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Does Your Client Have a Problem With Love Addiction? It’s March. Valentine’s Day is a distant memory and wedding season looms. Essentially, this is the time when psychotherapy clients often want to review and discuss their romantic relationships. For clients who struggle with problematic behavioral choices related to love, attachment and intimacy, in particular love addiction (also known as romance...
Overcoming Fear of Looking for a Job Practical ways to get past your fear of putting yourself out there.
Antisocial Personality Disorder According to Medline Plus “antisocial personality disorder is a mental health condition in which a person has a long-term pattern of manipulating, exploiting, or violating the rights of others. This behavior is often criminal” (www.nim.nih.gov). People with this disorder have no regard for right and wrong and disregard the feelings...
Scientists say psychedelic drugs like LSD are much less harmful than alcohol The use of psychedelic drugs does not increase a person’s risk of developing mental health problems, according to new research published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Norwegian clinical psychologist Pål-Ørjan Johansen and neuroscientist Teri Suzanne Krebs said the findings show that most of the claims about the harms from psychedelic drugs like LSD, “magic” psilocybe [...]The post Scientists say psychedelic drugs like LSD are much less harmful than alcohol appeared first on PsyPost.
Achieving gender equality in science, engineering and medicine Gender equality has not yet been achieved in science, medicine, and engineering, but The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF), through its Initiative on Women in Science and Engineering, is committed to making sure progress is made. NYSCF convened the Inaugural Meeting of its Initiative on Women in Science and Engineering (IWISE) Working Group in [...]The post Achieving gender equality in science, engineering and medicine appeared first on PsyPost.
Autistic features linked to prenatal exposure to fire retardants, phthalate chemicals Exposure during pregnancy to a combination of fire retardant chemicals and phthalate chemicals–both present in the average home–can contribute to autistic-like behaviors in the offspring, according to an animal study to be presented Thursday at the Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego. “Our research points to potentially preventable causes of autism, which remains [...]The post Autistic features linked to prenatal exposure to fire retardants, phthalate chemicals appeared first on PsyPost.
Yale researchers map ‘switches’ that shaped the evolution of the human brain Thousands of genetic “dimmer” switches, regions of DNA known as regulatory elements, were turned up high during human evolution in the developing cerebral cortex, according to new research from the Yale School of Medicine. Unlike in rhesus monkeys and mice, these switches show increased activity in humans, where they may drive the expression of genes [...]The post Yale researchers map ‘switches’ that shaped the evolution of the human brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Poverty, not the ‘teenage brain’ account for high rates of teen crime While many blame the “teenage brain” for high rates of teen crime, violence, and driving incidents, an important factor has been ignored: teenagers as a group suffer much higher average poverty rates than do older adults. A new study out today in SAGE Open finds that teenagers are no more naturally crime-prone than any other [...]The post Poverty, not the ‘teenage brain’ account for high rates of teen crime appeared first on PsyPost.
6 Things I Learned from ‘Breaking Up’ With Managed It was a scary step to resign from all insurance panels! I wasn’t aware of any therapists who had built a fee-for-service practice in my area. The things I learned in the process of were better than I had expected. When my practice Wasatch Family Therapy transitioned from managed care...
Which of These Four Stories Do You Tell Yourself Paul Sullivan wrote an interesting New York Times piece, “Stressed by Money? Get on the Couch” about people going through “financial therapy” to get a better grip on their emotions and behavior around money. Certainly, from what I’ve seen, the relationships among money, happiness, and habits are extraordinarily complex. Sullivan cites...
Obesity is associated with brain’s opioid receptors Researchers at Aalto University and University of Turku have revealed how obesity is associated with altered opioid neurotransmission in the brain. New research reveals how obesity is associated with altered functioning of brain’s opioid system, which is intimately involved in generating pleasurable sensations.  Researchers found that obesity was associated with significantly lowered number of opioid [...]The post Obesity is associated with brain’s opioid receptors appeared first on PsyPost.
Male images seen by left side of the brain, new study finds A new study published today in the journal Laterality, has found that people are quicker to categorise a face as being male when it is shown to the left side of the brain. The team of researchers from the University of Surrey analysed the responses from 42 volunteers, who were asked to focus on a [...]The post Male images seen by left side of the brain, new study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
How to Alter Brain Chemistry with your Beliefs Disclaimer: Although the title to this post sounds like personal growth hype, it isn’t. The scientific research cited is legitimate. The real life application discussed at the end of the article may prove very helpful, but contains a flaw, as you will gather from my self-reported experiments. If you could...
Oxytocin nasal spray causes men to eat fewer calories A synthetic nasal formulation of the hormone oxytocin reduced caloric intake in healthy men, particularly consumption of fatty foods, after a single treatment, a new study finds. The results, to be presented Sunday at The Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego, confirm those of animal studies showing oxytocin reduces food intake. Oxytocin nasal [...]The post Oxytocin nasal spray causes men to eat fewer calories appeared first on PsyPost.
Scientists find reliance on smartphones is linked to lazy thinking Our smartphones help us find a phone number quickly, provide us with instant directions and recommend restaurants, but new research indicates that this convenience at our fingertips is making it easy for us to avoid thinking for ourselves. The study, from researchers at the University of Waterloo and published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, [...]The post Scientists find reliance on smartphones is linked to lazy thinking appeared first on PsyPost.
Antibodies that attack brain proteins may trigger psychosis Antibodies defend the body against bacterial, viral, and other invaders. But sometimes the body makes antibodies that attack healthy cells. In these cases, autoimmune disorders develop. Immune abnormalities in patients with psychosis have been recognized for over a century, but it has been only relatively recently that scientists have identified specific immune mechanisms that seem [...]The post Antibodies that attack brain proteins may trigger psychosis appeared first on PsyPost.
Two Little Words That Can Change Your Life Have you ever found your mind preoccupied by the myriad of tasks that have piled up on your desk, even before you get to work each day? As your mind recites each task, counting them off rapidly, your breathing quickens, your pulse starts to accelerate and you may even feel an overwhelming feeling of dread. […]
Family interventions reduce smoking rates in children and adolescents A global review by Canada’s University of Calgary and QUT into the effectiveness of family-based programs has found these programs can be highly effective in stopping children from taking up smoking. The findings have just been published in the Cochrane Library of the Cochrane Collaboration, a world-wide independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates [...]The post Family interventions reduce smoking rates in children and adolescents appeared first on PsyPost.
Human brains age less than previously thought, study finds Older brains may be more similar to younger brains than previously thought. In a new paper published in Human Brain Mapping, BBSRC-funded researchers at the University of Cambridge and Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit demonstrate that previously reported changes in the ageing brain using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) may be due [...]The post Human brains age less than previously thought, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Do Our Physical Actions Influence Our Opinions? Can holding a pen in your mouth lead you to see cartoons as more or less funny?