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Creepy or Cute? One Approach to the Solo Diner There’s good news and bad news about dining alone. The bad news is that many people are intimidated by the mere thought of dining solo. They think that other people will see them as lonely, pathetic – as people who do not have a friend in the world. The good...
There’s Only 24 Hours In An ADHD Day! In the past 24 hours I’ve done many things. Did it seem unusual? No. Was it unusual? Not for me. Why am I writing about it? Well, in retrospect, I think it might be one of my more distracted, scattered and diverse days. Certainly not the most, just one of...
Best of Our Blogs: May 16, 2014 I love a good to-do list. I begin (or end) each day creating my next to-do list. (Nerd alert! Sometimes, I even write a “rough draft” to-do list!) Generally, to-do lists help keep me organized and on track — often even during weekends. Still, I understand how some people (myself...
Women Want This Man   Last week’s cartoon,  which is about a way some people recommend you can get him to marry you (or not),  is here.  All rights reserved, and content including cartoons is © Donna Barstow 2014,  My own website is Donna Barstow Cartoons. And Like me  on Facebook to get notified...
6 Surprising Traits You May Have in Common with In this age of political correctness, even the most tolerant among us looks at criminals, homeless people, addicts and other “outsiders” with an air of consternation. It’s “them” versus “us,” and somehow it feels safer that way. But if you take a closer look behind the stigma, you may be...
Honoring Our Needs Doesn’t Mean We’re Needy Being told that we’re “needy” can be an unnerving accusation. Viewing ourselves as needy can be a self-judgment that also produces shudders of shame. Do we really deserve that shameful label or do we simply have basic human needs? The word “neediness” may refer to what Buddhism calls clinging and...
Dealing with Anger at Work Anger displayed in the work place can come in many forms. Whether you are a boss who is angry at a worker, a colleague who is annoyed at your boss, or a worker who is furious at a peer, there is an appropriate method of dealing with anger in each situation. Having personally been in […]
Older migraine sufferers may have more silent brain injury Older migraine sufferers may be more likely to have silent brain injury. Ischemic silent brain infarctions are symptomless brain injuries and are a risk factor for future strokes. Researchers suggest people who have both migraines and vascular risk factors pay close attention to lifestyle factors that can reduce their chance of stroke.
Finding Happiness Beyond Our Bodies A few days ago I talked about one of the stories I used to tell myself: Thinness will bring me happiness on a silver platter. For some reason I didn’t think to cultivate happiness outside my appearance or at least not consciously or with intention (or to focus on being...
This is My Brave If you know me in real life (or virtually), you know that I am involved in something called This is My Brave. This is My Brave the show is a theater production in which people with mental illness get up and share their story before a live audience. I am...
Free Webinar: The Couple’s Guide to Thriving with ADHD Join Psych Central webinar host Zoë Kessler and special guest Melissa Orlov, award-winning author and marriage consultant, for an enlightening conversation about how to navigate the impact of ADHD in marriage. Orlov, author of The ADHD Effect on Marriage, will answer your questions and talk about her new book, The...
Mastering the Therapeutic Art of Laughing At Yourself If laughter is the best medicine, laughing at ourselves is a wonder drug, the best laxative for loosening a stuck up sense of self, for keeping ourselves regular, overcoming our tendency to see ourselves as irregular, exceptionally brilliant or exceptionally terrible. Here's a loose outline for an Exceptionalists Anonymous 12-step program.
Deep Thoughts About Mixed Relationships Introverts and extroverts can live happily ever after together if they stay aware of how personality plays into the relationship.
Neurosurgeon uses depth electrodes for speech mapping Neurosurgical researchers have conducted a small study looking at deep brain electrode implantation as a possible alternative to the traditional WADA test used prior to epilepsy surgery. The WADA test is considered the gold standard for identifying the side of the brain for speech dominance. In the WADA test, doctors put one half of a patient's brain to sleep for a few minutes using medication and then have the patient read words and look at pictures. Then the procedure is repeated with the other half of the brain asleep. How well the patient retains the memory and is able to say what she saw, depending on which side of the brain was asleep, allows doctors determine which side is dominant for language and memory.
Avoiding the Downward Spiral: Stop Having the Same Fight Have you ever found yourself in the middle of an argument and wondered, “How did I get here?” Have you ever wondered, “How do I get out of here?” Couples that fight are invariably couples that are locked in a cycle. One or both learned that having needs met by...
The brain: Key to a better computer Your brain is incredibly well-suited to handling whatever comes along, plus it’s tough and operates on little energy. Those attributes -- dealing with real-world situations, resiliency and energy efficiency -- are precisely what might be possible with neuro-inspired computing. Neuro-inspired computing seeks to develop algorithms that would run on computers that function more like a brain than a conventional computer.
Combat A Giant Health Risk With Low Lighting Getting the right amount of sleep is important for our physical and mental health. What can we do about it? Dim the lights!...
Stereotyping Depression in Television When we turn on the TV often times the commercials that depict depression show a person in the dark, resting in emotional turmoil, sadness, walking in a forest alone and secluded. I find some of it comical yet sad that society gets fed these images that inaccurately depict depression. Stereotypes...
5 Essentials for a Strong (and Pleasurable) Relationship You should NOT treat your relationship like a chew toy, something you sink your teeth into every time you get bored, frustrated, or need to sharpen your fangs.
Dads can parent, too: Neural pathway to parenthood seen in mice Galanin neurons in the brain's medial preoptic area that appear to regulate parental behavior, a mouse study finds. If similar neurons are at work in humans, it could offer clues to the treatment of conditions like post-partum depression. "If you look across different animal species, there are some species in which the father contributes to caring for the young -- sometimes the work is divided equally, sometimes the father does most of the work -- and there are species in which the father does nothing," a researcher said. "The essential question is where is that variability coming from? We may be tempted to say that the mom has the neurons required to engage in parental behavior, and dads don't -- this paper shows that's wrong."