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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 … ...
Best of Our Blogs: September 9, 2016 Autumn is here. While some anxiously await the cool respite from the summer heat, you are anxious about the upcoming fall and winter season and all that it brings. If thinking about the holidays is filling you with dread, there is something you can do … ...
INTJ Personality Type [The Mastermind] The ultimate INTJ portrait including personality overview, strengths and weaknesses, relationships, love, dating, career choices, INTJ at work, must-read facts, INTJ characters, famous people and more.
Travel Tips For People With Crohn’s Disease Although Crohn’s Disease is a difficult disorder, you should not keep yourself from living the best life possible because you suffer from this disorder. You should continue in your life … ...
Singlism: From the Subtle to the Shocking I wish I could say that it is hard to find examples of singlism – the stereotyping, stigmatizing, and discrimination against single people. Unfortunately, singlism is relentless. It ranges from … ...
The Experimental Parent A The Eminents Interview of T. Berry Brazelton
TRIGGER WARNING – Suicidal Talk I’ve written about my life with suicidal ideation – But it has to be okay to talk about it; to talk about Suicide. Even when it gets scary, keep talking. … ...
Is Self-Love a Bunch of Feel-Good Crap? This summer I penned a piece called “You are not currency, you never were.” In it I talk about how we are inherently worthy—even though most of us think we need to … ...
Countries with higher national IQ are more likely to experience greater financial development Countries with higher national IQ (intelligence quotient) are more likely to experience greater financial development, according to a study published this March in Intelligence. Intelligence is closely connected to a number of economic factors at both the individual and national level. For example, research has shown that individuals with higher levels of intelligence are likely [...]
Study finds people who are ostracized are more likely to make risky decisions Some people have to deal with being ostracized on a daily basis. For any of several reasons, they are shunned by those near them and isolated from social circles that would otherwise be available. Being excluded and ignored has a negative effect on many aspects of social, physiological and psychological functioning. For example, people may [...]
Component of ketamine produces rapid improvement in treatment-resistant depression within just 2 hours A new study in Biological Psychiatry reports that esketamine, a component of the general anesthetic ketamine, shows rapid and significant improvement in depressive symptoms in patients who do not respond to currently available therapies. The study aimed to demonstrate the efficacy and safety of esketamine in hopes to fulfill a long-awaited clinical need for therapies [...]
Brain connections are more sophisticated than thought In 1959, a scientist named Edward Gray showed that the miniscule gaps between neurons where chemical messages are sent, called synapses, come in two main varieties, which researchers later dubbed “excitatory” and “inhibitory.” Inhibitory synapses act as the brakes in the brain, preventing it from becoming overexcited. Researchers thought they were less sophisticated than their [...]
Can some types of fat protect us from brain disease? An intriguing finding in nematode worms suggests that having a little bit of extra fat may help reduce the risk of developing some neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. What these illnesses have in common is that they’re caused by abnormal proteins that accumulate in or between brain cells to form plaques, [...]
Negative experiences on Facebook linked to increased depression risk in young adults In the first study of its kind, public health researchers show that young adults who reported having negative experiences on Facebook — including bullying, meanness, misunderstandings or unwanted contacts — were at significantly higher risk of depression, even accounting for many possible confounding factors. “I think it’s important that people take interactions on social media [...]
Five-year study uncovers new potential genetic links to intellectual disability An international group of researchers has for the first time identified a set of 30 inherited recessive genes that play a role in intellectual disability (ID), a neurodevelopmental disorder that, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), affects as many as 213 million people around the world. The research team was led in in [...]
Study reveals how new experiences boost memory formation Most people remember where they were when the twin towers collapsed in New York. New research reveals why that may be the case. A study led by the University of Edinburgh has shed new light on the biological mechanisms that drive the process, known as flashbulb memory. The research involving mice reveals how attention-grabbing experiences activate [...]