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Autism Genome Project delivers genetic discovery A new study from investigators with the Autism Genome Project, the world’s largest research project on identifying genes associated with risk for autism, has found that the comprehensive use of copy number variant (CNV) genetic testing offers an important tool in individualized diagnosis and treatment of autism. Funded primarily by Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autismRead More
What makes psychotic teens more at risk for suicide than other groups with psychosis? Suicide is a general risk for people with psychosis. According to The Journal of Psychiatry, 20 percent to 40 percent of those diagnosed with psychosis attempt suicide, and up to 10 percent succeed. And teens with psychotic symptoms are nearly 70 times more likely to attempt suicide than adolescents in the general population, according toRead More
Building an Online Presence for Your Practice Strategies to make it easier for potential clients to find your services online Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen invited me to participate in her monthly “Talk Time” webinar series this week to talk about the importance of developing an online presence for your private practice. In this webinar we cover the essential...
9 Tips to Navigate Common Stages of Divorce Are you facing divorce? Design your own strategy for navigating the common stages of divorce. Have you passed through all the stages of love and decided you’re ready to end your relationship and surrender to divorce? Do you wonder what you’ll go through and what it will all mean? While...
Responding When Your Partner Is Angry: What to do, what not to do Physical or emotional abuse is never excusable. This article only deals with a display of anger from a partner but does not address, nor excuse the abuse than can come from anger. If you are in a violent relationship please seek professional advice immediately. WHEN TO RESPOND You love your partner and they love you, […]
Brain Changes Associated With Casual Marijuana Use Brain region involved in reward, learning, pleasure and impulsivity may be affected by light marijuana use.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Marijuana Does Not Cause Schizophrenia Teen Myth: Marijuana is a ‘Safe Drug’ Brain Ultrasound: How Sound Waves Can Boost Mood Unique Human Brain Area Identified that Separates Us From Monkeys Brain Map of Love and Desire
Heartbreak among the roses British Pathé, the vintage news organisation, have released all of their archive online including some fascinating newsreels on psychiatric institutions of times past. A particularly interesting film is Inside Rampton! a 1957 newsreel which focuses on Rampton Secure Hospital – which was, and still is, one of England’s three highest security psychiatric hospitals. The others […]
Reaching Out For Compassion Whenever we feel held by a caring presence, by something larger than our small frightened self, we too can begin to find room in our own heart for the fragments of our life, and for the lives of others. The suffering that might have seemed “too much” can now awaken us to the sweetness of more
Controlling brain waves to improve vision A novel technique to test brain waves is being used to see how the brain processes external stimuli that do and don't reach our awareness. "When we have different things competing for our attention, we can only be aware of so much of what we see," said a researcher on the study. "For example, when you're driving, you might really be concentrating on obeying traffic signals." But say there's an unexpected event: an emergency vehicle, a pedestrian -- will you actually see the unexpected, or will you be so focused on your initial task that you don't notice?
VIDEO: DBSA Stronger Together Conference “Stand-Up for Mental Health” A while back, well it’s been almost a year, I was at the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) 2013 Conference Miami. The theme was “Stronger Together”.  As the Mental Health Humor cartoonist at the conference, I got to share many of my cartoons…AND take part in my third Stand-Up...
Targeting B cells may help with MS, study shows A new study suggests that targeting B cells, which are a type of white blood cell in the immune system, may be associated with reduced disease activity for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The researchers found that when B cells were reduced to below a threshold of 64 cells per microliter, disease activity, as measured by appearance of new brain lesions, was significantly reduced.
How Far We'll Go to Feel in Control Having a sense of control is often an illusion—but a useful one
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Oops! Researchers Find Neural Signature for Mistake Correction Culminating an 8 year search, researchers captured an elusive brain signal underlying memory transfer and, in doing so, pinpointed the first neural circuit for "oops" -- the precise moment when one becomes consciously aware of a self-made mistake and takes corrective action. The findings verified a 20 year old hypothesis on how brain areas communicate. 
To mark territory or not to mark territory: Breaking the pheromone code The surprisingly versatile code by which chemical cues help trigger some of the most basic behaviors in mice has been deciphered by scientists. The findings shed light on the evolution of mammalian behaviors—which include human behaviors—and their underlying brain mechanisms. They also challenge the traditional view of how pheromones work in animals such as mice. These compounds have until now been thought to trigger behaviors very directly and simply—one compound, when detected, triggers one behavior—so that behaviors critical for survival and reproduction don’t have to be learned.
Fruitfly study identifies brain circuit that drives daily cycles of rest, activity Researchers describe a circuit in the brain of fruit flies that controls their daily, rhythmic behavior of rest and activity. They also found that the fly version of the human brain protein known as corticotrophin releasing factor is a major coordinating molecule in this circuit.
4 Ways to Serve Others for Free While Sitting Depending where you are in your recovery, helping others can be a remarkable support.  Some folks struggle with how to do that without money or time or a desire to leave the house. True service requires something of the server, but you alone know how much you have to give....
The Best Ways to Navigate Conflict “Wherever you have two people with different needs and expectations — and, so, basically, wherever you have two people — you have the potential for conflict,” according to Meredith Richardson, Esq., a mediator, conflict coach and trainer who creates retreats that help partners be their best selves. She believes conflict...
Research Digest post #2 My time in the BPS Research Digest hotseat continues. Today’s post is about a lovely study by Stuart Ritchie and colleagues which uses a unique dataset to look at the effect of alcohol on cognitive function across the lifespan. Here’s the intro: The cognitive cost or benefit of booze depends on your genes, suggests a […]
Altruistic adolescents less likely to become depressed, study says It is better to give than to receive –- at least if you're an adolescent and you enjoy giving, a new study suggests. The study found that 15- and 16-year-olds who find pleasure in pro-social activities, such as giving their money to family members, are less likely to become depressed than those who get a bigger thrill from taking risks or keeping the money for themselves.