|Serotonin deficiency? Study throws into question long-held belief about depression
||New evidence puts into doubt the long-standing belief that a deficiency in serotonin -- a chemical messenger in the brain -- plays a central role in depression. Scientists report that mice lacking the ability to make serotonin in their brains (and thus should have been 'depressed' by conventional wisdom) did not show depression-like symptoms.
|Staying Present When the Babysitter Calls Out Sick
||The babysitter called in sick yesterday. Actually, she texted in sick. (For the record, I have come to dread any texts that come in before 8 AM.) I had spent my shower planning out the work I was going to get done once she showed up (so much for mindful awareness,...
|We All Need to Take it Easy Sometimes
||This past few weeks has been pretty chaotic for me. Money has been an issue, I moved to a new city, my nephew was born, I got a new writing job, I had my 29th birthday, I had to housesit for a while and on top of everything else I’ve...
|The Item of Clothing That Can Help People Feel Less Angry
How to turn that frown upside down.
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|Follow the Breadcrumbs of Metaphor into a Child’s Trauma
||How do children experience trauma? How do they report it? How can we help to treat it? The questions are especially complex within a framework where we could do more harm than good if we’re not careful....
|Is This a First for Humans? People Eat Alone
||What could be more sociable than the act of sharing a meal or a drink? For years, I’ve been researching and writing about one particular variety of eating alone – dining alone in restaurants. I have found that people are often very self-conscious about dining solo. They think other people...
||It’s almost school time for a lot of us and to be honest I can’t wait for the summer to be over. The kiddos are getting bored and I’m running out of ideas to keep them happy. That said, the start of the school year can be mighty tough on...
|Video Games and Risky Behavior
||One topic I have taken up in this blog from time-to-time is the impact of video games on behavior. There are both positive and negative consequences associated with video game play. One area where it has been hard to draw firm conclusions is in the area of aggression and risky behavior.
|8 Building Blocks for Resilience
||Resilience is the ability to adapt to stress and change, to bounce back and rebound from negative experiences and the wear and tear of daily life. Resilience is a skills set that may be learned and practiced and benefits grow and accumulate over time. These are a few of the...
|All Apples Are Round! ADHD Thoughts
||I detest false logic. I particularly detest its use in the marketing of so called “ADHD cures.” You know the stuff I’m talking about, “My son goes wild whenever he eats certain foods. My son has ADHD. Therefore, if you keep your child from eating these foods your problems will...
|Young children’s sipping/tasting of alcohol reflects parental modeling
||Previous research had determined that whether or not a child sips or tastes alcohol is associated with the child’s attitude toward sipping and with a family environment supportive of alcohol use. This study extends this former research to examine antecedent predictors of childhood initiation of sipping or tasting alcohol. Findings indicate that initiation of sipping/tasting [...]The post Young children’s sipping/tasting of alcohol reflects parental modeling appeared first on PsyPost.
|Prenatal alcohol exposure is associated with later excess weight/obesity during adolescence
||Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) refer to a range of disabilities, and include individuals with neurocognitive impairments as well as growth irregularities ranging from deficient to normal. However, very little is known about the prevalence of excessive weight and obesity as components of FASD in the long-term. A study examining body mass index (BMI) in [...]The post Prenatal alcohol exposure is associated with later excess weight/obesity during adolescence appeared first on PsyPost.
|Methadone treatment suppresses testosterone in opioid addicts
||Treatment for opioid addiction tampers with the testosterone levels of male but not female opioid users, McMaster University research has shown. In a paper published today by the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers say addiction treatment may need to change to address the side-effect. The study found men using methadone, which is used for opioid addiction [...]The post Methadone treatment suppresses testosterone in opioid addicts appeared first on PsyPost.
|Spotting Ethical and Legal Violations In Therapy
||Have you ever heard of the term “kickbacks” or “fee splitting?” If not, this article is for you. Last week, during Personal Stories Week, I discussed the unethical practices sometimes found within mental health agencies and among mental health professionals. Today we’ll discuss some common unethical practices and ways in...
|New estrogen-based compound suppresses binge-like eating behavior in female mice
||The hormone estrogen can specifically trigger brain serotonin neurons to inhibit binge eating in female mice, researchers report. They add that this result is consistent with data in humans. "We can speculate that in women who develop binge eating who also happen to have irregular menstrual cycles, it is probably because their estrogen function is somehow damaged, which is what leads to the development of binge eating," said the study's lead author.
|Protecting brains of very preterm infants
||Premature babies are far more at risk than infants born at term of developing brain damage resulting in neurodevelopmental delay that may persist throughout their lives. A team of specialists in infant brain imaging has demonstrated that administering three doses of erythropoietin may help.
|Getting things done: How does changing the way you think about deadlines help you reach your goals?
||From doing yard work to finishing up the last few classes required for a college degree, consumers struggle to get things done. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, the way consumers think about deadlines can determine whether or not they start tasks and accomplish their goals. “Our research shows that the [...]The post Getting things done: How does changing the way you think about deadlines help you reach your goals? appeared first on PsyPost.
|Eye implant developed at Stanford could lead to better glaucoma treatments
||For the 2.2 million Americans battling glaucoma, the main course of action for staving off blindness involves weekly visits to eye specialists who monitor – and control – increasing pressure within the eye. Now, a tiny eye implant developed at Stanford could enable patients to take more frequent readings from the comfort of home. Daily [...]The post Eye implant developed at Stanford could lead to better glaucoma treatments appeared first on PsyPost.
|Wii Balance Board induces changes in the brains of MS patients
||A balance board accessory for a popular video game console can help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) reduce their risk of accidental falls, according to new research published online in the journal Radiology. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans showed that use of the Nintendo Wii Balance Board system appears to induce favorable changes in brain connections [...]The post Wii Balance Board induces changes in the brains of MS patients appeared first on PsyPost.
|Patients with eating disorders have an increased risk of autoimmune diseases
||The risk of eating disorders has been shown to be increased in some somatic illnesses. Many of these illnesses, such as type 1 diabetes and inflammatory bowel diseases, present autoimmune etiology. In addition, a prior autoimmune disease has recently been shown to increase the risk of mood disorders and schizophrenia. Researchers at the University of [...]The post Patients with eating disorders have an increased risk of autoimmune diseases appeared first on PsyPost.