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  • EAPA's 2015 World EAP Conference Preview Book now available online
  • The SCOTUS decision that's really good for mental health
  • Research: New diagnosis — certain people can't summon up mental images
  • Should companies test for alcohol usage in the workplace? Experts weigh in
  • Middle-age memory failures can predict Alzheimer's 18 years before diagnosis
  • When does workplace wellness become coercive?
  • The other depression
  • Blood pressure medication could prevent alcohol, drug addiction
  • Mental health: Employees speak of difficulty re-entering workforce following depression, anxiety
  • Health care professionals need more support in the wake of adverse events

  • EAPA's 2015 World EAP Conference Preview Book now available online
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    The Conference Preview Book gives you all the information you need about EAPA's 2015 World EAP Conference program, including pre-conference training courses, keynotes, breakout presentations, the world's largest EAP Marketplace, and unparalleled networking and recognition opportunities for EA professionals from up to 40 countries. EAPA has negotiated a remarkably low conference hotel rate of just $155 single/$165 double at the award-winning and newly renovated Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, located on 32 lushly landscaped acres with the relaxing atmosphere of a secluded resort, but just minutes from downtown San Diego, sandy beaches, the world famous San Diego zoo and other attractions. The conference begins Tuesday, Sept. 29 and ends Friday, Oct 2. Pre-conference training courses are Sept. 28-29.
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    The SCOTUS decision that's really good for mental health
    The Huffington Post
    The Supreme Court of the United States made a historic ruling on same-sex marriage on Friday, voting 5 to 4 in favor of legalizing all unions. Not only does this allow everyone to marry the person they love, regardless of sexual orientation, but it's also a step forward for mental health in a community that's often stigmatized. The SCOTUS decision is a leap in the right direction — especially when it comes to boosting the mental health of LGBT individuals.
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    Research: New diagnosis — certain people can't summon up mental images
    The New York Times
    Certain people, researchers have discovered, can't summon up mental images — it's as if their mind's eye is blind. This month in the journal Cortex, the condition received a name: aphantasia, based on the Greek word phantasia, which Aristotle used to describe the power that presents visual imagery to our minds.
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    Should companies test for alcohol usage in the workplace? Experts weigh in
    Test Country
    With alcohol having legal status as an intoxicant, workplace testing for alcohol usage isn't as clear cut as illicit drug testing (which isn't that clear cut, either). What is legal in one state is verboten in another, making laws about alcohol testing in the workplace a veritable minefield across the country that can cause problems for those who are unprepared and even those who think they are prepared.
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    Middle-age memory failures can predict Alzheimer's 18 years before diagnosis
    Forbes
    Results from an extensive new study suggest that early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease appear up to 18 years before the disease is officially diagnosed. Researchers publishing in the journal Neurology gave 2,125 people, average age 73, a test of memory and thinking skills every three years for 18 years. All of the participants were either European-American or African-American and none had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's when the study began.
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    When does workplace wellness become coercive?
    WGBH
    Employers say wellness programs boost workers' health and productivity while helping companies curb rising health care costs. President Barack Obama's signature health law allows employers to increase those financial incentives. But asking workers to undergo medical exams or give personal medical information is sharply limited by another law, the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act, which prohibits such questioning — except under limited circumstances, such as by voluntary wellness programs. So when is a wellness program voluntary, and when do employer incentives cross the line and become coercive?
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    The other depression
    Psych Central
    Depression is a major part of bipolar disorder. We spend three times the amount of time in depressive phases than manic phases, so it's important to be able to recognize symptoms of depression and be able to treat them effectively. Because so much time is spent in a depressive state versus a manic state, almost 70 percent of bipolar patients are misdiagnosed with major depressive disorder or unipolar depression in the onset of their illness.
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    Blood pressure medication could prevent alcohol, drug addiction
    Medical News Today
    One of the drivers of alcohol and drug addiction is the powerful and enduring memories of the triggers — the people, places, sights and sounds that lead up to and surround episodes of substance use. Encounters with such powerful cues are recognized as primary reasons for relapse.
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    Mental health: Employees speak of difficulty re-entering workforce following depression, anxiety
    ABC
    Mental health groups say the longer people are out of work, the less likely they are to return. Someone who has more than 70 days off has just a 35 percent chance of ever returning. Figures like these are prompting calls from mental health groups for more to be done to help people transition back into the workplace after they have had time off because of mental illness.
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    Health care professionals need more support in the wake of adverse events
    FierceHealthcare
    Patients aren't the only victims of an adverse event. Experts often refer to doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care workers who are implicated when a patient is harmed as "second victims." While hospitals and health systems have increased their efforts to address the needs of employees who cause or witness an adverse event, some industry insiders assert that more has to be done. In addition, providing the right response is essential to helping employees cope and heal in the aftermath of the error.
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    Career coach: How to provide support when a colleague suffers a loss (The Washington Post)
    Anxiety emerges as key mental health issue on campus, in workplace (Beaver County Times)

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