|Don’t Run From It: What Adversity Can Teach You
|| There is no shortage of adversity. In fact, recent data from the National Institute of Mental Health reports that 6 out of 10 women and 5 out of 10 men will face one or more major crisis in their lifetime. And when they do, there will be plenty...
||When you have a mental illness, some days are better than others. When you are a living person, some days are better than others. With bipolar disorder there are periods professionals refer to as “remission,” a time when you may be asymptomatic. You are neither depressed nor manic. You hum...
|A Fun Way to Shape the New Year: Pick a One-Word Theme
||I love New Year’s resolutions — and I’m not the only one. Some 44% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. There’s one kind of resolution that I particularly love: identifying one idea, often summarized in just one word, as an overarching theme for the entire year. My sister often does...
|Dear Daughter: 5 Life Lessons for My Child
|| As my daughter enters the middle of her eighth year, she is changing and growing rapidly. She vacillates between the feelings and needs of a child, and the desires of independence of a young teen. Eight years old is an age of rapid maturation for many children. She picks...
|Imaging study finds first evidence of neuroinflammation in brains of chronic pain patients
||A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has found, for the first time, evidence of neuroinflammation in key regions of the brains of patients with chronic pain. By showing that levels of an inflammation-linked protein are elevated in regions known to be involved in the transmission of pain, the study published online in [...]The post Imaging study finds first evidence of neuroinflammation in brains of chronic pain patients appeared first on PsyPost.
|Scientists discover gene tied to profound vision loss
||An exhaustive hereditary analysis of a large Louisiana family with vision issues has uncovered a new gene tied to an incurable eye disorder called retinitis pigmentosa, according to an examination led by scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). It is a family of eye diseases that affects more than [...]The post Scientists discover gene tied to profound vision loss appeared first on PsyPost.
|Islamic fundamentalism is not a marginal phenomenon in Europe
||Last week’s attacks in Paris, committed in the name of a god, reopen a badly-healed scar in Europe. The world once again turns towards religious fundamentalism. A new study shows that hostility towards other out-groups is not an isolated phenomenon among Muslims living in Europe; but nor is it a synonym of violence. According to [...]The post Islamic fundamentalism is not a marginal phenomenon in Europe appeared first on PsyPost.
|Adolescents who sleep poorly and insufficiently may develop alcohol and drug problems
||Sleep difficulties and insufficient sleep are common among American youth. Prior research has shown that poor sleep can predict alcohol-related problems and illicit drug use among adolescents and young adults in high-risk samples. A new study has found that sleep difficulties and hours of sleep can predict a number of specific problems, including binge drinking, [...]The post Adolescents who sleep poorly and insufficiently may develop alcohol and drug problems appeared first on PsyPost.
|Exploring the use of alcohol-interactive prescription medication among US drinkers
||Approximately 71 percent of American adults drink alcohol. While alcohol interacts negatively with a number of commonly prescribed medications, little is known on a population level about the use of alcohol-interactive (AI) prescription medication among US drinkers. A new study has found that almost 42 percent of drinkers in the US population have used one [...]The post Exploring the use of alcohol-interactive prescription medication among US drinkers appeared first on PsyPost.
|Research Reveals Key to Make Learning Easier
||The human mind is an intricate marvel of complexity and adaptability. Yet there are undertakings that seem relatively easy to some people, but prove to be a tremendous challenge to others. What determines if a new task is easy or difficult to learn? In NLP, we draw on existing, familiar,...
|Concussions aren’t only a medical issue
||The sports media has a fascination with concussions. Not only is there a huge volume of stories about the issue, but there’s also an urgency to the tone of the reporting. The heightened coverage has served to increase awareness of the concussion problem and encourage public debate about sport, health and safety. But what’s often [...]The post Concussions aren’t only a medical issue appeared first on PsyPost.
|How Taking a Vacation Can Bring Relief
||Ever since the New Year, I’ve bogged myself down in worries. There have been worries about work, about relationships, about friends and about social anxiety. It got to the point where I was obsessing about things I couldn’t change, losing sleep over insignificant details. Finally, I decided it would be...
|Introversion Versus Shyness: Drawing a Line in the Sand
||I’ve heard these two words used interchangeably, perhaps because being introverted often goes hand in hand with staying home a lot. But there is a big distinction between the two. If you don’t recognize that, social anxiety can take control of your life. I used to use introversion as an...
|The Soft Animal of the Body
||Let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. — Mary Oliver Bessel van der Kolk’s 2014 book, The Body Keeps the Score, reminds me of how strongly both my physical and mental condition have been shaped by trauma. Spinal arthritis, abdominal pain, chronic muscle aches, fatigue, depression,...
|Sleep difficulties in adolescents can predict alcohol, drug problems
||Sleep difficulties and insufficient sleep are common among American youth. New research has found that sleep difficulties can predict specific substance-related problems. Problems include binge drinking, driving under the influence of alcohol, and risky sexual behavior. Overtiredness in childhood has also directly predicted the presence of binge drinking, blackouts, driving after drinking alcohol, and number of lifetime alcohol problems in young adulthood.
|Pre-sleep drinking disrupts sleep
||For individuals who drink before sleeping, alcohol initially acts as a sedative -- marked by the delta frequency electroencephalogram (EEG) activity of Slow Wave Sleep (SWS) -- but is later associated with sleep disruption. A study of the effects of alcohol on sleep EEG power spectra in college students has found that pre-sleep drinking not only causes an initial increase in SWS-related delta power but also causes an increase in frontal alpha power, which is thought to reflect disturbed sleep.
|Adolescents who sleep poorly, insufficiently may develop alcohol, drug problems
||Sleep difficulties and insufficient sleep are common among American youth. New research has found that sleep difficulties can predict specific substance-related problems.Problems include binge drinking, driving under the influence of alcohol, and risky sexual behavior.
|How To Help Infants Learn and Remember
Infants could remember a new skill a day later.
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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|Fighting for those who need it most
||There are warriors for mental wellness in many fields, fighting for better treatment and working to defy stigma.
|Bridging the Gap – Moving into Full Time Private
||You have a job and while it’s a paycheck, it truly doesn’t satisfy. You have a deep desire for independence and flexibility. You dream of it just being you in private practice. No one to answer to but yourself. But it doesn’t feel like you just quit your job today...