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Study on multiple sclerosis misdiagnosis supports improved education of clinicians A new study defines the current problems that lead patients to be misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis and the possible reasons why they are misdiagnosed.
Brain perceives taste with all senses, scientific evidence reveals The phrase "it looks so good you can almost taste it" may actually be scientifically proven based on the findings of a new study that explored how the brain processes stimuli predicting taste.
Connection between chronic pain, anxiety disorders found by researchers New study results provide insight into a long-observed, but little-understood connection between chronic pain and anxiety and offer a potential target for treatment. Researchers found that increased expression of PACAP -- a peptide neurotransmitter the body releases in response to stress -- is also increased in response to neuropathic pain and contributes to these symptoms.
Addiction Study Might Lead To New Treatment Options In addition to the vital importance of 12-Steps (and therapy) in addiction treatment, the lessening of cravings is beneficial, especially during the early part of treatment. ...
Media Literacy: An Essential Twenty-First Century Skill... Here’s an idea you won’t here about in, well, the media: we should have media literacy classes in schools. Despite how much information we get from the media, we don’t talk much about how to critically evaluate the things we see on TV or read in the papers. But not...
Video Game Play Benefits Coordination Over the years, I have written a lot about both the potential dangers and benefits of playing video games. Does game play benefit coordination?
4 Ways of Being Unproductive With ADHD People with ADHD are connoisseurs of unproductivity. Most people might think being unproductive is being unproductive, end of story. Not people with ADHD. We know there are many subtly different … ...
Take Time to Be Still before a Big Change For Floridians, hurricane threats send people scurrying around town collecting water, batteries, and can goods. The stores are flocked with people as the shelves begin to go bare. Preparations are made to homes and offices to protect landscapes, windows, and possessions. Anyone who lived through … ...
Words of Hope for Anyone Struggling with Depression One of the worst parts about depression — and there are certainly many — is that it robs you of hope. Hope that you’ll actually feel better. Hope that the darkness will lift. Hope that the emptiness will fill up and you’ll feel motivated and … ...
Strength Based Treatment For Depression and Anxiety When it comes to many things in our lives we all seem to have an intuitive knowledge that our strengths are what will propel us through life with the most … ...
When It’s Hard to Reach Out To Friends Recently I’ve had some life changing events that have caused some new challenges and emotions in my life that I have never had to deal with before. In the past, … ...
Insecure childhood can make dealing with stress harder Emotional bonds with our primary caregiver or parent in early childhood are thought to be the basis of our ability to regulate our emotions as adults, report investigators.
Genograms: How to Use Them With Your Therapy Patients Have you wanted to know how to use genograms in your practice with patients? Monica McGoldrick describes a powerful way of employing genograms with therapy patients in her book “The Genogram Casebook.” McGoldrick bases her work upon the family systems framework of Dr. Murray Bowen, … ...
Scientists discover noninvasive technique to monitor migraines New UBC research has found that amplified electroencephalograms can produce diagnostic results of a brainwave associated with migraines and epilepsy that are comparable to the current, more invasive, standard -- a discovery that could lead to better treatment and diagnosis of these conditions.
The Art of Not Taking Yourself Personally Recently, I have gone through a few periods where I have gotten really down on myself. After having worked so hard for so many years to learn how to give myself the … ...
A New and Better Way to Read People Learn to tune into vibrations from a surprising place
Terrorism: Criminality in Search of a Target Focus on the personality, not the after-the-fact justification
PTSD increases risk for metabolic syndrome, reduced cortical thickness Metabolic syndrome, a cluster of cardiometabolic conditions, may be a biological mechanism linking posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to structural brain abnormalities, according to a new study. The findings highlight the need to develop effective interventions for PTSD to treat not only the symptoms associated with the disorder, but also potential ensuing metabolic and neurodegenerative consequences, which may be suggestive of premature aging.
Dopamine: Far more than just the 'happy hormone' Dopamine is a so-called messenger substance or neurotransmitter that conveys signals between neurons. It not only controls mental and emotional responses but also motor reactions. Dopamine is particularly known as being the "happy hormone." It is responsible for our experiencing happiness. Even so-called adrenaline rushes, such as those experienced when playing sport, are based on the same pattern. Adrenaline is a close relative of dopamine. However, serious health problems can arise if too little or too much dopamine is being produced. If too few dopamine molecules are released, Parkinson's disease can develop, while an excess can lead to mania, hallucinations and schizophrenia.
#210: Life Lessons for Media Children   It is sometimes tough to imagine that our tech-savvy media children still need adults–parents, teachers and other caring people to look after them. It may be hard to believe … ...