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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...
5 Behaviors that Guarantee Self-Doubt Nobody likes self-doubt, but many of us do things that guarantee that it will be a constant in our lives. We don’t mean to. In fact, in a string of self-doubtful years, my entire goal in life was to gain greater self-confidence. It turned out that many of my behaviors...
Black Republicans put most faith in U.S. government Black Republicans trust the United States government more than other political groups, finds a new study from the University of British Columbia, ahead of the mid-term U.S. elections to be held on November 4. Using election data from 1958 – 2012, the study measures the role race plays in determining levels of government trust for [...]The post Black Republicans put most faith in U.S. government appeared first on PsyPost.
Study utilizing video games shows sleep apnea may affect memory of everyday events Sleep apnea may affect your ability to form new spatial memories, such as remembering where you parked your car, new research led by NYU Langone Medical Center sleep specialists suggests. The study, published online Oct. 29 in Journal of Neuroscience, demonstrates through the playing of a specific video game that disruption of rapid eye movement [...]The post Study utilizing video games shows sleep apnea may affect memory of everyday events appeared first on PsyPost.
Hearing loss in one infant twin affects mother’s speech to both babies Is it possible that hearing loss in one infant from a pair of twins can affect the mother’s speech to both infants? A new acoustics study zeroes in on this question and suggests that not only is this alteration of speech entirely possible, but that mothers speak to both infants as if they are hearing [...]The post Hearing loss in one infant twin affects mother’s speech to both babies appeared first on PsyPost.
Whether leaders are seen as authoritarian or benevolent depends in part on their voices When a right-wing Italian politician named Umberto Bossi suffered a severe stroke in 2004, his speech became permanently impaired. Strangely, this change impacted Bossi’s perception among his party’s followers — from appearing authoritarian to benevolent. Now researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles think they know why. Probing the vocal presence of charisma across [...]The post Whether leaders are seen as authoritarian or benevolent depends in part on their voices appeared first on PsyPost.
Dozens of genes associated with autism in new research Two major genetic studies of autism, led in part by UC San Francisco scientists and involving more than 50 laboratories worldwide, have newly implicated dozens of genes in the disorder. The research shows that rare mutations in these genes affect communication networks in the brain and compromise fundamental biological mechanisms that govern whether, when, and [...]The post Dozens of genes associated with autism in new research appeared first on PsyPost.
Ghrelin hormone stimulates an appetite for drinking alcohol Ghrelin is a hormone released by the stomach and it stimulates appetite and food intake. Alcohol is commonly viewed as a psychoactive substance that primarily affects brain function, but it is also a highly caloric food. This knowledge, combined with findings from animal studies, led researchers to the hypothesis that ghrelin has the potential to [...]The post Ghrelin hormone stimulates an appetite for drinking alcohol appeared first on PsyPost.
To reap the brain benefits of physical activity, just get moving! Everyone knows that exercise makes you feel more mentally alert at any age. But do you need to follow a specific training program to improve your cognitive function? Science has shown that the important thing is to just get moving. It’s that simple. In fact, this was the finding of a study conducted at the [...]The post To reap the brain benefits of physical activity, just get moving! appeared first on PsyPost.