|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.
|You’re Only Hurting Yourself
||People do self-destructive acts all the time. Sometimes it’s because they don’t realize they’re doing it (self-sabotage, where your unconscious is driving the car) or because they don’t see an alternative (cutting, for example, releases endorphins and offers immediate relief from pain.) Here are some questions to ask yourself, in...
|Are You an Invisible Hero?
|| The world is full of Invisible Heroes. People who are changing the world. People who do not realize how courageous they are. Quiet, unsung Emotional Warriors, who avoid the spotlight, even though they should have it. How do I know this? I meet them every day. The truth is...
|Why Real Love Is Hard Work
||A month into our relationship, my now-husband asked me, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” I didn’t hesitate. “As a nun in a third-world country doing missionary work,” I said. “Interesting.” Somewhere around that time I also told him it would be five years before I slept with...
|Could Everything ‘They’ Tell Us Be Wrong?
||Why should I let others define what’s important for my life? Do they know better? Or if they know better, does what they know apply to me? More and more, I’m thinking not. I’m thinking that what society values is not what I value. I’m thinking that what our culture...
|Dysprosody: When You Can't Stress Words or You Can't Stress Words
What's the difference between telling people they shouldn't do something and telling them they shouldn't do something? If you have dysprosody, nothing. People with dysprosody can't control the stresses in their speech, and it makes a world of difference....
|How to Feel Happy Just By Walking Differently
Our mood clearly affects how we walk, but how does our walking style affect our mood?
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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|I have anxiety, why is my doctor prescribing an antipsychotic? New drug naming system unveiled
||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 organizations are proposing to completely change the terminology of the drugs used in mental disorders shifting it from symptom based (e.g. antidepressant, antipsychotic etc.) to pharmacologically based (e.g. focusing on pharmacological target (serotonin, dopamine etc.) and the relevant mode of action). This will mean that patient will no longer have the confusion of being prescribed a drug for what appears to be an unrelated condition, but also means that drug names will be more understandable to doctors.
|How to Negotiate with Difficult and Aggressive People
||Do you deal with aggressive, intimidating, or controlling people at work or in your personal life? With astute approach and intelligent communication, you may turn aggression into cooperation, and condescension into respect. Here are a few tips on how to negotiate with difficult individuals...
|Self-Care Sunday 10.19.14
||In this new series I share links to all kinds of posts, which explore taking kinder care of ourselves — from appreciating our bodies to getting to know ourselves better to expressing our creativity (which goes hand in hand with self-discovery) to feeling our feelings to saying no to saying...
|Stories that Sabotage Coping and Spike Stress
||Our belief systems, or personal stories, dictate our behavior. The stories we spin about ourselves can shape everything from the decisions we make to how we interact with others to the goals we accomplish. “Our thoughts have tremendous power and largely create our realities,” said Joyce Marter, LCPC, a psychotherapist...