|Environmental factors as important as genes in understanding autism
||Environmental factors are more important than previously thought in understanding the causes of autism, and equally as important as genes, according to the largest study to date to look at how autism runs in families. The study also shows that children with a brother or sister with autism are 10 times more likely to develop
|The Value of Hobbies
||It is well-known that eating habits, sleep, and exercise are important for physical and psychological health (information reminding us so is everywhere). Yet, we rarely hear about the value of leisure and recreation. Although one may think that pastimes serve no other purpose than to (literally) pass time, hobbies are...
|When Emotional Trauma Is a Family Affair
||Trauma has the power to reach out from the past and claim new victims. That makes it even more urgent that those affected by trauma are helped as soon as possible, before the body can sabotage itself and future generations.
|From “Most Optimistic” to Suicidal and Back!
||Jen is one of those very fortunate people who has never had to make even the slightest effort to be in good spirits. Living in gratitude and joy has always just come naturally to her. “I’ve always been an upbeat person. When I was a kid I didn’t understand how...
|Costs and Benefits of Allowing Marketing in Schools
||School-based marketing doesn’t cost companies much. In fact, it is one of the cheapest forms of marketing available. Rather than contributing philanthropically to schools – companies may actually be taking considerable advantage of schools and their students.
|7 Things Mindful People Do Differently Every Day and
||The intention of being more present in our lives is continuing to grow and touch an increasing amount of people. I have friends who I never would have imagined practicing mindfulness who now sit in daily meditation. When I look at the Seattle Seahawks, think of our Army Vets or...
|A Helpful Way to Check in with Yourself
||A few months ago I wrote this article about couples holding a marriage meeting once a week. According to psychotherapist Marcia Naomi Berger, MSW, LCSW, in her book Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted, marriage meetings help couples reconnect, resolve conflicts, work...
|The Syndrome That Explains Why You Spent Too Much Money This Weekend
Why do you come out of the weekends wondering why your wallet is so unaccountably empty? There are a lot of reasons, but the most telling is evocatively called the "what-the-hell" effect....
|Mixed Messages About Getting Help for Mental Illness
||This blog does not necessarily reflect the views of PsychCentral.com. I spoke to a friend last week who was in an emotional state of upheaval. She has battled anxiety and depression for most of her life, has been prescribed numerous drugs, but never sticks with them long enough to find...
|What Makes A Gratitude Practice Effective?
||I believe that having someone to feel grateful to, is a necessary component of an effective gratitude practice. ...
|Bringing Mental Health to the Forefront of Education
||America has been recognizing May as Mental Health Month since 1949. During the month of May, mental health organizations work together with other community members to raise awareness about mental health issues. But the question remains: What else can be done to raise much-needed mental health awareness? While a month...
|How does stress increase risk for stroke, heart attack?
||Scientists have shown that anger, anxiety, and depression not only affect the functioning of the heart, but also increase the risk for heart disease. Stroke and heart attacks are the end products of progressive damage to blood vessels supplying the heart and brain, a process called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis progresses when there are high levels of chemicals in the body called pro-inflammatory cytokines. It is thought that persisting stress increases the risk for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease by evoking negative emotions that, in turn, raise the levels of pro-inflammatory chemicals in the body.
|Why I Want to Become a Singing Nun
||I am not always (ever) the first to catch on to new trending news. For example, let’s take the 25 year-old singing Italian nun, Sister Cristina. I discovered the video on You Tube last week….after about 31 million others had already discovered it (a number that I have since discovered...
|Infusion of young blood recharges brains of old mice
||Something -- or some things -- in the blood of young mice has the ability to restore mental capabilities in old mice, a new study has found. If the same goes for humans, it could spell a new paradigm for recharging our aging brains, and it might mean new therapeutic approaches for treating dementias such as Alzheimer's disease.
|Stimulant drug may help women cope with post-menopausal memory lapses
||The psychostimulant drug lisdexamfetamine can aid post-menopausal women by improving attention and concentration, organization, working memory and recall, preliminary evidence from a recent study indicates. The study enrolled 30 women between the ages of 48 and 60 who had experienced a diminished ability to focus and multi-task in their early post-menopausal years. The cohort was made up of successful women -- none of whom were more than five years post-menopause.
|Being born 4-6 weeks premature can affect brain structure, function
||The brains of children who were born just a few weeks early differ from those born on time, and these differences may affect learning and behavior, according to a new study.
|Get Motivated to Exercise: Here’s a Simple Mental Trick You Can Do Right Now
||First study to test the effects of activating autobiographical memory on exercise habits.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is
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|Counting Coup in Recovery
||The Indians in North America had a ritual that was bolder than the slaying of their enemies. Warriors gained prestige by being the first to touch the enemy dead or even touching the enemy’s defensive positions. A warrior could also show his bravery by stealing the enemy’s horses. The possibility...
|About Those 23 Ways Single Life is Superior
||For the second time in just a few months, a reporter asked me if there are scientifically-documented ways in which single people are not just doing as well as married people, but better. It was time for me to start my list, and so far, I came up with 23...
|3 Ways to Quiet Self-Criticism
||For many of us self-criticism is just the way we talk to ourselves. Our inner dialogue regularly sounds like this: I can’t do anything right. I look horrible. What’s wrong with me? I’m such an idiot! We assume that such self-critical statements somehow safeguard against laziness, mistakes and complacency; that...