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How Do Sober People Fight Anxiety Without Medication Everyone deals with anxiety differently. People new to sobriety will probably add their own methods, habits, and lists on combating anxiety, depression and other mental health hurdles. Physicians can be … ...
Best of Our Blogs: February 10, 2017 With all the stress these days, I wonder how much time we all devote to this. Simple joy. I’m not talking planned spring vacations or special nights out. I’m talking impromptu meanderings, feeling the steam from a hot cup of tea, or carving out time … ...
What Makes You Think Something Is Romantic? When someone asks, “Isn’t that romantic?”, they are not really asking your opinion. They are commenting on the obvious, seemingly inherent romantic nature of whatever it is they are discussing. … ...
Trauma-Informed Care: It’s the Law in Some States! In some states, TIC (trauma-informed care) is mandated as the standard. But does it mean people are actually trauma-informed? In the year that I’ve been absent from my blog, I’ve … ...
Dishonest people more likely to ask friends to be on the lookout for partner infidelity, study finds Dishonest individuals are more likely to have their friends keep an eye on their romantic partners, according to research published in the journal Personal Relationships. The study examined how personality traits like honesty affected mate retention tactics, meaning behaviors designed to minimize the risk of partner infidelity. Specifically, the study examined coalitional mate retention tactics — [...]
Researchers make strides in schizophrenia diagnosis research Researchers from the University of Maryland College Park (UMD) and Baltimore (UMB) campuses have developed a blood test that could help doctors more quickly diagnose schizophrenia and other disorders. Their study, “Redox Probing for Chemical Information of Oxidative Stress,” was recently published in the journal Analytical Chemistry. “We hope our new technique will allow a [...]
Words can sound ’round’ or ‘sharp’ without us realizing it Our tendency to match specific sounds with specific shapes, even abstract shapes, is so fundamental that it guides perception before we are consciously aware of it, according to new research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The “bouba-kiki” effect, originally reported over 85 years ago and replicated many times since, [...]
Brain scanners allow scientists to ‘read minds’ – could they now enable a ‘Big Brother’ future? Are you lying? Do you have a racial bias? Is your moral compass intact? To find out what you think or feel, we usually have to take your word for it. But questionnaires and other explicit measures to reveal what’s on your mind are imperfect: you may choose to hide your true beliefs or you [...]
New study links brain stem volume and aggression in autism New research from BYU’s autism experts is providing clues into the link between aggression and autism — clues the team hopes will eventually lead to more effective intervention. In the study, published in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, researchers report an inverse correlation between aggression and brain stem volume in children with autism: the smaller [...]
Neural network learns to select potential anticancer drugs Scientists from Mail.Ru Group, Insilico Medicine and MIPT have for the first time applied a generative neural network to create new pharmaceutical medicines with the desired characteristics. By using Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) developed and trained to “invent” new molecular structures, there may soon be a dramatic reduction in the time and cost of searching [...]
Poverty and high neighborhood murder rates increase depression in older adults Older adults who live in poor and violent urban neighborhoods are at greater risk for depression, a study by researchers from UC Davis, the University of Minnesota and other institutions published Jan. 23 in the journal Health & Place has found. The research specifically showed that older adults who lived in neighborhoods with more homicide [...]
Choosing Not To Parent I’m kind of a weirdo. Most people want kids. They want birthday parties for pint-sized humans. They want soccer game goals. They want to bathe this thing, this baby they … ...
When a Narcissist Makes an Apology An apology to a narcissist is not the same as it is for the non-personality-disordered person. An apology to the average person means: I’m sorry. Let’s make up. An apology to a narcissist means: Look how good I am. Now you owe me forgiveness. We … ...
Why Do We Yearn to Stay the Same? So many of us praise and yearn for internal change. We try to be smarter, braver, kinder. We try to be more patient and more forgiving. We try to be more … ...
Relationships Can Make Addiction Even Worse Addiction is a disease of the soul, mind, brain, body, and emotions. It is also is a disease of relationships. It’s important to understand that while the obvious is true, … ...
How to Inexpensively Solve the Opioid Crisis The Case for Pharmacy Dosing of Methadone The stigma around methadone use and the several important problems endemic to the system of methadone clinics in the United States are well-known, reducing the number of users who can benefit from the life-saving medication. These issues are … ...
My number one recommendation for couples in crisis Relationships are tricky things. There are days of sunshine, when everything is ‘right with the world’; I am feeling calm, relaxed and in control.  I have infinite patience with my darling husband, even when he says or does something that I don’t particularly find attractive. By contrast, there are other days when I am tired, […]
Should you start a private practice? It all starts with an idea, a thought, a tiny peek into a vision of what life could look like if you weren’t showing up for the 9-5 day job. But is the idea or desire to start a private practice the right next thing … ...
Hope and Hopelessness in Trump's America Not only does hopelessness feel bad, it’s associated with inaction, making it a recipe for disaster in a democracy. So how do those in the political opposition remain hopeful?
ADHD and the Transition to Adulthood (Part 2) My last post looked at the transition to adulthood with ADHD. I talked about some of the ways ADHD can complicate the process of learning how to adult with ADHD. … ...