October 14, 2015
 
A veteran police officer charged with murder had an extensive history of psychiatric problems, which has raised further concerns about Victoria Police's handling of mental illness and its policies surrounding access to firearms.
 
 
The Guardian
October 13, 2015
 
While universities will still train most of the next generation of social workers, another route into the profession for young graduates is emerging – and growing. This autumn saw the launch of the latest fast-track graduate programme when applications opened for Look Ahead, which aims to create specialist mental health social workers.
 
 
RESEARCH
 
Psychology Today
October 12, 2015
 
Finding as much data as possible on generational trends allows us to see the scope of the problem and how to solve it. Defensiveness and ignoring the scientific literature doesn’t help – and if it spreads misinformation about the need for mental health services, it can even hurt.
 
 
Medical News Today
October 12, 2015
 
There is no proof that 85% of the depression apps currently recommended by the NHS for patients to manage their condition actually work, say experts in the journal Evidence Based Mental Health.
 
 
New York Times
October 12, 2015
 
Women who suffer from anorexia are often thought of as having an extraordinary degree of self-control, even if that discipline is used self-destructively. But a new study suggests that the extreme dieting characteristic of anorexia may instead be well-entrenched habit — behavior governed by brain processes that, once set in motion, are inflexible and slow to change.
 
 
ScienceDaily     
October 12, 2015
 
A multicenter study of young patients with bipolar disorder provides what may be the most scientifically rigorous demonstration to date that lithium -- a drug used successfully for decades to treat adults with the condition -- can also be safe and effective for children suffering from it.
 
 
OPINION
 
Forbes
October 12, 2015
 
Anyone who has given two seconds worth of thought to it knows that school shootings are not occurring because we have a gun problem. They are occurring because we have a mental health problem.
 
 
Los Angeles Times
October 12, 2015
 
In recent years, medical science has uncovered the high risk and devastating effects of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, among U.S. combat soldiers and athletes, especially football and hockey players. What if a vastly greater population were also suffering these effects: women and children living with the consequences of domestic violence?
 
FEATURES
 
BPS Research Digest
October 13, 2015
 
Some classic psychology experiments, known and discussed far beyond the discipline, have become modern-day myths. Accounts of what happened are frequently simplified and distorted to better convey a powerful revelation about human nature.
 
 
Huffington Post
October 13, 2015
 
You are a valuable, unique, wonderful human being who deserves everything grand that this life has to offer. Come out of the shadows and stand proudly in who you are.


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