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Psych 101: Did You Grow Up In A Home When I was a teenager, my friend, let’s call her Gina, was placed in a psychiatric hospital for a short time because she was having thoughts of harming her mother. People saw Gina as troubled. Yet, I had been over to her house many times and her drunk, wasted mom would...
Post Your Question for Irvin Yalom Spoiler alert: You will have a chance to submit a question for Irvin Yalom and join a Book Club on his latest book! Have you ever been reading an amazing book and wished you could come through the pages and ask a question directly? As I was reading an advanced...
Blood vessels in older brains break down, possibly leading to Alzheimer's Researchers used high-resolution imaging of the living human brain to show for the first time that the brain's protective blood barrier becomes leaky with age, starting at the hippocampus, a critical learning and memory center that is damaged by Alzheimer's disease.
How the brain stores trivial memories, just in case Study shows that memory is an adaptive process, continually updating itself according to what knowledge may be important in the future.
Parents may be able to lower kids' autism risk With the help of videos and trained therapists, parents of at-risk kids may eventually help their toddlers to avoid an autism diagnosis.
True Greatness: The Pain of Hidden Illness I had a very good friend named Mary who suffered from a disease called Lupus. Lupus can be a mild disease, or it can be horrific and fatal. It can go from mild to severe, back to mild again. My friend was very sick, and we’d often talk about how...
Editing the brain: How new epigenetic tools could rewrite our understanding of memory and more Epigenetic changes are implicated in a host of neural conditions, from Alzheimer's-related memory loss to depression. Now, a revolutionary set of molecular editing tools is allowing scientists to alter the epigenome like never before.
Fill in the Blank: X Is a Good Servant I love to collect variations on phrases, such as the “X is the new Y”; “Orange is the new black”; “Breakfast is the new lunch”; “Forties are the new thirties”; “Halloween is the new Christmas”; or — and I was inspired by this one for Happier at Home — “September is the...
Has College Become Dangerous for Students? A great deal of press attention has focused on the problematic and often unethical behavior of college students in recent years. Campus sexual assaults, excessive drinking, and academic cheating scandals have been headline news impacting even our nation’s most elite universities. What can we do to improve college student behavior and maximize good ethical decision making?
The Power of Lists We all have things we need to do on a day-to-day basis. These can range from huge work tasks to simple little things like showering, eating three meals and brushing your teeth. I may be speculating here but even the small responsibilities are tough for people with a mental illness....
Research Confirms That Men Are, In Fact, Idiots An investigation of winners of the Darwin Award, which highlights extreme, foolish risk-taking behavior, compared the frequency of "winners" who are male vs. female. The study found a statistically significant greater number of men than women among the winners. Researchers say the findings confirm "Male Idiot Theory."
This is What Childhood Trauma Does To Human Longevity The effects of a stressful early childhood on critical biological processes. 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:The Healthiest Way to Deal With Memories of a Traumatic Childhood Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development Childhood Poverty and Stress Harms Adult Brain Function Effects of Childhood Bullying Last at Least 40 Years Mental Health Problems Can Shorten Life More Than Heavy Smoking
The Heart of Effective Leadership Research sheds light on three surprising qualities of a successful leader.
Nice Guys Finish Last Sign: (Welcome to Dinner) Caption: Nice: It’s a delicacy I start a three-day Leadership Academy training. I thought it would be a good time to post some Mental Health Humor cartoons that have been sitting for a bit.  To warm you up, this cold January day, may be this cartoon titled “Nice Guys Finish Last” will...
Slow Emotional Eating Slow eating is when you try to eat slowly. Slow eating is a form of mindful eating. It is relaxing, it is self-soothing, it is self-indulgent. You take your time. You put the utensils down in between the bites. You look around and sip wine as you go. You enjoy...
Amazing Website Predicts All Your Political Opinions!* I've posted an interactive tool that shows how various features (race, religion, gender, education, etc.) relate to a range of political opinions (abortion, same-sex marriage, immigration, healthcare, etc.). Don't let a focus on your own views get in the way of learning about fascinating patterns in the data.
5 Tips for Finding Love with a Mental Illness Dating can bring joy and passion or make you feel lonely and misunderstood. When you add a mental illness into the mix, things can get even more complicated — if you let them. But you’re hardly alone in your confusion. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, in any...
Refresher Course On ADHD I’ve been doing some writing about ADHD the last five days or so. No, not this blog. Well, not just this blog. I’ve been engaged to write a few articles on the subject. And I’m learning some things, relearning some things, and remembering some things. I’ve been reminded of how...
The Power of Online Presence: Blogger Dawn Friedman uses Discover how some very successful mental health professionals use blogging, social media, and other technologies as powerful tools for their therapy practices. Dawn Friedman, MSEd LPC, is a clinical counselor specializing in issues surrounding family building, including infertility, adoption, pregnancy, and parenting. An early adopter of technology, Dawn started a blog that became the...
How To Reduce Stress When Pitching To Studio Execs Pitching a movie or TV show is one of the most anxiety-provoking experiences a writer will go through.  The people you pitch to are from a different planet.  They are either studio, network or production company executives. They wear suits.  They’re more formal and more formidable than most affable writers...