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How Do I Know if I Am Crazy? In the world of mental illness activism, there are questions that have a way of coming up more often than others. The most common question, by a landslide, is, “How … ...
Evolutionary Psychology Is Not About "Bettering the Species" People often think that since "evolution" has a lot to do with speciation, then "evolutionary psychology" must be about "bettering the human species" in some way. It's not. At all. Read this if you want to know what evolutionary psychology is really about.
3 More Habits that Spike Stress and How to Cope We do many things we aren’t even aware of that spike our stress. That includes everything from saying yes too often to worrying what others think to ruminating about the past. (See more in this previous piece.) But once we name these habits, we can … ...
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The 4 Styles of Humor What do you find funny, and what sort of humor appeals to you? Research has focused on different humor styles, and distinguishes four types.
Pathological Liars: 5 Ways To Protect Yourself Do you know someone who tends to lie frequently about any and everything? Have you caught them in a lie and wondered why they continue to lie? If so, you … ...
The science of procrastination explains why we delay Psychologists say those who procrastinate do it because they've learned the behavior over time as a coping mechanism.
The Best Time to Plant a Tree Was 20 Years Ago, No Matter Feeling like life has passed you by? No matter how much time you think you've wasted, starting today there still plenty of time to start afresh. Before you know it, you will reflect on your life with satisfaction.
Alcohol may elevate the expression of two enzymes called CYP2E1, CYP2U1 The prefrontal cortex and amygdala are brain regions that not only referee cognitive functions and emotional states, but also contribute to the reinforcing effects of alcohol and tobacco. Little is known about the effects of alcohol and tobacco on cytochrome P450s in the human AMG. A new study focusing on two CYP2 enzymes that metabolize drugs and endogenous compounds has found that chronic drinking is associated with higher CYP2E1 and CYP2U1 protein expression in both brain regions, particularly the AMG.
New potential cause for Alzheimer's: Arginine deprivation caused by overconsumption by immune cells A new study suggests that in Alzheimer's disease, certain immune cells in the brain abnormally consume an important nutrient: arginine. Blocking this process with a small-molecule drug prevented the characteristic brain plaques and memory loss in a mouse model of the disease. Published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the research not only points to a new potential cause of Alzheimer's but also may eventually lead to a new treatment strategy.
Experimental drug may repair nerve damage in multiple sclerosis A new study suggests that an investigational drug for multiple sclerosis (MS) may repair myelin, the fatty material that protects nerves and is damaged in MS, according to a new study.
Nicotine use increases compulsive alcohol consumption, study finds In rat models, nicotine exposure actually promotes alcohol dependence, researchers report. "It's a vicious cycle," said a biologist and a senior author of the new study. "Nicotine makes individuals crave alcohol to 'reward' the brain and reduce stress."
Personalized computer feedback can mitigate problem gambling behaviors More than 1.6 million college-aged adults meet the criteria for problem gambling. This can lead to difficulties at work, school or home, and with relationships, personal finances, and mental and physical health. Counseling for problem gamblers can be expensive and time consuming; a new study from the University of Missouri has found that college-aged adults [...]The post Personalized computer feedback can mitigate problem gambling behaviors appeared first on PsyPost.
Experimental drug that may repair nerve damage in MS moves forward A new study suggests that an investigational drug for multiple sclerosis (MS) may repair myelin, the fatty material that protects nerves and is damaged in MS, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, April 18 to 25, 2015. “This study, [...]The post Experimental drug that may repair nerve damage in MS moves forward appeared first on PsyPost.
Psychiatric Admission and Children I was recently admitted (voluntarily) into a Psychiatric Hospital. I won’t go into the grueling details for now, but it was an experience I have never had before. I’ve always … ...
5 Ways to Feel Confident in Your Marriage Are you letting your past affect your marriage? Heed these 5 steps to feel self-assured! Over the years, I have seen countless women both professionally and personally who, without being aware, slip into an insecure, child-like place in their marriage. They lack self-confidence and find … ...
Alcohol may elevate the expression of two enzymes called CYP2E1 and CYP2U1 The prefrontal cortex (PFC) and amygdala (AMG) are brain regions that not only referee cognitive functions and emotional states, but also contribute to the reinforcing effects of alcohol and tobacco. Researchers already knew that alcohol and tobacco use can modulate cytochrome P450 expression in the liver and other tissues, but little is known about the [...]The post Alcohol may elevate the expression of two enzymes called CYP2E1 and CYP2U1 appeared first on PsyPost.
Socially anxious youth in treatment can enhance recovery through simple service tasks This century’s increase in addiction issues among U.S. youth may be related to their developmental need to fit in, particularly youth with social anxiety disorder (SAD), which could exacerbate the drink/trouble cycle. In addition, socially anxious youths may avoid participating in therapeutic activities during treatment for fear of negative peer appraisal. A study of the [...]The post Socially anxious youth in treatment can enhance recovery through simple service tasks appeared first on PsyPost.
Simultaneous drinking and smoking marijuana increases odds of drunk driving Cannabis is the most commonly used drug among adults who drink, besides tobacco, yet no study has directly compared those who use cannabis and alcohol simultaneously, or at the exact same time, versus those who use both separately and on a regular basis. A new study looks at the relationship between marijuana and alcohol use, [...]The post Simultaneous drinking and smoking marijuana increases odds of drunk driving appeared first on PsyPost.