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Reinvent Yourself This New Year and Step Into Your “Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” – A. C. Benson What if who you are today is nothing compared to who you can become? I believe this is the case for all of us. I believe we can transform and reinvent ourselves....
Patient awakes from post-traumatic minimally conscious state after administration of depressant drug A patient who had suffered a traumatic brain injury unexpectedly recovered full consciousness after the administration of midazolam, a mild depressant drug of the GABA A agonists family. This resulted in the first recorded case of an “awakening” from a minimally-conscious state (MCS) using this therapy. Although similar awakenings have been reported using other drugs, [...]The post Patient awakes from post-traumatic minimally conscious state after administration of depressant drug appeared first on PsyPost.
Immune cells in brain respond to fat in diet, causing mice to eat Immune cells perform a previously unsuspected role in the brain that may contribute to obesity, according to a new study by UC San Francisco researchers. When the researchers fed mice a diet high in saturated milk fats, microglia, a type of immune cell, underwent a population explosion in the brain region called the hypothalamus, which [...]The post Immune cells in brain respond to fat in diet, causing mice to eat appeared first on PsyPost.
Effective vs. Ineffective Communication We are social beings. Assertiveness is a style of communication and is the most effective type of the four types of communication. Unfortunately, assertiveness is not used as often as people should. All of us use each of the four styles of communication, and as a result some of our interactions...
Brain reward circuits respond differently to two kinds of sugar The brain responds differently to two kinds of sugar, according to a report today at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual meeting in Phoenix Arizona. The study suggests that fructose heightens the response of brain reward circuits to food cues, promoting feeding behavior. Currently, roughly two out of three U.S. adults are overweight and one [...]The post Brain reward circuits respond differently to two kinds of sugar appeared first on PsyPost.
Enzyme identified which could lead to targeted treatment for PMS Low doses of fluoxetine – better known as the anti-depressant Prozac – could hold the key to preventing PMS symptoms, an international team of researchers has found. Up to 80 per cent of women are thought to suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which can be a debilitating condition with symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, fatigue, [...]The post Enzyme identified which could lead to targeted treatment for PMS appeared first on PsyPost.
People with dementia suffer less depression in care homes – but why? These days, you have to try hard to not come across a daily article or news piece about dementia, and care homes receive a great deal of negative press. The Care Quality Commission recently released a report on the standard of dementia care in care homes and hospitals, across England. It found that in 34% [...]The post People with dementia suffer less depression in care homes – but why? appeared first on PsyPost.
Dog brains process human speech in the same way we do Sometimes it may seem like your dog doesn’t want to listen. But in our study, however, we’ve found that he may understand more than he lets on. Human speech is complex, communicating not only words but also tone, as well as information about the speaker such as their gender and identity. To what extent can [...]The post Dog brains process human speech in the same way we do appeared first on PsyPost.
My brain made me do it, but does that matter? Imagine that Brian promises to drive you to the airport but never shows up, and you miss your flight. When you confront Brian, he tells you that he remembered his promise but decided to watch a movie instead. Would you be angry? You betcha! But then suppose Brian pleads, “Don’t be angry at me. My [...]The post My brain made me do it, but does that matter? appeared first on PsyPost.
‘Working out’ PTSD: Exercise is a vital part of treatment In 1954, the first director-general of the World Health Organisation, Dr Brock Chisholm, famously stated: “Without mental health there can be no true physical health.” More than half a century later, we have large numbers of studies backing up his belief. Surprisingly, given the known effectiveness of exercise as an additional part of treatment for [...]The post ‘Working out’ PTSD: Exercise is a vital part of treatment appeared first on PsyPost.
Death and families: When ‘normal’ grief can last a lifetime When I was three years old my brother was born. He had a heart condition, and after being in and out of hospital for the whole of his little life, he died when I was five. The time after he was gone was a long and empty period of terrible loneliness and the hollow aching [...]The post Death and families: When ‘normal’ grief can last a lifetime appeared first on PsyPost.
Grit: Three Reasons This Mental Toughness Skill Matters, and There is just something about those people who seem to never give up — in spite of all life throws their way. It seems that no matter what obstacles they face, they keep fighting. And what they accomplish, if often pretty amazing. Naturally we wonder, what is it the drives...
Carefully Choose Your Actions with These 3 Mindfulness Tools “Your task is not to seek for love, but to seek and find the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” — Rumi As humans, we are creatures of habit. We not only stick to the same brand of shampoo, but we also have many mental, emotional, and...
Holiday Survival Guide If you’re one of the many people who goes into a downward spiral during the holiday season (or if you love someone who does), this one’s for you.1)  Identify what’s happening internally. Symptoms often start in your body (for example, you’re exhausted because you’re getting depressed, or your stomach bothers you because...
Are the Chicago Cubs Cursed? (Part II) As baseball’s Winter Meetings wrapped up yesterday in San Diego, among the teams to make the most noise were the Chicago Cubs, picking up several players including prized free agent pitcher Jon Lester. All of their acquisitions made members of the media wonder whether the time has come, and if the...
Play, Soul Pancake and Building Your Anti-Depressant Brain For years now I’ve been studying about what helps create more resilience and happiness within us. I’ve looked to my own life, the life of my clients and students and toward the psychological and neuroscience research. What I’ve found is that within each and every one of us are a...
Meeting Your Needs When You’re Super Busy In the last few months Brian and I have been planning our wedding (while experiencing some unexpected drama with our venue), and making improvements on our house. I’ve been revising my book while working on my normal writing projects. Brian has been swamped at work. And, of course, we have...
Charisma – What it Is and How to Grow It Is charisma something that you have to be born with or is it something you can cultivate? Research suggests that anyone can develop their ability to project charisma, if they are willing to do the personal work required.
Are you genetically predisposed to antisocial behaviour? Both positive and negative experiences influence how genetic variants affect the brain and thereby behavior, according to a new study. “Evidence is accumulating to show that the effects of variants of many genes that are common in the population depend on environmental factors. Further, these genetic variants affect each other,” explained one researcher.
How to Help a Friend Who's Been Sexually Assaulted With high profile cases in the news lately, there is still a lot of miscommunication about just how to help someone who has been the victim of a sexual assault. Here is how to be the friend that does good rather than harm.