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PET imaging of adult neurogenesis may contribute to better diagnosis of depression, evaluation of drug therapy effectiveness A new non-invasive PET scanning technique has been used by researchers to obtain images of neuron proliferation in the subventricular zone and subgranular zone of the hippocampal dentate gyrus. Neurogenesis in the hippocampal dentate gyrus is known to be particularly affected by depression.
Today I Love The Hopeful Joyous Sun Today I love the hopeful, joyous sun coming purposefully to us out of the East. What other gifts and treasures might fate bring us if we but tempt her to … ...
Family Matters: Self-Preservation Tips “Maybe when he is older, he will understand mental health’s impact. He will have a girlfriend and, one day, he will get it,” my late mother whispers to me. I nod, more to appease my weary mother. Her eyes glow when discussing her three sons. … ...
Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Rise of the Consumer Movement... “Death with dignity” is such a catch-phrase right now in the media. But for those of us who suffer in our dark thoughts every day, we are living “life with dignity.” Each day we live and make it through is a success.”—Anonymous 1 When my … ...
ADHD Is Weird Can I tell you something? Just between you and I? I can? Good. Well, keep this to yourself, but Having ADHD is really weird. I mean, it isn’t weird on … ...
How a child's gender may affect parent's willingness to bend the truth An experiment found parents cheated at a game less when their kids were present, but gender made a big difference.
Therapy-Interfering Behaviors: Crucial, Predictable, and Often Ignored... Therapists, particularly those treating sex addiction and in the addiction field generally, are familiar with therapy-interfering behaviors. Frequent lateness or failing to show up for appointments, fomenting conflict with the … ...
Therapy-Interfering Behaviors: Crucial, Predictable and Often Ignored... Therapists, particularly those treating sex addiction and in the addiction field generally, are familiar with therapy-interfering behaviors.  Frequent lateness or failing to show up for appointments, fomenting conflict with the … ...
5 Dissociative Symptoms: Coping With Trauma Have you ever found yourself feeling emotionally, psychologically, or even physically detached from reality? In other words, did you catch yourself in a strong state of daydreaming in which you … ...
The Pathological Narcissist Have you been involved with a pathological narcissist? There is no hope for a relationship with someone incapable of love, empathy or enjoyment. Time to abandon ship!
Infants at risk for autism rely on more information from the head when following gaze, study finds Infants at risk for autism rely on more information from the head when following gaze, according to a study published this January in Molecular Autism. The study highlights early disruptions to joint attention and provides the potential for identifying early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) development. Joint attention involves the sharing of attention between [...]
Natural scenery may reduce attentional effort when starting mindfulness practice Mindfulness is largely based on maximizing effortless attention to the present. The amount of effort allocated to attention is known to decrease over time with regular practice, but the initial learning process may actually require a significant contribution of resources. This would at least partially explain the difficulty experienced by many people when first learning [...]
Adolescent depression in girls offset by presence of ‘boomerang father’ A study of the impact of “boomerang fathers” — those who cycle in and out of their children’s lives — yielded surprising results for researchers. “Boomerang fathering” provided a type of stability in a daughter’s life that staved off her depressive symptoms compared to those adolescent girls whose fathers were completely absent. The study, “Boomerang [...]
Study finds American millennials are less sexually active than Gen-Xers Since time immemorial, older generations have fretted over the sexual habits of young people. In today’s world, however, elders might just be wondering why young people are having so little sex, according to a new study by San Diego State University psychology professor Jean M. Twenge. A research team also including Ryne Sherman from Florida [...]
Reducing ‘mean girl’ behaviors in classrooms benefits boys and teachers too When a targeted program to reduce relational aggression among at-risk girls is shared with the entire classroom, the entire class benefits–not just the aggressive girls for whom the program was developed. Researchers from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) recently reported these findings from Friend to Friend (F2F), a program they developed to prevent relational [...]
Choose to be Present Not Perfect Perfectionism can make it hard for us to enjoy our own lives. Do your exacting standards and quest for perfection actually get in the way of happy and fulfilling relationships … ...
High schoolers with mental health issues more likely to use alcohol, tobacco and marijuana Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health with collaborators at the Federal University of Sao Paulo studied the relationship between psychiatric symptoms and patterns of substance use among high school students in Brazil and found that respondents with clinically significant scores on a behavioral screening questionnaire were more likely to use alcohol, tobacco, [...]
When Reality Strikes Well it happened, finally. The denial of my loved ones death came to a screeching halt, and of course it has to happen at work.  I was not prepared for … ...
Depression screening tools not accurate for children and adolescents In Canada and the U.S., doctors are increasingly being encouraged to try to identify depression in children and adolescents – even if they do not have obvious indications of the disease. In order to do so, the physicians often use short questionnaires that ask about symptoms of depression. But, according to new research, there is [...]
Lower weight in late life may increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found an association between lower weight and more extensive deposits of the Alzheimer’s-associated protein beta-amyloid in the brains of cognitively normal older individuals. The association — reported in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease — was seen in particular among individuals carrying the [...]