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Dream Big, or Be Practical? A dream of mine is soon coming true: My novel, “Don’t Try to Find Me”, will be released in hardcover on July 8.   As thrilled as I am, I’ve learned that realizing your dream doesn’t stop the laundry from piling up, or the kid from having a tantrum.  It doesn’t...
Trauma, Imagery, Remembrance and Healing Sometimes it’s easy to forget how far I have come.  Anyone with a history of trauma who is aware of its impact in their life might know what I mean.  It’s like this: there are a lot of sounds, noises, smells and sights that I can enjoy with great relish...
How Safe is Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis? In California, Hawaii and Washington, the percentage of fatally injured drivers with cannabis in their systems grew an average 6.6 percent after medical marijuana laws increased access to the drug. Now with the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington, the question of how cannabis impacts driving is even...
Gender may contribute to recovery time after concussion A study of concussion patients using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) found that males took longer to recover after concussion than females did. Results of the study show that DTI can be used as a bias-free way to predict concussion outcome. Each year, more than 17 million Americans suffer a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), more commonly known as a concussion, of which approximately 15 percent suffer persistent symptoms beyond three months.
Using rational argument to change minds I have a longer piece in the latest issue of Contributoria: What’s the evidence on using rational argument to change people’s minds? Here’s a few snips from the opening: Are we, the human species, unreasonable? Do rational arguments have any power to sway us, or is it all intuition, hidden motivations, and various other forms […]
Steve McQueen Changing Diapers My sister got married in the 70s. I was only six but I still remember her walking down the aisle, while my brother-in-law-to-be awaits her in his best pair of bell bottoms. He was a modern man, and as such he was a husband who “helped”. He helped in all...
Best of Our Blogs: May 6, 2014 I know things are getting bad when I’m trying to brush my teeth and do tai chi. Simultaneously. Or when I’m talking on the phone while listening to a podcast. The worst days are when I’m feeding the baby, cooking dinner, doing the laundry and trying to get through my...
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What not to do when you're angry Anger can compromise your ability to perform everyday tasks in ways that could be dangerous for you or the people around you.
How (and why) we should celebrate Mother's Day Research confirms that while raising children, a variety of factors can influence the perception of time, including emotion and attention.
Happy Birthday Sigmund Freud! Today marks 158th anniversary of the birth of Sigmund Freud. Or at least, today marks the day most frequently identified as the day Freud was born. The day on which Freud himself believed he was born. The traditional date differs from the one given in town records where he was born, which list March 6, 1856 as the correct birth date. ...Read Full Post
Exercise keeps hippocampus healthy in people at risk for Alzheimer’s disease A study of older adults at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease shows that moderate physical activity may protect brain health and stave off shrinkage of the hippocampus – the brain region responsible for memory and spatial orientation that is attacked first in Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. J. Carson Smith, a kinesiology researcher in the University of Maryland School of
Research shows strategic thinking strengthens intellectual capacity Strategy-based cognitive training has the potential to enhance cognitive performance and spill over to real-life benefit according to a data-driven perspective article by the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. The research-based perspective highlights cognitive, neural and real-life changes measured in randomized clinical
Dampening of positive feelings found to predict postpartum depressive symptoms We often forget that depression is characterised by both negative feelings and a lack of positive feelings. Researchers suspect that this may have to do with the way depression-prone individuals deal with positive or happy feelings. These individuals downplay or suppress positive feelings through a cognitive response style called dampening. Typical dampening responses include: “These good feelings won’t
Scores of bullying victims bringing weapons to school An estimated 200,000 high school students who are bullied bring weapons to school, according to research to be presented Sunday, May 4, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Researchers also found that youths who have been victimized in multiple ways are up to 31 times more likely to
Stigma: At the root of ostracism and bullying Increasing evidence shows that stigma – whether due to a child’s weight, sexual orientation, race, income or other attribute — is at the root of bullying, and that it can cause considerable harm to a child’s mental health. Experts in pediatric mental health, bullying and ostracism will gather May 5 for a symposium titled “Stigma,
#92 A Letter for Mother’s Day   José Luis Mieza via Compfight Matt’s letters from that time period are beautiful and among my most prized possessions. One in particular stands out. Among other things, I had sent him a copy of a professional paper I had written, describing how important it was to be able to...
How to Eliminate Envy & Practice Empathy The White family overwhelms my office with noise and activity from the first moment they arrive for family therapy. The three boys, aged 6, 10, and 13, immediately begin to argue over who sits where. Pouncing on one another’s laps, they push and poke. The youngest one screams as though...
Bipolar Disorder and a Healthy Diet  As I mentioned in my last article, May is Mental Health Month, and I will be commemorating the event by writing related blog posts all month long.   This year’s theme is “Mind Your Health”. We all know how interconnected mind and body are. As a society, we are increasingly...