|Can You Lose Your Eyesight for Psychological Reasons?
||What is referred to as 'medically unexplained visual loss' or non-organic visual loss (NOVL), is reported to occur in 1 to 5% of patients attending ophthalmology clinics. In many cases it continues without improvement for an extended period.
|A surprising way to volunteer in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease
||Volunteering for medical research, such as undergoing memory tests or having a neurological exam, is one way people can positively contribute to Alzheimer's research.
|Transgender people face alarmingly high risk of suicide
||Mental health experts say prevention begins with acceptance and kindness, especially by parents.
|Personal Stories Week: “Abuse Happens to Others, Not Me”...
||How would you describe your parent(s) growing up? Were the parents who used corporal punishment (spanking), “time out,” or some other form of punishment? Despite years of controversy surrounding what … ...
|Sesame Street IS Moving to HBO Will Innocence Be Lost?
||Ernie: Remember that pledge you made, but never paid up cause we’re on “public television?” We’re now on HBO punk! We learned some new collection techniques! caption: Bert and Ernie … ...
|8 Signs You May Be Having An Emotional Affair
|| Infidelity is not as taboo as it used to be and it’s definitely become easier to hide. From workplace relationships to internet encounters, it is not a surprise that emotional affairs … ...
|To Sooth The Soul
|| Music Therapy Science may not yet explain exactly how, but music sooths the soul and connects us with our emotions. It is not uncommon for … ...
|Focusing: A Path Toward Befriending Feelings
||During the 1960’s, the psychologist and philosopher Eugene Gendlin asked a simple question: why do some people make progress in psychotherapy, while others don’t — and what is happening within those individuals who are benefiting from therapy? After analyzing hundreds of taped therapy sessions, Gendlin … ...
|Using Your Creative Voice
|| Do you express yourself creatively – or in other ways – as fully and authentically as you want? If you’re like most of us, the answer is No. For … ...
|Do First Amendment Rights Apply to Students in School?
||In this interview, conducted by guest blogger Alex Walker, the founder of Free Student Press, David Krane, explains that student free speech is legally protected by the first amendment, but students must fight for that protection. School officials typically do everything they can to prevent students from knowing about and exercising their constitutional rights.
|Study: Playing Tetris for three minutes can reduce addictive cravings by one fifth
||Playing Tetris for as little as three minutes at a time can weaken cravings for drugs, food and activities such as sex and sleeping by approximately one fifth, according to new research. In the first test of its kind to study people in natural settings outside of a laboratory, participants were monitored for levels of [...]
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|Scientists discover what controls waking up and going to sleep
||Fifteen years ago, an odd mutant fruit fly caught the attention and curiosity of Dr. Ravi Allada, a circadian rhythms expert at Northwestern University, leading the neuroscientist to recently discover how an animal’s biological clock wakes it up in the morning and puts it to sleep at night. The clock’s mechanism, it turns out, is [...]
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|Low birth weight, preterm birth can predict schizophrenia risk — if specific genetic subtype is present
||Low birth weight and preterm birth appear to increase the risk of schizophrenia among individuals with a genetic condition called the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, a new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows. The research, published in Genetics in Medicine, is “…part of ongoing efforts among schizophrenia researchers to predict and [...]
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|Color-changing polymer may signal traumatic brain injuries in soldiers, athletes
||A bomb blast or a rough tackle can inflict brain damage that destroys lives. Yet at the time of impact, these injuries are often invisible. To detect head trauma immediately, a team of researchers has developed a polymer-based material that changes colors depending on how hard it is hit. The goal is to someday incorporate [...]
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|What's Wrong with Antianxiety Drugs?
||Recognition of the multiplicity of the brain systems that contribute to fear and anxiety disorders is the first step towards the development of better treatments.
|Personality and hormones: Trait anxiety influences the link between testosterone and aggression
||For many years, testosterone has been associated with aggressive and dominant behaviour, especially in male populations. In more recent years, researchers have focused on how individual personality differences can influence the effects of testosterone on aggression. One such study examined trait anxiety, which can be defined as “a measure of one’s tendency to perceive situations [...]
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|The Collapse of Values and My Local Car Dealership
||What an efficient group of employees! Then why do I feel so bad?
|7 Simple Ways to Be Kind To Yourself
||It’s ridiculous how we push ourselves. Always running to the next appointment on our calendar and scheduling activities for the benefit of others. Over the course of time, your productivity … ...
|Work on My Marriage — Why Bother?
||If your relationship is good, you shouldn’t have to “work” on it, right? Fairy tales promote the effortless happily-ever-after marriage myth when we are at an impressionable age. Later we view romantic movies and read novels with happily-ever-after endings. Consequently, it’s easy to develop unrealistic, … ...
|5 More Ways to Listen to Ourselves
||So often we dismiss our own thoughts, feelings, needs and desires. We assume that someone else knows better about what we should do, eat, wear, think, feel, want, need. So … ...