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Stress and Anger Anger is an instinctual emotional response from a real or imagined threat. Anger is painful and we need to get relief. Most people feel angry when someone or something obstructs … ...
How to Avoid Depression Induced by Social Media A review of the research finds certain social media behaviors lead to depression.
PODCAST: What Does the 21st Century Cures Act Mean... In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe and Vincent welcome mental health researcher and Psych Central Founder, Dr. John Grohol, to discuss the newly passed 21st Century Cures Act. In addition to other bills, the Act integrated parts of what was previously … ...
A Roundup of 57 Predictions for 2017 The First thing I have to do in 2017 is to apologize to my lovely PsychCentral readers for not getting back to Christmas cartoons before, well, Christmas. In my last … ...
Medications for Agitated Kids When Nothing Else Works Here is a hypothetical situation that most child psychiatrists have encountered: You’re an attending on a child psychiatric inpatient unit. An 11-year-old boy who was admitted for suicidal ideation just had a difficult meeting with his parents and the social worker. He wants to go … ...
How stress may increase risk of heart disease and stroke Heightened activity in the amygdala -- a region of the brain involved in stress -- is associated with a greater risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a study that provides new insights into the possible mechanism by which stress can lead to cardiovascular disease in humans.
So You Think You’re Self Aware? A Mindful Check... Just about anyone you ask thinks they’re super self aware. Yet we all know so many people we judge to be unaware, distracted, even ‘clueless’ to their own stuff. So, … ...
New guideline on how to map brain prior to epilepsy surgery Before epilepsy surgery, doctors may consider using brain imaging to locate language and memory functions in the brain instead of the more invasive procedure that is commonly used, according to a guideline. It is the first evidence-based guideline that systematically reviewed all evidence for such an evaluation.
Study unveils how stress may increase risk of heart disease and stroke Heightened activity in the amygdala - a region of the brain involved in stress - is associated with a greater risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study.
Paper Napkin Mental Health Challenge #1: Strengths There is an incredible man named Vikram Patel who realized that there are not (and may never be) enough mental health experts in India to serve the people that need … ...
My Son is Autistic, Not Improper It was Christmas day, 2014. My husband and I were planning to visit my best friend, Jan, in the morning and then head to my great uncle’s in the afternoon. We had our son, Sammy, with us. We got to Jan’s house about 10:00 A.M. … ...
Borderline Personality: Why They May Not “Get Used to It" A recent study showed that persons with borderline personality disorder do not "get used" to the sight of unpleasant pictures as others do. Error management theory tells us why.
Self-Compassionate Men Are More Open to Mental Health Treatment... From lowering your risk for depression to raising your level of psychological wellbeing, self-compassion has been shown to have a powerful impact on mental health. And according to a new study, you can add “making men more open to seeking mental health treatment” to the list of self-compassion’s positive effects....
How Much Time Do I Need To Put Into... For many therapists and those in the helping professions, marketing is often one of the biggest hang-ups we have to building a successful business. However, it is an absolutely necessary part of any business. And, as with most things in life, you will get out … ...
Getting Your Life Back Under Control So this one is close to my heart. I just realized I hadn’t posted a new blog since the end of December, which is indicative of my sense that my … ...
A glimpse into the workings of the baby brain Neuroscientists have adapted their MRI scanner to make it easier to scan infants' brains as the babies watch movies featuring different types of visual input.
OCD and Dating With Valentine’s Day approaching, it seems like a good time to bring up the topic of OCD and dating. I’ve previously written about the heartache relationship OCD (R-OCD) can cause, … ...
Can Self-Talk Save Your Relationship? Did you know that the most important person to communicate with is often yourself? Using the right self-talk can actually save a dating or other kind of relationship.   Self-talk refers to the messages we give to ourselves. We can use the self-talk technique to … ...
Mind-Wandering on a Leash Recent neuroimaging research shows that two distinct, often antagonistic brain networks cooperate to produce creative thinking.
4 Ways Positive Thinking Keeps You Stuck (So Don’t... Growing up in a family that never encountered a cliché it didn’t embrace, I was surrounded by positive thinking. There was a tea cozy that announced that “Every cloud has … ...