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Pediatricians say school should start later for teens' health The nation's pediatricians say that making middle and high schoolers start classes too early threatens children's' health, safety and academic performance.
Talk less, listen more to be the friend of a person with depression The most well-intentioned words or gestures can seem to do more harm than good.
TEST: Are you a love junkie? Short but effective psychological love test that will help you get a better perspective of your own attitude to love and personal relationships.
Life in Balance?   Is your life in balance? By identifying stressors and associated feelings, evaluating lifestyle habits, engaging in relaxation activities, and monitoring self-care, balance is achievable. Identify what your stressors are: work, relationships, juggling multiple demands, or a personal belief system. What is it that’s stressing you out? What can you change...
Breaking Free from Your Victim Story “You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It all depends on how you view your life.” -Paulo Coelho How often do you say things out loud or to yourself like: “He makes me feel stupid” or “I’m depressed because she is...
Self Doubt: Do You Deserve to Succeed? Judgment is the organ of decision making and it does not operate in a vacuum. We all have beliefs about how reliable our judgment is. If we respect ourselves, we are likely to trust our judgment and have faith that we will make successful choices. If we do not respect...
Increased risk of stroke in people with cognitive impairment People with cognitive impairment are significantly more likely to have a stroke, with a 39 percent increased risk, than people with normal cognitive function, according to a new study. Cognitive impairment and stroke are major contributors to disability, and stroke is the second leading cause of death world-wide. Although stroke is linked to the development and worsening of cognitive impairment, it is not known whether the reverse is true.
The 12 Steps of AA: A Translation 12 Step programs, designed to get people with addictive behaviors to stop, are not based on science. They are rather based on Protestant evangelical techniques. As such, they subtly denigrate individuality in favor of a more collectivist perspective, while still allowing for some individual expression. All credit goes to the higher power, but never any blame.
Disco biscuits This is a video of Professor Stephen Stahl, author of Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology, doing a DSM-5 themed version of Stayin’ Alive by the BeeGees.   After working out that, no, no-one has dropped acid in your morning Red Bull, you may notice that the professor busts some pretty respectable moves.   Link to video on […]
Guess: Which Virtue Gives Other Virtues Their “Principal Lustre”? “Self-command is not only itself a great virtue, but from it all the other virtues seem to derive their principal lustre.” –Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments Agree, disagree? I was trying to figure out what Smith means, exactly, and I think it’s this: when we consider the possessions of...
The "Lady Macbeth Effect" Explains Why Bad People Wash Too Much Can you cleanse yourself of your sins by literally washing your body? It's debatable. But washing your body can cleanse you of the guilt you feel over those sins. The problem is that might not be a good thing....
Consciousness Moves To Another Universe At Death Does science prove the existence of the afterlife?...
A Zen Approach to Depression In his book, Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart, psychiatrist Mark Epstein, M.D. tells the famous Buddhist story of Kisagotami and the mustard seed: A young woman named Kisagotami lost her only child to illness around the time of his first birthday. Bereft, she went from house to house in...
TEST: Are you desperate for other people’s approval? Do you suspect you might be a people pleaser? Take this quick psychological test to find out.
A Strange Cure for Lack of Sleep Why your perception of how you slept last night is so important. 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:Why Some People Only Need Five Hours’ Sleep a Night Poor Sleep: 8 Hours With Interruptions As Bad As Only 4 Hours Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds How Just One Night’s Poor Sleep Can Hurt a Relationship
Jealousy: Hard-Wired, Learned, or Both? Last month I shared a post about how to stop judging other people. The post generated some interesting comments. One particular reader suggested that perhaps the sensation of “jealousy” might have a similar survival-based purpose. I was most intrigued by her idea! The truth is, I am personally more apt to...
Hyper Today, of course, the term is “hyperactive” or, more completely, ADHD (“attention deficit hyperactivity disorder”), and it is more frequently applied to children – boys, in particular – than it is to adults. Had I grown up in the 1990s or ’00s rather than in the ’40s and ’50s, I probably would have been put on some kind of medication.
Train your heart to protect your mind Exercising to improve our cardiovascular strength may protect us from cognitive impairment as we age, according to a new study. "Our body's arteries stiffen with age, and the vessel hardening is believed to begin in the aorta, the main vessel coming out of the heart, before reaching the brain. Indeed, the hardening may contribute to cognitive changes that occur during a similar time frame," explained the first author of the study.
Adolescent Boredom Parents should be sensitive to adolescent boredom because it can become a staging area for impulsive decision making that can lead to a lot of trouble.
A Day In The Life With ADHD A play in seven thousand acts.   Script: Act 1: Scene 1: Kelly is walking towards patio door. In right hand is coffee. In left hand is bowl of cereal. Through the door we see his computer on a patio table beside his deck lounge. He is hurrying to put...