|A Mindful Proposal: Can You Handle 5 Minutes of...
||In a past article, journalist Andrea Chalupa made a Mindful Proposal for everyone to make a plan to take out 24 hours in solitude. She quotes her father, Dr. Leo Chalupa, … ...
|3 Powerful Tips to Keep Shame from Taking Over...
||Let those ugly thoughts out and pull some happy thoughts IN! “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” – African proverb When I was eighteen, I found myself caught up in a love triangle. It was more like two intertwined … ...
|Understanding the molecular mechanism leading to addiction in humans
||A new study just published in the prestigious journal Molecular Psychiatry by the team led by Salah El Mestikawy, Ph.D., researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal), professor at McGill University and head of research at CNRS INSERM UPMC in Paris, opens the field to new understanding of the molecular mechanism [...]
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|How new moms assess their partners’ ability to parent
||New mothers take a close look at their personal relationship with their husband or partner when deciding how much they want him involved in parenting, new research finds. The study found that mothers limited the father’s involvement in child-rearing when they perceived their couple relationship to be less stable. Mothers also limited fathers who were [...]
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|Insulin’s potential to treat dementia outlined in new study
||Researchers at the UW Medicine, Veteran’s Administration Puget Sound and Saint Louis University have made a promising discovery that insulin delivered high up in the nasal cavity goes to affected areas of brain with lasting results in improving memory. The findings were published online July 30 in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. “Before this study, [...]
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|End Psychology's Role in National Security Interrogations
||Should psychologists continue to participate in national security interrogations as a means to keep such practices "safe, effective, and legal" or does such involvement violate APA ethics and policy?
|Mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy decreases PTSD symptom severity among veterans
||In a randomized trial that included veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those who received mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy showed greater improvement in self-reported PTSD symptom severity, although the average improvement appears to have been modest, according to a study in the August 4 issue of JAMA, a violence/human rights theme issue. Posttraumatic stress disorder [...]
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|Teen marijuana use not linked to later depression, psychotic symptoms or other health problems
||Chronic marijuana use by teenage boys does not appear to be linked to later physical or mental health issues such as depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Rutgers University tracked 408 males from adolescence into their mid-30s [...]
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|Scientists identify brain structures involved in delayed gratification
||Researchers at McGill have clearly identified, for the first time, the specific parts of the brain involved in decisions that call for delayed gratification. In a paper recently published in the European Journal of Neuroscience, they demonstrated that the hippocampus (associated with memory) and the nucleus accumbens (associated with pleasure) work together in making critical [...]
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|Eating away at cognitive decline: MIND diet may slow brain from aging by 7.5 years
||While cognitive abilities naturally diminish as part of the normal aging process, it may be possible to take a bite out of this expected decline. Eating a group of specific foods known as the MIND diet may slow cognitive decline among aging adults, even when the person is not at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, [...]
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|Opioid use and sexual violence among drug-using young adults in NYC
||The nonmedical use of prescription opioids (POs) has become an area of increasing public health concern in the United States and rates of use are particularly high among young adults. In the past decade, an emerging “epidemic” of nonmedical PO use has been reported. Among young adults, self-reported use is 11% and overdose deaths involving [...]
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|Study: Sequential voting in presidential primaries best system to winnow candidates
||As the race for the 2016 Democratic and Republican presidential nominations enters the early stages, voters have a large pool of candidates to consider, including 17 declared candidates on the Republican side alone. The drawn-out primary cycle, scheduled to begin in February 2016 and lasting until June, affords a great deal of influence to a [...]
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|Team advances therapy preventing addiction relapse by erasing drug-associated memories
||Scientists have made a discovery that brings them closer to a new therapy based on selectively erasing dangerous and tenacious drug-associated memories. A new study demonstrates the effectiveness of a single injection of an early drug candidate called blebbistatin in preventing relapse in animal models of methamphetamine addiction.
|Cultivating Creativity and Healing in Our Shadow
||“Seeds find nourishment in the dark.” Author and teacher Mark Matousek writes about the challenges and rewards of solitude, and refers to May Sarton’s “fantastic book” Journal of a Solitude. … ...
|Cures for PTSD often remain elusive for war veterans
||Our nation's veterans continue to suffer emotional and psychological effects of war -- some for decades. And while there has been greater attention directed recently toward post-traumatic stress disorder, and more veterans are seeking help, current psychotherapy treatments are less than optimal, according to a new narrative review.
|Overcoming the Fear of a Non-Traditional Niche
||Guest post by Tiffany Goyer, LMFT. A huge thank you to Tiffany for sharing her journey to finding her niche in helping overgiving, overachieving, burnt-out women make deep emotional and physical transformation through local, online, and international retreats in addition to traditional psychotherapy. How I … ...
|Burn After Writing: Q&A with Author Sharon Jones
||One of the things I love about social media is that we get a rare glimpse into the creative process of so many writers, artists, photographers and makers. I love … ...
|Why We Lie
||I remember more times than not, sitting in a guidance counselor’s office, in front of a teacher’s desk, or next to a child abuse investigator, covered in bruises and still … ...
|Anxiety Doesn’t Care if You’re on Vacation
||Yesterday I made it home after spending five amazing days at the lake. For the most part I was unplugged and relaxed; enjoying time with the people I love most … ...
|The Last Few Weeks Of Summer (Stress?)
||My plans to de-stress during the last few weeks of summer....