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Psychology / Therapy Services | Psychiatry, Chemical Imbalance, Serious Mental Illness, Depression, Environmental Impact and Alternative Treatments

Psychology / Therapy Services: Prevalence & Huge Unmet Need

Scientific researchers are discovering that infants and toddlers (birth to age 3) can develop some very adult psychological conditions, such as depression, fear, dread, defiance, aggression and attention deficits: A March 2011 Time magazine article "Small Child, Big Worries" mentions the nonprofit child-advocacy group Zero to Three estimates that about 10% of very young children have some kind of clinical emotional condition, about the same rate as the adult population. Zero to Three publishes a diagnostic classification handbook, DC: 0-3, which is modeled on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual—Volume IV-TR (DSM-IV-TR), the guidebook for adult mental/psychological disorders. There is a growing body of research snowing that many psychological conditions, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social-anxiety disorder, major depression, insomnia, and prolonged bereavement, also afflict young children. The article is supportive of parents obtaining professional advise and addressing their own emotional challenges and problems such as depression and substance abuse. An excerpt: "There's a phenomenon we call attunement," says psychologist Edward Zigler of the Yale University School of Medicine. "It's that dance of the swans between parent and baby." Moms and dads should practice that well, because before they know it, their children dance away from them completely." Other links also look at this body of research, not how seldom the infants and toddlers get treatment and offer researcher's recommendations.
time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2058206,00.html
apa.org/news/press/releases/2011/02/babies-mental-illness.aspx
connectionsps.com/When%20do%20infants%20benefit.htm

High rates of psychological disorder in jails and prisons / U.S. has highest percent in prison with 2.3 million of the 10 million people in prison while 1.6 million in prison and another 0.9 million in administrative detention in China, and 0.9 million in Russia. The U.S. has the highest per head of population at 756 per 100,000 people compared with a mean of 145 per 100,000 worldwide according toNovember 2010 Lancet article: One in seven prisoners has a treatable mental illness with 10-12 % having major depression, 20% having post-traumatic stress disorder, and 40-70% having a personality disorder. Other results show that 17 - 30% of men and 10-24% of women were diagnosed with alcohol misuses or dependence and 10-48% of men and 30-60% of women misused or were dependent on illegal drugs on reception to incarceration. Suicide is the leading cause of death in prisons, accounting for about half of all prison deaths. Gruesome.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2810%2961053-7/abstract

Complete original article
docs.google.com...familymed.ubc.ca...psychological+health+of+prisoners+-+Lancet~

Huge unmet need for psychological services in the United States in the general population, college-aged people as well as children and adolescents: Research indicates approximately 66% of persons with a diagnosable mental health problem never seeing a mental health professional as cited in the Clinician's Research Digest Supplemental Bulletin 41 dated November 2009 with the summary and abstract from the professional article provided below. "Given that 28 percent of the population have a diagnosable mental or substance abuse disorder and only 8 percent of adults both have a diagnosable disorder and use mental health services, one can conclude that less than one-third of adults with a diagnosable mental disorder receives treatment in one year," according to the Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General (1999—the latest mental health reporting year). The first large-scale assessment of the general United States population shows nearly 30 percent need mental health care and about one-third of them get it as reported in an April 2007 study. Almost one in five young Americans has a personality disorder that interferes with everyday life and fewer than 25 percent of college-aged Americans with psychological challenges get treatment as a December 2008 study. In a 12-month period, 2%–3% of children 3–5 years old and 6%–9% of children and adolescents 6–17 years old used mental health services. Of children and adolescents 6–17 years old who were defined as needing mental health services, nearly 80% did not receive mental health care according to a 2002 research study. Also, according to the 2008 Almanac of Chronic Diseases and the Milken Institute, there will be a projected increase of 42 percent of reported cases of chronic disease in 2023 from 2003, with cases of cancer, diabetes and mental disorders expected to rise most substantially, by 53 to 60 percent per illness. Mental disorders accounted for over 30 million cases in 2004 and are projected to increase by 54% by the year 2023. Also peruse the 2009 Almanac of Chronic Diseases. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) in November 2010 released "Results from the 2009 national survey on drug use and health: Mental health findings" that showed that 20% of U.S. adults (45.1 million adults aged 18 or older) had a psychological disorder in 2009, 38% (of those 20%) received treatment, 19.7% (of those 20%) met criteria for substance dependence or abuse, 8% of youths had major depression, and women aged 18 or older were more likely than men to have any mental illness in the past year Results from research released in January 2011 revealed that a little over a third (36.2 %) of adolescents with any mental disorder received services to address it, and only half of adolescents that are affected with severe impairing mental disorders ever receive treatment for their psychological challenges. .
rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=15068
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15939840~
surgeongeneral.gov/library/mentalhealth/chapter6/sec1.html
news-medical.net/news/2007/04/03/22988.aspx
msnbc.msn.com/id/28002991/wid/11915773?GT1=31037
ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/abstract/159/9/1548
...fightchronicdisease.org...pdf+almanac+of+chronic+diseases~
...hlc.org/PFCDAlmanac_Final2.pdf+almanac+of+chronic+diseases~
bit.ly/KenPopeSAMHSAreport
sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110118113451.htm
bmedreport.com/archives/22168
elsevier.com...authored_newsitem.cws_home/companynews05_0181~

Survey results from directors of 424 counseling college campus counseling centers conducted in Fall 2010 and released in April 2011 found that more students have severe psychological problems, increasing from 71% in the 2008-9 year to 77% in 2009-2010 year of respondents.
chronicle.com/article/article-content/126990...Chronicle:+Top+Stories~

Mental disorders and/or substance abuse related to 1 of every 8 visits to emergency departments of hospitals (ER's), according to a July 2010 report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Specifically, nearly 12 million out of 95 million adult visits to U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2007 involved people with a mental disorder, substance abuse problem, or both. Staggering!
hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb92.pdf

"The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why?"—A June 2011 cover article in The New York Review of Books that revealed that a large survey of randomly selected adults, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and conducted between 2001 and 2003, found that an astonishing 46 percent met criteria established by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) for having had at least one mental illness within four broad categories at some time in their lives. The number of people disables by mental disorders that qualify for supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) has increased nearly two and a half times between 1987 and 2007—from one in 184 Americans to one in 76, and for children there has been a thirty-five-fold increase in the same two decades and now the leading cause of disability in children, ahead of physical disabilities like Down syndrome or cerebral palsy! Since the SSRI antidepressant Prozac came to market in 1987, the number of people treated for depression tripled in the following ten years, and about 10 percent of Americans over age six now take antidepressants. The new generation of antipsychotics, including Risperdal, Zyprexa, and Seroquel, has replaced cholesterol-lowering agents as the top-selling class of drugs in the U.S. What is this all about? Is the prevalence that high? Or are we learning to better recognize and diagnose psychological challenges? Or have the criteria for mental illness so expanded so that nearly everyone qualifies? Do the drugs actually work? The three recent books reviewed, by a psychologist, a journalist and a psychiatrist, agree on two points: 1) the disturbing extent to which the pharmaceutical companies sell psychoactive drugs through marketing, legal and illegal means, and outright bribery, and 2) none of these authors subscribe to the popular psychiatric theory that mental illness is caused by a chemical balance in the brain. Fine article. Other links provide further support.
nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/jun/23/epidemic-mental-illness-why/
drgrcevich...com/2011...whats-causing-the-epidemic-of-mental-illness-in-kids~
globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=22563
intrepidreport.com/archives/1318
sott.net...America-s-Mental-Illness-Epidemic-It-Turns-Out-That-the-Drugs-Are-the-Problem
cchrint.org/2010/08/26/americas-mental-illness-epidemic/
pubrecord.org/nation/7823/tracking-american-epidemic-mental/
dissidentvoice.org...tracking-the-american-epidemic-of-mental-illness-part-ii~
dissidentvoice.org...tracking-the-american-epidemic-of-mental-illness-part-iii~
huffingtonpost.com/stanton-peele/americas-imperialistic-me_b_417639.html
nytimes.com/2010/01/10/magazine/10psyche-t.html?th&emc=th
ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/160/5/1017
docs.google...freedom-center.org...The+epidemic+of+mental+illness

Internet Mental Health is a remarkable encyclopedia link created by Phillip Long, M.D., a Canadian psychiatrist, that provides authoritative information about the state of psychological health in America including the major psychological challenges, the percentage of the population that will be affected and the average years until treatment. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that in any given year well over a quarter of Americans, and over half of us over a lifetime, suffer from a "mental disorder". It also mentions the most recent Report from the Surgeon General reporting that mental illness ranks second in terms of causing disability and that two-thirds of all people with diagnosable mental disorders do not seek treatment. The site also offers authoritative descriptions of 54 most common psychological challenges including diagnosis, treatment and research findings, discussion groups, 72 most common psychiatric drugs including indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, adverse effects, overdose, dosage and research findings, magazines and books, internet links, self-diagnosis, quality of life and suggested films.

May 2008 News: Half of Insured Americans on Prescription Medications
NBC News article
sandiego.jobing.com/blog_post.asp?post=10922
bulletin.aarp.org/yourhealth/medications/articles~

Psychology / Therapy Services: News of Shifts in the field of Therapy

Knowledge, understanding and awareness of Mental Health Issues Greatly Increases Likelihood of Seeking Help and Treatment, according to June 2011 survey research from the United Kingdom Department or Health: Among participants who said that if they experienced a mental healthy problem, they would seek treatment, this group expressed a higher level of support for community-based care for those in need, appeared to have opinions and answers that reflected the most tolerance toward those with mental health issues, was made up of generally older participants who also had a better understanding of treatment options and that women were were more willing to seek treatment or share their mental health issues. The research also revealed that people who had personal contact with someone suffering from a mental health issue also had more knowledge about mental health in general. Two excerpts: "Knowledge of mental illness and treatments was the strongest predictor of both help-seeking and disclosure..." and "Those participants who expressed prejudice were most often the least informed about mental health and also had the least amount of contact with someone who had a mental health challenge."
goodtherapy.org/blog/knowledge-mental-health-increase-likelihood-seeking-help

The Feminization of Therapy is now almost complete—It's hard to find a male therapist these days, according to a May 2011 New York Times article: An excerpt: "Researchers began tracking the “feminization” of mental health care more than a generation ago, when women started to outnumber men in fields like psychology and counseling. Today the takeover is almost complete. Men earn only one in five of all master’s degrees awarded in psychology, down from half in the 1970s. They account for less than 10 percent of social workers under the age of 34, according to a recent survey. And their numbers have dwindled among professional counselors—to 10 percent of the American Counseling Association’s membership today from 30 percent in 1982—and appear to be declining among marriage and family therapists. Some college psychology programs cannot even attract male applicants, much less students." Other links provide further evidence of the feminization of psychology, including an American Psychological Association (APA) task force in 2002 that found nearly two thirds of all new recipients of master's degrees and doctorates in clinical or counseling psychology were women. According to APA and the National Science Foundation (NSF), the percentage of psychology PhDs awarded to men has fallen from nearly 70 percent in 1975 to less than 30 percent in 2008 (not including PsyD degrees). In other words, women earning doctoral degrees in psychology outnumber men three to one. In developmental and child psychology, female PhD recipients outnumber men by more than five to one. The upshot is that it may well be even harder to have males come to therapy, whether individually or with their partner, without a male therapist who can understand their socialization and experience.
nytimes.com/2011/05/22/health/22therapists~
pagerankstudio.com/Blog/2010/05/feminization-of-psychology
apa.org/gradpsych/2011/01/cover-men.aspx

fMRI (Functional MRI scans) can differentiate depression, autism, schizophrenia, & PTSD: An August 2010 article summarized findings that reveal the default mode network of brain activity that differentiates malfunctioning brain activity and holds out the intriguing possibility for better, more accurate diagnoses.
latimes.com/health/la-he-brain-side-20100830,0,6588099,print.story

Psychology / Therapy Services: Prevalence & Internet Resources

Huge unmet need for psychological services in the United States in the general population, college-aged people as well as children and adolescents: Research indicates approximately 66% of persons with a diagnosable mental health problem never seeing a mental health professional as cited in the Clinician's Research Digest Supplemental Bulletin 41 dated November 2009 with the summary and abstract from the professional article provided below. "Given that 28 percent of the population have a diagnosable mental or substance abuse disorder and only 8 percent of adults both have a diagnosable disorder and use mental health services, one can conclude that less than one-third of adults with a diagnosable mental disorder receives treatment in one year," according to the Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General (1999—the latest mental health reporting year). The first large-scale assessment of the general United States population shows nearly 30 percent need mental health care and about one-third of them get it as reported in an April 2007 study. Almost one in five young Americans has a personality disorder that interferes with everyday life and fewer than 25 percent of college-aged Americans with psychological challenges get treatment as a December 2008 study. In a 12-month period, 2%–3% of children 3–5 years old and 6%–9% of children and adolescents 6–17 years old used mental health services. Of children and adolescents 6–17 years old who were defined as needing mental health services, nearly 80% did not receive mental health care according to a 2002 research study. Also, according to the 2008 Almanac of Chronic Diseases and the Milken Institute, there will be a projected increase of 42 percent of reported cases of chronic disease in 2023 from 2003, with cases of cancer, diabetes and mental disorders expected to rise most substantially, by 53 to 60 percent per illness. Mental disorders accounted for over 30 million cases in 2004 and are projected to increase by 54% by the year 2023. Also peruse the 2009 Almanac of Chronic Diseases. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) in November 2010 released "Results from the 2009 national survey on drug use and health: Mental health findings" that showed that 20% of U.S. adults (45.1 million adults aged 18 or older) had a psychological disorder in 2009, 38% (of those 20%) received treatment, 19.7% (of those 20%) met criteria for substance dependence or abuse, 8% of youths had major depression, and women aged 18 or older were more likely than men to have any mental illness in the past year Results from research released in January 2011 revealed that a little over a third (36.2 %) of adolescents with any mental disorder received services to address it, and only half of adolescents that are affected with severe impairing mental disorders ever receive treatment for their psychological challenges. .
rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=15068
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15939840~
surgeongeneral.gov/library/mentalhealth/chapter6/sec1.html
news-medical.net/news/2007/04/03/22988.aspx
msnbc.msn.com/id/28002991/wid/11915773?GT1=31037
ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/abstract/159/9/1548
...fightchronicdisease.org...pdf+almanac+of+chronic+diseases~
...hlc.org/PFCDAlmanac_Final2.pdf+almanac+of+chronic+diseases~
bit.ly/KenPopeSAMHSAreport
sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110118113451.htm
bmedreport.com/archives/22168
elsevier.com...authored_newsitem.cws_home/companynews05_0181~

Scientific researchers are discovering that infants and toddlers (birth to age 3) can develop some very adult psychological conditions, such as depression, fear, dread, defiance, aggression and attention deficits: A March 2011 Time magazine article "Small Child, Big Worries" mentions the nonprofit child-advocacy group Zero to Three estimates that about 10% of very young children have some kind of clinical emotional condition, about the same rate as the adult population. Zero to Three publishes a diagnostic classification handbook, DC: 0-3, which is modeled on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual—Volume IV-TR (DSM-IV-TR), the guidebook for adult mental/psychological disorders. There is a growing body of research snowing that many psychological conditions, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social-anxiety disorder, major depression, insomnia, and prolonged bereavement, also afflict young children. The article is supportive of parents obtaining professional advise and addressing their own emotional challenges and problems such as depression and substance abuse. An excerpt: "There's a phenomenon we call attunement," says psychologist Edward Zigler of the Yale University School of Medicine. "It's that dance of the swans between parent and baby." Moms and dads should practice that well, because before they know it, their children dance away from them completely." Other links also look at this body of research, not how seldom the infants and toddlers get treatment and offer researcher's recommendations.
time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2058206,00.html
apa.org/news/press/releases/2011/02/babies-mental-illness.aspx
connectionsps.com/When%20do%20infants%20benefit.htm

High rates of psychological disorder in jails and prisons / U.S. has highest percent in prison with 2.3 million of the 10 million people in prison while 1.6 million in prison and another 0.9 million in administrative detention in China, and 0.9 million in Russia. The U.S. has the highest per head of population at 756 per 100,000 people compared with a mean of 145 per 100,000 worldwide according toNovember 2010 Lancet article: One in seven prisoners has a treatable mental illness with 10-12 % having major depression, 20% having post-traumatic stress disorder, and 40-70% having a personality disorder. Other results show that 17 - 30% of men and 10-24% of women were diagnosed with alcohol misuses or dependence and 10-48% of men and 30-60% of women misused or were dependent on illegal drugs on reception to incarceration. Suicide is the leading cause of death in prisons, accounting for about half of all prison deaths. Gruesome.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2810%2961053-7/abstract

Complete original article
docs.google.com...familymed.ubc.ca...psychological+health+of+prisoners+-+Lancet~

Internet Mental Health is a remarkable encyclopedia link created by Phillip Long, M.D., a Canadian psychiatrist, that provides authoritative information about the state of psychological health in America including the major psychological challenges, the percentage of the population that will be affected and the average years until treatment. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that in any given year well over a quarter of Americans, and over half of us over a lifetime, suffer from a "mental disorder". It also mentions the most recent Report from the Surgeon General reporting that mental illness ranks second in terms of causing disability and that two-thirds of all people with diagnosable mental disorders do not seek treatment. The site also offers authoritative descriptions of 54 most common psychological challenges including diagnosis, treatment and research findings, discussion groups, 72 most common psychiatric drugs including indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, adverse effects, overdose, dosage and research findings, magazines and books, internet links, self-diagnosis, quality of life and suggested films.

Volunteering for Psychologists, Physicians & other Health Care Professionals

Volunteering—Resources for psychologists, physicians and other health care professionals wanting to volunteer their services to people in need: Another valuable link courtesy of Ken Pope.
kspope.com/volunteer.php


Psychology / Therapy Services | Psychiatry, Chemical Imbalance, Serious Mental Illness, Depression, Environmental Impact and Alternative Treatments

Psychiatrists doing less therapy / Medication Alone Treatment / Chemical Imbalance

Psychiatrists doing less talk therapy (a 2005 government survey found just 11 percent of practicing psychiatrists provide "talk therapy") given being paid less by insurance carriers and doing more very brief drug therapy: A March 2011 New York Times article details a shift in the landscape of delivering psychiatric services. It does not look like it is for the best of the clients. Psychiatrist Dr. Donald Levin now calls what he does in seeing approximately 40 patients for about 15 minutes each over an 11 hour day to keep his income and lifestyle the following: "Now I feel like a good Volkswagen mechanic" and "It's like '2001: A Space Odyssey,' where you had HAL the supercomputer juxtaposed with the ape with the bone. I feel like I'm the ape with the bone now." An excerpt: "Alone with his psychiatrist, the patient confided that his newborn had serious health problems, his distraught wife was screaming at him and he had started drinking again. With his life and second marriage falling apart, the man said he needed help. But the psychiatrist, Dr. Donald Levin, stopped him and said: “Hold it. I’m not your therapist. I could adjust your medications, but I don’t think that’s appropriate.” He also mentioned, "I had to train myself not to get too interested in their problems and not to get sidetracked trying to be a semi-therapist." Is this what the psychiatric profession has come to? Shocking is putting it mildly!
nytimes.com/2011/03/06/health/policy/06doctors.html~

Medication Alone Treatment for outpatient psychological issues is a growing trend—Growing percentage receiving outpatient care for psychological issues are being treated only with psychotropic medications, according to an analysis of a recent survey published in the January 7, 2011 issue of Psychiatric News: An increasing number of people are receiving outpatient care from mental health specialists and an increasing proportion of the treatment provided by mental health professionals consists solely of prescribed psychotropic medication and little or no psychotherapy. U.S. residents receiving any type of outpatient mental health care increased form 16.1 million in 1998 to 23.2 million in 2007, the percentage treated only with medications grew from 44 percent in 1998 to 578 percent in 2007, and smaller proportions of respondents received either psychotherapy only (16 percent in 1998 and 11 percent in 2007) or psychotherapy in combination with medication (40 percent in 1998 and 22 percent in 2007). In an accompanying editorial, Benjamin Druss, M.D., M.P.H., interprets the findings as "pointing to a major shift in mental health services delivery away from psychotherapy and toward psychopharmacology." One result of this shift may be a reduction in the range of treatment options available to patients. Mark Olfson, M.D., M.P.H., made the following observation to Medscape Medical News published in September 2010 based on this national survey: "We found that for an increasing number of Americans, mental healthcare involves medications but not psychotherapy, and this trend is evident especially for depression and for bipolar, anxiety, and child disorders." Other links below explore this issue, particularly the pioneering work of psychiatrist Peter Breggin, M.D..
pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/46/1/8.1.full
medscape.com/viewarticle/728040
sitemaker.umich.edu/findingvoice/medication
breggin.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

Chemical Imbalance?—Research results powerfully challenge the medical / biochemical explanation that psychological symptoms are a "chemical imbalance" in your brain and psychotropic medications will make it right: Medical doctor Dr. Mercola in April 2011 notes that the roots of this explanation go back to the low serotonin theory, a hypothesis that aimed to explain how the drug might be fixing something. However, upon investigation to see whether or not depressed people actually had lower serotonin levels, it was concluded in 1983 by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that there was no evidence of anything being wrong in the serotonergic system of depressed patients. He also cites the 1996 work of neuroscientist Steve Hyman, head of the NIMH at that time, who wrote a paper making the case that once your brain has undergone a series of compensatory adaptations to the drug, your brain operates in a manner that is "both qualitatively and quantitatively different than normal." Dr. Mercola concludes that he could find no evidence to support the chemical imbalance theory of mental illness and that psychotropic drugs "...are NOT normalizing agents. They're abnormalizing agents..." The Healthy Skeptic provides a solid review of the theory, especially listing the eight critical flaws of the "chemical imbalance" theory according to Elliot Valenstein, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of psychology and neuroscience at Michigan University and author of the book Blaming the Brain (2002). Another vocal critic of this theory is psychiatrist and author Peter Breggin, M.D. who powerfully critiques this theory in his book Toxic Psychiatry (1994) that remains a definitive work in deconstructing the new psychiatry. Peter R. Breggin, M.D. & David Cohen, Ph.D.'s book Your Drug May Be Your Problem (2000) offers a fuller exposition and critique of this theory. A Psychology Today article from April 2008 summed up the findings by writing, "As was true in 1993, the neurotransmitter theory is incomplete and not fully proven. All the same, the evidence for it has grown steadily stronger with time." Other links help look at this theory about the cause of psychological challenges from many perspectives to help consumers make informed health choices they can live with.
articles.mercola.com...frightening-story-behind-the-drug-companies-creation-of-medical-lobotomies~
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mental-illness-metaphor/201709/the-myth-the-chemical-imbalance
cchrint.org/psychdrugdangers/TheChemicalImbalanceMyth.html
medicalnewstoday.com/articles/99356.php
psychologytoday.com...the-chemical-imbalance-theory-dead-or-alive~
ehow.com/about_4596766_what-chemical-imbalance.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biopsychiatry_controversy
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biological_psychiatry
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_imbalance
www.psychforums.com/anti-psych/topic8699.html
cymbaltasurvivors.com/index.php?topic=171.0

Serious Mental Illness / PsychRights / Coming off Psychiatric Drugs

Grading the States' Health Care System for Serious Mental Illness by NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) publishes a yearly report grading each of the United States on their mental health system. In 2009, NAMI gave an overall national grade of a D, with just six states getting B grades, while 18 got Cs, 21 got Ds and six got Fs, while NONE received an A. For comparison, peruse the report and state ratings in 2006 as well. Astonishing! Many people seem unaware and lack insight over having the ability to discern fantasy from reality in developing a psychiatric illness and particularly a psychotic disorder. One example is an early 2011 NAMI online survey found that schizophrenics (an umbrella term for many forms of psychosis) suffered an average of nine years between their onset of symptoms (often first appearing in the late teens and early 20s) and diagnosis, according to a Time magazine article in January 2011 (a link is below).
nami.org...Grading_the_States_2009/Findings/Findings.htm~
nami.org/gtsTemplate09.cfm?Section=Grading_the_States_2009
nami.org/template.cfm?section=About_NAMI
time.com/time/nation/article...mostpopular~
behavioral.net/me2/dirmod.asp~

The Freedom Center: A remarkable clearing house of resources, support and activism community run by and for people labeled with severe 'mental disorders' offering important publications including, "Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs" & "PsychRights: Law Project for Psychiatric Rights" (from the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery—Also peruse the June 2011 article in magazine The Sun by Gail Hornstein titled "The Voices Inside Their Heads: Gail Hornstein's Approach To Understanding Madness" and read PsychDiagnosis.net addressing "The Harm Suffered by Many People because of a Psychiatric Diagnosis is a Well-Kept Secret." All a stunning, stellar and courageous expression of empowerment.
freedom-center.org...icarus-project-publish-coming-psychiatric-drugs-guide~
psychrights.org/index.htm
ncmhr.org/
freedom-center.org/section/resources
psychdiagnosis.net/
freedom-center.org/
Hornstein_Sun.pdf

Overprescription of Medications: Medical Doctors are massively overprescribing drugs, according to June 2011 research findings: A new report finds U.S. doctors too quick to prescribe drugs and often give little thought to side effects and non-drug alternatives. According to experts, overprescription is rampant with nearly half of all Americans having used at least one prescription drug in the past month. Medical doctor Joseph Mercola notes the latest statistics from Kaiser Health Foundation showing that the average American, aged 19 to 64, now takes more than 11 prescription drugs. The average annual prescription rate for children is now almost 4 prescriptions per child (age 0-18) and more than 31 prescriptions per senior (aged 65 or over)! Other links offer a sobering picture of overprescription of medication in the U.S. today, including the February 2011 research finding that estimates almost 700,000 Americans went to emergency departments for drug-related poisoning in 2007!
articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/02/new-study-finds-doctors-are-massively-overprescribing-drugs.aspx
msnbc.msn.com/id/43385827/ns/health-health_care/t/us-docs-are-overprescribing-drugs-study-finds/
dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1325663/Are-pills-dangerous-Overprescribing-rife-millions-given-drugs-dont-need.html
bluesci.org/?p=2769
goodtherapy.org/blog/antidepressant-medication-over-prescribed-psychotherapy/
worstpills.org/public/page.cfm?op_id=3
classicalmedicinejournal.com/the-classical-medicine-journal/2010/9/2/over-prescription-of-psychoactive-drugs-to-children-long-ter.html
usatoday.com/news/health/2006-05-01-kids-overprescribe_x.htm
dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2011/02/28/er-trips-over-prescription-drugs-estimated-at-700000-a-year.html

Serious Mental Illness (Serious Psychological Challenges) like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder can have a life expectancy 10 to 15 years lower than the United Kingdom (UK) average, according to a May 2011 research study that tracked the lives of more than 30,000 patients and found that many were dying early from heart attack, stroke and cancer rather than suicide or violence. Researchers consider a combination of factors--higher-risk lifestyles, long-term anti-psychotic drug use and social disadvantage--could be responsible.
bbc.co.uk/news/health-13414965

Pharmacological Treatment of Mental Disorders in Primary Health Care: A free 68-page guide copyrighted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2009 on the web attempts to provide simple, adequate and evidence-based information to health care professionals in primary health care, especially in low- and middle-income countries to be able to provide pharmacological treatment to persons with psychological challenges.
bit.ly/KenPopeWorldHealthOrganization

Psychotropic medications can cause birth defects: Danish researchers reported in June 2010 that between 1998 and 2007 psychotropic medications were associated with 429 adverse drug reactions in Danish children under the age of 17 and concluded that more than half of these cases were serious and several involved birth defects. Further, 42 percent of adverse reactions were for psychostimulents (like Ritalin) that treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), 31 percent were for antidepressants (such as Prozac) and 24 percent for antipsychotics (including Haldol).
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100625101512.htm
nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/mental-health-medications/complete~
mhsanctuary.com/rx/medications.htm

Depression Risk and Upside

Allergies and depression—Risk of depression in people with severe allergies is about twice that of those without allergies, according to several large studies: Severe allergies can bring sleeplessness, headaches, fatigue and a general feeling of physical depletion, all of which can worsen mood. Several large studies have found that the risk of depression in people with severe allergies is about twice that of those without allergies. Thus, severe seasonal allergies may be a risk factor in depression.
well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/11/depressed-about-allergies/
voices.washingtonpost.com/checkup/2010/05/do_allergies_cause_depression~
healthland.time.com/2010/05/25/can-allergies-lead-to-depression/
ehow.com/facts_5642436_depression-linked-severe-allergies_.html
webmd.com/depression/news/20100525/hay-fever-linked-to-depression

Depression and depressions's upside: Research-based results are impacting the ways we understand depression—The February 2010 New York Times Magazine article "Depression's Upside" by Jonah Lehrer provides a fine overview of some recent research and the brisk debate in the field in now to best understand the multitude of ways depression manifests. He cites a 2005 research paper by Steven Hollon, a psychologist at Vanderbilt University who found that people on antidepressants had a 76 percent chance of relapse within one year when the drugs were discontinued, while people given a form of cognitive therapy had a relapse rate of 31 percent. The article also says, "...several studies found that patients treated with medication were approximately twice as likely to relapse as patients treated with cognitive behavior therapy." The November 2009 Newsweek article "The Upside of Feeling Down" by Sharon Begley is also worth reading. The American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have developed a medication guide for treating depression released in September 2010 with a link below to it in various formats. Also peruse "A Family Guide: What Families Should Know About Adolescent Depression" put out by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at a link below.
altmedicine.about.com/od/healthconditionsatod/a/Depression1.htm
webmd.com/depression/guide/alternative-therapies-depression
depression-help-resource.com/natural-remedies-for-depression.htm
natural-remedies-for.com...natural-remedies-for-depression~
drweil.com/drw/u/ART00696/depression-treatment
newhope.com/nutritionsciencenews/NSN_backs/Feb_99/depression.cfm
healthyplace.com...natural-treatments-for-depression~
depression-guide.com/natural-treatment-depression.htm
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treatment_for_depression
drpodell.org/alternative_treatments_for_depression.shtml
search.com/reference/Antidepressant
parentsmedguide.org/pmg_depression.html
nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Child_and_Adolescent_Action_Center~

Depression's upside
nytimes.com/2010/02/28/magazine/28depression-t.html
newsweek.com/id/220858
psych.drew3000.net/the-upside-of-depression
newsweek.com//frameset.aspx/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpsycnet.apa.org~
thevarsity.ca/articles/22393
npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18885211

Environmental Impact on Physical / Psychological Health

Traffic noise increases the risk of having a stroke, study suggests: Research results released in January 2011 showed that exposure to noise from road traffic can increase the risk of stroke, particularly in those age 65 years and over whose risk increased by 27% for every 10 decibels (dB) higher road traffic noise and a threshold limit of approximately 60 dB above which the risk for stroke seemed to increase even more. Traffic noise, and likely any form of noise, has strong physical health consequences, especially for those above age 65.
sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110126081700.htm
medicalnewstoday.com/articles/214567.php

Discrimination is bad for your health: Perceived discrimination (e.g., racial discrimination) can increase stress, and chronic or prolonged stress can have detrimental effects on cardiovascular health, November 2010 research findings show. Other research shows how the experience of racial discrimination is an important factor in African Americans having higher rates of obesity and suffer higher rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disorders, according to October 2006 UCLA researchers.
biomedsearch.com/nih/effects-perceived-discrimination-ambulatory-blood~
somalilandtimes.net/sl/2005/250/17.shtml
malehealth.co.uk/21687-racism-bad-your-health

Alternative Treatments / Vitamin / Supplement / Herbs of Psychological Conditions

Naturalistic, herbal and alternative treatments for depression, anxiety/panic, OCD, ADD/ADHD, sleep insomnia/fragmentation and hypertension/high blood pressure: A wide variety of naturalistic, herbal and alternative treatments are available for the symptoms of depression, anxiety/panic, OCD and sleep insomnia/fragmentation. Given that many of these approaches are controversial, fine judgment and discernment are essential in exploring these treatment approaches. Certainly these naturalistic, herbal and alternative approaches are to be carefully weighed with more traditional allopathic medical approaches. The following links are purely informational and are not to be construed in any way as a recommendation. The immediate link below purports to graphically portray the level of scientific evidence for popular health supplements ranging from strong, good and promising all the way below the "worth it line" to conflicting, slight and none. Again, use your own good judgment. Alternative medical doctor Andrew Weil in November 2010 makes the case why plants are (usually) better than drugs.
informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/snake-oil-supplements
natural-remedies-for.com
huffingtonpost.com/andrew-weil-md/why-plants-are-usually-be_b_785139~

Anxiety/Panic
altmedicine.about.com/cs/conditionsatod/a/Anxiety.htm
mayoclinic.com/health/herbal-treatment-for-anxiety/AN01803
life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/AnxietyandPanicAttacksTreattheCausesWith.html
healing-arts.org/mehl-madrona/mmanxiety.htm
natural-cures-for.com/remedies/anxiety
latitudes.org/articles/natural_treatments_anxiety_ocd.html

OCD
brainphysics.com/herbal.php
alternativementalhealth.com/articles/ocd.htm
ehow.com/about_4795256_natural-treatments-ocd.html
ocd.about.com/od/treatment/a/herbals_OCD.htm
brighthub.com/health/alternative-medicine/articles/57503.aspx
raysahelian.com/obsessivecompulsivedisorder.html
epigee.org/mental_health/ocdtreatment.html
healthlibrary.epnet.com...5fe33da65dd4&chunkiid=39026#proposed~

ADD/ADHD
umm.edu/patiented/articles/some_alternative_approaches_attention-deficit_hyperactivity_disorder_000030_10.htm
webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/adhd-home-remedies
add-adhd-alternative-treatment.com/Natural-Treatment-of-ADD.htm
all-natural.com/add.html
healing-arts.org/children/ADHD/herbal.htm
homeschoolmath.net/teaching/add-adhd-diet.php
healthyplace.com...hormones-and-herbs-for-treating-adhd/menu-id-55~
healthyplace.com...adhd/add-adhd-alternative-medicine-toc/menu-id-55~
herbalremediesinfo.com/ADHD.html

Sleep Insomnia/Fragmentation
altmedicine.about.com/cs/conditionsitoq/a/Insomnia.htm
drweil.com/drw/u/ART02037/sleep-aid
mercola.com/article/sleep.htm
trans4mind.com/nutrition/sleep-remedies.html
medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=47532
holisticonline.com/remedies/Sleep/sleep_insomnia_herbs.htm
webmd.com/balance/alternative-therapy
women.webmd.com/pharmacist-drugs-medication-9/natural-sleep-remedies

Hypertension/High Blood Pressure
natural-remedies-for.com...natural-remedies-for-high-blood-pressure~
altmedicine.about.com/cs/herbsvitaminsek/a/Hypertension.htm
drweil.com/drw/u/ART00686/high-blood-pressure-treatment
mayoclinic.com/health/high-blood-pressure~
healthcentral.com/high-blood-pressure/c/35150/26425/blood
ezinearticles...High-Blood-Pressure...Remedies---Hypertension-Natural-Treatment~
ayurvediccure.com/hypertension.htm
mothernature.com/library/bookshelf/books/21/131.cfm
home-remedies-for-you.com/remedy/High-Blood-Pressure.html

Pain
msnbc.msn.com/id/26136767/ns/health-alternative_medicine
abbottnorthwestern.com/ahs/news.nsf/newspage/Non-drugPainRelief
seniorhealth.about.com/library/conditions/blchronicpain6.htm
cfidsselfhelp.org/library/non-drug-treatments-pain-nine-strategies
organizedwisdom.com/Slideshow:Best_Natural_Pain_Remedies
altmedicine.about.com/od/chronicpain/a/back_pain.htm
findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0NAH/is_8_32/ai_92283919
arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/pain-management/tips/arthritis-pain-relief-alternatives.php
altmedicine.about.com/od/healthconditionsdisease/a/osteoarthritis.htm
psychologytoday...complementary-medicine...herbs-provide-natural-pain-relief~
everydayhealth.com/pain-management/alternative-treatments.aspx
everydayhealth.com/pain-management/herbal-remedies-for-pain.aspx
herbalremediesinfo.com Home Remedies For Pain
healthlibrary.epnet.com/GetContent...~
health.yahoo.com/experts/drmao/23499/natural-pain-relief-for-back-pain
doctoryourself.com/pain.html
webmd.com/pain-management/guide/pain-relief-without-pills
findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0NAH/is_1_33/ai_95909854/?tag=content;col1
aarpmagazine.org/health/drug_free_remedies_chronic_pain.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pain_management
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pain
sirc.ca ...Former-Olympic-Cyclists...Strategies-for-Coping-With...Pain...~

Drinking green tea could reduce glaucoma risk according to research released in February 2010
articles.mercola.com...green-tea-could-reduce-glaucoma-risk~
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov...Green+Tea+Catechins...Their+Oxidative+Protection+in+the+Rat+Eye~
nutraingredients.com...Study-finds-green-tea-could-reduce-glaucoma-risk~
 


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