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4 Surprising Advantages of Being Depressed Why being depressed can sometimes be necessary, even beneficial. 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:A Fast-Acting Treatment Which Helps Severely Depressed Experience Pleasure Again The 5 Biggest Reasons People Get Anxious or Depressed Can Everyday Hassles Make You Depressed? Hyper-Connected: What Depression Does to Your Brain The Surprising Effect of Little Daily Hassles On Your Long-Term Health
Serotonin's early role in assembly of brain circuits During the development of the cortex, different kinds of neurons must migrate to attain their final destinations, before forming the essential neural circuits necessary for good cognitive and emotional function. But early dysregulation in the serotonin system has been associated with a higher risk of developing psychiatric problems. Researchers have discovered the crucial role of a serotonin receptor in this phenomenon.
Weight, eating habits in Parkinson's disease A review of the scientific literature on Parkinson’s disease shows that even the non-motor symptoms associated with the disease can contribute to the changes in body weight seen in patients (including those subjected to deep brain stimulation). Among the factors affecting eating habits and body weight there could be, for example, an impaired ability to derive pleasure from food and changes in motivation. These are important findings which can help to understand how to reduce these effects of Parkinson’s that exacerbate an already negative clinical situation.
New approach for treating ALS: Re-evaluation of older drugs? Blocking molecules involved in ALS-drug resistance may improve how well ALS therapeutics work, suggesting that re-evaluation of drugs that appeared to have failed might be appropriate.
Preference-based Career Test This 20 question career test analyzes your preferences and helps you pick careers most suitable for your type.
What I Wish You Understood About My Depression There are many persistent misconceptions about depression. For instance, people assume depression is synonymous with sadness. (It’s not.) They also assume that individuals with depression can simply snap out of it. (They can’t. Mild depression may abate with exercise, meditation and other self-help strategies. But most people’s clinical depression usually...
Mindfulness Practices to Optimize Wellbeing Whenever I go through a period of an arthritic inflammation, I end up feeling sorry for myself and thinking of myself as a victim, which leads to feeling depressed. I often end up with an image of myself in a wheelchair. What gets me out of that state of mind...
Before You Have an Affair, Read This As a couples therapist, I sometimes work with couples recovering from infidelity.  But I also work with individuals who are heading down the slippery slope to having an affair and maybe becoming one of those couples. There’s a moment (well, a bunch of moments) before that decision is made.  If...
A medium amount of physical activity can lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease A new study, published online in Brain: A Journal of Neurology today, followed 43,368 individuals in Sweden for an average of 12.6 years to examine the impact of physical activity on Parkinson’s disease risk. It was found that “a medium amount” of physical activity lowers the risk of Parkinson’s disease. Karin Wirdefeldt of the Karolinska [...]The post A medium amount of physical activity can lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Research shows why antidepressant may be effective in postpartum depression An antidepressant commonly prescribed for women with postpartum depression may restore connections between cells in brain regions that are negatively affected by chronic stress during pregnancy, new research suggests. Ohio State University scientists found that rats that had been chronically stressed during pregnancy showed depressive-like behaviors after giving birth, and structures in certain areas of [...]The post Research shows why antidepressant may be effective in postpartum depression appeared first on PsyPost.
Guest Blog: Working With Suicide Loss: A Clinician/Survivor’s Perspective A huge thank you to Gretchen Kubacky, Psy.D. for sharing her personal and professional expertise on the topic of survivors of suicide! See her wonderful article below.  With a recent spate of celebrity and assisted suicides in the news, the issue of suicide loss and how to work with it is...
Battling Our Demons  Demon: Lets go Lee, I have A Bipolar to mentally torture later today… Caption: battling our demons...
Stop The Madness: Robin Williams Psych Meds My sister heard me cry over the phone over my destructive depression, and she knew it was bad. Then she sent me this article which turned my depression into an angry beast. (See link below.) My thoughts on it, can’t wait to hear yours… Why is it that mainstream media...
Regular Pot Use Changes the Brain The existing literature on the long-term effects of marijuana on the brain is confusing, mostly due to methodological differences across studies. However, in a new study of cannabis users, scientists investigated the drug’s long term impact through brain scans, hoping to overcome methodological problems in previous studies. They found that marijuana use...
When it comes to teen alcohol use, close friends have more influence than peers A recent study by an Indiana University researcher has found that adolescents’ alcohol use is influenced by their close friends’ use, regardless of how much alcohol they think their general peers consume. Jonathon Beckmeyer, assistant professor in the Department of Applied Health Science at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington and author of the study, [...]The post When it comes to teen alcohol use, close friends have more influence than peers appeared first on PsyPost.
Bad marriage, broken heart? Marital quality and heart disease Older couples in a bad marriage — particularly female spouses — have a higher risk for heart disease than those in a good marriage, finds the first nationally representative study of its kind. The findings suggest the need for marriage counseling and programs aimed at promoting marital quality and well-being for couples into their 70s [...]The post Bad marriage, broken heart? Marital quality and heart disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Business culture in banking industry favors dishonest behavior In the past years, there have often been cases of fraud in the banking industry, which have led to a considerable loss of image for banks. Are bank employees by nature less honest people? Or does the business culture in the banking sector favor dishonest behavior? These questions formed the basis for a new study [...]The post Business culture in banking industry favors dishonest behavior appeared first on PsyPost.
People who are good at recognizing the emotions of others earn more money in their jobs Attending to and caring about the emotions of employees and colleagues – that’s for wimps, not for tough businesspeople and efficient performers, right? Wrong! An extensive international study has now shown: The “ability to recognize emotions” affects income. The corresponding author of the study is Professor Dr. Gerhard Blickle of the Department of Psychology at [...]The post People who are good at recognizing the emotions of others earn more money in their jobs appeared first on PsyPost.
E-cigarettes significantly reduce tobacco cravings Electronic cigarettes offer smokers a realistic way to kick their tobacco smoking addiction. In a new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, scientists at KU Leuven report that e-cigarettes successfully reduced cravings for tobacco cigarettes, with only minimal side effects. Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) were developed as a less harmful [...]The post E-cigarettes significantly reduce tobacco cravings appeared first on PsyPost.
High heels may enhance a man’s instinct to be helpful, study finds If it’s help a woman needs, maybe she should wear high heels. That’s the message from Nicolas Guéguen of the Université de Bretagne-Sud in France, after he observed how helpful men are towards women in high heels versus those wearing flat, sensible shoes. The study, published in Springer’s journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, is the [...]The post High heels may enhance a man’s instinct to be helpful, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.