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Unexpected death of a loved one linked to onset of psychiatric disorders The sudden loss of a loved one can trigger a variety of psychiatric disorders in people with no history of mental illness. While previous studies have suggested there is a link between sudden bereavement and an onset of common psychiatric disorders, this is the first study to show the association of acute bereavement and mania in a large population sample.
Tool to better screen, treat aneurysm patients New research may help physicians better understand the chronological development of a brain aneurysm. Simplified, a cerebral aneurysm is a blood-filled bulge formed in response to a weakness in the wall at branching brain arteries. If the bulge bursts, the person can undergo a brain hemorrhage, which is a subtype of stroke and a life-threatening condition.
Neural transplant reduces absence epilepsy seizures in mice The areas of the cerebral cortex that are affected in mice with absence epilepsy have been pinpointed by research that also shows that transplanting embryonic neural cells into these areas can alleviate symptoms of the disease by reducing seizure activity. Absence epilepsy primarily affects children. These seizures differ from "clonic-tonic" seizures in that they don't cause muscle spasms; rather, patients "zone out" or stare into space for a period of time, with no memory of the episode afterward.
'Free choice' in primates altered through brain stimulation When electrical pulses are applied to the ventral tegmental area of their brain, macaques presented with two images change their preference from one image to the other. The study is the first to confirm a causal link between activity in the ventral tegmental area and choice behavior in primates.
Unprecedented detail of intact neuronal receptor offers blueprint for drug developers Biologists have succeeded in obtaining an unprecedented view of a type of brain-cell receptor that is implicated in a range of neurological illnesses, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, depression, schizophrenia, autism, and ischemic injuries associated with stroke. The team's atomic-level picture of the intact NMDA receptor should serve as template and guide for the design of therapeutic compounds.
Do You Feel Like You're Not Sleeping, Even When You Are? Pseudoinsomnia is a sleep disorder, even though people who suffer from it appear to have perfectly normal sleep patterns. When pseudoinsomnicacs fall asleep every night, they feel as if they are lying awake, anxiously trying to get some rest. But they're not imagining things. They really do have an unusual form of insomnia....
Self-Talk Increases Success If You Use This One Trick Many of us use self-talk to manage anxiety provoking situations--but are we doing it correctly?
Emotional Safety: What Does It Really Mean? I am enamored by this quote from the author, Anais Nin, “We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are”. Truer words were never spoken when it comes to embracing our own emotional safety as caregivers, the topic for this month’s self care offering.
12 Ways to Help Kids with ADHD Get Things Done Kids with ADHD have a hard time completing tasks, such as homework and chores. They may understand the material and be capable of completing the assignment, said Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M., ACAC, an ADHD parent coach, mental health counselor and teacher trainer. She shares her unique insights and experience to build...
Perfect Appearances: Stop Obsessing Many people wish that they were better looking than they are. This desire sets them up to feel that they are not good looking enough. They feel inadequate when comparing their appearance to others. They imagine that they will feel good themselves after their weight loss, boob job, face lift...
Creatures of habit: Disorders of compulsivity share common pattern, brain structure People affected by binge eating, substance abuse and obsessive compulsive disorder all share a common pattern of decision making and similarities in brain structure, according to new research. "Compulsive disorders can have a profoundly disabling effect of individuals. Now that we know what is going wrong with their decision making, we can look at developing treatments, for example using psychotherapy focused on forward planning or interventions such as medication which target the shift towards habitual choices," authors said.
4 Things That We Can Learn From Maya Angelou After reading numerous articles, books and internet posts regarding the impact of Dr. Maya Angelou, I couldn’t’ help but reflect on the elements of her life that we can learn from.     The Value of Friendships. Alvin Ailey, Malcolm X, James Baldwin and Martin Luther King Jr. Any one...
“You” is the Best Person to Be! I have always loved nature. Unfortunately, I can’t say I’ve always felt the same about myself. For many years I felt like two people – the gentle, appreciative nature-lover who would melt at the sight of a fledgling songbird….and the terrifying tormenter within who raged against even a glimpse of...
How Cynical Personality Traits Affect Dementia Risk Cynicism has already been linked with worse physical health, but what is it doing to the brain?→ 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:5 Habits Proven to Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Comedians Have Psychotic Personality Traits Early Fitness Preserves Thinking Skills 25 Years Later Here’s Why Believing People Can Change Is So Important in Life Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development
Thirteen Easy Ways To Give Yourself A Break Give yourself permission to lighten up....
Thinking About How to Think Have you ever taken a course on how to manage your mind? Have you ever read a book on how to think? I doubt it. Most of us believe we’ve learned how to think by going to school and learning about the world. But most schooling teaches you only one...
How to Find Relief from Being Judged on Appearances The next time Carrie came for her counseling appointment, she was smiling. It wasn’t a plastic smile for her audience, it came from inside. It was a good sign. Carrie: “Remember last week I was supposed to catch myself trying to look good? Well, it happened. We are going to...
A Mind Like Mine. Several, in Fact. One of the things I’ve heard the most over the past decade of working in the ADHD field is that it’s extremely difficult to find good information, support, and resources especially in regard to adult ADHD. I’m sharing a post-event report with you of our recent DOC Institute screening of...
Powerful Suicide Attempt Survivor Documentary (Video) Interviews with healed suicide attempt survivors about their advocacy work for suicide prevention....
Eternal Bonds Allie_Caulfield via Compfight Raising a family has taught me that entanglement is real. Even when they are physically apart, parents and children never quite leave one another. We can try, and in some situations we have to, expunge the destructive voices in our heads or rid ourselves of the harmful...