|Is Your Family Having Caregiver Conflict?
||My Grandma Wanda is 95. A German farm woman, she raised five children, 20 grandchildren and 40+ great-grandchildren. Grandma Wanda’s five adult kids are trying to make decisions about her care for this final stage of life. Wanda’s daughters are trying to decide where Wanda should go live because the nursing home she was placed...
|How My Late Father’s Death Helped Keep Me Alive
||Today marks the one-year anniversary of my father’s death, and I’m completely at peace with it. Over the years I’ve heard so many people talk about how a part of them died when they lost a loved one. Hearing this makes me sad. A part of me did not die...
|Love Connections: A Duchenne Smile and Gratitude
||If practicing the gratitude you do not necessarily feel can help you become more grateful, can practicing the Duchenne smile help you become happier and more loving?
|Many older brains have plasticity, but in a different place
||Brain scientists have long believed that older people have less of the neural flexibility, or plasticity, required to learn new things. A new study shows that older people learned a visual task just as well as younger ones, but the seniors who showed a strong degree of learning exhibited plasticity in a different part of the brain than younger learners did.
|Coping strategies therapy significantly improves dementia carers' mental health, quality of life
||A brief coping strategies therapy which provides stress relief and emotional support for people caring for relatives with dementia can reduce depression and anxiety and improve wellbeing at no extra cost to standard care, new research suggests.
|Painkillers and the National Football League
|| Prescription pain medicine addiction grabs headlines when it sends celebrities spinning out of control. It also plagues many people out of the spotlight who grapple with painkiller addiction behind closed doors. Pain killers have been around since sports began. Often used in baseball, ice hockey and basketball, the use...
||When I look at the nameless reality of Whatever Currently Is (right now) through the lens of mindfulness and presence, everything relaxes me, everything feels “ok” and “normal” and “simply such” – even illness and death and violence and war and… You name it! Everything – the entire Ordinary Perfection...
|How To Increase IQ by 10% Using The Weirdest Method Ever
IQ was unexpectedly boosted by a training programme designed for a different purpose.
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|How Meditation Helps Anxiety
||You’ve probably heard or read that meditation is helpful for anxiety. It is — but not in the way you might think. “Many people have the misconception that meditation is like a magic elixir that will quickly and effortlessly reduce their stress and anxiety,” said Tom Corboy, MFT, co-author of...
|It’s Been A Long Few Months
||It’s probably the longest months I’ve gone through in a long time. We’ve been having a very hard time getting my meds right. I was inpatient a few times in the last couple of months. I’m having a heck of a time finding a psych who wants to deal with...
|Understanding Childhood Onset Schizophrenia (COS) and 5 Warning Signs
||Are you the parent of a child or adolescent who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia or some type of psychotic disorder? If so, you are not alone. You can probably relate to the devastation may parents experience when they finally receive a diagnosis that entails psychotic symptoms. It’s as if...
|Chronic alcohol intake can damage white matter pathways across the entire brain
||Chronic misuse of alcohol results in measurable damage to the brain. Chronic drinking may be particularly damaging to the integrity of frontal white matter tracts, which can interfere with cognitive and inhibitory control that, in turn, is important to achieve and maintain abstinence. A new study has used high-resolution structural magnetic resonance (MR) scans to [...]The post Chronic alcohol intake can damage white matter pathways across the entire brain appeared first on PsyPost.
|Mother’s soothing presence makes pain go away — and changes gene activity in infant brain
||A mother’s “TLC” not only can help soothe pain in infants, but it may also impact early brain development by altering gene activity in a part of the brain involved in emotions, according to new study from NYU Langone Medical Center. By carefully analyzing what genes were active in infant rat brains when the mother [...]The post Mother’s soothing presence makes pain go away — and changes gene activity in infant brain appeared first on PsyPost.
|Mechanisms behind ‘Mexican waves’ in the brain are revealed by scientists
||Scientists have revealed the mechanisms that enable certain brain cells to persuade others to create ‘Mexican waves’ linked with cognitive function. Ultimately, the team say their work may help researchers understand more about normal brain function and about neurocognitive disorders such as dementia. Neurons are cells in the brain that communicate chemical and electrical information [...]The post Mechanisms behind ‘Mexican waves’ in the brain are revealed by scientists appeared first on PsyPost.
|High-fructose diet in adolescence may exacerbate depressive-like behavior
||The consumption of a diet high in fructose throughout adolescence can worsen depressive- and anxiety-like behavior and alter how the brain responds to stress, according to new animal research scheduled for presentation at Neuroscience 2014, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the world’s largest source of emerging news about brain science and [...]The post High-fructose diet in adolescence may exacerbate depressive-like behavior appeared first on PsyPost.
|A Mindful Gift from Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) to
||Last week I wrote about Thich Nhat Hanh’s brain hemorrhage landing him in the hospital. The most recent update from Plum Village shows that while his condition is still in a critical stage he has opened his eyes and even reached out to touch the attendant next to him. In...
|Study examines whether ‘brain training’ programs actually work
||Computer based ‘brain training’ can boost memory and thinking skills in older adults, but many programs promoted by the $1 billion brain training industry are ineffective, reveals new research by the University of Sydney. Published today in PLOS Medicine, the study shows that engaging older adults computer-based cognitive training (also known as brain training) can [...]The post Study examines whether ‘brain training’ programs actually work appeared first on PsyPost.
|Training can lead to synaesthetic experiences, study shows
||A new study has shown for the first time that people can be trained to “see” letters of the alphabet as colours in a way that simulates how those with synaesthesia experience their world. The University of Sussex research, published today (18 November 2014) in Scientific Reports, also found that the training might potentially boost [...]The post Training can lead to synaesthetic experiences, study shows appeared first on PsyPost.
|Brain receptor cell could be new target for Alzheimer’s
||Blocking a key receptor in brain cells that is used by oxygen free radicals could play a major role in neutralizing the biological consequences of Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers at Temple University. The researchers’ findings, “Modulation of AD Neuropathology and Memory Impairments by the Isoprostane F2α Is Mediated by the Thromboxane Receptor,” were published [...]The post Brain receptor cell could be new target for Alzheimer’s appeared first on PsyPost.
|Global surge in ADHD diagnosis has more to do with marketing than medicine
||You can’t catch attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Yet the diagnosis and treatment of this behavioral condition is spreading like a contagion — surging as much as tenfold in some countries. Call it an economic and cultural plague, but not necessarily a medical one, says Brandeis professor Peter Conrad. In a recent paper in the [...]The post Global surge in ADHD diagnosis has more to do with marketing than medicine appeared first on PsyPost.