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Overview of the FDA Drug Approval Process Dr. Spielmans has disclosed that he has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity. After a psychiatric drug is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a marketing juggernaut often follows, trying to convince us that the newly approved drug offers substantial benefits for … ...
Choosing Not to Get Upset We often assume that our emotional responses are dictated by the situation. When we experience an upsetting event, we believe that we have no choice except to react to it. Any other response seems unnatural, or even impossible. But is it? Sometimes we can choose … ...
The Top 9 Relationship Deal Breakers When we think about what we want in a romantic partner, we often focus on our dealmakers. But we also have our dealbreakers—qualities that would disqualify someone as a dating prospect. New research investigates the most common relationship dealbreakers and how they affect our dating choices.
What are the Top Relationship Dealbreakers? When we think about what we want in a romantic partner, we often focus on our dealmakers. But we also have our dealbreakers - qualities that would disqualify someone as a dating prospect. New research investigates the most common relationship dealbreakers and how they affect our dating choices.
Researchers Say They Only Have to Ask One Question... ​Self-centeredness and self-confidence are often confused with narcissism. It’s true that “people who have an inflated sense of self” are narcissists. However, asking your favorite arrogant friend this one question will help you determine whether or not they’re actually a narcissist. Livescience.com reports that “typically, … ...
Why Do We Smell the Change of Seasons? Colorful foliage may be autumn’s hallmark, but humans can also smell the change of seasons. What exactly is that familiar scent that hits our noses every October? Turns out, it’s a lot more complicated than wood smoke and pumpkin spice lattes....
Does vulnerability help or hinder romantic relationships?... What does it look like, feel like, sound like to have a healthy romantic love relationship? Does vulnerability help us or hinder us? This question arose recently when I was working … ...
Three Emotional Obstacles to Weight Loss That Many Never... Guest post by Courtney Blair Losing weight comes with a plethora of challenges. Facing the fact that you need to lose weight, at all, can be extremely difficult. Then you … ...
You’ve been diagnosed with depression, now what? So you’re depressed. You know this because a health professional has told you so, or you’ve been depressed before and there is no mistaking the symptoms. Or perhaps you just suspect that you’re depressed – you’ve used an online screening questionnaire that suggests the diagnosis, and just need to see a health professional to confirm [...]
Managing bipolar disorder without medication Bipolar disorder is a diagnosis given to people who experience periods of intense low mood but also periods of elation and increased energy which can lead to impaired judgement and risky behaviour. The Royal College of Psychiatrists estimates that around 1% of the adult population experience bipolar symptoms at some point in their life. UK [...]
Excessive alcohol use continues to be drain on American economy Excessive alcohol use continues to be a drain on the American economy, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Excessive drinking cost the U.S. $249 billion in 2010, or $2.05 per drink, a significant increase from $223.5 billion, or $1.90 per drink, in 2006. Most of these costs [...]
Study highlights genes involved in schizophrenia and obesity Genes involved in schizophrenia and obesity have been highlighted in a new UCL study, which could lead to a better understanding of the DNA variants which affect risk of these conditions and aid the development of improved strategies for prevention and treatment. The research by the UCL Genetics Institute, published in Annals of Human Genetics, [...]
College students say prescription stimulants easy to find on campus Seven out of 10 college students say it is somewhat or very easy to obtain controlled stimulants without a prescription, according to a new survey conducted on eight U.S. campuses. About 18 percent of undergraduates reported misusing prescription stimulants such as Adderall, the 2015 College Prescription Drug Study (CPDS) found. The great majority (83 percent) [...]
Nicotine increases the speed in which codeine is converted into morphine in the brain According to new research in rat models, nicotine use over time increases the speed that codeine is converted into morphine within the brain, by increasing the amount of a specific enzyme. It appears smokers’ brains are being primed for a bigger buzz from this common pain killer – which could put them at a higher [...]
Study examines how rewards and daytime sleep boost learning A new study suggests that receiving rewards as you learn can help cement new facts and skills in your memory, particularly when combined with a daytime nap. The findings from the University of Geneva, to be published in the journal eLife, reveal that memories associated with a reward are preferentially reinforced by sleep. Even a [...]
Scientists make advancements that may lead to new treatments for Parkinson’s More than one million people in the United States are afflicted with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the brain that affects movement and coordination. The cause is typically unknown, and presently there is no cure for the disease. Scientists have discovered that the hallmark sign of Parkinson’s disease is the intraneuronal accumulation and progressive [...]
3 More Tools and Tips for Navigating Stress When... When you’re already depressed, stress only compounds your symptoms. Stress only boosts your anxiety and overwhelm, said Robin Starkey Harpster, MA, MFT, a psychotherapist who specializes in treating depression and anxiety in Los Angeles. Many of Harpster’s clients are new moms struggling with postpartum depression. … ...
Finding Community as a Person with Mental Illness Finding and keeping friends is tough for anyone. Outside of the friendships we’ve formed in high school and college, being a young adult can be tough for finding a niche … ...
Today I Love Snow On Roof Tops Today I love the first snow that fell and is clinging to roof tops and car tops and bits of dried leaves....
These Words Will Take You a Long Way If you have something nice to say, then by all means, say it! And did you get what You wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did … ...