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Table of Contents
  • Jeff Mitchell to address the future of crisis response
  • Depression may increase risk of dementia later on
  • Older, cheap drug may cut suicide risk for people with mood disorders
  • Workplace program to help caregivers with aging parents
  • What to do when an employee is distraught
  • A hospital stay can trigger PTSD
  • As workday expands, alcohol flows more freely, but practice can be risky
  • Employers can take steps to help workers struggling with debt
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder stigma hurts veterans in job search
  • 2-pronged anxiety treatment aids older adults
  • Stress from 9/11 linked to resurgence in smoking
  • Australia's dispute resolution reaches beyond gender issue
  • Savvy employers realizing that happy staff are more productive
  • Blast-related mild traumatic brain injury and PTSD

  • Jeff Mitchell to address the future of crisis response
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    Responding to workplace trauma is a mainstay of employee assistance practice, yet some research has raised concerns regarding the efficacy and even potential harm of interventions including "Mitchell Model" critical incident stress debriefing (CISD). Should EAPs abandon CISD? What are the best evidence-based approaches in 2013 and beyond? At this year's World EAP Conference, attendees will have a firsthand opportunity to hear from Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell during a keynote speech reviewing the field's current knowledge base. "The Future of Crisis Response: What Works, What Hurts" will also provide Mitchell's unique perspective on the future of workplace crisis response.
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    Depression may increase risk of dementia later on
    NPR
    Research now suggests that when people get depressed in middle age and beyond, they're more likely to develop dementia in old age. But the link between remains something of a mystery.
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    Older, cheap drug may cut suicide risk for people with mood disorders
    HealthDay News
    A new review of data suggests than an old and inexpensive drug, lithium, may help lower suicide risk in people with mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder. Treatment with mood-stabilizing drugs such as lithium, anticonvulsants or antipsychotics can help maintain mood within normal limits, but their role in suicide prevention has been unclear, according to background information in the review, which was published online in the journal BMJ.
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    Workplace program to help caregivers with aging parents
    The Toronto Star
    With the number of Canadians suffering from dementia expected to nearly double over the next 30 years, a new initiative based out of Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital may be coming just in time. The hospital has been awarded a five-year, $2.84-million federal grant to develop a comprehensive training scheme that will provide "working caregivers" with strategies to care for aging loved ones with cognitive disabilities — all in their own workplace and even on company time.
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    What to do when an employee is distraught
    BRW
    There are lots of reasons someone might be upset at work – from the personal (divorce, illness, kid troubles) to the professional (a failed project, bad review or nasty colleague). Given how much time we spend in the office, it seems inevitable that people will occasionally get emotional there. But how should a manager handle tears?
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    A hospital stay can trigger PTSD
    Scientific American
    We all experience the occasional life-changing event—a new baby, a cross-country move, a serious injury. In rare cases, such events can precipitate a mental disorder. The problem is compounded because people often assume their suffering is par for the course after such upheaval.
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    As workday expands, alcohol flows more freely, but practice can be risky
    The Wall Street Journal
    Plenty of offices provide free food to their workers, but as the workday in many tech and media companies stretches past the cocktail hour, more companies are stocking full bars and beer fridges, and installing on-site taverns and digitized kegs. But employment lawyers worry that encouraging drinking in the workplace can lead to driving while intoxicated, assault, sexual harassment or rape. Plus, it may make some employees uncomfortable while excluding others, such as those who don't drink for health or religious reasons.
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    Employers can take steps to help workers struggling with debt
    Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
    Debt and its impact on staff well-being has become a key issue across the U.K. Concerns about irresponsible payday lenders and growing debt problems have gained such a high profile that the government is convening a payday loans summit to discuss the issue. But what can employers do to address these issues?
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    Post-traumatic stress disorder stigma hurts veterans in job search
    San Jose Mercury News
    The psychological after-effects of a life-threatening event, PTSD is the invisible wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. One in four recent veterans who has sought treatment at the Department of Veterans Affairs has been diagnosed with the condition. But the media-driven stigma of the "damaged veteran" also may have become a mostly unspoken reason for joblessness among the post-9/11 generation of veterans.
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    2-pronged anxiety treatment aids older adults
    HealthDay News
    A combination of antidepressant therapy and counseling is an effective way to treat anxiety in older adults, a new study finds. Together, these treatments keep seniors anxiety-free for a longer time than either medication or counseling alone, according to the researchers.
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    Stress from 9/11 linked to resurgence in smoking
    PsychCentral
    Stress resulting from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks seems to have caused about 1 million former smokers to start smoking again, according to a new study. Self-reported stress was also found to increase especially in communities with a higher concentration of active-duty and reserve members of the military, and among higher-educated groups. Stress from 9/11 Linked to Taking Up Smoking Again
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    Australia's dispute resolution reaches beyond gender issue
    Human Capital
    An inquiry by ousted Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard into gender discrimination into women at work will not solve the deeper problem of conflict in the workplace, according to Dr. Doron Samuell, medical director of Corporate Health Services. Although stress and bullying claims are made statistically more by women, Samuell stated that the issue cannot be simplified down to gender.
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    Savvy employers realizing that happy staff are more productive
    The Irish Times
    Surely so long as staff deliver the goods, their happiness and health are their own business? Not so for some employers. "If I had to identify one trend in the workplace at the moment it's that employers aren't just dealing with employees on professional matters. They are also looking more holistically at the individual," says John Ryan, chief executive of Great Place to Work, a research and consulting firm.
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    Blast-related mild traumatic brain injury and PTSD
    By Maria Frisch
    Blast-related mild traumatic brain injury has been a common occurrence in American veterans returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many have written about the co-occurrence of post-traumatic stress disorder in these cases, but few have elucidated a clear mechanism for this link. Areas of difficulty in attention, cognitive performance, language, visual-spatial functioning and premorbid intellectual functioning are often present. Until now, these features were viewed as psychologically-driven sequelae when attributed to PTSD. However, new research challenges this view.
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