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Vacations That Make People Mentally Ill Some people experience a psychotic break when visiting these cities.
Working Out in Recovery: How Exercise Can Help Keep... Working Out in Recovery: How Exercise Can Help Keep You Drug-Free Eating, sleeping and feeling healthy may seem like normal parts of life, but being able to function effectively on … ...
When Hate Takes Hold There are many places in the world where hate is thriving. In such milieus, people hate others who are different from themselves. They view these “others” as substandard or wicked. Hence, they want them uprooted, removed, even expunged from this earth. When such a mind-set … ...
How Toxic Parents Topple the Foundations of Maslow’s Pyramid... We all share similar needs, and for them to be satisfied in order to create a good life and become all that we can be. Psychologist Abraham Maslow described the levels of need in ascending order. We can jump over a level, but if we … ...
Why Louisiana Defendants Say, "Geaux Tigers!" Two economists suggest a surprising source of racial bias in juvenile sentencing.
Back to School Anxiety My mother was a teacher in the Bronx, NY for 30 years. Every year she had the same back to school dream: she was wandering around the building but couldn’t … ...
A microRNA plays role in major depression A tiny RNA appears to play a role in producing major depression, the mental disorder that affects as many as 250 million people a year worldwide. Researchers have found that amounts of this microRNA are significantly elevated in the brains of experimental rats with induced depression from corticosterone treatment, in the post-death brains of humans diagnosed with MDD and in peripheral blood serum from living patients with MDD.
How to Support Your Partner in Addiction Recovery (Without...   Realizing your partner has a problem with alcohol, drugs, sex, pornography, gambling, or any other addiction is a very painful reality. The best case scenario is that your partner … ...
Car Breathalyzers Are Useless Without the Benefit of Rehab Credit: Washington Post/Getty ImagesMany DUI offenders revert back to drunk driving once their car breathalyzers have been removed, making these gadgets useless from a rehabilitative perspective. But a new pilot project shows that these devices, when used in conjunction with rehab, are effective in preventing future DUIs. ...
How long should children be allowed to play video games? A new study indicates that playing video games for a limited amount of time each week may provide benefits to children, but too much can be detrimental.
Child stimulation intervention fosters early child development in rural Peru Children in rural Peru who are stimulated with age-adjusted toys at an early age perform better in categories such as fine motor skills, understanding time and space, or cognitive abilities. The community-randomized trial is the first study to assess the impact of an early child development intervention on household level in rural Peru.
Study identifies brain cells that help us learn by watching others From infancy, we learn by watching other people, then use those memories to help us predict outcomes and make decisions in the future. Now a study has pinpointed the individual neurons in the brain that support observational learning.
If You’re Saying These 5 Things, You’re Hurting Your... I am on the corner of 72nd and First Avenue, standing next to a father and a little boy about six or seven. He is wearing a baseball uniform, and … ...
Hypomanic or Just Normal? During and after periods of depression, it can be difficult to remember what “normal” feels like. What do you do without the aches and pains, apathy and hopelessness? Coming out … ...
When You’ve Got a Bad Case of Creator’s Block A blinking cursor. A blank screen. A blank canvas. An empty brain. Frustration. Tension. No words. No images. No ideas. Stuck. Terribly stuck. Oh and did I mention really, really … ...
Can We Ever Really Change Who We Are? As a psychiatrist and novelist concerned with people’s inner conflicts, I’m often asked whether people can truly change. The answer is: yes, and no. Most mental health professionals agree that our deeply embedded traits and tendencies are ingrained by the time we’re adolescents. Yes, there … ...
Tackling the Long Term When I was little, my folks (and most everyone else) liked to joke that I was “5 going on 35.” I was apparently very mature for my age. Or any … ...
Researchers outline barriers to treating fear, anxiety A misunderstanding of how the certain parts of the brain function has hampered the creation of pharmaceuticals to effectively address fear and anxiety disorders, a pair of researchers has concluded.
Today I Love Friday’s Sweet Liberty Today I love Friday’s sweet liberty, the feeling of a week ending well and a weekend warming up in the wings and getting ready to take me away from normal. … ...
ADHD – Define Day Off I have no idea what a “day off” actually is. I just realized that. Yes, I’ve had days off from jobs I’ve held. It’s true. And I always looked forward … ...