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People with epilepsy face increased risks of discrimination and other negative life events In a recent analysis, people with epilepsy were seven-fold more likely to have reported experiencing discrimination due to health problems than the general population. This risk was greater than other chronic health problems such as diabetes, asthma and migraines. People with epilepsy also had a greater likelihood of experiencing domestic violence and sexual abuse than [...]
America ranks in top 10 in empathy A first-of-its-kind study that ranks nations by empathy puts the United States at No. 7, behind countries ranging from Peru to Korea to Saudi Arabia. While a top 10 finish isn’t bad, Michigan State University’s William Chopik, lead author of the study, notes that the psychological states of Americans have been changing in recent decades [...]
Sedative may prevent delirium after an operation A mild sedative could greatly reduce the risk of people experiencing delirium after an operation, according to new research. The study, by scientists at Imperial College London and Peking University First Hospital, suggests sedating patients after they undergo an operation may reduce the risk of post-operative delirium by up to 65 per cent. The condition [...]
Study finds knowingly taking placebo pills eases pain Conventional medical wisdom has long held that placebo effects depend on patients’ belief they are getting pharmacologically active medication. A paper published today in the journal Pain is the first to demonstrate that patients who knowingly took a placebo in conjunction with traditional treatment for lower back pain saw more improvement than those given traditional [...]
Your Children Keep You Safe We’ve all heard the old saying “My kids make me crazy.” But isn’t it also true that kids keep us mentally sound? I’ve been a parent for 12 years, and this is the most important thing I’ve learned: A parent simply can’t shut down, lose … ...
WIDOWS and WIDOWERS: Marking the First Anniversary since Death... Losing a spouse is a life-altering event, with long-lasting emotions. But one must keep living, allow others to keep living, yet honor the beloved who has passed. The first anniversary … ...
Bipolar Disorder And Psychosis Introduction One of the symptoms associated with Bipolar I Disorder can be psychosis.  According to everydayhealth.com, “Psychotic symptoms occur most often during manic episodes, says Adele C. Viguera, MD, a … ...
An Inauthentic Apology Can Be Maddening Why is apologizing as difficult as a root canal for some people? This is how we may respond when we're protecting our image rather than sincerely apologizing.
Where to go when you need support for your anxiety I felt like someone had knocked the wind out of me. My best friend of 17 years was on a texting tirade, and every word that appeared on the screen hurt more than the last. She told me I used my anxiety as an excuse, that I romanticized both it and my introversion, and that [...]
Today I Love The Soft, Steady Rain Today I love the soft, steady rain on the changing leaves that played its music to me in the early morning hours as I lay awake and realized I had … ...
The Transpersonal Nature of Intimacy “In Zen Buddhism, intimacy is a very important word. In the early Chinese literature of Zen … it was used as a synonym for the … breakthrough that’s more commonly called realization or enlightenment. When you are intimate, you are one with. When you are … ...
Technical Difficulties Today, I’m grieving. Specifically, I’m grieving the loss of my laptop and with it several years’ worth of files.  The good news is that I’d made backups of important documents. … ...
ADHD and Driving Distracted When you have a car full of distractions and ADHD, it’s best to limit your focus to stay safe. Kids in the back, food to eat in the front, phone buzzing, … ...
Raised in a Passive-Aggressive Family Show me a family that has no anger in it, and I’ll dig out their anger and show it to them. That’s my job. I’m a therapist. Every family has … ...
Nonviolence The first Yama is perhaps my favorite ahimsa, usually translated as “nonviolence.” This refers not only to physical violence, but also to the violence of words or thoughts.  At first … ...
Research Updates in Psychiatry: Depression and Suicide DEPRESSION Physicians May Overprescribe Antidepressants Based on Brief Depression Questionnaires Brief depression screening questionnaires are popular, especially with primary care providers (PCPs). However, a new study suggests that PCPs who use these questionnaires might be prescribing antidepressants to patients who don’t need them. This was … ...
When Anxious Thoughts Just Won’t Quit Maybe you can’t stop worrying about work. You’re convinced that you are an impostor, and everyone at the office knows it, too. Which means that you’re bound to get fired. Maybe you fear that your partner will abandon you, because you know you’re not enough. … ...
Diets don’t work; its all in the mind: 5... The Diet is Dead As a psychologist and psychotherapist, I have come across so many people who are frustrated and feel guilty about their body and their relationship with food. … ...
Diets don’t work; it’s all in the mind: 5... Diets Don’t Work. The Diet is Dead. As a psychologist and psychotherapist, I have come across so many people who are frustrated and feel guilty about their body and their … ...
Juggling Past, Present & Future I was driving in my car this morning when a well-known Italian singer, Eros Ramazzotti, came on the radio. I was immediately transported to a different time and space just … ...