We have to kill the ANTS (Automatic Negative Thoughts)

Psychiatrist Daniel Amen Answers Brain Questions From Twitter
June 16, 2020

3:19 When I go to bed, very intentionally, specifically, I review what went well today

I feel for you!

5:25 We have to kill the ANTS (Automatic Negative Thoughts)

You want to become masterful at diaphragmatic breathing

An 11-second breath:
3 s in
1 s hold it
5 s out
1 s hold it

13:20 Genes are not a death sentence.
But they should be a wake-up call.

Amen Clinic


What one skill = an awesome life?
Dr. Shimi Kang

Dr. Shimi Kang is an award-winning, Harvard-trained doctor, researcher, media expert, and lecturer on human motivation. She is the author of the #1 Bestseller, The Dolphin Way: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Motivated Kids Without Turning Into A Tiger (Penguin Books 2014). Her articles appear in major media outlets including the Huffington Post, Psychology Today and TIME Magazine. Dr. Kang is the Medical Director for Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver community, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, and the founder of the Provincial Youth Concurrent Mental Health and Addictions Program and BC Children’s Hospital.

P. Play
O. Others. Meaningful relationships.
D. Downtime

We do need science as permission to common sense.


Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies

An Evaluation of the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies Curriculum at Key Stage 1
Educational Psychology in Practice. Volume 23, 2007 – Issue 1. Page 33-44

Promoting social and emotional development in deaf children: The PATHS project.
Greenberg, Mark T.; Kusché, Carol A.
Seattle, WA, US: University of Washington Press Promoting social and emotional development in deaf children: The PATHS project.(1993)




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Schools: the mental health system for 80 % of children

School Nurses Can Be Mental Health ‘Detectives’ But They Need Help
September 3, 2016

Schools function as the mental health system for up to 80 percent of children who need help, according to the American Association of Pediatrics.

School is “where they can feel powerful because they are completely powerless at home.”

The Sources of Strength program

Preventing Suicide With A ‘Contagion Of Strength’
February 25, 2015

“I think we overlook the stress of being social,” says Noah Braunstein, a senior. “Finding that group you fit in with is hard …”

This emphasis on strengths is what Sources of Strength is all about: promoting positive behaviors in teens.

The curriculum is rooted in eight “strengths” – factors that research has shown are protective against suicide risk.

eight strengths: family support, positive friends, spirituality, healthy activities, medical access, mentors, mental health and generosity.

Teens are highly influenced by their peers – social development, peer acceptance and personal identity are all part of growing up. Researchers note that adolescents look to their peers to define acceptable ways to deal with problems.

any sustained effort must include adults talking with kids: making students part of the the intervention and not the target of it.

“The biggest prevention piece that’s out there is connection. When kids feel connected to somebody or their environment they’re going to make fewer risky decisions, “

Preventing adolescent alcohol use

Preventing Alcohol Use with a Voluntary After School Program for Middle School Students: Results from a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial of Project CHOICE
Prev Sci. 2012 Aug; 13(4): 415–425.
Elizabeth J. D’Amico, et al.

journalistic version:

Do the plan. Follow the plan.

A Coping Plan Can Help Fend Off Depression From Vision Loss
by Patti Neighmond
August 11, 2014

about 25 percent of people with macular degeneration in both eyes go on to develop clinical depression.
So Dr. Rovner decided to test a style of psychological therapy called behavior activation. This treatment helps give patients strategies to build on whatever functional vision they have so they can continue their day-to-day activities and carry on an active social life. Rovner wanted to see if the approach would help people with macular degeneration ward off depression.

The results were dramatic: Patients in the study who created a plan and stuck to it cut their risk of depression by more than half, Rovner says, compared to those who received only the talk therapy.

Vision is the primary way sighted people engage in the world, he says. If you can help someone who is losing their sight come up with coping strategies, there’s a good chance you’ll keep them engaged — and keep depression at bad.

“People tend to ruminate on what they’ve lost,” says Dr. Barry Rovner, a geriatric psychiatrist at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. “That’s why we say, ‘Do the plan. Follow the plan, not your feelings.’

a just do it philosophy.

Global Health Promotion (journal)

Global health promotion
International Union for Health Promotion and Education.
London : Sage
Impact Factor:0.729
knowledge translation

keywords: preventive psychiatry

Adolescents under rocket fire: when are coping resources significant in reducing emotional distress?
Shifra Sagy and Orna Braun-Lewensohn
Global Health Promotion,  December 2009;  vol. 16, 4: pp. 5-15.

Reviews of evidence: From evidence to practice: mental health promotion effectiveness
Eva Jané-Llopis
Promotion & Education,  March 2005;  vol. 12, 1 suppl: pp. 21-27.

Mental health promotion in public health
Helen Herman and Eva Jané-Llopis
Promotion & Education,  June 2005;  vol. 12, 2 suppl: pp. 42-47.

Mental health promotion works: a review
Eva Jané-Llopis, Margaret Barry, Clemens Hosman, and Vikram Patel
Promotion & Education,  June 2005;  vol. 12, 2 suppl: pp. 9-25.

Supporting families in challenging contexts: the CAPEDP project
Thomas Saïas,
Tim Greacen,
Florence Tubach,
Romain Dugravier,
Estelle Marcault,
Susana Tereno,
Richard E Tremblay,
Antoine Guédeney,
and the CAPEDP study group
Global Health Promotion,  June 2013;  vol. 20, 2 suppl: pp. 66-70.

Implementation and assessment of an early home-based intervention on infant attachment organisation: the CAPEDP attachment study in France
Susana Tereno,
Nicole Guedeney,
Romain Dugravier,
Tim Greacen,
Thomas Saïas,
Florence Tubach,
and Antoine Guédeney
Global Health Promotion,  June 2013;  vol. 20, 2 suppl: pp. 71-75.

The implemention of mental health promotion programmes
Margaret M. Barry,
Celene Domitrovich,
and Ma. Asunción Lara
Promotion & Education,  June 2005;  vol. 12, 2 suppl: pp. 30-36.

Co-morbid substance use behaviors among youth: any impact of school environment?
Mary Jean E. Costello,
Scott T. Leatherdale,
Rashid Ahmed,
Dana L. Church,
and John A. Cunningham
Global Health Promotion,  March 2012;  vol. 19, 1: pp. 50-59.

MEDLINE: education journals

Global journal of health science
Canadian Center of Science and Education.
Toronto : Canadian Center of Science and Education.

Progress in community health partnerships : research, education, and action
Johns Hopkins University Urban Health Institute.
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press

Archives of disease in childhood. Education and practice edition
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
London : BMJ Pub. Group, c2004-

FP essentials
American Academy of Family Physicians.
Leawood, KS : American Academy of Family Physicians

Health promotion practice
Society for Public Health Education.
Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage Publications, c2000-

International journal of yoga therapy
Yoga Research and Education Center; International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Lower Lake, CA : Published by the Yoga Research and Education Center for the International Association of Yoga Therapists, c1999-

Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education
Society for Public Health Education.
Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage Publications

American journal of health behavior
American Academy of Health Behavior.
2010- : Oak Ridge, NC : PNG Publications

Journal of health communication
Apr./June 1998- : Philadelphia : Taylor & Francis

Journal of health and human services administration
Southern Public Administration Education Foundation (US).
Randallstown, Md. : Southern Public Administration Education Foundation, c1994-

School psychology quarterly : the official journal of the Division of School Psychology, American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association Division of School Psychology.
New York : Guilford Press, c1990-

Health education research
Oxford : Oxford University Press

Patient education and counseling
Limerick : Elsevier
Currently indexed for MEDLINE

International quarterly of community health education
Amityville, NY : Baywood Pub. Co

Substance abuse : official publication of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse
Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (US); Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies.
2009- : Philadelphia : Routledge

Health education reports
Washington, Plus Publications.

Pediatrics in review / American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Pediatrics; Pediatrics Review and Education Program (American Academy of Pediatrics).
[Evanston, Ill. : The Academy, 1979-

Journal of drug education
Farmingdale, N. Y., Baywood Publishing Co.

Language, speech, and hearing services in schools
American Speech and Hearing Association.
Washington, DC : American Speech and Hearing Association

Journal of school psychology
Ohio Department of Education.
Elmsford Ny : Pergamon Press

The Journal of school health
American Association of School Physicians; American School Health Association.
Nov. 2008- : Hoboken, NJ : Wiley

The British journal of educational psychology
Association of Teachers in Colleges and Departments of Education; British Psychological Society; Training College Association.
<2012-> : Chichester : Wiley-Blackwell

Archives of disease in childhood
British Medical Association; Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
London : British Medical Association


Anatomical sciences education
American Association of Anatomists.
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley Periodicals

Simulation in healthcare : journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
Society for Simulation in Healthcare; Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine.
Hagerstown, MD : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Biochemistry and molecular biology education : a bimonthly publication of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
2002- : Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & sons

Medical education online
Michigan State University Office of Medical Education Research and Development; Michigan State University Department of Medicine.
2010- : Stockholm : Co-Action Pub.

Advances in physiology education
American Physiological Society (1887- ).
Bethesda, MD : American Physiological Society, c1989-

The Journal of continuing education in the health professions
Alliance for Continuing Medical Education; Society of Medical College Directors of Continuing Medical Education; Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education; Council on CME.
2005- : Hoboken, NJ : Wiley

Predictors of adolescent alcohol misuse

Neuropsychosocial profiles of current and future adolescent alcohol misusers
Robert Whelan, et al.
Nature (02 July 2014)

A comprehensive account of the causes of alcohol misuse must accommodate individual differences in biology, psychology and environment, and must disentangle cause and effect.
Animal models can demonstrate the effects of neurotoxic substances; however, they provide limited insight into the psycho-social and higher cognitive factors involved in the initiation of substance use and progression to misuse.

One can search for pre-existing risk factors by testing for endophenotypic biomarkers in non-using relatives; however, these relatives may have personality or neural resilience factors that protect them from developing dependence.
A longitudinal study has potential to identify predictors of adolescent substance misuse, particularly if it can incorporate a wide range of potential causal factors, both proximal and distal, and their influence on numerous social, psychological and biological mechanisms.

Here we apply machine learning to a wide range of data from a large sample of adolescents (n = 692) to generate models of current and future adolescent alcohol misuse that incorporate brain structure and function, individual personality and cognitive differences, environmental factors (including gestational cigarette and alcohol exposure), life experiences, and candidate genes.

These models were accurate and generalized to novel data, and point to life experiences, neurobiological differences and personality as important antecedents of binge drinking.
By identifying the vulnerability factors underlying individual differences in alcohol misuse, these models shed light on the aetiology of alcohol misuse and suggest targets for prevention.