|Why Doesn’t Kaiser Care About Californians’ Mental Health?
||I’m not sure why, but the healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente appears not to care about the people whose lives it covers in California. That’s the only thing that could logically explain why it has continually failed to fund and staff its mental health services in the state to the level...
|Loki's Wager is Why You Can't Win Arguments on the Internet
All fights on the internet are infuriating wastes of time. We know this. But we still try, and we're often stymied by this particular phenomenon. Learn about Loki's Wager, and why it makes the world a more frustrating place....
|Ghost Boy: Surviving A 12 Year Long Coma
||Martin Pistorious, trapped in a coma at age 12, endured unimaginable suffering for 12 years. ...
|Laughing Gas as a Treatment for Depression?
||Nitrous oxide (aka “laughing gas”) is an anesthetic and analgesic often administered by dentists to minimize discomfort during dental procedures. Investigators recently reported that this drug may be helpful in treating severe depression.
|Combat veterans' brains reveal hidden damage from IED blasts
||The brains of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans who survived blasts from improvised explosive devices and died later of other causes show a honeycomb of broken and swollen nerve fibers in critical brain regions, including those that control executive function. The pattern is different from brain damage caused by car crashes, drug overdoses or collision sports, and may be the never-before-reported signature of 'shell shock' suffered by World War I soldiers.
|A paradox revealed: Cues associated with infant abuse may help reduce stress in the adult brain
||Neurobiologists have found a surprising and paradoxical effect of abuse-related cues in rat pups: those cues also can lower depressive-like behavior when the rats are fully grown. This could shed light on why certain cues associated with early life abuse can reduce stress in those same individuals as adults.
|Don’t Let Your Anger “Mature” Into Bitterness
||All bitterness starts out as hurt. And your emotional pain may well relate to viewing whomever, or whatever, provoked this hurt as having malicious intent: as committing a grave injustice toward you, as gratuitously wronging you and causing you grief. For righteous anger is what we’re all likely to experience whenever we conclude that another has seriously abused us.
|Yoga And The Challenge of Stillness
||I’ve had an on again, off again relationship with yoga. Years ago I’d attend yoga classes at my gym several times a week. Today, I attend one class, and that’s after stopping for several months. Still I find yoga to be beautiful and very challenging. A big challenge for me...
|Alcohol and Cigarettes Use in Teens Declines
||Alcohol and Cigarettes Use in Teens Declines A national survey of students in U.S. middle schools and high schools shows some important improvements in levels of substance use. The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study tracks trends in substance use among students in 8th, 10th and 12th grades. Each...
|I’m Not Psychic: The Cold, Hard Truth about Catastrophizing
||There’s something about the year rounding out and a new year begun that makes me feel there are endless possibilities in the coming year. As exciting as that is, it also feeds the beast of anxiety inside me. While personal history has taught me that change usually brings joy and happiness...
|Nasal Spray Effective Treatment For Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s, Study Finds
Memory loss and Alzheimer's treated with a nasal spray over 21 days.
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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|Can You See What’s RIGHT With This Picture (Literally)?
||Remember Highlights children’s magazine—the one full of fun activities that would often be stacked at the doctor’s office? I always grabbed it and flipped to the back cover, which featured a busy, illustrated scene of children playing alongside objects and scenarios that weren’t quite logical. You might see an upside-down...
|3 Agents that Can Derail Goals and Dreams (And
||This is a great time of year to energize your dreams, goals, with momentum and high expectations for your success to unfold. In moments of stress, however, or when a set back occurs, you need to become aware of certain negative agents, or pre-programmed emotion command neural pathways, from automatically taking over and influencing...
|How men and women experience depression differently
||Women experience depression at twice the rate of men, and the genders often experience depression in distinctly different ways.
|Cast Into the Depths: Perilous Waters for the APA
||The APA’s salvation begins with letting go of its stubborn denials of any connection to the Bush Administration's program of torture and abuse, its self-righteous assertions that it has always prohibited psychologists from participating in torture, and its false assurances that it will take assertive action against any members implicated in detainee mistreatment.
|Feeling Lonely Pursuing Your Goals? Try These Five Things
||The path to success can be a lonely road. For one thing, some people don’t understand the drive it takes to reach success. Then, of course, there are the doubters. And some people will outright criticize your choices. And all of this can make reaching those goals that much more...
|Falling In Love Again
||Do you love your partner, but miss that “in love” feeling you once had? Through the years, has your relationship been on cruise control, focused on career, the kids, building a home, pretty much everything but your connection with each other? Is it time to change your priorities so that...
|The Reasons We Ruminate and How to Reduce the Cycle
||When we’re ruminating about something, we’re really obsessing about it. We overthink it. We blow it up in our minds. We review a situation over and over. And over. Therapist Melody Wilding, LMSW, compared our ruminating minds to a broken record. Typically we ruminate about the past, including perceived mistakes...
|ADHD ~ It Just Seems Wrong
||I know some of you are determined to view ADHD as a gift. And I’m not going to argue with you. I’ve also heard from some folks who say thinking of ADHD as a gift is being delusional. I can’t really argue with that either. But the truth, as far...
|Top 10 Best Books for Building Your Practice
||I asked members of my Private Practice Toolbox Facebook Group what books have helped them succeed in Private Practice and added them to the list of my favorites. Some of the following are specific to the mental health profession, while others offer insight that applies to the business world in...