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December 4, 2016 Leave a comment released an article on how to detect if someone is suffering from depression just by observing only  his verbal tic and his non-verbal communication.

And guess what? There’s an app for that!

Indeed, according to this article, it seems that

    • the flow of speech,
    • the number of syllables pronounced per minute,
    • the lengthening of vowels,
    • the lack of intonation,
    • the melody of speech which becomes more monotonous
    • speaking more quietly than usual

are all elements that can help discover whether a person is suffering from depression or has suicidal thoughts. The app is not yet available to the public but it is tested by professionals in the U.S.. It could be useful with patients that are isolated or cannot go see a doctor. That’s worth a look.


Kristen Bell on depression

June 5, 2016 Leave a comment

Kristen Bell on depression in Motto:
May 31, 2016.

“When I was 18, my mom sat me down and said, “If there ever comes a time where you feel like a dark cloud is following you, you can get help. You can talk to me, talk to a therapist, talk to doctor. I want you to know that there are options.”

I’m so thankful for her openness on this predominantly silent subject because later, when I was in college, that time did come. I felt plagued with a negative attitude and a sense that I was permanently in the shade. I’m normally such a bubbly, positive person, and all of a sudden I stopped feeling like myself. Read more…

The Nocebo effect

March 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Articles excerpts taken from Time and Feel Good Time:

“Most people have heard of the placebo effect, but relatively few have heard of the nocebo effect, including the circles of the medical staff. For the first time this phenomenon, which is in fact is the evil twin of placebo effect, was named in the 1961st year. Nocebo effect is the ability of negative beliefs and expectations that cause damage, ie negative effects in the body. While the placebo effect can achieve positive results in treatment which normally should not have any effect (eg, sugar pill), nocebo effect has reverse result in terms of health, due to the worst expectations. What patient expects, unfortunately, the patient usually receives. […]

When doctors tell patients that a medical procedure will be extremely painful, for example, they tend to experience significantly more pain than patients who weren’t similarly warned. And in double-blind clinical trials of antidepressants, even those participants receiving a sugar pill report side effects like gastrointestinal discomfort if investigators have warned them at the outset that those effects are likely. […]

The observation of various scientific researches of placebo and nocebo influence, showed that the placebo effect (the belief that something positive will happen) is effective on average 33% -55%. On the other hand, the nocebo effect (the belief that something negative will happen) proved to be effective with a staggering 55% -100%. This means that we are more than twice susceptible to the negative rather than positive suggestion. […]

It is interesting to note the results of research in America which showed that since the Act of hazardous cigarette nicotine warning was introduced (cigarettes harm your health, smoking kills, smoking causes lung cancer …) – the average of the mortality of smokers increased.  Seeing the words “smoking kills” daily, has a very strong influence on every smoker health.”

… all this to remind us that our thoughts are very powerful and we should be careful not to let them hurt us – others do it well enough, no need to do it too.


We all have blue eyes!

February 1, 2012 Leave a comment

From CBS News:

People with blue eyes are born that way, right? Maybe for now. But a California scientist claims to have developed a simple procedure that turns brown eyes blue.
People with brown eyes actually have blue eyes underneath — they’re just covered with a thin layer of pigment that makes them appear brown, says Dr. Homer. The procedure simply uses a special laser to zap a patient’s cornea, disrupting that melanin pigment. The
painless treatment can be completed in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it 20 seconds. The color change then occurs gradually over three weeks.

I wouldn’t do it but it’s already great to know that beneath my brownish eyes, I have blue eyes. :-D


Your own worst enemy

November 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Have you ever felt like you are in over your head, that you don’t have nearly the competence to be doing the job you’re doing, and that sooner or later, others will find out you’re faking it? Maybe it will help to know that those other folks sometimes feel the same way. It’s called Impostor Syndrome.

“They used to call it an inferiority complex. You’re convinced you’re not good enough or smart enough to do this. Impostor syndrome. The only thing holding you back is you.”

I wish I could say this call changed everything, but it didn’t. My second Master’s degree was worse than ever. Studying in a profoundly theory-heavy program, I felt hopelessly lost in every class, every day. I was convinced at any moment uniformed thugs would burst into my seminar to unmask me and drag me out. Obviously I did not belong here, as I understood maybe one tenth of what I was reading, and was frequently confused even by the comments of my own classmates. It seemed so easy for them. Surely I had made yet another mistake.

It never occurred to me that I was there to learn, or that other students might be feeling the same way.

Read more about this Syndrome and how to deal with it on the website : read the article.


Don’t you see I’m on the phone?

August 18, 2011 Leave a comment

I can’t imagine who would do this but it turns out a number of you are fakers. Our friends at Pew research have found that 13% of cell phone owners pretend to use their phone to avoid interacting with people.  When you see them, they may be talking but there’s nobody there.”

From NBC Nightly News, August 16, 2011.

I have never pretended to be on the phone. Never. For one good reason, I almost never use my cell phone. I can go out without my cell phone, I wouldn’t notice it. I don’t think all the time about my cell phone (“any messages? any missed called?…”), and since it is a very basic cell phone, I can’t use it to play games, or take a picture or go on the Internet or use an App… there’s no such things on my cell phone. Therefore, there’s no reason for me to keep it always within, I wouldn’t have the reflex to pretend to use my phone to avoid people.


Group Therapy for Mental Health Problems

August 15, 2011 Leave a comment

An article about group therapy (from Webmd):

“In this overview of group therapy for mental health like anxiety and panic disorder, learn the benefits, what to expect, and if you may be a candidate for group therapy.

Benefits of Group Therapy for Mental Health

Probably the biggest advantage of group therapy for mental health issues is in helping a patient realize that he or she is not alone — that there are other people who have similar problems. This is often a revelation, and a huge relief, to the person.

Being in group therapy can also help you develop new skills to relate to others. The dynamics of a group often mirror those of society in general, and learning how to interact with the other members of the group can help you in your relationships outside the group. In addition, the members of the group who have the same problem(s) can support each other, and may offer suggestions to dealing with a particular problem that you may not have thought of.

You may be uncomfortable at first when it comes time to discuss your problems in front of strangers. However, the fact that others are facing the same type of situation as you may help you open up and discuss your feelings. In addition, everything that takes place within the group therapy session is kept confidential.

What to Expect in Group Therapy

Group therapy sessions vary, but the basic format is a small group of patients meet on a regular basis to discuss their feelings and problems and provide mutual support. The session is guided by a professional therapist who is specially trained in group therapy. The therapist acts as moderator and may suggest a “theme” or topic for the group’s discussion. Sometimes, the therapist will allow the group members to pick the topic for the session.

As part of the group therapy session, members try to change their old ways of behaving in favor of newer, more productive ways. Typically, there is a great deal of interaction and discussion among the members of the group. The members may also undertake specific activities, such as addressing certain fears and anxieties.

Am I a Candidate for Group Therapy?

Group therapy can help anyone who is in need of mental health care. Like individual therapy, group therapy can benefit people with such conditions as anxiety, panic, depression, family problems, addictions, etc. In some cases, people who are taking part in group therapy will also undergo individual counseling (one-on-one with a therapist).

The makeup of the group varies; in some cases, the group consists of people who have the same condition (for example, depression). In other cases, the group is mixed.

Medical Insurance Coverage

Group therapy is typically covered by medical insurance. Contact your insurance company for specifics on your coverage. Also, group therapy is often provided for free by non-profit groups, hospitals, etc.”