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Depression can lead to time distortion.
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Most people experience differences in how time is perceived, with or without depression.
For example, 10 minutes in the dentist’s waiting-room can seem like an hour.
While an enjoyable conversation with a good friend can pass in the blink of an eye.
What a new study finds, though, is that depressed people have a general feeling that time is passing more slowly, or even that it has stopped.
Dr. Daniel Oberfeld-Twistel, one of the study’s authors, said:
“Psychiatrists and psychologists in hospitals and private practices repeatedly report that depressed patients feel that time only creeps forward slowly or is passing in slow motion.
The results of our analysis confirm that this is indeed the case.”
The strange part is what happens when people with depression are asked to judge intervals of time.
For example, they are asked to watch a movie and estimate its length.
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Ask people what it takes to live a long life, and they’ll say things like exercise, take Omega-3s, and see your doctor regularly.
Now research from Brigham Young University shows that loneliness and social isolation are just as much a threat to longevity as obesity.
“The effect of this is comparable to obesity, something that public health takes very seriously,” said Julianne Holt-Lunstad, the lead study author. “We need to start taking our social relationships more seriously.”
Loneliness and social isolation can look very different. For example, someone may be surrounded by many people but still feel alone. Other people may isolate themselves because they prefer to be alone. The effect on longevity, however, is much the same for those two scenarios.
The association between loneliness and risk for mortality among young populations is actually greater than among older populations. Although older people are more likely to be lonely and face a higher mortality risk, loneliness and social isolation better predict premature death among populations younger than 65 years.
Don’t worry acidheads, tripping won’t give you mental problems (in fact it might actually reduce them), per this report at MNT:
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Psychedelics, such as LSD and magic mushrooms, do not increase risk of developing mental health problems, according to the new study.
Previously, the researchers behind the study – from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim – had conducted a population study investigating associations between mental health and psychedelic use. However, that study, which looked at data from 2001-04, was unable to find a link between use of these drugs and mental health problems.
Rates of substance use are higher in people with mental health problems compared to the general population and particularly in people with bipolar disorder, with cannabis the street drug most frequently used. Estimates suggest that up to 64% of this group have tried cannabis at least once in their lives, against about 30% of those without the disorder, despite only being about 2% of the overall population.
Specific reasons for the high levels of cannabis use in bipolar disorder are not yet fully understood. Retrospective studies (using case histories and qualitative interviews) suggest that individuals see cannabis as sometimes useful for managing symptoms of mania and depression. However, a number of large scale research studies have found that cannabis use is associated with significantly more manic and depressive episodes.
The daily experience
“I hate it when people call me an addict. Some people think sex addiction doesn’t exist, that it is just a made-up term to excuse bad behavior. Another group thinks that a sex addict is a crazy, out-of-control freak who thinks of nothing but getting laid every second of every day. Then there is a third group that thinks it sounds fun: ‘What are you complaining about, man? You get laid all the time and you think it’s a problem?’”
“I could tell a lot of stories about what I was doing, but I’d rather just say I was really fucked up. My major issue was infidelity. I was often involved in three or four different relationships at once. I got an enormous rush from having multiple sexual partners and lying to all of them.… Read the rest
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New research by a UT Dallas criminologist has found that a substantial number of prison inmates have not received treatment for mental health conditions.
Dr. Nadine M. Connell, assistant professor of criminology in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS), analyzed data from 18,185 inmates in state and federal correctional facilities for the study, published in the American Journal of Public Health. Connell worked with co-author Dr. Jennifer M. Reingle Gonzalez, an assistant professor at The University of Texas School of Public Health in Dallas.
Their findings include:
- 1 in 4 prisoners had been diagnosed with a mental health condition in their lifetime.
- Fewer than 1 in 5 of those inmates were taking medication for their conditions when they were admitted.
- Of those, fewer than half of the inmates who reported taking medication at intake were receiving medication for their conditions in prison.
Guest host Tyrel Ventura speaks with Dick Russell, author of My Mysterious Son about his struggles in raising a son with schizophrenia and the surprising success he found in shamanism.
Despite investment in research and treatment, the outcomes of patients diagnosed with the most severe psychiatric disorders have not improved since the Victorian period. Where are the flaws in our understanding? Mental health treatment needs a radical overhaul to bring it into the 21st century – but what needs to change?
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Dr Jeremy Dean writes at PsyBlog:
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People who are depressed may have hyperactivity in a part of the brain known as ‘the disappointment circuit’, a new study finds.
Scientists led by Professor Roberto Malinow of the University of California, San Diego, found what could amount to an antidote to feeling let-down.
The study focused on a part of the brain called the lateral habenula, which has been linked to the feeling of disappointment which follows from the absence of an expected reward.
Professor Roberto Malinow, who led the study, said:
“The idea that some people see the world as a glass half empty has a chemical basis in the brain.
What we have found is a process that may dampen the brain’s sensitivity to negative life events.”
The neuroscientists found that this area, unlike almost any other in the brain, produces neurotransmitters which both ramp up and damp down brain activity.