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Internal Stigma There is no doubt that we are surrounded by stigma. Just the fact that we are parents and have a mental illness is enough for everyone to think it’s okay to judge us. But our biggest critics are ourselves. Often we find ourselves turning the stigma inwards.  Being a mom...
Ulterior Motives: Beware of Friends Bearing Gifts Tiger: holding large nut as gift and salivating over ulterior motive Squirrel: {looking at the tiger’s nut} Skunk: Thinking something stinks! Caption: Ulterior Motives: Beware of Friends Bearing Gifts The original: Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.* Meaning: Don’t trust Your Enemies! Especially those leaving a wooden...
Some Surprising Observations about How to Fight Clutter One of the things about happiness that continually surprises me is the degree to which, for most people, outer order contributes to inner calm and inner self-command. In the context of a happy life, a crowded coat closet or an overflowing inbox is trivial, and yet such things weigh us down...
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor agonists may treat alcohol dependence Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are nuclear receptor proteins that regulate the expression of genes. Drugs that activate PPARs – PPAR agonists – are used to treat diabetes and elevated blood lipids. Given previous rodent research, this study examined the effects of different classes of PPAR agonists on chronic alcohol intake and preference in mice with [...]The post Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor agonists may treat alcohol dependence appeared first on PsyPost.
Brain inflammation a hallmark of autism, large-scale analysis shows While many different combinations of genetic traits can cause autism, brains affected by autism share a pattern of ramped-up immune responses, an analysis of data from autopsied human brains reveals. The study, a collaborative effort between Johns Hopkins and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, included data from 72 autism and control brains. It will [...]The post Brain inflammation a hallmark of autism, large-scale analysis shows appeared first on PsyPost.
Can poor sleep lead to dementia? People who have sleep apnea or spend less time in deep sleep may be more likely to have changes in the brain that are associated with dementia, according to a new study published in the December 10, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study found that [...]The post Can poor sleep lead to dementia? appeared first on PsyPost.
Saving old information can boost memory for new information The simple act of saving something, such as a file on a computer, may improve our memory for the information we encounter next, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The research suggests that the act of saving helps to free up cognitive resources that can [...]The post Saving old information can boost memory for new information appeared first on PsyPost.
Revolutionary new procedure for epilepsy diagnosis unlocked by research Pioneering new research by the University of Exeter could revolutionise global diagnostic procedures for one of the most common forms of epilepsy. Scientists from Exeter have investigated using mathematical modelling to assess susceptibility to idiopathic generalised epilepsy (IGE) by analysing electrical activity of the brain while the patient is in a resting state. Current diagnosis [...]The post Revolutionary new procedure for epilepsy diagnosis unlocked by research appeared first on PsyPost.
Anyone who is good at German learns English better “A tree must be bent while it is young,” as one saying about learning a foreign language goes. In other words, the earlier you start learning a foreign language systematically, the better the language level will be in the long run. The second widely held view is that you need to be solid in your [...]The post Anyone who is good at German learns English better appeared first on PsyPost.
The ups and downs of support from friends when teens experience peer victimization There are pros and cons to the support that victimized teenagers get from their friends. Depending on the type of aggression they are exposed to, such support may reduce youth’s risk for depressive symptoms. On the other hand, it may make some young people follow the delinquent example of their friends, says a team of [...]The post The ups and downs of support from friends when teens experience peer victimization appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers find alcohol interferes with the body’s ability to regulate sleep Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have found that drinking alcohol to fall asleep interferes with sleep homeostasis, the body’s sleep-regulating mechanism. Alcohol is known to be a powerful somnogen, or sleep inducer, and approximately 20 percent of the U.S. adult population drinks alcohol to help fall asleep. The researchers, led by [...]The post Researchers find alcohol interferes with the body’s ability to regulate sleep appeared first on PsyPost.
Myelin linked to speedy recovery of human visual system after tumor removal An interdisciplinary team of neuroscientists and neurosurgeons from the University of Rochester has used a new imaging technique to show how the human brain heals itself in just a few weeks following surgical removal of a brain tumor. In a study featured on the cover of the current issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine, [...]The post Myelin linked to speedy recovery of human visual system after tumor removal appeared first on PsyPost.
Progesterone offers no significant benefit in traumatic brain injury clinical trial Treatment of acute traumatic brain injury with the hormone progesterone provides no significant benefit to patients when compared with placebo, a phase III clinical trial has concluded.
When Anxiety Gets the Best of You I had plans today, plans to meet a friend for coffee, plans to leave this house. I didn’t make it. I had nightmares this morning – weird shit that makes no sense when you try to crack it open in the light of day, but is enough to startle you...
Give Hope this Holiday: Working to End the Stigma This is the season of giving. There is no greater charity than I can recommend than the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred). They are running an Indiegogo campaign this year that will help fund a handful of great non-profit projects already doing good work. The iFred...
Our Powerful Past: How Memory Shapes Meaning  Here is an example of how to use an apparently “irrelevant” memory to shed light on problems in the present. Edgar is a survivor. He is proud of his survival skills. He sees life as a disaster waiting to happen. Edgar has survived two marriages, a grim childhood with an...
5 Ways Fast Food Worsens Your Depression! Fast food is a staple for many people in the United States. Some reports suggest that on average, we spend a whopping $1,200.00 a year on quick eats like burgers, pizzas and fried chicken. It has long been established that America’s addiction to fast food is a major cause of...
Ruminating with purpose There are hundreds of articles and books that guide you to stop looking back at your past in order to move forward. I’m sure you’ve heard of or encountered at some point in your life someone to tell you that you need to get over your past or certain aspects...
Laughing Gas Can Ease The Symptoms Of Severe Depression A proof-of-concept trial has shown that nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, holds potential as an effective treatment for severe depression in patients who don't respond to standard therapies. Laughter may indeed be the best medicine. ...
Designated Caregiver: Holiday Drinks and Mental Illness Alcohol is a staple at the holiday table despite widespread tales of family dysfunction. The truth is social lubrication makes it a lot easier to deal with some of the more difficult people in our families. But when you add mental illness to the mix, you run bigger risks than...