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Researchers identify neural factors that predict adolescent alcohol use Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have identified 34 neural factors that predict adolescent alcohol consumption. The list, based upon complex algorithms analyzing data from neuropsychological testing and neuroimaging studies, was significantly more accurate — approximately 74 percent — than demographic information alone. The findings are published in the current [...]
How can stress cause anxiety? Blame natural cannabinoids in the brain A new study shows what happens in the brain when stress triggers anxiety. The closely linked emotions of stress and anxiety are both generated in the limbic system of the brain. The study, conducted with rats, reports that stress contributes to a state of anxiety by prompting the production of a natural cannabinoid that disrupts [...]
How 30 Minutes of Exercise Every Day Can Boost... When we discuss the advantages of regular exercise, it’s usually the benefits to physical well-being that take centre stage, and for obvious reasons. Most are aware that physical exertion can aid cardiovascular health and protect against a plethora of hypertensive conditions. These reasons, alongside wanting … ...
Want Good Kids? Feed Them Right Ask any mother: A positive, well-behaved kid is much more pleasant to be around than an ill-tempered, cranky child. And while there’s a lot that goes into raising a well-behaved … ...
When Your Mother is a Narcissist Be the subject of your own life, not the object of someone else’s. Only children of narcissists know the insidiousness of growing up with the crazy emotional mind games and conditioning they were raised with.  Children of narcissists do not realize that they are being … ...
Nature Therapy Nature exposure does indeed soothe those worried parts of the brain into thinking less and relaxing more.
Collaborative Practice: The Good, The Bad, The Dangerous... “Sorry I’m late, I couldn’t find parking!” My 1 p.m.  patient said from the doorway clasping her hands nervously. Emily S walked quickly into my therapy office. My initial impression was that she was anxious and then my second thought was that she had put … ...
Have I Been Traumatized? Survivors' narratives teach us about shaping the consequences of trauma.
Is It Withdrawal Symptoms or a Depression Relapse Four years ago, a good friend of mine put her 10-year-old son on Prozac (fluoxetine). He had always suffered from anxiety and anger outbursts, but at age 9, his behavior turned violent, and his ruminations were keeping him up at night. My friend and her … ...
Were We Ever a Civil Society? Bigotry's Threat to Democracy Is explicitly bigoted language becoming the "new normal" in American politics?
Allowing People to Get Under your Skin A quick note to self about allowing people to get under my skin: Dear Self, When you allow people to get under your skin, you are giving them power to … ...
Operational mechanism of the 'acid-sensing ion channel' that recognizes internal body pain A research team has identified the pain transmission mechanism at the molecular level and presented new solutions for the understanding of pain signals and the development of pain treatments.
Psychopaths feel fear but see no danger Researchers have found proof that psychopathic individuals can feel fear, but have trouble in the automatic detection and responsivity to threat.
Caffeine and its analogues counteract memory deficits by normalizing stress responses in the brain A new study describes the mechanism by which caffeine counteracts age-related cognitive deficits in animals. The study shows that the abnormal expression of a particular receptor -- adenosine A2A, a target for caffeine -- in the brain of rats induces an aging-like profile: namely, memory impairments linked to the loss of stress controlling mechanisms.
How Should Autistic People Feel About Having Kids? So I’m getting to the point where people are asking me if I’m thinking about kids. And the answer is yes. All the time. I know there’s no clear-cut answers … ...
What am I Doing Right? 4 Ways a Therapist...      I am no longer young but thankfully I scored in the genetics department of looking somewhat youthful. So the teens and young adults in my practice are invited to … ...
Mental Health Care in Massachusetts: Needs Rise While Spending... What happens when society decides it will reimburse tens of thousands of dollars (or even hundreds of thousands) for a surgery that may offer only incremental improvements to a person’s health or longevity, but won’t spend thousands to help that person’s mental health? You get … ...
Today I Love Big Water Today I love big water and the fact that I live in a coastal town on Georgian Bay. I love that so many people call Owen Sound “The Sound” even … ...
Amputees' brains remember missing hands even years later Our brains have a detailed picture of our hands and fingers, and that persists even decades after an amputation, researchers have found. The finding could have implications for the control of next generation prosthetics.
Brain's internal compass also navigates during imagination When you try to find your way in a new place, your brain creates a spatial map that represents that environment. Neuroscientists now show that the brain’s ‘navigation system’ is not only active during actual or virtual movement, but also when imagining view directions. This suggests that the brain’s spatial navigation system might also be important for cognitive functions such as imagination and memory.