“Major Neurological Conditions Have More In Common Than We Thought, Study Finds”

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This February 8, 2018 article found on the NPR website in the section called “The Two-way breaking news” talks about a study done that seems to show indications that Autism, Schizophrenia, and Bi-polar Disorder share some commonalities on a molecular level.  The article also mentions Major Depression, and Addiction Disorder as also being looked at in this study.  They are hoping that this study will lead to better, more effective treatments for people with mental illnesses.  They compared brain samples from people known to have a mental illness to samples from people who did not have a mental illness the samples were all taken postmortem so no living people were included in the study, but for me, this study gives me hope that not only will science continue to find more measurable evidence that mental illness is indeed real to show those who claim that mental illness it not real.  Beyond that though it gives me hope that better treatments that are more precise in targeting the underlying problem will be developed and that perhaps in 50 years (preferably less than that) from now people will have access to those treatments and some will look back and recognize the work that scientists did today and in previous decades as having helped to lay the groundwork that gave them better, safer, and more effective treatments.  On the other hand though 50 years from now, people will likely view today’s treatments as somewhat barbaric, because that’s how history works.

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“Trump’s Call for Mental Institutions Could Be Good: Bringing back asylums isn’t actually the worst idea.”

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This article discusses reasons not only why re-opening asylums could be good, but includes some of the history behind those that have been downsized or closed.   The article appropriately points out that even though opening asylums could be good, it would likely do nothing to prevent mass shootings or other forms of violence and points to the access to guns as being the issue that is feeding gun violence.

“Faulty assumptions behind persistent racial/ethnic disparities in behavioral health care”

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This June 9, 2016 article found on the Medical Xpress website talks about some of the assumptions made regarding minorities and behavioral health treatment and explains some of the things that could be done to improve the situation so that minorities receive equal care comparable to what is received by other populations.

“Take This: Where Gaming Meets Mental Health”

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This June 10, 2016 by Chloi Rad on the IGN website, talks about efforts being made to raise awareness of mental health issues to gamers.  One effort includes working on providing an “AFK Room” (for the non-gamers AFK means “Away From Keyboard” and is often used by gamers when they need to step away from their console or computer briefly or to explain a lack of response to someone who didn’t know they wandered away from their computer or console)  In the case of the AFK Rooms, the article indicates that they are meant to be a quiet place staffed by clinicians where attendees at some of the gaming conferences can step away from the noise and chaos they are experiencing.  These rooms have been known to help people who were suicidal, as well as those who are having anxiety issues.   Take This wants to remind gamers that they are not exempt from ever being in need of mental health support, and want to decrease the stigma among gamers towards those who do need support.

I think I would sum this up as simply saying it is an example of gamers helping gamers since the AFK rooms were created by a well-known game company.

“PA Coalition Supporting Insurance Parity Will Hold Press Conference to Announce Introduction of Bill to Enforce Federal Law”

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This June 10, 2016  article talks about a gathering in Harrisburg, PA to be held on June 13, 2016 on the Capital Rotunda where State Representative Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery County) will be joined by providers, family members and mental health Consumers to advocate for a bill being introduced to better enforce the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 here in Pennsylvania.

“Recovery Works Summit 2016”

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Upcoming Recovery Works Summit 2016 the above link takes you to the site containing all the nitty-gritty details.

The Summit is to be held…

Sept. 27, 2016 in Harrisburg, PA

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“FDA Proposes Ban on ‘Shock’ Device Used to Curb Self-Harm”

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This April 22, 2016 HealthDayNews article found on the Philly.com website talks about a proposal by the FDA to ban the use of shock devices used for treating self-harm.  Most people these devices are used on have an Intellectual Disability and the FDA thinks about 30 to 40 people in a single facility who are being “treated” with these devices.  Some of the side effects of these devices include skin irritation or burns, and shocking if the device malfunctions but no self-harm is occurring.

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