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You Are Not Alone in Your Diagnosis of Mental Illness In the eight years I’ve lived with schizophrenia I’ve seen horrible days and I’ve seen days where the sun seemed to shine just right on my face and strike a certain happiness in my soul. Throughout every day, though, I’ve struggled with my thoughts. There isn’t a day that goes...
Couple Relationships: 20 Ways to Improve Your Sleep It is 2am in the morning and I am settling myself on the couch, snuggling down under a blanket, relieved to be in the quiet space of my lounge room. I do have a very comfortable bed in the next room where my husband of 25 years, sleeps blissfully unaware of my nocturnal wanders. As […]
Declaring Our Independence From What Doesn’t Serve Us Every year, around July 4th, I republish and update a piece on declaring our independence from what doesn’t serve us — everything from dieting to damaging beliefs. Hope you find it helpful! Tomorrow, we’re celebrating our independence here in America. But wherever you live, it also might be the day...
Researchers find genetic link to autism known as CHD8 mutation In a collaboration involving 13 institutions around the world, researchers have broken new ground in understanding what causes autism. The results are being published in Cell magazine July 3, 2014: “Disruptive CHD8 Mutations Define a Subtype of Autism in Early Development.” “We finally got a clear cut case of an autism specific gene,” said Raphael Bernier, the [...]The post Researchers find genetic link to autism known as CHD8 mutation appeared first on PsyPost.
Could boosting brain cells’ appetites fight disease? New research shows promise Deep inside the brains of people with dementia and Lou Gehrig’s disease, globs of abnormal protein gum up the inner workings of brain cells – dooming them to an early death. But boosting those cells’ natural ability to clean up those clogs might hold the key to better treatment for such conditions. That’s the key [...]The post Could boosting brain cells’ appetites fight disease? New research shows promise appeared first on PsyPost.
Compounded outcomes associated with comorbid Alzheimer’s disease & cerebrovascular disease Researchers from the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky have been able to confirm anecdotal information on patients with both Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and cerebrovascular disease (CVD) using mouse models in two different studies. The findings of these two studies, which were recently published in Acta Neuropathologica and Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy, have potentially significant [...]The post Compounded outcomes associated with comorbid Alzheimer’s disease & cerebrovascular disease appeared first on PsyPost.
Is the Grass Really Greener on the Other Side? A man in a village is given a horse. All of the people in the village tell him, “This is wonderful! You’ll get so much more accomplished on your land with this horse.” The man says, “I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.” The...
Study finds magic mushrooms expand your mind by amplifying your brain’s dreaming areas By Robin Carhart-Harris, Imperial College London Psychedelic drugs alter consciousness in a profound and novel way that increases the breadth and fluency of cognition. However, until recently, we were unable to offer an explanation for how the brain was altered to account for these effects. In a new study, published in Human Brain Mapping, we scanned [...]The post Study finds magic mushrooms expand your mind by amplifying your brain’s dreaming areas appeared first on PsyPost.
5 Things You Can Do in the Next 5   Happiness is a lifelong pursuit of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. But while it could take years of persistence to deeply transform your life, there are scientifically-tested strategies that are shown to provide an immediate happiness boost. Such activities provide a modest increase in happiness but it lasts for weeks...
Is Your Relationship in Trouble? Here is the short answer: It is generally safe to assume that something is amiss in your current romantic relationship if your thoughts, feelings, and desires leave your longing for a “real” romantic connection. Many partners in a hurting romance will describe a sense of feeling lost. They wonder what could...
Fiction and the Facebook Experiment Is the anger over Facebook's mood manipulation study similar to the anger we feel when fiction doesn't go the way we think it should?
'Switch' in Alzheimer's and stroke patient brains prevents generation and survival of neurons A new study finds a modification to the transcriptional protein MEF2 that inhibits the growth of new brain cells and survival of existing cells. The findings show promise for therapeutic intervention for a variety of neurodegenerative disorders.
What Type of Investor Are You? Your investor type describes the behavioral sources of your errors, your investment characteristics, and ultimately your overall success.
Basking In Reflected Glory (BIRG) – USA! Though the United States soccer team’s World Cup run has come to a disappointing finish, the record breaking viewership numbers continue to accumulate. In general, as  the World Cup took the US by storm, the American media focused significant attention to the noticeably increased interest in soccer throughout the US. Several...
How to Help a High-Functioning Alcoholic in Denial High-functioning alcoholics might be one of the most dangerous types. They often are in denial about their alcoholism. They don’t realize how hard their drinking is on family members and friends, and since they seem to function normally, they don’t see a problem with it. High-functioning alcoholics do not fit...
Could boosting brain cells' appetites fight disease? New research shows promise Deep inside the brains of people with dementia and Lou Gehrig’s disease, globs of abnormal protein gum up the inner workings of brain cells – dooming them to an early death. But boosting those cells’ natural ability to clean up those clogs might hold the key to better treatment for such conditions.
Introducing Reflections from a Children’s Therapist There are a lot of interesting developments in the world of children’s psychology and childhood development. Being a children’s therapist brings a lot of challenges — but a lot of insights that can be beneficial outside of the office too. What are good, effective child therapy practices in today’s world?...
Tool helps guide brain cancer surgery A tool to help brain surgeons test and more precisely remove cancerous tissue was successfully used during surgery. The mass spectrometry tool sprays a microscopic stream of charged solvent onto the tissue surface to gather information about its molecular makeup and produces a color-coded image that reveals the location, nature and concentration of tumor cells.
More left-handed men are born during the winter: Indirect evidence of a hormonal mechanism Men born in November, December or January are more likely of being left-handed than during the rest of the year. While the genetic bases of handedness are still under debate, scientists obtained indirect evidence of a hormonal mechanism promoting left-handedness among men.
Do not disturb! How the brain filters out distractions You know the feeling? You are trying to dial a phone number from memory ... you have to concentrate ... then someone starts shouting out other numbers nearby. In a situation like that, your brain must ignore the distraction as best it can so as not to lose vital information from its working memory.Scientists can now give us some insight into just how the brain manages this problem.