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Preventing Mental Disorders in Children and Teens As parents, we’re trying to do a million things to promote the well-being of our children.  Mental health, though, often gets short shrift. Not all mental health disorders can be avoided (genetics do play a role here.)  But their impact can be lessened, and in some cases, prevented altogether. If...
Why Healthy Relationships Always Have Boundaries & How to In romantic relationships we often think of boundaries as a bad thing or simply unnecessary. Isn’t our partner supposed to anticipate our wants and needs? Isn’t that part of being in love? Aren’t boundaries callous? Don’t they interfere with the romance and spontaneity of a relationship? Many of Ryan Howes’s...
Focus On Attention ADHD is an acronym for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. The name is a blanket term intended to collect a spectrum of symptoms under one heading. There are in fact two distinct main manifestations of ADHD, primarily inattentive and primarily hyperactive, with the third most common being a concatenation of the...
Online Dating - The Dark Side Theses people use devious psychological ploys. Have you ever been suspicious about an online relationship?
Online Dating: The Dark Side These people use devious psychological ploys. Have you ever been suspicious about an online relationship?
A Tribute to Dr. Oliver Sacks “I am also an honorary Asperger. And I’m an honorary bipolar. I suspect we all have a bit of everything.” I recently read a letter from Dr. Oliver Sacks. At 81 years-old he has been diagnosed with metastasized ocular cancer and has only a few months left of his life....
Misdiagnosed? Am I Bipolar, or Is it Something Else? If you are experiencing emotional highs and lows, are having difficulty concentrating, can’t stop those racing thoughts, are vulnerable to rages, sometimes feel like you can do anything-literally, and/or fall into the throes of depression, you may have bipolar-then, then again, you...
The Therapeutic Relationship: 7 Things That Help It Stand When you think of therapy what comes to mind? A couch and a shrink? A stern psychiatrist who sits protected behind a desk while asking you or your loved one multiple questions? Do you think of a cold, dark office or an overly positive office with positive quotes all over...
24 hour news amnesia: How the public swiftly forgets murderers and their victims Almost eight out of ten people cannot recall the names of the UK’s most notorious serial killers, paedophiles or their victims, despite the wall-to-wall media coverage of these cases over the past decade. A majority surveyed by Birmingham City University criminologists failed to identify pictures of multiple killers Joanne Dennehy, Levi Bellfield, Rose West and ‘Suffolk Strangler’ [...]The post 24 hour news amnesia: How the public swiftly forgets murderers and their victims appeared first on PsyPost.
Skin test may shed new light on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases Scientists have discovered a skin test that may shed new light on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, according to a study released today will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., April 18 to 25, 2015. The study showed that skin biopsies can be used to detect elevated levels [...]The post Skin test may shed new light on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases appeared first on PsyPost.
Facial expression more important to conveying emotion in music than in speech Regular concert-goers are used to seeing singers use expressive and often very dramatic facial expressions. Indeed, music and speech are alike in that they use both facial and acoustic cues to engage listeners in an emotional experience. McGill researchers wondered what roles these different cues played in conveying emotions. To find out, they did an [...]The post Facial expression more important to conveying emotion in music than in speech appeared first on PsyPost.
Evolutionary approach reveals new clues toward understanding the roots of schizophrenia The very changes specific to human evolution may have come at a cost, contributing to the genetic architecture underlying schizophrenia traits in modern humans, scientists say. Their new evolutionary approach to studying the disease provides new insights into schizophrenia, and genomic targets to prioritize future studies and drug development targets.
Cyberbystanders: Most don’t try to stop online bullies In a new study, 221 college students participated in an online chat room in which they watched a fellow student get “bullied” right before their eyes. Only 10 percent of the students who noticed the abuse directly intervened, either by confronting the bully online or helping the victim. The abuse wasn’t real – the bully [...]The post Cyberbystanders: Most don’t try to stop online bullies appeared first on PsyPost.
Cross-cultural communication — much more than just a linguistic stretch If you are a Mandarin-speaker from China and want to understand how someone else is feeling, you are likely to concentrate on their voice rather than on their face. The opposite is true for English-language speakers in North America, who tend to “read” the emotions of others in their facial expressions rather than in their [...]The post Cross-cultural communication — much more than just a linguistic stretch appeared first on PsyPost.
Unexpected outcomes for elderly couples who stop driving The ability to drive can be central to a person’s identity and can be an important expression of independence. When the elderly become unable to drive, due to age or deteriorating health, their emotional well-being can decline as a result of being unable to maintain social relationships or work schedules that require travel by car. [...]The post Unexpected outcomes for elderly couples who stop driving appeared first on PsyPost.
Climate science literacy unrelated to public acceptance of human-caused global warming Deep public divisions over climate change are unrelated to differences in how well ordinary citizens understand scientific evidence on global warming. Indeed, members of the public who score the highest on a climate-science literacy test are the most politically polarized on whether human activity is causing global temperatures to rise. These were the principal findings [...]The post Climate science literacy unrelated to public acceptance of human-caused global warming appeared first on PsyPost.
Patients with mental illness less likely to receive diet, exercise advice More than half of patients with symptoms of mental illness – and nearly one-third of those who also had diabetes – said their health care providers had never told them to exercise or reduce their intake of dietary fat, according to a new study published in Diabetes Educator. The American Diabetes Association recommends that health [...]The post Patients with mental illness less likely to receive diet, exercise advice appeared first on PsyPost.
A new look at culture and its influence on individuals and organizations Whether you are an executive, an entrepreneur, or even an MBA student, the ability to bridge cultural gaps and leverage foreign ideas and opportunities is critical to success in today’s increasingly global business environment. However, this skill is more elusive than many think. How do some people collaborate effectively all around the world, while others [...]The post A new look at culture and its influence on individuals and organizations appeared first on PsyPost.
Primary care residents unlikely to detect hazardous alcohol use When it comes to detecting alcohol misuse, newly minted primary care physicians ask the wrong questions at the wrong times, according to a study led by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The study, published in the current online issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, surveyed 210 resident physicians in three family [...]The post Primary care residents unlikely to detect hazardous alcohol use appeared first on PsyPost.
We need our defense mechanisms, But we don’t need Everyone I counsel has defense mechanisms. We all do. It’s part of being human. They help us cope. Based on George Valliant’s work at Harvard, where he currently oversees the Grant Study, there are four different kinds of defense mechanisms. Some are healthy, some are not. Which ones do you...