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What the 'silent treatment' says about your relationship A meta-analysis of 74 studies, including 14,000 participants, shows 'demand-withdraw' pattern is a sign of distress in relationships. The silent treatment is part of what's called a "demand-withdraw" pattern. It happens when one partner pressures the other with requests, criticism or complaints and is met with avoidance or silence. "It's the most common pattern of conflict in marriage or any committed, established romantic relationship," says one author. "And it does tremendous damage."
Pharmacology: Serotonin receptor structure revealed The structure of a serotonin receptor has been completely deciphered for the first time using crystallography. This study opens the way towards the design of new drugs that might be able to control nausea, one of the main adverse effects of chemotherapy and anesthesia.
Prenatal alcohol exposure alters development of brain function: Neural basis for symptoms of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders Medical researchers have found that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) showed weaker brain activation during specific cognitive tasks than their unaffected counterparts.
#111 Parents versus Children in Real Time Bob and I drove from Michigan to California with my son and his wife and their three children, ages 9, 6 and 2 1/2. Among our many adventures was the problem of choosing which bedrooms that each child was to occupy in their new home. My grandson chose the larger...
Own Your Own Strength: Finding Power in Helplessness One of the most crushing and crippling side effects of low self-esteem is the sense of helplessness with which it saddles us. Hopelessness too, of course. But before hopelessness comes helplessness: that paralytic mixture of fear and resignation driving our belief that, whatever good, bad or incalculable thing awaits us...
Why We Care About Sports – Introduction Jerry Seinfeld, in a way that only he could, summarized the passion people have for sports teams, comparing it to “rooting about laundry.” To a rational human being, it is difficult to explain why people should invest so much, or any, emotional energy into a game played between an assortment...
5 Keys to a Successful Relationship Pause for a moment and think about your relationships. What thoughts come to mind? How do you feel about your relationship? Your relationships generally provide great happiness and satisfaction for you. Or, because of high levels of conflict and unfulfilled expectations, your relationships may be a source of great anxiety...
Phases of clinical depression could affect treatment New insights into clinical depression have been found that demonstrate there cannot be a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to treating the disease. Researchers have developed a new model for clinical depression that takes into account the dynamic role of the immune system. This neuroimmune interaction results in different phases of depression, and has implications for current treatment practices.
Potential new predictor of stress-related illnesses found Many scientists believe that the tendency to develop stress-related disorders is an inherited trait or is the result of exposure to traumatic events. In a new paper, scientists explain that a new factor -- that genes may change over time -- could cause depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other stress-related illnesses.
Implanted neurons become part of the brain, mouse study shows Scientists have grafted neurons reprogrammed from skin cells into the brains of mice for the first time with long-term stability. Six months after implantation, the neurons had become fully functionally integrated into the brain. This successful, lastingly stable, implantation of neurons raises hope for future therapies that will replace sick neurons with healthy ones in the brains of Parkinson’s disease patients, for example.
Something’s Holding Me Back In Therapy… Does therapy (or your therapist) make you feel uncomfortable? Can your therapist help?...
Are You Brave? The other day I cracked open a fortune cookie. The fortune read: Better face danger than be always in fear. I nodded sagely….totally on board with this philosophy. But looking at my own life, I can see how, time and time again, I still forget I am brave in the very...
Blood Test for Suicide: Changes In One Gene Predict Suicide Risk Genetic test predicts suicidality with 90% accuracy in people at severe risk.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:Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Breakthrough A Blood Test for Depression Longevity Gene May Enhance Cognition Higher Risk of Mental Illness for Those With Older Fathers High Blood Sugar Levels Linked to Brain Decay
Whether Biology or Trauma, Mental Illness Requires Care not In a beautiful article for Nature, David Adams recently wrote, “Psychiatric research has yet to provide a single reliable biomarker to aid diagnosis and treatment. Self-reported symptoms and their subjective interpretations remain the basis for clinical diagnosis. Drug companies have walked away.” For years I have taught and will continue...
Dealing with Depression: Mindfully Turning Toward Negative Thoughts & Does this sound familiar? I don’t want to feel this way. When I’m anxious, I start thinking of ways I can be in control. So many little things have been bothering me lately, which only makes me madder at myself for letting them bother me. I wish I were different....
ADHD Creates There are people who say that having ADHD makes you creative. And there are those who say that that hasn’t been proven. And there are those who say that ADHD creativity is a myth. I say that creativity is a matter of creating. And creating requires you to be able...
Why bad news dominates the headlines Why are newspapers and TV broadcasts filled with disaster, corruption and incompetence? It may be because we’re drawn to depressing stories without realising, says psychologist Tom Stafford. When you read the news, sometimes it can feel like the only things reported are terrible, depressing events. Why does the media concentrate on the bad things in […]
A One-Minute Course in Anger Management A simple strategy that may keep your anger problem under control.
Making Friends with Your Inner Sex Addict We commonly think of our sex addict self as bad. And indeed the addict part of us does things that harm others and ourselves and that usually go against our deeply held values. We would like to distance ourselves from this part of us, to stamp it out. In poetic...
Photography: Art and Healing Photographic images can be a powerful form of expression for creative people, and also a tool for therapists and anyone to help explore our inner selves. This image by artist Jennifer Moon is titled “A Story of a Girl and a Horse: The Search for Courage.” A news article about an...