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5 Mindful Steps to a more Grateful (and Happy) Life Thanksgiving is upon us in the United States.  There is no better moment than now while reading these words to consider what you are thankful for. In fact, there is actually no other moment than now. The poet Hafiz writes in his poem “It Felt Love”: How did the rose...
I Just Got Fired: WTF Should I Do?! If you just got fired, chances are you feeling a wide range of emotions, including shock, denial, sadness and anger. All of these emotions are perfectly normal. The uncomfortable realization that you will soon be going without a paycheck is enough to stress out anyone! This is particularly true if...
3 Ways to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others On “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” ~ Steve Furtick We all have certain triggers that can cause our confidence to take a sudden nosedive. For some, it’s a trip to the gym. If you’re self-conscious of your body, watching...
Protein Elevated in Blood Predicts Post-Concussion Symptom Severity in Professional Athletes Elevated levels in the blood of the brain-enriched protein calpain-cleaved ±II-spectrin N-terminal fragment, known as SNTF, shortly after sports-related concussion can predict the severity of post-concussion symptoms in professional athletes, new research has found.
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...