|Reconnecting With A Distant Partner
||I practice emotionally-focused couples therapy, which is about trust and security being the bedrock of a relationship. The core question we’re all asking, on an emotional level, is: When I need you, will you be there for me? Can I count on you? If we sense–again, on a subterranean emotional...
|Obsessive-compulsive disorder questionnaire may give clues to other mental health problems
||A shortened version of a questionnaire used by psychologists to assess risk factors for obsessive-compulsive disorder also may help determine the risk of depression and anxiety, according to a study. Given the brevity of the revised Obsessive Beliefs Questionnaire -- and its potential for patients -- it could become a useful tool for research as well as treatment of patients and intervention for those who are predisposed toward a number of mental health disorders, a researcher notes.
|A Sense of Purpose Helps You Live Longer
||"Some people wander aimlessly through life, but I am not one of them."→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
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|Study: Addiction Treatment Stops Family Fighting
||I’m an addict in recovery. I speak freely about it and without shame. I’m not the man I was before treatment. I am the self I was always meant to be. A huge part of my change was due to my kids. What happens when an alcoholic parent gets treatment?...
|Complicity: Psychology and War on Terror Abuses
||While all Americans should be disturbed by findings leaked from the Senate report on the CIA’s brutal post-9/11 detention and interrogation program, our nation’s psychologists should be especially troubled by this one: “Two contract psychologists devised the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques and were central figures in the program’s operation.”
|Best of Our Blogs: May 13, 2014
||AH! Writer’s block! I would say “if you’re a writer, you’ve experienced writer’s block at some point,” but really, writing is such a healthy outlet that it spans far beyond just those of us who call ourselves “writers.” So, chances are, you’ve experienced writer’s block whether or not you consider...
||In today’s “I want it now” world of instant gratification, when is the right time to get sexually involved with our new partner? Is it the third date? After one month? Or, waiting until we know we love one another? Based on our years of working with couples we’ve come...
|The Start of Mental Health Month – and I’m
|| I knew it was going to hit me. I was preparing for it early in April. I could feel it coming on stronger, holding longer, tightening its grip…What am I talking about…DEPRESSION! You know as a mental health advocate, I wish I could say I am cured, 100% in...
|Association between small-vessel disease, Alzheimer pathology studied
||Cerebral small-vessel disease and Alzheimer disease pathology appear to be associated, new research indicates. "Our study supports the hypothesis that the pathways of SVD and AD pathology are interconnected. Small-vessel disease could provoke amyloid pathology while AD-associated cerebral amyloid pathology may lead to auxiliary vascular damage," researchers conclude.
|From opium to magic mushrooms, prehistoric people used many mind-altering substances
||Unlike modern Man, the prehistoric people of Europe did not use mind-altering substances simply for their hedonistic pleasure. The use of alcohol and plant drugs – such as opium poppies and hallucinogenic mushrooms – was highly regulated and went hand-in-hand with the belief system and sacred burial rituals of many preindustrial societies. Elisa Guerra-Doce of
|Entering adulthood in a recession linked to lower narcissism later in life
||We often attribute the narcissistic tendencies of others to parenting practices or early social experiences. But new research reveals that economic conditions in the formative years of early adulthood may also play a role. The research shows that people who entered their adulthood during hard economic times are less narcissistic later in life than those who came of age
|Children of nicotine-addicted parents more likely to become heavy smokers
||The more time a child is exposed to a parent addicted to smoking, the more likely the youth will not only take up cigarettes but also become a heavy smoker. So warns a team of researchers led by Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center scientists in Pediatrics. The study, published online today, is among the first to
|Bullying may have long-term health consequences for both victims and perpetrators
||Bullied children may experience chronic, systemic inflammation that persists into adulthood, while bullies may actually reap health benefits of increasing their social status through bullying, according to researchers at Duke Medicine. The study, conducted in collaboration with the University of Warwick, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Emory University, is published online
|Brain may never fully recover from exposure to paint, glue, degreasers
||People who are exposed to paint, glue or degreaser fumes at work may experience memory and thinking problems in retirement, decades after their exposure, according to a study published in the May 13, 2014, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Our findings are particularly important because exposure to solvents
|ADHD treatment associated with lower smoking rates
||Treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with stimulant medication may reduce smoking risk, especially when medication is taken consistently, according to an analysis led by researchers at Duke Medicine. The findings appear online May 12, 2014, in the journal Pediatrics. “Given that individuals with ADHD are more likely to smoke, our study supports the use of
|Respect for human rights is improving
||By ignoring how the collection of data on political repression changes over time, human rights watchers may be misjudging reports that seem to show respect for human rights has not been improving, according to a Penn State political scientist. Many political scientists and sociologists believe that allegations of human rights abuses drawn from sources such
|Having a sense of purpose may add years to your life
||Feeling that you have a sense of purpose in life may help you live longer, no matter what your age, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The research has clear implications for promoting positive aging and adult development, says lead researcher Patrick Hill of Carleton University in Canada: “Our findings point to
|Researchers identify changes that may occur in neural circuits due to addiction
||A research team from the Friedman Brain Institute of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has published evidence that shows that subtle changes of inhibitory signaling in the reward pathway can change how animals respond to drugs such as cocaine. This is the first study to demonstrate the critical links between the levels
|Driving while pregnant is riskier than you might think
||The risk is the greatest during the second trimester, when a woman's chance for getting into an accident is about the same as someone with sleep apnea.
|Exercising the mind to treat attention deficits
||Research shows that strengthening cognitive control, usually with exercises in mindfulness, may help children and adults cope with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and attention deficit disorder.