|Preventive neuroradiology: Brain imaging bolsters efforts to lower Alzheimer's risk
||Armed with new knowledge about how neurodegenerative diseases alter brain structures, increasing numbers of neurologists, psychiatrists and other clinicians are adopting quantitative brain imaging as a tool to measure and help manage cognitive declines in patients. These imaging findings can help spur beneficial lifestyle changes in patients to reduce risk for Alzheimer's disease.
|Team discovers how feedback from cortex helps mammals make fine distinctions about odors
||Everyday tasks we may regard as 'simple' -- for example, knowing the difference between the smell of an orange and a pickle -- are actually marvels of evolutionary development, the work of eons. A neuroscience team reports results of experiments that suggest how the mammalian brain distinguishes odors -- not just dissimilar ones but, perhaps more importantly, odors that are nearly identical, such as the scents of oranges and tangerines.
|Female mice are able to smell male pheromones only when ready to mate
||An American study in mice reveals that hormones that dictate a female's attraction towards males do so in part by controlling her sense of smell. The findings provide an example of how hormones may use the nose to circumvent the brain and influence behavior.
|Enough About “Inner Demons” Already!
||Maybe it was the 1000th time I heard that familiar, but fictitious, explanation: “It must have been his [her/their] inner demons that made them do it!” that I felt the strongest urge to scream. Why? Simply because the errant thoughts and behaviors we’re all prone to can almost always be understood without alluding to satanic forces insidiously goading us from within.
|Positive Psychiatry: The Next Chapter for an Evolving Field
||It’s time for psychiatry to move towards being true physician experts in mental health, not just mental illness. This means going beyond psychotherapy and medications treatment by incorporating validated wellness strategies in the day to day work with patients and families.
|Digging for Your Deepest Fear
||When I was in the midst of dieting, of worrying about my weight, of trying to lose weight, it had very little, of course, to do with losing weight or … ...
|The Creativity Secret That Most People Don’t Know
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|4 More Subtle Signs for Seeing a Therapist (and...
||In an earlier post we shared three signs it might be time to see a therapist. Today, we’re sharing four more signs. Because you don’t have to be in crisis mode, or have a diagnosable mental illness to seek professional help. You don’t have to … ...
|"The Boys in the Boat"
||Daniel Brown's book about the oarsmen who won a gold medal at Hitler's 1936 Olympics provides food for
thought for people who are interested in the development and expression of character
|Sexual violence against children is a worldwide problem
||Recent data shows that many child victims around the globe do not receive supportive services.
|Beyond Happiness: What Single People Really Need
||We are in the midst of one of those cultural moments when people who are happily single are getting some attention, and it is not all skeptical or mocking or … ...
|What’s Your Personal Happiness Score?
||Happiness is hard to quantify, but for the third time since 2012, the World Happiness Report has done just that: gathered data from around the world and ranked countries from … ...
|Healing the Effects of a Narcissist: Putting the Focus...
||I recently wrote about why you can’t win with a narcissist. Many readers asked what steps one would take to handle the narcissist in their lives. However, that all depends on the situation. Relationships are complicated. There’s no one surefire way to deal with a … ...
|The Stages of Narcissistic Sexual Abuse
||Has sex become something your clients just do rather than enjoy? Do they feel pressured into having sex? Is it possible to be sexually abused in a marital relationship? Sexual abuse … ...
|A New Approach to Tai Chi To Optimize Wellbeing
||A New Concept At a new class I teach at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California, class participants learn the most evidence-based behaviors most strongly associated with wellbeing and … ...
|Micro Actions Can Lead to Macro Changes: Make Your Bed
||Do you want to make a major self-change? One way is to start by first taking small actions that are easy to achieve and to sustain. The resulting habits can then lead to the major changes you want.
|What All Mental Health Advocates Need to Do
||I have the solution to changing the negative way society sees people with mental illness: Stop it. Stop yelling at people. Stop trying to make people feel badly for not … ...
|Alcohol use disorder is widespread, often untreated in the United States
||Alcohol use disorder as defined by a new diagnostic classification was widespread and often untreated in the United States, with a lifetime prevalence of 29.1 percent but only 19.8 percent of adults were ever treated, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. Alcohol use disorders are among the most prevalent mental health disorders [...]
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|High levels of moral reasoning correspond with increased gray matter in brain
||Individuals with a higher level of moral reasoning skills showed increased gray matter in the areas of the brain implicated in complex social behavior, decision making, and conflict processing as compared to subjects at a lower level of moral reasoning, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School of [...]
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|Study pinpoints what part genes play in the age of first-time moms and family size
||Researchers have analysed the genomes of thousands of women in the UK and the Netherlands to measure the extent to which a woman’s genes play a role for when she has her first baby and how many children she will have. Significantly, they have found that some women are genetically predisposed to have children earlier [...]
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