|Think you have Alzheimer’s? You just might be right, study says
||New research by scientists at the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging suggests that people who notice their memory is slipping may be on to something. The research, led by Richard Kryscio, PhD, Chairman of the Department of of Biostatistics and Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University of Kentucky, appears [...]The post Think you have Alzheimer’s? You just might be right, study says appeared first on PsyPost.
|Bariatric surgery not a magic wand to curb depression
||Most severely obese people experience much better spirits once they shed weight through a diet, lifestyle changes or medical intervention. This is unfortunately not true for everyone, says Valentina Ivezaj and Carlos Grilo of the Yale University School of Medicine in the US. In an article in Springer’s journal Obesity Surgery, the researchers advise that the [...]The post Bariatric surgery not a magic wand to curb depression appeared first on PsyPost.
|Exploring the connection between empathy, neurohormones and aggression
||Empathy is typically seen as eliciting warmth and compassion—a generally positive state that makes people do good things to others. However, empathy may also motivate aggression on behalf of the vulnerable other. Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo, examined whether assessed or elicited empathy would lead to situation-specific aggression on behalf [...]The post Exploring the connection between empathy, neurohormones and aggression appeared first on PsyPost.
|I Was Wrong About Online Therapy (With A Caveat
||I've changed my mind about online therapy....
|My Mother Wants Me to Be Her Mother
||How to deal with a needy mother
|Caring about Children and Their Future: Is It a
||In the lead-up to the Climate Change Summit, a famous actor (I don’t remember who; I’m not good with celebrities) was asked why he was so committed to the cause. He said it was because he had children and he cared about their future. I’ve heard those kinds of comments...
|Erasing Bad Memories Is a False Cure for PTSD
||Creating the false promise that one can zap the brain and magically treat PSTD and depression misleads a gullible public. This kind of extrapolation from brain research is a dangerous practice. Lets not add lobotomy by laser to the dark arsenal of the long forgotten sordid history of modalities that act directly on the brain – lobotomies, ECT, and IST.
|An Ancient Way to Heal The Mind Finds New Scientific Support
The benefits were particularly strong for those who were stressed.
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|Benzodiazepines & Alzheimer’s Disease
||If you’re taking an anti-anxiety medication referred to as a benzodiazepine — such as Xanax, Valium, Ativan or Klonopin — there’s a new eye-opening study out that should get your attention. When used PRN — on as needed basis — sparingly for times of increased anxiety, these drugs can be...
|Protein that causes frontotemporal dementia also implicated in Alzheimer's disease
||Low levels of the naturally occurring protein progranulin exacerbate cellular and cognitive dysfunction, while raising levels can prevent abnormalities in an Alzheimer's model.
|Signature of aging in brain: Researchers suggest that the brain's 'immunological age' is what counts
||Evidence of a unique 'signature' that may be the 'missing link' between cognitive decline and aging has been found by researchers. The scientists believe that this discovery may lead, in the future, to treatments that can slow or reverse cognitive decline in older people.
|There Are No Mistakes
|| I did my best… I did my best! Dane Cook, comedian The phrase “to make a mistake” implies purposive, conscious, planned action. That’s utterly inaccurate: there are no intentional mistakes, no one consciously sets out to fail. When we fail on purpose, when we make a mistake by design,...
|How Many “iRules” Should Your Family Have?
||Are you a family of tech-enthusiasts? Technology should enrich family life — not rule it. Here are important guidelines your family needs to thrive.
|The Funny Thing About Anger and Laughter
||There are countless articles out there about the value of humor and laughter with regard to psychological and physical health. While some of that may be exaggerated, there is a fair amount of evidence to suggest that humor and laughter are important coping mechanisms when it comes to alleviating anger.
|The Heartbreak of Mental Illness
||I was talking to a friend the other day who is a clinician at a home for people with mental illness, and I told her I know what it’s like to suffer. She said something that struck a chord, though: she said she thought it was more a case of...
|If You Thought You Had ADHD …
||… and you were right, it was one of a billion thoughts you had that hour. When we human beings wake up in the morning, we think, “Ah, time to get up. I’ll get dressed, have breakfast and get ready for the day.” Those of us with ADHD then proceed...
|Large study pinpoints synapse genes with major roles in severe childhood epilepsies
||An international research team has identified gene mutations causing severe, difficult-to-treat forms of childhood epilepsy. Many of the mutations disrupt functioning in the synapse, the highly dynamic junction at which nerve cells communicate with one another. “This research represents a paradigm shift in epilepsy research, giving us a new target on which to focus treatment [...]The post Large study pinpoints synapse genes with major roles in severe childhood epilepsies appeared first on PsyPost.
|Morphed images of Hollywood celebrities reveal how neurons make up your mind
||An international team of scientists, involving Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, director of the Centre for Systems Neuroscience and Head of Bioengineering at the University of Leicester, has shown how individual neurons in the human brain react to ambiguous morphed faces. For this, the researchers used images of celebrities, such as Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry, [...]The post Morphed images of Hollywood celebrities reveal how neurons make up your mind appeared first on PsyPost.
|Psychologist Offers Insight on Bullying and How to Prevent It
||Child development expert Dorothy Espelage, PhD, discusses recent research
|Memory slips may signal increased risk of dementia years later
||New research suggests that people without dementia who begin reporting memory issues may be more likely to develop dementia later, even if they have no clinical signs of the disease. The study is published in the September 24, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “What’s notable about [...]The post Memory slips may signal increased risk of dementia years later appeared first on PsyPost.