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Intelligent, Artistic, More Likely to Recover from BPD A large scale study shows that highly intelligent, artistic, disciplined, and attractive women stand the greatest chance of recovering from Borderline Personality Disorder.
Hallucinating in the deep waters of consciousness On Saturday I curated a series of short films about other inner worlds, altered states and the extremes of mental health at London’s Shuffle Festival. I discovered one of the films literally a couple of days before the event, and it completely blew me away. Narcose is a French documentary about a dive by world […]
Flores bones show features of Down syndrome, not a new 'Hobbit' human In October 2004, excavation of fragmentary skeletal remains from the island of Flores in Indonesia yielded what was called 'the most important find in human evolution for 100 years.' Its discoverers dubbed the find Homo floresiensis, a name suggesting a previously unknown species of human.
Mathematical equation to predict happiness: Doesn't depend on how well things go, but on whether things are better than expected The happiness of over 18,000 people worldwide has been predicted by a mathematical equation, with results showing that moment-to-moment happiness reflects not just how well things are going, but whether things are going better than expected.
Rape Jokes Are Not Funny There are times when I read something, and I shake my head in disbelief, wondering what prompted that kind of response. When I read about this tweet, I experienced something much greater than disbelief. It made me angry. If Ms. Alley was violated by the person she is referring to,...
Why Labeling Emotions Matters Labeling our emotions can help us regulate them better.
"Borderline" Provocations VIII: Lets You and Him Fight Being in a relationship, by blood or romance, with someone with traits of borderline personality disorder is incredibly challenging. While they may seem at times to be irrational, there is in fact a method to their madness. In part VIII of this series, I discuss situations in which other parties fight with one another over how a person with the disorder is being treated.
Anorexia Nervosa and Positive Emotion Is there more to anorexia than just a fear of gaining weight?
Eating baked, broiled fish weekly boosts brain health, study says Eating baked or broiled fish once a week is good for the brain, regardless of how much omega-3 fatty acid it contains, according to researchers. The findings add to growing evidence that lifestyle factors contribute to brain health later in life. Scientists estimate that more than 80 million people will have dementia by 2040, which could become a substantial burden to families and drive up health care costs.
What the 'silent treatment' says about your relationship A meta-analysis of 74 studies, including 14,000 participants, shows 'demand-withdraw' pattern is a sign of distress in relationships. The silent treatment is part of what's called a "demand-withdraw" pattern. It happens when one partner pressures the other with requests, criticism or complaints and is met with avoidance or silence. "It's the most common pattern of conflict in marriage or any committed, established romantic relationship," says one author. "And it does tremendous damage."
Pharmacology: Serotonin receptor structure revealed The structure of a serotonin receptor has been completely deciphered for the first time using crystallography. This study opens the way towards the design of new drugs that might be able to control nausea, one of the main adverse effects of chemotherapy and anesthesia.
Prenatal alcohol exposure alters development of brain function: Neural basis for symptoms of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders Medical researchers have found that children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) showed weaker brain activation during specific cognitive tasks than their unaffected counterparts.
#111 Parents versus Children in Real Time Bob and I drove from Michigan to California with my son and his wife and their three children, ages 9, 6 and 2 1/2. Among our many adventures was the problem of choosing which bedrooms that each child was to occupy in their new home. My grandson chose the larger...
Own Your Own Strength: Finding Power in Helplessness One of the most crushing and crippling side effects of low self-esteem is the sense of helplessness with which it saddles us. Hopelessness too, of course. But before hopelessness comes helplessness: that paralytic mixture of fear and resignation driving our belief that, whatever good, bad or incalculable thing awaits us...
Why We Care About Sports – Introduction Jerry Seinfeld, in a way that only he could, summarized the passion people have for sports teams, comparing it to “rooting about laundry.” To a rational human being, it is difficult to explain why people should invest so much, or any, emotional energy into a game played between an assortment...
5 Keys to a Successful Relationship Pause for a moment and think about your relationships. What thoughts come to mind? How do you feel about your relationship? Your relationships generally provide great happiness and satisfaction for you. Or, because of high levels of conflict and unfulfilled expectations, your relationships may be a source of great anxiety...
Phases of clinical depression could affect treatment New insights into clinical depression have been found that demonstrate there cannot be a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to treating the disease. Researchers have developed a new model for clinical depression that takes into account the dynamic role of the immune system. This neuroimmune interaction results in different phases of depression, and has implications for current treatment practices.
Potential new predictor of stress-related illnesses found Many scientists believe that the tendency to develop stress-related disorders is an inherited trait or is the result of exposure to traumatic events. In a new paper, scientists explain that a new factor -- that genes may change over time -- could cause depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other stress-related illnesses.
Implanted neurons become part of the brain, mouse study shows Scientists have grafted neurons reprogrammed from skin cells into the brains of mice for the first time with long-term stability. Six months after implantation, the neurons had become fully functionally integrated into the brain. This successful, lastingly stable, implantation of neurons raises hope for future therapies that will replace sick neurons with healthy ones in the brains of Parkinson’s disease patients, for example.
Something’s Holding Me Back In Therapy… Does therapy (or your therapist) make you feel uncomfortable? Can your therapist help?...