|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.
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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...
|What we know about tablets and how your child learns to read
||A recent US survey commissioned by the children’s books publisher Scholastic found that 65% of 6-11 year olds prefer to read print books even when e-books are available on tablets. In the UK, a National Literacy Survey found that children who read stories both on tablets and in print are more likely to have above-average [...]The post What we know about tablets and how your child learns to read appeared first on PsyPost.
|Whether for oneself or for others fairness is preferred, but the brain network changes
||Would you turn down a “sure” amount of money? You might be surprised by your choice. According to scientific research, humans tend to turn down a sure reward if this derives from an unfair distribution of resources, whether the individuals themselves or others are the target of the unfairness. A study by Claudia Civai, today [...]The post Whether for oneself or for others fairness is preferred, but the brain network changes appeared first on PsyPost.
|What It Really Means to Be in the Present Moment
||These days we often hear touted the importance of being in the present moment. We’re told that the “now” is all that exists and if we’re not here “now” then we’re not really living. This makes a great deal of sense to me. Oftentimes, I find myself distracted by thought...
|Can medical marijuana curb the heroin epidemic?
||In the 1930s, Harry J. Anslinger, the first head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, embarked on a fierce anti-marijuana campaign. Highlighted by the 1936 anti-marijuana film Reefer Madness – where marijuana is depicted as a dangerous narcotic that makes good kids become sex-crazed killers – his propaganda efforts also maliciously linked marijuana use to [...]The post Can medical marijuana curb the heroin epidemic? appeared first on PsyPost.
|Jewish Americans who attend synagogue enjoy better health
||For Jewish Americans, going to synagogue makes a difference for health, according to a study of five large Jewish urban communities by Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. “Adults who affiliate with a Jewish religious denomination and attend synagogue report significantly better health than secular or non-practicing Jews,” says Jeff Levin, Ph.D., University Professor [...]The post Jewish Americans who attend synagogue enjoy better health appeared first on PsyPost.
|Boys are more likely to play up at school, but it’s more social than biological
||While research generally agrees that boys are more likely to be disengaged with school than girls, there is far less agreement as to why. Social expectations of being a boy Many of the studies on boys and school disengagement look at the social expectations of how boys ought to be. Expectations that boys will be [...]The post Boys are more likely to play up at school, but it’s more social than biological appeared first on PsyPost.
|Blood test for brain injury may not be feasible afterall
||Complications involving the brain's unique waste removal system -- the existence of which has only recently been brought to light -- may thwart efforts to identify biomarkers that detect traumatic brain injury. That is because proteins that are triggered by brain damage are prevented from reaching the blood system in levels necessary for a precise diagnosis, experts explain.
|Can racial injustice be settled out of court?
||2014 was replete with social unrest to protest police brutality and racial inequality. With many calling for policy reform to improve race problems in the U.S. criminal justice system, new research suggests that the issue is less political and more behavioral. Researchers recommend increased documentation, institutional diversity, and bias training in a new paper published [...]The post Can racial injustice be settled out of court? appeared first on PsyPost.