||About a month ago my psychiatrist prescribed for me Wellbutrin. Wellbutrin is an antidepressant. I needed a little “umph.” I had just been hit hard by the devastating blow of … ...
|Chronic Migraines: The Significance of Emotional History...
||I received some pretty harsh criticism recently from a group of headache doctors because I suggested psychological and emotional history could have a place in chronic migraines. Some even went so far as to call me sexist for suggesting sexual repression could be a component … ...
|Link between serotonin and depression is a myth, says top psychiatrist
||The widely held belief that depression is due to low levels of serotonin in the brain — and that effective treatments raise these levels — is a myth, argues a leading psychiatrist in The BMJ this week. David Healy, Professor of Psychiatry at the Hergest psychiatric unit in North Wales, points to a misconception that lowered serotonin [...]
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|Marijuana consumers show greater susceptibility to false memories
||A new study published in the American journal with the highest impact factor in worldwide, Molecular Psychiatry, reveals that consumers of cannabis are more prone to experiencing false memories. The study was conducted by researchers from the Human Neuropsychopharmacology group at the Biomedical Research Institute of Hospital de Sant Pau and from Universitat Autònoma de [...]
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|Study: Polarization in Congress is worsening, and it stifles policy innovation
||American politics has grown so polarized in recent years that there’s hardly any cooperation at all across the aisle, but the process that brought us here started long ago. Disagreements have been growing exponentially since the 1950s, according to a new quantitative analysis of the U.S. House of Representatives published in PLOS ONE. But the [...]
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|Demanding jobs may increase survival in frontotemporal dementia
||People with more demanding jobs may live longer after developing the disease frontotemporal dementia than people with less skilled jobs, according to a new study published in the April 22, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Frontotemporal dementia, which often affects people under the age of 65, [...]
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|Brain abnormalities found among those experiencing blast-related mild traumatic brain injury
||Individuals with mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), particularly those who have had loss of consciousness (LOC), show structural brain abnormalities in their white matter as measured by Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI). These findings, which appear in the journal NeuroImage: Clinical, is the only study to date to demonstrate that mTBI with LOC is associated with [...]
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|Researchers discover new drugs to combat the root cause of multiple sclerosis
||New research published this week in Nature has found several drugs could lead to new treatment options for multiple sclerosis (MS), including two drugs that effectively treat MS at the source, in vivo. When administered at the peak of disease, these two drugs showed a striking reversal of disease severity. At the pathological level, MS [...]
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|Mindfulness-based therapy rather than antidepressants to prevent depression relapse?
||Researchers from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry are part of a team led by the University of Oxford, who have carried out new research that suggests mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) could provide an alternative non-drug treatment for people who do not wish to continue long-term antidepressant treatment. The results are published in [...]
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|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, published in the journal ACS Nano, [...]
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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 [...]
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|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 [...]
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|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 [...]
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|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.