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For U.S. parents, a troubling happiness gap Research helps explain the parental happiness gap, suggesting it’s less about the children and more about family support in the country where you live.
Paris attacks: A novel research program on traumatic memories How will the traumatic events of the terrorist attacks of 13 November 2015 evolve in people’s memories, whether collective or individual? How does individual memory feed on collective memory and vice versa? Is it possible, by studying cerebral markers, to predict which victims will develop post-traumatic stress disorder and which will recover more quickly?
Mood Disorders vs Personality Disorders Introduction According to elementsbehavioralhealth.com, “Distinguishing between mental health disorders is generally more difficult than distinguishing between medical conditions, so for somebody untrained in psychology, understanding the difference between a personality … ...
Today I Love Early Friday Mornings Today I love early Friday mornings that wake me long before the alarm because they are just too beautiful to be missed, must be seen. I love this still quiet … ...
ADHD, What It’s Like Having ADHD is like being normal, ’cause for me, it is normal. I’ve never been any other way. To me, people without ADHD are the oddballs. No offense, but from … ...
When Do Anxiety Disorders Begin? Although everyone feels nervous at times, for some people anxiety spreads through their lives and starts causing them real problems. According to one study with over nine thousand participants, about 18 percent of people in the United States will struggle with an anxiety disorder in a given year. Anxiety disorders...
What ‘Bipolar’ Doesn’t Mean When you use the word “bipolar,” what do you mean? Bipolar disorder is a real medical problem experienced by real people. There are 150 million of us worldwide. We go … ...
The mechanics of subtle discrimination: measuring ‘microaggresson’ Many people don’t even realise that they are discriminating based on race or gender. And they won’t believe that their unconscious actions have consequences until they see scientific evidence. Here it is. The country in which I live has laws forbidding discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity, religion, sexuality or sex. We’ve come a long … Continue reading "The mechanics of subtle discrimination: measuring ‘microaggresson’"
Cultures of mental distress BBC Radio 4 is currently running a fascinating four-part series called The Borders of Sanity on the interaction between culture and mental illness. It’s been put together by cultural historian Christopher Harding and takes an in-depth look at four particular instances where culture and mental health interact, perhaps in seemingly curious ways if you weren’t … Continue reading "Cultures of mental distress"
Spread Love, Not Hate This has been a heartwrenching week. On Sunday, a gunman walked into a gay nightclub in Orlando and opened fire. He killed 49 people and injured 53. First and foremost, … ...
The Staff Meeting: A Jerry McGuire Moment Yes, it has gone on for months now and I am at my limit. In one month, I am going to get the same schedule as everyone else in my … ...
Disconnection between brain regions linked to emotional interference in schizophrenia Individuals with schizophrenia are distracted by emotional information, which is uniquely caused by reduced activity between the amygdala and the medial prefrontal cortex, according to a new study published this February in Schizophrenia Bulletin. Psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, are characterized by deficits in cognitive control, with previous evidence showing impairments in both focusing upon [...]
Religious service attendance linked to better cognitive and emotional well-being A new study in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion determined a link between religious attendance and self-rated wellbeing across several religions. Research has previously shown a link between general religious involvement and subjective wellbeing. Scientists disagree on which facets of religion seem to be the most important, but many agree that religious [...]
Bothered by a brothel? How sex work can improve your neighborhood The sex industry, specifically sex work and prostitution, has long been perceived and regulated as a “dirty and disorderly” feature of residential communities. The stereotypical, and unfair, view of sex workers is that they are vectors of disease and social contagions; it’s a moral hangover from the Victorians. Regardless of their legal status, wider society [...]
Reward and punishment fail to change behavior in cocaine addiction People who are addicted to cocaine are particularly prone to developing habits that render their behaviour resistant to change, regardless of the potentially devastating consequences, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. The findings may have important implications for the treatment of cocaine addiction as they help explain why such individuals take drugs even [...]
Study: Exercise can help adults better cope with ADHD symptoms Exercise, even a small amount, can help alleviate symptoms of ADHD in adults, according to a new study by University of Georgia researchers. The study, released this month in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, found a single bout of exercise has psychological benefits for adults with these elevated ADHD symptoms. About [...]
Natural molecule could improve Parkinson’s disease The natural molecule, n-acetylcysteine (NAC), with strong antioxidant effects, shows potential benefit as part of the management for patients with Parkinson’s disease, according to a study published today in the journal PLOS ONE. Combining clinical evaluations of a patient’s mental and physical abilities with brain imaging studies that tracked the levels of dopamine, the lack [...]
Having a relative with epilepsy may increase your risk of being diagnosed with autism Having a first-degree relative with epilepsy may increase a person’s risk of being diagnosed with autism, according to a study published in the June 15, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Other studies have linked the two conditions, however, our study looks specifically at the brothers and [...]
Dull and dirty: Your workplace could affect brain function A new study by a Florida State University researcher shows that both a lack of stimulation in the workplace and a dirty working environment can have a long-term cognitive effect on employees. “Psychologists say that the brain is a muscle, while industrial hygienists point to chemicals in the work environment that may cause decline,” said [...]
Differentiating Between ADHD And Autism Spectrum Disorder... Introduction In my previous article I described the similarities between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder. In contrast to mentioning the similarities between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and … ...