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Mental Health Day: The Secret to Mental Toughness “Vulnerability is not weakness. And that’s a myth that is profoundly dangerous.” Brene Brown   “Act as is everything is in your control.” This is what one website said about developing mental toughness. Then, they went on to say that one should never whine or complain. While I’m not for...
Reasons for Living: World Mental Health Day Reasons for living never come cheap Even your best ones can put me to sleep What I am saying, or trying to say Is that there must be a better way … ~ Duncan Sheik I have bipolar II disorder, which means the depressive side is far more prominent than...
Is Your Relationship Broken? Eight Rays of Hope Even the most dysfunctional relationships may be not only salvageable but contain the potential for total rejuvenation. The outcome depends on what resources still remain under the cloud of despair, and how willing the couple is to do the work to bring them back to life.
Parental misconceptions about concussions could hinder treatment, recovery With football season in full swing, there's no shortage of talk about young players -- from high school down to the pee wee levels -- suffering from concussions. Yet many parents may lack knowledge about this mild traumatic brain injury, according to two studies.
10 Things I Will Do To Improve My Own Mental Health I have had a tumultuous year, and because of this I have let my own mental health slide quite a bit while I adjust to new surroundings. Since its World Mental Health Day, I have decided to sit up and take notice of what I have and haven’t been doing,...
Why exercise boosts IQ Research shows exercising the body is one of the best ways to boost intelligence and preserve it through old age.
What It’s Like to Live with Schizophrenia Thirty-one years ago Elyn R. Saks was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Her prognosis was grave: she wouldn’t be able to live independently, hold a job or find love. After her hospitalization at 28 years old, a doctor suggested she work as a cashier. If she could do that, they’d reassess her...
Can Trauma Cause Schizophrenia? My dad killed my mom, Sara, he killed my mom.  Right in front of me while I lay under the bed.  He killed her, Sara, and then he left. I never saw him again. My first job out of graduate school was working with an Assertive Community Treatment team.  It’s...
This is Why Childhood Psychological Abuse Should Be As Taboo as Sexual or Physical Abuse Large new study reveals just how harmful psychological abuse in childhood can be. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:The Healthiest Way to Deal With Memories of a Traumatic Childhood Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development Effects of Childhood Bullying Last at Least 40 Years Childhood Poverty and Stress Harms Adult Brain Function Childhood Amnesia: The Age at Which Our Earliest Memories Fade
Why Are We So Fascinated by Violence? Violence is all around us and perhaps we like to talk about it to make it understandable to us. How is it possible that someone could cut off someone’s head? we wonder reading the news or even watching the beheading done by a masked man who speaks our language, English, to us on a video. Where does such evil come from?
Are You Too Codependent In Your Relationship? Where Do Thanks Rita, for your feedback. This blog article is in response to your request. “As I lean in the codependent direction myself, it would be helpful to have a third example in this article — one of a healthy, balanced individual. Something to aim for, you know?-Rita Givers and Takers...
10 New Insights into Sleep: Discover What The Latest Psych Research Has Taught Us How sleep enhances recall, why some can survive on 5 hours, a strange cure for a lack of sleep and more... Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Poor Sleep Can Lead to False Memories A Strange Cure for Lack of Sleep Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep Why Some People Only Need Five Hours’ Sleep a Night You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds
World Mental Health Day: On Stigma Today, is World Mental Health Day. In honor of this day, I’m talking about stigma and seeking professional support. Learn more about this day, and read other pieces here. When psychologist Deborah Serani, PsyD, was diagnosed with depression, her initial relief turned into shame. As she writes in her book...
Living with Mental Illness: World Mental Health Day 2014 Living with any mental illness is never easy. Nowhere is this more true that when a person has to deal with the likes of schizophrenia, depression or bipolar disorder. Sometimes treatments don’t seem to work as effectively as promised. Other times we run into friends or family members just not...
World Mental Health Day: Scholarly and Personal Perspectives October 10, 2014 is World Mental Health Day. Here at PsychCentral, bloggers have been invited to join the discussion. The theme this year is “living with schizophrenia.” I don’t have any expertise on that, and it is not relevant to the single-at-heart topic of this blog, so I am going...
Mechanism that repairs brain after stroke discovered A previously unknown mechanism through which the brain produces new nerve cells after a stroke has been discovered by researchers. A stroke is caused by a blood clot blocking a blood vessel in the brain, which leads to an interruption of blood flow and therefore a shortage of oxygen. Many nerve cells die, resulting in motor, sensory and cognitive problems. The researchers have shown that following an induced stroke in mice, support cells, so-called astrocytes, start to form nerve cells in the injured part of the brain.
“I Want to Look Better Naked!” You might not believe it (or, maybe you might) but one of the most common answers I get when I ask people why they exercise is… …”I want to look better naked!” Setting aside the fact that what “looks better naked” is subjective, as someone who firmly believes that diet...
Oh, I’ve Got A Plan All Right I’ve discovered something. Long term plans? They suck. I’ve also discovered that they are completely necessary. It turns out that long term plans are the things that people use to get places, or even keep from getting left behind in life or dragged into situations they want to avoid. But,...
Best of Our Blogs: October 10, 2014 I bet what your struggling with isn’t your greatest challenge. It’s learning how to accept the situation for what it is. It is a simple concept, but an excruciatingly difficult one to practice. Within each of us is an ideal perspective of how life should be. We have a vision...
Are You in Denial About Your Diet? Last week’s cartoon  was about being brave enough to tell people you are NOT a people person, and why this is a good thing. All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2014.  My main cartoon site is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And  you can Like me  on Facebook...