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Writing Tip #5: Hearing Voices Part of the art of writing is letting oneself recede in order to absorb the full dimensions of another's perspective, whether a real person or a character. Here are some examples.
Early exposure to antidepressants affects adult anxiety, serotonin transmission Early developmental exposure to two different antidepressants, Prozac and Lexapro, has been studied by researchers in a mouse model that mimics human third trimester medication exposure. They found that, although these serotonin-selective reuptake inhibiting antidepressants were thought to work the same way, they did not produce the same long-term changes in anxiety behavior in the adult mice. About 15 percent of women in the United States suffer from anxiety disorders and depression during their pregnancies, and many are prescribed antidepressants.
New Year’s Resolutions? Forget ‘Em A towel rack for someone who loves double-entendres. The calendar days are dwindling down. Winter Solstice will soon be upon us and once more, the light will return. Still, I procrastinate. All year I’ve told myself, Tomorrow, I’ll go swimming. With the New Year fast approaching, I’m starting to panic....
How The Military Could Turn Your Mind Into The Next Battlefield Long a staple of science fiction, the idea of creating weapons that can disrupt or alter the cognitive processes of enemy combatants is starting to become reality. Inspired by recent advances in neuroscience, the U.S. military is considering the potential for "neuro-cognitive weapons". Here's what you need to know about this fascinating and frightening prospect....
Physical Activity and Bipolar Disorder: A double edged sword? Little is known about the benefits that exercise can offer in patients who are suffering from Bipolar Disorder. Over the past years little research has been conducted and this has been limited. Generally, physical activity has been found to reduce the risk of several diseases and to improve well-being. As...
5 Mindful Ways to Protect Against Depression Cultivating a life of happiness is much the same as cultivating a garden. They both come with pests, and we can choose how we want to treat the pests. Using the example of a vegetable garden, we treat the vegetables and the soil to protect from pests that may interfere...
Gene critical for proper brain development discovered A genetic pathway has been found that accounts for the extraordinary size of the human brain. The research team has identified a gene, KATNB1, as an essential component in a genetic pathway responsible for central nervous system development in humans and other animals.
Neuroscientists identify brain mechanisms that predict generosity in children Developmental neuroscientists have found specific brain markers that predict generosity in children. Those neural markers appear to be linked to both social and moral evaluation processes. Although young children are natural helpers, their perspective on sharing resources tends to be selfish.
The Holidays Do Not Need to Feel Like An The holidays can be particularly difficult for people to cope with. Some will want an escape from the memories of past holidays. Others will be looking for activities that will provide them with the opportunities to create new memories. Holidays also generate obligations, which can appear to occur in a...
When You’re Overwhelmed Try these Words I’m a person who tends to get triggered easily. It doesn’t take much to make me overwhelmed, to trigger the “what if?” “holy crap” pile of thoughts. I’ve gotten much better throughout the years, but lately it’s been tough with so many things to plan and do. So lately, I’ve...
Here is a 20 Second Test To Check Your Overall Brain Health You Can Do Right Now Quick test that predicts poor brain health and cognitive decline. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Breakthrough The Peanut Butter Test for Alzheimer’s Disease Childhood Poverty and Stress Harms Adult Brain Function A Blood Test for Depression This is What Heavy Multitasking Could Be Doing To Your Brain
OCD patients' brains light up to reveal how compulsive habits develop Misfiring of the brain's control system might underpin compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder, according to researchers.
Guest Blog: The Most Overlooked Niche in Therapy and Thank you Elly Taylor for this guest post. I am in the middle of reading your book and really love it. You are truly an expert in this field and we are honored to share your voice.  Let me paint you two pictures, one before and one after. A couple,...
Are You Worried About Weight Gain? Last week’s cartoon was about a very bad place, and it’s where we all might end up, if we don’t turn our dreams into reality. All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2015.  My main cartoon site is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And  you can Like me  on...
Best of Our Blogs: December 19, 2014 When I was a kid, my mom regularly told me the story about the “boy who cried wolf.” It’s one of Aesop’s Fables whose moral lesson is to teach kids about the negative consequences of lying and exaggerating. “Do that too much and no one will believe you,” she said....
The ADHD Gift I Gave Myself Last night I sang. I am a member of a choir of over 100 voices, and last night I sang. We did a show, in an old church that’s been turned into a community centre. We did it last night, and I sang. I didn’t sing a solo part, I...
SuppleMENTAL Information on Suicide: Are Our Genes Suicidal Caption: Do You Have A Pair Of Suicidal Genes? Suicide Holiday|Suicide Ideation|Suicidal thoughts |Suicide Genes If you need to talk to someone now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and you’ll be connected with a trained counselor. They can also connect you to mental health services in your area.  The line...
Why boredom is bad and good for you Being bored could hinder our lives in ways we don’t realize, but it may also have helped shape one of our most productive characteristics.
The Four “Dark Personality” Traits Psychopaths, narcissists, and sadists, oh my! Personality psychologist Del Paulhus has bucked the positive psychology trend, with a series of rigorous studies delving into the "Dark Side" of human personality. He has shown that four dark traits have distinct but often unexpected consequences in the workplace and in relationships.
Ability to balance on one leg may reflect brain health, stroke risk Struggling to stand on one leg for less than 20 seconds was linked to an increased risk for stroke, small blood vessel damage in the brain, and reduced cognitive function in otherwise healthy people, a study has shown. One-legged standing time may be a simple test used to measure early signs of abnormalities in the brain associated with cognitive decline, cerebral small vessel disease and stroke.