A New Approach to Treat Mental Illness: Electrical Engineering

Brain disorders impact more than 25 percent of Americans, and such disorders are projected to cost more than one trillion dollars annually by 2050. In response, the federal government launched the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative in 2013 to uncover how the human brain works as an electrical machine. This group of researchers has been tasked with answering the following question: What if mental illness could be treated with electrical engineering? While the human brain contains nearly 100 billion cells that create and process electricity, human brain augmentation has largely been limited to drugs that target brain chemicals. By discovering how the brain computes, we hope scientists will be able to develop new treatments and bend the projected …

LGBTQ+ Youth Prefer to Seek Mental Health Help Digitally

The kids are not all right. Almost 40 percent of young people between the ages of 13 and 24 who identify as LGBTQ+ have seriously considered suicide in the last year. That number is even higher for transgender and gender-nonbinary youth, 54 percent of whom have seriously considered suicide in that same time frame, and 29 percent of whom have attempted it. That's according to a new groundbreaking report from the LGBTQ+ advocacy nonprofit the Trevor Project, which polled more than 34,000 young people in 2018 to compile the largest ever survey on LGBTQ+ youth mental health in America. Angela Watercutter Beyond Madonna: A More Colorful Picture of Queer History Emma Grey Ellis YouTube Continues to Fail Its Queer Creators …

Kit Harington and Tabloids Toxic Obsession With Celebrity Mental Health

When it comes to reprehensible celebrity mental health coverage, the media has more than earned its reputation. From sensationalized write-ups of rehab trips and breakdowns to derisive headlines and invasive tactics, theres a long history of tabloid malfeasance. Worse, articles that poke fun at people who are seemingly in crisis, reinforcing pre-existing stigmas in the process, can have serious consequences. Britney Spears is an oft-referenced example of the horrors of a parasitic press. As a recent profile of Amanda Bynes referenced the countless headlines over the years that attempted to put a psychological label to [Bynes] behavior, with the The Guardians Britney Spears article went on to juxtapose those nightmarish scenes from the early aughts with responses to recent reports …

Seriously, Meryl Streep? ‘Toxic masculinity’ doesn’t hurt men it kills them | Arwa Mahdawi

In America, men are 3.5 times more likely to die from suicide than women, and many experts say its because theyre told not to express emotions Sign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. a recent panel discussion about the new season of Big Little Lies the cast started talking about how many men enjoyed the female-led show; Streep then announced that we hurt our boys by calling something toxic masculinity. Women can be pretty fucking toxic Its toxic people. We have our good angles and we have our bad ones, Streep continued. I think the labels are less helpful than what were trying to get to, which is a communication, direct, …

How to make a friend of your anger

There is no quick fix to anger issues, but working through them can be a journey that sheds light on who we are and how we perceive the world Its easy to feel hijacked by our anger. After all, anger was one of the primary evolutionary feelings: it was designed for survival. It knows only on and off. But this means that once the trigger is pressed, often by a trivial event, we end up in noise and miss out on the detail and complexity of our humanity. Our capacity for empathy is reduced and we want only to survive, hide, hurt, blame or punish. Many people come to me expecting a quick fix or a solution to their anger. …