Posts Tagged ‘mental health’

Your diet has a tremendous amount to do with your mental health. Recently I read an article about how people who regularly consume fast food are more likely to be depressed. For years I’ve followed success stories of children who cut out gluten, dairy, and sugar, the Autism Diet. Today I noticed a piece on Psych Central by Richard and C.R. Zwolinski titled Does Gluten Cause Mental Illness?


Of course gluten factors into mental health! About one in 99 Americans has celiac disease, a genetic autoimmune disorder in which the body cannot tolerate gluten, the protein in wheat, barley, and rye. Many other people are gluten intolerant which means their bodies don’t want gluten in their system either. There is a very wide range of symptoms in such people and the most overlooked category of symptoms is those having to do with mental health. (more…)

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Last month the Police Executive Research Forum published a report called An Integrated Approach to De-Escalation and Minimizing Use of Force. This is part of its Critical Issues in Policing Series. Thank you to the B&G Report for bringing it to my attention.

This report featured a number of comments from leaders in the law enforcement and mental health communities about how to properly respond to incidents involving people who are mentally ill, developmentally disabled, substance abusers, or have medical problems. If you follow sites that track such incidents like Injustice Everywhere, you will see why there is concern nationwide over how law enforcement officers use force. (more…)

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Food Allergies 2

Today I read an article on a psychology website that really hit a nerve. It discussed the anxiety that children can feel when they have food allergies and the overreactions of some of their parents.

What bothered me is that the commentary seemed to downplay how serious and widespread food allergies are. It also addressed gluten intolerance as if it’s not a real condition.

Of course I posted a comment in response. The author’s experience and expertise are valid. She is a professional psychologist and I am not. But I’m afraid that the article might perpetuate longstanding myths and stereotypes about food allergic people. (more…)

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Red Flags

Earlier today I briefly combed the web for background information on Jared Loughner, the alleged gunman who murdered six people and critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson. He shot 13 other people as well.

Here’s what I was looking for, because it is almost always there: definite warning signs that he was going to do something like this.

We forensic psychology students have dissected similar cases, and almost without exception, there is some rant posted on a social networking site, some odd reg flag behavior, or some letter that signals that the suspect is at their boiling point. (more…)

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From http://drjimtaylor.com/2.0/#

From drjimtaylor.com

Dr. Jim Taylor is one of my favorite psychology bloggers. He always gets my attention when he writes about pop culture and the quizzical role it has in today’s society.

With his permission, I am re-blogging his latest piece, “I Don’t Care about LeBron James or Lindsay Lohan or…” A couple of my friends and I often vent our frustration over the constant media assault on our eyes and ears that is celebrity news.

I read this piece and said, “Amen, Dr. Jim!” (more…)

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