|Losing weight might make you healthier but not happier
||By Sarah Jackson, University College London Supermodel Kate Moss’ quip that “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” captured the sense in society that being thin is the recipe for happiness. Obesity causes a range of health problems, including diabetes, but will losing weight really make you happier? While there’s no doubt that losing weight [...]The post Losing weight might make you healthier but not happier appeared first on PsyPost.
|Psychiatrist: Despite media hype, antidepressants are not overprescribed
||By Stephen Lawrie, University of Edinburgh There is a persistent media hype surrounding the notion that the prescription of antidepressants is “at record levels”, and “on the rise”. Yet numerous studies have shown that most people with depression do not get any treatment. How can both be true? This is the controversy I will be [...]The post Psychiatrist: Despite media hype, antidepressants are not overprescribed appeared first on PsyPost.
|Brain Poison: 7 Dangerous Metals in your Food (Names,
||History’s largest mass poisoning of a human population has occurred in Bangladesh. Because of it, 35 million people have been exposed to lethal levels of arsenic. Mortality rates are estimated at 13 per 1000, which means that this poisoning has ended as many at 455,000 lives. It happened simply enough....
|Withdrawal: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
||Withdrawal makes love addiction different from codependency. Like any other addict, a love addict wants a fix — in this case, the object of his or her obsession. That could be a particular person, or a relationship in general. So what happens when that “substance” goes away? There are two...
|Take the Childhood Emotional Neglect Test
||During twenty years of practicing psychology, I started to see an invisible force from childhood which weighs upon people as adults. It’s a “non-event” which is unnoticeable and unmemorable, and yet leaves a profound mark upon the child which endures throughout adulthood. It’s Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN). CEN is a...
|Why You Can Change the World, No Matter Who You Are!
||“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” - Anne Frank I want to honest with you. I feel like I have been...
|Notch developmental pathway regulates fear memory formation
||The molecule Notch, critical in many processes during embryonic development, is also involved in fear memory formation, researchers have learned. Understanding fear memory formation is critical to developing more effective treatments and preventions for anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
|Part of brain stays as active in old age as it was in youth
||At least one part of the human brain may be able to process information the same way in older age as it does in the prime of life, according to new research. "Our studies have found that older and younger adults perform in a similar way on a range of visual and non-visual tasks that measure spatial attention," says one researcher. Spatial attention is critical for many aspects of life, from driving, to walking, to picking up and using objects.
|Nasal test developed for to diagnose Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
||A nasal brush test can rapidly and accurately diagnose Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), an incurable and ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disorder, according to a study. CJD is a prion disease. These diseases originate when, for reasons not fully understood, normally harmless prion protein molecules become abnormal and gather in clusters. Prion diseases affect animals and people. Human prion diseases include variant, familial and sporadic CJD. The most common form, sporadic CJD, affects an estimated 1 in one million people annually worldwide.
|Newsroom journalists at increased risk of PTSD, depression from images of extreme violence
||Journalists working with images of extreme violence submitted to newsrooms by the public are at increased risk of adverse psychological consequences, including post-traumatic stress disorder. "Given that good journalism depends on healthy journalists, news organizations will need to look anew at what can be done to offset the risks inherent in viewing material. Reducing the frequency of exposure may be one way to go," authors say.
|Single-cell analysis holds promise for stem cell and cancer research
||Researchers have identified cells’ unique features within the developing human brain, using the latest technologies for analyzing gene activity in individual cells, and have demonstrated that large-scale cell surveys can be done much more efficiently and cheaply than was previously thought possible.
|Reducing stress may help lead to clearer skin
||Anyone who’s had a pimple form right before an important event may wonder if stress caused the break out. While commonly linked anecdotally, proving the relationship between stress and inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, psoriasis and rosacea, is another matter. An expert discusses the latest research on the impact stress has on inflammatory skin conditions and his thoughts on how this research could change treatment options.
|5 Medications or Supplements that Made Me More Depressed
||The more medications and supplements I try in an effort to minimize my symptoms of depression and anxiety, the more I realize that every edible item you place in your mouth has a risk associated with it. Even the natural ones that are supposedly made from cats’ claws, wild yams,...
|What Video Games Do To Children
How video games affect children's behaviour and development.
Fears about what video games are doing to young minds have been growing for years -- not least because now 97% of teenagers play them.
They're said to reduce socialising with real friends, damage psychological adjustment and the violence depicted in many games may be corrupting.
On the other hand, some studies have suggested benefits like improved thinking skills, hand-eye co-ordination, perhaps even greater attention and creativity.
What should parents -- and society at large -- make of all this conflicting talk?
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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|Why I Love Mistakes
||Don’t get me wrong. I don’t love making mistakes. But I love mistakes themselves. Mistakes are great mentors. I usually hate mistakes when I’ve just made one (especially if other people notice) but then I start learning whatever cool new lesson it has to teach me, and everything shifts. At...
|Forgive the Fuss That Rises in You
||There’s a line from Carl Jung’s Red Book that I like: “Forgive the fuss that rises in me.” “What’s the context?” you ask. Forget the context. The context doesn’t matter. The context is the fuss that arises in us. This Jung’s line has a mantra-like quality. It’s enough for me....
|A Look at Infidelity: Why Do Partners Cheat?
||In a recent study of predictors of infidelity in couple relationships, the findings showed men and women continue to follow the stereotypes. The focus on sex, performance, variety and frequency tends to be driven by men, while the focus on emotional connection and nonsexual affection by women. In one study...
|Predictors of Infidelity: Why Do Partners Cheat?
||In a recent study of predictors of infidelity in couple relationships, the findings overall indicate men and women seemed to follow the stereotypes. The focus on sex, performance, variety and frequency tends to be driven by men, while the focus on emotional connection and nonsexual affection by women. Drs. Mark, Janssen...
|Seeing Without Being Seen: The Greatest Place in the
||“Where would people go if given completely free choice?” That’s a question the eminent evolutionary biologist, E. O. Wilson, answered in his book, Biophilia: The Human Bond with Other Species. (I discussed biophilia in a previous Single at Heart post here.) Here’s his answer: “…it seems that whenever people are...
|Key Questions for Couples to Consider before Baby Arrives
||There’s no shortage of advice and to-do lists for parents-to-be. There are articles on do’s and don’ts; information about things you should and shouldn’t buy; and books you must read right away. The sheer overload of information can be dizzying. Pausing can help. In fact, one of the best things...