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Researchers find insulin-like hormone increases lithium sensitivity in bipolar disorder patients Rapidly swinging from extremes of joy and energy to sadness, fatigue, and confusion, bipolar disorder (BD) patients feel desperate and largely alone in the world. And according to the National Institutes of Health, between 25-50 percent of the roughly 3% of Americans living with BD attempt suicide at least once. Lithium is among the most [...] The post Researchers find insulin-like hormone increases lithium sensitivity in bipolar disorder patients appeared first on PsyPost.
5 Minerals that Fight Depression You are what you eat, and this principle applies to your mood. If you feed your body what it needs to survive, it can sustain a much happier outlook than … ...
Autism and prodigy share a common genetic link: study Researchers have uncovered the first evidence of a genetic link between prodigy and autism. The scientists found that child prodigies in their sample share some of the same genetic variations with people who have autism. These shared genetic markers occur on chromosome 1, according to the researchers from The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s [...] The post Autism and prodigy share a common genetic link: study appeared first on PsyPost.
Study: This is your teen’s brain behind the wheel A new study of teenagers an d their moms reveals how adolescent brains negotiate risk – and the factors that modulate their risk-taking behind the wheel. In the study, reported in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 14-year-old subjects completed a simulated driving task while researchers tracked blood flow in their brains. In one [...] The post Study: This is your teen’s brain behind the wheel appeared first on PsyPost.
Getting Out of the Comparison Trap Most of us know that comparing ourselves to others usually makes us feel worse and most of us do it anyway. We all know by now that there is always … ...
Lessons from The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Do you live by the philosophy of Outside-In or Inside-Out? Love or hate the show, there’s some first rate psychological wisdom in it.
How Not to Be Boring: Advice for Teen Introverts Teens crave and seem to admire risk taking. What can introverted teens do to scratch that itch?
If Only ...Then I'd Be Happy Whether a positive event will make us happy depends more on our natural inclinations to be negative or positive than the perceived good outcomes of the event.
How to Make Small Talk I’ve lived with schizophrenia for almost nine years and one overarching theme has been my struggle to interact with other people. If I wasn’t caught up thinking about what they … ...
Women and Mental Illness A host of factors may contribute to the higher prevalence of mental illness in women. In this post, we explore many of these.
The Fluidity of Creativity {“Exposure” by Alexa Meade, 2009} What’s so powerful about creativity is the process. The evolution. The exploration and experimentation. The playing, molding, twisting and turning of techniques, tools, ideas, words. … ...
Why You Should Let Bad Things Happen to Your Kids I was on Facebook recently and saw that a parent of a 12-year-old daughter was upset by what some of her friends were posting. The retort from the parent went something like this: “I am very disappointed in some of the language and topics some … ...
Verbal therapy could block consolidation of fear memories in trauma victims A verbal 'updating' technique aimed at blocking the consolidation of traumatic memories could protect against the long-term psychological and physiological effects of trauma, according to new research.
What’s Your Pressure Style? How do you perform under pressure? Your pressure style might be holding you back or downgrading your results.
Dying, Demented, and Alone Once upon a time in American medicine, you could usually rely on the presence of a spouse, family member, or friend to help make decisions for patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease. That is likely no longer going to be the case. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released a startling fact about a changing America: most people are single.
This is your teen's brain behind the wheel A new study of teenagers and their moms reveals how adolescent brains negotiate risk -- and the factors that modulate their risk-taking behind the wheel. Researchers observed that teens driving alone found risky decisions rewarding. Blood flow to the ventral striatum, a "reward center" in the brain, increased significantly when teen drivers chose to ignore a yellow stoplight and drove through the intersection anyway. A mother's presence, however, blunted the thrill of running the yellow light.
Nanoparticle drug reverses Parkinson's-like symptoms in rats As baby boomers age, the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease is expected to increase. Patients who develop this disease usually start experiencing symptoms around age 60 or older. Currently, there's no cure, but scientists are reporting a novel approach that reversed Parkinson's-like symptoms in rats. Their results could one day lead to a new therapy for human patients.
New brain mapping model could improve effectiveness of transcranial magnetic stimulation Brain researchers have developed a new brain mapping model that could improve the success rate of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in treating conditions including depression, neuropathic pain, and stroke. The model helps pinpoint target sites during TMS, a procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to alleviate or eliminate symptoms of stroke, depression, and attention disorders.
Researchers see promise in treatment to reduce dementia after TBI Researchers have been attempting to understand the cascade of events following mild head injury that may lead to an increased risk for developing a progressive degenerative brain disease, and their new study shows initial promise for a treatment that might interrupt the process that links the two conditions.
A Day in the Life: Meet Psychologist Laura Louis,... Dr. Laura Louis has worked in the field of psychology for over ten years. Her specialities includes multicultural counseling and helping couples rebuild trust and intimacy after infidelity. Using her professional expertise and experience, she authored a book entitled Marital Peace: 10 Things You Can … ...