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Mental Health in A Failed American System: A Family Consider this scenario: Your family recognizes there is a problem with a loved one (in school, work, community, home), you or your family experiences denial/anger/guilt, you finally agree that mental health treatment is needed, you have difficulty finding resources or receive multiple diagnoses or an “umbrella diagnosis” such as ADHD...
Why Avoidant Personality and Reactive Attachment Disorder Are Similar Last week I spoke about Avoidant Personality Disorder, a disorder characterized by the “he loves me, he loves me not syndrome.” The individual lives a life of perpetual distrust and yet has a desire to connect with another person. The disorder, treatment, and cause(s) are complicated. For youngsters, however, treatment...
Adults with Asperger syndrome at significantly higher risk of suicidal thoughts than general population Adults with the autism spectrum condition known as Asperger Syndrome are nine times more likely to experience suicidal thoughts than people from the general population, according to the first large-scale clinical study of its kind. Autism spectrum conditions are a group of developmental brain conditions that cause difficulties in communication and social interaction, alongside the presence of unusually narrow interests and difficulties in adapting to change. In Asperger Syndrome, people show the key symptoms but without delayed language or intellectual disability.
Novel biomarker predicts febrile seizure-related epilepsy, study finds A newly discovered biomarker – visible in brain scans for hours after febrile seizures – predicts which individuals will subsequently develop epilepsy, according to UC Irvine researchers. This diagnostic ability could lead to improved use of preventive therapies for the disorder. A team led by Dr. Tallie Z. Baram found that rats exhibiting this novel [...]
Study suggests prayer can build unity in diverse organizations  As the United States grows more diverse than ever, organizations from Fortune 500 companies to political parties are scrambling to keep pace. But in doing so, they face the challenge of uniting people from very different backgrounds in a single purpose. A new study led by a University of Connecticut sociologist suggests that if they [...]
Prior drug use the greatest predictor of ecstasy use among U.S. high school seniors Ecstasy, also known by its chemical abbreviation MDMA, is an illicit drug that is commonly taken at nightclubs and dance parties. Ecstasy’s street names include: “Molly” (U.S.), “Mandy” (U.K.), “E,” and “X.”  Although not limited to nightlife scenes, ecstasy is popular at dance parties, as it tends to enhance the party experience (e.g., perceptions of [...]
Cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis: An 18-year follow-up study Researchers at Kessler Foundation and the Cleveland Clinic have published one of the longest longitudinal studies of cognition in multiple sclerosis (MS). The article, “Cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis: An 18-year follow-up study,” (DOI: 10.1016/j.msard.2014.03.004) was epublished by Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders on April 13, 2014. Results provide insight into the natural evolution of [...]
Those with episodic amnesia are not ‘stuck in time,’ says philosopher Carl Craver In 1981, a motorcycle accident left Toronto native Kent Cochrane with severe brain damage and dramatically impaired episodic memory. Following the accident, Cochrane could no longer remember events from his past. Nor could he predict specific events that might happen in the future. When neuroscientist Endel Tulving, PhD, asked him to describe what he would [...]
Fatal cell malfunction identified in Huntington’s disease Researchers believe they have learned how mutations in the gene that causes Huntington’s disease kill brain cells, a finding that could open new opportunities for treating the fatal disorder. Scientists first linked the gene to the inherited disease more than 20 years ago. Huntington’s disease affects five to seven people out of every 100,000. Symptoms, [...]
Helpful bouncing babies show that moving together to music builds bonds Whether they march in unison, row in the same boat or dance to the same song, people who move in time with one another are more likely to bond and work together afterward. It’s a principle established by previous studies, but now researchers at McMaster University have shown that moving in time with others even [...]
Animal study unveils predictive marker for epilepsy development following febrile seizure Within hours of a fever-induced seizure, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be able to detect brain changes that occur in those most likely to develop epilepsy later in life, according to an animal study published in the June 25 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. The findings may one day help improve methods to detect children [...]
Considering Having Sex? 10 Factors to Consider…and Maybe Say My last blog’s topic was about the varied reasons people have sex, which led a reader to ask me: “When is the right time to start a sexual relationship?” This is a difficult question to answer because there isn’t a set recipe of “right or wrong” timing. This decision depends...
Self-Love: The Greatest Gift of Them All One more year has passed by. This coming weekend is my birthday. And reflecting back on the years I’ve lived I realize the most important lesson life has taught me. The foundation of an abundant life: Self-love. Everything that’s good stems from self-love. Strength, courage, compassion, wisdom. They all come...
The Happy Loner Why do we see sociable people as having special skills, while feeling wary of people who are good at spending time alone? Why isn’t the ability to savor solitude a special talent, too?
Hormones affect voting behavior, Nebraska researchers find Researchers from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and Rice University have released a study that shows hormone levels can affect voter turnout. As witnessed by recent voter turnout in primary elections, participation in U.S. national elections is low, relative to other western democracies. In fact, voter turnout in [...]
Schizophrenia and cannabis use may share common genes Genes that increase the risk of developing schizophrenia may also increase the likelihood of using cannabis, according to a new study led by King’s College London, published today in Molecular Psychiatry. Previous studies have identified a link between cannabis use and schizophrenia, but it has remained unclear whether this association is due to cannabis directly increasing [...]
Sleep and mood improves after substantial weight loss Obese adults who lose at least 5 percent of their body weight report that they sleep better and longer after six months of weight loss, according to a new study. The results were presented Tuesday at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society: ICE/ENDO 2014 in Chicago. “This study [...]
Not everyone wants cheering up, new study suggests You may want to rethink cheering up your friends who have low self-esteem because chances are they don’t want to hear it. People with low self-esteem have overly negative views of themselves, and often interpret critical feedback, romantic rejections, or unsuccessful job applications as evidence of their general unworthiness. A new study from researchers at [...]
Six Counterintuitive Tricks for Making Love Last Romantic blasphemy that may save your partnership.
From Self-judgment to Compassion No longer imprisoned by constantly feeling like something was wrong with him, Daniel was beginning to notice the world in new ways—other students seemed more friendly; the acres of forest were an inviting, magical sanctuary; the dharma talks stirred up a childlike fascination and wonder. He felt energized and somewhat bewildered by the fresh sense of possibility...