|The Unexpected Connection Between Gut Bacteria and Depression and Anxiety
How depression and anxiety are connected to bacteria in the gut.
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|Bipolar disorder: New MRI imaging provides new picture, new insight
||Using a different type of MRI imaging, researchers have discovered previously unrecognized differences in the brains of patients with bipolar disorder. In particular, the study revealed differences in the white matter of patients' brains and in the cerebellum, an area of the brain not previously linked with the disorder.
|Best of Our Blogs: January 6, 2015
||Have you ever been in the presence of greatness and felt less than? I’m almost always in awe of people who do great things. I love biographies. I feel invigorated when I interview people who have overcome insurmountable obstacles. That’s why I was surprised by an unexpected feeling I had...
|Something Stinks! How to Handle Hygiene Issues the Non-Tactful
||Sign: (Sale) (Winter Sale 50% Off) Box: hygiene issues the non-tactful way Caption: It’s Been 65 years! You can atleast get rid of that rancid Scarf! OH, it’s COLD out! In today’s Mental Health Humor cartoon, we find Frosty the Snowman with a Village Child. It’s 65 years later after that fateful day...
|Starting a Counseling Practice Part 9: Creating a Website
||I started a cash-pay private practice and 95% of my referrals in the first few years came from the Internet. I already shared how many of my colleagues told me that wouldn’t refer to me until I took insurance. And, truth be told, I hadn’t planned for private practice, and...
|A New Year and A Good Reason to Look at Your Partner
||A number of years ago, I posted a blog that I think bears returning to again. It made the following suggestion… If you are motivated to improve your relationship in the New Year you might try a potent but easily overlooked step– Looking at Your Partner. Before you discard this...
|Smiling Again with Laughing Gas
||And so, maybe it is time to look at what we already have: Although ketamine has gained interest in recent years as a rapidly acting potential therapy for treatment refractory depression, researchers say an even better option may lie in another well-known agent with a similar mechanism of action ― nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas. (Image from Google.)
|Let’s Redefine the Word “Introvert”
||What does the word “introvert” mean to you? You can find various stripes of definitions, many of which are anchored by the work of Carl Jung, in the introvert literature that has become increasingly popular over the past 10+ years. Despite that, you can also find dictionary definitions with entirely different meanings—some of which further the stigma around introversion.
|Most Popular Cartoon in 2014!
||Last week’s cartoon was about my most unpopular cartoon in 2014. I hope to do better this year. 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 Facebook to get notified of new cartoons...
|#131 The Christmas Mystery
||It was not until Aaron, the oldest and wisest of the brothers, spoke that any of us understood. “I think Mom is really mad,” he said with a swallow. It couldn’t be. Could it? As I reviewed the events of the day, everything finally made sense. Indeed it was the...
|5 Signs Stress Is Destroying Your Love Life and
||Stressed out? You may be damaging your relationship more than you think. Here’s how to fix it. Stress is sensory overload. Love, at its best, is sensory openness. Our senses — touch, smell, taste, seeing, hearing, and intuition — are how we experience ourselves and others. Under stress, we lose...
|How To Not Take Personal Attacks Personally — What
|| We’ve all been there. Someone decides to go on a moral mission against us, challenging our beliefs, actions, even character. They may pick out embarrassing details about our lives, our past, even our families. They may even make things up. Yes, we’ve all been attacked personally. And while...
|How are Complex Trauma and Borderline Personality Disorder Related?
||I’ll admit that when I hear that a client has borderline personality disorder (BPD), my first thought is, “Oh, this person is a trauma survivor of some sort.” And while not all people with poor emotion management, impulsive and destructive actions, intense fear of abandonment and an unstable self image...
|Neuroscientist reveals that women crave cigarette more strongly during their periods
||The menstrual cycle appears to have an effect on nicotine cravings, according to a new study by Adrianna Mendrek of the University of Montreal and its affiliated Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal. “Our data reveal that incontrollable urges to smoke are stronger at the beginning of the follicular phase that begins after menstruation. [...]The post Neuroscientist reveals that women crave cigarette more strongly during their periods appeared first on PsyPost.
|Imaging linking cell activity and behavior shows what it means for mice to have sex in mind
||Most people have seen fMRI scans of the human brain. These use a technology called functional magnetic resonance imaging to identify portions of the brain that are active while a subject is being scanned. Fuzzy, ill-defined areas that “light up” on the scans indicate where neurons are active, based on magnetic changes in the blood [...]The post Imaging linking cell activity and behavior shows what it means for mice to have sex in mind appeared first on PsyPost.
|Men with mommy issues more likely to experience erectile dysfunction
||A recent study suggests that the true cause for a man’s erectile dysfunction may lie in his relationship (or lack thereof) with his mother. According to the study, males who have a strained relationship with their mothers during childhood may be more likely to experience sexual problems as an adult. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the [...]The post Men with mommy issues more likely to experience erectile dysfunction appeared first on PsyPost.
|Listening to human speech has consequences for infants that go beyond learning words
||America’s preoccupation with the “word gap”– the idea that parents in impoverished homes speak less to their children, which, in turn, predicts outcomes like school achievement and income later in life — has skyrocketed in recent years, leading to a rise in educational initiatives aiming to narrow the achievement gap by teaching young children more [...]The post Listening to human speech has consequences for infants that go beyond learning words appeared first on PsyPost.
|Feeling cold is contagious, and it’s no accident
||Have you ever sat in a public space and realized that you didn’t quite notice how cold it was until those around you began reaching for their sweaters? While it may be true that you were always cold and just didn’t acknowledge it until you saw others do so, a recent study from England suggests [...]The post Feeling cold is contagious, and it’s no accident appeared first on PsyPost.
|Alcohol taxes protective against binge drinking, study shows
||Higher alcohol taxes strongly protect against binge drinking, according to a new study by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers. The study, published in the journal Addiction, found that a one-percent increase in alcohol beverage prices from taxes was associated with a 1.4 percent decrease in the proportion of adults who binge drink. [...]The post Alcohol taxes protective against binge drinking, study shows appeared first on PsyPost.
|Humans and sparrows make sense of sounds in similar ways
||The song of the swamp sparrow — a grey-breasted bird found in wetlands throughout much of North America — is a simple melodious trill, repeated over and over again. “It’s kind of like a harmonious police whistle,” said biologist Stephen Nowicki. But according to a new study by Duke University scientists Nowicki and Robert Lachlan, [...]The post Humans and sparrows make sense of sounds in similar ways appeared first on PsyPost.