A Profile of Mad in Italy

In the 1960s and 1970s, the Italian mental-health system was in the midst of revolution. Ignited by the psychiatrist Franco Basaglia—who had seen patients strapped down, silenced, abused, and incarcerated—it began in the city of Trieste. From there, Italy instituted nationwide reform, culminating in the Italian Mental Health Act of 1978, or the “Basaglia Law.” … Read more

How to Set Boundaries With a “Narcissist” — Talkspace

What Boundaries Should I Have with Someone with Narcissistic Personality Disorder? The first step in setting boundaries with someone with narcissistic personality disorder is understanding more about the disorder itself. Narcissistic personality disorder is defined as someone who doesn’t have empathy about how their behavior and actions affect the people in their life. They have … Read more

Promising Disease Markers in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

The study covered in this summary was published on medRxiv.org as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaways Seven nerve excitability indices distinguish patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) from healthy controls. Four indices may be biomarkers of early stage ALS. Why This Matters There is no diagnostic test for ALS, … Read more

How to stand up for yourself at work

Do you find it difficult to make your voice heard or to maintain your boundaries? It could be time to readdress your workplace dynamic. Here, our expert columnist Andy Gill explores steps to do just that Work can be a challenging environment for many of us to navigate, particularly given the hierarchies of authority that … Read more

The Business of Selling TMS

Direct-to-consumer advertising of psychiatric drugs has become a staple of TV, magazines, medical websites, and social media feeds. Today, with the arrival of a relatively new technology called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), equipment makers and medical practices alike are taking to Facebook, websites, highway billboards, and beyond to line up customers for a procedure they … Read more

5 Helpful Tips — Talkspace

5 Tips for Setting Boundaries with Your Parents Let’s look at some expert tips about setting boundaries with parents. We understand it can feel awkward and even frightening, but when it gets really tough, remind yourself of this: It’s necessary, healthy, and natural to have boundaries in my life. 1: Consider professional help from a … Read more

Severe COVID-19 Increases Risk for Peripheral Nerve Damage

The study covered in this summary was published on medRxiv.org as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaways Patients with COVID-19 are at increased risk for peripheral nerve injuries (PNIs) that can lead to long-term neurologic impairment. Mechanical stress may contribute to the development of PNIs. The most commonly observed site … Read more

MIA’s Suicide Hotline Transparency Project

The “Suicide Hotline Transparency Project” was born out of the belief that creating transparency and public access around suicide hotline intervention and call tracing policies should be a priority. This would provide people in suicidal distress with the resources and information they need to make an informed choice about hotlines to call, particularly since call … Read more