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Idealization and Contempt Do you know someone who cycles between idealization and devaluation? It may be an indicator of a personality disorder.
How to Survive Suicidal Thoughts The standard advice you’ll hear if you express suicidal thoughts is to call a suicide hotline or check yourself into the hospital. Trained volunteers, such as those at The Samaritans, provide an invaluable service to severely depressed people who call or email them in desperation. But for … ...
New cause of brain defects in tuberous sclerosis complex A new molecular pathway that inhibits the myelination of neurons in the brains of patients with the rare genetic disorder tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) has been discovered by researchers. The study suggests new ways to treat some of the neurological symptoms associated with TSC, including autism and epilepsy.
Controlling People Lack Self-Confidence Some people exaggerate the importance of control. Without being aware of it, they spend an excessive amount of time and energy trying to control their children, their spouses, their employees, … ...
Social Media Holiday Does that phrase spark anxiety, or a sense of relief? Many of us feel inundated by the politics in our feed, or maybe by the images of other people’s seemingly … ...
Noradrenaline enhances vision through ?-adrenergic receptors Noradrenaline is a neuromodulator secreted in the brain depending on behavioral context and physiological states of animal, influencing a wide range of physiological functions by modulating brain activity. It may be best known as a hormone to regulate heart rate and blood flow, and many drugs, such as well-known beta blockers, target its effects. It also modulates the visual system.
Today I Love This Glorious Sunshiny Day Today I love this glorious sunshiny day of brilliance and light and white, white landscapes. I love that the mornings are lighter and longer because they are starting earlier. I … ...
Why Do Americans Like Sociopaths? What makes sociopathy so alluring, so exciting? Nominations are open for the Madoff Prize.
Our Children’s Big Dreams Charley Pride was the son of an African American sharecropper in Mississippi. As a young man working alongside his father picking cotton, he mapped out his escape from the sharecropping … ...
Manipulating Memory With the Mind's Eye New research suggests that shifting the visual perspective of our autobiographical memories can shape and potentially restructure how we remember.
When You Think Your Doctor’s Telling You You’re Crazy... One of the most challenging issues for a doctor is when someone has a form of Somatic Symptom Disorder (SSD). These patients feel they are being blown off and told they are crazy or they believe they are misdiagnosed. What I’m talking about is better … ...
PODCAST: Should Your Spouse Care That Your Ex is... In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe and Vincent share the microphone with two special guests: Gabe’s wife, Kendall, and Gabe’s ex-wife, Lisa. The unlikely trio discusses the surprising amount of criticism they receive just for getting along. In a society where the expectation … ...
Brand New to Sobriety and Still Depressed? Here’s Hope... Being newly sober can be depressing. We’ve made a decision to stop drinking and drugging; we’re going to Twelve-Step meetings and doing everything else our sponsors and therapists suggested. We … ...
What Your ZIP Code Says About You Where you lives tells a lot about what kind of person you are.
Nudges: Social Engineering or Sensible Policy? Nudges are a powerful policy tool, but effectiveness and ethics don’t always go hand in hand.
Research suggests couples form ‘drinking partnerships’ that encourage binge drinking New research has found that romantic partners influence each other’s future binge drinking behavior. Published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, the 3-year-long study of 179 heterosexual couples in serious relationships found that each partner in the couple influenced the heavy episodic drinking behavior of his or her partner. However, this influence was not as powerful [...]
Study finds exposure to inequality can reduce support for income redistribution The presence of a poor person can discourage people from supporting redistributive policies, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. For the study, the researchers approached 2,591 passersby in affluent, predominantly white areas around Boston and asked them to sign a petition. The study was designed so that the [...]
PTSD symptoms may be prevented with a single dose of the drug ketamine Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have found that a single dose of ketamine, given one week before a stressful event, can buffer against a heightened fear response. The study, conducted in mice, suggests that prophylactic administration of ketamine–a drug commonly used as general anesthetic or a rapid-acting antidepressant–might prevent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms [...]
Typical male brain anatomy associated with higher probability of autism spectrum disorder A study of high-functioning adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) suggests that characteristically male brain anatomy was associated with increased probability of ASD, according to a new article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. ASD is a neurodevelopmental condition that is more common in males then females. Christine Ecker, Ph.D., of Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, and [...]
Many Americans Stressed about Future of Our Nation, New APA Stress in America™ Survey Reveals Poll shows more Americans reporting symptoms of stress and citing personal safety and terrorism as sources of stress