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When Should a Psychiatrist Refuse to Treat a Patient? If you were a psychiatrist assigned by the government to make torturers feel better about their lives, what would you do? That's not a rhetorical question. Back in the 1950s, the psychiatrist and philosopher Frantz Fanon was forced to answer that question, in his own life....
Gratitude: Think About It With gratitude towards life
Bill Cosby, UVA, Penn State, Catholic Clergy, and Beyond We have been deluged with news reports about sexual assault allegations regarding Bill Cosby this week, and at the same time reports of the mishandling of brutal rape at UVA have been emerging. RAINN reports a 50% increase in calls to its sexual assault hotline as a result of these topics in the media. How can all of this help survivors of childhood sexual abuse?
Obstructive sleep apnea treatments may reduce depressive symptoms Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or mandibular advancement devices (MADs) can lead to modest improvements in depressive symptoms, according to a study published by Marcus Povitz, Carmelle Bolo, and colleagues from University of Calgary, Canada, in this week’s PLOS Medicine. The researchers identified 22 randomized controlled trials that investigated [...]The post Obstructive sleep apnea treatments may reduce depressive symptoms appeared first on PsyPost.
Problem gambling, personality disorders often go hand in hand The treatment of people who cannot keep their gambling habits in check is often complicated because they also tend to suffer from personality disorders. So says Meredith Brown of Monash University in Australia, in a review in Springer’s Journal of Gambling Studies. Problem gambling creates a multitude of intrapersonal, interpersonal and social difficulties for the [...]The post Problem gambling, personality disorders often go hand in hand appeared first on PsyPost.
Feeling — not being — wealthy drives opposition to wealth redistribution People’s views on income inequality and wealth distribution may have little to do with how much money they have in the bank and a lot to do with how wealthy they feel in comparison to their friends and neighbors, according to new findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. [...]The post Feeling — not being — wealthy drives opposition to wealth redistribution appeared first on PsyPost.
Athletes’ testosterone surges not tied to winning, study finds A higher surge of testosterone in competition, the so-called “winner effect,” is not actually related to winning, suggests a new study of intercollegiate cross country runners. The International Journal of Exercise Science published the research, led byDavid Edwards, a professor of psychology at Emory University, and his graduate student Kathleen Casto. “Many people in the [...]The post Athletes’ testosterone surges not tied to winning, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
Mere expectation of treatment can improve brain activity in Parkinson’s patients Learning-related brain activity in Parkinson’s patients improves as much in response to a placebo treatment as to real medication, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and Columbia University. Past research has shown that while Parkinson’s disease is a neurological reality, the brain systems involved may also be affected [...]The post Mere expectation of treatment can improve brain activity in Parkinson’s patients appeared first on PsyPost.
That Time Scientists Electrocuted Twins to Learn About Arachnophobia Spiders are the most feared animals in the world, despite the fact that they are overwhelmingly helpful rather than harmful. Scientists decided to investigate why, by shocking a bunch of twins....
3 Things That Everyone Needs to Know About Ferguson Ferguson Missouri has been in the spotlight since August 9th, when African American teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed. There has been anger and tension in the community the past few days as we await the grand jury decision. 1. Race relations in St.Louis have been bad for a...
Five Strategies To Help You Stop Overthinking Learning to stop your thoughts from running away with you takes discipline and practice, but it can be done.
Siblings with Severe Mental Illness: Staying in Touch — It’s difficult to know where you stand when your sibling is diagnosed with a severe mental illness. Their treatment can take up so much time and their symptoms can be so encompassing that there may not be a lot of room for you, let alone your relationship. The dynamics of...
Mere expectation of treatment can improve brain activity in Parkinson's patients Learning-related brain activity in Parkinson's patients improves as much in response to a placebo treatment as to real medication, according to a new study. "The findings highlight the power of expectations to drive changes in the brain," said a co-author of the study. "The research highlights important links between psychology and medicine."
Giving Thanks (When It’s Been a Crap Year) You might be wondering why I’m even suggesting the idea of gratitude when you’ve had a lousy time of it. It’s because appreciation beats the alternative: spending your holidays in an extended wallow, reinforcing your helplessness over your life. If you’re reading, you’re considering.   So I hope you’ll read...
Self-Discipline Season has Begun Almost everyone struggles with some aspect of self-discipline, but never more than during the holidays.  After all, from Thanksgiving to mid-January, we see-saw back and forth between over-indulging in treats, and making resolutions to exercise in the New Year. Then, when we fail to carry it all out as pledged, we...
The Skinny Behind Weight-Loss Supplements Wendy Foulds Mathes, PhD, is trying to create an eating disorder in rats by allowing them to binge on Oreo Cookies. Many people would believe that getting stuffed on cookies would come natural to a rodent, but it doesn’t. By controlling when the rats are given cookies and then looking...
Overweight and Invisible – part 4 What follows is part four of a fictional exchange between a client, Carrie and her therapist. Carrie is 16 years old, and she weighs 173 lbs. She has a younger sister, Tori, who is just 15, pretty, popular and athletic. It has been two weeks since her last session. Therapist:...
5 Questions that Will Test Your Sense of Meaning in Life The need to find meaning in your life might not be something you ponder on a daily basis but it lies at the root of your sense of worth. By answering these 5 questions, you can measure your progress toward that ultimate source of happiness.
Thanksgiving is Much More than Saying “Thank You” Someone once said “it is really hard to have a good day with a bad attitude.” It is just as difficult to have a bad day with a good attitude. The same is true of the satisfaction we feel in our romantic life. It is very difficult to maintain a heathy...
Are the Chicago Cubs Cursed? When Pablo Sandoval caught the final out of the 2014 season, it marked the 106th consecutive season that ended without the Chicago Cubs as champions. The absurdly long drought, a full 40 years longer than the runner-up Cleveland Indians, makes some fans wonder if their team is simply cursed. Under new general...