Children Taken To Mental Health Facilities, From School Grounds!

Children taken to mental health facilities, from school grounds!

Taking “care” or taken for a ride?

by Ms. Laurie Anspach, Mental Health Activist and Executive Director of Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida (CCHR)

There has been a real “buzz about town” regarding the controversial subject of mental health screening within our public schools. Many parents are left with questions about their rights to protect their children. Parents have the right to know what actions will being taken, by the school, when their child is late for class, skips class, doesnt sit still in class or generally, is deemed inappropriate by a school counselor or teacher.

One young girl made the news after she was subjected to a so-called suicide prevention movie that provided extremely controversial criteria for how to determine if someone is at risk. The idea of mental health entering our childrens school day, is perhaps surprising to some. Unfortunately, the public schools are ridden with different programs that ask intrusive questions of the students; shows them films in the name of suicide prevention; and generally opens the door to diagnosing any child with an apparent disorder that is not backed up by any medical proof.

According to the Florida, WESH T.V, channel 2 report Jenny Helmick, a student at Wolf Lake Middle School, went to see a guidance counselor and ended up spending the night at Lakeside Alternatives. (a mental health facility). This student was involuntarily committed from the school grounds following the showing of a movie about suicide prevention. That is just one way a student can end up being extracted from school and involuntarily committed through the Baker Act (Floridas involuntary commitment law). Jenny was one of four students taken to Lakeside from Wolf Lake Middle School in one year, according to the WESH report.

Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida is a non-profit watchdog group that investigates and exposes violations of human rights in the field of mental health. At our offices, we have received many calls regarding children who were taken from school grounds and brought to a psychiatric ward.

A sample of the typical mental health questionnaire is below. The child needs to answer a multiple choice set of statements and rate them per this numerical system.
1= None of the time
2= Very rarely
3= A little of the time
4 = Some of the time
5= A good part of the time
6= Most of the time
7= All of the time

__________ I feel I get pushed around more than others

__________ I feel that I am a likable person

__________ I am afraid I will appear foolish to others

Imagine if children, who know they have already broken a school rule, under the pressure of getting in trouble at home, answer these questions and 20 more questions like it, but in addition, depending on their answers, they may be deemed by the psychologist administering this questionnaire, to be a risk to themselves or a risk to others. Once the child is deemed such a risk, they are escorted by a law enforcement official, to a receiving facility for the Baker Act, involuntary commitment.

There is an entire array of intervention programs that have been implemented throughout our public schools. Teen Screen, Signs of Suicide and On Campus Intervention Program are a few of them. CCHR Florida has received calls from parents who have told us that their children are subjected to the questionnaires for wearing a shirt that is too short, for being late to school, skipping class or fist fights in the playground. The problems seem to be problems that anyone who is 30 years or older, would have remembered as being handled by detention after school, extra school work and cleaning erasers for the teacher. Now, we have intervention programs, mental health counselors, psychiatric drugs being dispensed to children right in the school by the school nurse.

Perhaps, it is important to either fully educate the parents about the full procedure of these intervention programs, which would include educating them about the potential of their child being involuntarily committed and held in a psychiatric facility for up to 72 hours, minimally. Perhaps, it is time to fully educate the parents about the fact that there are no medical tests, chemical imbalance tests or blood tests to prove that any mental health disorder exists and that the psychiatric drugs that are prescribed to these children are in the same class as cocaine and carry dangerous side effects (some include the FDA black box warning of suicidal ideation).

Additionally, perhaps it is time to review the aspect of parental consent.

CCHR Florida has copies of the mental health screening consent forms. One of these is a two page parental consent form written in 8pt type (which is very difficult to read due to it’s small size) and does not mention the potential of a students evaluation leading to the involuntary commitment.

Minimally, we need to ask ourselves, are parents fully informed? Are the childrens rights fully protected and are the children’s best interests being looked after?

How mental attitude and digestion affect acne

Mental attitude

Acne is an expression of toxins in the body that are not being released through normal channels of elimination, so they come out through the skin. Since mental attitude and thoughts cannot be separate from the body, thoughts and feelings are also being expressed as acne.

Negative thoughts and feelings produce chemicals that are toxic acids. Just like toxic acids created in the colon, the toxic thoughts need to be eliminated through the 5 elimination channels

Acne can be an expression suppressed past traumatic experiences. As a child, when you were exposed to experiences that overwhelm you – constant mental, physical, or sexually abuse, you suppress them. So now as an adult, as your defense system weakens, you’re not able to completely suppress this information, so it becomes expressed as acne or other skin disorders. Of course, these suppressed experiences can be expressed as other diseases.

Acne can also be related to the emotion of fear or anxiety. It can also be an expression of holding onto old junkie or unpleasant memories. It’s a way of holding on to and burying the junkie or toxic memory into your face. It is these memories that are trying to surface and, in an usual way, asking you to face them. Many times, you and other people may not want to remember them or deal with them.

To deal with them requires a lot of strength and help from a psychotherapist.

Stomach Acid

Your stomach uses Hydrochloric acid (HCl) to break down protein. It also has many other functions,

* Kills pathogens and microbes and prevents them from getting into the colon and blood * Controls the adsorption of B12 * Controls the adsorption of iron calcium zinc, copper, magnesium and most B-complex vitamins * Controls the adsorption of vitamin C * Created indigestion * Prevents constipation

When you have low levels of HCl chances are that you will be susceptible to getting acne. HCl can be increased by using a digestive enzyme that contains HCl.

Pancreatic Digestive Enzymes

When the food you eat passes the stomach and enters the small intestine, the pancreas releases digestive enzymes and bicarbonate to help complete the digestive process.

The bicarbonate helps to reduce the acid strength in the food coming from the stomach. The digestive enzymes digest carbohydrates, fats, and protein.

When the pancreas loses its efficiency and starts to release less digestive enzymes, less food is properly digested. This results in more undigested food reaching the colon. When this happens, the undigested food, if it stays to long in the colon, becomes a source for rotting matter and toxic material. This toxic material can get into your blood and cause skin disruption such as acne.

A healthy pancreas, which provides the necessary digestive juices to digest the food you eat, is needed for healthy skin and for eliminating acne and other skin sores and eruptions.

When you have acne or other skin diseases, they are created when there is an in-balance in your body and that includes many different organs and body processes and systems – your thoughts, digestion, liver, kidney, lymphatic system, lungs, and pancreas.

Rudy Silva has a degree in Physics and is a Natural Nutritionist. He is the author of Constipation, Acne, Hemorrhoid, and Fatty Acid ebooks. He writes a newsletter call More natural remedy hints and information can be found at:

The Mental Fallout Of Pimples

Acne, whether or not the frequent teenage variety or the rarer adult variety, is one among several kinds of skin infections that could produce serious epidermis blemishes and aesthetically undesirable consequences. Aside from the obvious physical markings that come with the onset of the acne pimples, there is also the possibility that the breakout would leave scars on the facial area . While only adult acne and a select few epidermis infections leave marks, these marks are often difficult and costly to eliminate. Facial marks due to acne may have serious mental and social implications. Acne pimples and epidermis infections can have mental health side effects that can be more serious than the infection itself since epidermis concerns often have an effect on a person’s self-esteem.

A temporary bout of social anxiety is typical among people who suffer from acne pimples. Since most individuals view your skin as a visual indication of any individual’s physical well-being and cleanliness , imperfections might often be perceived quite negatively. People can interpret the acne as signs of lousy health or physical health, as well as being possible signs of unhealthy dietary options. Some individuals to slowly stay clear of individuals with acne pimples, especially in communities or groups where physical attractiveness and sameness are major to social survival, a situation located in a typical high school campus. This detachment, along with the pimples individual’s own perception one that is all too often affected by outside influences may result in social withdrawal. The acne pimples sufferer’s withdrawal and sense of being socially unacceptable could even worsen and lead to an onset of social stress and anxiety in some instances.

Another potential predicament brought about by pimples is status anxiousness. As previously stated, some communities embrace a culture of sameness that triggers members to subconsciously ostracize those who are perceived to be different. While extreme in interpretation, people with acne pimples are often noticed to be among those whore different. But for the popular, high-rating members of society, any sign of skin imperfection could even trigger status anxiety. Modern society often puts pressure on people to either retain their status or strengthen it, which is among the leading triggers of tension and stress and anxiety in people. This pressure is an underlying force behind social interactions with one’s perceived peers and superiors, but might come into the foreground with the onset of acne. As acne pimples becomes manifest, concern over one’s physical look as a factor in one’s social standing develops. Once a certain point, which is different for each person, has been reached, status anxiousness sets in as the person becomes increasingly worried about how the infection will affect his status within his social circle.

Perhaps among the more drastic effects of acne pimples on the human psyche would be depression, though this is arguably more like a side effect of the previously mentioned troubles. Usually, depression makes itself manifest if the Acne pimples has been typical for a prolonged period. As the social isolation continues, the individual also loses more and more self-assurance in his social abilities and standing. This social stress and anxiety, combined with worries over the perceived decline in his standing among his peers, may often make your situation seem hopeless for any individual. The state of depression, which might only be perception and not an accurate reflection of your situation, could have dangerous consequences on an individual’s mental health. The feasible psychological fallout brought on by prolonged depression can effortlessly outlast even the worst acne pimples outbreak, with the possibility of becoming worse if the patient develops acne pimples again later in life.

The potential emotional fallout caused by pimples should be a significant concern for virtually anyone who is fighting acne. As such, acne pimples should be taken seriously and treated properly from the start. If otc medicines are failing to alleviate the situation, then seek advice from a professional for guidance. Be sure to follow the instructions given for the acne pimples medication, whether this is over-the-counter or prescribed, to minimize the chances of unwanted effects occurring. While doctor prescribed acne pimples treatments and pimples scar removal surgery may seem high priced, they can prove to be worthwhile long-term investments when compared with the costs of therapy and anti-depressants.

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Are Your Tennis Errors Mental Or Technical

Scores of tennis players believe that most of their problems on the tennis court are technical (eg. The action of hitting a forehand, backhand etc) and not mental (thought process behind the action).

Players practice the technical aspects of their shots or pay huge sums of money to coaches to work on areas of their game that probably don’t need as much technical attention as they may think.

Here’s my advice.

When you play a match you need to focus at the other end of the court tactically. Every shot you play must have a purpose to either neutralise or hurt your opponent tactically. The only thing you must be aware of at your end of the court is the ball and where you are aiming to hit it.

During a match you MUST NOT think technically. As soon as you do, more often than not you lose the match. Why? Because it’s almost impossible to mend a shot during a match.

When you play a match you go into battle with what you have and you have to make the best of it. If you try to hit shots you have not mastered in practice then you will probably end up disappointed.

Most errors are mental because they have a lack of purpose or the players’ concentration is on technique and not where the ball is being aimed!

Here’s a typical example:-

A player came to me after a recent match and said that his forehand needs a lot of work because it let him down big time in his last match.

Now I know this guy can hit great forehands and does so regularly in lessons. I asked him “When did your forehand let you down?”

He answered “It was okay at first but once I made a few errors it just seemed to get worse and worse from them on.”

This statement told me a lot. It told me he was analysing his technique because of an error and became more and more conscious of what he was doing at his end of the court instead of trying to affect the points tactically at the other end.

So we hit a few rallies and played some points out. Something went wrong as I approached the net and his forehand flew out the back of the court.

I asked him what he was trying to do? His answer was “I didn’t cover the ball with enough topspin and lost control.”

He was right – his ball flew out because it had no topspin on it. BUT, it wasn’t a technical error.

So I asked him the same question again but wanted a more specific answer. So I said “tell me exactly where you pictured the ball going and where you expected it to land?”

His answer was “Cross court somewhere!”

This guy wanted a technical answer, but the answer was mental. His ball went ‘cross court somewhere’ and that’s all he’d asked from himself. So in effect he actually succeeded.

If you want to hit a short angled topspin forehand cross court to a target and you miss then that’s a technical error and we can then work on that.

BUT if you are not aiming specifically and don’t know where you want the ball to land without first visualising it, then how can you be upset when you miss?

If you don’t know where you are aiming then that is a mental error. Your racket can’t do the aiming for you, no matter how much it cost you!

If this guy had pictured the exact shot he wanted he would have automatically covered the ball, and hit with more topspin, and been successful, because he has done it in many practices before.

You wouldn’t shoot a gun without aiming would you, as it would be dangerous? To hit a tennis shot without purpose is effectively doing the same thing and is a danger to your confidence.

How many people do you know who don’t aim their second serve but just try to get it in? (are you one of those people?!).

Visualise and aim. You have a much better chance of hitting the target and succeeding.

So the key is to practice these shots and scenarios, so you know what to do in these pressure situations. You will then build up a visual memory of succeeding under pressure.

Then all you need to do is watch the ball and visualise what you want to happen. What you focus on in life becomes reality.

If the shot has been practiced enough it will begin to happen in those pressure situations as pure muscle memory. (See it, then do it!)

Role of Mental Imagery in Sports Injury Recovery

When sports injuries occur, there is a lot of emphasis on physical rehabilitation. While physical rehabilitation is an important step to recovery from injury, the importance of mental imagery in expediting the recovery cannot be underestimated. Many athletes across the globe rely on imagery to expedite their return to their trade. Experts note a marked difference between the recovery times of athletes who use imagery and those who do not. Imagery enables an athlete to visualize scenarios that depict healthiness and peak performance, among many other positive scenarios.

What is mental imagery?

Mental imagery, also known as self-hypnosis and guided imagery is the technique of mentally visualizing the desired outcome of an action, such as recovery from sports injuries. You typically use all your senses to visualize the outcome as though the outcome has already occurred or is happening. Mental imagery, though now widely treated as part of exercise program to overcome injuries, can be applied to multiple areas such as sports or academic performance and other disease recovery programs.

Benefits of mental imagery

According to Herbert Benson, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, “What patients believe, think and feel has profound effects on the body. Thoughts and emotions are 50 to 90 percent effective in most conditions.”

Among many mental imagery benefits, an athlete can feel:

More motivation. More personal responsibility towards the injury. An improved quality of life. Less depression, if any. Less time spent at rehabilitation process. Reduced pain. Improved mood.

A lot of real-life examples are to be found on the use of self-hypnosis. For example, gymnast Janine Rankin used guided imagery to find relief from severe back pain. According to Rankin, -I didn’t know much about the biology of my injury, but I knew that I needed oxygenated blood circulating through troubled areas, so I imagined it going through the heart and through the inflammation of my back and the troubled areas, I pictured the inflammation breaking up and getting carried away.-

Self hypnosis applications

Mental imagery can be, among other things, used for pain reduction and healing. Positive visualization can relax muscles which can hold a lot of tension. Relaxed muscles release tension and that can result in pain relief. Imagining sitting by a tranquil and steady stream or getting a hot bath are all examples of imagery. Of course, different examples may work better for different individuals.

Experts believe that imagery and physical rehabilitation can complement each other. Many are of opinion that focusing on physical aspects of a sports injury alone may not be a comprehensive treatment solution. An injured athlete goes through varied emotions after injury and many of those emotions are negative such as fear, anger and depression. Guided imagery can enable an athlete to manage such emotions well. An athlete, with imagery, can perform rehabilitation exercises or actions with a positive mindset and that will hasten the results. It, however, makes sense to perform self hypnosis under the guidance of an expert.

About Author:

The author Brian Anderson has been a medical journalist for the last 5 years and has written several medical journals and articles about sports injury recovery. His articles for are quite informative and can be found in several submission websites.

Dream Interpretation As A Science Of Mental Health And Happiness

My research began when I understood that our dreams should have a meaning, but nothing was certain. Nothing was clear and indubitable.

There was too much to be understood, and then simplified, so that everyone could easily learn the dream language and how to apply this knowledge to their own lives.

Today, after 19 years of discoveries and cures, the scientific method of dream interpretation is perfect and very clear. You have the privilege of learning it in only a few hours and start immediately translating your own dreams.

You will begin translating a few parts of the dream: the known symbols. for more, you will pay attention to the story, and to the general symbolic meaning of the dream.

Everything must be related to the dreamer’s life, since this is one of the most important aspects for a perfect dream translation. If you are analyzing your own dreams, you won’t have difficulties on this point, but when translating other people’s dreams, you may have problems because they won’t feel comfortable revealing the various unpleasant parts of their lives…

Dream interpretation according to the scientific method is a surgical operation inside your brain. The unconscious mind that produces our dreams is a psychiatrist and tries to help us preserve our mental health.

If you learn the dream language and you follow the wise guidance of the unconscious mind, you will find happiness in life, developing your intelligence and sensitivity.

Your dreams won’t have the confused image they have now to your ignorant eyes. You will look at the dream scenes understanding their messages.

For example, let’s say that you see a dream in which you are eating olives and then you see a snake appearing in the kitchen. You’ll immediately understand that you have to be flexible and smart, instead of sticking, which is symbolized by the olives you eat: this means that you must become more “oily”, in other words, accept reality with elasticity, instead of insisting on your old points of view. for visit detials:– you have to do that without a doubt, because if you don’t, you will suffer a lot until you change.

The snake represents a painful experience that will correct a mistake, and in the end will have a positive meaning in your life, but if you can avoid having to pass through painful experiences in order to learn your lessons, this will be much better for you.

Be smart and “oily”, so that you won’t have to be transformed through pain. The kitchen represents a place of transformation, because in the kitchen you cook: you transform the fresh vegetables and the raw meat into hot food. The food you prepare represents your actions.

So, the general message of this small dream is exactly that: “be careful, because if you aren’t smart and get accordingly adapted to the conditions of your life, and if you don’t pay attention to your actions, you’ll have to pass through painful situations”.

As you can observe, this small dream has already given you important information. Imagine now how much you can learn and understand when you translate long and complex dreams, and when you relate a series of dreams, one to the other: you have a complete image of your life, your problems, your mistakes and the steps you must take to start solving and correcting everything.

The dream messages give you warnings, helping you avoid what is bad and prepare the future results you desire, besides transforming your personality: you become mature, self-confident, optimistic, calm, and wise. Your advantages are so many that you cannot help but feel superior and happy!

Christina Sponias continued Carl Jung’s research into the human psyche, discovering the cure for all mental illnesses, and simplifying the scientific method of dream interpretation that teaches you how to exactly translate the meaning of your dreams, so that you can find health, wisdom and happiness.

Pramiracetam To Ward Off Mental Decline And Increase Memory

Pramiracetam is part of a group of drugs named nootropics or smart drugs which are used to improve memory and overturn brain ageing effects. Pramiracetam is part of the racetams, these are nootropic drugs that share a pyrrolidone nucleus. It is believed to be one of the most powerful smart drugs available. It is also being used as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Pramiracetam has been obtained from Piracetam and is around 7 times stronger than the later. It has an even better chance at enhancing memory. Clinical trials reveal how Pramiracetam has a mild anti-depressant effect along with being able to improve attention span, learning ability and memory. This makes it effective for Alzheimer’s disease treatment.

The benefit of nootropics and smart drugs are that they are effective and only hold little toxicity meaning very little side effects. It is due to this reason that a lot of people use pramiracetam. The pramiracetam available from IAS is a 300 mg tablet that should be taken once or twice daily and can help delay or even turn back the signs of ageing. Why should I buy Pramiracetam?

Many people take Pramiracetam during their later years to increase energy levels and enhance memory and the ability to learn. It is broadly known to be one of the most successful smart drugs currently available. It has the power to help older people enhance learning capacity, attention span, general mental performance and time.

Pramiracetam is also being used as a gentle anti-depressant that has sedative effects and has been confirmed as Alzheimer’s disease treatment. The advantages of taking Pramiracetam are extensive and have been used to treat many conditions like:

-Senile dementia -Alcoholism -Dyslexia -In older patients alertness, socialization and cooperation -Vertigo and motion sickness -Headaches and concussion symptoms

How should I take Pramiracetam? The most selected Pramiracetam dosages are 15 mg per kilogram of body weight if Pramiracetam is being taken on a daily basis at a 600 mg once or twice daily.

DMAE, Hydergine, choline and Centrophenoxine are nootropic drugs and other nutritional products that all synergise with one another. A combination of Pramiracetam and one of these may lower individual doses to stop possible pramiracetam side effects like nausea and headaches.

It is no surprise that Pramiracetam is one of the most powerful and least toxic anti-ageing products available. It holds very little side effects and has a proven reputation for turning back the signs of brain ageing.

How To Stop The Runaway Train Of Mental Illness By Betty Byrd

One in six adults and nearly one in ten children in the United States suffer from bipolar disorder. Yet, there remains a stigma associated with being bipolar and being related to someone who is. Never mind that Edgar Allen Poe was bipolar or that President Theodore Roosevelt was too. Or that people with bipolar disorder can lead extraordinary and meaningful lives. Look at Winston Churchill, Virginia Wolf, and Rosemary Clooney. No matter how talented or famous someone is, if they’re in a situation dictated by mental illness, it can at times feel like a runaway train. Jim Carey and Robert Downey, Jr. know what it’s like, so do Robin Williams, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Ben Stiller.
Dealing with a mentally ill family member is anything but a cakewalk. I should know. My mother, a Christian Science fanatic, refused to take medication to manage her sickness. During my formative years, I lived through extremes; from minute to minute I didn’t know what she might do. My childhood was spent being tossed around like a ping-pong ball. At sixteen, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist reluctantly told me to leave home and never look back because I was living in an incurable situation. Sadly, I hit the road, riddled with pot holes, lacking any parental advice. During those formative years I didn’t have a choice, but now, in 2011, things are beginning to change.

I went on to become an actress and later a novelist. I took it to heart when I read that Ernest Hemingway said, “A writer’s style should be direct and personal” For me, it’s therapeutic to write about the disease that robbed me of my mother and stole any chance I may have had to enjoy a normal childhood. I use larger-than-life characters on a backdrop of big oil and big tracts of land to show life on high octane, which, in my experience, is what it’s like to live with the ups and downs of mental illness.

One of my main characters, Olivia Harrison has a history of undisclosed schizophrenia. My novel, Utopia, Texas, shows the terrifying ramifications on a family whose young daughter’s problem goes untreated. Some call the book, which is a stand-alone sequel to my first novel, Trinity’s Daughter, a riveting tale. The character of Maggie Harrison is fashioned after me. Olivia is my mother. Olivia’s mother, Brya, is actually the novel’s protagonist. I use my books as a tool to educate others about what it’s like to live with mental illness, and if not treated it can be devastating to all involved.

As a member of the International Bipolar Foundation, I’m on a mission to try to help erase the stigma associated with this dreaded disease which often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. What’s missing in the equation is proper education, but through advancement of research, medication and support services life can begin to stay on track. Having been one of those children affected, I’m committed to encouraging family members to openly discuss mental illness so that healing can begin.

Currently, I’m working with organizations, such as the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of the United States. Through public education, I hope the shame associated with mental illness will be erased. For many, the stigma can be as great a challenge as the disease itself. For people with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, their life is like trying to navigate an unstoppable train-one that’s prone to skipping tracks and changing depots on a quick whim. There is no stopping this locomotive, but it can be slowed down in hopes of reaching a more positive destination.

What Is Mental State At The Time Of The Offense

Mental State at the Time of the Offense, sometimes abbreviated as MSO, is a determination of a defendant’s state of mind at the time he or she committed a crime. When a defendant’s mental state is at question, a sanity evaluation may be requested by the court, the defense, or the prosecution.

An MSO evaluation usually consists of a series of three interviews performed by a forensic psychiatrist. The first focuses on getting a personal history of the defendant, the second focuses on the defendant’s mental state at the time of the crime, and the third evaluates the defendant’s present mental state. Although all three interviews are important, the first one is one of the most important. A rating system for comparing the defendant’s own recounting with police reports, attorney notes, and any other histories is a must to determine the facts. The forensic psychiatrist becomes an investigator for the courts and may spend time reviewing collateral information and interviewing other third party persons. Factors such as planning the offense, awareness of guilt, and self-control are rated along with an analysis of the collateral information.

An MSO evaluation assesses if a mental disease or defect caused a cognitive impairment at the time of the offense. There are legally two grounds for an insanity plea: that the defendant did not know the nature and quality of the criminal act, and that the defendant did not know that the act was wrong. An individual can also be found insane if he had an “irresistible impulse,” and due to mental illness, lost control over his actions at the time of the offense.

The basis of an insanity plea rests on the basic premise that the defendant was not criminally responsible for his or her actions at the time of the offense due to the influence of a mental illness. Although each case is unique and may require additional testing or evaluation, most evaluations include the following:

– A review of records related to the specific offense (e.g., police records and witness statements)
– A review of background records and history (e.g., school records and psychiatric treatment records)
– Background information: social history, psychiatric history, medical history, substance abuse history, family background
– Clinical interview(s) of the defendant
– Defendant’s self-report of the incident(s)
– A review of collateral sources (e.g., interviews with family and police) related to the defendant’s mental status around, leading up to, and at the time of the offense
– Psychological testing (e.g., personality assessment tests)
– Observation of the defendant during evaluation sessions
– Malingering assessment
– Assessment of the defendant’s mental status at the time of the offense as per the relevant legal statute and case law
– Conclusions and opinions of the forensic psychiatrist
Malingering is always considered as a possibility, as is the possibility of brain damage. Malingering is routinely investigated by the evaluator and additional objective testing may be conducted at the discretion of the evaluator to confirm or deny a diagnosis of malingering.

As in so many instances in criminal law, the forensic psychiatrist plays a key role in determining an insanity plea. His or her evaluation almost always overrides all other considerations in a case.

Mental Activity Leading To Weight Gain

Too much mental exertion can bring about a boost in appetite. As some may know, actual physical work is as tiring as mental strain. Mental labor, according to studies, “destabilizes” insulin and glucose levels thus driving one to eat more because of boost in hunger. There are a number of factors that point to a jump in appetite, and a lot of those has something to do with the mind of a person.

A foremost mental factor is one that is triggered by mental challenges – stress. Stress is associated to eating extra. I for one tend to eat a lot more when I am stressed out in the past. This reaction of your body to your state of mind will be automatic once you let your guard down.

Rats are no different from humans. Glucocorticoid steroid hormone, or cortisol in humans, is dispensed by rats when they are chronically stressed, as researchers found out. In turn, this spurs the rats to excitedly participate in pleasure-seeking acts. These actions shall eventually help them promote abdominal obesity because of the amount of high-energy foods that they ate.

A person will acquire abdominal obesity by excessive or gratuitous eating. Diabetes, stroke, and increased risk of heart attack are just some illnesses and disease associated to abdominal obesity. Getting rid of stress before it gets out of hand is better than relieving it with a fat burger and a big soda!

Boredom and loneliness are fingered by British researchers too. These also cause an increase in eating in about fifty percent of adults! Potato chips and ice cream is just a couple of comfort foods to stay away from. These foods are generally consumed in large amounts passing along large quantities of fat too!

There’s no alibi to not be conscious of your hunger after a tiring day at work now that you know. But if you are legitimately hungry, then eat by all means. Never forget that what your body needs is proper nutrition, so eat healthy and eat right! A well balanced diet and a healthy regimen of day by day exercise is a positive hit to take your weight-worries away.