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Mental Illness Is More than ‘Worried Wellness’ “So what kind of work do you do in your private practice?” asked a colleague. “I specialize in depression, anxiety, relationship problems, work-life issues, and low self-esteem,” I explained. “Ah,” he said with a knowing smile. “The worried well.” I cringed when I heard this. … ...
The Halloween Costume as a Tool for Personal Growth Trying on personas can be instructive and fun.
Part 1: 7 Challenges of Borderline Personality Disorder... Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is one of the most complicating disorders for mental health professionals and researchers. Why? BPD is complicated based on many factors such as the environment (i.e, … ...
Good and Bad Feelings The human eye sees everything but itself. We cannot always help ourselves because we are too close to the forest to see the trees. We cannot evaluate ourselves objectively.  We … ...
Do women who endorse benevolent sexism have fewer orgasms? New research published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior investigated if women’s sexist attitudes influenced how often they experienced an orgasm. “At present, we do not have a good understanding of how our ideologies may form a basis for how we think about sex, and what we perceive to be sexually desirable, undesirable, appropriate, or [...]
Perceived obesity causes lower body satisfaction for women than men, study shows ‘Owning’ an obese body produces significantly lower body satisfaction for females than males, scientists have found. In the first study of its kind investigating healthy individuals and their brain activity when perceiving themselves as either slim or obese, psychologists found that the way we perceive our bodies directly triggers neural responses which can lead to body dissatisfaction.
Brain scan study suggests mental math exercises could boost emotional health Engaging a specific part of the brain during mental math exercises is connected with better emotional health, according to a new brain-scanning study published by Duke researchers in the journal Clinical Psychological Science. The research takes a preliminary step toward informing new brain training strategies to stave off depression and anxiety. Although the relationship between [...]
Running triggers production of a molecule that repairs the brain in animal models Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa have discovered that a molecule triggered by running can help repair certain kinds of brain damage in animal models. They found that this molecule, called VGF nerve growth factor, helps to heal the protective coating that surrounds and insulates nerve fibres. Their study, published in [...]
Cells called astroglia zip the two halves of the brain together Scientists have identified the cellular origins of the corpus callosum, the 200 million nerve fibers that connect the two hemispheres of the brain. A study of mice and human brains published on October 11 in Cell Reports shows that during development, astroglia, the main supporting cells of the brain, weave themselves between the right and [...]
New study finds ‘amplifier’ helps make connections in the fetal brain Fetal brains use a special amplifier in order to transmit signals, according to research published in the journal eLife by George Washington University’s Matthew Colonnese, Ph.D. and Yasunobu Murata, Ph.D. Early neural connections are sparse, weak, and unreliable. This unique amplification circuit boosts weak inputs to ensure accurate and powerful information transfer in the developing brain. [...]
Childhood family environment linked with relationship quality 60 years later Growing up in a warm family environment in childhood is associated with feeling more secure in romantic relationships in one’s 80s, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings show that men who grew up in caring homes were more adept at managing stressful emotions [...]
Study: Shakespeare play helps children with autism communicate A new study showed improvement in the social and communication skills of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using a signature approach pairing the recitation of Shakespeare’s rhythmic language with physical gesture. Children with ASD often have trouble understanding non­verbal behavior in social interactions and struggle to communicate. Many avoid eye contact and miss visual [...]
It’s a myth that baby boomers have a stronger work ethic than later generations There is no truth to the popular belief that members of the so-called baby boomer generation have a greater work ethic than people born a decade or two later. This is according to a team of US researchers led by Keith Zabel of Wayne State University in Detroit in the US, who completed a comprehensive [...]
New treatment strategy could cut Parkinson’s disease off at the pass Researchers at Johns Hopkins report they have identified a protein that enables a toxic natural aggregate to spread from cell to cell in a mammal’s brain — and a way to block that protein’s action. Their study in mice and cultured cells suggests that an immunotherapy already in clinical trials as a cancer therapy should [...]
Study finds differences in obesity rates between kids with and without autism Children and teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be more likely to be obese and stay obese during adolescence than their peers without ASD, according to a new epidemiological study led by researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine and published online in Childhood Obesity in advance of print. Previous studies have found that [...]
Female brain volume changes in sync with hormones, study finds Although it has already been known for some time that the brain does not remain rigid in its structure even in adulthood, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences made a surprising discovery: The brain is not only able to adapt to changing conditions in long-term processes, but it can [...]
Some children are genetically predisposed to overeating in response to television food ads Exposure to food ads on television leads to overeating among children, especially those genetically predisposed to obesity, researchers at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the C. Everett Koop Institute have shown. In the Dartmouth study, a particular gene that has been linked previously to obesity is now shown to play a role in overeating [...]
Designer brain receptors used in preclinical study to suppress cocaine seeking Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have used viruses to infect neurons with genes that allow them to switch on brain receptors involved in suppressing addiction relapse. Results of these preclinical studies were published in the September 28th, 2016 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. The technology, called designer receptors exclusively activated by [...]
The President's Personality Are there certain personality traits that help predict the success of a president? Do our current candidates embody these? Emotions expert Dr. Paul Ekman weighs in.
The Girl Who Knew Too Much One of my patients was very distressed.  We worked on talking her down many times.  She could differentiate reality from fantasy.  She could tell worry from pain.  She could distinguish this moment … ...