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Best of Our Blogs: October 28, 2014 Whenever I’m on a desperate hunt for something whether it be compassion, validation or even a piece of cake, it’s helpful to dig deep. The solution is often less about what I need externally and more about focusing on what I need emotionally. If I’m not getting enough compassion for...
5 Strategies to Decrease Loneliness When You Have I’ve been in private practice for just about a year now and it’s been an amazing experience.  I actually feel more connected to others through my work now than I’ve ever felt before.  However, throughout this time I’ve heard many other therapists with a private practice talk about how lonely...
Jealousy over “Stupid Things” Is Not a Sign of Love A common misconception is that jealousy is a sign of love. But suspicious jealousy is more about insecurity than love. What does research tell us about the nature of jealousy and how we can cope with it in our own relationships?
You'll Be Glad This Mind Control Handbook Doesn't Exist Or Does It? Behold the cover to The Person's Guide to Ritual & Invasive Mind Control, a book that purports to teach you how to "filch people's thoughts & manipulate their memories via the nasal cavity."...
#122 Shades of Creativity We’ve been talking about the uncanny ways in which important people—mainly parents—transmit the essence of who they are in ways that defy description. We find ourselves doing and saying and feeling things that are reminiscent of our parents, sometimes without realizing that we are doing it. Today I want to...
First atlas of body clock gene expression informs timing of drug delivery A new effort mapping 24-hr patterns of expression for thousands of genes in 12 different mouse organs – five years in the making – provides important clues about how the role of timing may influence the way drugs work in the body. A study detailing this veritable “atlas” of gene oscillations, never before described in [...]The post First atlas of body clock gene expression informs timing of drug delivery appeared first on PsyPost.
Vaccines don’t cause autism, but air pollution might The post Vaccines don’t cause autism, but air pollution might appeared first on PsyPost.
Stop Looking for a ‘Soulmate’ and Start Looking for Still looking for your perfect mate? You may have already found them. Soulmates can be defined in many different ways. Most of us search high and low for many years, braving the ups and downs of relationships and love, wondering if we are with our soulmate or if such a...
The Real Reason You Get Attracted To People Who Relationships aren’t just about togetherness and connection. They are also about the spaces of separateness. While togetherness time promotes greater understanding and connection between both partners, the times between experiences of connection are just as important to the health and sustainment of the relationship. When partners are together, they naturally...
Steadily rising increases in mitochondrial DNA mutations cause abrupt shifts in brain disease New work by a pioneering scientist details how subtle changes in mitochondrial function may cause a broad range of common metabolic and degenerative diseases. Mitochondria are tiny energy-producing structures within our cells that contain their own DNA. The new research shows that small changes in the ratio of mutant to normal mitochondrial DNA within the [...]The post Steadily rising increases in mitochondrial DNA mutations cause abrupt shifts in brain disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Synapses always on the starting blocks While neurons rapidly propagate information in their interior via electrical signals, they communicate with each other at special contact points known as the synapses. Chemical messenger substances, the neurotransmitters, are stored in vesicles at the synapses. When a synapse becomes active, some of these vesicles fuse with the cell membrane and release their contents. To [...]The post Synapses always on the starting blocks appeared first on PsyPost.
The Beast Is Back: Depression Part III Well, I guess the antidepressant is starting to work cause I made it out for the first time in a long time. Manic, no, but I ended up at a club by myself at a hip hop party. Awesome. I sat at the bar and took in the scene and...
Prescriptions Without Meds for Anger, Depression and Anxiety Much has been written of late of the downsides of psychotropic medications. Here's a set of alternatives to taking pills to combat anger, anxiety and depression, the Big Three of negative emotional states.
Traumatic brain injury associated with increased dementia risk in older adults Traumatic brain injury appears to be associated with an increased risk of dementia in adults 55 years and older, according to a study. "Whether a person with TBI recovers cognitively or develops dementia is likely dependent on multiple additional risk and protective factors, ranging from genetics and medical comorbidities to environmental exposures and specific characteristics of the TBI itself," the authors note.
Whites of their eyes: Infants respond to social cues from sclera, study finds Infants at 7 months old are able to unconsciously pick up on eye cues, based on the size of the whites of a person’s eyes – a vital foundation for the development of social interactive skills, a new psychology study shows.
‘Integrated Play Groups’ help children with autism It’s an often agonizing challenge facing any parent of a child with autism: How can I help my son or daughter socialize with his or her typically developing peers? The solution, SF State’s Pamela Wolfberg found, may lie in a different type of playgroup that focuses on collaborative rather than adult-directed activities. A new study [...]The post ‘Integrated Play Groups’ help children with autism appeared first on PsyPost.
Older people abuse drugs because they’re in pain, but there are better ways to help By Michael B Friedman, Columbia University It should be no surprise that older adults are the largest users of prescription medication. After all, older adults are far more likely to have chronic health conditions than are younger people. It follows, then, that the misuse or abuse, of prescription and over-the-counter medications is a significant problem [...]The post Older people abuse drugs because they’re in pain, but there are better ways to help appeared first on PsyPost.
How deep brain stimulation could unlock secrets of Tourette's Small electrodes implanted into the brain stimulate affected regions in patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease or tremors.
Ultrasound guides tongue to pronounce ‘r’ sounds Using ultrasound technology to visualize the tongue’s shape and movement can help children with difficulty pronouncing “r” sounds, according to a small study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and Montclair State University. The ultrasound intervention was effective when individuals were allowed to make different shapes with their tongue in order [...]The post Ultrasound guides tongue to pronounce ‘r’ sounds appeared first on PsyPost.
PET scans reveal how psychodynamic therapy for depression may change brain function A study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has identified for the first time changes in the metabolic activity of a key brain region in patients successfully treated for depression with psychodynamic psychotherapy, suggesting a mechanism of action behind one of the most historically important and widely practiced forms of therapy. They also found evidence [...]The post PET scans reveal how psychodynamic therapy for depression may change brain function appeared first on PsyPost.