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Best of Our Blogs: June 27, 2014 All I could think about was I was late again, I was the only one who forgot snacks at our mommy group, and why oh why do other people seem ____ (calmer, more put together/accomplished) than me? That’s one perspective to take. I could have also focused on the fact...
Blog Entry, June 27, 2014 Dear Blog: First, I have to say, it’s been two days since I last wrote in here. Those two days have been hectic ones to say the least. I spent one working hard and running from job to job and the other looking for work, but not finding any. So,...
How to Confront Psychological and medical research is filled with data supporting the idea that holding a grudge has negative long-term consequences. It’s better to endure five minutes of stress than months or years of resentment.
Susan Cain’s Quiet: Is Asian American silence “golden”? Susan Cain's bestseller QUIET contains harmful and misleading stereotypes about Asian Americans.
Does Everybody Have a Price? Buzz the Bee: Look Guys I found The Money Load!!!      Narration: Buzz The Bee left the hive so he could tell people everywhere about honey’s awesomeness… It wasn’t long before his message was tainted by money hungry BIG  Cereal…     Bush: (shape of a dollar with Honey...
Shawn Ladd’s Excellent Amen Clinics Adventure – Part II Did you miss my introduction or Part I of guest blogger Shawn Ladd’s adventures? Read them here: ADHD Adult Has His Head Examined – And I’m Grateful (introduction) Shawn Ladd’s Excellent Amen Clinics Adventure – Part I After the second SPECT scan, I had a long chat with Dr. Christine...
Can People With ADHD Be More Creative? A number of psychologists note that many personality traits connected with ADD and ADHD are also associated with highly creative people. This is a topic I have addressed in previous Creative Mind posts, but here are some new perspectives, inspired by a documentary by Lisa Ling who was diagnosed with ADD...
Are You Afraid to Say the G Word? Last week’s cartoon,  which has to do with what happens when you can’t make a decision,  is here.  All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is ©Donna Barstow 2014,  My own website is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And Like me  on Facebook to get notified of new cartoons. Thanks! A recent...
Body Image Battles We indoctrinate our children to the ideals of beauty before they are out of diapers. These images come in the form of dolls such as Barbie and G.I. Joe, providing guidelines of what we are supposed to look like. These images are only validated and expanded upon as we get...
The Power of Mindfulness On-the-Go During the day many of us are moving so fast, sometimes physically, but almost always mentally. Our neurons are firing in hyper speed with so much to do and so much to pay attention to. We’re all working so hard to get somewhere that we forget to be here. Sometimes...
Do people with autism struggle with driving? In the first pilot study asking adults on the autism spectrum about their experiences with driving, researchers at Drexel University found significant differences in self-reported driving behaviors and perceptions of driving ability in comparison to non-autistic adults. As the population of adults with autism continues growing rapidly, the survey provides a first step toward identifying whether [...]
Discovering the Purpose for Your Life Life is constantly changing; very few things remain the same. Most people will have multiple jobs, and live in different houses, different states and even countries in this day of globalisation. Relationships change and even if you stay with the same person, there are changes in the dynamics of that relationship as each of you […]
What Rots Your Brain More? The Internet or Television? Pundits have been debating whether media destroys our brains for at least 70 years. Strangely, the terms they used to criticize TV decades ago sound a lot like the ones they use to criticize the internet now. See if you can guess which of these quotes are about TV, and which are about the internet....
Little or poor sleep may be associated with worse brain function when aging Sleep problems are associated with worse memory and executive function in older people, new research concludes. Analysis of sleep and cognitive (brain function) data from 3,968 men and 4,821 women was conducted in a study where respondents reported on the quality and quantity of sleep over the period of a month.
Detecting brain activity in coma patients can actually be a scary thing for their families By Gabby Samuel, Brunel University It’s often argued that technological innovation in medicine is key to improving healthcare, and there is no doubt that brain-scan technology such as fMRI is at the forefront of our understanding of the brain. While this kind of scan is providing answers to many difficult questions about how we think, [...]
Social Anxiety Feeling nervous before a presentation or in some social settings can be normal. But in social anxiety, everyday interactions can cause irrational fear and can hinder you from moving forward. According to Wikipedia, “Social anxiety is a discomfort or a fear when a person is in social interactions that involve...
Delusional Thinking 101: How Blaming Mental Illness Won’t Help We’ve written in the past how there’s is a real delusional disconnect between the desire to act to stop future mass shootings, and people constantly pointing the finger at mental illness as being the root of the problem. I say “delusional” because the leap of logic it takes to utter...
Selective Perception and Attention at the World Cup Even though we all watch the same World Cup games, because of selective perception and attention, people may report what they saw very differently.
What Happens to the Animals Who Are Used to Treat People in Therapy? Dogs, horses, and even dolphins are used in animal-assisted therapy. While some animal "therapies" are bad news all around (looking at you, dolphins), others have had positive results. Trained, domesticated animals like dogs or horses can be quite beneficial for humans. But how do therapy animals themselves fare?...
A Helpful Pamphlet About Heart Disease? There’s Just One Did his insurance company not get the memo that his heart disease was discovered via autopsy?...