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  • Controversy about DSM-5 rages on
  • Multiple bills would open the door to providing teletherapy across the US with a single state license
  • Public employee assistance archive now available online
  • First genetic markers that predict postpartum depression studied
  • The problems with workplace personality tests
  • Study finds differences in the brains of patients suffering from psychiatric diseases
  • Survey measures stress levels for finance workers around the world
  • Life expectancy gap widens between those with mental illness, general population
  • Stress has employees worried sick about work
  • 'The art of noticing' a key part of therapy
  • Why bullies succeed at work

  • Controversy about DSM-5 rages on
    The New York Times
    Dr. Thomas R. Insel, director of the National Institutes of Mental Health, harshly criticized the new DSMV for defining mental disorders based on symptoms rather than underlying biological causes; in response, Dr. David Kupfer, the chairman of the task force that revised the DSM, said the new manual did the best it could with the scientific evidence available and added that any shortage of such evidence was "a failure of our neuroscience and biology."
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    Multiple bills would open the door to providing teletherapy across the US with a single state license
    GovTrack.us
    A bipartisan bill would permit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health professionals to treat veterans nationwide with a single state license. The VETS Act, builds on the unanimous congressional enactment of the 2011 STEP Act (Servicemembers' Telemedicine and E-Health Portability Act), which provides a similar provision for healthcare providers in the U.S. Department of Defense. A similar licensing rule for patients and providers of Medicare, Medicaid and other major federal health programs was included in a comprehensive telemedicine bill submitted by Rep. Mike Thompson in December 2012. Presently, most providers who practice interstate telemedicine must be licensed both where the patient and provider are physically located. Such regulation increases the cost of healthcare and is an artificial barrier, favoring the business interests of local physicians over patient choice.
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    Public employee assistance archive now available online
    University of Maryland
    The Employee Assistance Archive is a free, publicly accessible archive created to preserve important historical documents in the EA field and to provide a depository for significant EA-related articles and publications. EA professionals are encouraged to help build the archive by posting original works, historical documents, or other related papers. The EA archive is hosted by the University of Maryland.
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    First genetic markers that predict postpartum depression studied
    TIME
    Researchers say that a blood test may soon identify which pregnant women are at highest risk of developing postpartum depression, so they can seek treatment that could control their symptoms. in a small study of 52 pregnant women described in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found changes in certain genes, which they could pick up in the blood, that distinguished women who went on to suffer from postpartum from those who did not.
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    The problems with workplace personality tests
    The Conversation
    One missing ingredient in selecting high-performing workers is personality. People’s dispositions to think, feel and act in particular ways may help predict who will cut corners, miss deadlines, crumble under stress, spread rumours, pilfer stationery and fail to get along with their coworkers. Decades of research have shown that personality traits can predict health, happiness, mental disorder, longevity, relationship quality, academic achievement, criminality, political attitudes, Facebook profiles and much more besides.
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    Study finds differences in the brains of patients suffering from psychiatric diseases
    Canadian Association for Neuroscience via The Medical News
    Studying the networks of connections in the brains of people affected by schizophrenia, bipolar disease or depression has allowed Dr. Peter Williamson, from Western University, to gain a better understanding of the biological basis of these important diseases. Williamson and colleagues have shown that different networks, found specifically in humans, are disrupted in different psychiatric diseases.
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    Survey measures stress levels for finance workers around the world
    The Global Recruiter
    A survey from eFinancialCareers has found over 4 in 10 (42 percent) U.K.-based finance professionals feel stressed at work either very or fairly often. On top of this 6 in 10 (57 percent) report that stress level among coworkers in their organization has increased in the past six months.
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    Life expectancy gap widens between those with mental illness, general population
    Medical News Today
    The gap between life expectancy in patients with a mental illness and the general population has widened since 1985 and efforts to reduce this gap should focus on improving physical health, suggest researchers in a paper published on bmj.com. The higher death rate associated with mental illness has been extensively documented, but most of the attention has focused on the elevated risk of suicide, whereas most of the risk can be attributed to physical illness such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and cancer (80 percent of deaths).
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    Stress has employees worried sick about work
    Livemint
    Diseases brought on by the effects of stress are so common now that a whole interdisciplinary branch of medicine, psychoneuroimmunology, is devoted to it. Dr. Vivek Nangia says he sees one or two cases daily where the root cause is stress, due either to work or other life situations. Most of the patients who come to him have ailments triggered or worsened by stress and are in the 20-35 age group, usually in corporate jobs.
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    'The art of noticing' a key part of therapy
    Counseling Today
    What we say to ourselves has a powerful impact on our emotional state. That's why teaching clients to notice their self-talk is such an important part of therapy. Today more than ever, attachment- and mindfulness-based therapies are helping clients experience emotional healing.
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    Why bullies succeed at work
    The Washington Post
    A new study from researchers at the University at Buffalo found that neither bullying nor political skill, on their own, were correlated with job performance, and that the two traits were not correlated with one another. But when bullying and political skill were combined, there was a strong correlation with higher performance, backing up their hypothesis that "politically skilled bullies are able to use their bullying behavior to build broad coalitions of supporters and pools of resources that will facilitate their own job performance."
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