|Mystery solved? Study says three-fold increase in autism is due in large part to changing diagnoses
||The greater than three-fold increase in autism diagnoses among students in special education programs in the United States between 2000 and 2010 may be due in large part to the reclassification of individuals who previously would have been diagnosed with other intellectual disability disorders, according to new research. In a paper to be published online [...]
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|Instant Gratification vs Delayed Gratification
|| Carrie Fisher once said, “Instant gratification takes too long” and you know if anyone understands it’s Carrie. I have always been an instant gratification kind of girl, maybe it … ...
|Notes From My Habits Class For Students
||I just finished teaching Making and Breaking Habits, a class I designed for my local community college, targeted towards high school and college students. We had such wonderful discussions, and … ...
|Managing Pregnancy Jealousy During Infertility
||Feeling jealous of another woman’s pregnancy is common and normal when you are experiencing infertility. Instead of feeling guilty, try these 6 ways to give yourself a break.
|Source of debilitating memory loss in people with psychosis discovered
||As disabling as its delusions and hallucinations, psychosis' devastating toll on memory arises from dysfunction of frontal and temporal lobe regions in the brain that rob sufferers of the ability to make associative connections, a study has found, pinpointing potential target areas for treatments to help the more than 3.2 million Americans for whom medication quells the voices and visions, but not the struggle to remember.
|The Psychological Trick for Exercise Motivation
||Ugh. Exercise. I truly have a love/hate relationship with that particular activity. Just typing the word exercise reminds me that I have to do it tonight, and I dread it. If I allow myself to think about it too much, I’ll talk myself out of … ...
|Finding A Pace That Works For You
||Despite our stodgy, play-by-the-rules reputation, people on the autism spectrum aren’t known for our consistency. I know I’m not. It’s taken me a long time to figure out what I … ...
|The Meaning of the APA's Dealing With the Torture Scandal
||After years of deception, and opposing strong and clear dissent from within its very ranks, the APA finds itself in a particularly awkward position. What does a professional organization which has lost its moral compass do when the news breaks? What does its reaction to the current controversy tell us about the APA’s organizational character?
|Seeking Approval: Trying to Do It All
||We talk too much, we think too much, we worry too much, we blame too much, we anticipate too much, we calculate too much. The antidote to all of these … ...
|I, Me, Mine
||Americans, as a group, are becoming more individualistic. But what about people in other countries? In collectivist China, for example. Do they also have a Generation Me?
|Big Sex Difference in Filing for Divorce
||When it comes to filing for divorce, men and women are not equals. In heterosexual marriages, one of the two sexes files much more often, and they have been doing … ...
|Q&A With the Expert: Itai Danovitch, MD, on Marijuana...
||TCPR: Dr. Danovitch, please tell us some of the most common medical or therapeutic uses of marijuana. Dr. Danovitch: The answer depends whom you ask. If you ask patients who consume marijuana or individuals in the public, they cite a wide variety of different conditions for which they feel … ...
|What Your Financial Health Says About Your Mental Health
||Studies show the likelihood of having a mental health problem is three times higher among people who have debt.
|Lack of Sleep Impairs An Essential Social Ability
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|PTSD and Social Discomfort
||A common feature associated with post traumatic stress disorder is social discomfort. As you are aware, social discomfort is not a discrete psychiatric diagnosis. It does, however, cause significant distress for many of your patients suffering from PTSD. And in severe cases, it makes recovering … ...
|Prototype Psychology: Prototype Theory, Definitions, and Examples
||The definition and examples of prototypes in psychology. Find out how prototypes are formed, what affects prototypes, and what is the difference between prototype and schema.
|Why We Can’t Put Our Phones Down
||There is a certain cultural phenomenon that everyone with two eyes and a smartphone has experienced. I just witnessed it again, for the umpteenth time, at a choral concert at my daughter’s elementary school. As the curtains opened on a three-row arrangement of ebullient second-graders, … ...
|Advantage, ADHD Diagnosis
||Today isn’t my best day. Today is Tuesday, July 21st. You’re reading this on Wednesday if you’re reading it fresh. Tuesday is my wedding anniversary. Or it would be if … ...
|Fatherhood makes you fat
||Study shows a young man's BMI increases over time due to age, and additional weight gain is contingent on fatherhood status.
|Laser surgery could provide relief for OCD
||Surgery that targets and burns away the affected areas of the brain may help relieve the symptoms of those with obsessive-compulsive disorder.