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Victory in California with solitary confinement lawsuit
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On September 2, 2015, the state of California, in response to a 2009 lawsuit, agreed in federal court to prison reforms regarding the practice of solitary confinement. The lawsuit morphed into a class action suit on behalf of 2,858 prisoners held in prolonged and almost total isolation. California agreed to be more selective about who […]


Nuances of autism diagnosis
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The perceived link between vaccinations and autism has recently put the condition in the spotlight. Now that autism is being put under society’s microscope, researchers are looking into the specific details that go hand-in-hand with an autism diagnosis. A recent study reported that the chance of receiving an autism diagnosis in childhood depends on where […]


World Mental Health Day: Exploring perceived links between mental illness and violence
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Oct. 10, 2015 was World Mental Health Day with the theme of “Dignity in Mental Health,” a topic that promotes human rights policy and law, training of health professionals and informed consent to treatment while working to eliminate stigmatization of mental health issues. A common belief that contributes to the continuation of stigma surrounding mental […]


Domestic violence treatment programs: Domestic violence shelters for pet owners
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As Immanuel Kant once said, “He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” Pets have such a therapeutic effect on people that they are now commonly used to comfort people in nursing homes, hospitals and airports. […]


What’s your hobby? – Studies prove hobbies boost mental health
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In her book “Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has Time,” author and Washington Post contributor Brigid Schulte speaks to the fast-paced, work-oriented schedule many have adopted. She denotes the phrase “I’m too busy” as a modern-day badge of honor that indicates importance and virtue. While this may hold true in the digital […]


Domestic violence treatment programs: Domestic violence intervention programs
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Women who are victims of domestic violence may choose to leave their homes in search of a safe place to stay. Women’s shelters originated in the 1970s as a response to the need for temporary shelter for abused women. Advocates solicited community support and then lobbied for legislation from lawmakers. Eventually legislation was passed at […]


Hurricane Katrina and the mental aftermath
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The tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina has just passed. In 2005 when the disaster happened, Charlotte Porter was bureau chief for a major national news organization in New Orleans. She had lived there for 11 years and was no stranger to tropical storms. As Katrina approached, Porter and her colleagues moved essential things out of […]


The effect of child loss on a marriage
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The death of a child is one of the most traumatic experiences a family can ever know. Every year, more than 300,000 children die in the United States leaving parents devastated and adrift. They face a completely new reality, a life without their beloved child and many feel guilt because they were unable to prevent […]


Pregnancy and infant loss: Supporting parents after the loss of a child
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The death of a child is one of the most devastating losses a parent can experience. Whatever the cause – accident, injury or illness – parents may feel stunned out of grief, shock and disbelief. The range of emotion in response to the death of a child includes guilt, anger, loneliness, despair and regret among […]


World mental health day: Should primary care doctors treat mental illness?
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Primary care doctors treat patients for a wide range of physical illnesses and injuries and as part of treatment often refer patients to a therapist, psychiatrist or psychologist when they observe symptoms of mental illness. It is most commonly the primary care physician who recognizes that a patient may indeed have a mental illness. The […]


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