|Ecstasy may soon be a treatment for social anxiety among autistic adults
||Researchers are planning the first pilot study of MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of social anxiety in autistic adults. In a recent review in press in the journal, Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, a team of researchers led by Alicia Danforth, laid out their proposed methods and study rationale for what will be the [...]
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|Dance addiction? Study finds excessive dancing can be a problematic coping mechanism
||Dancing has been shown to benefit our physical and mental health, but not much is known about how excessive dancing can harm an individual. Although a great deal of research has focused on exercise addiction, few researchers have explored dance addiction specifically. In fact, very little is known about dance addiction, what predisposes individuals to [...]
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|Patterns of brain activity reorganize visual perception during eye movements
||Scientists measuring brain activity have found that in many regions, such as the sensory or motor cortex, activity sometimes oscillates at different frequencies, forming wave-like patterns. Despite the fact that such oscillations are frequently observed, and present in many brain regions, their functional role remains unclear. Research done by Dr. Christopher Pack, from McGill University, [...]
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|‘Pain sensing’ gene discovery could help in development of new methods of pain relief
||A gene essential to the production of pain-sensing neurons in humans has been identified by an international team of researchers co-led by the University of Cambridge. The discovery, reported today in the journal Nature Genetics, could have implications for the development of new methods of pain relief. Pain perception is an evolutionarily-conserved warning mechanism that [...]
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|Re-hospitalization rates for traumatic brain injury higher than previously reported
||A new, Ontario-wide study shows that rates of hospital readmission following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are greater than other chronic diseases and injuries and are higher than previously reported. The study, led by Dr. Angela Colantonio, senior scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, UHN, examined nearly 30,000 TBI patients discharged from Ontario hospitals over the span [...]
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|Random Acts of Kindness: Try Some
||Have you ever been late from shopping or an appointment and rushed back to your car expecting to find that dreaded parking ticket plastered against your windshield, but pleasantly surprised, … ...
|Parental Guilt: The Dilemma
||Today both men and women worry about short-changing their children because of their both working, and their own parents often feed their guilt. The result is an epidemic of over- and under-parenting in which the needs of the children take precedence over the need of the parents, leading to out of control children who have trouble becoming responsible adutls.
|Are You a Chameleon?
||Have you ever found yourself so deep in conversation with somebody that you start to copy their every move? When talking to a colleague with a strong accent, do you find yourself gaining an accent of your own? Have you picked up a terrible swearing … ...
|Special fats proven essential for brain growth
||Certain special fats found in blood are essential for human brain growth and function, new research suggests. New published studies show that mutations in the protein Mfsd2a causes impaired brain development in humans. Mfsd2a is the transporter in the brain for a special type of fat called lysophosphatidylcholines (LPCs) -- composed of essential fatty acids like omega-3.
|Self-Injurous Behavior: Do You Self Harm Without Knowing It?...
||One of the most common symptoms, why people come for individual counseling, is some form of self-injurious behavior. Unfortunately, people do not always recognize it as such and tend to … ...
|Memorial Day 2015
||Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday set aside to acknowledge our military’s servicemen and women who have fallen in the line of duty. It is a day of commemoration, remembrance, and giving thanks for those who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation. … ...
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|Is Single Motherhood Bad for Your Health? Why You...
||In Singled Out, I debunked myths about single people. Many of my chapter titles make fun of specific myths and scare stories, such as this one: “Attention, Single Parents: Your … ...
|How satisfied are the partners of patients with bipolar...
||Bipolar disorder is considered a serious mental disorder, which is characterized by episodes of mania, hypomania, depression, and mixed episodes. Sometimes the episodes can be a traumatic experience for the … ...
|Fee Setting for Therapists
|| When you are setting your fee, what is the first thing you do? Many people ask others – “what’s a good fee?” “What’s the average fee for this area?” What do you charge?” The responses one might receive from these questions are likely to be … ...
|Earthquakes prove to be an unexpected help in interpreting brain activity of very premature babies
||Researchers have created a "brainstorm barometer" that allows computers to calculate the brain functions of very premature babies during their first hours of life. The new research method is based on the hypothesis that the brainstorms generated by the billions of neurons inside a baby's head are governed by the same rules as other massive natural phenomena, such as earthquakes, forest fires or snow avalanches.
|Can you see what I hear? Blind human echolocators use visual areas of the brain
||Certain blind individuals have the ability to use echoes from tongue or finger clicks to recognize objects in the distance, and use echolocation as a replacement for vision. Research shows echolocation in blind individuals is a full form of sensory substitution, and that blind echolocation experts recruit regions of the brain normally associated with visual perception when making echo-based assessments of objects.
|How Are Friendships Like Shoes?
||A friend who watched my video on friendships ending wrote me an e-mail with the most beautiful analogy. She said: As I was listening to you and watching the video, I thought about friends as being shoes in my closet. Sometimes we keep certain shoes … ...
|ADHD: Fails To Listen
||ADHD is so multifaceted that absolutely nothing about this disorder is simple. Thus diagnosis is complicated by the convolutions of the manifestation of the symptom combinations. That, was a fancy … ...
|Your Mind-Body Toolkit for Optimization of Wellbeing
||Your mind-body toolkit consists of practices that lead to the cultivation of self-efficacy and self-mastery. The first thing in the toolkit is the practice of tai chi, which leads to … ...