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How the Media Covers Suicide: Day 2 Covering Suicide and Mental Illness is a three-day seminar for journalists sponsored by The Poynter Institute, The McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute and the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Here are my thoughts on issues covered during today’s session. #suicidereporting Today we learned some really wonderful techniques on how to cover...
Passing it On: Parenthood & Mental Illness “Aren’t you afraid he will get your disease?” This question was uttered by a colleague at a department picnic this past summer when I was still working as a college instructor. This colleague had known me for a few years. She had known me when I was still adamantly not...
You’ll Need More Than A Towel With apologies to Douglas Adams, a towel is a great thing to have, but you need more than just that. I’ve relocated to my old haunt up north of my home where sometimes I work for a friend who is a better contractor than I. I call him “the boss.”...
Birth Size Inversely Varies Risk of Autism v. Schizophrenia A study directly comparing autism and schizophrenia risks in a population of 5 million provides the first large-scale empirical test for the imprinted brain theory’s prediction that such risks co-vary inversely.
Therapist Blog Challenge #15: Parenting Tips It’s been a few weeks since our last Therapist Blog Challenge, but I’m ready to hit the ground running again if you are! Therapist blog challenge #15 focuses on parenting defiant young children. This is something that every parent has experienced, and you as a professional may be able to provide some...
Sex Addiction Recovery Takes a Long Time– or Not People seeking help for sex addiction are anxious to see the light at the end of the tunnel. They are often stunned when I tell them that, even for those who are diligent and motivated, the whole process takes about 3 to 5 years. Some practitioners might say that, like...
Parenting: How Your Style Can Negatively Affect Mental Health Did you know that your parenting style can determine the emotional and psychological well-being of your child? Being the parent of a child has to be one of the most difficult jobs in the world. The only thing lacking from a parent child relationship is payroll. A child has so...
Human faces are so variable because we evolved to look unique The amazing variety of human faces – far greater than that of most other animals – is the result of evolutionary pressure to make each of us unique and easily recognizable, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, scientists. Our highly visual social interactions are almost certainly the driver of this evolutionary [...]The post Human faces are so variable because we evolved to look unique appeared first on PsyPost.
Why are consumers willing to spend more money on ethical products? What motivates consumers to make ethical choices such as buying clothing not made in a sweat shop, spending more money on fair-trade coffee, and bringing their own bags when they go shopping? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, ethical consumption is motivated by a need for consumers to turn their emotions [...]The post Why are consumers willing to spend more money on ethical products? appeared first on PsyPost.
Burnout caused by more than just job stress Impossible deadlines, demanding bosses, abusive colleagues, unpaid overtime: all factors that can lead to a burnout. But when it comes to mental health in the workplace, the influence of home life must also be considered to get the full picture. That’s about to change thanks to new research from Concordia University and the University of [...]The post Burnout caused by more than just job stress appeared first on PsyPost.
Smoking and schizophrenia linked by alterations in brain nicotine signals Schizophrenia is associated with increased rates and intensity of tobacco smoking. A growing body of research suggests that the relationship between schizophrenia and smoking stems, in part, from an effort by patients to use nicotine to self-medicate symptoms and cognitive impairment associated with the disease. A new study, published in the current issue of Biological [...]The post Smoking and schizophrenia linked by alterations in brain nicotine signals appeared first on PsyPost.
How learning to talk is in the genes Researchers have found evidence that genetic factors may contribute to the development of language during infancy. Scientists from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol worked with colleagues around the world to discover a significant link between genetic changes near the ROBO2 gene and the number of words spoken [...]The post How learning to talk is in the genes appeared first on PsyPost.
Do ads showing sexy women make male consumers less charitable? What happens when you use images of sexy women to attract men’s attention? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, male consumers who are shown images of sexy women feel less connected to other people and are less likely to purchase products advertised as benefiting others or make charitable contributions. “Images [...]The post Do ads showing sexy women make male consumers less charitable? appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers debunk myth about Parkinson’s: There’s no lack of dopamine Using advanced computer models, neuroscience researchers at the University of Copenhagen have gained new knowledge about the complex processes that cause Parkinson’s disease. The findings have recently been published in the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience. The defining symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are slow movements, muscular stiffness and shaking. There is currently no cure for the condition, [...]The post Researchers debunk myth about Parkinson’s: There’s no lack of dopamine appeared first on PsyPost.
Neuroimaging technique identifies concussion-related brain disease in living brain An experimental positron emission tomography (PET) tracer is effective in diagnosing concussion-related brain disease while a person is still alive, according to a case study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and at Molecular Neuroimaging (MNI) LLC in New Haven, and published September 16 in the journal Translational Psychiatry. Specifically, the study [...]The post Neuroimaging technique identifies concussion-related brain disease in living brain appeared first on PsyPost.
Study finds ‘magical contagion’ spreads artist’s essence to pieces, adding value Not all things are created equally. We don’t view a Picasso sculpture in the same way we look at a hammer, for example — no matter how fancy the hammer. The reason? We see the Picasso more as a person than an object, according to new research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. [...]The post Study finds ‘magical contagion’ spreads artist’s essence to pieces, adding value appeared first on PsyPost.
Evidence of genetic link to PTSD in soldiers exposed to childhood trauma While abnormalities in the adrenergic and noradrenergic systems, both integral in the fight-or-flight response, are thought to play a role in the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), until now there has been no genetic evidence of this connection. A collaborative study just released by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and [...]The post Evidence of genetic link to PTSD in soldiers exposed to childhood trauma appeared first on PsyPost.
Taking Care of Mothers: A Necessity, Not a Luxury “Be still and heal.”  – Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese monk How that insight could have helped me as a new mom … if I’d had even an inkling of the value of being still. No one prepared me for the unrelenting demands of motherhood. The realities of a 24/7 responsibility...
Why We Can't Stop the Depression Epidemic Comedian Robin Williams’s death in August rocketed depression into the headlines, and his suicide became a defining moment when the nation would finally reckon with depression. But this reckoning never happened.
As Sports Fans, Let’s Look at Performance-Enhancing Drugs The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI, recently published a review discussing drug abuse in athletes. Drug abuse occurs in almost all sports and at most levels of teen and adult competition. Doping, defined as use of drugs or other substances for...