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Ten Degrees Above Average, Alaska is Having Its Hottest Year Since Records Began

Like the rest of the world, Alaska has been unusually hot this year—and it’s about to get hotter. That’s according to the most recent data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as Climate Central reported. Between March and May of this year, the meteorological spring, the entire state has been about 10 degrees hotter than normal, with an average temperature …

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Antidepressants do not prevent suicides and may even increase the risk of attempts

A new analysis published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics discloses important findings as to the role of antidepressant drugs in preventing suicide. It is unclear whether antidepressants can prevent suicides or suicide attempts, particularly during long-term use. The Authors carried out a comprehensive review of long-term studies of antidepressants (relapse prevention). Sources were obtained from 5 review articles and by searches …

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Kelly Brogan, MD – A Case Of Gut-Induced Mania

Sometimes, it just takes one case to bring an entire medical construct to its knees. Because if the current model can’t encompass it, then the model must evolve to accommodate the seeming outlier. Currently, psychiatry is in a freefall. With its priesthood abandoning its own tenets around biomedical explanations for mental illness, there is room now, for a new model to …

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Richard Gunderman – Facing a physician shortage, can we leave medical school grads on the sidelines?

Dr. Heidi Schmidt cannot practice medicine. The problem is not that she lost her license or was named in too many malpractice lawsuits. To the contrary, she has never held a license to practice medicine. Yet she has earned not only an M.D. but also master’s degrees in public health and pharmacy, passed all the licensing exams required of medical …

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David Swanson – Why do War Veterans Commit Suicide or Murder?

In two recent articles in the Los Angeles Times and the academic studies that inspired them, the authors investigate the question of which war veterans are most likely to commit suicide or violent crimes. Remarkably, the subject of war, their role in war, their thoughts about the supposed justifications (or lack thereof) of a war, never come up. The factors …

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Robert Parry – The Second Amendment’s Fake History

False history continues to kill Americans, as we saw once again last week at Umpqua Community College in Oregon where a disturbed young man whose mother had loaded the house with loaded handguns and rifles executed nine people and then committed suicide – one more mind-numbing slaughter made possible, in part, by an erroneous understanding of the Second Amendment. A …

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Barry Donegan – Lawmaker Calls for Study on Links Between Pharmaceuticals and Mass Killers

Following recent media reports of high-profile mass shootings, a Republican assemblywoman from Nevada is calling for an investigation into whether psychiatric pharmaceuticals commonly taken by mass murderers can cause side effects that may contribute to their mental health decline. According to KSNV Las Vegas, GOP Assemblywoman Michele Fiore saysthat, rather than blaming mass shootings on the guns used by the perpetrators, studies …

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Insight – 9/11 Fourteen Years Past and the Mental Health Forefront with AFSP – 09.10.15

Heavy hearts, remembrance and unfathomable images of terrorism persist nearly a decade and a half after the day the world forever changed. Harry Blanding, was a kind hearted man, loving husband and a terrific father to three incredible children and his story is one among thousands that ended abruptly and tragically.

Mark talk’s neurotransmitters, antidepressant black box warning labels, interactive screening processes and much more with Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the pivotal role AFSP has played for Mark and members of his family.

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The Suicide-Mass Murder Connection: A Growing Epidemic

The harsh reality of suicide is shrouded in mystery. Unknown to most Americans is the fact that suicide is sharply on the rise, particularly among the middle-aged. Suicide used to be concentrated primarily among the elderly. The dramatic rise in suicide among the middle-aged is a disturbing new trend over the last ten years. See a related article on the changing patterns and …