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Study finds LSD produces dreamlike states in awake humans by stimulating serotonin receptors Researchers from the University of Zurich have uncovered more about how the psychedelic drug LSD produces a dreamlike state of consciousness in healthy humans when awake. LSD produces vivid hallucinatory imagery along with alterations in thought processes related to space, time, causality, and selfhood. The new study suggests that LSD induces these dreamlike states of [...]
Insomnia Is NOT Just “All In Your Head”, Genetic Study Finds Insomnia is the most common complaint people have about their health. • Try one of PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do (NEW) The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
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Researcher: Body image problems now the norm for girls and common among boys starting by age 8 New research published in Development and Psychopathology has found that physical maturation and teasing predict the growth of appearance-related anxiety in adolescent girls and boys in Australia. The study found a “steep growth” in appearance-related anxiety symptoms in the first half of the teenage years. “Growing up in the 70s and 80s, appearance was always [...]
How to Turn Wishes into Plans “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” – Eleanor Roosevelt It is natural to want things and to engage in the dreamy exercise of wishing for them. Yet, wishes seldom would wind up turning into results. To achieve wishes or … ...
Treating autism by targeting the gut Therapies to change the bacteria in the gut, through diet, pro-and prebiotic supplements, fecal matter transplants or antibiotics, could treat autism. A review of six decades of research linking the gut to brain development could pave the way for cheap and effective treatment.
Tips for Helping Patients to Change Their Relationship to... Sometimes, anxiety is adaptive in that it might motivate us to accomplish certain tasks. For instance, if you are feeling anxious before an exam-this emotion  could serve to motivate you to spend some time preparing for the test. However, when an individual’s anxiety starts to … ...
What Is Intention Deficit Disorder? Most who are reading this article are familiar with the term ADHD which is defined as: “a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.” It may manifest as: inability to sustain focus challenges remaining in … ...
The Relationship Between Waist-Hip Ratio and Fertility In women, a low waist-hip ratio correlates with health, fertility, and attractiveness. However, a new study reveals that it may also distinguish between past and future fertility.
Pathological Resistance to Change Does Not Make Us Great Looking backwards won't make us great. We need innovation to tackle big problems like energy outages and their impact on the elderly. Our collective resilience depends on it.
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The Anxiety Epidemic Our smartphones may be a major cause.
Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 7 A person who is highly sensitive to her or his feelings – and to others’ feelings – is likely to be extra sensitive to her or his environment.
Help Your Partner Understand You During an Argument It starts with changing your behavior. There’s no way around it: being misunderstood sucks. It can make you feel frustrated, upset, and hopeless. It can feel even worse in times of conflict. Conflict isn’t easy. There’s hurt. There’s misunderstanding. And, at the same time, there … ...
The Hairstyles That Make You Look Most Intelligent And Attractive Certain hairstyles made people look more sexy, others more good-natured or even more narrow-minded. • Try one of PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do (NEW) The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
5 Ways to Alleviate Anxiety When you’re anxious, all you can see is your anxiety. It feels urgent, serious and overwhelming. You wonder if you’ll always feel this way. You wonder, Why me? Why now? Why won’t it stop? You feel frustrated and hopeless—like there’s nothing you can do. Thankfully, … ...
Can Humor Hurt? Humor is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. Most people are able to experience humor – be amused, smile or laugh at something funny and they are therefore considered to have a sense of humor. People who do not … ...
Do You Need an “Interesting” Man? Many marriage minded women complain that men they meet aren’t “interesting.” Such comments jolt me. Interesting can be fine, but not if you expect all stimulation to come from outside yourself. Women who are already enjoying life, rather than waiting around for someone to light … ...
Some Thoughts on My Daughter’s High School Graduation: Go... Last week, my daughter graduated from high school. It was a bittersweet afternoon. Happy, because it’s satisfying to think of the work that she’s done, sweet because it’s great to see the friends she’s made, and exciting to see her move forward. (Like that old … ...
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Technique: The Observing Self... Do you ever focus on looking AT your thoughts rather than FROM your thoughts? If so, you are practicing one of the cornerstones of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy developed by Dr. Stephen Hayes. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, known as ACT, combines CBT principles with mindfulness techniques. … ...