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What is Cluster C – Dependent Personality Disorder? I recently read parts of the DSM 5 in a desperate attempt to better understand who I am, and what I have. I was diagnosed with Bipolar II a decade … ...
How to Find Accurate, Evidence-Based Information on Mood Disorders... If I had to choose just one piece of advice to give to the person disabled by depression or any mood disorder, it would be this: Work with the right professionals and seek out accurate, evidence-based information. In 2006, having spent years absorbing inaccurate information … ...
The Mindset that Makes it Hard to Admit You're Wrong People make mistakes all the time, but for many of us, admitting to them is painful and hard. Figuring out how to apologize can at least get you on the right pathway.
Family Dysfunction: How Therapists Get the Whole Story Therapists have several useful techniques for getting shameful, protective, or guilty patients to open up and tell the whole story regarding dysfunction in their families.
World Down Syndrome Day: Children Speak (Video)  “In every cell in the human body there is a nucleus, where genetic material is stored in genes. Genes carry the codes responsible for all of our inherited traits and … ...
How the brain sees the world in 3-D We live in a three-dimensional world, but everything we see is first recorded on our retinas in only two dimensions. So how does the brain represent 3-D information? In a new study, researchers for the first time have shown how different parts of the brain represent an object's location in depth compared to its 2-D location.
Numerosity in humans, birds and fish are based in brain's subcortex A cognitive neuroscience, through study, has addressed basic research questions about how our brains process number and magnitude and how such processes give rise to more complex mathematical thinking, answering the question: where in the brain is numerical quantity evaluation processed?
How "Daily Uplifts" Can Counter Depression When we're depressed we tend to think that nothing will lift our mood. Results from a new study suggest otherwise.
Why Panic? A Guide to the Perplexed Teen These days it seems everyone is in a panic. From young to old there is too much scary stimuli out there. Some kinds of panic stem from our mammalian fight … ...
Leather and Low Self-Esteem I’ve been watching more comedians on Netflix recently. Some shows I find quite funny. Others, not so much. I guess it is normal and acceptable to use yourself as an easy … ...
Today I Love Early Morning Activities Today I love early morning activities like getting up to go walking at 6AM. I love that I walked for 40 minutes, though I didn’t do the weighted arm curls … ...
Twelve Steps Behind Bars “Oh, I’m dead sober, Andy, but I s’pect I’ll get over it.” — Otis Campbell Anyone who grew up in America in the 1960s recognizes the name Otis Campbell. Mayberry’s … ...
During learning, neurons deep in brain engage in a surprising level of activity Researchers have learned something surprising about the cerebellum, perhaps best known as the part of the brain that makes sure you cannot tickle yourself. The team found that cerebellar neurons, once thought to fire only occasionally, are actually quite active when the brain is learning a new task.
Mouse study identifies new method for treating depression Standard antidepressant medications don't work for everyone, and even when they do they are slow to kick in. In an effort to find better depression treatments, researchers discovered that inhibiting an enzyme called Glyoxalase 1 (GLO1) relieves signs of depression in mice. Moreover, inhibiting GLO1 worked much faster than the conventional antidepressant Prozac.
Infections during pregnancy may interfere with genes linked to prenatal brain development If a mother picks up an infection during pregnancy, her immune system will kick into action to clear the infection -- but this self-defense mechanism may also have a small influence how her child's brain develops in the womb, in ways that are similar to how the brain develops in autism spectrum disorders. Now, an international team of researchers has shown why this may be the case.
Explaining more about Mindfulness-Based Empowerment Practices... The beauty of Mindfulness-Based Empowerment Practice (MBEP) is that, unlike sitting mindfulness practices like vipassana, or dynamic concentration practices like tai chi or yoga, MBEP does not necessitate setting aside … ...
#239 Gender Identity and Irrefutable Biology Young people and millennials are exploring the fluidity of gender in ways that have never before entered the public consciousness. The recent article in Time Magazine (March 27, 2017) describes … ...
Best of Our Blogs: March 21, 2017 This time of year, many are preparing for spring break. Vacations are a much needed resolve from the day to day hustle and bustle. But gone are the days when you had a mandatory week off. What do you do if you’re not going anywhere, but … ...
The Self Illusion and Psychotherapy The self is an illusion and, as I noted in a recent paper published in Australasian Psychiatry, we can tailor psychotherapy to highjack the mechanisms that create it.
Personality traits have no influence on initial romantic attraction, study finds New research published in the European Journal of Personality indicates that perceived personality traits play no role in romantic interest when first being introduced to someone. In the study, 335 college students watched videos of potential romantic partners of the opposite sex talking about themselves. The participants rated the potential partners’ personality traits and physical attractiveness, [...]