mental health en "Animal Madness" By Laurel Braitman <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Charles Darwin developed his evolutionary theories by looking at physical differences in Galapagos finches and fancy pigeons. Alfred Russell Wallace investigated a range of creatures in the Malay Archipelago. <a href="">Laurel Braitman</a> got her lessons closer to home—by watching her dog. Oliver snapped at flies that only he could see, ate Ziploc bags, towels, and cartons of eggs. He suffered debilitating separation anxiety, was prone to aggression, and may even have attempted suicide. Her experience with Oliver forced Laurel to acknowledge a form of continuity between humans and other animals that, first as a biology major and later as a PhD student at MIT, she’d never been taught in school. Nonhuman animals can lose their minds. And when they do, it often looks a lot like human mental illness.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94849 at "Animal Madness" By Laurel Braitman "Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature And Meaning Of Psychiatry" By Tom Burns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Much is written about psychiatry, but very little that describes psychiatry itself. Why should there be such a need? For good or ill, psychiatry is a polemical battleground, criticized on the one hand as an instrument of social control, while on the other the latest developments in neuroscience are trumpeted as lasting solutions to mental illness.</p><p>Which of these strikingly contrasting positions should we believe? In <em>Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature and Meaning of Psychiatry</em>, Tom Burns reviews the historical development of psychiatry, throughout alert to where psychiatry helps, and where it is imperfect. What is clear is that mental illnesses are intimately tied to what makes us human in the first place. and the drive to relieve the suffering they cause is even more human.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94658 at "Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature And Meaning Of Psychiatry" By Tom Burns Legislation Advances To Keep NY Institutions Open <p>New York's Senate has approved legislation to postpone for two years Cuomo administration plans to close state institutions for the disabled and mentally ill, prompting an outcry from advocates of more community-based services.</p><p>The bill, which has also cleared the Assembly Mental Health Committee, would postpone closures and consolidations of facilities operated by the Office of Mental Health and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities until April 1st, 2017.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:37:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 92901 at Mass. Aims To Reduce Stigma Around Mental Health <p><a href="" target="_blank">Massachusetts will provide $8 million to 22 organizations</a> offering mental and behavioral health services.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:20:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 91079 at Mass. Aims To Reduce Stigma Around Mental Health Survey Issued On Awareness Of Mental Health Insurance Coverage <p></p><p></p><p>May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The American Psychological Association has issued a survey on people’s awareness of a 2008 law that requires insurance companies to provide coverage for mental and behavioral health coverage. Wed, 21 May 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 91004 at Survey Issued On Awareness Of Mental Health Insurance Coverage MA Providing $8M For Behavioral Health Programs <p>Massachusetts will provide $8 million to 22 organizations offering mental and behavioral health services.</p><p>State Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office announced the Behavioral Health Grant program Tuesday. In a statement, Coakley says part of the effort is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and substance abuse.</p><p>The AG’s office awarded Pittsfield-based <a href="" target="_blank">Berkshire Health Systems</a> $500,000 to connect care providers and patients in rural areas.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:45:12 +0000 Jim Levulis 90893 at MA Providing $8M For Behavioral Health Programs Peer To Peer Programs Offer Hope To Veterans In Need <p></p><p><a href="">While reflecting on the recent military base shooting at Fort Hood, Texas</a>, New York Congressman and retired army colonel Chris Gibson said one of the most important services provided to veterans suffering from mental illness is a peer-to-peer program.</p><p></p><p>WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Saratoga County Veterans Service Agency Officer Frank McClement and Peer to Peer Coordinator Amy Hughes on services available to service men and women.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 16:53:46 +0000 Lucas Willard 87527 at Peer To Peer Programs Offer Hope To Veterans In Need Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Center for Motivation &amp; Change</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a unique, private group practice of dedicated clinicians and researchers in New York City specializing in the treatment of substance use and compulsive behaviors.</span></p><p>The most innovative leaders in progressive addiction treatment in the US offer a groundbreaking, science-based guide to helping loved ones overcome addiction problems and compulsive behaviors. <em>Beyond Addiction</em> eschews the theatrics of interventions and tough love to show family and friends how they can use kindness, positive reinforcement, and motivational and behavioral strategies to help their loved ones change.</p><p>Dr. Carrie Wilkens joins us to tell us more.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85016 at Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change "The Depths" By Jonathan Rottenberg <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly every depressed person is assured by doctors, well-meaning friends and family, the media, and ubiquitous advertisements that the underlying problem is a chemical imbalance. Such a simple defect should be fixable, yet despite all of the resources that have been devoted to finding a pharmacological solution, depression remains stubbornly widespread. Why are we losing this fight?</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 84243 at "The Depths" By Jonathan Rottenberg Best of 2013 - Non-Fiction - Simon Winchester's "The Man With The Electrified Brain" <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Simon Winchester</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has never shied away from big, even enormous, topics—as evidenced by his bestselling biography of the Atlantic Ocean, his account of the </span>Krakatoa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> volcanic eruption, and his wildly popular </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Professor and the Madman</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary.</span></p><p></p><p>In his new memoir, <em>The Man with the Electrified Brain</em>, he takes on arguably his most daunting subject yet: his own flirtation with madness, and one of nature’s greatest and most enduring mysteries, the human brain.</p><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 72940 at Best of 2013 - Non-Fiction - Simon Winchester's "The Man With The Electrified Brain"