This post is part of a weekly series, Best in Mental Health, featuring some of the best posts of the week, in social work, psychology, evidence-based practice/healthcare, non-profit and private practice concerns on Social Work Career Development.
To get a quick idea of some of the topics covered in this week's round-up, please see the above word cloud :)
Evidence Based Practice/Healthcare:
The Mental Elf (Andrés Fonseca)
"medication seems to be of limited use... an extensive systematic review of the literature on alternatives to medication for agitation in dementia... Interventions that work... Activities...Music therapy...Sensory interventions..."Do gut bacteria rule our minds? In an ecosystem within us, microbes evolved to sway food choices
"bacteria within us -- which outnumber our own cells about 100-fold -- may very well be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often are driving us toward obesity..."The Right to Die: The Suicide Checklist
Healthcare Blog (James Salwitz, MD)
"Physician–Assisted–Suicide... a kind of application... legal checklist.. a review of the sanctioned methods available, as well as the legal indications and limits for committing suicide... a terminal disease is required..."
"Look beneath the behaviors to the root. All behavior communicates something. For children who have experienced early trauma their behaviors very often are how they express themselves..."Choose Courage
"When confronted with news of a stranger’s unimaginable pain – a suicide, an overdose... We can choose to respond from fear or we can choose courage... When... better than – safer than... thinking, we are actually choosing fear... "