These articles are going to cover a lot of ground very fast. Hold onto your hat. Shocking news from the research trenches: It is not enough to just assess patients' health-related quality of life (HRQL). It is not enough to tell patients the results of the assessment. It is not even enough to discuss the problems that the assessment reveals! (Rosenbloom, S. K., Victorson, D. E., Hahn, E. A., Peterman, A. H., Cella, D., 2007). Who could have predicted that? Anybody.
Here's an interesting Google statistic. I searched on "psychotherapy innovation" and "engineering innovation." Here are the hits: 1,210,000 for psychotherapy innovation, which is under 1% of 136,000,000 for engineering innovation. But I estimate that there are 45% as many psychotherapists as engineers (based on stats from the Occupational Outlook Handbook and an educated guess or two on my part). This is hardly a scientific exercise, but how can you ignore it?
To my utter delight, at last there is a book that lashes out at the spectra of thinness and beauty that sets off millions of our young girls, on an obsessive path of starvation and self-punishment. Perfecting oneself has been mainly a matter of self-discipline and education for the most major part of human history. The association of perfection and thinness is a mysterious recent phenomenon, which is hard to explain. For young girls it's a difficult cycle to get out of -- media pressures, the continuous barrages of images of successful, "thin" women on screen and television, pages and volumes of slimming diets and exercises exhorting an "all out war" on fat. This in turn creates a paradigm of personal based on one's body weight and "slim and trim" looks. It does not take time for it to develop in to a full-scale obsession, and the focal point of the lives of millions of young girls. And no wonder anorexia and bulimia have now become two of the commonest psychiatric disorders in this age group.
A new study presented by the World Health Organization points to the international community's efforts to curb interpersonal violence and its mental and physical consequences. This past week nearly 200 experts on violence prevention assembled in Scotland for "Milestones 2007," a gathering intended to critically examine advances made since the WHO release of the "World Report on Violence and Health," in 2002. At the time of its original publication, a portion of this landmark report highlighted the psychological impact of interpersonal violence, supporting emerging research on the long-term, medically-related consequences of violence. This on-going study acts to solidify the link between violent behavior and consequently, mental distress.
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