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Cocaine, amphetamine users more likely to take their own lives Stimulants use such as cocaine and amphetamine is associated with a nearly two-fold greater likelihood of suicidal behaviour amongst people who inject drugs, say researchers at the University of Montreal and the CHUM Research Centre. Drug addiction had already been identified as a major risk factor for suicide, and it is in fact the cause [...]The post Cocaine, amphetamine users more likely to take their own lives appeared first on PsyPost.
Are transgender veterans at greater risk of suicide? Veterans of the U.S. armed forces who have received a diagnosis consistent with transgender status are more likely to have serious suicidal thoughts and plans and to attempt suicide. A new study shows that this group has a higher risk of suicide death than the general population of veterans, as described in an article in [...]The post Are transgender veterans at greater risk of suicide? appeared first on PsyPost.
How music class can spark language development Music training has well-known benefits for the developing brain, especially for at-risk children. But youngsters who sit passively in a music class may be missing out, according to new Northwestern University research. In a study designed to test whether the level of engagement matters, researchers found that children who regularly attended music classes and actively [...]The post How music class can spark language development appeared first on PsyPost.
The sense of smell uses fast dynamics to encode odors Neuroscientists from the John B. Pierce Laboratory and Yale School of Medicine have discovered that mice can detect minute differences in the temporal dynamics of the olfactory system, according to research that will be published on December 16 in the open access journal PLOS Biology. The research team used light in genetically-engineered mice to precisely [...]The post The sense of smell uses fast dynamics to encode odors appeared first on PsyPost.
Mild memory & thinking issues: What works, what doesn’t? Experts weigh the evidence For up to one in five Americans over age 65, getting older brings memory and thinking problems- along with the embarrassment of not being as “sharp” as they once were, and the worry that it will get much worse. They might just call it “getting older”. But officially, when memory or cognitive problems don’t interfere [...]The post Mild memory & thinking issues: What works, what doesn’t? Experts weigh the evidence appeared first on PsyPost.
How Trauma Work Best Occurs in Addiction Treatment (Part What Is Trauma? My esteemed colleague, Dr. Christine Courtois, provides a brief definition of trauma in her new book, It’s Not You, It’s What Happened to You, writing: “Trauma is any event or experience (including witnessing) that is physically and/or psychologically overwhelming to the exposed individual.” She then notes that...
6 Ways Helping Others Helps Addicts Recover Addicts are afraid of other people. Sex addiction has been aptly described as an intimacy disorder, a disorder resulting from an avoidance of intimacy and a compartmentalization of one’s life and one’s sense of self. and their early life experience typically makes them feel unlovable and unable to be themselves...
Understanding Movement Disorders: What Are Dystonias?   Severe mental illness can be one of the most difficult situations for both the victim and the family to cope with. There are a host of issues including problems with medication and side effects. Do you know someone suffering from schizophrenia or taking strong psychotropic medications? Most individuals with...
Sensitivities as Markers of an Infinitude The people I've been considering in this series - synesthetes, savants, the autistic, the highly sensitive, the gifted, the prodigious, the psychic - quite possibly retain a degree of access to the universal 'foreground' of all life.
10 mind-blowing books from 2014 Every year I post the top 10 books that I digested for the year. This was the best year of reading that I can remember. Expect to find a few that are off the beaten path. enjoy!
Three Weight Loss Obstacles You’ve Probably Never Considered   Making plans to lose weight is the easy part. Applying those plans consistently is what really matters. The primary obstacles to consistently applying your plan to lose weight aren’t about knowing what to do. They’re emotional. Read on to discover three obstacles you should consider as you implement your...
'Microlesions' in epilepsy discovered by novel technique Using an innovative technique combining genetic analysis and mathematical modeling with some basic sleuthing, researchers have identified previously undescribed microlesions in brain tissue from epileptic patients. The millimeter-sized abnormalities may explain why areas of the brain that appear normal can produce severe seizures in many children and adults with epilepsy.
16 Things To Do When You Finish Your Screenplay 1.  Celebrate.  Finishing a project like this is a huge deal in your life.  It’s emotionally exhausting. Take time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished.   Celebrate with someone close to you who understands how important this event is.  Reward yourself.  Fly to Paris. 2. You may want to register your script...
Thick Presence: Taking Collaboration One Step Further More and more companies are surrendering their traditional office set-ups, which have long included individual offices and cubicles farms, in favor of open floor plans, alternative workspaces, and flexible hours. They should take human interaction on-the-job even further, moving from minor, unplanned encounters to designing for deeper, more meaningful ones.
Cracking the code of brain development With a unique, multi-faceted approach, researchers at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development (LIBD) have quantified the effect of previously unidentified anomalies in genetic expression that determine how the human brain develops from its earliest stages. Their work, published online December 15th in Nature Neuroscience, offers a novel technique for identifying biological markers in brain [...]The post Cracking the code of brain development appeared first on PsyPost.
The Baker/baker Effect Explains Why You're Awkward At Parties The Baker/baker effect, otherwise known as the Baker/baker paradox, explains why people's names slip away from you, while their other details stay embedded in your head. This happens, even if the name and the detail are the same....
Six Ways to Beat Homesickness at Christmas It’s a Christmas thing. Even if you find yourself in the most beautiful corner of the Earth, you’ll still feel a little lonely. After all, there’s nothing like a festive season spent with one’s friends and family. Fortunately, there are some ways in which you can manage this sense of...
How fear destroys creativity and what to do about it. We are all born creative, to various degrees. The innovations and inventions past and present have been brought to life by people like you and me. Well, maybe not entirely like us, because our unique environment and experiences always set us apart and change our perception of the world. So...
E-cigarettes 'help smokers quit or cut down' E-cigarettes appear to help smokers cut down but some say they are creating a new generation of addicts.
Most U.S. doctors now support assisted suicide Survey shows for the first time most U.S. doctors back the rights of patients with an "incurable illness" to seek "a dignified death."