|Are creative people more prone to psychological distress or is the ‘mad genius’ a myth?
||A new theory for why neurotic unhappiness and creativity are often found in the same person suggests the link results from the fact that the same part of the brain is responsible for both. The theory, published today, holds that there are parts of the brain that control the number of spontaneous thoughts someone has, [...]
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|Can you avoid hangovers after heavy drinking?
||Are some people immune to hangovers, and can eating or drinking water after heavy drinking prevent a hangover? The answers appear to be ‘no’ and ‘no’ according to new research presented the ECNP conference in Amsterdam. Excessive alcohol consumption has familiar consequences, many of them quite damaging. If a person does not experience a hangover [...]
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|Researchers use brain scans to predict response to antipsychotic medications
||Investigators at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have discovered that brain scans can be used to predict patients’ response to antipsychotic drug treatment. The findings are published online in the latest issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry. Psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, are characterized by delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized thoughts [...]
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|Research links borderline personality traits with lowered empathy
||Those with borderline personality disorder, or BPD, a mental illness marked by unstable moods, often experience trouble maintaining interpersonal relationships. New research from the University of Georgia indicates that this may have to do with lowered brain activity in regions important for empathy in individuals with borderline personality traits. The findings were recently published in [...]
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|Confidence in parenting could help break cycle of abuse
||To understand how confidence in parenting may predict parenting behaviors in women who were abused as children, psychologists at the University of Rochester have found that mothers who experienced more types of maltreatment as children are more critical of their ability to parent successfully. Intervention programs for moms at-risk, therefore, should focus on bolstering mothers’ [...]
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|Modafinil: The ‘smart drug’ leading the charge towards a future of neuroenhancement
||Extension of our “natural” capacities through science and technology is not a new phenomenon – it has been a key driver of many evolutions of human society throughout history: movement with the wheel; navigation with the compass; communication with the wire. The field of “neuroenhancement” – using our understanding of how the brain works more [...]
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|How Teachers Can Make a Difference
||In clinical practice, psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists are usually so consumed with treating psychopathology they don’t often get the chance to prevent it. A dear friend, a teacher visiting from the Midwest, explained how she turned a potentially explosive situation with one of her students … ...
|The Cleanse & The Zit
||The Zit. Do I pop it, do I keep it, why did I decide to go through a cleanse when I have social obligation on my calendar like dance class. … ...
|Pass (on) the soda
||When my son went away to school, he settled in quickly to dorm life. It didn’t take him long to learn how to navigate the cafeteria, going from mostly home-cooked … ...
|Is Psychological Science Bad Science?
||In the largest replication effort to date, researchers could not replicate over half of the psychology studies targeted. Here is why that doesn't spell doom for psychological science.
|3 DBT Skills Everyone Can Benefit From
||Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a highly effective type of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), originally created to treat borderline personality disorder. Today, it’s used to treat a variety of conditions, such as bipolar disorder, eating disorders and depression. DBT teaches clients four sets of behavioral skills: … ...
||Realize where your priorities lie and turn your undivided attention towards them to use all of your efforts and resources achieving things that make you feel proud and content. These seven tips can help you stop living distracted and add more value to the time you have!
|Six Ways to Build Happiness from Within
|| What does it really mean to have happiness from within? Doesn’t happiness come from laughing with friends, having a family you love and enjoying your work? Certainly there are … ...
|Did Jared Fogle Have Sex with 9 Year Old Children?
||The revelations surrounding Jared Fogle and his possession of child pornography and sexual contact with minors continue to be shocking. As time passes, more allegations continue to surface. The man … ...
|Six Signs of Addiction Potential in Adult Children of...
|| The fallout of drug and alcohol addiction in the family can carry on for a lifetime. If either or both of your parents (or your spouse’s parents) used, the … ...
|Body Confidence, the Most Potent Aphrodisiac of All!
||Body confidence, the most attractive aphrodisiac there is.
|Missing Justin Bieber Super Fan Found Dead
||It’s a really sad time for the family, friends and fans of Tobias Strebel, a 35-year-old man who had undergone extensive plastic surgery to resemble Justin Bieber. He had been … ...
|Who Says Extroverts Make Better Leaders? Part 1
||Introverts, take the lead! So urges Andy Johnson, the introvert, leader, executive coach, and licensed counselor who wrote Introvert Revolution. Johnson is leading the charge to eradicate the bias against introvert leadership. In this first installment of a two-part series, he sheds light on the plight of the introvert leader.
|Medicinal marijuana: Patients battle stigma and misunderstanding
||New research examines the experiences of California residents who have been prescribed medical marijuana and the stigma they experience from public opinion. The findings indicate that the stigma of using medical marijuana may contribute to the under-treatment of those who might benefit from medical marijuana.
||I have my ‘safe’ places, where I know I can go and be completely alone. They help me cope with the struggles I go through in life. Although the places … ...