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3 Things That May Be Keeping Your From Reaching... Many mental health clinicians have big career ambitions and goals for themselves, yet feel stuck and unsure of how to proceed. Whether it’s writing a book, starting a podcast, opening your own therapy practice, or creating an online course, there are a plethora of opportunities … ...
Podcast: Does Person-First Language Reduce Mental Illness Stigma?... In this week’s Psych Central Show, Gabe and Vincent discuss the use of person-first language in mental health advocacy. Person-First refers to a form of etiquette that calls for language to be structured “person” first, “disability” second. For example: “people with diabetes” versus “diabetic.” It … ...
The Words You Use Predict How Long You’ll Live They’re just words, right? Not so fast! According to new research, what you say could predict how long you’re going to live. In the study, psychologists analyzed 197 books and speeches, paying special attention to words that indicated a “failure mindset” – that is, words associated with attitudes like helplessness,...
7 Tips for Surviving the Holidays with a Narcissist As if life with a narcissist wasn’t bad enough on a regular basis, add the holidays into the mix and it becomes chaotic. Narcissists want the best looking house on the block with extreme decorating measures just to outdo the neighbors and relatives. The food … ...
Study: Toxoplasma gondii parasite can alter humans’ sexual desires The Toxoplasma gondii parasite is carried by an estimated 30 percent of all humans but is considered a relatively harmless infection. New research published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, however, suggests that toxoplasmosis can make people more interested in nonconventional sexual practices like bondage. In the study, Czech researchers compared 212 Toxoplasma-infected men and 529 [...]
Marijuana could help treat alcoholism and opioid addiction, study finds Using marijuana could help some alcoholics and people addicted to opioids kick their habits, a UBC study has found. “Research suggests that people may be using cannabis as an exit drug to reduce the use of substances that are potentially more harmful, such as opioid pain medication,” says the study’s lead investigator Zach Walsh, an [...]
A father’s influence makes for better grades The warmth of a father’s love has a special influence on young people, and makes them feel optimistic and determined to strive for greater things. It also boosts the math grades of teenage girls and the language ability of boys, says Dr. Marie-Anne Suizzo of the University of Texas in the US, in an article [...]
More human-like model of Alzheimer’s better mirrors tangles in the brain Tangled up brain fibrils made up of a rogue protein known as tau are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) that likely hold the key to treatments, making them of great interest to researchers. Mimicking the formation and spread of these tangles in animal models with greater accuracy allows scientists to better investigate new therapies [...]
3 Ways to Actively Stop Destroying Your Relationships “Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source.” — Anaïs Nin As a long-time commitment-phobe, my love life has been somewhat inconsistent, to say the least, but this year it seemed I’d finally met someone I … ...
Discovery of neurotransmission gene may permit early detection of Alzheimer’s disease A new Tel Aviv University study identified a gene coding for a protein that turns off neurotransmission signaling, which contributes to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The gene, called RGS2 (Regulator of Protein Signaling 2), has never before been implicated in AD. The researchers report that lower RGS2 expression in AD patient cells increases their sensitivity to [...]
New approach helps families adopt healthy behaviors through trial and error Forgoing a reliance on motivation, families can adopt healthy behaviors–eating better and exercising more–by following a new approach that focuses on the redesign of daily routines. In a series of pilot tests of the approach–known as “SystemChange”–by nursing scientists at Case Western Reserve University, families and individuals changed unhealthy habits by systematically manipulating their environments, [...]
Teen stalking victims: Analysis of consequences reveals disturbing trends Stalking is a widely recognized public health concern, yet little information is available about stalking behaviors among teenage victims. The teen years are a formative period during which boundaries are tested and guidelines of acceptable emotional and sexual behavior are established. A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine surveyed 1,236 randomly selected [...]
Study of college-age white men reveals cultural awareness deficit White identity had virtually no meaning for a group of white males in a new study by a University of Arizona researcher, and such individuals largely ignored or downplayed issues of race and instances of reported racism. Nolan L. Cabrera, an associate professor in the UA’s Center for the Study of Higher Education, also found [...]
Scientists pinpoint regulator of amphetamine induced motor activity In new findings that could have an impact the development of therapies for a number of currently untreatable brain disorders such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found, for the first time, that a specific signaling circuit in the brain is deeply involved in [...]
Inhibitory motor control problems may be unique identifier in adults with ADHD Young adults diagnosed with ADHD may display subtle physiological signs that could lead to a more precise diagnosis, according to Penn State researchers. In a recent study, young adults with ADHD, when performing a continuous motor task, had more difficulty inhibiting a motor response compared to young adults who did not have ADHD. The participants [...]
New Mothers: How to Quit Doing, and Just Be I know, it sounds like crazy advice. You’ve got a new baby at home. THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO! AND IT JUST KEEPS COMING! HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY JUST … ...
Allergies during pregnancy contribute to changes in the brains of rat offspring A new study in rats could begin to explain why allergies during pregnancy are linked to higher risks for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism in children.
Forgiveness Part 2 Monica found her way to forgiveness the hard way, the way many people do, by experiencing pain and betrayal (See Forgiveness part one) In her efforts to recover the sense … ...
Early-Life Environment Influences Brain Growth and Behavior Two recent studies demonstrate that environment influences brain growth and emotional behavior in children and adolescents.
Facebook’s Flimsy Denial of Fake News & Its Impact Facebook paints a very dichotomous, contradictory picture of itself. On one side, they claim to be the world’s largest social network, impacting the lives of over a billion people each month. On the other side, CEO Mark Zuckerberg — apparently not using his own social … ...