Life in psychology-Dorothy Rowe, natural birthing, evidence based medicine is a myth and some amazing photography of the asylum: Tuesday news and blogs

  • A life in psychology: Dorothy Rowe | Books | The Guardian — ‘People don’t suddenly become psychotic or depressed out of the blue, there’s always a disaster that they suffer’…Rowe believes talk of illness and cures is unsuitable. She prefers to speak of “mental distress”, and rejects biological explanations for depression. “All the evidence has gone,” she says, citing a recent study suggesting “life events” are what trigger depression in almost every case. “What we know now from research is that people don’t suddenly become psychotic or depressed out of the blue, there’s always a disaster that they suffer, and it’s not always a disaster that other people can see is a disaster. It’s a private personal one, but it always precedes depression, psychosis, obsession, mania, all of them.”
  • Do social media networks increase happiness and productivity? | Psychology Today — Much has been said about social networks and how they may contribute to and detract from the healthy social development of people, and enhance or inhibit productivity in the workplace. There is some new evidence now that social networks make happiness contagious.

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