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Sense of Obligations Lead to Trusting Strangers, Study Says Guilt may be a contributing factor
Be 10% Kinder British author Aldous Huxley, most famous for his book Brave New World, spent his life digging into the world’s problems and through that experience inevitably became quite a spiritual man. I guess it rings of Rumi’s quote, “Don’t turn your gaze. Look toward the bandaged place, that’s where the light...
What is Complicated Grief?  In order to understand what complicated grief is, it is important to understand what “normal grief” is and the four tasks a grieving person should address in order to adapt to the loss. According to a book published by Worden in 2009, the four tasks a grieving person should address...
Possible new plan of attack for opening and closing the blood-brain barrier Like a bouncer at an exclusive nightclub, the blood-brain barrier allows only select molecules to pass from the bloodstream into the fluid that bathes the brain. Vital nutrients get in; toxins and pathogens are blocked. The barrier also ensures that waste products are filtered out of the brain and whisked away. The blood-brain barrier helps
‘Smart drugs’ pose special risks to the developing brain of young people Over a million American students misuse prescription drugs or take illegal stimulants to increase their attention span, memory, and capacity to stay awake. Such “smart drugs” become more and more popular due to peer pressure, stricter academic requirements, and the tight job market. But young people who misuse them risk long-term impairments to brain function,
Study examines effectiveness of medications to treat alcohol use disorders An analysis of more than 120 studies that examined the effectiveness of medications to treat alcohol use disorders reports that acamprosate and oral naltrexone show the strongest evidence for decreasing alcohol consumption, according to a study in the May 14 issue of JAMA. Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are common, cause substantial illness, and result in 3-fold
People with mental health conditions more likely to use e-cigarettes Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that people living with depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions are twice as likely to have tried e-cigarettes and three times as likely to be current users of the controversial battery-powered nicotine-delivery devices, as people without mental health disorders. They are also more
Researchers identify genetic marker linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder A group of researchers led by Johns Hopkins scientists say they have identified a genetic marker that may be associated with the development of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), whose causes and mechanisms are among the least understood among mental illnesses. The results of the research are published online May 13 by the journal Molecular Psychiatry. “If this
Human learning altered by electrical stimulation of dopamine neurons Stimulation of a certain population of neurons within the brain can alter the learning process, according to a team of neuroscientists and neurosurgeons at the University of Pennsylvania. A report in the Journal of Neuroscience describes for the first time that human learning can be modified by stimulation of dopamine-containing neurons in a deep brain structure known
#95 Finding Yourself   Mohammed Buqurais via Compfight When our youngest son David also decided to perform missionary service for our church, the transition again was difficult, but I had been through it and knew somehow I would survive. We took him to the airport, one week before 9-11. The tears flowed for...
Can’t Sleep? Try This Guided Meditation Talkdown Video (Video) An excellent guided meditation video to help you fall asleep....
My First ADHD Coaching Experience! Coaching is said to be one of the most beneficial non-pharmaceutical approaches to treating ADHD. While I know of countless ADHD coaches, I can’t think of one person I know who has one. I am therefore offering myself up as a guinea pig. Expectations I’m not quite sure what I...
The Price of Nice We think of niceness as our due, what we all owe each other, an inalienable human right, but actually we pay a big personal cost for the niceness we insist others show us. Every time we discourage people from sharing their disappointing or critical opinions with us, we are asking them to humor us, to keep us in the dark.
When Depression Becomes Depressing “I am larger and better than I thought.” ~ Walt Whitman In the movie “All Is Lost” with Robert Redford, the vast expanse of the never-ending sea could serve as a metaphor for stretches of life when there seems to be nothing on the horizon but more depression and inevitable despair....
Couples’ relationship satisfaction linked with women’s changing use of birth control pills Women’s sexual satisfaction in long-term heterosexual relationships may be influenced by changes in hormonal contraceptive use, research from the University of Stirling shows. The study, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, was carried out by researchers from the universities of Stirling, Glasgow, Newcastle, Northumbria and Charles University in Prague. The team looked at a
Scientists develop a new way to decode specific aspects of movement in the human brain Our human brains are filled with maps: visual maps of our external environments, and motor maps that define how we interact physically within those environments. Somehow these separate points of reference need to correspond with — and to — one another in order for us to act, whether it’s grasping a coffee cup or hitting
Difference found in brain area linked to memory among college football players Preliminary research finds that within a group of collegiate football players, those who experienced a concussion or had been playing for more years had smaller hippocampal volume (an area of the brain important for memory) than those with fewer years of football experience, according to a study in the May 14 issue of JAMA. In addition,
Study examines prenatal exposure to tobacco smoke on inhibition control Individuals prenatally exposed to tobacco smoke exhibited weaker response in some regions of the brain while processing a task that measures inhibition control (the ability to control inappropriate responses). Prenatal tobacco smoke exposure is a risk factor for adverse physical and mental outcomes in children. Growing evidence suggests that smoking during pregnancy may increase the
Reduction in volume in hippocampus region of brain seen in psychotic disorders Reduction in brain volume in the hippocampus (a region related to memory) was seen in patients with the psychotic disorders schizophrenia (SZ), schizoaffective disorder (SZA) and psychotic bipolar disorder (BPP). The pathophysiology of psychotic disorders remains unclear, especially SZ. Changes in volume in the hippocampus are a hallmark of SZ. Advances in image processing allow
Extended-release medication offers significant promise for treating alcohol, opioid dependence A comparatively new form of a medication for alcohol and opioid dependence that’s injected once a month instead of taken orally once a day appears to be significantly more effective than some other medications – because more patients actually continue the prescribed regimen. The findings, published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment by researchers from Oregon State University