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A national study of colleges identifies gaps in efforts to enforce alcohol laws College students, when compared to their age-matched peers who are not in college, report higher rates of previous 30-day drinking as well as binge drinking. Not surprisingly, this can lead to academic problems, high-risk sexual behavior, sexual assaults, violence and aggression, serious injuries, driving while intoxicated, and traffic fatalities. A new study of campus law [...]The post A national study of colleges identifies gaps in efforts to enforce alcohol laws appeared first on PsyPost.
Politically driven legislation targeting dangerous dogs has had little impact Rachel Orritt, a PhD student of psychology at the University of Lincoln says that dog bites present a “public health risk of unknown magnitude but no scientific evidence upon which to base a reliable UK estimate has been obtained in the past two decades.” She also says that discussion by medical professionals about the impact [...]The post Politically driven legislation targeting dangerous dogs has had little impact appeared first on PsyPost.
How to say NO: To Save Your Sanity & Soul Have you ever said YES to someone, and then instantly regretted it? You felt like when you gave away that YES it stripped away a part of your soul that you could never recover again? I may sound a tad soap opera-ish, but some YES’s do have serious, enduring consequences.
How to Say No: To Save Your Sanity and Soul Have you ever said yes to someone, and then instantly regretted it? You felt like when you gave away that "yes" it stripped away a part of your soul that you could never recover again? I may sound a tad soap opera-ish, but some "yes's" do have serious, enduring consequences.
Do I Have to Stop Taking My ADHD Medication Drug rehab centers put a number of guidelines in place to ensure the safety of their patients, many of which are challenged by recovering addicts looking for as much normalcy and comfort as possible during the difficult early stages of recovery. One of the most frequently asked questions is: Why...
Therapist Blog Challenge #14: Feedback in Romantic Relationships   Therapist blog challenge #14 topic focuses on when to ask for and to consider feedback about a significant other. Headline  Come up with a catchy title for your blog post.  Here are a few examples: Dating & the Peanut Gallery: What Other People Say About Your Love Life...
Researchers identify brain network with mapping technique A new image-based strategy has been used to identify and measure placebo effects in randomized clinical trials for brain disorders. The researchers used a network mapping technique to identify specific brain circuits underlying the response to sham surgery in Parkinson's disease patients.
Mass Grief and Public Traumas UNDERSTANDING MASS GRIEF In recent days, we have been reminded once again just how fragile life truly can be with the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. While details and specifics about what exactly happened are still emerging, one thing is for sure – the incident has touched off a...
Adolescent alcohol abuse disrupts transitions into early adulthood Prior research has shown strong associations between adolescent alcohol abuse and adverse outcomes in early adulthood. A first-of-its-kind study of linkages between adolescent alcohol abuse and adverse adult outcomes has examined the influence of differences in familial background and shared genetics on this association; findings are consistent with a causal relationship between adolescent drinking and [...]The post Adolescent alcohol abuse disrupts transitions into early adulthood appeared first on PsyPost.
Researchers use brain patterns to measure placebo effects in Parkinson’s disease patients Investigators at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have utilized a new image-based strategy to identify and measure placebo effects in randomized clinical trials for brain disorders. The findings are published in the August issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the US. Those who suffer [...]The post Researchers use brain patterns to measure placebo effects in Parkinson’s disease patients appeared first on PsyPost.
In alcohol abusers, fish oil may reduce risk of neurodegeneration and ensuing dementia Omega-3 fish oil might help protect against alcohol-related neurodamage and the risk of eventual dementia, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Many human studies have shown that long-term alcohol abuse causes brain damage and increases the risk of dementia. The new study found that in brain cells exposed to high levels of [...]The post In alcohol abusers, fish oil may reduce risk of neurodegeneration and ensuing dementia appeared first on PsyPost.
Antipsychotic drugs linked to slight decrease in brain volume A study published today has confirmed a link between antipsychotic medication and a slight, but measureable, decrease in brain volume in patients with schizophrenia. For the first time, researchers have been able to examine whether this decrease is harmful for patients’ cognitive function and symptoms, and noted that over a nine year follow-up, this decrease [...]The post Antipsychotic drugs linked to slight decrease in brain volume appeared first on PsyPost.
A new cellular garbage control pathway with relevance for human neurodegenerative diseases Several human neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease but also ageing, are linked to an accumulation of abnormal and aggregated proteins in cells. Cellular “garbage” of this type can be removed from cells by sweeping them to a cellular recycling station known as the lysosome. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in [...]The post A new cellular garbage control pathway with relevance for human neurodegenerative diseases appeared first on PsyPost.
Scientists find new clues to brain’s wiring New research provides an intriguing glimpse into the processes that establish connections between nerve cells in the brain. These connections, or synapses, allow nerve cells to transmit and process information involved in thinking and moving the body. Reporting online in Neuron, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a group of proteins [...]The post Scientists find new clues to brain’s wiring appeared first on PsyPost.
Performance improvement program helps doctors better manage depression A performance improvement initiative for physicians can significantly increase their use of evidence-based practices in screening for and treating depression, in the July Journal of Psychiatric Practice. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. Led by Dr Michael E. Thase of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, the researchers evaluated [...]The post Performance improvement program helps doctors better manage depression appeared first on PsyPost.
Experts urge new discipline combining benefits of neuroscience and psychology treatments When a patient talks with a psychological therapist, what changes occur in the patient’s brain that relieve mental disorders? UCLA psychology professor Michelle Craske says the honest answer is that we don’t know. But, according to Craske and two colleagues, we need to find out. Mental health disorders — such as depression, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress [...]The post Experts urge new discipline combining benefits of neuroscience and psychology treatments appeared first on PsyPost.
Tea Party support linked to educational segregation, new study shows In January of 2009, Barack Obama assumed the U.S. presidency in the midst of the most severe recession since the great depression of the 1930s. While many Americans hoped the new administration would take an active role in providing relief for those harmed by the economic collapse, a “Tea Party” movement emerged to oppose Obama’s [...]The post Tea Party support linked to educational segregation, new study shows appeared first on PsyPost.
Having Trouble Accepting Praise? Learn to Overcome Fear and “How old are you?” she asked. I told her. “What? No way,” she chirped. “You look ten years younger than that.” Okay, I thought. What’s she trying to pull? Having low self-esteem makes it hard to accept compliments. Nothing nice that anyone might say about us seems true — so...
Religious Kids Are More Likely To Think Magical Protagonists Are Real Results from a study published in the latest issue of Cognitive Science suggest that 5- and 6-year-old kids from religious backgrounds judge fact from fiction differently than those with non-religious upbringings. ...
Is the Perfect the Enemy of the Good? Voltaire once said “perfect is the enemy of the good.” And as a perfectionist in recovery I can say without hesitation, boy was he right! Having high standards motivates us to work hard and to excel in life. However, the desire to be perfect, only handicaps us. It stops us from...