|Best of Our Blogs: August 21, 2015
||Why do little things get under your skin? We’ve all probably read or at least heard of Richard Carlson, Ph.D.’s series of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff books. But you’re still sweating over Every. Little. Thing. That could be for many different reasons. Maybe you’re … ...
|Impact of a Narcissist Parent on a Child
||The child and the narcissist seem like polar opposites. The narcissistic parent is typically insensitive and uncaring towards the needs of others. By contrast, their child seems overly compassionate, caring, and highly attuned (almost to the point of compulsion) to needs of others. The child … ...
|The Reality of Depression: It Exists
||For most of us, we’ve had a few rainy days that felt endless. But for the remainder of society, rainy days happen all the time. A lot of people tend … ...
|It’s Okay to be Sad
||I was not very happy my first semester of college. In fact, I was downright miserable for most of it. I didn’t know very many people, I was lonely, and I worried my life was passing me by. As per my fashion, I took out … ...
|My First Day with Bipolar I
||For the most part, today was an absolutely normal day. I went to my day-job. I ran some errands, spent quality time with the dog, chatted with my husband, all … ...
|Telling your whole heart
|| Who is your best support? Last time we created a list of those around you. You assessed your relationships with who you have in your live now. Let’s look … ...
|Grateful individuals tend to experience less depressive symptoms
||Recent research published in the journal Social and Behavioral Sciences suggests that having a sense of gratitude and religious motivation may reduce depressive symptoms. The study, conducted by Dr. Bogdan Tudor Tulbure of West University of Timisoara, located in Romania, involved 113 adult participants. In conducting the study, of particular interest was the possibility of [...]
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|Study documents extent of unexpected sexual consequences for young women who drink alcohol
||In-depth interviews conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine of 20 young women attending an urban sexually transmitted disease clinic have documented a variety of unexpected, unintended sexual encounters linked to their alcohol use before sex occurs. Links between alcohol use and risky or deleterious sexual encounters are not necessarily new, [...]
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|Researchers uncover molecular event that controls neuron development
||Toronto researchers have discovered that a single molecular event in our cells could hold the key to how we evolved to become the smartest animal on the planet. Benjamin Blencowe, a professor in the University of Toronto’s Donnelly Centre and Banbury Chair in Medical Research, and his team have uncovered how a small change in [...]
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|Study finds association between people who have had a traumatic brain injury and ADHD
||A new study has found a “significant association” between adults who have suffered a traumatic brain injury at some point in their lives and who also have attention deficit hyperactive disorder. The study, published today in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, supports research that found a similar association in children, said Dr. Gabriela Ilie, lead [...]
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|‘Memory region’ of the brain also involved in conflict resolution
||The hippocampus in the brain’s temporal lobe is responsible for more than just long-term memory. Researchers have for the first time demonstrated that it is also involved in quick and successful conflict resolution. The team headed by Prof Dr Nikolai Axmacher from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), together with colleagues from the University Hospital of Bonn [...]
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|Approval from Others: Good or Bad?
||All else being equal, of course approval from others is good. Why wouldn’t it be? Someone else likes, respects or approves of you or something you did. Wonderful! That’s legit. … ...
|Daycare doesn’t lead to aggressive behavior in toddlers
||Working parents often worry about sending their toddlers to daycare. But the results of a new study that tracked almost 1,000 Norwegian children enrolled in daycare indicate that working parents can breathe a sigh of relief: The amount of time children spent in daycare had little impact on aggressive behavior. The study is published in [...]
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|A Couple Case study: “From terminal to serenity”
||Couples will enter the counselling room at all stages of their relationship. Recently, Colleen sat down with a couple that have been married for 29 years. After journeying with Mark and Kate for some time, this was their twelfth and final session. They took the opportunity to reflect on their relationship, and how therapy has […]
|Neuroscientists uncover the brain waves behind indecisiveness
||Some people find it difficult to make decisions. In a new study, neuroeconomists from the University of Zurich now reveal that the intensity of the communication between different regions of the brain dictates whether we are indecisive or not. It’s the same old story: You’re in a restaurant and can’t make up your mind what [...]
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|Two proteins work together to help cells eliminate trash and Parkinson’s may result
||Two proteins that share the ability to help cells deal with their trash appear to need each other to do their jobs and when they don’t connect, it appears to contribute to development of Parkinson’s disease, scientists report. Much like a community’s network for garbage handling, cells also have garbage sites called lysosomes, where proteins, [...]
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|Maltreated children’s brains show ‘encouraging’ ability to regulate emotions
||Children who have been abused or exposed to other types of trauma typically experience more intense emotions than their peers, a byproduct of living in volatile, dangerous environments. But what if those kids could regulate their emotions? Could that better help them cope with difficult situations? Would it impact how effective therapy might be for [...]
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|Women warriors at no greater risk for PTSD than men, study finds
||While past research on the question has been mixed, a new study by Defense and Veterans Affairs researchers suggests that women in the military are at no greater risk than men for developing posttraumatic stress disorder, given similar experiences–including combat. The findings are in the September 2015 Journal of Psychiatric Research. The study involved active-duty [...]
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|When it comes to mental health, parents shouldn’t worry who their children are friends with
||When you’re a teenager, what your friends say and do really matter. Even for the most nonconformist adolescents, the clothes you wear, the music you listen to, whether or not you drink or take drugs, and even your attitudes and opinions about the world are often hugely influenced by your peers. But does this effect [...]
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|Why Male and Female Psychopaths Get More Sex
||One theory is that male and female psychopaths end up hypersexual through different routes via contrasts in personality - it's the antisocial aspect in men, but instead the impulsive thrill seeking in women.