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6 Tips for Approaching the Holiday Season For many of us, the holidays are stressful. Our stress might stem from having a narrow, rigid view of how the holidays are supposed to be, said Lea Seigen Shinraku, MFT, a therapist in private practice in San Francisco. We might feel pressure, from ourselves and others, to have a...
Natural 'high' could avoid chronic marijuana use Replenishing the supply of a molecule that normally activates cannabinoid receptors in the brain could relieve mood and anxiety disorders and enable some people to quit using marijuana, a new study suggests.
Researchers Explore Three-Dimensional Microsurgical Anatomy of Brainstem A study using intricate fiber dissection techniques provides new insights into the deep anatomy of the human brainstem—and helps to define "safe entry zones" for neurosurgeons performing brainstem surgery, according to a new article.
Lose Your Temper: Scars Endure There was a little boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, to hammer a nail in the back fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Then it gradually...
What are We Doing with Our Lives? This was the title of a recent Time magazine article - more of an infographic, really. The infographic spans the gamut from whether we use all our vacation days each year to how much time we spend checking email at home each night. There are statistics for whether men or women...
This Group Depression Treatment is as Effective as Individual Therapy People with depression and anxiety were treated in groups of 10. 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:Meditation is an Effective Treatment for Depression, Anxiety and Pain Depression Alleviated By Feeling Connected to a Group The Creative Therapy Which Reduces Depression in Young and Old Alike Mindfulness at School Decreases Chance of Developing Depression Social Anxiety Disorder: Impressive Study Reveals The Very Best Treatment
High school football players show brain changes after one season, even in absence of concussions Some high school football players exhibit measurable brain changes after a single season of play even in the absence of concussion, according to a new study.
Imaging shows brain connection breakdown in early Alzheimer's disease Changes in brain connections visible on MRI could represent an imaging biomarker of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. As many as 5 million Americans are affected, a number expected to grow to 14 million by 2050.
PET/CT shows pituitary abnormalities in veterans with PTSD Hybrid imaging with positron emission tomography and computed tomography (PET/CT) in the pituitary region of the brain is a promising tool for differentiating military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from those with mild traumatic brain injury, according to a new study.
Understanding the Brain's 'Suffocation Alarm' Panic disorder is a severe form of anxiety in which the affected individual feels an abrupt onset of fear, often accompanied by profound physical symptoms of discomfort. Scientists have known from studying twins that genes contribute to the risk of panic disorder, but very little is known about which specific genes are involved. Two of the most common and terrifying symptoms of this severe anxiety are a sense of shortness of breath and feelings of suffocation. One theory exists that panic disorder involves an overly sensitive “suffocation alarm system” in the brain that evolved to protect us from suffocating, and that panic attacks result when this alarm gets triggered by signals of impending suffocation like rising carbon dioxide levels.
Dealing with Rejection It’s been kind of a hard week. I’ve been sending out queries to literary agents for a new book I’m putting together and it’s been crazy. I sent 140 queries out over the last week and so far the only ones I’ve heard back from have written to tell me...
I’m Not Apologizing For My ADHD I listen to people talking about ADHD on a daily basis. I hear them describe the quirks that they live with and the symptoms that invade their lives. I hear them respond to the same descriptions from others. And it’s amazing to see people come out of their shells. It’s...
Mothering Through Bipolar I know I’ve written about parenting through bipolar, but I haven’t really focused on moms. Mother’s take on a great deal of care when it comes to their children and this can be especially challenging when we are dealing with bipolar disorder.  Whether you were diagnosed before you had a...
What More Can You Do? Are you doing all you can do? If you are someone living with a debilitating chronic medical condition, and you are already eating a nutrient-dense diet, getting sufficient daily exercise, enough sleep every night and rest during the day, and you want to know what more you can do, read...
How Should You Empty a Bathtub? Life often presents us with uncomfortable situations where we don't like any of the obvious choices, and the only acceptable solution is none-of-the-above.
Women Outperform Men in Some Financial Negotiations, Research Finds Women bargain best when they have negotiation experience, know about the bargaining range and represent another person
Family Stew Comic Strip: Why Did The Chicken Cross Family Stew Comic Strip : Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? CLICK FOR Large Cartoon Sign: (history 101) a question for the ages ? WHY Caption: Teacher: A question for the ages. One you must figure out on your own!   Panel One In this four-part Mental Health Humor Cartoon - The Family...
Write and Be Seen You’re not big on telling everyone you meet how great you are? How about raising your visibility by writing—also without bragging? Let’s see what Jack Appleman, author of 10 Steps to Successful Business Writing and a fellow introvert, says about that.
Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? Jenny Brain: Ha, I get it…“To get to the other side” Ha, it’s an anti-joke! It only took me 80 years to figure it out. Rooster: I’m a rooster Caption: Some questions are worth answering     Continue: Panel One | Panel Two | Panel Three | Panel Four In this four-part Mental Health Humor Cartoon - The Family Stew series...
Why are there so Few Minorities in Management? How you hire and promote employees may make a difference