We all know the benefits of getting adequate sleep. Two recent studies points out the effects of sleep patterns on body weight. In one trial, children who slept less than 9 hours per night were three times as likely to be overweight, independent of their level of physical activity. Children with shorter sleep duration were also more likely to be emotionally labile than children who slept longer.
I am maintaining a list of the top ten "secrets" in the mental health field. Here is Part II, items five up to the big number one (items six to ten are can be found in Part I): 1. Cognitive problems Cognitive disabilities can have a tremendous effect on people who appear to be fairly high functioning. This problem is not assessed enough and it is not treated enough. This abdication of responsibility is causing many people to lose their livelihoods, to have disrupted lives, to become homeless, and to suicide.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has a bad reputation, due in part to the graphic media portrayals we see in films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and A Beautiful Mind, and probably also in part to an innate distaste for the idea of receiving electrical shocks to the brain. Despite the popular disgust for this treatment, ECT is still used in patients with psychiatric disorders that have not responded to other therapies, most commonly major depression and bipolar disorder.
Starting today, I'm going to maintain a list of the ten biggest secrets in the Mental Health field. I humbly request that anyone who feels something is missing (or should be elevated or demoted), please post your opinion. If you have time, please give the rationale. I'll be writing about them as news emerges and as I prepare supporting information and resources.