|A State of Psychiatric Emergency
||Psychiatry is fast approaching a death spiral which we as a society may not be able to recover from. In many residencies, psychotherapy is not even being taught. Many psychotherapists of all professions have been intimidated by specious neuro-biochemical theories, while others have simply given up. And now, there aren’t many remaining good therapists in practice anymore.
|How to Rebalance an Out-of-balanced Life
||Looking at the titles of the lead articles that are currently featured prominently on the front cover of a lot of popular magazines, it’s hard not to notice the proliferation of pieces that have to do with the importance of living a balanced life. These articles usually warn the reader...
|Beyond Eating, Beyond Money
||Dostoyevsky once described money as “coined liberty” (1915, 16). Indeed, money is independence. But what is money? All money is reducible to one and the same currency: energy. That’s what flows through us, what moves us, and what motivates us. Money energizes because money is energy. The American greenback is a...
|Do You Dare to Pop This Question?
||Be careful what you ask, you may get an answer. After an evening of sharing the living room sofa together while they watched a romantic movie, Brandon turned to his partner Kim, to whom he’d been married for nearly thirty years and asked, “If you met me today, would you...
|Working Out of a Creative Slump, Literally
||More often than not the advice I’m given when I hit a creative slump is to do more creative things. Make a collage. Write in my journal. Draw or doodle. Read a book or watch a movie. Find a new way to reorganize or rearrange my workspace. But when I’m...
|How To Make SAMSHA’s “Health Homes” Work for the
||Done right, health homes could provide a needed “home base” for people with chronic health conditions or impairing mental health conditions to coordinate care. ...
|Curcumin's ability to fight Alzheimer's studied
||One of the most promising new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease may already be in your kitchen. Curcumin, a natural product found in the spice turmeric, has been used by many Asian cultures for centuries, and a new study indicates a close chemical analog of curcumin has properties that may make it useful as a treatment for the brain disease.
|The Therapist That Didn’t Show Up For His Sessions
||What if your therapist was missing in action?...
|What it Means to be Divergent
||When I looked up the definition of “divergent,” I found these interpretations: a) having no finite limits (a mathematical expression). b) tending to be different or develop in different directions. c) farther apart at their tops than at their bases (of plant organs). I was doing this, of course, because over...
|A Strange Depression Symptom That Most People Don’t Know
This tip may help people who are feeling depressed.
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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|Do viruses make us smarter?
||Inherited viruses that are millions of years old play an important role in building up the complex networks that characterize the human brain, researchers say. They have found that retroviruses seem to play a central role in the basic functions of the brain, more specifically in the regulation of which genes are to be expressed, and when.
|Drug for Lou Gehrig’s disease boosts radiation effectiveness in melanoma laboratory models with brain metastasis
||A drug used to treat Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) helps radiation be more effective when it was administered to laboratory models with melanoma that had metastasized to the brain, researchers have demonstrated.
|What Does It Mean To Be Resilient?
||The longer we live, the more we are confronted by serious challenges, such as life-threatening or debilitating illnesses and losses of spouse and other loved ones. When confronted by catastrophic loss, some people collapse into a hopeless, helpless, state of mind, often relying on alcohol or other addictions, while resilient...
|Computers judge personality better than friends
||By analyzing "likes" on Facebook, a computer model deduced a person's character on five key traits better than brothers, mothers and even some partners.
|How optimism might be good for your heart
||New research links a positive attitude with better cardiovascular health.
|Mobile phone separation anxiety is real
||Study shows that the effects of being separated from one's phone turns out to be both psychological and physiological.
|Naps may be good for a baby's learning
||A new study suggests that sleeping after learning and memorizing aids infants in retaining new information.
|Brain protein aids influenza recovery, scientists find
||A brain protein that boosts the healing power of sleep and speeds an animal's recovery from the flu has been discovered by researchers who say that the discovery could lead to alternative treatments for influenza and other infectious diseases, possibly by using intranasal sprays to stimulate the production of the brain protein, called AcPb.
|The brain thinks, the spinal cord implements: Research team identifies important control mechanisms for walking
||Even after complete spinal paralysis, the human spinal cord is able to trigger activity in the leg muscles using electrical pulses from an implanted stimulator. Now researchers have succeeded in identifying the mechanisms the spinal cord uses to control this muscle activity. These mechanisms still work even if the neural pathways from the brain are physically interrupted as the result of a spinal cord injury. This is the first time throughout the world that the spinal-cord activation patterns for walking have been decoded.
|Reasons We Don’t Reach for the Stars
||You have the talent, the energy, and the gifts to fulfill your dreams. Don’t let yourself or anyone else talk you out of going for them.