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Obamacare’s First Act: Why I’m Optimistic The dust has begun to settle ever so slightly on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known popularly as Obamacare, giving us a glimpse at what might be and what has already begun to change in terms of helping some of the most vulnerable among us – people struggling with addictions...
Why relationships are crucial to your health and happiness Close relationships influence your emotional well-being and development.
Moderation, a radical option in treating addiction Some experts say that for certain people in early stages of alcoholism, moderation management can be a solution.
Actor Stephen Collins Accused of Sexual Assault   Stephen Collins, film and TV actor confesses on tape in a therapy session, to sexually abusing at least three girls over a period of several years (let me clarify here, that by abusing I am referring to exposing himself and touching the children-or having them touch him). His confession was taped...
The Blank Slate You are not born an introvert or an extravert, a conscientious prude or a stupid risk-taker. The brain structures themselves organize in a particular way as a result of life experiences, and that organization can radically change.
Mental Health & Happiness: World Mental Health Day October 10 is World Mental Health Day and the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the 2014 focus to be schizophrenia. The people at the William Glasser Institute – US (WGI-US) took to heart Dr. Glasser’s mandate that society treat mental health as a public health issue. When we do...
Societies Where Women Outnumber Men Are Just As Violent There's long been a common-sense idea — largely untested by science — that having a surplus of men in a society causes more violence. But now we have evidence that this isn't true. Societies where the population is dominated by women are just as violent as ones dominated by men....
Hunger games: How the brain ‘browns’ fat to aid weight loss Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have uncovered a molecular process in the brain known to control eating that transforms white fat into brown fat. This process impacts how much energy we burn and how much weight we can lose. The results are published in the Oct. 9 issue of the journal Cell. Obesity is [...]The post Hunger games: How the brain ‘browns’ fat to aid weight loss appeared first on PsyPost.
Mining big data yields Alzheimer’s discovery Scientists at The University of Manchester have used a new way of working to identify a new gene linked to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. The discovery fills in another piece of the jigsaw when it comes to identifying people most at risk of developing the condition. Researcher David Ashbrook and colleagues from the UK [...]The post Mining big data yields Alzheimer’s discovery appeared first on PsyPost.
Online Seminar for People Living with Narcissists Whether you are living with, dealing with, in love with, or leaving a narcissist—this workshop will offer the essential tools necessary for understanding and dealing with this complex syndrome, its impact on relationships, family, children, and, most importantly, on your sense of self.
Multiple neurodevelopmental disorders have a common molecular cause Neurodevelopmental disorders such as Down syndrome and autism-spectrum disorder can have profound, lifelong effects on learning and memory, but relatively little is known about the molecular pathways affected by these diseases. A study published by Cell Press October 9th in the American Journal of Human Genetics shows that neurodevelopmental disorders caused by distinct genetic mutations [...]The post Multiple neurodevelopmental disorders have a common molecular cause appeared first on PsyPost.
Mouse version of an autism spectrum disorder improves when diet includes a synthetic oil When young mice with the rodent equivalent of a rare autism spectrum disorder (ASD), called Rett syndrome, were fed a diet supplemented with the synthetic oil triheptanoin, they lived longer than mice on regular diets. Importantly, their physical and behavioral symptoms were also less severe after being on the diet, according to results of new [...]The post Mouse version of an autism spectrum disorder improves when diet includes a synthetic oil appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers uncover how ‘love hormone’ regulates sexual behavior Oxytocin has been called the “love hormone” because it plays an important role in social behaviors, such as maternal care and pair bonding. In a study published by Cell Press on October 9th in the journal Cell, researchers uncover oxytocin-responsive brain cells that are necessary for female social interest in male mice during estrus—the sexually [...]The post Researchers uncover how ‘love hormone’ regulates sexual behavior appeared first on PsyPost.
How to Keep Good Mental Health I really like Wednesdays. I would go so far as to say that Wednesdays are good for my mental health. “Why Wednesdays?” you may ask. Why not Fridays or Saturdays? After all, Wednesday is ‘hump day’- just half way through the working week for the majority of people. It is a wishy-washy sort of day […]
Do We Create Our Own Reality? Not So Fast! A popular New Age view that rankles me is that we create our own reality — and that we become what we think or believe. A related view is that we’re responsible for everything that happens to us. If our relationships aren’t fulfilling, or if we’re struggling with financial hardship,...
Manipulating memory with light Neuroscientists have used light to erase a specific memory in mice, showing how the hippocampus and cortex work together to retrieve memories.
Newly discovered brain cells explain a prosocial effect of oxytocin Oxytocin, the body’s natural love potion, helps couples fall in love, makes mothers bond with their babies, and encourages teams to work together. Now new research reveals a mechanism by which this prosocial hormone has its effect on interactions between the sexes, at least in certain situations. The key, it turns out, is a newly discovered class of brain cells.
National Bipolar Awareness Day – 5 things you should National Bipolar Awareness Day here in the U.S. has made me think about the word “awareness” and what that means. Here’s a few things you should be aware of in regards to bipolar disorder: 1. Acceptance is the key. My therapist says she has clients who come in and wank about...
Watch How The Presence Of A Mean Adult Makes This Toddler's Head Spin As adults, we've learned to alter our behavior in the presence of angry people. But as this fascinating experiment reveals, even toddlers as young as 15 months have already figured this out....
If Women Ruled the World A harmonious and egalitarian society may not be an impossible dream.