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A Quick and Easy Way to Feel Better Today You know what feels good? Giving positive feedback. We know that feedback is crucial for people to improve at anything from driving to being a therapist, and many of the times we’re driven to give feedback is when we’re angry, or we’ve been wronged.  And even though we’re trained to...
MRI brain scans detect people with early Parkinson's A simple and quick MRI technique that offers promise for early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease has been developed by researchers. The team demonstrated that their new MRI approach can detect people who have early-stage Parkinson's disease with 85 percent accuracy. Parkinson's disease is characterized by tremor, slow movement, and stiff and inflexible muscles. It's thought to affect around 1 in 500 people.
Possible link to developmental brain disorders found A mechanism in brain development that, when disrupted, may play a role in cerebral cortex circuit disorders, including autism, schizophrenia, and childhood epilepsy, has been discovered by researchers. The study examines how one intracellular signaling pathway affects the movement of cells in a growing brain.
Best medication for children with seizures: Breakthrough study sheds new light A recently published clinical study has answered an urgent question that long puzzled ER pediatricians: Is the drug lorazepam really safer and more effective than diazepam – the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medication as first line therapy most often used by emergency room doctors to control major epileptic seizures in children?
Change Is Inevitable. That Doesn’t Mean It’s Easy. This month, on my home blog, I am polling readers on feelings about change.   I suspect, that like me, many people with bipolar disorder and other similar challenges resist or have a tough time dealing with change. Many people who have bipolar disorder thrive on routine. Unexpected occurrences and changes...
5 Mistakes People Make When Managing Their Depression When you’re treating any illness, making mistakes is inevitable. After all, making mistakes is how you learn, grow and get better. Depression is a difficult illness, which colors how you see and feel about yourself. So, if you find yourself making the “mistakes” below, try not to judge yourself. Rather, view...
Can You Feel Two Emotions at Once? Have you ever felt happy and sad at the same time? Or experienced an emotion as bittersweet? Or had feelings so mixed that you were compelled to vacillate between two courses of action—or reaction? If you can relate to any of these possibilities, this piece should help you better understand those times when you're feeling uncertain, confused, or ambivalent.
Why Narcissism Is a Profoundly Misunderstood Psychological Disorder The word 'narcissist' is used so much these days that you might think we're in the midst of an epidemic. But pathological narcissism is not just about having an inflated ego — it's a very serious psychological disorder. Here's why certain people are obsessed with themselves, and the gnawing fear that drives them....
Gun violence and mass shootings — myths, facts and solutions An objective review of larger patterns and trends offers strategies to reduce gun violence in the United States.
One Surprising Quality Every Leader Needs When you think of exceptional leadership, your mind often runs to qualities like charisma, integrity, self-discipline, communication skills and executive presence. I'd argue that part of an obscure native of South America is as important as any of them.
7 Strong Women To Inspire You Strong Women To Inspire You A friend of mine adopted two adult kitties from the pound recently (homeless kitties finally homed, yes!). “I wanted them to name them after strong women in history,” he said. He chose Thatcher (Margaret) and Abigail (Adams). So that inspired me to talk about other...
Violence Against Women: The Washington Post’s Sad, Sloppy Journalism One would hope that one of the last bastion’s of good journalism wouldn’t just publish some researchers’ thoughts on a topic without vetting the research they’re based upon. Not at the Washington Post. In an article originally entitled, “One way to end violence against women? Stop taking lovers and get...
These Are The Most Depressing Jobs In America Our jobs have a profound influence on our mental health. A new study shows the extent to which certain industries give rise to clinical depression. ...
Cognitive performance can be improved in teens months, years after traumatic brain injury Traumatic brain injuries from sports, recreational activities, falls or car accidents are the leading cause of death and disability in children and adolescents. While previously it was believed that the window for brain recovery was at most one year after injury, new research shows cognitive performance can be improved to significant degrees months, and even years, after injury, given targeted brain training.
Mechanism explains complex brain wiring How neurons are created and integrate with each other is one of biology’s greatest riddles. Now, a researcher unravels a part of the mystery by describing a mechanism that explains novel aspects of how the wiring of highly branched neurons in the brain works. These new insights into how complex neural networks are formed are very important for understanding and treating neurological diseases.
Being Bored Can Fire Up Your Creativity Some writers swear by a solid dose of boredom to help them seek out new ideas.Advertisement:→ Please participate in a PSYCHOMETRIC TEST on CIVIC BEAUTY at http://CitiesBeautiful.org Related articles:Get Inspired! The Psychology of Creativity 6 Ways to Kill Creativity Duck/Rabbit Illusion Provides a Simple Test of Creativity Boredom Explained (in under 300 words) Creativity for the Cautious
DARPA Brain Implant Project: Mind Control Redux? A new $71 million program at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, or DARPA, working with Massachusetts General Hospital and UCSF, focuses on developing implants to place in the brain for the purpose of “treating depression, anxiety and symptoms of PTSD.”  If this doesn’t make the hair on the back...
Beyond Awareness: Mental Health Empathy Month May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s a good time to look back on what two great writers have said about their experiences with mental illness. These accounts remind us that even though we’ve made great progress with diagnosis and treatment, we are a long way from fully understanding the...
Hit The Deck, ADHD In Active Settings The word deck has been in my speech a lot lately. Some of you know that I’m a contractor when I have work. And some of you know that the word deck is a common one for contractors. Last week I built an outhouse for friends who have a get-away...
10 Life Lessons from Basic SEAL Training from Admiral William H. McRaven For those unable to watch the video on my blog, you can watch it directly on YouTube (University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address – Admiral William H. McRaven), http://youtu.be/yaQZFhrW0fU. This is an inspiring and powerful 20-minute commencement speech by Naval Admiral William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, at the […]