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What I Need to Feel Truly Human I recently returned from our family’s annual pilgrimage to Cape Cod. Cape Cod is my favorite place on Earth. I can learn more there, unwind more there, rest more there, restore more there, in just 24 hours than in 24 days back in my hometown of Houston, Texas (or anyplace...
How to Ask for Accommodations at Work Making it Work Although I’m very open about having Bipolar Disorder and have come out publicly several times at work, I’ve never had to ask for accommodations to HR. I have come to realize that at times, I do need accommodations and I’m blessed that usually, what I need are...
Genotype found in 30 percent of als patients speeds up disease progression Mice bred to carry a gene variant found in a third of ALS patients have a faster disease progression and die sooner than mice with the standard genetic model of the disease, according to researchers. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a degeneration of lower and upper motor neurons in the brainstem, spinal cord and the motor cortex. The disease, which affects 12,000 Americans, leads to loss of muscle control. People with ALS typically die of respiratory failure when the muscles that control breathing fail.
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How to Remain Calm in a Trying Situation I’ve had my fair share of overwhelming times. There have been times where I’ve been so thrown back in my chair that I had to excuse myself from the situation to get a grip on things. If it wasn’t anxiety it was a punch to the gut as some sort...
The Mind and Health For almost three years I have been writing informative, but intellectual articles on my personal blog. Recently, I have been inspired by the authenticity and transparency seen in the writing of my close friend Will Meecham, MD, in his Psych Central blog http://blogs.psychcentral.com/childhood-adversity/ That inspiration is motivating me to share...
Some Clients Need a Dating Plan… Not Everyone Knows How to Date For many psychotherapy clients, issues with relationships and intimacy are paramount. Typically, individuals seeking help with these issues display insecure attachment styles, usually the result of inconsistent, neglectful and/or abusive parenting – though many other forms of early-life (and even adult-life) trauma may also...
Soldiers at increased suicide risk after leaving hospital U.S. Army soldiers hospitalized with a psychiatric disorder have a significantly elevated suicide risk in the year following discharge from the hospital, according to research from the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS). The yearly suicide rate for this group, 263.9 per 100,000 soldiers, was far higher than the rate [...]The post Soldiers at increased suicide risk after leaving hospital appeared first on PsyPost.
Facial structure predicts goals, fouls among World Cup soccer players The structure of a soccer player’s face can predict his performance on the field–including his likelihood of scoring goals, making assists and committing fouls–according to a study led by a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder. The scientists studied the facial-width-to-height ratio (FHWR) of about 1,000 players from 32 countries who competed in the [...]The post Facial structure predicts goals, fouls among World Cup soccer players appeared first on PsyPost.
Humans’ big brains might be due in part to newly identified protein A protein that may partly explain why human brains are larger than those of other animals has been identified by scientists from two stem-cell labs at UC San Francisco, in research published in the November 13, 2014 issue of Nature. Key experiments by the UCSF researchers revealed that the protein, called PDGFD, is made in [...]The post Humans’ big brains might be due in part to newly identified protein appeared first on PsyPost.
Virtual reality helps people to comfort and accept themselves Self-compassion can be learned using avatars in an immersive virtual reality, finds new research led by UCL. This innovative approach reduced self-criticism and increased self-compassion and feelings of contentment in naturally self-critical individuals. The scientists behind the MRC-funded study say it could be applied to treat a range of clinical conditions including depression. The team [...]The post Virtual reality helps people to comfort and accept themselves appeared first on PsyPost.
Scientists unveil new targets, test to develop treatments for memory disorder In a pair of related studies, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified a number of new therapeutic targets for memory disorders and have developed a new screening test to uncover compounds that may one day work against those disorders. The two studies, one published in the journal Proceedings [...]The post Scientists unveil new targets, test to develop treatments for memory disorder appeared first on PsyPost.
Mental health providers not well prepared to care for military veterans, study finds Most community-based mental health providers are not well prepared to take care of the special needs of military veterans and their families, according to a new study by the RAND Corporation that was commissioned by United Health Foundation in collaboration with the Military Officers Association of America. The exploratory report, based on a survey of [...]The post Mental health providers not well prepared to care for military veterans, study finds appeared first on PsyPost.
How Your Eyes Give You Away If you’ve ever wondered how skilled sales professionals seem to know exactly when to turn on the turbo boosters to get you to make the deal – take a good long look in the mirror. Those two orbs staring back at you show your cards.
5 Reasons People May Think You are a Narcissist Have you noticed that people who you thought were your friends seem to avoid you? Do you find it difficult to make plans with others because nobody returns your calls? Has a pattern emerged where people have labeled you as selfish? If so, it might be time to conduct an...
Humans' big brains might be due in part to newly identified protein A protein that may partly explain why human brains are larger than those of other animals has been identified by scientists from two stem-cell labs. Key experiments revealed that the protein, called PDGFD, is made in growing brains of humans, but not in mice, and appears necessary for normal proliferation of human brain stem cells growing in a lab dish.
Picture emerges of how kids get head injuries A study in which more than 43,000 children were evaluated for head trauma offers an unprecedented picture of how children most frequently suffer head injuries, report physicians. The findings also indicate how often such incidents result in significant brain injuries, computerized tomography (CT) scans to assess head injuries, and neurosurgery to treat them.
10 Questions to Avoid Passive-Aggressive Co-Parenting Your child is hears (and feels) all of those subtle pot-shots you take at your ex. Everyone knows the basics of co-parenting: stay kid-focused, don’t use your kids as messengers, never use your kids as scapegoats, show up on time, and don’t talk negatively about your ex in front of...
Driving Me Mad If you follow this blog you may be aware of the fact that I have OCD issues revolving around driving. Well, today I took a 4 and a half hour trip with just my dog in the backseat. It is the first time in a few months that I have...
How does the brain develop in individuals with autism? Geneticists at Heidelberg University Hospital’s Department of Molecular Human Genetics have used a new mouse model to demonstrate the way a certain genetic mutation is linked to a type of autism in humans and affects brain development and behavior. In the brain of genetically altered mice, the protein FOXP1 is not synthesized, which is also [...]The post How does the brain develop in individuals with autism? appeared first on PsyPost.