A Conceptual Framework for Understanding and Treating Trauma and PTSD in Persons with Serious Mental Illness

7 07 2014

Today I want to share two lectures by Prof. Kim T. Mueser, head of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University. In the first speak Prof. Mueser discusses a conceptual framework for understanding trauma and PTSD among persons with serious mental illness. At the second lecture, Prof. Mueser reviews treatment of PTSD among persons with serious mental illness. I find this topic and these talks very interesting and I hope that you will find it relevant and helpful.

The Story of Maysoon Zayid

5 01 2014

“I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time,” Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk. (Really, it’s hilarious.) “I’m like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali.” With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.

Writer, actor, comedian, Maysoon Zayid is the co-founder of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival. Do not miss this great lecture.

To see this lecture click HERE

Depression, the secret we share

21 12 2013

A must see Ted Lecture by Andrew Solomon about depression: www.mat.co.il/euJ


Andrew Solomon

The Neuroscience of Sleep

2 09 2013

This time I want to offer you an opportunity to hear a great lecture by Russell Foster about the The Neuroscience of Sleep. To see his speech click HERE. Enjoy!

“a sane reaction to insane circumstances”

11 08 2013

To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn’t know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.

Eleanor Longden overcame her diagnosis of schizophrenia to earn a master’s in psychology and demonstrate that the voices in her head were “a sane reaction to insane circumstances.


To see & hear her talk at TED click HERE



Identifying Autism in Early Months

11 02 2013

Here is a 20 minutes lecture by Dr. Ami Klin,  an award-winning autism spectrum disorder researcher that is talking about autism and   new avenues for early diagnosis. I hope that you will find it interesting & helpful.

Dr. Ami Klin

Biomarkers Based Diagnosis

28 12 2012

Today I wish to share an interesting lecture by Jay Lombard M.D., a board certified neurologist and Co-Founder of Genomind, a biotechnology company devoted to the discovery of the underlying causes of neuropsychiatric disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, autism and mood disorders. I hope & belive that you will find it interesting and helpful.

Happy new year!

Autism with Louis Theroux

20 11 2012

The amazing broadcaster, Louis Theroux, travels to America to introduce several families in which one or more children has Autism, and how the family deals with this. Visiting schools (such as DLC Warren in New Jersey, one of the most innovative autism schools of its kind) were the ratio student/teacher is 1 on 2, Louis looks how autism influences the kids and the problems it gives.

Theroux meets Joey, whose mother Carol is finding it increasingly hard to cope with some of the more challenging aspects of his disorder. In between the ever more explosive tantrums, Louis discovers a cheeky and charming 13-year-old, but there are tough decisions ahead about his future in the family home.

Nicky is 19. After making good progress at DLC Warren he is about to leave, but the prospect of change leads to increasing anxiety and erratic behaviour. Surrounded by a loving family who say they wouldn’t have him any other way, he shows Louis his novel Dragonula and invites him to share his first day at his new school.

Twenty-year-old Brian is severely autistic and his behaviour – setting fire to the house and attacking his mother – has led to the difficult decision of placing him in residential care. Louis meets a mother whose love for her son has been tested to its limits and finds out how the school is preparing him for an adult life.

Highly recommended!

To see the full episode click HERE

One Mind for Research

12 11 2012

Today I want to give you an opportunity to watch and hear a series of fascinating lectures and interviews that were conducted as part of the “One Mind for Research”, an extraordinary event took place in Boston last year. This event  brought together researchers, health advocates and politicians to mount a concerted challenge to solving what has been called the final frontier of medicine: the human brain.

Among other things you can find lectures by Steven E. Hyman, MD  “Imagining the Future: A 10-Year Plan for Neuroscience”; by Kevin Kit Parker, PhD that talked about Traumatic Brain Injury on the Battlefield; and by Husseini Manji, MD, that claims that “Serious Neuropsychiatric Diseases Can Be Tackled Through An Innovative, Accelerated, Collaborative Effort”. Furthermore, you can enjoy interesting interviews with Thomas Insel, MD, the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH); Steven E. Hyman, MD from Harvard University and many other interesting researchers.

“What I’ve learned from my brothers with autism”

3 11 2012

Faith Jegede tells the moving and funny story of growing up with her two brothers, both persons with autism, and both extraordinary. In this talk from the TED Talent Search, she reminds us to pursue a life beyond what is normal. Enjoy!


  Writer Faith Jegede