|Brain networks differ among those with severe schizophrenia, study shows
||People with a severe form of schizophrenia have major differences in their brain networks compared to others with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and healthy individuals, a new study shows. Schizophrenia, which affects one in 100 people, is generally known for symptoms of delusions and hallucinations, which can be treated with antipsychotic medications. However, lack of motivation and social withdrawal are also characteristic symptoms of the illness.
|Custodial grandparents: depressed, anxious and stressed?
||Grandparents who care for grandchildren with abnormal emotional and hyperactive symptoms are more likely to experience lower levels of life satisfaction, a study has found.
|The 7 Habits of Truly Genuine People
||Being authentic requires a different approach to life—here's what you need to know:
|Overcoming Negative Self-Thinking
||The task of changing schema is to unlearn the self-defeating old habit and replace it with a new, healthier one.
|Getting Focused On Life, Feelings, Hopes: A Therapy Tool
||A therapy tool which focuses on your life-events, how they impacted you, and your feelings about this....
|Is Atheism Just Another Religion?
||Do strident atheists practice a form of religious zealotry? Does atheism lead to violence? Is The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins as likely to engender violence as say religious texts rooted in genocidal hatred of non-believers?
|How OxyContin Was Allowed to Kill so Many
||How OxyContin Was Allowed to Kill so Many In a well-written article in The Week, reprinted from the Pacific Standard, Mike Mariani outlines how OxyContin, which was allegedly known to be addictive by its manufacturers, was pawned off on the public as a safe and effective, and decidedly non-addictive, painkiller....
|3 Simple but Significant Strategies for Shrinking Self-Criticism
||Many of us say mean things to ourselves on a regular basis. I’m such an idiot. I’m such a failure. I can’t believe I made such a stupid mistake! Oh, wait, yes, I can. I can’t believe I get anxious over the smallest things. Why can’t I do anything right?...
|College Students Gone Wild!
||Rather than banishing misbehaving students from campus we should try to find a path of reconciliation, restorative justice, and thoughtful learning that ultimately makes for a better, and more compassionate, community.
|Why Childhood Stress Crimps Academic Performance
||Animals from an environment full of risk remain vigilant and avoid exploring their surroundings. This promotes survival but has the indirect consequence of reducing their cognitive ability. A similar pattern applies to humans and shows up as academic under performance.
|Negative Thoughts and Positive Alternatives
||Affirmations may sound (and feel) a little stiff and unnatural at first, but don’t worry — they work anyway. Once you get the feel of affirmations, relax and develop your own style. You can begin by spending 15 minutes every day capturing your thought process on paper. Looking at your...
|Prevent Dementia: 4 Lifestyle Changes That Double Brain’s Speed
These simple lifestyle changes improve reasoning, problem-solving, processing speed and may ultimately prevent dementia.
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|At What Age Is It Hardest to Be Single? Part 1
||Recently, a reporter asked me how the experience of living single is different at different ages. Is there a time when it is especially difficult? A time when it is not that difficult at all? I remembered that a few years ago (before I started blogging for Psych Central), I...
|Increase Control, Reduce Child Anxiety – A Quick Drawing
||Having some control over the outcomes of situations in life affects levels of anxiety. For example, if your child has some control over the grade on their next test, this can translate to less anxiety. This might seem obvious, but here’s the thing that’s not apparent… just believing in the ability to...
|Ras protein regulates circadian rhythm: Effects on period length, regulation through external time cues
||Biochemists have gained new insights into the generation and maintenance of circadian rhythms. They demonstrated that the Ras protein is important for setting the phase of such a circadian clock, as its activity determines the period length of the rhythm. Ras is also contributing to induce phase-shifts in circadian rhythms in response to external time cues such as light.
|Fatal uncoupling in the epileptic brain
||Epilepsy is a very prevalent neurological disorder. Approximately one-third of patients are resistant to currently available therapies. A team of researchers has discovered a new cause to explain the development of temporal lobe epilepsy: At an early stage, astrocytes are uncoupled from each other. This results in the extracellular accumulation of potassium ions and neurotransmitters, which cause hyperexcitability of the neurons, researchers say.
|4 Warning Signs You’re Dating a Narcissist
||As a child, you probably remember the joyful feeling of receiving a holiday basket, many times (if you celebrated Easter) featuring a giant chocolate bunny, front and center. Large and beautifully wrapped in twinkly tinfoil, it was clearly the highlight of the entire gift. But chances are, once you bit...
|The 4th Lie:
||Do diets make you thinner and healthier?
|What Am I Saying About My ADHD
||You know what? I’ve written 550 posts on this blog. I’ve said a lot of things. Some of them I’ve said tongue in cheek, and some I’ve quoted from other sources. I’ve stated my opinions, but always as opinions. I’ve offered my observations, and encouraged you to share yours. I’m...
|Bipolar disorder: an invisible illness
||The reason you don’t know I’m sick is because I’ve learned to fake it. I’m sure you’ve encountered someone today that you don’t know is ill. People with invisible illnesses don’t usually go around screaming “I have an invisible illness!” or introduce themselves with “It’s nice to meet you. I...