Mental illness – Dystonia Dreams http://dystonia-dreams.org/ Sat, 04 Dec 2021 00:47:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://dystonia-dreams.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-70x70.jpg Mental illness – Dystonia Dreams http://dystonia-dreams.org/ 32 32 ‘New evidence’ emerges in 2015 of death of Somali man with mental illness detained by CBSA https://dystonia-dreams.org/new-evidence-emerges-in-2015-of-death-of-somali-man-with-mental-illness-detained-by-cbsa/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 21:07:56 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/new-evidence-emerges-in-2015-of-death-of-somali-man-with-mental-illness-detained-by-cbsa/ New information has emerged on the death of Abdurahman Hassan, a Somali man with mental illness, who died while in immigration detention in 2015, according to the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario. The discovery forced the postponement of the investigation into Hassan’s death, which had already been delayed once. In an email to […]]]>

New information has emerged on the death of Abdurahman Hassan, a Somali man with mental illness, who died while in immigration detention in 2015, according to the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario.

The discovery forced the postponement of the investigation into Hassan’s death, which had already been delayed once.

In an email to CBC News, Stephanie Rea, spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Coroner for the province, said: “All parties to the inquest have done everything possible to maintain the start date, but new evidence that could not be predicted appeared.

Rea did not specify the nature of the new evidence.

The province first announced an investigation into the death of the 39-year-old man in late October. The date was originally set for November 29, but was later postponed to December 6.

A new date for the investigation has not been set.

“It has been decided that in the best interests of the investigation, the start date will be postponed,” Rea told CBC News.

The province announced earlier that the inquest, which is mandatory under the Coroner’s Act, would hear about 20 witnesses. A jury can make recommendations aimed at preventing further such deaths.

“Significant” mental health issues

It has been six years since Hassan died in hospital on July 11, 2015, after being transferred from the Central East Correctional Center, also known as Lindsay Prison in Ontario.

Hassan, who the province’s police watchdog said suffered from “significant” mental health issues including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, has been detained by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) since. three years pending deportation.

“Hassan was the youngest son of a family that fled war-torn Somalia, seeking a better life in Toronto,” Senator Mobina Jaffer said in 2016 while expressing concerns about the Act. Canada Border Services Agency.

About a year after his death, the Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) released two officers, one from the Peterborough Police Service and the other from the Ontario Provincial Police, of all liability. .

According to a 2016 SIU report on Hassan’s death, on the night of June 10, 2015, two police officers, five nurses and three security guards entered an “isolation room” where he was being held and were detained. tried to put him to sleep. The SIU report said Hassan had ingested tufts of his own hair as well as feces.

Held down with my mouth covered with a towel

Along with the security guards, the police held Hassan’s legs and put a towel over his mouth “to prevent him from biting and spitting,” according to the report.

Within five minutes of receiving the sedative, according to the report, Hassan fell asleep.

But less than three hours later, officers re-entered the room with four nurses. Hassan woke up and, according to the SIU, again started ingesting and throwing feces.

Again he was kept on the floor, his mouth covered with a towel and his head resting against the bed.

“While immobilized, the man kicked, punched and grabbed nurses who were trying to clean him and his bedding. Suddenly the man stopped moving,” the report said.

Hassan was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m.

“The question I must determine is whether the actions of any of the agents involved were a significant cause of the man’s death,” wrote Tony Loparco, SIU director at the ‘era.

“My conclusion is that neither of the two officers did anything that could reasonably satisfy the essential element of the causal offense”

Calls to end the detention of migrants

Earlier this year, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International released a joint report that found Canada detains thousands of asylum seekers each year in often abusive conditions where blacks and people of color appear to be held for longer. periods.

Many asylum seekers are held in provincial prisons with the mainstream prison population and are often subjected to solitary confinement, the report says, and those with psychosocial disabilities or mental health issues face discrimination.

The organizations called on the federal government to end immigration detention in Canada.

Canada locked up 8,825 people aged 15 to 83, including 1,932 in provincial jails, between April 2019 and March 2020, according to the report. He has also held more than 300 immigration detainees for over a year since 2016.

The CBSA remains the only law enforcement agency in Canada without independent civilian oversight, which has repeatedly resulted in serious human rights violations in the context of immigrant detention, advocacy groups say .


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New West nonprofit raises funds to support mental illness https://dystonia-dreams.org/new-west-nonprofit-raises-funds-to-support-mental-illness/ Wed, 01 Dec 2021 18:58:00 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/new-west-nonprofit-raises-funds-to-support-mental-illness/ Fraserside Community Services raises funds to support community members with mental illness. A new fundraising campaign aims to raise enough money to replace a 17-year-old van that served as a lifeline by allowing people to participate in community activities. The New Leaf Clubhouse in Fraserside supports 132 adults living with serious mental illness. “This van […]]]>

Fraserside Community Services raises funds to support community members with mental illness.

A new fundraising campaign aims to raise enough money to replace a 17-year-old van that served as a lifeline by allowing people to participate in community activities. The New Leaf Clubhouse in Fraserside supports 132 adults living with serious mental illness.

“This van provides a valuable connection for people living with mental illness to the larger community,” Fraserside CEO Lynda Edmonds said in a press release. “This is especially important at this time, with so many people suffering from social isolation.”

According to Fraserside, members of the New Leaf Clubhouse rely on the van for outings in the community. It is also used to transport the New Leaf indoor hockey and baseball teams to their games.

“The aging 15-seater van is running out of steam and needs to be replaced,” the press release said. “Without a reliable vehicle to rely on, members will lose meaningful participation in the community, an important part of their recovery. “

Fraserside aims to raise $ 70,000 to replace the pickup truck and hopes to purchase a new vehicle in early 2022. He receives help along the way from modern Italian restaurant Piva in New West, which equates to $ 10,000.

“We appeal to the generous spirit of the residents of New West, to help people living with mental illness experience a sense of belonging to the community,” said Edmonds. “We hope that the generosity of the modern Italian restaurant Piva will inspire others to support this project as well.”

New Leaf Clubhouse offers personal wellness, employment, life skills, counseling and recreation programs. She also operates a food bank.

Considered an essential service for its members, the New Leaf Clubhouse has remained open since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For people with mental illness, the pandemic has been a particularly difficult time. The decrease in social connections has had a negative impact on mental health and has increased the need for additional support, ”the press release said. “Most New Leaf members cannot afford social activities beyond the cost of rent and food, which makes outings and community activities at the Clubhouse a key source of meaningful social interaction. “

Donations for the van can be made online at www.fraserside.bc.ca, by calling 604-522-3722 ext. 111 or by mail (# 330-550 Sixth St., New Westminster BC V3L 3B7).


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Mental illness a major motivation for the Dayton mass shooter https://dystonia-dreams.org/mental-illness-a-major-motivation-for-the-dayton-mass-shooter/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 17:56:00 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/mental-illness-a-major-motivation-for-the-dayton-mass-shooter/ CINCINNATI – Connor Betts, who killed nine people and injured 17 before being shot by Dayton Police in a mass shooting in 2019, was motivated by a decade-long struggle with multiple mental health issues , a fascination with mass violence and a convergence of personal factors as many of his motivations behind the attack, the […]]]>

CINCINNATI – Connor Betts, who killed nine people and injured 17 before being shot by Dayton Police in a mass shooting in 2019, was motivated by a decade-long struggle with multiple mental health issues , a fascination with mass violence and a convergence of personal factors as many of his motivations behind the attack, the FBI concluded.

Megan Betts, the gunman’s sister, was one of the nine people killed.

According to the FBI’s final report, which was released on Monday, the agency’s behavioral analysis unit found Betts’ fascination with mass violence (as well as suicidal and violent fantasies) an inability to do in the face of a convergence of personal factors and “the successive loss of important stabilizing anchors”, were the main contributors to his decision to commit the mass murder in Dayton.

The report indicated that spectator fatigue – when peers and friends got used to a person’s erratic or disturbing behavior and not noticing those changes – was a major factor Betts never did. was reported to authorities before the shooting.

The investigation concluded that Betts was the only shooter and that no one else was aware of his plans before the shooting. Ethan Kollie, a friend of Betts, had temporarily owned one of the guns during the Dayton attack. He was sentenced to 32 months in prison in February 2020 for lying on a federal gun transaction form regarding drug use.

“Due to technical difficulties in accessing legally acquired evidence that has been encrypted, this investigation has taken significantly longer than expected,” FBI Cincinnati Special Agent J. William Rivers said in the statement. “However, we are confident that he uncovered the key facts and that we have done everything in our power to provide answers to all those affected by this horrific attack.”

The statement said the agency does not expect to issue further updates on the case.


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How untreated mental illness can dramatically increase your risk of becoming physically ill https://dystonia-dreams.org/how-untreated-mental-illness-can-dramatically-increase-your-risk-of-becoming-physically-ill/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 10:31:00 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/how-untreated-mental-illness-can-dramatically-increase-your-risk-of-becoming-physically-ill/ It’s no surprise that when a person is diagnosed with heart disease, cancer, or other limiting or life-threatening physical illness, they become anxious or depressed. But the reverse can also be true: excessive anxiety or depression can promote the development of serious physical illness and even hinder the ability to resist or recover from it. […]]]>
It’s no surprise that when a person is diagnosed with heart disease, cancer, or other limiting or life-threatening physical illness, they become anxious or depressed. But the reverse can also be true: excessive anxiety or depression can promote the development of serious physical illness and even hinder the ability to resist or recover from it.

The potential consequences are particularly welcome, as the stress and continued disruption of the pandemic continue to wreak havoc on mental health.

The human body does not recognize the artificial separation of the medical profession between mental and physical illnesses. On the contrary, the mind and the body form a two-way street. What goes on inside a person’s head can have adverse effects on the whole body, and vice versa. Untreated mental illness can greatly increase the risk of becoming physically ill, and physical disorders can lead to behaviors that worsen mental conditions.

In studies that have followed the course of female breast cancer patients, for example, Dr. David Spiegel and colleagues at Stanford University School of Medicine have shown decades ago that women whose depression was fading lived longer than those whose depression was worsening. His research and other studies have clearly shown that “the brain is intimately linked to the body and the body to the brain,” Spiegel said in an interview. “The body tends to react to mental stress as if it were physical stress.”

Despite such evidence, according to him and other experts, chronic emotional distress is too often overlooked by doctors. Usually, a doctor will prescribe treatment for physical ailments like heart disease or diabetes, to ask why some patients get worse instead of better.

Many people are reluctant to seek treatment for emotional disorders. Some people with anxiety or depression may fear being stigmatized, even though they admit to having a serious psychological problem. Many attempt to self-treat their emotional distress by engaging in behaviors such as drinking too much or abusing drugs, which only insults their pre-existing injury.

And sometimes family and friends inadvertently reinforce a person’s denial of mental distress by calling them ‘this is the way he is’ and do nothing to encourage him to seek help. professional help.

How common are anxiety and depression?
Anxiety disorders affect nearly 20% of American adults. This means that millions of people are beset by an overabundance of fight-or-flight response that prepares the body for action. When you are stressed, the brain responds by triggering the release of cortisol, nature’s built-in alarm system. It has evolved to help animals facing physical threats by increasing breathing, increasing heart rate, and redirecting blood flow from abdominal organs to muscles that help face or escape danger.

These protective actions come from the neurotransmitters epinephrine and norepinephrine, which stimulate the sympathetic nervous system and put the body on high alert. But when relied on too often and indiscriminately, chronic overstimulation can lead to all kinds of physical ailments, including indigestion, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. cerebral.

Depression, although less common than chronic anxiety, can have even more devastating effects on physical health. While it’s normal to feel depressed every now and then, over 6% of adults have feelings of depression so persistent that they disrupt personal relationships, interfere with work and play, and impair their ability to cope. to the challenges of everyday life. Persistent depression can also exacerbate a person’s pain perception and increase their chances of developing chronic pain.

“Depression decreases a person’s ability to analyze and rationally respond to stress,” said Spiegel. “They find themselves in a vicious cycle with a limited ability to come out of a negative mental state.”

To make matters worse, excessive anxiety and depression often coexist, leaving people vulnerable to an array of physical ailments and an inability to adopt and follow needed therapy.

Treatment can counter the emotional consequences
Although persistent anxiety and depression are highly treatable with medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, and talk therapy, without treatment these conditions tend to worsen. According to Dr. John Frownfelter, the treatment of any condition works best when doctors understand “the pressures patients face that affect their behavior and lead to clinical harm.”

Frownfelter is an internist and chief medical officer for a startup called Jvion. The organization uses artificial intelligence to identify not only medical factors, but also psychological, social and behavioral factors that may impact the effectiveness of treatment on the health of patients. Its goal is to promote more holistic treatment approaches that address the whole patient, body and mind combined.

The scans used by Jvion, a Hindi word for life, could alert a doctor when an underlying depression could interfere with the effectiveness of treatments prescribed for another condition. For example, patients treated for diabetes who feel hopeless may not improve because they only take their prescribed medications sporadically and are not following an appropriate diet, Frownfelter said.

“We often talk about depression as a complication of a chronic illness,” Frownfelter wrote in Medpage Today in July. “But what we don’t talk about enough is how depression can lead to chronic illness. Patients with depression may not have the motivation to exercise regularly or cook healthy meals. Many also find it difficult to get enough sleep.


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Talking about mental illness to well-being at CIP https://dystonia-dreams.org/talking-about-mental-illness-to-well-being-at-cip/ Thu, 25 Nov 2021 18:34:13 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/talking-about-mental-illness-to-well-being-at-cip/ The Central Institute of Psychiatry (CIP) in Ranchi and the Center for the Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in Bengaluru hosted a webinar on “From Mental Illness to Well-Being: Intersectoral Coordination to Promote Mental Health and Welfare ”supported by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and Office of the Senior Scientific […]]]>

The Central Institute of Psychiatry (CIP) in Ranchi and the Center for the Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in Bengaluru hosted a webinar on “From Mental Illness to Well-Being: Intersectoral Coordination to Promote Mental Health and Welfare ”supported by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and Office of the Senior Scientific Advisor, Government of India under MANAS.

Various dignitaries attended the event both online and in physical mode. The main guest of the event was Rajeev Arun Ekka, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Jharkhand.

The Director of the IPC, Professor (Dr.) Basudeb Das, welcomed the dignitaries. This was followed by the presentation by Dr Ketaki Bapat, Scientific Office of the Senior Scientific Advisor, Government of India, who emphasized mental well-being as an important and integral component of overall health.

The event was also attended by Dr Sudarsan, Executive Director, Dr RC Saritha and Dr V. Karthika from the Center for the Development of Advanced Computing, Bengaluru. The entire event was broadcast on the youtube link www.tinyurl.com/manas2411 which is accessible to the public.

Dr Umesh spoke about the role of mental health professionals in mental wellness. Dr James spoke on the role of the community in promoting mental well-being. Finally, Dr Priyanka Lenka presented self-help to professional help on mental health and well-being. The event brought together official dignitaries from the Directorate General of Health Services, Government of India, World Health Organization India Office, National Health Mission, Jharkhand, Jharkhand CSO forum, global health partners, psychiatrists and doctors from various regions of Jharkhand. Dr Avinash Sharma cast a vote of thanks. All the dignitaries also discussed the MANAS mental wellness app which is currently being tested for the welfare of the population.


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National Alliance on Mental Illness speaks out about Thanksgiving stress https://dystonia-dreams.org/national-alliance-on-mental-illness-speaks-out-about-thanksgiving-stress/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 23:18:43 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/national-alliance-on-mental-illness-speaks-out-about-thanksgiving-stress/ (WKBN) – Thanksgiving can be stressful for anyone struggling with a mental illness, especially an eating disorder. “The holidays are tough for everyone, but especially for someone with an eating disorder and an underlying mental health disorder like anxiety and depression,” Hope said. Hanley, Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Mahoning Valley. […]]]>

(WKBN) – Thanksgiving can be stressful for anyone struggling with a mental illness, especially an eating disorder.

“The holidays are tough for everyone, but especially for someone with an eating disorder and an underlying mental health disorder like anxiety and depression,” Hope said. Hanley, Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Mahoning Valley.

Hanley said the holidays can trigger difficult thoughts while participating in various festivities.

“What am I going to eat, when am I going to eat, how much am I going to eat: these are all decisions that, for someone with an eating disorder, are very difficult,” Hanley said.

Some signs of added pressure at the Thanksgiving dinner table include moving food around on the plate, covering the plate with a napkin, and binge eating.

“People learn in different ways to deal with the pressure and the encouragement to eat, eat, eat. It’s something in our society here in America that is still there, ”Hanley said.

However, Hanley said there are ways to deal with stress on Thanksgiving.

“If you have to go to three Thanksgiving dinners because of family obligations, then look at ‘Is there a way to only go for two or is there something I can do to cut down. stress from that? ‘”Hanley said.

She also recommended support groups and therapy to help get through these difficult times. Family members and relatives also have the opportunity to help. She said it’s always best to speak privately with someone who is struggling with an eating disorder.

“Some of the most powerful words in our language: ‘Can I help you? “Because it lets the person know you’re there,” Hanley said.

NAMI is available to provide support and education to anyone struggling with their mental health.


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Why we don’t notice discrimination related to mental illness https://dystonia-dreams.org/why-we-dont-notice-discrimination-related-to-mental-illness/ Sun, 21 Nov 2021 20:22:14 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/why-we-dont-notice-discrimination-related-to-mental-illness/ The following is a guest article by Dan Berstein, a mediator who helps people use conflict resolution best practices to overcome mental health stigma. He is the founder of MH Mediate and the co-chair of the diversity committee of the dispute resolution section of the American Bar Association. When I first spoke to a coworker […]]]>

The following is a guest article by Dan Berstein, a mediator who helps people use conflict resolution best practices to overcome mental health stigma. He is the founder of MH Mediate and the co-chair of the diversity committee of the dispute resolution section of the American Bar Association.

When I first spoke to a coworker about my bipolar disorder, he turned to me and said in a soft voice, “Oh wow, you’re doing so well. Designed as a compliment, it was in fact a micro-aggression.

Micro-aggressions are comments or gestures containing subtle and disparaging messages. In my friend’s case, his remark that I was “doing so well” had an implicit assumption that someone with bipolar disorder wouldn’t normally look as well as I did. Researchers have identified a variety of common microaggressions related to mental illnesses, including the implicit or explicit assumption that a person may be dangerous, inferior, helpless, burdensome, socially unwanted, or feigning symptoms, among other inappropriate inferences.1. It can be difficult to notice microaggressions related to mental illness (as well as microaggressions in general) as they are often expressed as part of well-meaning friendly statements. Therefore, people who hear or witness them may wonder if something negative has really happened.

Although microaggressions are harmful, they generally do not constitute discrimination without being linked to some other type of inappropriate action. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), discrimination can occur when a person believes a person has a debilitating mental health problem, then asks invasive questions, excludes them from services, denies their request. reasonable accommodation or trafficking otherwise than other people2.

Surprisingly, the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness is often hidden in plain sight. Large institutions have inadvertently published professional advice that disparately affects people with mental health problems. For example, the Harvard Law School Bargaining Program published a report on how to deal with “difficult people,” suggesting that manifestations of mental illness may be part of a difficult negotiating strategy. The Cardozo Law School has published a set of guidelines that model the invasive questioning of people with mental health issues. The Association for Conflict Resolution has issued safety advice calling for screening people with mental health problems as being at higher risk for violence. All of the aforementioned materials have been updated, rejected or removed as a result of outreach from the Mental Health Safe Project, which works with organizations to address stigmatizing content.

These are just a few of the many published examples. Often people do not realize that the stigma associated with mental illness is a problem, in part because of its prevalence in our society and the existence of structural discrimination in many institutions.3. Mental illness microaggression study found there was more blatant discrimination than expected, revealing that many people are not yet careful to avoid selecting people with mental illness for different treatment .4.

In a context of discriminatory norms and stigma, many people are not even ready to perceive that the stigma associated with mental illness is present or that discrimination is occurring. This is corroborated by the fact that each of the aforementioned publications drew their offensive material from reliable sources that had previously codified or supported harmful beliefs or practices. Organizations seemed to have failed to understand that their advice suggested disparate treatment for people with mental health issues until they put awareness about it. In each case, it didn’t take much conviction for the institution to realize that their content had problems once it took a closer look.

How can we get more people to take a closer look and notice the unintended stigmas embedded in their actions, words, and posts?

1. Ask questions

Whenever the topic of mental health comes up, instinctively check to see if something inappropriate is happening:

  • Do explicit or implicit messages assume that dangerousness, inferiority, helplessness or other negative themes are related to people suspected of having a mental illness?

  • Is screening, questioning or other different treatment suggested based on a person with a known or suspected mental health diagnosis?
  • Even if the content is well-intentioned and in a spirit of caring, does it nonetheless target people with mental health issues for special treatment that they did not seek or consent to?

2. Listen

Create opportunities for people to share their feedback on the policies, practices and documents published by your organization:

  • Listen to someone’s concerns when they share them.
  • Try to understand why they are upset rather than avoiding communication, defending your position, or dismissing criticism.
  • Act quickly if you find that an inappropriate comment has been made or problematic content has been posted. It is good practice to remove offensive content as soon as a concern is raised, pending review, so that you do not continue to disseminate discrimination in the meantime.

3. Seek help

Visit the Mental Health Safe Project at mhsafe.org to access tools for dealing with inappropriate postings or responding to everyday micro-aggression and discrimination. There are also resources to help organizations prevent these problems.

If you would like to see archived copies of the problematic documents described in this article, all of which have been recently updated or deleted thanks to the advocacy work of the Mental Health Safe Project, you can email info@mhsafe.org.


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Youth with mental illness, substance abuse history at risk for opioid abuse https://dystonia-dreams.org/youth-with-mental-illness-substance-abuse-history-at-risk-for-opioid-abuse/ Fri, 19 Nov 2021 21:18:31 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/youth-with-mental-illness-substance-abuse-history-at-risk-for-opioid-abuse/ HERSHEY, PA – Opioid abuse is a devastating problem in the United States and a leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults. Pennsylvania State College of Medicine researchers found that young people with certain mental health problems and with a history of substance abuse may have an increased risk of being diagnosed with […]]]>

HERSHEY, PA – Opioid abuse is a devastating problem in the United States and a leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults. Pennsylvania State College of Medicine researchers found that young people with certain mental health problems and with a history of substance abuse may have an increased risk of being diagnosed with opioid use disorder (OUD) in a national study. Based on these results, the researchers emphasize the importance of early intervention and education of adolescents about the dangers of opioid abuse.

Investigators analyzed data from 4,926 privately insured patients, aged 12 to 25, who were clinically diagnosed with opioid or opioid poisoning in 2017. They found that in the two years before their diagnosis, the majority of patients (60.6%) received medical treatment for a mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression, or substance use disorder (SUD) involving alcohol, tobacco or cannabis. Women were more likely than men to receive mental health treatment, the researchers said.

Since many patients have been treated for health conditions unrelated to opioids prior to their diagnosis of TOD, the researchers said there are opportunities for health care providers to screen, intervene and educate patients about opioids and opioid poisoning.

“Our results highlight the frequency with which mental health and other SUD problems have been identified prior to a diagnosis of opioid or opioid poisoning,” said co-author Edeanya Agbese, research project leader at the Department of Public Health Sciences and at the Center for Applied Studies in Health Economics. . “Taking advantage of these opportunities to intervene and develop more effective screening tools could reduce the risk of future opioid abuse among young people. “

“Since many adults with substance abuse problems report using substances for the first time in adolescence, early intervention could have a significant impact on the opioid epidemic,” said the co-author. Douglas leslie, professor of public health sciences and director of Center for Applied Studies in Health Economics.

The researchers said doctors could screen for risky behaviors and implement early prevention and intervention strategies by targeting teens, young adults and their families. According to the researchers, it may also be beneficial for health care providers to discuss treatment options with families and improve access to naloxone, a drug used in emergencies to treat patients who have an opioid overdose.

Bradley Stein and Andrew Dick of RAND Corporation; Benjamin Druss of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University; and Rosalie Pacula of the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California contributed to this research.

This research was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (grant R01DA047396). Penn State researchers do not disclose any relevant conflicts of interest.

Read the full study in the Journal of Addition Medicine.


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Utah man accused of killing Tinder date has mental illness, judge confirms https://dystonia-dreams.org/utah-man-accused-of-killing-tinder-date-has-mental-illness-judge-confirms/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 01:23:49 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/utah-man-accused-of-killing-tinder-date-has-mental-illness-judge-confirms/ Ethan Hunsaker was recognized as mentally ill on Wednesday by Judge David Connors. Hunsaker pleaded guilty to mental illness to murder in his Tinder date death. (Davis County Jail) Estimated reading time: 2-3 minutes WEST JORDAN – In May 2020, Ethan Robert Hunsaker, 26, called the police to report that he had killed someone in […]]]>

Ethan Hunsaker was recognized as mentally ill on Wednesday by Judge David Connors. Hunsaker pleaded guilty to mental illness to murder in his Tinder date death. (Davis County Jail)

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WEST JORDAN – In May 2020, Ethan Robert Hunsaker, 26, called the police to report that he had killed someone in his home.

Police discovered Ashlyn Black had been strangled and stabbed after connecting with Hunsaker on Tinder, arranging to meet him at a bar and then coming to his home. Hunsaker reported to police that he thinks about committing suicide and killing other people on a daily basis and called on them to end his life.

Third District Judge David Connors determined on Wednesday after reviewing a mental health report and testimony that Hunsaker who pleaded “guilty but with mental illness” in June to murder, a first degree felony, currently has mental illness, allowing the case to advance to conviction.

Hunsaker initially pleaded not guilty and the prosecution said it did not intend to offer a plea deal.

Hunsaker’s attorney, Mark Arrington, and prosecution attorneys Jason Nelson and Brandon Poll, agreed that Hunsaker had a mental illness. Prosecutors wanted to provide more information and asked Jess Dunn, who performed the mental health assessment for Hunsaker, to testify on what she believes would be appropriate for him.

Dunn diagnosed Hunsaker with recurrent major depressive disorder with psychotic features, generalized anxiety disorder, and severe alcohol use disorder, who is currently in remission from his incarceration. Hunsaker is currently taking medication for these mental illnesses and told Dunn that he was on medication for the illnesses at the time of the murder, however, he was also consuming alcohol at the time.

In response to questions, Dunn confirmed that Hunsaker was moved to a single cell after reporting homicidal thoughts. She said the Utah State Hospital would likely keep him in its own room so that he is not a danger to others and is constantly monitored by medical professionals.

At the state hospital, he could receive intensive treatment, which Dunn says could help him fight his social anxiety, depression and psychosis.

“I think Mr. Hunsaker should be transferred to Utah State Hospital for treatment there and the treatment will likely help alleviate some of the symptoms and thoughts he is experiencing,” Dunn said.

Lawyers have set Hunsaker’s conviction for January 12, 2022. At this point, the judge will determine whether to send him to Utah State Prison, retain jurisdiction but send him to the hospital in Utah. the State of Utah for up to 18 months, or to place him under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Corrections to remain in the State Hospital of the ‘Utah for treatment there and possibly transferred to jail at a later date.

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Palestinian Authority plans to legalize magic mushrooms to treat mental illness https://dystonia-dreams.org/palestinian-authority-plans-to-legalize-magic-mushrooms-to-treat-mental-illness/ Mon, 15 Nov 2021 21:42:10 +0000 https://dystonia-dreams.org/palestinian-authority-plans-to-legalize-magic-mushrooms-to-treat-mental-illness/ Pennsylvania could become a pioneer in the study of psilocybin as a treatment for mental illness under a bill that was introduced last month in the House of Representatives and is due for a vote by the Committee of health on Tuesday, November 16 in Harrisburg. The proposed legislation, the Psilocybin Public Health Benefits Act, […]]]>

Pennsylvania could become a pioneer in the study of psilocybin as a treatment for mental illness under a bill that was introduced last month in the House of Representatives and is due for a vote by the Committee of health on Tuesday, November 16 in Harrisburg.

The proposed legislation, the Psilocybin Public Health Benefits Act, would establish a framework for clinical studies of psilocybin, the active ingredient in the psychedelic drug known as magic mushrooms.

This would give researchers a loophole to bypass federal rules that still classify the substance as having no medical purpose, despite mounting evidence showing that it does.

Experts and lawyers have said that although the bill is never enacted, its introduction is a good sign that psilocybin could potentially become a therapeutic treatment for PTSD, severe cases of depression and more.

Last year, residents of Oregon voted to decriminalize and legalize the therapeutic use of the substance, and Texas recently approved the study of psychedelic therapy for military veterans.

Republican Tracy Pennycuick of Montgomery County and Democrat Jennifer O’Mara of Delaware County discuss the benefits of psychedelic medicine in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and other mental illnesses, especially for veterans, first responders and their families.

“A growing body of research gives reason to hope that psilocybin, administered in a controlled setting, will be the most effective tool available to us in the fight against suicide, opioids, and the global mental health crisis looming over us. the Commonwealth, ”Pennycuick and O’Mara wrote in a note to colleagues.

In October 2018 and again in November 2019, the United States Food and Drug Administration granted breakthrough psilocybin therapy designation for treatment-resistant depression based on research showing the psychedelic compound offered significant improvement in blood levels. depressive symptoms compared to current treatments.

Under the bill, which was officially filed with 19 cosponsors on Wednesday, October 6, the state’s health ministry would allow at least two entities to “plant, grow and cultivate a natural psilocybin mushroom product. only for use in clinical studies of psilocybin. ”

Pennycuick herself is an Army veteran who lives with PTSD. She said Moment Marijuana that she has “great compassion for all who seek treatment options” and that she is inspired by the first reports she read about the compound’s potential effectiveness.

“With Pennsylvania home to the fourth largest veteran population in the United States, it makes sense that we are among the first to take action on clinical studies that could help our military men and women,” he said. she declared.

Brett Waters, a New York attorney who founded Reason for Hope, a nonprofit that promotes psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that current treatments for PTSD and depression are not very effective. .

“It has limited effectiveness for some people and no effectiveness for many people. We must do better. The real goal of this effort is to prevent suicides, opioid overdoses and alcohol-related deaths, ”Waters said.



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