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Shake it off? Not so easy for people with depression, new brain research suggests Rejected by a person you like? Just "shake it off" and move on, as music star Taylor Swift says. But while that might work for many people, it may not be so easy for those with untreated depression, a new brain study finds. The pain of social rejection lasts longer for them -- and their brain cells release less of a natural pain and stress-reducing chemical called natural opioids.
Depression, obsession and rumination I once heard a guy say that he tries to wear his life like a comfortable old t-shirt. I like that and I’ve been trying to do it lately but I think I must have shrunk that t-shirt in the dryer because it’s tight as hell right now. From the...
A Biased Look At The Three Groups Of ADHD Opinion I know there’s lots of information out there about ADHD. And there seems to be three distinct groups, according to social networks and news outlets. Those three groups differ greatly in their approach to the validity of ADHD. And then, to complicate things, there is a bisection of these three...
Best of Our Blogs: February 27, 2015 On Super Soul Sunday, Rob Bell told Oprah, “…when you get married you get a second set of eyes.” The same can be said when you get children and about every business partnership, therapeutic relationship and friendship you have. Relationships are like mirrors. They reflect what issues you’re still struggling with....
Bipolar patients can be SAD too. In case you’ve been trapped under a snow bank, you know that, lately, New England has been pelted with numerous, horrible snow storms. While others are seeing hints of spring-to-come, in the north it seems like winter is here to stay. I actually find it a bit jarring when I...
Living in the Here and Now For most of my life, I have wanted to be somewhere else, living an entirely different life. A calendar from years ago showed me that I had then—and may even have now—a life that other people might envy.
Teachers show bias to pupils who share their personality The more similar the personalities of teachers and their pupils, the more likely the teachers are to grade them highly, according to new research from Germany. The findings again open up the debate around the subtle biases teachers have about their pupils and how important it is to try and minimise their impact on children’s [...]The post Teachers show bias to pupils who share their personality appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers find link between persistent insomnia and increased mortality risk A connection between persistent insomnia and increased inflammation and mortality has been identified by a group of researchers from the University of Arizona. Their study, published in The American Journal of Medicine, found that people who suffer from persistent insomnia are at greater risk than those who experience intermittent insomnia. Although about 20% of U.S. [...]The post Researchers find link between persistent insomnia and increased mortality risk appeared first on PsyPost.
Music teachers share their unique perspective on music education in America Across the country music teachers believe that factors at the school level have the greatest impact on their programs. Matters beyond the school are not seen as having a significant influence on their programs, even though district, state and national educational policies have an effect on music education; according to a new study published in [...]The post Music teachers share their unique perspective on music education in America appeared first on PsyPost.
Good sleep gets harder as we age, but mindfulness could help Getting a good night’s sleep can be challenging, especially as we age. About half of all older adults report sleeping difficulties. This can make them more likely to experience physical or mental health conditions, memory problems, and falls, due to poor balance. Older adults also have less deep sleep than younger people and their sleep [...]The post Good sleep gets harder as we age, but mindfulness could help appeared first on PsyPost.
Should We Fan the Romantic Flame? All human experiences, including romantic ones, can be boring. The remedy for boredom is often change and novelty. Should we then change our romantic partners in order to fan our romantic flames? Although change is indeed essential to emotional intensity, there are several types of changes, and emotional intensity is far from being the whole story when it comes to romance.
They Talk, We Listen "I don’t know what happened, my Sweet Girl is gone. Yesterday she left in the morning and didn’t even say good-bye. She just left. I waited all day yesterday and she never came home, and today she’s still not home. I am really, really sad. I don’t even know what I am going to do with myself."
The Surprising Benefits of Documenting Ordinary Experiences Typically it’s the big milestones that we document most diligently—the weddings, births, graduations, professional achievements. These are the events we expect we’ll most want to revisit down the road. But research suggests that revisiting ordinary, everyday experiences can bring us a lot more pleasure than we realize.
How do you forgive a monster? How do you forgive a monster? A must-read for true crime enthusiasts is this in-depth profile of Kerry Rawson, who's spent the past 10 years dealing with the psychological effects of finding out that her dad, Dennis Rader, was the notorious BTK serial killer....
Newly discovered neurons predict the cooperative behavior of others Social interactions rely on the ability to anticipate others’ intentions and actions, and identifying neurons that reflect another individual’s so-called “state of mind” has been a long-sought goal in neuroscience. A study published February 26th in the journal Cell reveals that a newly discovered set of neurons in a frontal brain region called the anterior cingulate [...]The post Newly discovered neurons predict the cooperative behavior of others appeared first on PsyPost.
Teacher prejudices put girls off math, science It’s a fact: Women are vastly underrepresented in the fields of computer science, engineering, and mathematics. But less clear are the trajectories — academic and otherwise — that lead young women toward other professions. Higher education has already opened the door to equal opportunities for women and minorities in the U.S. — so is it [...]The post Teacher prejudices put girls off math, science appeared first on PsyPost.
Study details the degree to which urban movement is linked to social activity If you live in a city, you know that a fair amount of your movement around town is social in nature. But how much, exactly? A new study co-authored by MIT researchers uses a new method to infer that around one-fifth of urban movement is strictly social, a finding that holds up consistently in multiple [...]The post Study details the degree to which urban movement is linked to social activity appeared first on PsyPost.
Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D may control brain serotonin Although essential marine omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D have been shown to improve cognitive function and behavior in the context of certain brain disorders, the underlying mechanism has been unclear. In a new paper published in FASEB Journal by Rhonda Patrick, PhD and Bruce Ames, PhD of Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), serotonin [...]The post Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D may control brain serotonin appeared first on PsyPost.
The Perfect Office Design: Does Your Office Measure Up? I’m a huge fan of the work of Christopher Alexander, and yesterday, for the hundredth time, I found myself urging someone to read his book, A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction. This strange, brilliant, fascinating book uses architecture, sociology, psychology, and anthropology to describe the most satisfying environments. Instead of talking...
7 Things Sex Addiction Doesn’t Want You to Know! Hi there – my name is sex addiction. You know me by several other names, including sex addict, behavioral addiction and process addiction. I’m an insidious form of dependency that is often not discussed with anyone because I use shame and guilt to silence you. If left unchecked, I grow in...