Mental Health News: NYT, Mind Hacks

Brain Health NewsA few very inter­est­ing New York Times arti­cles over the last cou­ple of days, plus a great oppor­tu­ni­ty for clin­i­cians and researchers in Latin America.

- Well: When a Brain Sci­en­tist Suf­fers a Stroke

Dr. Tay­lor recounts the details of her stroke and the amaz­ing insights she gained from it in a riv­et­ing 18-minute video of her speech at the Tech­nol­o­gy, Enter­tain­ment, Design Con­fer­ence in Mon­terey, Calif., last month.”

- Cas­es With­out Borders: Psy­chother­a­py for All: An Experiment

The clin­ic is at the fore­front of a pro­gram that has the poten­tial to trans­form men­tal health treat­ment in the devel­op­ing world. Instead of doc­tors, the pro­gram trains laypeo­ple to iden­ti­fy and treat depres­sion and anx­i­ety and sends them to six com­mu­ni­ty health clin­ics in Goa, in west­ern India.”

- Atten­tion Deficits That May Linger Well Past Childhood

Dr. Philip Shaw, the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health psy­chi­a­trist who led the imag­ing study, was sur­prised and dis­mayed to see the results tak­en up to bol­ster that brand of doubt. “The find­ings, if any­thing, are very good evi­dence of yet anoth­er major bio­log­i­cal dif­fer­ence between kids with A.D.H.D. and typ­i­cal­ly devel­op­ing children,” he said. “The study was very much a ques­tion about the biol­o­gy of A.D.H.D., and I think the find­ings cer­tain­ly would feed into the idea of A.D.H.D. as being a very real prob­lem with a very clear bio­log­i­cal basis.”

Latin Amer­i­can clin­i­cians and researchers: You can’t miss this oppor­tu­ni­ty. Vaugh­an from Mind Hacks, one of the best brain & mind blog­gers, and am sure a superb psy­chol­o­gist, is look­ing for oppor­tu­ni­ties to work with you for 6–12 months. You can con­tact him direct­ly bas indi­cat­ed below. He says in this post: 

- “I qual­i­fy as a clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist in Sep­tem­ber and would like to work in Latin Amer­i­ca for 6 months to a year afterwards.”

- “If you know any­one in Span­ish speak­ing Latin Amer­i­ca who might be inter­est­ed employ­ing a new­ly qual­i­fied clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist who speaks pass­able Span­ish (with room for improve­ment) and has a PhD in cog­ni­tive neu­ropsy­chi­a­try, please get in touch.”

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