|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.
||RussellReno via Compfight I’ve been thinking since my last post about the issue of ADHD and ADHD look-alikes. I’ve written about them before, but found myself taken by surprise at … ...
|How To Become More Resilient
||Resiliency is the way in which someone copes with life's adversities. You might assume that some people are simply more resilient than others. The fact is that resiliency may be more of a lifestyle choice than anything else. While some might be innately more resilient than others, resiliency can be a learned behavior resulting in a healthier outlook on life.
|Healthcare: 12 Problems With The Mental health System
||How do you think of the mental health system in the United States? Is it everything we need it to be? Is it far behind research and the mental health … ...
|Should We Talk About Religion in Therapy?
||Although therapists recognize the importance of talking about religion, they're still uncomfortable inviting spirituality into the room.
|Study finds sexism predicts ageism among college students
||A study on college students from eight universities has found that sexism is positively associated with ageism. The research by Indiana University research Jill M. Chonody, which was published in the feminist journal Affilia, examined whether two types of sexism were related to two types of ageism. Ambivalent Sexism Theory holds that sexist attitudes about [...]
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|Transgender youth have typical hormone levels
||Johanna Olson, MD, and her colleagues at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, provide care for the largest number of transyouth in the U.S. and have enrolled 101 patients in a study to determine the safety and efficacy of treatment that helps patients bring their bodies into closer alignment with their gender of identity. Baseline characteristics of [...]
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|Ultra-brief pulse stimulation: New treatment for severe depression with far fewer side effects
||Electroconvulsive therapy remains one of the most effective treatments for severe depression, but new UNSW research shows ultra-brief pulse stimulation is almost as effective as standard ECT, with far fewer cognitive side effects. The study, published today in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, is the first systematic review to examine the effectiveness and cognitive effects [...]
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|Diabetes drug may protect against Parkinson’s disease
||A type of drug used to treat diabetes may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study published in PLOS Medicine. The research, led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, found that diabetes patients taking glitazone antidiabetes drugs (either rosiglitazone or pioglitazone) had a 28% lower incidence of [...]
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|Psychologists explain what happens when people compare their partner to someone else’s
||When Julie compares her husband George to her friend’s husband Sam, she can’t help but notice that Sam is better at helping his children with homework. But rather than be upset about George’s shortcomings in the children’s homework arena, Julie reasons that since she enjoys doing homework with their children, it’s not that important that [...]
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|One night of sleep loss can alter clock genes in your tissues
||Swedish researchers at Uppsala University and the Karolinska Institute have found that genes that control the biological clocks in cells throughout the body are altered after losing a single night of sleep, in a study that is to be published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. “Previous research has shown that our metabolism [...]
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|Words jump-start vision, psychologist’s study shows
||Cognitive scientists have come to view the brain as a prediction machine, constantly comparing what is happening around us to expectations based on experience — and considering what should happen next. “These predictions, most of them unconscious, include predicting what we’re about to see,” says Gary Lupyan, a University of Wisconsin-Madison psychology professor. Work in [...]
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|Location-based ads need more than closeness to overcome creepiness
||Location-based advertisements may pinpoint customers geographically, but often miss the target because customers may find the ads creepy and intrusive, according to an international team of researchers. To overcome this negativity, the researchers suggest advertisers invite their customers to help tailor ads they might receive. While being physically close to a product or shop improved [...]
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|In pursuit of precision medicine for PTSD: Brain scans may eventually help tailor therapy
||Brain scans of war veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder have led researchers to an area of the prefrontal cortex that appears to be a good predictor of response to treatment with SSRIs–the first-line drug treatment for PTSD. The findings, which came out online June 26, 2015, in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, are hopeful news amid a new [...]
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|Keeping up that positive feeling: The science of savoring emotions
||Savoring a beautiful sunset and the positive emotions associated with it can contribute to improved well-being, according to research. But why and how are some people better than others in keeping the feeling alive?