Mental health: Definition, common disorders, early signs, and more

Mental health refers to people’s cognitive, behavioral, and emotional well-being. We define mental health and explain the different disorders that may arise, as well as potential treatments.
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This is a basic introduction but captures the essence of mental illness. It is a good read for everyone.

Many Ontario nurses are considering leaving the profession as pandemic stress leads to burnout, poll finds | The Star

Two large surveys of registered practical nurses paint a dire picture of the impact of COVID-19, with 40 per cent of Toronto nurses in one poll saying…
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This has been predictable for some time. Patient overload in unprepared hospitals is a root cause.

Nearly one in four people sent to Toronto’s detention centres in 2020 were homeless — the worst rate seen in years | The Star

At Toronto South and Toronto East, 24.4 per cent of new entrants had no fixed address.
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It’s hard to digest the societal shame this current photo engenders.

South Carolina is set to add FIRING SQUADS to methods of execution

The South Carolina House on Wednesday voted to pass a bill that will add firing squads to the state’s execution methods for death row inmates amid a shortage of lethal-injection drugs.
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This is simply unbelievable ! We’re going back over 100 years in our ethical gains in compassionate yet deterrent penalties. Fundamentalists are known as easy extremists.

Pilot training, spare part shortages among challenges military facing from COVID-19 |

Canada’s military pilots are in danger of losing their edge as COVID-19-related restrictions curtail their ability to train at home and abroad, according to a senior Royal Canadian Air Force commander.
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Not good news here.

Teaching children to play chess found to decrease risk aversion

Teaching children to play chess found to decrease risk aversion
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My findings from a project paper I did for my Master’s degree in education, showed that risk aversion in chess playing decreased with age. I compared a university student cohort of chess players to a randomized group of senior (over 60) chess players, and found that along with taking more time to play but with greater accuracy, seniors were more risk averse. In other words, more familiarity breeds more careful play, and this seems intuitively true if a young player played a senior player – each with the same ICF ranking. Strategic decision making capability is a function – mostly, but not always – with age (as ‘wisdom’).

Opinion: Nurses are an essential resource. When they burn out, patients suffer – The Globe and Mail

Many nurses are working under conditions that are brutal and unsustainable which can lead to burnout. But the weightiest burden will undoubtedly be suffered by patients themselves
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Spot on. It’s time we all mustered the courage then the resources, to assist Nurses as much as possible to overcome burn-out. This includes incentives, a much lightened patient load, positive feedback for work well done, and time off to regain the strength to carry on.

Sarcosine as an add-on treatment to antipsychotic medication for people with schizophrenia: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials – PubMed

Background: N-methyl-glycine (sarcosine) may improve symptoms of schizophrenia via NMDA-receptor modulation. We undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the short- and long-term effectiveness of sarcosine for schizophrenia. Research design and methods: The databases
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