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I REFUSE TO BE ASHAMED How I came out as Bipolar at work     Obviously, I’m pretty “out” about having Bipolar Disorder, or I wouldn’t be writing this blog every week. But many are amazed and curious about when, how, and why I decided to come out at work, at church…on television, just about...
Deep Sleep: New On/Off Switch Discovered by Neuroscientists New sleep centre discovered and neuroscientists succeed in turning it on and off using a virus. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:When You Sleep and Wake Up is Controlled by a Single Gene How Sleep After Learning Enhances Memory Hidden Caves in the Brain Open Up During Sleep to Wash Away Toxins Genetic Trigger Discovered For Most Common Form of Mental Disability and Autism You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds
Introducing Mixed Bag of Mental Health Our lives are complex things. We sometimes forget to stop and wonder at how we keep it all together. Many people suffer from various mental health concerns throughout their lives, oftentimes they may even occur together at the same time (like depression and anxiety). Living with these things, or with...
What You See Is What You Get: 5 Prerequisites It cannot be said too often to couples to thoughtfully choose their words (and nonverbals), more specifically, to opt for ones that produce energize optimal emotional states, which often means letting go of words that trigger you and your partner.  Breaking old habits is not easy, but what if the life and health of your...
Pinups of the Past (and What They Teach Us Today) I wonder if there has ever been a time in history when human beings have not been fascinated by the human body – our own and others’. According to various sources, the “mirror” was invented sometime around the first century. Depending on how you define “camera,” the first one was...
Guest Post: Tips for Writing Notes Part 1 – There are a lot of things to consider when writing clinical notes but I find that most therapists tend to look at the process from a restricted angle. They think only in the moment about how to write the least possible amount and consider client confidentiality more than anything else....
The Unexpected Ways Social Media Can Harm Your Teen Social media and the parent-child bond are among the themes in my novel, “Don’t Try to Find Me.”  They were also among the topics of a recent radio interview I gave (thanks to Answers for the Family for a great talk! you can listen to it here.)  While there are...
Mining big data yields Alzheimer's discovery A new way of working to identify a new gene linked to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s has been used by researchers. The discovery fills in another piece of the jigsaw when it comes to identifying people most at risk of developing the condition.
Five Steps to Repair Your Marriage or Relationship It's true enough that sometimes, when relationships go into a decline, there seems to be an unstoppable momentum to the fights and arguments. Research shows what you and your partner can do to make things better.
Guest Post: How to Make a Podcast, and why By Joseph R. Sanok from www.PracticeofthePractice.com and the Practice of the Practice Podcast Have you ever read blog posts for 45 minutes? If you have, you’ve got more tenacity than I do. I can sit down and watch three episodes of Orange is the New Black, like it’s going to be illegal, but read...
Top Reasons Couples Fall Out of Love You’ll hear many people say “we just aren’t ‘in love’ with each other anymore.” But relationships don’t naturally fall apart, according to Susan Orenstein, a licensed psychologist and relationship expert in Cary, N.C. Other reasons often underlie a relationship’s breakdown. Below, you’ll find these common reasons along with several helpful...
Addiction Changes the Way We Learn Addiction Changes the Way We Learn When I look at my children at play, I am fascinated by the ways in which they learn. Learning is a brain event and there are times I imagine I can almost see my kids’ brains working and developing as they play and learn....
Supervisors’ abuse, regardless of intent, can make employees behave poorly Employees who are verbally abused by supervisors are more likely to “act out” at work, doing everything from taking a too-long lunch break to stealing, according to a new study led by a San Francisco State University organizational psychologist. Even if the abuse is meant to be motivational — like when a football coach berates [...]The post Supervisors’ abuse, regardless of intent, can make employees behave poorly appeared first on PsyPost.
Neurons in human muscles emphasize the impact of the outside world Stretch sensors in our muscles participate in reflexes that serve the subconscious control of posture and movement. According to a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, these sensors respond weakly to muscle stretch caused by one’s voluntary action, and most strongly to stretch that is imposed by external forces. The ability to reflect [...]The post Neurons in human muscles emphasize the impact of the outside world appeared first on PsyPost.
Increased health risks linked to first-episode psychosis Many patients with psychosis develop health risks associated with premature death early in the course of their mental illness, researchers have found. Patients with schizophrenia are already known to have higher rates of premature death than the general population. The study found that elevated risks of heart disease and metabolic issues such as high blood [...]The post Increased health risks linked to first-episode psychosis appeared first on PsyPost.
Combined behavioral support and medication offers smokers best chance of quitting Researchers Demonstrate that Smoking Cessation Clinical Trial Results Translate Effectively into the “Real World,” Reports Mayo Clinic Proceedings Numerous randomized clinical trials have shown the effectiveness of the two major forms of smoking cessation treatment – behavioral support and medication – in helping smokers quit. Researchers have now demonstrated that this approach can successfully translate [...]The post Combined behavioral support and medication offers smokers best chance of quitting appeared first on PsyPost.
Gaming vs. reading: Do they benefit teenagers with cognition or school performance? Children have an increasing attraction towards electronic media in their play.  With video games, phones and the internet in abundance, this article in Educational Psychology examines if such leisure activity is impacting children’s cognition or academic performance or whether it would be more beneficial to read. After a busy day children do need downtime to [...]The post Gaming vs. reading: Do they benefit teenagers with cognition or school performance? appeared first on PsyPost.
Study: Smoking cannabis doesn’t make you more creative People often think that smoking cannabis makes them more creative. However, research by Leiden psychologists Lorenza Colzato and Mikael Kowal shows that the opposite is true. They published their findings on 7 October in Psychopharmacology. Strong cannabis doesn’t work The findings show that cannabis with a high concentration of the psychoactive ingredient THC does not [...]The post Study: Smoking cannabis doesn’t make you more creative appeared first on PsyPost.
Research reveals that children as young as five can gauge when adults are overconfident From how to tie a shoelace to learning the words for colours, kids have lots to learn — and for the most part, they depend on others to teach it to them. But whether deliberately or inadvertently, people sometimes misinform. So at what age can kids tell trustworthy teachers from confidence tricksters? A new study [...]The post Research reveals that children as young as five can gauge when adults are overconfident appeared first on PsyPost.
A glimpse into the 3D brain: How memories form People who wish to know how memory works are forced to take a glimpse into the brain. They can now do so without bloodshed: RUB researchers have developed a new method for creating 3D models of memory-relevant brain structures. They published their results in the trade journal “Frontiers in Neuroanatomy”. The way neurons are interconnected [...]The post A glimpse into the 3D brain: How memories form appeared first on PsyPost.