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The secret to mental health isn't rocket science -- it's gratitude

01/14/2011

Einstein Albert Einstein knew a lot about math and physics.  Did he also know how to beat depression?

This quote of his – “There are two ways to look at life. One way is that nothing is a miracle. The other is that everything is a miracle.” – suggests that perhaps he did. 

For all his intellectual grandeur, Einstein had a profound understood the shared experience of being human: needs, wants, and pain. His strategy was to develop gratitude and forgiveness as part of one’s the foundational experience of daily living. Exist in gratitude for daily life

A newly released book, The Mind-Body Mood Solution: The Breakthrough Drug-Free Program for Lasting Relief from Depression – tackles this very subject.  Gratitude, it suggests, is the mechanism to free oneself from depression and meaningless living.

Jeffrey Rossman’s empirical research and academic acumen provides the glue and adhesive for our broken hearts and unlived potentialities.

Given the recent tragedy in Tucson, Arizona and other national and personal travesties, gratitude seems inconceivable and implausible--the farthest thing from logic. Look again. Try these tips: Cheesy? Maybe. Psychologically Effective—Irrefutably so!

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Can we show compassion to the families of killers?

01/13/2011

Jared Lee Loughner mug shot One can only imagine the suffering that the families of killers go through when they first find out what happened. 

But we have to imagine:  there has been very little research published on the trauma that families such as the Loughners are experiencing at this moment. It may have to do with the fortunate fact that there are very few crimes like the one Jared Loughner committed.  The families of most convicted criminals rarely experience the piercing spotlight that the Cho, Loughner, Klebold, or Harris families experienced ... public and political scrutiny on a global scale. 

They are left to deal with the public questions that rarely have clear answers:  did they know what was happening?  Could they and their families have been the source of this pain?   

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The lesson of Tucson: mental health care has to be available to be effective

01/12/2011

MRI device Monday morning, president Barrack Obama called for a moment of silence to remember the tragic events that happened over the weekend in Tucson, Arizona.

Jared Lee Loughner, twenty-two, has been charged and is facing two counts of first degree murder, one count of attempted assassination of a member of Congress and two other counts of attempted murder—and prosecutors say that this is only the beginning.

The question burning at the heart of this ordeal remains: ahat motivates such an individual to commit such an abhorrent and repugnant act?

Jared Lee Loughner has been described by classmates and teachers as “odd, eccentric, paranoid, and delusional.” Is he indeed a cold-blooded murder? Or, is he simply a very disturbed, mentally ill young boy who our mental health system has failed to treat? The evidence suggests Mr. Loughner is one of many who has “slipped through the cracks” and in turn has acted out because of his mental disturbance.

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Saybrook Witnessed its First Presidential Inauguration, Friday, January 14, followed by an Academic Colloquium, Humanistic Education in the 21st Century

01/11/2011
Saybrook University held its very first inauguration ceremony for a new president this past Friday. Mark Schulman, Ph.D. was inaugurated at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco’s Financial District. It was an exciting day, with at least 180 in atttendance representing colleges and universities from around the country. An academic colloquium on Humanistic Education in the 21st Century...

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Presidential Inauguration Colloquium on Humanistic Education in the 21st Century To Follow Saybrook's, Friday, January 14, 2011

01/11/2011
To the Saybrook Community: As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we look forward to all that Saybrook can be in the future. Therefore it is fitting that the topic of the academic colloquium is Humanistic Education in the 21st Century. Each of our four panelists will be looking at the subject from their unique perspective. It will be a stimulating reflection on a very important topic and yuor...

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Susan Tyburczy, PhD '08 to Present Dream Review Methodology for the New York Chapter of the International Association for the Study of Dreams

01/11/2011
SAVE THE DATE: SUNDAY APRIL 3RD, 2011 Afternoon Exact time and place to be announced. Saybrook Alumna Susan Tyburczy, PhD '08 invites Saybrook students and alumni to attend a presentation that she will give regarding her dissertation research. This presentation will be sponsored by the New York Chapter of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. Susan will discuss the method...

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A year after Haiti's earthquake, here's what we've learned about trauma relief

01/11/2011

Haiti earthquake picture January 12th will mark the year anniversary since the devastating earthquake in Haiti brought down its city, communities and people. Immediately after the earthquake, aid from all over the world rushed in to pull potential survivors from the rubble and to help with the physically and emotionally wounded. Medical response teams were usually followed by teams of mental health workers with the mission to ease psychological caused by the disaster.

There has been a good amount of recent research about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and disasters. But an article published in the December issue of Psychological Science in the Public Interest offers another viewpoint: the field may be able to be far more effective if there is a shift in how mental health workers see their roles in helping after a disaster.

Researchers Bonanno, Brewin, Kaniasty and La Greca argue that the chaotic nature of disasters make it difficult to know what if any psychological affects people may suffer and what is the best way to help them recover. In order to gain perspective on what is being done for mental health in disaster relief, the researchers reviewed multiple research studies on disaster response they drew five conclusions:

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Is there a psychological treament for autism?

01/10/2011

A parent’s worst nightmare can a diagnosis of Autism for their child.

Also known as ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder effects one out of every one hundred and ten children. ASD is characterized by an array of neurodevelopment disorders; which result in impaired social functioning, communication impediments, repetitious behaviors and overall restricted development.

The terrifying part? The number of children diagnosed with ASD is growing—some sixty percent between 2002 and 2006.

The growth in ASD cases has become a pandemic of sorts in families and the medical community. All are looking for answers—to both prevent and treat.

Without a clear and concise understanding of autism, its causes and triggers, psychiatry and the medical community as a whole are left with psychotropic medications—to treat the symptoms, not the causes—coupled with horrendous medication side effects.

Take Hope. Psychology is making so much headway that The Autism Research Institute purports that “Autism is Treatable.”

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Saybrook Alumna Summer Watson, M.H.S., Ph.D. Seeking Employment in Camp Lejeune Area (Jacksonville, NC)

01/07/2011
Saybrook Alumna Summer Watson, M.H.S., Ph.D. will be moving close to Camp Lejeune (Jacksonville, NC) in mid-Feb. She would like to speak with anyone regarding employment opportunities.... Thank you! Summer Watson, M.H.S., Ph.D. Phone: 760-213-1177 Website: www.personallifecoach4success.com</strong>

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Announcing: 6th ANNUAL SPRING/SUMMER: Internship, Trainingship and Fellowship Programs in Applied Evidence-Based Sport Psychology

01/07/2011
The American Board of Sport Psychology is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of tuition-based positions in its 6th ANNUAL SPRING/SUMMER: Internship, Trainingship and Fellowship programs in Applied Evidence-Based Sport Psychology SEE: YOU TUBE: ABSP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9ZskvC7cto Venue: New York City (activities throughout greater New York City area) Dates...

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