|Rewriting the Script: What if You Dropped Your Usual
||I often feel like my husband always gets to be the good guy and I have to keep the balance by being the bad guy. I have to be the one to naysay. Ask him to dinner, but he’ll check with me before answering. “My wife says we’re doing something...
|Rat brains point to lead's role in schizophrenia
||A study of the brains of rats exposed to lead has uncovered striking similarities with what is known about the brains of human schizophrenia patients, adding compelling evidence that lead is a factor in the onset of schizophrenia.
|“Teen Mom” Star, Tyler Baltierra, Recounts Suicide Attempt
||When Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra first appeared on reality television, they were preparing to give their now 5-year-old daughter, Carly, up for adoption. The young couple managed to stay together and now have a 2-month-old baby girl named Novalee. Although, they shared, in often painstaking detail, the challenges they...
|Why Some People Are More Resilient Than Others
||Everyone suffers at least one negative life event. A recent study discovered two factors that characterize resilient people following negative or even traumatic life events.
|Feasibility of blood-based test for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease
||The first evidence that a simple blood test could be developed to confirm the presence of beta amyloid proteins in the brain, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, has been presented by researchers.
|Signs You’re Stuck in Unrealistic Thinking
||One of the greatest things we can do for ourselves is to become self-aware. When we’re self-aware, we take notice of our thoughts and feelings. We observe them. We examine how they drive our decisions and shape our lives. And we have the opportunity to make decisions that are genuinely...
|A Landmark Case for the Legal Rights of Dogs?
||Legal precedents establishing the rights of dogs under the law may have been set when, for the first time, a dog charged with murdering a cat was tried in front of a judge and jury.
|Promising 'natural' Alzheimer's treatment moves toward clinical trials
||A promising new natural treatment for Alzheimer's disease is moving toward clinical trials. This will be a major step forward as there is nothing on the market that slows the progression of Alzheimer's; natural products chemist has patented a botanical compound, withanamides.
|Repairing the cerebral cortex: It can be done
||An important step in the area of cell therapy has been taken by scientists: repairing the cerebral cortex of the adult mouse using a graft of cortical neurons derived from embryonic stem cells. These results also suggest that damaged circuits can be restored only by using neurons of the same type as the damaged area.
|Brain processes ongoing pain more emotionally
||A momentary lapse of concentration is all it takes for a finger to become trapped or sprain an ankle -- and it hurts. Pain is the body's protective mechanism and a complex neurological phenomenon. Moreover, ongoing pain in the sense of chronic pain can be a disease, clinicians say. Scientists have now demonstrated that already during a few minutes of ongoing pain, the underlying brain activity changes by shifting from sensory to emotional processes.
|Brain waves predict our risk for insomnia
||There may not yet be a cure for insomnia, but researchers are a step closer to predicting who is most likely to suffer from it -- just in time for World Sleep Day on March 13. Researchers note that we should all keep abiding by the habits already acknowledged to promote a good night's sleep: "Avoid sources of stress when going to bed, preserve the bedroom environment for sleep and not for work, and avoid stimulation. Find ways to relax before going to sleep."
|Francis “Frank” J. Underwood From Netflix’s House of Cards
||I always like to take the opportunity to explain misunderstood psychiatric concepts or diagnoses, and to clarify when a psychiatric term is used incorrectly or prone to misinterpretation. In today’s blog, I aim to do both of these things.
|Michelle Duggar Opens Up About Struggle With Bulimia
||Michelle Duggar is usually busy talking about her expansive family on 19 Kids and Counting but the story garnering attention right now is about her own struggle with bulimia as a teenager. The surprising revelation was disclosed in Growing Up Duggar, a new book written by the family’s oldest daughters,...
|In Defense of Time-Outs. Sometimes.
||I’m in the mud right now with my four year old. She’s been talking back and having tantrums on a daily basis. Between her explosions and this miserable winter and all of the mundane details of life that require my ongoing attention, well, I’m worn a little thin. I suspect...
|The Ambiguities of Progress
||Rather than thinking about change in terms of progress or decline, it is better to focus on trade-offs.
|Five Myths About Mental Toughness
|| When it comes to mental toughness, there’s no shortage of tag lines. We are told to fight harder, never give up, never admit defeat, and to have the mind of a champion. Yet for all the inspirational quotes mental toughness inspires, many continue to wonder, what does...
|Massachusetts Psychiatric Patients Get Right to Fresh Air
||A month ago, Massachusetts became one of the only governments in the world to recognize that its citizens have a basic human right to fresh air — especially while undergoing treatment for a mental illness. Outgoing Governor Deval Patrick surprised mental health advocates with his signing into law the “Fresh...
|Empathy Erosion and Treating People Like Objects
||Empathy erosion occurs when people fail to attend to the humanity—the feelings, interests, kinship, etc—of others. Either they don’t cognitively understand others’ feelings or they aren’t emotionally affected by others’ feelings.
|The Number of Alcoholic Drinks That Makes You Look More Attractive
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