|Mental Health Disparities Higher for Older African American Adults
||A new, revealing literature review suggests that older African American adults are more likely to be diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and dementia than others. The study reviews the mental health issues among the rapidly growing African American older adult population. Given the existing disparities in mental health treatment and the projected growth of the African American older adult population, a dire need for further research to into assessment and treatment with a focus on cultural context is obvious, authors say.
|Robin Williams–The Giver
||5 things you may not know about bipolar disorder
|Tragic Loss By Suicide and the Question “Why?”
||For every suicide there is an estimated six or more “suicide survivors,” people who are left behind trying to cope with this traumatic loss. They include spouses, parents, siblings, friends and relatives. When the person lost is Robin Williams, a famous comedian and actor whose creativity, personality and art brought...
|Robin Williams - The Giver
||Five Things You May Not Know About Bipolar Disorder
|Focal blood-brain-barrier disruption with high-frequency pulsed electric fields
||A novel method uses bursts of nanosecond duration electric pulses to open the blood-brain-barrier as a potential therapy for brain cancer and neurological disorders. The Vascular Enabled Integrated Nanosecond pulse (VEIN pulse) procedure consists of inserting minimally invasive needle electrodes into the diseased tissue and applying multiple bursts of nanosecond pulses with alternating polarity.
|Is empathy in humans and apes actually different?
||Whether or not humans are the only empathic beings is still under debate. In a new study, researchers directly compared the 'yawn contagion' effect between humans and bonobos -- our closest evolutionary cousins. By doing so they were able to directly compare the empathic abilities of ourselves with another species, and found that a close relationship between individuals is more important to their empathic response than the fact that individuals might be from the same species.
|Head injury, re-offending link scrutinized by UK parliament
||The Justice Committee will hear evidence from psychologists calling for recognition of the connection between head injury and re-offending, in order to reduce the number of individuals re-entering the criminal justice system. Academics and practitioners will give evidence as part of the committee inquiry into ‘Brain injury and the criminal justice system’ and explain what can be done to identify and treat offenders with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and reduce reconviction rates in Scotland.
|Managers: Less stress when work relationships are good
||Managers who enjoy a good relationship with their employees, suffer less dangerous stress at work, according to a study of nearly 3000 managers. Much research has been conducted regarding stress, but not many studies have looked specifically at stress among managers. How is life among those in the driving seat in companies and organizations? Are they more stressed than what is good for them?
|ADHD, Substance Abuse and Conduct Disorder Develop From the Same Neurocognitive Deficits
||The origins of ADHD, substance abuse and conduct disorder have been traced, and researcher have found that they develop from the same neurocognitive deficits, which in turn explains why they often occur together. The findings shed light on the cognitive deficits that could be targeted in order to potentially help treat comorbid cases (e.g. adolescents who have been diagnosed with both conduct disorder and substance use problems).
|Anxiety and amen: Prayer doesn't ease symptoms of anxiety-related disorders for everyone
||Whether the problem is health, enemies, poverty or difficulty with aging, “Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there,” suggested the late gospel musician Charles A. Tindley. But when it comes to easing anxiety-related disorders, prayer doesn’t have the same effect for everybody, according to a researcher.
|Myth: It’s Too Late to Bring It Up Now
||There’s a commonly held belief shared by many couples that after a certain point at which the time to bring up or continue an unfinished conversation (particularly one in which there is disagreement) is passed. That is, any attempt by one partner to revisit an issue that he or she...
|Does Your Body Language Reveal Your Personality to Others?
||An important question that psychologists have studied for over 75 years concerns how subtle nonverbal cues might reveal your personality. Famed psychologist, Gordon Allport, studied this question of personality and expressive movement. What are the results? Does your expressive behavior reveal your inner personality?
|Sexual Addiction, Depression, and the Emotional Affair
||I am helping my friend, I’ll call her Pam, end an emotional affair. I mean, it’s not the kind of emotional affair where she tells the guy that she loves him. They don’t have secret meetings, or talk every day, or have “code language.” To an outsider, the relationship wouldn’t...
|Being the Boss Means Getting The (Second To) Last Cookie
Finally, there is an experiment that can fill me with ambition. A group of workers was given an insufficient cookie supply. (I know. Disgusting. It's like a crummier version of the Stanford Prison Experiment.) And guess who got more than their share....
|Why, troll, why? Why people make offensive comments online
||Why do people say such nasty things online? The online context often leads people to perceive it differently than face-to-face interaction. Unfortunately, this can result in some disinhibited and hurtful posting. This article investigates several factors that explain why people post offensive comments on social media and other outlets.
|Brain Wiring Differences in Sensory Processing Disorders and Autism
Support for controversial disorder thought to affect 1 in 6 elementary school children.
Children with sensory processing disorders have different structural brain connections in the sensory regions compared with autism, lending weight to a controversial diagnosis, a new study finds.
The study, which is published in the journal PLOS ONE, is the first to compare the brain structures of those with autism with those who have sensory processing disorders (SPD) (Chang et al., 2014).
Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick"
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|Goodbye Mr. Williams
||Today is the first full day, since the birth of Robin Williams, that we will have to make do without his presence in our world. For so many of us that is going to be difficult. I’m not prone to fame fuelled hero worship. A person has to be more...
|What American parents fear most
||School violence and gun-related injuries ranked among American families’ top worries, along with child obesity, teen pregnancy and drug abuse.
|The benefits of lucid dreaming
||Researchers decipher clues from those with greater awareness and control of behavior in dreams.
|How to make positive changes in your life
||Changing your sleep schedule is just one of the ways to make a positive change in your life.