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International Critical Psychiatry Network (ICPN): Critical Thinking About... Are you conflicted about methods of diagnosis and treatment in child and adolescent psychiatry? You are not alone. The International Critical Psychiatry Network (ICPN) (www.criticalpsychiatry.co.uk) is a growing international forum for critical thinking about alternative approaches to psychiatry. Building on the work of the UK’s … ...
On The Ground With ADHD Sometimes when I write about ADHD, and I go back days or weeks later and reread what I wrote, I think, “That’s not really what it’s like. Well, it is, … ...
Best of Our Blogs: August 5, 2016 Would you choose to live with debilitating pain or hardship? Would you pick parents who are cruel or uncaring? Would you decide to live a life filled with constant fear or sadness? Probably not. But the life you’ve been given has also come with resilience, strength … ...
Could OCD Be Turned Off? There was some big news for OCDers this past weekend: Scientists discovered a specific brain receptor that could be triggered to cause OCD-like symptoms in mice, including anxiety and overgrooming. … ...
Psychologist Reveals Science Behind A Fulfilling Single Life Single people have richer social lives, more psychological growth than married people
Can Nature Videos Help Improve Prisoner Behavior? Experiment shows exposure to nature reduces aggressive behavior among inmates
Women Appear To Be More Accepting of Their Bodies/Weight Analysis of decades of research finds less body dissatisfaction in women, but no change in men
When Your Bipolar Mixed Episode Isn’t Really Over Yesterday was a pretty good day. All-in-all I have been doing better. I have been feeling less irritable. I am smiling more. I have been getting out of my parents’ … ...
It is HAPPY Thursday Time! A Week of thinking happy thoughts. Yes, on the seventh day –a joyful day of thinking “the happy things”–day 7 0f 7-– I am positive it was worth the effort. Now you … ...
3 Ways Olympic Athletes Get in the Zone How do elite athletes get their competitive edge?
Living With Normalcy…And Very Nice It Is Too There’s something about normalcy: When you’re living in normalcy, it’s easy to take it foregranted because it’s comfortable. But sometimes, it’s hard to perceive “normal” because abnormal (i.e. narcissistic abuse) … ...
Sexual cues are an important predictor of sexual desire in women Sexual cues are an important predictor of sexual desire in women, according to a study published this July in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. The research suggests that encouraging women to explore their own motivations to engage in sexual activities, and to more openly share their sexual cues with their partners, could contribute [...]
Liberals in the U.S. more likely to endorse childhood vaccinations An alarming number of Americans have recently expressed skepticism about the role of childhood vaccinations, despite a repository of evidence that supports the effectiveness of the technique at preventing a number of diseases. Contentions range from relatively mild concerns about overuse and effectiveness to complex yet convoluted conspiracy theories. As a result, immunization rates in [...]
Brains of overweight people ‘ten years older’ than lean counterparts at middle-age From middle-age, the brains of obese individuals display differences in white matter similar to those in lean individuals ten years their senior, according to new research led by the University of Cambridge. White matter is the tissue that connects areas of the brain and allows for information to be communicated between regions. Our brains naturally [...]
Users of popular dating app Tinder feel more negative about themselves Whether they’re swiping left or swiping right, male users of the popular dating app Tinder appear to have lower levels of self-esteem and all users appear to have more negative perception of body image than those who don’t use the app, according to research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. “Tinder [...]
‘Media contagion’ is factor in mass shootings, study says People who commit mass shootings in America tend to share three traits: rampant depression, social isolation and pathological narcissism, according to a paper presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention that calls on the media to deny such shooters the fame they seek. “Mass shootings are on the rise and so is media coverage [...]
Engineers simulate chemical imbalances in schizophrenia to fast-track research It’s called mental imbalance for a reason. Sanity hangs, in part, in the gentle balance of chemicals strung together within regions of the brain in an intricate matrix. In schizophrenia, the matrix is sharply jarred, debilitating the mind and triggering hallucinations. Now, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created an interactive model of [...]
Study finds hundreds of genetic codes that regulate genes tied to alcoholism Using rats carefully bred to either drink large amounts of alcohol or to spurn it, researchers at Indiana and Purdue universities have identified hundreds of genes that appear to play a role in increasing the desire to drink alcohol. The study, published in PLOS Genetics, not only reinforces the view that the genetics of alcoholism [...]
What sports matches reveal about cross-cultural gender roles In the modern era, it’s clear that women can do just about anything that men can do. But, according to researchers reporting evidence based on hours watching online videos of social interactions after professional sports matches, men and women still manage conflict differently, most likely based on differences in traditional gender roles that go way, [...]
Study: Alcohol more likely than marijuana to lead to post-sex regret A new study, published in Archives of Sexual Behavior by researchers affiliated with New York University’s Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR), compared self-reported sexual experiences related to use of alcohol and marijuana. Since marijuana has increased in popularity in the U.S., the researchers examined if and how marijuana use may influence risk [...]