19-44 Segment 1: Mass Violence: How Much Is Mental Illness To Blame?

Mass Violence: How Much Is Mental Illness To Blame?

Mass shootings and other forms of mass violence are on the increase. Where to assess blame is in sharp dispute. A new report from a blue ribbon panel of behavioral scientists has found that mental illnesses carry some of the blame, but mental “distress” is a much more likely factor. Panel members discuss mental health first aid, red flag laws, and other report recommendations on ways to prevent mass violence.

The Pros and Cons of Mobile Health Apps

Mobile health apps are becoming very popular, though some are being shown to have little benefit. Few barriers exist to almost anyone entering the field whether they have health expertise or not. Privacy is also a concern. Experts discuss how people can protect themselves and find apps that do what they want.

Medical Notes: Week of June 2, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of June 2, 2019.

Rethinking Dementia

Dementia has a much wider range than most people think, and people with dementia are usually functional for years. An expert discusses the course of the disease and how life can still be positive for years before it reaches the late, debilitating stage most people think of when they hear the word “dementia.”

Medical Notes : Week of March 31, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 31, 2019.

Autism in Girls

Experts have believed that autism affects four times as many boys as girls, but the ratio may not actually be quite that high. Doctors are learning that autism shows up differently in girls’ behavior as a result of brain differences. This leaves many girls with autism undiagnosed. Experts discuss how it appears in girls and the consequences of those differences.

18-45 Segment 1: MDMA for PTSD

People suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder often can’t face their trauma, which is necessary for psychotherapy to work. It is a big reason PTSD is so difficult to treat. Scientists are leading clinical trials into the use of the banned drug MDMA in connection with therapy to help break this hurdle, and the results so far have been outstanding in curing PTSD.

18-32 Segment 1: Addiction, Relapse and Criminalization

After criminal convictions, many people with substance use disorder are placed on probation with the condition they remain completely drug free. They are often jailed when they relapse, setting back recovery and removing them from treatment that helps keep them clean. Is that fair, when relapse is a common symptom of their disease (and many others)?

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18-16 Segment 1: Diagnosing Perinatal Depression

Experts discuss the balancing act that arises when healthcare providers are cautious when protecting a mother with perinatal depression (previously known as postpartum depression) and her child.

17-43 Segment 1: The Biology of Addiction

Scientists are learning the specific workings of the brain when it is addicted to a substance or behavior, and showing that all addictions are similar.

15-41 Segment 2: What Your Therapist Is Thinking

  Synopsis: Many people have no idea how or why psychotherapy works. A well-known psychotherapist describes what therapists are thinking while the patient is talking and how these thoughts guide treatment. Host: Nancy Benson. Guest: Dr. Drew Permut, Clinical Professor of Psychology, George Washington University and author, Inside Your Therapist’s Mind: How a Psychotherapist Thinks and … Continue reading 15-41 Segment 2: What Your Therapist Is Thinking