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Why Do We Force Weather Forecasters to Lie to Us? Ever hear of "wet bias"? It's the tendency of forecasters to over-estimate our chances of feeling the wrath of the weather gods. Why do they do it? Basically, we force them to. ...
Prevent a Traumatic Thanksgiving in 3 Steps Today’s post is for those who are lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving with family, though none of us get to choose our families and not everyone gets a good one. Wednesday’s post is for people who don’t have anyone to spend it with. Have a Plan (or 3) You can...
Celebrating the Essence of Thanksgiving “When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”   -Tecumseh, Shawnee leader Wouldn’t the world be a better place...
5 Sneaky Signs of Depression You May Be Overlooking Things have changed a lot in the past 30 years when it comes to our ideas about depression. In the 1980s and even the 1990s, people often still saw it as a moral weakness, a sign of being “crazy,” or as something to be dismissed completely. Today most people not...
We Are Capable Of Far More Than The Limitations Do you have bipolar disorder or know somebody who does? What would change if you could learn how to turn depression and mania on and off whenever you wanted to? The entire way we look at bipolar disorder would change in profound ways. Some of them are beyond most people’s...
Your Inventory of Good The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines gratitude as “a feeling of appreciation or thanks”, and appreciation as “an ability to understand the worth, quality, or importance of something”. To be grateful is to run an inventory-check of the good things in your life, and to be reminded of their value. It’s an...
Overweight and Invisible – Part 3 What follows is part three 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. Carrie: “I thought overeating had to do with instant gratification,...
Mind Over Matter mindfulness via Compfight “Mindfulness is not something that is only done in the meditation hall, it is also done in the kitchen, in the garden when we’re on the telephone, when we are driving a car, when we are doing the dishes.” Thich Nhat Hanh Mindfulness, a term that until...
Psychiatry Celebrates its Top-Ten Hits In the current issue of the journal History of Psychiatry, Mark Micale, who teaches psychiatric history at the University of Illinois and is one of the most important international figures in the field, answers the question, “What have been the ten most important changes in psychiatry since World War II?”
Football players found to have brain damage from mild 'unreported' concussions There wasn't a diagnostic capability to identify mild brain injury early after the trauma until recently. In the NFL, other professional sports and especially school sports, concern has grown about the long-term neuropsychiatric consequences of repeated mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and specifically sports-related concussive and sub-concussive head impacts.'
Why Some Kids Bounce Back from Challenges and Others Here is an amazing infographic I came across from the blog of Renee Jain, MAPP, called Stress Better here on Psych Central. It describes why some kids are able to bounce back when they experience a challenging situation while other kids struggle to overcome difficulties. (This information applies to adults,...
7 Genuine Ways to Practice Gratitude Some people avoid practicing gratitude because doing so feels fake. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, according to Susan Orenstein, Ph.D, a licensed psychologist and relationship expert in Cary, N.C. That’s because any time we try something new, it’s going to feel awkward and unnatural, she said. In fact,...
Vegans, Vitamin B12 & Depression, Top 10 Controversial Posts Staying vegetarian if you have mental or physical health problems might require special dietary planning....
Here is What The Brain Can Remember From Infancy (Even When Consciously It’s Gone) The astounding power of the unconscious to store information we've consciously forgotten. 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:Your Brain Judges a Face’s Trustworthiness Before You Consciously See It New Study of Improvising Jazz Pianists Shows Similar Brain Circuits Used for Music and Language How The Brain Processes The Emotions Brain Map of Love and Desire Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development
Beauty Sickness – Do You Have It? A colleague recently sent me a YouTube video called “An Epidemic of Beauty Sickness.” To be honest, my first thought was, “Ugh. Another useless rant about our cultural addiction to thinness.” But, given that this is the year I decided to embark on a full-scale about-face in how I accept...
Protein that rouses brain from sleep may be target for Alzheimer's prevention A protein that stimulates the brain to awaken from sleep may be a target for preventing Alzheimer's disease, a study suggests. The new research, in mice, demonstrates that eliminating that protein -- called orexin -- made mice sleep for longer periods of time and strongly slowed the production of brain plaques.
Neurodegenerative diseases: Has a possible new lead been found? Good communication between brain cells is vital for optimal (mental) health. Mutations in the TBC1D24 gene inhibit this process, thereby causing neurodegeneration and epilepsy. Fruit flies with a defect in Skywalker, the fruit fly variant of TBC1D24, are being used as a model for neurodegeneration. Researchers have succeeded in completely suppressing neurodegeneration in such fruit flies, by partially inhibiting the breakdown of 'defective' proteins in brain cells.
And He Knew All the Words Stuart Fischoff pioneered Media Psychology. He was a TV talk-show shrink—until it got too rowdy even for him. He knew all the words to Sondheim. And now he's gone.
Emotional Detachment When Parenting Adolescents When parents can model emotional detachment with their adolescent, the adolescent can learn by example to do the same with them
Motor coordination issues in autism are caused by abnormal neural connections Abnormal connections between neurons are the likely cause of motor coordination issues seen in autism spectrum disorder. Using a mouse model of autism, scientists identified a malfunctioning neural circuit associated with reduced capacity for motor learning. This appears to arise from an inability to eliminate unneeded neural connections in the brain.