News Mash: “Nothing can happen to you that is not positive”…You must believe!

When in comes to the debate of “nature vs nurture“…

And the STRUCTURE of the brain?


“Nurture” wins out.

[via ScienceDaily]Specific Changes in Brain Structure After Different Forms of Child Abuse 

June 1, 2013 — Different forms of childhood abuse increase the risk for mental illness as well as sexual dysfunction in adulthood, but little has been known about how that happens. An international team of researchers, including the Miller School’s Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has discovered a neural basis for this association. The study, published in the June 1 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, shows that sexually abused and emotionally mistreated children exhibit specific and differential changes in the architecture of their brain that reflect the nature of the mistreatment.

Researchers have known that victims of childhood abuse often suffer from psychiatric disorders later in life, including sexual dysfunction following sexual abuse. The underlying mechanisms mediating this association have been poorly understood. Nemeroff and a group of scientists led by Christine Heim, Ph.D., Director of the Institute of Medical Psychology at Charité University of Medicine Berlin, and Jens Pruessner, Ph.D., Director of the McGill Center for Studies in Aging at McGill University in Montreal, hypothesized that cortical changes during segments of mistreatment played a role. To study these potential changes, the researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine the brains of 51 adult women who were exposed to various forms of childhood abuse.

The results showed a correlation between specific forms of maltreatment and thinning of the cortex in precisely the regions of the brain that are involved in the perception or processing of the type of abuse. Specifically, the somatosensory cortex in the area in which the female genitals are represented was significantly thinner in women who were victims of sexual abuse in their childhood. Similarly, victims of emotional mistreatment were found to have a reduction of the thickness of the cerebral cortex in specific areas associated with self-awareness, self-evaluation and emotional regulation.

“This is one of the first studies documenting long-term alterations in specific brain areas as a consequence of child abuse and neglect,” said Nemeroff, who is also Director of the Center on Aging. “The finding that specific types of early life trauma have discrete, long lasting effects on the brain that underlie symptoms in adults is an important step in developing novel therapies to intervene to reduce the often lifelong psychiatric/psychological burden of such trauma.”

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But just because one’s brain has re-designed itself to form a protective mechanism against all of the negative things one has endured…

Doesn’t mean one’s intrinsic, balanced inner NATURE has no chance to prevail!

It’s all about perspective:

“Nietzsche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life, the idea came to him of what he called ‘the love of your fate.’ Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, ‘This is what I need.’ It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment—not discouragement—you will find the strength is there. Any disaster that you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow.

“Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You’ll see that this is really true. Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not. The crisis throws you back, and when you are required to exhibit strength, it comes.”

From “A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living” [Read More]

And believing…


Even if you have to dig for it, and though you might not know it immediately?

Something positive can come out of EVERY negative.

You must believe [Source]

News Mash: Belief in God, ever controversial with its discoveries, boosts treatment of mental illness!


Though those with a strong scientific foundation, often attribute the belief in God to “crazy people”

It has recently been proven (by Science) that the belief in God actually aids in the treatment of mental illness.

Funny how that works out, eh?

[via LiveScience]Belief in God May Boost Treatment of Mental Illness ~by Denise Chow

Patients who believe in God may experience better short-term treatment outcomes for psychiatric illness, according to a new study.

Individuals who described themselves as having strong faith reported having a better overall response to treatment, said David Rosmarin, a clinician and instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

“We found that patients who had higher levels of belief in God had better treatment outcomes — better well-being, less depression and less anxiety,” Rosmarin told LiveScience.

…[Read More]


Belief in God?

One man’s idea of a higher power DOES NOT have to equate to the common status quo

For the fact is, when it comes to the absolute “truth”?

We might never know:

[via Dailymail] Does this mysterious Hebrew stone reveal a messiah BEFORE Jesus? Controversial ‘Gabriel stone’ tablet goes on show in Jerusalem ~By Mark Prigg

  • Ancient stone with mysterious Hebrew writing and featuring the archangel Gabriel
  • Researchers claim it references a messianic resurrection pre-dating Jesus

An ancient stone with mysterious Hebrew writing and featuring the archangel Gabriel is going on display in Jerusalem The stone inscription is one of the oldest passages featuring the archangelamid an ongoing row over whether it predicts a messiah before Jesus.

The so-called Gabriel Stone, said to have been found 13 years ago in Jordan, features an unknown prophetic text from the time of the Second Jewish Temple.

The tablet made a splash in 2008 when an Israeli scholar theorized the inscription would revolutionize the understanding of early Christianity, claiming it referenced a messianic resurrection pre-dating Jesus.

Scholars say it as a portal into the religious ideas circulating in the Holy Land in the era when was Jesus was born.

Its form is also unique – it is ink written on stone, not carved – and no other such religious text has been found in the region.

Curators at the Israel Museum, where the first exhibit dedicated to the stone opened today, say it is the most important document found in the area since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

‘The Gabriel Stone is in a way a Dead Sea Scroll written on stone,’ said James Snyder, director of the Israel Museum.

The writing dates to the same period, and uses the same tidy calligraphic Hebrew script, as some of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of documents that include the earliest known surviving manuscripts of Hebrew Bible texts.

The Gabriel Stone made a splash in 2008 when Israeli Bible scholar Israel Knohl offered a daring theory that the stone’s faded writing would revolutionize the understanding of early Christianity, claiming it included a concept of messianic resurrection that predated Jesus.

He based his theory on one hazy line, translating it as ‘in three days you shall live.’

…[Read More]

The trick is?

To faith…

In Something.

Your beliefs do not have to equate your neighbors.

Yet still believe?

There ARE physical, health benefits you will receive from it.

So never let it be said, from those who find it convenient to say otherwise, convince you otherwise.

Just belive

Why not…

Besides being fun and good for you?

The debate of faith never fails to fascinate and inspire, even with all of its continuous controversies.

News Mash – ‘Folie à deux’ serves her right!

When two people are close, as in an often a family way…

And share a certain social isolation?

Shared psychotic episodes happen.

[via io9] Folie à Deux: When Two People Go Insane Together ~by Esther Inglis-Arkell

Folie à deux is a term that originated in psychiatry, but sounds charming and whimsical enough that it’s been used as title for everything from novels to wineries. Psychiatry has replaced the term with “shared psychotic disorder,” which is a much less pretty, but much more accurate, description of the condition.

Although pre-existing disorders like depression, delusions, or paranoia can spark a folie à deux, all that’s really necessary is social isolation and a difficult-to-break connection between the two people. This is why almost all such cases happen in families. Couples account for seventy percent of the cases. Siblings and parent-child relationships make up most of the rest. Although the overall disorder is split evenly between male and female patients, sisters tend toward shared psychotic disorders more than other siblings.

One of the major fascinations of folie à deux is the fact that we all do it, to a certain extent. There isn’t anyone who isn’t shaped by their parents, their siblings, or their loved ones. Ideally, this shaping is a positive experience. It’s not hard to see how terribly this can go wrong for anyone. There are few old married who don’t share eccentricities. There are few families, or even close friendships, that don’t require both people to work with the various mental glitches of the other. We all go a little crazy for the other people in our lives. [Read More]


Don’t take MY word for it.

Just ask the girl who was forced to stand on the side of the road by her folks, with a sign, declaring her sluttiness to all passerbys!

[via The Blaze]…in Palm Coast, FL where one set of frustrated parents (Mike & Melinda) forced Jasmine, their teen daughter, to stand on a busy street corner with a sign declaring:

‘I sneak boys in at 3am and disrespect my parents and grandparents.’

According to the 15-year-old’s mother and step-father, Jasmine was out of control and would not conform to their rules. And they claim to have tried to punish their daughter by removing the typical trappings of teenagers. Mom Melinda explained:

“I’ve taken all her toys or her electronics away – her phone, no privileges on the TV or computer – and still she just laughs about it.”

After the latest violation, sneaking a boy into the house after the rest of the family was asleep, stepdad Mike took drastic measures.

Many drivers honked in support of the parents and others actually stopped to express concern for the young girl. How do you feel about this kind of punishment?

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Of course I don’t think her parents were being horrible at all.



I think they were pretty awesome.

Their daughter however?

Oh, I bet she thinks they have had a severe Folie à deux break with reality.

Funny thing is…

Girl doesn’t even realize that if they truly did?


SHE caused it.

‘Folie à deux’ serves her right!

News Mash: Evaluate the risk for violence among patients with Risk Management-20 & their sense of smell?

Violence risk assessments are vital…

When it comes to residents who interact with psychiatric patients.

And thanks to science?

They might have been given a simple tool to do just that.

[via MedicalXpress] (HealthDay)—A simple, structured risk assessment tool, the Historical, Clinical, Risk Management-20 clinical subscale (HCR-20-C), could help psychiatric residents more accurately evaluate the risk for violence among patients, according to a study published online Aug. 31 in Psychiatric Services. Alan R. Teo, M.D., of the University of California in San Francisco, and colleagues conducted a retrospective, case-control study involving 151 patients who assaulted staff at a county hospital and 150 comparison patients. Violence risk assessments were completed at admission by psychiatric residents (38 for 52 patients) or attending psychiatrists (41 for 249 patients). The HCR-20-C structured risk assessment tool was used by blinded trained research clinicians to assess the risk of violence for each patient. The researchers found that the predictive validity of risk assessments made by attending psychiatrists was significantly higher than those made by psychiatric residents. The risk assessments by attending physicians had an area under the curve (AUC) of 0.70 (moderately accurate), while the AUC for risk assessments by residents was 0.52. Use of the HCR-20-C had the potential to improve the accuracy to 0.67. “The results support the conclusion that level of training confers an advantage in the accuracy of risk assessments for violence,” the authors write. “In addition, the results illustrate that structured methods have the potential to augment training in a way that may improve the accuracy of risk assessments.” [Read More]

Residents who have to deal with psychiatric patients?

No, I wouldn’t want their job.

It’s good they are given this tool though…

But if it were me, and I were in their possible dangerous surroundings?

I would grab me some scratch-and-sniff stickers and perform my own quick tests.

After all, did you know…

Psychopaths have a poor sense of smell.

[via LiveScience] New research suggests we may be able to sniff out psychopaths by their poor scores on a smell test.

In the study, psychologists at Macquarie University in Australia tested the noses of more than 70 college-age participants, all without criminal records. The researchers had the subjects try to identify common odors (like orange, coffee and leather) and distinguish between different scents.

The participants then were given personality tests to check for their level of empathy and psychopathic tendencies. For example, the subjects were asked to rate on a 5-point scale how much they agreed with statements such as: “I purposely flatter people to get them on my side;” “People sometimes say that I’m cold-hearted;” and “I have broken into a building or vehicle in order to steal something or vandalize.”

Psycopathy is a personality disorder marked by superficial charm, a lack of empathy and impulsive tendencies.

The researchers reported a correlation between a poorer sense of smell and psychopathic personality traits.

They say this makes sense because previous research has shown that people with such traits have decreased function in the brain’s frontal lobes, a region associated with impulse control and acting in accordance with social norms — and dysfunction in that part of the brain is associated with an impaired sense of smell.

Criminal psychopaths’ speech patterns can also give them away, according to research presented in 2011. When speaking of their crimes, psychopaths use less emotion and focus more on their basic needs than non-psychopaths, that research found.

…[Read More]

Seems to me…

Barring the hassle of the Risk Management-20 clinical subscale?

Performing a quick preliminary test on the ol’ honkers of the psych patients, would be the fastest way to test for those with possible intrinsic psychopathic tendencies.

So tell me…

What do YOU smell? *scratch and sniff screen below*

“Lemons, oh really…

Are you sure?”




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