|Bipolar and Physical Health
||When I was first diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and for the last four years, I have let Bipolar dictate my life. Sure, I thought I had my symptoms under control but they kept popping their ugly heads into my daily life. I take my medication like I’m supposed to, but...
|Key discovery to preventing blindness, stroke devastation
||Gene interactions that determine whether cells live or die in such conditions as age-related macular degeneration and ischemic stroke have been discovered by researchers. These common molecular mechanisms in vision and brain integrity can prevent blindness and also promote recovery from a stroke.
|The Alcoholic Drink That Could Help Fight Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases
Study finds compound in this alcoholic drink may have protective effect against neurodegenerative diseases.
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
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|Focusing on What You — And Only You — Can Give
||Even though I feel much better about my body than I did years ago, even though I am taking much better care of myself than I did years ago, I still feel the pricks of comparison. When I’m in an exercise class, some days I find myself looking around. What is...
|Hard Problem defeats legendary playwright
||I’ve written a review of legendary playwright Tom Stoppard’s new play The Hard Problem at the National Theatre, where he tackles neuroscience and consciousness – or at least thinks he does. The review is in The Psychologist and covers the themes running through Stoppard’s new work and how they combine with the subtly misfiring conceptualisation […]
|Treating Cerebral Malaria: New Molecular Target Identified
||A drug already approved for treating other diseases may be useful as a treatment for cerebral malaria, according to researchers who discovered a novel link between food intake during the early stages of infection and the outcome of the disease, identifying two molecular pathways that could serve as new targets for treatment.
|Best of Our Blogs: January 30, 2015
||Imagine trying to live your life normally when you have an injured knee, physical illness or disease. We do the same with emotional problems we try to avoid. We try, for example, to pretend like we can do it all. We blindly hope we don’t need that medication anymore, that we’ll start taking...
|ADHD And Sleep
||ADHD is such a varied thing. There’s a grab bag of symptoms and you don’t always get the whole bag. Sometimes things that are supposed to be symptoms are so not for you that they make you wonder whether the doc was right. I know at least two people with...
|Grow Into Your Best Self–Change Your Mindset
||Is your mindset holding you back? Is it keeping you locked into a certain view of yourself, your children, your partner, your life? Is it keeping you from who you want to be in the life you want to lead? Mindsets are simple beliefs that shape how we see ourselves...
|Binge-watching TV helps some people beat the blues
||For all the warnings about extreme couch potato behavior, it also may be a way for some people who feel depressed or lonely to beat the blues.
|Brain inflammation linked to clinical depression
||Researchers show that brain inflammation is linked to depressive symptoms such as low mood, loss of appetite and inability to sleep.
|Panic attack myths
||Psychologist highlights several common misconceptions people believe about panic.
|Complex environments push ‘brain’ evolution
||Little animations trying to master a computer game are teaching neuroscience researchers how the brain evolves when faced with difficult tasks. Neuroscientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have programmed animated critters that they call “animats.” The critters have a rudimentary neural system made of eight nodes: two sensors, two motors, and [...]The post Complex environments push ‘brain’ evolution appeared first on PsyPost.
|She thinks friends, he thinks sex: This classic miscommunication appears baked into our psyche
||Imagine the following scenario: a woman and a man are having a conversation. She is interested in the conversation, and is friendly, smiling and warm. He interprets her behavior as sexual interest. Or maybe: a man is sexually attracted to a woman he has just met, and signals this in various ways. She thinks that [...]The post She thinks friends, he thinks sex: This classic miscommunication appears baked into our psyche appeared first on PsyPost.
|Common pesticide may increase risk of ADHD
||A commonly used pesticide may alter the development of the brain’s dopamine system — responsible for emotional expression and cognitive function – and increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, according to a new Rutgers study. The research published Wednesday in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology [...]The post Common pesticide may increase risk of ADHD appeared first on PsyPost.
|Study finds texting may be more suitable than apps in treatment of mental illness
||Texting may be a more suitable treatment aid for those with mental illness than mobile applications. This is the key finding of a new study led by researchers from Clemson University in collaboration with researchers from Indiana University and the Centerstone Research Institute. The study was published in the journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. According [...]The post Study finds texting may be more suitable than apps in treatment of mental illness appeared first on PsyPost.
|Affluence more fluid than once thought — but a few troubling exceptions remain
||Here’s some good news for the New Year: According to new research by Washington University in St. Louis and Cornell University, there’s a 1 in 9 chance that a typical American will hit the jackpot and join the wealthiest 1 percent for at least one year in her or his working life. And now the [...]The post Affluence more fluid than once thought — but a few troubling exceptions remain appeared first on PsyPost.
|Obesity and diabetes symptoms in mice improved by reversing brain inflammation
||Using an antioxidant to reverse inflammation in the brain caused by a high-fat diet greatly improves symptoms related to obesity and type II diabetes, a new study from New Zealand’s University of Otago suggests. The research, which appears in the leading international journal Diabetes, was led by Dr Alex Tups of the University’s Centre for [...]The post Obesity and diabetes symptoms in mice improved by reversing brain inflammation appeared first on PsyPost.
|Public and scientists express strikingly different views about science-related issues
||Despite similar views about the overall place of science in America, the general public and scientists often see science-related issues through a different lens, according to a new pair of surveys by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The report finds significant differences in views [...]The post Public and scientists express strikingly different views about science-related issues appeared first on PsyPost.
|New clues about a brain protein with high affinity for Valium
||Valium, one of the best known antianxiety drugs, produces its calming effects by binding with a particular protein in the brain. But the drug has an almost equally strong affinity for a completely different protein. Understanding this secondary interaction might offer clues about Valium’s side effects and point the way to more effective drugs. Now, [...]The post New clues about a brain protein with high affinity for Valium appeared first on PsyPost.