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What is the Internet, Anyway? (video from 1994) Watching YouTube this week, I came across a funny Today show video from 1994. I had to share this video… I was laughing so hard I thought I was going to bust my gut! Reality struck in deep when I remembered I was living through this period of time! This is...
Fight, Flight or Freeze: The Stress Response Imagine the following scenarios: 1. During a staff meeting that you led and thoroughly prepared for, your boss criticizes you for not completing a task that was someone else’s responsibility. All eyes are on you. You feel flushed, your heart starts racing, and you have you the urge to yell...
You’re Not My Friend Real friends don't let friends talk about the weather.
Why People with BPD Must Stop Living Reactively A woman recovering from Borderline Personality Disorder looks at the role of mindful, proactive living in helping to heal the emotional over-reactive behaviors associated with the disorder.
Introducing Childhood Emotional Neglect I’m pleased to introduce a new blogger to Psych Central, Jonice Webb, Ph.D. who will be blogging on the topic of childhood emotional neglect (CEN). Here’s how she describes becoming interested in this topic: During twenty years of practicing psychology, I started to become aware of an invisible factor from...
Monoamine oxidase A: Biomarker for postpartum depression Postpartum mood swings are correlated with high monoamine oxidase A binding, a study shows. For most women, the birth of their baby is one of the most strenuous but also happiest days in their lives. The vast majority of women experience a temporary drop in mood for a few days after birth. These symptoms of "baby blues" are not an illness; however, in some cases they can represent early signs of an imminent episode of depression: in 13 percent of mothers, the emotional turmoil experienced after childbirth leads to the development of a full-blown postpartum depression.
Effect of loud noises on brain revealed in study Prolonged exposure to loud noise alters how the brain processes speech, potentially increasing the difficulty in distinguishing speech sounds, according to neuroscientists. Exposure to intensely loud sounds leads to permanent damage of the hair cells, which act as sound receivers in the ear. Once damaged, the hair cells do not grow back, leading to noise-induced hearing loss.
Vacuum treatment may limit damage after traumatic brain injury Controlled application of vacuum pressure is a promising approach to limiting tissue damage after traumatic brain injury, suggests an experimental study.
You Can Become the Person You Want to Be The other day I caught myself saying these words out loud: Today, I am so much closer than I ever have been before to becoming the person I want to be. Wow. I seriously impressed myself. Not just for having the guts and the honesty to state my truth, but...
Peak Experiences in Psilocybin Users A recent study of intensely positive experiences in people who have used psilocybin found that some users had experienced profoundly altered states of consciousness, including visual hallucinations even when not under the direct influence of the drug. Perhaps psilocybin might have lasting effects on a person’s ability to enter altered states of consciousness without drugs.
What is Love: Are You Made For Each Other or Are You on a Journey? What your view of love does to your relationship.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:Falling in Love Takes One-Fifth of a Second How Just One Night’s Poor Sleep Can Hurt a Relationship Brain Map of Love and Desire Still Thinking About Your Ex? Why It’s Bad News for Your Current Partner 10 Psychology Studies Every Lover Should Know
Happiness With Others: Practice Win–Win You will undoubtedly face happiness-challenging differences and disagreements at times in all your significant relationships. How you handle them will go a long way to determining both the quality of these relationships and the amount of pleasure you derive from them. See how to turn your relationship differences and disagreements into diamonds.
Stop Saying “I am sorry” Why do women apologize more frequently than men? Well, I have my theories. This older article at Scientific American is interesting too. I hear women say they are sorry several times a day. They say it when they cross your path in the grocery store. They say it when their pen rolls...
The ‘Weakness Factor’: Men and Depression I’ve found that it’s much easier for women to say, “I’m depressed,” than it is for men. This has more to do with what I call the “weakness factor,” in which men struggle to admit something’s wrong with them or acknowledge something they perceive as a sign of weakness. Men...
A blood test for suicide? Alterations to a single gene could predict risk of suicide attempt Johns Hopkins researchers say they have discovered a chemical alteration in a single human gene linked to stress reactions that, if confirmed in larger studies, could give doctors a simple blood test to reliably predict a person’s risk of attempting suicide. The discovery, described online in The American Journal of Psychiatry, suggests that changes in a [...]The post A blood test for suicide? Alterations to a single gene could predict risk of suicide attempt appeared first on PsyPost.
Research finds hope for more accurate diagnosis of memory problems More accurate tests could be created to diagnose diseases such as Alzheimer’s or memory problems stemming from head injuries, leading to earlier intervention, according to new findings from the University of East Anglia (UEA). The research involved investigating the components of memory using a combination of tests and neuroimaging – a method that could be [...]The post Research finds hope for more accurate diagnosis of memory problems appeared first on PsyPost.
Many depressed preschoolers still suffer in later school years Children diagnosed with depression as preschoolers are likely to suffer from depression as school-age children and young adolescents, new research shows. Depressed preschoolers were 2.5 times more likely to suffer from the condition in elementary and middle school than kids who were not depressed at very young ages, according to researchers at Washington University School of [...]The post Many depressed preschoolers still suffer in later school years appeared first on PsyPost.
Older adults are at risk of financial abuse Nearly one in every twenty elderly American adults is being financially exploited – often by their own family members. This burgeoning public health crisis especially affects poor and black people. It merits the scrutiny of clinicians, policy makers, researchers, and any citizen who cares about the dignity and well-being of older Americans, says Dr. Janey [...]The post Older adults are at risk of financial abuse appeared first on PsyPost.
There’s No Such Thing as an Adverse Childhood Adverse (adˈvərs,ˈadvərs/adjective): preventing success or development; harmful; unfavorable. Definitions matter, because the words we apply to our lives influence whether we feel hopeful or discouraged. Can a childhood be adverse? Events during childhood can certainly be harmful and unfavorable. And yes, painful formative experiences often limit success and development along conventional avenues. In my...
Let Go & Free Yourself: 21 Strategies “In the end, these things matter most: How well did you love?  How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?” ~Buddha Therapists, coaches, and yoga instructors love to tell us to, “Let it go!”  Sounds divine, yet ambiguous… What exactly is involved in the process of letting...