|Jammed up cellular highways may initiate dementia and ALS
||Johns Hopkins researchers say they have discovered some of the first steps in how a very common gene mutation causes the brain damage associated with both amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). They report that the altered C9orf72 gene, located on human chromosome 9, causes RNA molecules to block critical pathways for protein [...]
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|Staring into someone’s eyes for 10 minutes can induce hallucinations, study finds
||There’s a new kind of high you can get — legally — no drugs required. According to a recent study published in the journal Psychiatry Research, staring into someone’s eyes for 10 minutes can induce hallucinations, from seeing distorted faces to monsters. Eye contact is seen as a great way to foster intimacy, because you [...]
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|Utterly unsurprising study finds goth teens are more likely to be depressed
||When does self-expression mirror an inner truth? New research from Oxford University suggests goths might be at an increased risk for depression and even self-harm. “Our study indicates that self-expression, or perhaps even more so self-identification, may be an important factor to consider when assessing vulnerability to depression and self-harm,” Dr. Lucy Bowes, a research [...]
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|A Simple Exercise for Dealing with Self-Doubts
||Many of us let our self-doubts or previous missteps and mess-ups dictate our actions. We adopt an all-or-nothing perspective, assuming that if we can’t do something perfectly, if we’ve made … ...
|Dreams and Fears
|| What is your tiniest dream in your heart for yourself and your biggest fear? Do you embrace it all or do you allow factors to effect it all? Maybe … ...
|Borderline personality traits linked to lowered empathy
||Those with borderline personality disorder, or BPD, a mental illness marked by unstable moods, often experience trouble maintaining interpersonal relationships. New research indicates that this may have to do with lowered brain activity in regions important for empathy in individuals with borderline personality traits.
|10 Years After Hurricane Katrina: Depression, Anxiety, and Schizophrenia...
||The first time my older brother Pat told me about something that wasn’t real was less than two months after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. A large number of Hispanic construction workers came to New Orleans from Texas to fix storm-ravaged homes. Pat believed the roofers … ...
|Spike activity 28-08-2015
||Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Vice has an excellent documentary about how skater Paul Alexander was affected by mental illness as he was turning pro. The US Navy is working on AI that can predict a pirate attacks reports Science News. Apparently it uses Arrrrgh-tificial intelligence. I’m here all […]
|Warning: Take That Miracle Morning Routine Advice At Your...
||There’s a stupid mistake that goal-oriented people make when they try to squeeze more productivity into their day that annihilates their ability to get to that successful place they’re seeking. Have … ...
|The Stories We Tell Shape Our Lives
||We can free ourselves from all forms of emotional suffering, even many forms of physical suffering, when we learn how to change the way we make meaning. But here’s the … ...
|The Nomophobia Test: Fear of Being Without Your Mobile Phone
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|Today I Love Those Who Care About Others
||I love the markets buzzing joy and I love finding my friends dodging in and out of the crowds to find the produce and the interaction that salves souls and reminds us we are community and we are home....
|There’s a Bright Side to Personality’s Dark Triad
||We know that people high on psychopathy and related traits lurk in the “dark side” of personality, but what about its opposite? Having a “bright side” to your personality may sound positive, but it can create its own shadows in your life. See how you rate on these 13 typical qualities of the colorful (but still dark) personality.
||I wake up in the morning to the sound of birds chirping delightfully outside my window. I quietly make my way in the early morning hour to my yoga room where the gentle flow of the table top waterfall cascades rhythmically, inviting me to my … ...
|Three Basics of Working (Mindfully) with a Narcissist in...
||In response to a recent post, How to Identify a Narcissist in Therapy, several readers requested a follow up post that outlines a few essentials of working with a client who presents with narcissistic “tendencies” … ...
|Psychology Around the Net: August 29, 2015
||As we savor the last summer’s rays and delve into fall, it’s a great day to catch up on what’s going around the web this week. Can marijuana use cause permanent changes in the brain? Should you be concerned if your group of friends have … ...
|In Response: Local Love Cheats Sign of the Times Says Therapist
||Last Friday I was quoted by the Geelong Independent regarding the hacking and release of individual names on the Ashley Madison cheating website. Geelong has been revealed as one of the major hot spots for users in the state, and a journalist approached me from the newspaper to offer my own thoughts on the situation. […]
|The Mystery of Mental Illness and Depression Solved?
||The Mystery of Mental Illness Solved? Caption: Ancient Relics reveal plausible reason why natives disappeared. Depression! Yes, you know those are the Easter Island heads. The Island in the Pacific … ...
|Study links air pollution to children’s low GPAs
||A University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) study on children’s health has found that fourth and fifth graders who are exposed to toxic air pollutants at home are more likely to have lower GPAs. UTEP researchers analyzed academic performance and sociodemographic data for 1,895 fourth and fifth grade children living in El Paso, Texas [...]
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|Sexualized girls are seen as less intelligent and less worthy of help than their peers
||Over the past decade, the sexualisation of children has become a fiercely debated topic around the globe, with national inquiries recently conducted in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. We’ve also seen some spectacular retail fails. In 2006, UK chain store Tesco advertised a pole dancing kit in its toys and games section, [...]
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