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At Vassar Event, Only Married People Are Allowed to... It came in a beautiful envelope, with an elegant smaller envelope for my reply – almost like a wedding invitation. The organizers of this event for my alma mater, Vassar … ...
Depression And ECT Introduction When all else fails, there has always been the treatment of ECT.  According to healthland.time.com, “Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has always seemed like a barbaric treatment. Even though anesthesia now … ...
Back And Beautiful Hi, dear reader. Sorry for the hiatus. My laptop crapped out on me and I had to get a new computer. AND I moved. Lots of changes. Plus, I went … ...
ADHD And Social Skills Introduction A presenting problem with individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is difficulty interacting with others through social skills.  This article will describe several examples of how social skills can … ...
Fear causes Whites high in implicit racism to be more supportive of voter ID laws Fear causes Whites high in implicit racism to be more supportive of voter ID laws, according to a recent study published online this September in Political Psychology. Soon after Emancipation, Whites feared newly freed Blacks’ political influence. As a result, Southern Whites enacted restrictive voting laws (e.g. poll taxes, literacy tests, and grandfather clauses). Today, [...]
For narcissists, extrinsic traits like attractiveness are important for a happy relationship Psychology research has found that narcissists are more satisfied with their romantic relationship when their partner meets their extrinsic ideals. The study of 206 adults found that most people value intrinsic traits like warmth and trustworthiness in their romantic partners. But more narcissistic people tend to value extrinsic traits like physical attractiveness and social status more than less narcissistic people. PsyPost interviewed the study’s author, Gwendolyn Seidman, about [...]
The link between psychosis and violence is not clear cut Jeroen Ensink’s life was cut short when a man with mental health problems stabbed him to death outside his flat in north London. At an inquest, Ensink’s widow, demanded to know why mental health homicides “keep happening again and again”. Murders committed by people suffering from schizophrenia or psychosis make headlines and it’s easy to [...]
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, … ...