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Will Social Anxiety Keep Your Child From Succeeding in With the ringing of the first classroom bell to signal the start of a new school year, two images often come to mind: children excited about seeing old friends and their favorite teacher, or the endearing scene of a shy child clinging to his mother’s leg. But what if the...
Afraid of Your Own Anger – Part 1 Sam: “I have an unusual problem. I’m not afraid of other people; I’m afraid of me. I’m afraid of what I might do. For instance, I let my ex-girlfriend criticize me for years because I was afraid of what I’d do if I ever opened up. ” Therapist: “So you...
Research Results on Food Addiction Research Results on Food Addiction Recent evidence suggests that palatable, high-calorie foods, think comfort foods like mac & cheese or burgers with fries or steaks cut half the size of your head, may have an addictive potential that can contribute to overeating. Impulsivity, obesity and overconsumption of such foods have...
Brain Insights and Well-Being With integration emerges coherence and harmony, the basis of health.
Just Sitting or… Is There Even Less to It? Buddhism, as a healing art rather than a religion, in its therapeutic mandate of healing human suffering, takes the path of getting rid, not of the Suffering, but of the Sufferer… Let me clarify… Buddhism, in its strategic (long-term) rather than tactical (short-term) mandate, is not a “feel-good” endeavor, it’s...
Reducing the Risk of Triggering Mania with the Use A recent article in the American Journal of Psychiatry sheds light on the vexing challenge of treating depression in individuals who have an underlying bipolar disorder: For many people with bipolar disorder, depression occurs more frequently and damages function more severely than mania, but treating bipolar depression with antidepressants carries...
Possible neurobiological basis for tradeoff between honesty, self-interest What's the price on your integrity? Tell the truth; everyone has a tipping point. We all want to be honest, but at some point, we'll lie if the benefit is great enough. Now, scientists have confirmed the area of the brain in which we make that decision, using advanced imaging techniques to study how the brain makes choices about honesty.
12 Ways To Help Your Child’s Back-To-School Jitters From Occupational therapist Miriam Manela of Otthrive.com, offers 12 helpful suggestions to help your child deal with back-to-school fears and anxiety. ...
McConaughey’s and Harrelson’s Roles in "True Detective" Marty and Rust work hard and bravely to catch murderers and predators. Both detectives are lonely, not good at relationships, and struggle with different kinds of inner demons... Rust is a philosophical loner with an active mind who propounds the meaningless of life.
Mindfulness Instruction: A Trigger for Flashbacks of Abuse? Why can’t mindfulness and I just get along? It’s perverse: here’s this healthy practice endorsed by scientists and mystics alike. Since I respect both, you’d think I’d find it easy to join the fad. But I balk. I find myself returning to a theme explored in an earlier essay on...
When You Feel Worthless A sinking self-worth usually starts early. Maybe your caregivers criticized your every move, or maybe they criticized themselves and you learned to do the same with yourself. Journalist Anneli Rufus struggled with self-loathing for over 40 years. “I hated myself unreservedly, as if it was required,” she writes in her...
Silent Treatment Effects on Relationships Mike Bundrant is co-founder of the iNLP Center for personal development. Communication is the cornerstone to keeping an intimate relationship strong and healthy. However, many couples find the lines of communication come to a complete halt during times of disagreement or conflict. Typically, one partner is making a demand while...
A Curious New Sleep Disorder That Affects One in Seven Survey of almost 20,000 people finds 15% had experienced this sleep disorder in the last year and half of these at least once a week. 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 Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep Poor Sleep: 8 Hours With Interruptions As Bad As Only 4 Hours Poor Sleep Can Lead to False Memories Sleep Deprivation: The 10 Most Profound Psychological Effects
Why is stress more devastating for some? Some take stress in stride; others struggle with it, even developing psychiatric disorders. New research has identified the molecular origins of this so-called stress gap in mice. The results could contribute to a better understanding of the development of depression and other disorders brought on by stress.
To see or not to see: Answering questions about neurons The brain is a complicated network of small units called neurons, all working to carry information from the outside world, create an internal model, and generate a response. Some signals that the dendrites receive do not continue to the next neuron; instead they seem to change the way that the neuron handles the subsequent signals. This could help neurons function as part of a large network, but researchers still have many questions. Researchers have now suggested one mechanism explaining how neurons help the network function.
Childhood diet habits set in infancy Research indicates that efforts to improve what children eat should begin before they even learn to walk.
Shrink Rap Concerned about "the dark side" of current psychiatric practices, Glover adopts an approach to personality disorders at the intersection between "the mind-body problem and the problem of free will" that includes the subjective values of autonomy, responsibility, and identity that constitute a good life.
Is There a Biological Basis of Depression? (Video) A short animated video explaining scientific knowledge about depression....
How to Be the Parent You Wish You Had Some people learned how to parent by experiencing good parenting.  Some have learned the opposite (what not to do) because of the family they grew up in.   But there are particular challenges for those who were abused or neglected, once they have their own children. Here are some ideas...
Best of Our Blogs: September 2, 2014 It’s not enough that we’re here, we’re alive, we’re together reading this. We need to be conscious parents so we can create responsible, compassionate, confident, yet humble, emotionally intelligent and bright human beings. We should be mindful of our actions, successful at work, dependable, creative, and unique yet socially adept....