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What Everyone Should Know About Emotional Affairs As a couple’s therapist, I’ve worked with many people whose marriages are threatened by an affair. When it comes to affairs, there are two types: sexual and emotional. In my experience, these two types of affairs are different, and happen in different kinds of relationships. While sexual affairs are often...
Do Sex Workers Have More Mental Health Problems? A frequent assumption is that sex workers have more mental health problems than the general population. This Swiss study shows that depends on what kind of sex work they do.
Why It May Not Pay To Steal Someone Else's Partner A surprising number of relationships are the product of "mate poaching", the ethically dubious practice of stealing someone else's partner. Though common, nearly nothing is known about the quality of the ensuing relationships. New research now suggests they suffer both in the short- and long-term....
The Uproar Over the New Samaritans Radar Twitter App Ed: We invited Mark Brown (@markoneinfour) to share the perspective from the Twitterverse on a new Twitter app released yesterday by the UK charity, the Samaritans, meant to help people who express suicidal words on Twitter. We also asked the Samaritans for their response to the concerns expressed within this...
Setting Self-Compassionate Boundaries This week my friend and favorite blogger Therese Borchard wrote a powerful piece about self-compassion and setting boundaries. The whole piece is a must-read. But it’s these words that struck me, because they’re all too familiar: Only in the safe place of therapy did I discover that much of my...
Possible cause of common dementia found, opening avenues for treatment A major cause of dementia has been potentially discovered, scientists report. In the type of dementia studied, there is damage to the white matter (nerve fibres) of the brain apparent on computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of older individuals.
Your Body is Worth Getting to Know I was in my late 20′s, and well into my struggles with anorexia and bulimia, before I began to perceive a tangible difference between “my body” and “me.” After so many years of casually speaking about “my body,” “my mind,” “my heart,” “my spirit,” I finally started to wonder just...
I’m Terrified of Yoga Inversions (& Other Random Confessions) As a practicing yogi, you’d think I’d at least try to embrace all challenges that come my way. After all, among many other things, yoga is all about centering oneself—finding peace and balance both on and off the mat. Yet, when my yoga instructors suggest headstands, handstands, and other yoga...
Plan for Your Next Breakdown       Hospital shopping. Interviewing doctors. Researching therapies.   All things that people with depression don’t want to do. It’s exhausting. But the truth is this: Not all hospitals are alike; not all doctors are empathetic and not all therapies work.   Although we don’t want to believe it,...
Single Women on TV: Are They as Inspiring Now The show debuted in 1966 and it was an inspiration. The lead actress received “bags and bags of fan mail that came in from women around the country.” I’m talking about That Girl, with Marlo Thomas starring as the single woman who moves to New York City to try to...
Overcoming the Stigma of Couples Therapy The word “therapy” carries unfortunate negative connotations in our society. Couples therapy provokes its own particular brand of stigma. Many couples keep the fact that they go to couples therapy private, out of fear of being judged by other couples, or seen as dysfunctional. Many are ashamed themselves of having...
Adolescent binge drinking reduces brain myelin, impairs cognitive and behavioral control Binge drinking can have lasting effects on brain pathways that are still developing during adolescence, say neuroscience researcher Heather N. Richardson and her colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Louisiana State University. Results of their study using a rodent model of adolescent drinking appear in the October 29 issue of The Journal of [...]The post Adolescent binge drinking reduces brain myelin, impairs cognitive and behavioral control appeared first on PsyPost.
Blood test developed to diagnose early onset Alzheimer’s disease A non-invasive blood test that could diagnose early onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD) with increased accuracy has been developed by University of Melbourne researchers. The research team previously identified that changes in the brain occur two decades before patients show signs of dementia. These changes can be detected through expensive brain imaging procedures. The new early [...]The post Blood test developed to diagnose early onset Alzheimer’s disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Low-carb, high-fat diets may reduce seizures in tough-to-treat epilepsy Diets high in fat and low in carbohydrates, such as the ketogenic or modified Atkins diet, may reduce seizures in adults with tough-to-treat epilepsy, according to a review of the research published in the October 29, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Epilepsy is a nervous system [...]The post Low-carb, high-fat diets may reduce seizures in tough-to-treat epilepsy appeared first on PsyPost.
New technology shows promise for delivery of therapeutics to the brain A new technology that may assist in the treatment of brain cancer and other neurological diseases is the subject of an article in a recent issue of the journal Technology, published by World Scientific Publishing Company. According to the authors, the current medical use of chemotherapy to treat brain cancer can be inefficient because of [...]The post New technology shows promise for delivery of therapeutics to the brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Study investigates between cat feces parasite and schizophrenia Many factors, both genetic and environmental, have been blamed for increasing the risk of a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Some, such as a family history of schizophrenia, are widely accepted. Others, such as infection with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite transmitted by soil, undercooked meat and cat feces, are still viewed with skepticism. A new study by [...]The post Study investigates between cat feces parasite and schizophrenia appeared first on PsyPost.
Privilege and Brain Differences As a mother of a child who has brain differences, I struggle with tough questions about privilege. Why do some mothers think their children's brain differences are "better" than my son's? What if my child wanted to wear a racially offensive costume for Halloween? Does telling people to "check their privilege" end opportunities for important but difficult conversations?
Animal study suggests heavy drinking in adolescence associated with lasting brain changes Heavy drinking during adolescence may lead to structural changes in the brain and memory deficits that persist into adulthood, according to an animal study published October 29 in The Journal of Neuroscience. The study found that, even as adults, rats given daily access to alcohol during adolescence had reduced levels of myelin — the fatty [...]The post Animal study suggests heavy drinking in adolescence associated with lasting brain changes appeared first on PsyPost.
Can a Better Romantic Relationship Lead to Better Parenting? Do you believe your partner should come before your kids? I read this quote recently: “The best thing a society can do for itself is to promote and support healthy couples, and the best thing partners can do for themselves, for their children, and for society is to have a...
How do you get over the feeling of shame? I had the opportunity to talk with a great friend who also deals with mental illness yesterday. I am the veteran. She’s the newbie. I told her about my new obsession with locked doors and my subsequent compulsion to lock and unlock and then lock them again three times in...