Gaming Depression: Playing your way to mental health

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Description: How might playing a tablet based game have a positive impact upon symptoms of late-life (post 60 years) depression? Before you read the article linked below think about the symptoms that are typically associated with depression. In addition to mood related issues (obviously associated with depression) what sorts of cognitive factors are associated with… Read more »

Face-to-Face Interaction and Levels of Depression

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Description: Are all social contacts more or less equal in terms of what they do for us? The study described in this article looked at the relationships between the frequency of several types of social contact and symptoms of depression among people over 50 years of age. What do YOU think they found? Source: Today… Read more »

The State of Canada’s Mental Health Treatment System: Broken? Fixable?

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Description: The Globe and Mail has produced a series of articles on the current state of mental health treatment in Canada. It does not so much focus on the quality of the treatment options available (they are pretty good) but rather on the general availability (or lack thereof) of such services. You can think of… Read more »

Depression, Bipolar Disorder and “Fuzzy” Thinking

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Description: Feeling like your thinking is less sharp or even describable as “fuzzy’ is a fairly common subjective report offered by people struggling with depression or bipolar disorder. However, there has been debate as to whether such feeling are reflections of actual changes in brain function or related, instead to changes in mood or motivation… Read more »

Oliver Sacks on Feelings of Disorder (or Dis-ease)

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Description: What subjective/psychologically experiences do we associate with disease? Oliver Sacks, the deeply respected physician and professor of neurology discusses about how patients with migraines talk about the psychological experiences associated with their migraine headaches. The 81 year old Sacks goes on to talk about his own experiences with a particular palliative treatment for the… Read more »

Ultrasound and Alzheimer’s Disease: Steps Toward the Development of a Treatment

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Description: Current treatments for Alzheimer’s disease are limited in their effectiveness. A major issue is sorting out the potential causes of the disease from symptoms – the classical problem of correlation. This research on the potentially positive effects of ultrasound on the amyloid plaques that arise in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients is a good… Read more »