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The Struggle of Making a Living with Schizophrenia It’s an all too common fact that a good majority of homeless people have some kind of mental illness. Whether it’s diagnosed or not there’s a good chance that the reason they’re on the street is because they can’t hack living in today’s society. The economy is hard for everyone...
When You and Your Partner Fight It’s an inescapable truth that you and your partner will argue or fight. Often in therapy, I see that couples are unable to resolve a conflict, especially if it is regarding what renowned couples therapists Drs. John and Julie Gottman call “gridlock issues.” When this happens, couples often argue, then...
When Love Hurts This is a story of two little birds, both cockatiels. It’s about a kind of love that is destructive. It’s about when love hurts. It’s also about healing, growing, and changing. Once there were  two cockatiels who came to a rescue from a hoarding situation. One was named Mama Bird, and one...
The Game of Martyrdom and Its Effects The truth hurts, but lies destroy. Playing games is a way of lying to yourself and others while also avoiding the truth. This has an immediate positive effect on your life, and there are also a number of other benefits.  But eventually, like all games, it creates more conflict. Take...
Love and Wealth are Not Enough What’s the most important ingredient for a happy life? Philosophers, clergy, psychologists and researchers of all kinds have offered opinions on this question over the last five decades. Some say wealth, some say religion. Still others say family is the most important thing. But one factor emerges over and over...
Half a century of neuroscience The Lancet has a good retrospective looking back on the last 50 years of neuroscience, which in some ways, was when the field was born. Of course, the brain and nervous system has been the subject of study for hundreds, if not thousands, of years but the concept of a dedicated ‘neuroscience’ is relatively new. […]
HealthiestBlog.com: Introducing a New Website From PsyBlog’s Author PsyBlog's author introduces his new health website: HealthiestBlog.com. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Advertisement6 Foods That Fight Belly Fat Brought On By Yo-Yo Dieting. Related articles:These Everyday Foods Have a Powerful Connection With Mental Wellbeing 5 Habits Proven to Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia The Effect Being Called ‘Fat’ Has on 10-Year-Old Girls, 9 Years Later Mental Health Problems Can Shorten Life More Than Heavy Smoking Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development
Check Your Marital Privilege This article is co-authored – in alphabetical order – by Lisa Arnold, Rachel Buddeberg, Christina Campbell, and Bella DePaulo. We are cross-posting it on all of our blogs. “White privilege” and “male privilege” are familiar concepts in our cultural conversations. There is, however, another vast swath of unearned...
10 Ways to Tell How Realistic You are about Love We all hold beliefs about love and the importance it have for our happiness. This 10-item scale will tell you how realistic or unrealistic you are about what to expect from your closest romantic partners, how responsible you are for other people's happiness, and whether you're driven by the need for approval.
Psychology Around the Net: February 14, 2015 Happy Valentine’s Day, Psych Central readers! For those of you who observe Valentine’s Day, we have some interesting information about why single people actually might benefit more than those in relationships. Oh, and there’re are a few more fascinating reads — from taking a peek at some useful mental health...
Personality Traits of BDSM Practitioners: Another Look A recent study provides some new insights into the personality traits of dominant and submissive BDSM practitioners. Dominant practitioners seem to be more calm and have a greater desire for control, while submissive ones may be more emotional and introverted. Some questions remain about how these findings compare to previous studies into this fascinating world.
Sibling Rivalry: How to deal with sibling rivalry so (image by: Ken Wilcox) Sibling rivalry is one of the most challenging, frustrating, and overwhelming aspects of parenting. Kids are so often getting frustrated and annoyed of their siblings for one reason or another. Sibling rivalry can take a toll on everyone in the family. Why does this occur and...
Playing and Being Creative “Swept up by the deeper states of play, one feels balanced, creative, focused…” Diane Ackerman is a poet, essayist and naturalist who has taught at a number of universities, including Columbia and Cornell. In her book “Deep Play” she talks about being able to “play anywhere that is set off...
Marijuana use is associated with excessive daytime sleepiness in adolescents A study published by researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, found 10 percent of adolescents sent to a Sleep Center for evaluation of excessive daytime sleepiness with testing results consistent with narcolepsy had urine drug screens positive for marijuana, confounding the results. “Our findings highlight and support the important step of obtaining a urine drug screen, [...]The post Marijuana use is associated with excessive daytime sleepiness in adolescents appeared first on PsyPost.
How a wedding engagement changes Twitter feeds A researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology has used Twitter as a lens to look into the lives of nearly 1,000 people who used the site to announce their wedding engagement. By comparing tweets before and after, the study was able to determine how people changed their online personas following the proposal. Some differences [...]The post How a wedding engagement changes Twitter feeds appeared first on PsyPost.
Seven genes for X-linked intellectual disability X-linked intellectual disability is a disorder that predominantly affects men and can have highly variable clinical manifestations. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin have found seven new genes that can cause this genetic disease: Mutations of these genes on the X chromosome lead to various forms of intellectual disability. In [...]The post Seven genes for X-linked intellectual disability appeared first on PsyPost.
Study finds short-term psychological therapy reduces suicide attempts in at-risk soldiers Short-term cognitive behavioral therapy dramatically reduces suicide attempts among at-risk military personnel, according to findings from a research study that included investigators from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The two-year study, funded by the Army’s Military Operational Medicine Research Program, was conducted at Fort Carson, Colo. It involved 152 active-duty [...]The post Study finds short-term psychological therapy reduces suicide attempts in at-risk soldiers appeared first on PsyPost.
Review article provides evidence on the biological nature of gender identity Medical care of transgender patients, including surgical and hormonal treatment, has largely been met with resistance by physicians in favor of psychiatric treatment, owing to misconceptions that gender identity can be changed. According to a review article in Endocrine Practice, there is increasing evidence of a biological basis for gender identity that may change physicians’ perspective [...]The post Review article provides evidence on the biological nature of gender identity appeared first on PsyPost.
Scientist finds higher opioid doses associated with increase in depression Patients who increased doses of opioid medicines to manage chronic pain were more likely to experience an increase in depression, according to Saint Louis University findings in Pain. The study, “Change in opioid dose and change in depression in a longitudinal primary care patient cohort,” appears in the February 2015 edition of the journal. The [...]The post Scientist finds higher opioid doses associated with increase in depression appeared first on PsyPost.
WELCOME WELLNESS-Bipolar Update Welcome to my Blog! If you are someone who has been affected one way or another by Bipolar Disorder and you would like to make some sense of this challenge you are in the right place.  Perhaps you have been diagnosed with Bipolar, or you have been struggling with the...