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Rebecca Spizzirri
Attends The Graduate Center and John Jay College, City University of New York
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New York state health officials are announcing that 479 CVS pharmacies across the state will start selling the heroin antidote naloxone without a prescription.
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You can tell who sponsors NASCAR drivers by the patches on their jumpsuits. So why not do the same for politicians?
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The statistic noted in the title is a bit misleading, but the take home message is that for pregnant women with moderate depression, therapy should be the first line of treatment.

#mentalhealth   #psychotherapy   #autism   #depression   #pregnancy  
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Yikes! So it goes from 1:68 to 1.87:68 kids are born with autism? 
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Three stories of recovery.

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Three people with schizophrenia share their stories.
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CHICAGO (AP) — The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for a ban on direct-to-consumer ads for prescription drugs and implantable medical devices, saying they contribute to rising costs and patients' demands…
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"The researchers, led by John McGrath of the University of Queensland in Australia, analyzed data from the World Health Organization's World Mental Health Surveys, a set of community surveys carried out between 2001 and 2009, involving 31,261 adults in 18 countries. After ruling out experiences caused by drugs or sleep, the researchers determined that 5.8 percent of the respondents had psychotic experiences. Two thirds of these people had had only one type of episode, with hallucinations being four times more common than delusions."

The authors give one example of the kind of psychotic experience that counted in their study:

"Jenny does not have schizophrenia, but she has hallucinations. “I could feel Mark in the room, standing behind me,” she says of one such experience. “My first love, whom I hadn't seen since I was a teenager, still guiding me, as he had ever since my hallucinations started taking definite shape. I glimpsed him out of the corner of my eye, stroking my spreading wings, reassuring me I'd made the right decision, to leave my old life behind and travel to England to be a journalist.” Jenny, who requested that her real name be withheld for privacy, agreed to talk with me about her hallucinations, which she regards as benign. When she hallucinates, she always sees Mark, and he always offers her advice. He is the part of herself she turns to for guidance."

If someone is hearing voices or seeing visions that are not distressing to them and are not interfering with their ability to function at work, home, school, etc., then the experience is not pathological.  Psychologists are well aware that plenty of people have non-distressing, non-impairing psychotic experiences.  So there's really nothing new here, except perhaps the prevalence number that the researchers came up with.  But if this article can help to decrease stigma, then I'm all for it.

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All U.S. adults, including pregnant and postpartum women, should be screened for depression by their family doctor, the nation's leading preventive medicine panel recommends.
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 “I want what everyone wants — unconditional love and acceptance.” — Natali Wind

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Some autistic adults have spent much of their lives with the wrong diagnosis, consigned to psychiatric institutions or drugged for disorders they never had.
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Finland wants to scrap all existing benefits and instead hand out 800 euros per month—to everyone.
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PARIS—In an effort to modernize the principles and empirical procedures of examining phenomena and advancing humanity’s collective knowledge, the International Council for Science announced Thursday the addition of a “Seek Funding” step to the scientific method.
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I am pursuing my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
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  • The Graduate Center and John Jay College, City University of New York
    Clinical Psychology, 2012 - present
    M.A. in Psychology, 2014; Ph.D. in progress
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Psychology & Philosophy, 2008 - 2012
    B.S., 2012
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