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What is the One Thing that All Humans Share?   This morning the weather in the suburbs of Tel Aviv was bright and sunny, and a cease-fire was finally in effect. On my way back home from the gym, I stopped at the grocery store to get some milk. The store was empty apart from a cashier, another employee...
Save Your Relationship What is your relationship like? Are you quarreling frequently? Has it become more of a convenience than a haven from the world out there? Do you want to save your relationship? What if you could recapture that long ago sweetness and spark that your relationship once had? Would you like...
Bypass commands from brain to legs through computer Gait disturbance in individuals with spinal cord injury is attributed to the interruption of neural pathways from brain to the spinal locomotor center, whereas neural circuits locate below and above the lesion maintain most of their functions. An artificial connection that bridges the lost pathway and connects brain to spinal circuits has potential to ameliorate the functional loss. A research team has successfully made an artificial connection from the brain to the locomotion center in the spinal cord by bypassing with a computer and exercised control over walking.
PTSD can develop even without memory of the trauma, study concludes There are many forms of memory and only some of these may be critical for the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), reports a new study. The findings suggest that even with no explicit memory of an early childhood trauma, symptoms of PTSD can still develop in adulthood.
New non-invasive technique controls size of molecules penetrating the blood-brain barrier The size of molecules penetrating the blood-brain barrier can be controlled using acoustic pressure -— the pressure of an ultrasound beam -— to let specific molecules through, a new technique has demonstrated for the first time. This innovative method may help improve drug delivery to the brain. Most small -- and all large -- molecule drugs do not currently penetrate the blood-brain barrier that sits between the vascular bed and the brain tissue. "As a result," one researcher explains, "all central nervous system diseases remain undertreated at best."
Brain 'switchboard' found, important in attention, sleep Using a mouse model, researchers have recorded the activity of individual nerve cells in a small part of the brain that works as a “switchboard,” directing signals coming from the outside world or internal memories. Because human brain disorders such as schizophrenia, autism, and post-traumatic stress disorder typically show disturbances in that switchboard, the investigators say the work suggests new strategies in understanding and treating them.
Do You Have Alexithymia? Alexithymia: Difficulty in experiencing, expressing and describing emotions. Every day I hear from folks who have just realized that they grew up with Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN). Often they say, “Finally I understand what’s wrong with me!” Many describe a huge weight lifted from their shoulders. It is a wonderful...
Robin Williams & Charlie Rose Recently there was an episode on Charlie Rose honoring Robin Williams called “Robin Williams Appreciation.” I have never seen Charlie Rose interact with Robin Williams, until now. It was as if Rose became a comic with Williams, and they would banter back and forth as if their geniuses were able to engage in rare form. One particular exchange of dialogue struck...
The Power of Empathy (and One Surefire to Know If someone shares something with you that is incredibly painful and you try to lighten the moment, that may be a lack of empathy. Empathy is about understanding where someone is coming from and caring about them, it says nothing about trying to make someone feel better. The following is a...
Don't Worry, It Will Almost Never Be As Bad As You Think Apparently the idea that "the art of losing isn't hard to master," isn't just a poetic conceit. Scientists doing studies on how people think they'll feel after disaster have found that people have no idea how little it will affect them. Turns out we're all going to be a lot less miserable than we expect....
The Paralysis of Analysis: On Overthinking A friend told me the other day to stop overthinking. “Bah ha ha ha!” That’s like telling the pope not to get on his knees, my daughter to stop craving sweets, or a teenage boy not to think about sex. I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who...
Study Shows Addicts are Lower in Mindfulness Studies have shown the benefit of mindfulness training added to substance abuse treatment. Now a study from the National Institutes of Health shows that lack of mindfulness may be one of the causes of substance abuse, in the first place. The study calls mindfulness, a “way of being that is...
When You Sleep and Wake Up is Controlled by a Single Gene This research could lead to a cure for jet-lag and other sleep problems. 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:Longevity Gene May Enhance Cognition Hidden Caves in the Brain Open Up During Sleep to Wash Away Toxins Poor Sleep: 8 Hours With Interruptions As Bad As Only 4 Hours How Just One Night’s Poor Sleep Can Hurt a Relationship You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds
Robin Williams and The Thing That Lurks For Us How can I not jump on the wagon and talk about suicide?  Robin Williams’ death is a shocking loss to all of us, made even more poignant for me because a number of my colleagues met him, knew him, and admired him.  I did too.  I often pointed to him...
Culture Shock: Not a Disorder, but Still Very Real Look in the DSM and you won’t find culture shock. It’s not a diagnosis or a medical condition, so there aren’t any criteria or evidence-based treatments.* But I’ve been in Ghana for over 3 weeks now and I’ve been interested to see how the themes of trauma, culture shock, grief, self-care,...
Finding Your Passion Good Morning Everyone! I hope you are all having a great morning. I got home yesterday from the Crisis Bed Center. My mania was out of control and I needed some extra help to get it under control. The Crisis Bed Center is awesome. They do all they can to...
How Do You Know If You Are Drinking Too Think About It I am an addictions counselor in addition to my job as a mother. Here are the things I most commonly hear from other mothers about alcohol. How do I know if I drink too much? Is it a problem if I really look forward to a glass...
The Importance of Having a Friend to Talk You Down I’m stable. At least that’s how I usually am. In the eight years I’ve lived with schizophrenia I’ve managed to find a pretty strong footing for my life. I take my meds and go to therapy and practice my social skills and hell, I even have a job, which is...
Transgender relationships undermined by stigma Researchers who looked at the impact of discrimination, poverty and stigma on the mental health and relationship quality of transgender women and their male romantic partners found that social and economic marginalization not only takes a psychological toll on each person individually but also appears to undermine them as a couple. It is difficult to [...]The post Transgender relationships undermined by stigma appeared first on PsyPost.
Biomarker could reveal why some develop post-traumatic stress disorder Blood expression levels of genes targeted by the stress hormones called glucocorticoids could be a physical measure, or biomarker, of risk for developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), according to a study conducted in rats by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published August 11 in Proceedings of the National Academy of [...]The post Biomarker could reveal why some develop post-traumatic stress disorder appeared first on PsyPost.