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High status job means you are less likely to respond to treatment for depression An international study has found that having a high status job means that you are less likely to respond to standard treatment with medications for depression. These results, which may have implications for clinicians and their patients, employers and public policy, are presented at the ECNP Congress in Vienna. Up to a third of patients [...]
Why don’t antidepressants work in some patients? Study shows it may be due to environment SSRI antidepressants (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, the best known being Prozactm) are amongst the most commonly taken medicines. However, there seems to be no way of knowing in advance whether or not SSRIs will work effectively. Now a group of European researchers has developed a new theory of SSRI action, and tested it in stressed [...]
​A stressful day could erase the perks of choosing ‘good’ fat sources, study finds The type of fat you eat matters, but a new study suggests that the benefits of good fats vanish when stress enters the picture. Unstressed women who ate a biscuits-and-gravy breakfast made mostly with saturated fat fared worse in blood tests looking for precursors to disease than those women who ate an identical breakfast made [...]
Newly discovered neural connections may be linked to emotional decision-making MIT neuroscientists have discovered connections deep within the brain that appear to form a communication pathway between areas that control emotion, decision-making, and movement. The researchers suspect that these connections, which they call striosome-dendron bouquets, may be involved in controlling how the brain makes decisions that are influenced by emotion or anxiety. This circuit may [...]
Large human genetics study finds loneliness is a heritable trait Loneliness is linked to poor physical and mental health, and is an even more accurate predictor of early death than obesity. To better understand who is at risk, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine conducted the first genome-wide association study for loneliness — as a life-long trait, not a temporary state. [...]
Virtual reality training improves social skills in people on the autism spectrum Although most children with high-functioning autism have above average intellectual capabilities, they often experience social difficulties. Deficits in social communication and difficulty inhibiting thoughts and regulating emotions can lead to social isolation and low self-esteem. However, new research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas shows that a new virtual [...]
7 Recovery Mantras for Your Sobriety Journey Nothing changes if nothing changes. Sometimes I’m still baffled by the fact that this didn’t resonate with me the first time I heard it. When I stumbled my way into the world of recovery, I was met with many words of wisdom from people with … ...
Can’t We All Just Love Each Other, Or At... This political season in the United States seems more contentious than any time I can recall in my five decades plus, on the planet. I have voted since I turned … ...
A New Yorker’s Take On San Diego So I just got back from a late-summer trip to San Diego with my man. I loved it. It was 100% worth the panic attack I had on the plane. … ...
Can nicotine protect the aging brain? Everyone knows that tobacco products are bad for your health. However, according to research, it turns out the nicotine itself--when given independently from tobacco--could help protect the brain as it ages, and even ward off Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease.
First results from world’s biggest body scanning project Data from the first 5,000 UK Biobank participants taking part in the world's largest health imaging study has been released for health researchers worldwide to use in their own research. Researchers unearthed some rather complicated patterns of correlation. For example, one pattern links brain imaging to intelligence, level of education, and a set of lifestyle factors that at first appear unrelated -- including amount of time spent outdoors and how much cheese people eat. It is plausible that, taken together, these factors create a profile of socio-economic-status and its relation to the brain.
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Fighting Depression at Work “Fighting depression” does not appear on any job description. Conducting job duties — no matter how menial or how daunting — has never been an issue for me. In one job, I faithfully took a former boss’s clothes to and from the cleaners. In another, … ...
Something Better Than Miracles I’m not expecting anything extraordinary today. After reading a slew of miracle-related memes on Facebook, I replied with own meme. There’s something I prefer over expecting miraculous changes to come … ...
The Personality Trait That Leads To Chronic Disappointment This personality trait is on the rise among the younger generation. ** Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything (ebook) **
Guilt and Shame Guilt and shame are two rather different negative emotions which are often confused. In both cases, people feel bad about themselves—but that is where the similarity ends.
Bipolar II: Mania & Depression Can Go Hand in Hand I recently attended a seminar that discussed mood disorders, and the instructor showed what Bipolar II looked like by drawing a horizontal line as a baseline, then a wave that … ...
50 Calm-Down Techniques to Try with Kids Navigating childhood challenges can be stressful, and sometimes deep breathing isn’t the solution that works for your child. When your child is in need of tension relief, try one of … ...
6 Foods For A Better Brain   So much of how we feel and how our moods can change rapidly has to do with what we put in our bodies. The mind body connection is critical … ...
10 Film Archetypes That Sell – Part 5 “The ten genres that comintue to sell – include “whydunnit” and “buddy love.”….and I strongly recommend writers know these types, and seek to write squarely within one of them.” –Erik … ...