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Accomplishments And ADHD   Every time I do something, it’s an accomplishment. Every day is filled with accomplishments from one end to the other. But there are things I set out to do that I don’t accomplish in a day. Seems like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? It seems like one of those dichotomies...
Networking for Introverts Even introverts can succeed at networking, that, alas, too-essential activity.
Drugs and Alcohol: These Looks Can Kill Drug and alcohol abuse do ugly things, not only to our insides but to our outsides. And the effects on our appearance can have the power to move us. Tell us that alcohol damages our liver and brain, and we nod. Tell us that it may make us fat, well,...
Discussing the Controversy of Borderline Personality Traits in Adolescents Over the past two weeks I have enjoyed writing about and sharing with you the diagnostic issues and parental fears surrounding Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and the possibility of adolescents being diagnosed with the disorder. Last week we discussed treatment options for adolescents exhibiting borderline personality traits (a diagnostic term...
PICK-UP ARTISTS: Manipulative but evidence based? Pick-up artists use all kinds of techniques to win over women. But is there psychological evidence behind their techniques?
Therapist Blog Challenge #17: Surviving the Holidays Therapist blog challenge #17 focuses on how to help readers make it through the crazy emotional stress of the holiday season. Headline  Come up with a catchy title for your blog post.  Here are a few examples: Crazy Christmas and Hectic Hanukkah! How to Make it Through the Holidays...
When Veterans Come Home: A Process of Reconnection What people do not see and may not understand is that the homecoming of a veteran is both a treasured event and a complex process. For a couple, in addition to all that it demands in terms of the reality of time, space, roles, money, kids and deployment cycles, homecoming...
Where Do You Get Creative Inspiration? – Part 2 Continued from Part 1. “Before the dance of inspiration and perspiration can begin, there must be some raw material, some spark of inciting energy.” From the book The Soul of Creativity: Insights into the Creative Process by Tona Pearce Myers. Actor Rose McGowan relates an experience that may...
The Best Kind of Travel Photography The act of photographing this sunset could either enhance or detract from our enjoyment of it. If the goal is simply to preserve the moment, we may not really see what is in front of us. How can we take photos to enhance special moments?
Helping patients with schizophrenia and their caregivers Researchers at the University of Miami (UM) have developed a family-focused, culturally-informed treatment for schizophrenia (CIT-S). The program is one of the first to incorporate elements of the patient’s cultural background as part of therapy. The findings are published online ahead of print, in the Journal of Family Psychology. The novel treatment aimed to reduce [...]The post Helping patients with schizophrenia and their caregivers appeared first on PsyPost.
Study finds regular marijuana use changes the brain and can lower IQ The effects of chronic marijuana use on the brain may depend on age of first use and duration of use, according to researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas. In a paper published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers for the first time comprehensively [...]The post Study finds regular marijuana use changes the brain and can lower IQ appeared first on PsyPost.
Research may bring the idea of sleep learning one step closer to reality New Weizmann Institute research may bring the idea of sleep learning one step closer to reality. The research, which appeared today in The Journal of Neuroscience, suggests that certain kinds of conditioning applied during sleep could induce us to change our behavior. The researchers exposed smokers to pairs of smells – cigarettes together with that [...]The post Research may bring the idea of sleep learning one step closer to reality appeared first on PsyPost.
Federal legislation ignores PTSD toll on civilians Federal laws explicitly addressing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have overwhelmingly focused on the needs of military personnel and veterans, according to a new analysis published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress. The study, authored by Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, an assistant professor at the Drexel University School of Public Health, is the first to examine how [...]The post Federal legislation ignores PTSD toll on civilians appeared first on PsyPost.
Mindfully Sitting with Shame Shame surfaced during my sitting meditation. When it first arrived, I wasn’t sure what to do. I wanted it to leave. It was going to ruin my calm meditation! And I was in a group meditation, which increased my discomfort, so I sat, hoping for something else to surface quickly....
Neuroscientists reveal mechanism crucial to molding male brains Neural circuitry that researchers previously showed was vital to triggering ovulation and maintaining fertility also plays a key role in molding the male brain, scientists have shown. In new research, they show that male-specific signalling in the Gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons of new-born mice is crucial to generating a testosterone surge that occurs up to five hours after birth.
Study of Lou Gehrig's disease shifts 'origin' focus to brain's motor neurons Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, might damage muscle-controlling nerve cells in the brain earlier in the disease process than previously known, according to research. These findings could shift researchers’ attention from the spinal cord to the brain’s motor cortex as the disease’s initial point of dysfunction.
Near infrared laser beams to map neural circuitry of brain and guide neurons to potentially repair damage in body A physics team is using their expertise in the field of optics and photonics to advance new methods in areas such as mapping the neural circuitry of the brain and guiding neurons to potentially repair damage in the body.
Here’s how playing video games is good for your brain Whether playing video games has negative effects is something that has been debated for 30 years, in much the same way that rock and roll, television, and even the novel faced much the same criticisms in their time. Purported negative effects such as addiction, increased aggression, and various health consequences such as obesity and repetitive [...]The post Here’s how playing video games is good for your brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Why ‘I’m so happy I could cry’ makes sense The phrase “tears of joy” never made much sense to Yale psychologist Oriana Aragon. But after conducting a series of studies of such seemingly incongruous expressions, she now understands better why people cry when they are happy. “People may be restoring emotional equilibrium with these expressions,” said Aragon, lead author of work to be published [...]The post Why ‘I’m so happy I could cry’ makes sense appeared first on PsyPost.
Multiple models reveal new genetic links in autism With the help of mouse models, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and the “tooth fairy,” researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have implicated a new gene in idiopathic or non-syndromic autism. The gene is associated with Rett syndrome, a syndromic form of autism, suggesting that different types of autism spectrum [...]The post Multiple models reveal new genetic links in autism appeared first on PsyPost.