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Bipolar and Incarcerated How to Help My last post planted seeds for growth of consciousness of a community mind void of stigma related to individuals with bipolar. Community Mental Health versus Criminal Justice … ...
Sending Your Child To An RTF Placement: 9 Questions... One of the most heart wrenching experiences that I have had over the years in the field of counseling and psychotherapy involves a parent or family member giving full control … ...
Anxiety Relapse I think it’s fairly safe to say at this point that I have relapsed a bit into anxiety.  This is always a bit of a bitter pill to swallow, but this time it is even more because it’s not just one type of anxiety flaring … ...
Link between serotonin, 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. The serotonin reuptake inhibiting (SSRI) group of drugs came on stream in the late 1980s, nearly two decades after first being mooted, this expert says.
Proteins that control anxiety in humans and cause insects to shed their skins have common origin Researchers have discovered that a protein which controls anxiety in humans has the same molecular ancestor as one which causes insects to molt when they outgrow their skins. Studies on sea urchins provided the missing link because they have a protein with elements common to those in both humans and insects and reveal a common ancestry hundreds of millions of years ago.
Learn to Forgive Others No Matter What A little while ago I wrote a post around the importance of learning how to practice self-forgiveness. In that same vein it is essential to learn how to practice forgiveness … ...
This Food Psychology Experiment Was Nearly Foiled By Chronic Politeness Psychology experiments have to straddle the line between letting people act naturally, and forcing them to act out an extremely specific situation. Sometimes that doesn’t work out. Here’s an experiment that drove psychologists crazy. Why? Because they underestimated the politeness of Minnesotans....
Stop Working On Yourself to Further Your Growth! The... “I’m a person who is working on myself. I’m a work in progress. I keep working to improve myself.” My problem with these expressions is that it implies that we view personal growth as a process of dissecting, prodding, or poking ourselves to fit into … ...
What should we tell our children about money? Being a parent presents us with daily challenges, including decisions about what things to expose our children to. One of the questions I am constantly asked by parents is what should they teach their children about money, and at what age. Talking about money is no different to talking about how to keep healthy or [...] The post What should we tell our children about money? appeared first on PsyPost.
Anorexia is an illness – not something we can simply blame on the media France has joined Italy and Israel in passing laws banning the promotion of extreme thinness in the fashion industry. The health reforms, which include fining agencies employing models with a BMI under 18 and criminalising pro-anorexia web content, have now passed through the upper house of parliament. An analysis of the reforms by Sarah Jackson [...] The post Anorexia is an illness – not something we can simply blame on the media appeared first on PsyPost.
Three Simple Steps to Melt your Worries It’s easy to dismiss a worrier. Oh, stop worrying so much. Nothing bad is happening. What we miss when we give this banal advice is this: Worrying is extremely uncomfortable. … ...
Positive discipline is all about the right relationship... Some parents misconstrue Attachment Parenting (AP) as promoting undisciplined children and martyred parents, when in actuality, Attachment Parenting has a strong basis in discipline and balance. Parents are encouraged to … ...
A Palestinian Gandhi Where are the "Palestinian Gandhis"? Ali Abu Awwad is a one of them, and there are more. However, we don't hear about them, and their effectiveness is limited, because the media are more attracted to violence than nonviolence. Thus, rather than helping promote peace, reporters unwittingly encourage violent activism.
Sage Advice from Therapists Around the World If you have ever wanted to glean encouragement and wisdom from other therapists who are in private practice, now is your chance. After surveying a few groups of therapists, these are some of the juiciest bits collated for you to use anytime you need support. … ...
Afraid to say “no” to others? Try this. Having a hard time saying “no” to other people, believe it or not, is an American specific type of concern; generally -and with exceptions, of course- others view saying “no” as … ...
5 Mindful Attitudes to Help Overcome Fear and Anxiety Why mindfulness? Because there are no drugs that will make you immune to stress or pain, or that will magically solve your problems. It will take conscious effort on your part to move in the direction of healing and peace. This means learning to work … ...
Making a Change? Remember the Key Ingredient! When I listen to people speak about changes they are making, they often speak as if they have no control. They say things like “I’ll have to wait and see what happens” or “I just hope things go back to the way they were.” These statements indicate a passivity—a sense of inaction. They forget they have core internal qualities that give them some control.
Scientists identify brain circuitry responsible for anxiety in smoking cessation In a promising breakthrough for smokers who are trying to quit, neuroscientists have identified circuitry in the brain responsible for the increased anxiety commonly experienced during withdrawal from nicotine addiction.
Surprising contributor to Rett syndrome identified The immune system is designed to protect us from disease. But what if it was malfunctioning? Would it make a disease worse? That appears to be the case with Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder, and possibly in other neurological disorders as well.
Are You Embarrassed? The major reason that some of us are embarrassment-prone is that we’ve been conditioned to set unrealistically high expectations for ourselves and to judge ourselves negatively when we can’t possibly meet those standards.