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Is Friendship in Decline? Face-to-face conversations extending over decades is indeed evaporating.
When Will The World Catch Up To ADHD? A million years ago, when I was a computer programmer and then a technician, I used to see the world of technology as being at three distinct levels of advancement. Basically, there were systems on the third level, in homes and offices where mundane jobs were performed. Then there were...
7 Steps to Free Your Child from Anxiety I had my share of panic attacks as a kid. Especially over schoolwork. I was dead sure, absolutely positive, that I would never ever be able to complete the assignment, pass the test, and get forwarded to the next grade. Because I was so stupid, I thought, I would have...
Fluctuating existence The Neurologist has a fascinating case report of a women with Parkinson’s disease who experienced a fluctuating belief that she didn’t exist. Cotard’s delusion is usually described as the ‘belief that you’re dead’ although Jules Cotard, for whom the delusion is named, defined it as a délire des négations – the delusion of negation, or […]
Bipolar- What’s so funny? I just opened a new tab in my browser and was going to type in the term “bipolar journals,” but I only got as far as “bipolar j.” The suggestion I was given was “bipolar jokes.” I wasn’t sure what to do with that. Is it funny? Should I be...
Family based interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed preadolescents A recent study published in the March 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry finds that Family Based Interpersonal Psychotherapy (FB-IPT) is more effective in treating preadolescent children with depression compared to child-centered therapy (CCT). Preadolescents with depressive disorders may be under-diagnosed and go untreated because those presenting for [...]The post Family based interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed preadolescents appeared first on PsyPost.
Adolescents are Prone to Love Addiction If someone falls in love and believes her love may be requited, parts of her brain take on the chemistry of a brain on cocaine.
Air pollution linked to slower cognitive development in children Attendance at schools exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollution is linked to slower cognitive development among 7-10-year-old children in Barcelona, according to a study published by Jordi Sunyer and colleagues from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), Spain, published in this week’s PLOS Medicine. The researchers measured three cognitive outcomes (working [...]The post Air pollution linked to slower cognitive development in children appeared first on PsyPost.
Scientists find a defect responsible for memory impairment in aging Everyone worries about losing their memory as they grow older–memory loss remains one of the most common complaints of the elderly. But the molecular reasons behind the processes remain unclear, particularly those associated with advancing age. Now, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered a mechanism that causes long-term [...]The post Scientists find a defect responsible for memory impairment in aging appeared first on PsyPost.
One Way Employers Can See the Real You Last week’s cartoon was about how to reject a proposal with kindness, (although some might call it narcissism.) All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2015.  My Donna Barstow site is here. And you can Like me on Facebook to get notified of new cartoons as I...
An OCEAN Far Away: Big 5 Personality Factors in Star Wars Which Star characters characters are the most open to experience while others are set in their ways? Who's the most conscientious or lackadaisy? Who are the extraverts, who's most agreeable, and who's most neurotic? Help rate the characters in order to find out together.
Thinking Errors: 7 Signs You Are Communicating All Wrong How do you communicate with those you care about, your co-workers, and your friends? Do you show them different sides of yourself or are you always the same person? Do you believe that there are rules to communication? Many of my clients simply believe that communication does not entail a...
Nice to sniff you: Handshakes may engage our sense of smell Why do people shake hands? A new Weizmann Institute study suggests one of the reasons for this ancient custom may be to check out each other’s odors. Even if we are not consciously aware of this, handshaking may provide people with a socially acceptable way of communicating via the sense of smell. Not only do [...]The post Nice to sniff you: Handshakes may engage our sense of smell appeared first on PsyPost.
Time to just say no to behavior-calming drugs for Alzheimer patients? Experts say yes Doctors write millions of prescriptions a year for drugs to calm the behavior of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. But non-drug approaches actually work better, and carry far fewer risks, experts conclude in a new report. In fact, non-drug approaches should be the first choice for treating dementia patients’ common symptoms [...]The post Time to just say no to behavior-calming drugs for Alzheimer patients? Experts say yes appeared first on PsyPost.
Stress markers in the unemployed linked to poor health Research from the ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies at UCL suggests direct biological effects of stress during unemployment may help explain the increased mortality and morbidity among jobseekers. The study used biological signatures in blood samples called inflammatory markers, which are influenced by stress and are clinically important because mildly raised levels predict atherosclerosis [...]The post Stress markers in the unemployed linked to poor health appeared first on PsyPost.
Study shows poor heart function could be major risk for Alzheimer’s disease A healthier heart could prevent Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The study, published online Feb. 19 in Circulation, associates heart function with the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Participants with decreased heart function, measured by cardiac index, were two to three times more likely to develop significant memory [...]The post Study shows poor heart function could be major risk for Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Scientists map memorable tunes in the rat brain Lights, sound, action: we are constantly learning how to incorporate outside sensations into our reactions in specific situations. In a new study, brain scientists have mapped changes in communication between nerve cells as rats learned to make specific decisions in response to particular sounds. The team then used this map to accurately predict the rats’ [...]The post Scientists map memorable tunes in the rat brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Bans don’t help smokers quit, study finds Smokers have become accustomed to stepping outside at bars and restaurants. But has the change in rules governing enclosed public places inspired enough of them to smoke less behind their own closed doors or maybe even quit altogether? These questions were posed in research recently published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, in which a team [...]The post Bans don’t help smokers quit, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Early life stress may cause excess serotonin release resulting in a serotonin deficit Studies indicate that the majority of people with mood and anxiety disorders who receive the most commonly prescribed class of antidepressant medications, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRI’s, are not helped by these medications. SSRIs are designed to increase serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that is key to maintenance of mood. Researchers led by [...]The post Early life stress may cause excess serotonin release resulting in a serotonin deficit appeared first on PsyPost.
Larry Sanders & the Need for Understanding Larry Sanders, the former Milwaukee Bucks basketball player, recently disclosed that he’d taken a leave of absence from the team in order to be treated for depression and anxiety. He later took a buyout of his contract and currently is not playing anywhere in the NBA. Someone I used to...