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This Experiment Shows We're Low On Good Samaritans And High On Irony How likely are you to stop and help a stranger? Do you think that would change if the ethos you subscribe to is all about helping others? Here's an experiment that tested that very idea....
Head injury causes immune system to attack brain, new study finds Scientists have uncovered a surprising way to reduce the brain damage caused by head injuries -- stopping the body's immune system from killing brain cells. A new study showed that in experiments on mice, an immune-based treatment reduced the size of brain lesions. The authors suggest that if the findings apply to humans, this could help prevent brain damage from accidents, and protect players of contact sports like football, rugby and boxing.
Fish intake associated with boost to antidepressant response Up to half of patients who suffer from major depression do not respond to treatment with Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. Now a group of researchers has carried out a study that shows that increasing fatty fish intake appears to increase the response rate in patients who do not respond to antidepressants.
New test to help brain injury victims recover A new assessment can help patients suffering from traumatic brain injury, aneurism, dementia, stroke and more between ages 18-74, experts say. The test is suitable for measuring concentration, memory retention, motor performance, language skills and spatial awareness in patients.
How to Have a Well-Behaved Child, Part 2 In my last post, I presented general principles of good behavior in young children. Today, I would like to follow up with specific recommendations – 15 rules that parents can use to help children learn to behave well (most of the time).
Candidates as Wedding Dresses: Why Does Only This Ad Single women are not evenhanded when it comes to their political preferences. They vote overwhelmingly for Democrats. Republicans have noticed, and in an attempt to attract more of them to the GOP, they created a series of ads. I wonder if they thought long and hard about what kind of...
The Autumn Of An ADHD Life I have no idea if I’m in the autumn of my life, in ways it really feels like I am, but in other ways it still feels like spring for me. It’s truly difficult to reconcile wondering how I’m going to finance retirement in 10 years with wondering what I...
Resources For People With Borderline Personality Disorder This is a space for people with borderline personality disorder who have specific suggestions about how they recovered or what specifically helped them, including sites, blogs, books, and more. Please focus on recovery.
It Helps to Focus on the Positive Stuff Things are OK as they are. That’s the one fact I’ve been struggling with recently. I have this image in my mind as to how I want things to be. I want to make lots of money, I want a house in the mountains, I want to get married. All...
Happy Two Faced: A Common Crime Of Shortsighted Kindness Happy-Two-Faced: a happy-face attitude that ultimately makes one two-faced. For example, your boss reassures you that things will get better as soon as he implements an improvement that he doesn't end up implementing, or a friend who says he'll be there in a few minutes when he knows he'll make you wait more than that. "But I just wanted to make you happy!" he says.
Happy-Two-Faced: A Common Crime of Shortsighted Kindness Happy-Two-Faced: a happy-face attitude that ultimately makes one two-faced. For example, your boss reassures you that things will get better as soon as he implements an improvement that he doesn't end up implementing, or a friend who says he'll be there in a few minutes when he knows he'll make you wait more than that. "But I just wanted to make you happy!" he says.
Researchers find why depression and ageing are linked to increased disease risk Psychological stress and stress-related psychiatric disorders are associated with increased risk for aging-related diseases, but the molecular mechanisms underlying this relation are unknown. Understanding these mechanisms may contribute to the development of targeted preventive strategies and new or improved treatments for these devastating diseases. This work is presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology congress [...]The post Researchers find why depression and ageing are linked to increased disease risk appeared first on PsyPost.
A neurotic personality increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease Women who worry, cope poorly with stress and/or experience mood swings in middle age run a higher risk of developing Alzheimer disease later in life. This is the conclusion of a study carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy that followed 800 women for nearly 40 years. The study, which will be published in the scientific [...]The post A neurotic personality increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
New information about neurons could lead to advancements in understanding brain disorders Neurons are electrically charged cells, located in the nervous system, that interpret and transmit information using electrical and chemical signals. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have determined that individual neurons can react differently to electrical signals at the molecular level and in different ways—even among neurons of the same type. This variability may [...]The post New information about neurons could lead to advancements in understanding brain disorders appeared first on PsyPost.
Pathological gambling is associated with altered opioid system in the brain All humans have a natural opioid system in the brain. Now new research, presented at the ECNP Congress in Berlin, has found that the opioid system of pathological gamblers responds differently to those of normal healthy volunteers. The work was carried out by a group of UK researchers from London and Cambridge, and was funded [...]The post Pathological gambling is associated with altered opioid system in the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
School and job failure may increase drug users’ risks of suffering a fatal overdose For the first time, researchers have found that problem drug users with less successful educational and employment careers are more likely to die of an overdose. Moreover, there is no link between parents’ professional status and the likelihood that their problem drug-using child will die from an overdose. “Overdose victims are roughly twice as likely [...]The post School and job failure may increase drug users’ risks of suffering a fatal overdose appeared first on PsyPost.
Using feminist theory to understand male rape Decades of feminist research have framed rape and sexual assault as a ‘women’s issue’, leaving little room for the experiences of male victims. But a new study published in the Journal of Gender Studies suggests that feminist theory, with its focus on the gendered nature of rape, can also help us understand the stigmas, social constructions [...]The post Using feminist theory to understand male rape appeared first on PsyPost.
Study: Birth season affects your mood in later life New research shows that the season you are born has a significant impact on your risk of developing mood disorders. People born at certain times of year may have a greater chance of developing certain types of affective temperaments, which in turn can lead to mood disorders (affective disorders). This work is being presented at [...]The post Study: Birth season affects your mood in later life appeared first on PsyPost.
Women more likely to develop anxiety and depression after heart attack Women are more likely to develop anxiety and depression after a heart attack (myocardial infarction; MI) than men, according to research presented at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2014 by Professor Pranas Serpytis from Lithuania. Acute Cardiovascular Care is the annual meeting of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and [...]The post Women more likely to develop anxiety and depression after heart attack appeared first on PsyPost.
I have anxiety, why is my doctor prescribing an antipsychotic? What’s in a name? Doctors have found that the name of the drug you are prescribed significantly influences how the patient sees the treatment. Now in a significant shift, the world’s major psychiatry organisations are proposing to completely change the terminology of the drugs used in mental disorders shifting it from symptom based (e.g. antidepressant, [...]The post I have anxiety, why is my doctor prescribing an antipsychotic? appeared first on PsyPost.