|What "Air Bud" reveals about the nature of "Play"
||I was recently challenged to write a science piece about "Air Bud". A nearly impossible task, you may think. You'd be right, nearly impossible. But when watching it for the first time today, I discovered a message at this movies heart that's far more interesting than "Can a Dog play Basketball?"...
|What is Your Definition of Self-Care?
||Recently, I wrote an article about what self-care looks like. I interviewed different clinicians about their definitions of self-care and their favorite ways to practice. Here are a few of … ...
|Do Eating Eggs and Dumping Your Man Keep You Healthy?
||Should we believe a super-centenarian and eat eggs and stay single?
|Fat Check: Med Control VI
||I bought the chocolate eggs. Doesn’t mean I’m going to eat them right away or binge on them or, most importantly, indulge in the middle of the night and end … ...
|Artistic jealousy and envy, explained.
||Many believe that envy and jealousy are emotions that concern other people. In reality, they are all about us. Envy and jealousy speak for our insecurities, anxiety, and fears. We … ...
|Germanwings: A Wake-up Call for Mental Health Professionals
||I have no insider knowledge of the specific mental health treatment that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz did or did not receive, or what valiant efforts those professionals may (or may not) … ...
|Take Advantage of Your Support System
||As you may have already read, I am going through a major break-up. Not fun for anyone, but dangerous for those of with unsteady minds. I just wanted to say … ...
|Should We Call it Postpartum Depression?
||For reasons that are both straightforward and extremely complex, I just think the terminology should be different.
|3 Tips for Navigating Powerful Emotions
||When we’re overwhelmed with powerful emotions, many of us might not know what to do. Or we might rely on habits that are less than helpful. We might avoid our emotions. We might isolate ourselves. We might drink or turn to other substances. These behaviors … ...
|Dragging Dead Bodies
||Dragging around the dead bodies at work sure can wear you out! Here is some good advice.
|Will Love Conquer Addiction?
||Will Love Conquer Addiction? If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen it – an article suggesting that it is love that addicts need and lack of love and connection that … ...
|7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude
||Take a few minutes each day to acknowledge all that you have to be thankful for. Showing just a little bit of gratitude can transform your life in incredible ways.
|A brain of wonders
||The U-T San Diego, which I originally thought was a university but turns out it’s a newspaper, has an excellent online multimedia project called ‘The Wonders of Your Brain’ which is an extensive and excellent look at some of the key issues in modern neuroscience. It tackles everything from the development of the brain from […]
|The Psychology of Spring Cleaning
||For many of us the onset of spring is a reminder to start our annual spring overhauls – decluttering, organizing, and cleaning. While spring cleaning has the obvious benefits of an organized closet, a sparkling counter top, and possibly more open spaces, more importantly, it has been associated with improved mood, decreased stress, and heightened creativity.
|Can’t Kick a Bad Habit? You’re Probably Doing It Wrong
||A technique to use identity change for behavior change.
|Memory: The Weirdest Ever Fact is Actually True, Study Reveals
New memory discovery seems depressing but when you think about it is actually critical to useful recall.
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|Possible progress against Parkinson's and good news for stem cell therapies
||Researchers have taken an important step toward using the implantation of stem cell-generated neurons as a treatment for Parkinson's disease. Using an FDA approved substance for treating cancer, they were able to grow dopamine-producing neurons derived from embryonic stem cells that remained healthy and functional for as long as 15 months after implantation into mice, restoring motor function without forming tumors.
|Too Many Preschoolers Getting Medications for ADHD
||The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just published its first national study on the various forms of treatment used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. The study examined the use of medication, behavioral therapy, and dietary supplements — and its … ...
|What Helps Me Find My Middle Way
||The Dalai Lama talks a lot about finding a “middle way” to navigate through life’s challenging issues. When I hear the phrase “middle way,” I often think about finding balance or moderation … ...
|Binge drinking as a teenager could make you a more anxious adult
||Binge drinking during adolescence may disrupt gene expression and brain development, possibly contributing to behavioral changes in adulthood.