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Mental Health Daily
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

April, 2016

DAILY SPECIAL
 
Scientific American
April 5, 2016
 
Fundamentally, the idea of a general addictive personality is a myth. Research finds no universal character traits that are common to all addicted people.
 
 
Texas Public Radio
April 6, 2016
 
Recent studies show that HIV-positive women suffer disproportionately from high rates of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. The high rates of trauma also lead to increased risk of further spreading HIV, scientists say.
 
 
Pacific Standard
April 6, 2016
 
Researchers from the University of California-San Francisco are turning to an unlikely source to combat schizophrenia: the very people suffering from the disease.
 
 
TEXAS
 
KUT
April 6, 2016
 
Starting this morning, Texas lawmakers will spend two days discussing the state’s Medicaid program. On the docket is a look at services and ways to cut costs, but there's a big question looming in the discussion of whether a big chunk of that Medicaid money will even be there next year.
 
 
Houston Press
April 6, 2016
 
Transgender Houstonians re caught in an unenviable position. In one sense, they feel their voices are critical to the public discussion around equal rights. But the raucous debate over HERO last year made coming out an even more gut-wrenching process for transgender Houstonians, who now confront fears and misconceptions ginned up by the campaign to defeat the ordinance.
 
 
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
March 2016
 
The current March 2016 Psychotropic Medication Utilization Parameters for Children and Youth in Foster CarePDF Document is a resource for physicians and clinicians who care for children diagnosed with mental health disorders. The guide gives recommendations for the appropriate use of psychotropic medications for children in foster care and includes nine criteria that indicate a need to review a child's clinical status.
 
 
Huston-Tillotson University
Date of Event: April 15, 2016
 
Please join Judge Arthur Burnett for a discussion of our mental healthcare and judicial systems, including the latest on ways to eliminate unlawful discrimination and the consciously, deliberately disparate treatment of patients based on their race.
 
 
NATIONAL
 
Los Angeles Times
April 6, 2016
 
Mental health advocates are pressing Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill not to abandon a push to modernize the nation's ailing mental health system amid rising partisan tensions over President Obama's Supreme Court pick.
 
 
Health Equity Twitter Chat 2016
Date of Chat: April 14 at 2 p.m. ET
 
Every community deserves good health! Join the Office of Minority Health for an important conversation on accelerating heath equity for our nation. The Health Equity Twitter Chat #NMHM16Chat happens April 14 @ 2 pm ET.
 

HEALTHCARE REFORM
 
Kaiser Health News
April 6, 2016
 
Faced with a worsening opiate epidemic and rising numbers of overdose deaths, policymakers are ramping up medication-assisted treatment.
 
RESEARCH
 
Phys.org
April 6, 2016
 
Welfare policies that force unemployed young people to carry out regular voluntary work are unlikely to improve their mental health and wellbeing, new research says.
 
 
Tech Times
April 5, 2016
 
Global warming has been linked to a wide array of health effects. Recent data shows that climate change could negatively impact mental health as it increases the risk of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
 
 
Medscape
April 5, 2016
 
Patients with first-episode psychosis who jump to conclusions may be at risk for significantly worse longer-term clinical outcomes, new research shows.
 
 
BPS Research Digest
April 6, 2016
 
A key message to emerge from a new survey of young women who have undergone mastectomy is that there is huge variability in how they are affected, and that any support therefore needs to be individualised.
 
 
OPINION
 
Huffington Post
April 5, 2016
 
In a recent tweet, presidential candidate Donald Trump threatened, ominously, to “spill the beans” about Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi Cruz; Trump’s Twitter followers ended up doing the dirty work for him, “spilling the beans” that Heidi Cruz has had a history of depression.
 
 
Mind Hacks
April 5, 2016
 
A common critical refrain in mental health is that explaining mental health problems in terms of a ‘brain disorder’ strips meaning from the experience, humanity from the individual, and is potentially demeaning.
 
 
The Guardian
April 5, 2016
 
I choose to speak out when I hear people misusing epithets such as psycho and nutter. This doesn’t make me a po-faced party pooper – language shapes attitudes
 
 
Mind Hacks
April 5, 2016
 
A common critical refrain in mental health is that explaining mental health problems in terms of a ‘brain disorder’ strips meaning from the experience, humanity from the individual, and is potentially demeaning. But this only holds true if you actually believe that having a brain disorder is somehow dehumanising and this constant attempt to distance people with ‘mental health problems’ from those with ‘brain disorders’ reveals an implicit and disquieting prejudice.
 
FEATURES
 
Slate
April 6, 2016
 
EST was part of the Human Potential Movement of the 1970s, which emphasized human agency and personal growth as a response to generational ennui.
 
 
New York Times
April 5, 2016
 
My patient and I both grew up in Europe during World War II. He was Catholic. I was not.
 
 
The Conversation
April 6, 2016
 
Visit any preschool classroom during free play and you will likely see a child pretending to be someone else. Make-believe play is a ubiquitous part of early childhood. And beyond being fun for kids, pretending and other kinds of imaginative play are also believed by some to be critical to healthy child development.
 
 


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