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Abuse of Vulnerable Adults: Why Does it Happen? Researchers believe that society is more willing to report, talk about and act on allegations of the abuse of vulnerable adults. Over the last two years, the number of reports of abuse has risen by almost two percent, according to statistics from the Health and Social Care Information Centre in...
Innovation in Haute Cuisine One of the most exciting arenas of innovation is in the world of haute cuisine. This article deconstructs the innovative spirit of cuisine d'art, and shows how you can learn everything you need about innovation by understanding how these multi-star Michelin restaurants succeed -- the 5 S's of startup success: spunk, seeing, spark, spine and simplicity. Bon appetit!
Best of Our Blogs: October 3, 2014 Sorry this post is late. Our family is recovering from the flu so it’s taken me longer to return to my laptop. Like anything challenging in life, it reminded me of an important thing. Illness is a great teacher. Priorities shift. Appointments need to be cancelled. Assignments, tasks, to-dos are...
A Little Good News for a Change Last Thursday was one of those “Maybe-I just-need-to-stop-reading-the-newspaper-for-a-while days. There wasn’t a lot of uplifting news in the world, at least, not that I was hearing about from my usual sources. But then I came upon this piece on-line and my faith in humanity and in the power and possibility...
Do You Wish You Were Younger? I don't wish I were thirty because I know too well what thirty-year-olds are actually thinking. They are thinking “OH MY ACHING GOD I AM THIRTY AND WHAT I AM DOING WITH MY LIFE?” At least when you’re fifty, you know what you’re doing with your life, even if you don’t like it.
4 Ways To Use Pinterest To Build Your Practice Pinterest is a social media platform that therapists might overlook when building their online presence. It may seem more tailored toward foodies, pop culture junkies, or book lovers than for people wanting or providng professional counseling. However, Pinterest can be a valuable way to serve your online community and also...
How to Celebrate More of Life’s Victories, Big and   “If I stay healthy, I have a chance to collect three thousand hits and one thousand errors.” – George Brett, Kansas City Royals I’m not sure if you’re a baseball fan, but in case you didn’t know, the MLB playoffs are taking place right now. Even more important is that...
Don't Blame Plagiarism on Mental Illness Plagiarism is a volitional behavior, separate from primary mental illness.
When You Need Stillness Lately, my mind has felt very crowded. There are so many thoughts bumping up against each other in my brain. You have sooooo much to do. Did you call this person? Pay that bill? Run that errand? You have to revise your book! And think of topics for this month’s...
New Insights Into the Genetics of Schizophrenia Last month, a new veil was lifted from the mysterious and devastating disease of schizophrenia. If this research holds true on reexamination, we might be taking the first steps toward isolating the pathology of a major psychiatric disorder, as infectious disease doctors did a hundred and fifty years ago with the development of germ theory.
What to Do About Seasonal Affective Disorder For me it comes on in the fall. I don’t really know why. I much prefer the cooler, grayer weather to the hard sun of summer. But around September of every year I start to feel the weight of the world. It’s not so much depression as it just a...
How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day What's the first thing you do when you arrive at your desk? For many of us, checking email or listening to voice mail is practically automatic. In many ways, these are among the worst ways to start a day. Both activities hijack our focus and put us in a reactive mode, where other people's priorities take center stage. Fortunately, there's a smarter approach.
Bramitol, The Fictional Drug That Still Turns People Into Jerks Have you ever taken Bramitol? No, and you never will. It's a fictional drug that psychologists give to experimental subjects, supposedly as a "mood-freezing" drug, but one that can make people either very aggressive, or unusually non-aggressive....
HIV treatment, awareness lacking among US gay, bisexual men Data shows that barriers still exist in the fight against the still-growing epidemic of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS, among gay and bisexual men.
Revealed: Long-Suspected Danger of Anti-Anxiety and Sleeping Drugs Massive study of 100,000 people finds evidence for long-suspected danger of anxiety and sleeping drugs. 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:Antidepressants: Higher Rates of Psychological Side-Effects Revealed by New Study Marijuana Does Not Cause Schizophrenia How Attention Works: The Brain’s Anti-Distraction System Discovered Magic Mushrooms: How They Affect the Brain’s Emotion Centres Social Anxiety Disorder: Impressive Study Reveals The Very Best Treatment
Are Married People Really Outnumbered? Does It Matter? Recently, Bloomberg News declared that for the first time, more than half of American adults are single – they are either divorced or widowed or they have always been single. In numbers, that amounts to 124.6 million people; in percentages, it is 50.2 percent. The report inspired an outpouring of...
One Good Reason Why Introverts Like Halloween Last week’s cartoon  was about multi-tasking, and a brand new study about how using too many electronic devices at the same time can actually cause brain loss. All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2014.  My main cartoon site is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And  you can Like...
What Are The ADHD Odds? Have you heard that you are more likely to have an MVA (motor vehicle accident) if you have ADHD? Apparently it’s true. I’m not arguing for or against, but I’d love to know the statistics of that assertion. I’d like to have those statistics broken down, too. What percentage of...
4 Keys to Identifying Your Niche When I was in high school my parents built a house and they had a couple of niches built into the walls. Those niches became the place in the house where treasures, mainly my mother’s artwork, were displayed. They were special and sacred spaces to me. Like those little places in...
Fear and Loathing in the TV Writer’s Room “The TV industry is uglier than most things.  It is perceived as a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs.” Hunter S. Thompson, from Generation of Swine:  Tales of Shame and Degradation in the 80′s.  Hollywood careers...