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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.
Study demonstrates key brain region in contextual memories Dartmouth researchers demonstrate in a new study that a previously understudied part of the brain, the retrosplenial cortex, is essential for forming the basis for contextual memories, which help you to recall events ranging from global disasters to where you parked your car. The findings appear in the journal The Journal of Neuroscience. A PDF of the study [...]The post Study demonstrates key brain region in contextual memories appeared first on PsyPost.
Low dose of ecstasy reduces people’s ability to recognize sad faces: study Methylenedioxymethamphetamine — the drug commonly known as ecstasy or molly — increases emotional empathy and reduces the recognition of sad faces while having no effect on moral judgments, according to new research. In the study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, researcher Yasmin Schmid and her colleagues observed that “the positive bias in emotion recognition [...]The post Low dose of ecstasy reduces people’s ability to recognize sad faces: study appeared first on PsyPost.
Advice About Therapy, Religion, And You People of faith tend to have better therapy outcomes than people who don't. What should you do if your religion is important in your life and you are in therapy?...
Fox News Calls Robin Williams Such A Coward – Comments Can Defend Your Point of View or Get You in HOT WATER This is my personal tribute to Robin Williams my above Mental Health Humor cartoon. I recently had to defend my point of view in a comment about this cartoon. Here is what I said: “The cartoon is...
Treating mental illness by changing memories of things past In the novel À la recherche du temps perdu (translated into English as Remembrance of Things Past), Marcel Proust makes a compelling case that our identities and decisions are shaped in profound and ongoing ways by our memories. This truth is powerfully reflected in mental illnesses, like posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addictions. In PTSD, [...]The post Treating mental illness by changing memories of things past appeared first on PsyPost.
Mind and body: Scientists identify immune system link to mental illness Children with high everyday levels of a protein released into the blood in response to infection are at greater risk of developing depression and psychosis in adulthood, according to new research which suggests a role for the immune system in mental illness. The study, published today in JAMA Psychiatry, indicates that mental illness and chronic [...]The post Mind and body: Scientists identify immune system link to mental illness appeared first on PsyPost.
Deciding Not To Go – Mindful Parenting and Decision Oh man. I really wanted to go. I’ve wanted to go to this retreat for three years. It happens in late August every year in Northern California, and it’s led by two experienced and amazing mindfulness teachers. It’s six days long. When you add in a day on each end...
Privacy Is Needed For Grieving Families     For most of us, when a family member dies we are granted the gift of grieving in private. Our closest friends may call and send flowers and notes of sympathy, but for the most part we are given some time to say good-bye to our loved one in...
10 Aphorisms: What did your parents tell you? There are some saying that stay with you throughout your life. Whether you used them with your friends growing up, or found insight from your parents, here is a list of some sayings that have always stayed with me, and have helped me throughout different times in my life: Don’t be afraid...