Tag Archives: Mental disorder

Texas Rangers investigate officer who killed suspect holding spoon


Texas Rangers investigate officer who killed suspect holding spoon

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The Texas Rangers are investigating an incident in Texarkana in which a police officer responding to a reported burglary fatally shot a suspect who was holding a spoon, officials said on Tuesday.

The incident comes as increased scrutiny has been placed on police following the deaths of unarmed suspects at the hands of police that have sparked protests nationwide.

In Texarkana, the officer arrived at the scene of the reported burglary at about 2 a.m. Monday and found a suspect in the garage of a house, police in the East Texas city said.

“The suspect then came toward the officer in an aggressive manner with a metal object in his hand,” police said. The officer fired one shot, striking the suspect, Dennis Grigsby, 35, in the chest. He later died at a hospital.

The object Grigsby was holding was found to be a spoon.

via Texas Rangers investigate officer who killed suspect holding spoon.

Internet Addiction in Young Adults


Internet Addiction in Young Adults

The social self.

The social self. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The medical community remains divided on the existence of Internet addiction as a standalone psychological disorder, but support is growing. Studies suggest that Internet addiction is physiologically similar to other types of addiction, and a recent survey finds that 16 percent of young adults exhibit symptoms of Internet addiction, including spending inordinate amounts of time—more than 15 hours a day—online. Still, the American Psychiatric Association has yet to recognize Internet addiction as an independent condition in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). More… Discuss

Saint of the Day for Thursday, May 15th, 2014: St. Dymphna


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St. Dymphna

Dymphna was fourteen when her mother died. Damon is said to have been afflicted with a mental illness, brought on by his grief. He sent messengers throughout his town and other lands to find some … continue reading

 

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NEWS: CHILDHOOD HURTS PERSIST FOR DECADES


Childhood Hurts Persist for Decades

Yet another study, this one the first to look at the effects of childhood bullying in late adulthood, is adding to the growing body of evidence on the persistent and pervasive social, physical, and psychological effects of bullying. At age 50, people who were frequent victims of childhood bullying remained at increased risk of mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. They also tended to report a lower quality of life. The findings suggest that we never really outgrow the trauma of bullying but instead carry it with us throughout our lives. More… Discuss

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NEWS: FIRST BIOMARKER FOR DEPRESSION IDENTIFIED


First Biomarker for Depression Identified

Researchers have identified the first biomarker for clinical depression, and it could be helpful in identifying teenage boys at risk of developing the mental illness. Teen boys with depressive mood symptoms, such as feelings of misery, loneliness, or of not being loved, who also had high levels of the stress hormone cortisol were 14 times more likely to develop depression than those with low cortisol levels and no depressive symptoms. During the course of one three-year study, about half of the boys identified as high-risk using this screening tool went on to be diagnosed with clinical depression. More… Discuss

 

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How the Obamacare wars hurt the mentally ill | MSNBC (in war there are no victors!)


Scott Patrick, 48, stops for a mid-day coffee in downtown Atlanta. How the Obamacare wars hurt the mentally ill | MSNBC.

The partisan war over Obamacare is now threatening the mental health services that Patrick and countless others are seeking. The president’s health care law cuts federal subsidies to safety-net hospitals that were expected to have more paying patients under the law’s Medicaid expansion and insurance exchanges. But Republican-controlled states like Georgia have refused to go along with the expansion. That’s turned safety-net providers like Grady into unintended casualties—and mental health services for Georgia’s most troubled residents are first on the chopping block. 

It was never meant to happen this way. States like Georgia, which has the nation’s sixth-highest uninsured rate, were supposed to be the biggest beneficiaries of the new Medicaid dollars.  But in 2012, the Supreme Court unexpectedly ruled that the federal government couldn’t force states to accept the expansion. 

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NEWS: DAILY POT USE TIED TO EARLIER ONSET OF PSYCHOSIS


Daily Pot Use Tied to Earlier Onset of Psychosis

Many people view marijuana as a relatively harmlessdrug, but the truth is that we still do not fully understand its effects on the brain. Research has linked cannabis use to some cases of psychosis, but experts are dividedon whether the drug triggers the psychosis in vulnerable individuals or whether people prone to psychosis are just more likely to smoke pot. A recent study of adults diagnosed with a psychotic episode seems to support the former hypothesis, finding that those who smoke marijuana daily tend to have their first psychotic episode when they are about six years younger than those who abstain from the drug. More… Discuss

 

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Today’s Birthday:


Philippe Pinel (1745)

After moving to Paris in 1778, Pinel, a French physician, was appointed director of the Bicêtre and Salpêtrière hospitals. His experiences there prompted him to advocate for the humane treatment of mentally ill persons—then called the insane—and for the empirical study of mental disease. He further contributed to the development of psychiatry by establishing the practice of thoroughly documenting psychiatric case histories for research. What initially inspired Pinel’s interest in mental illness? More… Discuss