Fallout from the Arizona shooting

Most people commenting on the Arizona shooting are speculating about motive, the role of public discourse on the shooter, and the shooter's mental health.  I confess my bias from the start - from what I have read, the shooter Jared Loughner sounds like he is paranoid schizophrenic. Of course, I am not engaging in a formal diagnosis since I have no direct data. However, the signs are certainly suggestive.What is bound to happen for some time to come is the blaming of the event on ideology. T … [Read more...]

North Jersey magazine says “Don’t blame mom”

I am quoted often in this article by Kathryn Davis on parenting, primarily mothering and various adult outcomes, including homosexuality and eating disorders. Her initial focus is autism:In his book, Teaching Individuals with Developmental Delays, author O. Ivar Lovaas notes, "The number of proposed causes was limitless because professionals found it easy to be inventive, considering their ignorance of the etiology of behavioral delays. These delays already tend to be amplified by the parents’ … [Read more...]

Today Show on PANDAS

Back in the spring, I wrote an article on Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus (PANDAS). The disorder has opened my eyes to the potential role of bacteria in mental illness. Recently, the Today Show did a segment on PANDAS with a remarkable case of a boy attending school at nearby Carnegie-Mellon University. Watch and learn. I also blogged at length about this condition. Part one dealt with the condition and part two with a p … [Read more...]

New Zealand study examines abortion and mental health link

Joining the Coleman et al study is a study reported by this Medical News Today news release:Women who have an abortion face a small increase in the risk of developing common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, according to a new study from New Zealand.But the researchers, writing in the December issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry, say their findings point to a "middle-of-the-road" position on abortion - and do not support either the strong pro-life or … [Read more...]

Abortion and mental health disorders: New study finds relationship

A new study published online today finds varying degress of connection between induced abortion and later mental health problems. The article, published by the Journal of Psychiatric Research, used the National Comorbidity Study, a large representative sample of people carried out in the early 1990s. Here is the abstract:The purpose of this study was to examine associations between abortion history and a wide range of anxiety (panic disorder, panic attacks, PTSD, Agoraphobia), mood (bipolar … [Read more...]

Psychiatric Bulletin publishes David Fergusson editorial on mental health and abortion

I posted extensively on the APA Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion in August, including comments from New Zealand researcher David Fergusson. This month, the Psychiatric Bulletin published an editorial by Dr. Fergusson.The editorial supports the recent Royal College of Psychiatrists' statement regarding abortion and mental health.Fergusson's editorial notes the contrast between a RCP statements in 1994 and 2008. The 1994 view was that no relationship existed between abortion and … [Read more...]

Wall Street Journal previews APA Mental Health and Abortion task force report

Today's Wall Street Journal's Stephanie Simon has an article regarding the APA Mental Health and Abortion Task Force. Titled "New Front on the Abortion Battle," the article previews the APA committee's report due to be considered tomorrow (Wed. 8/13/08).The article begins:For decades, the cultural battle over abortion has been about what goes on inside a woman's womb. But more and more, the focus is shifting to what goes on inside her head.Activists on both sides are awaiting a … [Read more...]


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