Mental Health http://wnpr.org en The Vibrations All Around Us http://wnpr.org/post/vibrations-all-around-us <p>You live in an invisible ocean of vibrations caused by the sounds around you. On this show, an almost-creepy experiment shows how the physical changes caused by vibrations can be reverse-engineered to discover the sounds that caused them.</p><p>Then, an oncologist, a sonic therapist, and a world-renowned deaf percussionist give their unusual perspective on vibrations. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 27629 at http://wnpr.org The Vibrations All Around Us Sex and Intimacy When You're Fat http://wnpr.org/post/sex-and-intimacy-when-youre-fat <p></p><p></p><p>According to statistics, one in every three Americans is obese and two of every three are overweight.</p><p>While we know that extra fat may set us up for heart disease, diabetes, and musculoskeletal problems, we don't really know how fat affects sex and love.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:13:28 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 27611 at http://wnpr.org Sex and Intimacy When You're Fat Talking About Suicide http://wnpr.org/post/talking-about-suicide-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The recent death of actor Robin Williams left many people shocked, and it re-started the conversation about suicide, its warning signs, and ways to get help. We revisit a show we did about the illness last year.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We also hear a moving story about depression from author Andrew Solomon, who shared it at The Connecticut Forum earlier this year.</span></p><p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Betsy Kaplan, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown, Heather Brandon & Catie Talarski 27377 at http://wnpr.org Talking About Suicide America: The "No-Vacation Nation"? http://wnpr.org/post/america-no-vacation-nation <p>Research shows that using your vacation time can have some major benefits. For one, it’s better for productivity, and -- <a href="http://www.asanet.org/journals/SMH/Nov13SMHFeature.pdf" target="_blank">as one study shows</a> -- it can even be better for your health. But are Americans taking enough time off, or are we really a "<a href="http://www.cepr.net/index.php/publications/reports/no-vacation-nation-2013" target="_blank">no-vacation nation</a>"?&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 27366 at http://wnpr.org America: The "No-Vacation Nation"? This Is Your Brain on Poverty http://wnpr.org/post/your-brain-poverty <p>A recent <a href="http://media.npr.org/documents/2014/july/npr_rwfj_harvard_stress_poll.pdf" target="_blank">poll</a> from the the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health found that poverty leads to stress, affecting people’s ways of thinking and their overall health. In our region, researchers and doctors have found that living in poverty can actually hinder brain development.</p><p>This hour, we learn more about the psychology of poverty and find out what’s being done to combat some of the the stresses it brings on. We also talk to one researcher who has been looking at the impact of noise pollution on the brain development of children in low-income communities.</p><p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski & Tess Aaronson 27263 at http://wnpr.org This Is Your Brain on Poverty Can You Relate to a Sociopath? http://wnpr.org/post/can-you-relate-sociopath <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"What is your value to the world or to anything if you're not useful?" asked M.E. Thomas, a self-proclaimed sociopath, and author of <em>Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight</em>, on </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Colin McEnroe Show</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Thursday. She continued, "</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It gets to the fundamental question of what makes humanity valuable, and why we should treat anyone as a person."</span></p><p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:03:08 +0000 Betsy Kaplan 26983 at http://wnpr.org Can You Relate to a Sociopath? The Psychopath Show http://wnpr.org/post/psychopath-show <p>You know lots of sociopaths&nbsp;right?</p><p>It could be anyone from your ex-spouse to the guy who cut you off on your drive to work today. It's a term we throw around loosely to refer to anyone whoever lied to us or didn't follow the rules.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:46:26 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf & allison ehrenreich 26953 at http://wnpr.org The Psychopath Show Children as Young as Ten Battling Eating Disorders http://wnpr.org/post/children-young-ten-battling-eating-disorders <p>Thousands of Connecticut adults and children – some as young as ten – struggle with eating disorders with many suffering secretly because the life-threatening psychiatric condition has gone undiagnosed and untreated, experts in the field report.</p><p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:18:31 +0000 Magaly Olivero 26826 at http://wnpr.org Children as Young as Ten Battling Eating Disorders Robin Williams: A Supreme Talent Who Was Always On http://wnpr.org/post/robin-williams-supreme-talent-who-was-always <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr1DSLoHni0</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:56:40 +0000 Eric Deggans 26817 at http://wnpr.org Robin Williams: A Supreme Talent Who Was Always On The Prodigy Paradox http://wnpr.org/post/prodigy-paradox <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a society which rewards brains over brawn, who better than a prodigy to place your bets on? The answer may surprise you.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bobby Fischer was terrible at everything &nbsp;except chess. His entire life was punctuated by extreme paranoia, bouts of seclusion, and cascading, erratic behavior. Ted Kaczynski, a child math and science prodigy… I don’t have to tell you how that one worked out. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thomas Chatterton was writing publishable poetry by the age of 12, and in the immediately ensuing years, wrote work that left its mark on the literature and influenced the&nbsp; romantic movement. He took his own life with arsenic three months shy of 18.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:54:20 +0000 Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf & Josh Nilaya 25445 at http://wnpr.org The Prodigy Paradox When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home http://wnpr.org/post/when-work-becomes-haven-stress-home In the land that came up with the phrase "Thank God it's Friday," and a restaurant chain to capitalize on the sense of relief many feel as the work week ends, researchers made an unusual finding in 2012.<p>Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who worked part time, research involving more than 2,500 mothers found. And mothers who worked part time reported better health than moms who didn't work at all.<p>Working and juggling family responsibilities can be stressful. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 25301 at http://wnpr.org When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home Connecticut Hospitals Responding to Psychiatric Restraint Numbers http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-hospitals-responding-psychiatric-restraint-numbers <p>Pamela Spiro Wagner's apartment is full of art she's made while in psychiatric care. One piece dominates the room. It looks like a painting at first. It shows a threadbare seclusion room and a restraining bed.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:25:00 +0000 Davis Dunavin 24932 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Hospitals Responding to Psychiatric Restraint Numbers Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much http://wnpr.org/post/all-animals-we-need-stress-just-not-too-much Ask somebody about stress, and you're likely to hear an outpouring about all the bad things that cause it — and the bad things that result. But if you ask a biologist, you'll hear that stress can be good.<p>In fact, it's essential.<p>For example, the adrenal glands of all animals have evolved to pump out <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3079864/">stress hormones</a> in unexpected situations — the hormones spur action and increase fuel to the brain, helping the animal react to danger appropriately. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:32:00 +0000 Richard Harris 24964 at http://wnpr.org Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much Years Home, Female Iraq Vets Endure the Wounds of War http://wnpr.org/post/years-home-female-iraq-vets-endure-wounds-war <p>It’s been nine years since Eunice Ramirez served in Iraq, but she still suffers from war wounds: post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, respiratory problems, and frequent crying triggered by her memories.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:41:09 +0000 Peggy McCarthy 24905 at http://wnpr.org Years Home, Female Iraq Vets Endure the Wounds of War Stress Causes Health Problems, Which Then Cause More Stress http://wnpr.org/post/stress-causes-health-problems-which-then-cause-more-stress Stress is bad for your health. And bad health causes a lot of stress.<p>Poor health and disability are common among people who say they suffer from a lot of stress, according to a <a href="http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2014/07/the-burden-of-stress-in-america.html">national poll</a> by NPR, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>And it's not just those whose own health is poor. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:37:00 +0000 editor 24888 at http://wnpr.org Stress Causes Health Problems, Which Then Cause More Stress Stressed Out: Americans Tell Us About Stress In Their Lives http://wnpr.org/post/stressed-out-americans-tell-us-about-stress-their-lives Everyone seems to talk about feeling stressed out. But what's the reality of stress in America these days?<p>NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a nationwide poll in March and early April to find out.<p>Our questions zeroed in on the effect of stress in Americans' lives. We asked about people's personal experiences with stress in the preceding month and year. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:07:00 +0000 editor 24837 at http://wnpr.org Stressed Out: Americans Tell Us About Stress In Their Lives How Healthy Is Connecticut? http://wnpr.org/post/how-healthy-connecticut-0 <p>Our third Health Equity Forum is a project we’ve been working on for a few years now with our partners at Connecticut Health Foundation, exploring the idea of health equity in Connecticut. How do we make sure that everyone has the best possible health outcomes regardless of race, regardless of how much money you have?</p><p>It’s a tricky issue for policy makers, which is why we’re so glad to have as the basis for our conversation a new set of information called the <a href="http://www.fchealth.org/index.php/publications_media/ct_healthcare_survey" target="_blank">Connecticut Health Care Survey</a>. Six organizations came together to put out this report, which is drawn from some 5400 households interviewed.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 24107 at http://wnpr.org How Healthy Is Connecticut? Once Thought to Be Caused By Demons, What Do We Know About Epilepsy Today? http://wnpr.org/post/once-thought-be-caused-demons-what-do-we-know-about-epilepsy-today-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Historically, people with epilepsy were thought to be possessed by demons. Research has come a long way since then, but epilepsy remains mysterious. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy in their lives. Annually, it costs more than $15 billion in medical costs and reduced work production.</span></p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 23993 at http://wnpr.org Once Thought to Be Caused By Demons, What Do We Know About Epilepsy Today? Task Force Makes Mental Health Recommendations; Governor Signs Pet Shop Legislation http://wnpr.org/post/task-force-makes-mental-health-recommendations-governor-signs-pet-shop-legislation <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QftpNRSArW4" width="560"></iframe></p><p>A task force created after the Newtown school shooting is recommending state lawmakers take steps toward improvement of mental health services to children and young adults. The 20-member panel, charged with examining mental health services for people between the ages of 16 and 25 released 47 recommendations on Tuesday for the General Assembly to consider when it reconvenes in January.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:33:25 +0000 Teri McCready 23854 at http://wnpr.org Caring for Those on the Autism Spectrum http://wnpr.org/post/caring-those-autism-spectrum <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new report from the CDC suggests that Autism Spectrum Disorder may be even more prevalent than we thought. The report estimates that roughly one in 68 children born in the U.S. has autism -- a 30 percent increase since 2012.</span></p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 23275 at http://wnpr.org Caring for Those on the Autism Spectrum Blumenthal Co-Sponsors Veterans' Bill; Connecticut Has High Rate of Patient Restraint http://wnpr.org/post/blumenthal-co-sponsors-veterans-bill-connecticut-has-high-rate-patient-restraint <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5bZp-tHicNw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>U-S Senator Richard Blumenthal announced today that he’ll co-sponsor and help lead legislation with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders , that would give veterans facing delays the ability to seek private health care outside the VA.</p><p><strong>Connecticut Has High Rate of Psychiatric Patient Restraint</strong></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:54:19 +0000 Teri McCready 22923 at http://wnpr.org State Restrains Psychiatric Patients at High Rate http://wnpr.org/post/state-restrains-psychiatric-patients-high-rate <p>As the state works to improve its mental health system, new federal data shows that hospitals in Connecticut restrain psychiatric patients at more than double the average national rate, with elderly patients facing restraint at a rate seven times the national average.</p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:50:16 +0000 Lisa Chedekel 22904 at http://wnpr.org State Restrains Psychiatric Patients at High Rate Phone App Might Predict Manic Episodes In Bipolar Disorder http://wnpr.org/post/phone-app-might-predict-manic-episodes-bipolar-disorder There are smartphone apps for monitoring your diet, your drugs, even your heart. Sat, 31 May 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Joe Palca 22834 at http://wnpr.org Phone App Might Predict Manic Episodes In Bipolar Disorder Empathy Lessons: Training Police to Understand People With Mental Illness http://wnpr.org/post/empathy-lessons-training-police-understand-people-mental-illness <p>Earlier this month, Somerville Police Officers Alan Monaco and Timothy Sullivan responded to a call about a fight between two young men. They found one of them, Mike, in an agitated state.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 14:19:37 +0000 Carey Goldberg 22715 at http://wnpr.org Empathy Lessons: Training Police to Understand People With Mental Illness More Police Officers to Get Mental Health Training http://wnpr.org/post/more-police-officers-get-mental-health-training <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Edward </span>Yergeau<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a patrol sergeant</span><span style="color: rgb(84, 84, 84); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 18.200000762939453px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">with the Hartford Police Department, has seen how changing attitudes about mental health has actually changed outcomes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Ten years ago,"&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yergeau</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;said, "you either arrested a person, or threw them in the ambulance, and you were done with them. That was it."&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 16:55:22 +0000 Jeff Cohen 22576 at http://wnpr.org More Police Officers to Get Mental Health Training How Healthy Is Connecticut? http://wnpr.org/post/how-healthy-connecticut <p>Our third Health Equity Forum is a project we’ve been working on for a few years now with our partners at Connecticut Health Foundation, exploring the idea of health equity in Connecticut. How do we make sure that everyone has the best possible health outcomes regardless of race, regardless of how much money you have?</p><p>It’s a tricky issue for policy makers, which is why we’re so glad to have as the basis for our conversation a new set of information called the <a href="http://www.fchealth.org/index.php/publications_media/ct_healthcare_survey" target="_blank">Connecticut Health Care Survey</a>. Six organizations came together to put out this report, which is drawn from some 5400 households interviewed.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 22404 at http://wnpr.org How Healthy Is Connecticut? Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders http://wnpr.org/post/military-plans-test-brain-implants-fight-mental-disorders The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is launching a $70 million program to help military personnel with psychiatric disorders using electronic devices implanted in the brain.<p>The goal of the five-year program is to develop new ways of treating problems including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, all of which are common among service members who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan.<p>"We've seen far too many times where military personnel have neuropsychiatric disorders and there's very few options," says <a href="http://www.darpa.mil/Our_Work/BTO/Personnel Tue, 27 May 2014 06:08:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 22550 at http://wnpr.org Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders Mental Illness Can Shorten Lives More Than Chain-Smoking http://wnpr.org/post/mental-illness-can-shorten-lives-more-chain-smoking Mental disorders can reduce life expectancy by 10 to 20 years, as much as or even more than smoking over 20 cigarettes a day, a study finds.<p>We know that smoking boosts the risk of cancer and heart disease, says <a href="http://www.psych.ox.ac.uk/team/PIs/seena-fazel">Dr. Seena Fazel</a>, a psychiatrist at Oxford University who led the study. Fri, 23 May 2014 15:13:59 +0000 editor 22396 at http://wnpr.org Mental Illness Can Shorten Lives More Than Chain-Smoking Marathon Bombing Study Makes Link Between Brain and Trauma http://wnpr.org/post/marathon-bombing-study-makes-link-between-brain-and-trauma <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When the Boston Marathon bombing occurred, neuroscientists at Harvard University were midway through a study on trauma and the adolescent brain. As a result, they said they were able to make some new scientific links between PTSD and media exposure.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last April, Professor Katie McLaughlin and her colleagues at Harvard were studying the brains of young people who’d been through serious adversity. They had recruited about 150 children and teens. Half had reported early trauma or stress, and half had not.</span></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 13:20:47 +0000 Karen Brown 22236 at http://wnpr.org Marathon Bombing Study Makes Link Between Brain and Trauma Task Force Says Asking All Patients About Suicide Won't Cut Risk http://wnpr.org/post/task-force-says-asking-all-patients-about-suicide-wont-cut-risk Suicide remains a leading cause of death in the United States, especially among teenagers and young adults. Anything that could reduce the toll would be good.<p>But asking everyone who goes to the doctor if he is considering suicide isn't the answer, according to a federal panel that evaluated the effectiveness of existing screening tools for suicide. They found there wasn't enough evidence to know whether screening the general public helps or hurts.<p>That doesn't mean doctors shouldn't be paying attention to <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/suicide.html">suicide</a>, the U.S. Mon, 19 May 2014 22:39:00 +0000 editor 22143 at http://wnpr.org Task Force Says Asking All Patients About Suicide Won't Cut Risk