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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.
Parkinson's disease reverted at experimental stage Scientists demonstrated experimentally, with adult rats, that mobility can be restored in patients with Parkinson's disease, the major degenerative disease of the motor system worldwide. The experiments have not yet been transferred to humans, but are a scientific, measurable and repeatable basis to fight against this disease.
Consistent distraction does not hinder learning Maybe distraction is not always the enemy of learning. It turns out in surprising Brown University psychology research that inconsistentdistraction is the real problem. As long as our attention is as divided when we have to recall a motor skill as it was when we learned it, we’ll do just fine, according to the new [...]The post Consistent distraction does not hinder learning appeared first on PsyPost.
Office jerks beware – your good ideas may not always be welcomed by colleagues You don’t have to be a jerk to come up with fresh and original ideas, but sometimes being disagreeable is just what’s needed to sell your brainchild successfully to others. However, difficult or irritating people should be aware of the social context in which they are presenting their ideas. A pushy strategy will not always [...]The post Office jerks beware – your good ideas may not always be welcomed by colleagues appeared first on PsyPost.
Discovery of novel drug target may lead to better treatment for schizophrenia Scientists at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have identified a novel drug target that could lead to the development of better antipsychotic medications. Dr. Fang Liu, Senior Scientist in CAMH’s Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and her team published their results [...]The post Discovery of novel drug target may lead to better treatment for schizophrenia appeared first on PsyPost.
Understanding Agoraphobia According to Wikipedia, “agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by anxiety in situations where the sufferer perceives certain environments as dangerous or uncomfortable, often due to the environment’s vast openness or crowdedness. These situations include wide-open spaces, as well as uncontrollable social situations such as the possibility of being met...
Study shows cognitive training can improve brain performance of students in poverty The cognitive effects of poverty can be mitigated during middle school with a targeted intervention, according to researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas. In a paper published today in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, researchers for the first time examine the efficacy of cognitive training in [...]The post Study shows cognitive training can improve brain performance of students in poverty appeared first on PsyPost.
Invisible You This comment was posted on the Ask Dr. Webb Page of my website.  It describes an experience that many can relate to: the feeling of being overlooked. I have a question about invisibility. I was at a study group and afterwards everyone was chatting with each other except me. I...
Internet addiction affects 6 percent of people worldwide Internet addiction is an impulse-control problem marked by an inability to inhibit Internet use, which can adversely affect a person’s life, including their health and interpersonal relationships. The prevalence of Internet addiction varies among regions around the world, as shown by data from more than 89,000 individuals in 31 countries analyzed for a study published [...]The post Internet addiction affects 6 percent of people worldwide appeared first on PsyPost.