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Quasi-stability Yesterday, before I got here, my dad was trying to fix an invisible machine. By all accounts, he began working on the phantom device quite intently, but as his repairs began to involve the hospice bed and the tubes attached to his body, he was gently sedated, and he had to leave it, unresolved. This […]
Mindfulness and Meditation: Two Steps Toward Better Health Regular meditation along with a mindful lifestyle path can help individuals control and recover from many mental health disorders. Meditation is a practice of training the mind to induce another state of consciousness or bring attention to a particular point. Mindfulness refers to a psychological quality that involves bringing one’s...
Actually, We Have Lots of Chances to Raise Our I recently came across a Facebook meme that said, “You only get one chance to raise your kids right.” My gut reaction to this post was, “Ugh. Well, I’ve already screwed that one up. Forget the college fund. I need to start a therapy fund.” The truth is that I...
The Parent-Child Dance: Understanding (And Improving) Your Child’s Problem The Parent-Child Dance, by Miriam Manela, is the first guide to help you understand and shape your child's behavior....
Blood test developed to diagnose early onset Alzheimer's disease A non-invasive blood test that could diagnose early onset Alzheimer's disease (AD) with increased accuracy has been developed by researchers. The blood test has the potential to improve prediction for AD to 91 per cent accuracy. However, this needs to be further tested in a larger population across three to five years, due to AD being a progressive disease.
Nano ruffles in brain matter Researchers have deciphered the role of nanostructures around brain cells in the central nervous system. An accumulation of a protein called amyloid-beta into large insoluble deposits called plaques is known to cause Alzheimer's disease. One aspect of this illness that has not received much attention is which role the structure of the brain environment plays. How do macromolecules and macromolecular assemblies, such as polysaccharides, influence cell interaction in the brain?
Brain abnormalities found in chronic fatigue patients An imaging study has found distinct differences between the brains of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and those of healthy people.
What Three Words Need to be Rehearsed to Say Chato Stewart: “I’m Not Resisting” Caption: Ever been videoing, the cops show up but the Crazy Guy Knew the Secret Password? #ImNOTresisting Continue: Panel One | Panel Two | Panel Three | Panel Four In this four-part Mental Health Humor Cartoon series “I’m Not Resisting” The 3 Words said to...
Politics is Unbelievably Selfish Psychology tries to be consistent with the facts. But what happens when psychology reveals unpleasant things that almost no one wants to believe? What happens when we're looking at something like public opinion on hot-button issues, and the facts don't fit anyone's political agenda?
5 New Theories on the Cause of Depression I grew up thinking depression was as simple as one little transmitter getting lost somewhere on his way from one neuron to the other, much like I do when I venture farther than five miles from home. It’s an easy explanation — a chemical imbalance in the brain — one...
The Zeroth Law Of ADHD I have ADHD. You also may have ADHD. Or maybe you know someone who does. That’s what this blog is about. At least, that’s what it’s usually about. Sometimes, though, I talk about other things. Sometimes I talk about how things relate to ADHD, rather than talking about ADHD. Today,...
Introverts' Quick-Start Guide, Part 2 “I wish that the ability to work independently would be celebrated and valued as much as the ability to work in teams,” says Peter Vogt, author of the new book, The Introvert Manifesto. “We have team-building activities, after all, especially on the job. Why not independent work-building activities?”
The 10 Biggest Myths about Sex Addiction Treatment These 10 things are not so much myths as they are distortions born of fear and misinformation. When people do not understand sex addiction treatment they may see it as suspect or threatening in some way. This is most often based on very little direct knowledge or a misunderstanding of...
Gone Girl: Constructing the Truth   The movie, Gone Girl, with a screenplay by Gillian Flynn (based on her own novel), vividly illustrates how easily our point of view can be controlled. It also shows how easily some people can be controlled. It is the story of a psychopathic woman named Amy (played by Rosamund...
The Disillusioning Drama of Jian Ghomeshi If Jian hadn’t been so convincing as a gentle, peace-loving hipster, he might not have found so many alleged “consenting” partners. Who could have predicted it would take a sex scandal to reveal an ancient deep profound philosophical truth: The shadow side of appearing to be one extreme is that it makes it easier to be the opposite.
Understanding Adolescents With Borderline Personality Traits Are you the parent, grandparent, or family member of a teen or pre-teen who exhibits an inability to control their impulses, emotional reactions, behaviors, aggression, suicidal thoughts, self-injurious behaviors, and anger? Is the behavior so extreme that you are afraid to discuss minor issues for fear of upsetting this teen...
Police On The Scene: Three Words Can Save You Caption:Ever been videoing a Street performer, then realize he might be mentally Ill & in crisis?. #CopsRbout2beatACrazyGuy #video4sale Continue: Panel One | Panel Two | Panel Three | Panel Four In this four-part Mental Health Humor Cartoon series   Three Words Can Save You During a Mental Health Crisis “Police...
Are You Having A Public Mental Health Crisis? Did Police Car 5051: “Dispatch: at scene of disturbance we have the wife here requesting a Psych Eval. The suspect is 10-73 Bipolar and off his meds. We are cocked and locked and ready to approach suspect for assessment with deadly force.” Caption: Ever been videoing a street performer juggling -then...
Unproductive, and Proud of It As the days shorten, I’ve been working to keep my head above water. Although my spirits often feel liberated and expansive, the state of mind is unstable. My psyche is over-ballasted, and foundering comes easily. It doesn’t help to live in such a grinding materialist culture, with its competitive measures...
Is It a Street Performer or Someone in a Person Videoing one: Oh Ya, this’s on going on Youtube…he is Awesome! Person Videoing two: Is this dinner theater? Caption: Ever been out & seen something so awesome that you just had to stop and video it? #AwesomeStreetPerformer Continue: Panel One | Panel Two | Panel Three | Panel Four...