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What happened when I quit my high-paying, professional career... I recently quit a really good, pretty high paying job. It was a full-time, salaried position. I chose to leave the job for personal reasons that I won’t get into … ...
Surprising Ways that Shame Can Serve Us We often hear about the destructive aspects of shame — how it’s toxic to our happiness and well-being. As a psychotherapist, I continually see how shame holds people back. But can there be a healthy and helpful aspect to shame? Shame is that painful sense that … ...
A Classic Natural Anti-Depressant Practice Everyone at some point in their life will be affected by depression whether it’s their own or someone they are close to. Almost 19 million Americans alone have periods where … ...
When You Think You Should Know, But Can’t Decide Maybe you know how this goes: You have a plan. In this case: Position myself in 2015 to register in September for Ironman Wisconsin 2016. Then, things don’t go according … ...
As more states legalize marijuana, adolescents’ problems with pot decline A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact more U.S. states are legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use and the number of adults using the drug has increased. Researchers [...]
The hefty price of ‘study drug’ misuse on college campuses Nonmedical use of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) drugs on college campuses, such as Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta and Vyvanse, has exploded in the past decade, with a parallel rise in depression disorders and binge drinking among young adults. These ADHD drugs act as a brain stimulant that are normally prescribed to individuals who display symptoms [...]
Depression lowers women’s chances of pregnancy Women with severe depressive symptoms have a decreased chance of becoming pregnant, while the use of psychotropic medications does not appear to harm fertility, a study by researchers from the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine shows. The study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, found a 38 percent decrease [...]
PET imaging with special tracer can detect and diagnose early Alzheimer’s disease The effort to find ways to detect and diagnose preclinical Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has taken a big step forward with the use of positron emission tomography (PET), a “nuclear medicine” for imaging processes in the body, when PET is used with a special ‘tracer’ that binds to the amyloid plaques in the brain that are [...]
How Does Culture Affect Our Happiness? Culture shapes what happiness means to us and how we pursue it.
A new wave of interrogation Wired has an excellent article that tracks the development of police interrogation techniques from the dark days of physical violence, to the largely hand-me-down techniques depicted in classic cop shows, to a new era of interrogation developed and researched in secret. It’s probably one of the best pieces you’ll read on interrogation psychology for, well, … Continue reading "A new wave of interrogation"
Summer Break For The Abused Child Not every child looks forward to summer vacation the same way that their peers do.  Not every child counts down those last few minutes until the final school bell rings … ...
How To Begin Studying For Final Exams The way to begin, is to begin. -Eleanor Roosevelt   The best students don’t work harder; they work ahead. Often, students put off studying for final exams because the process … ...
Study Reveals Ultimate Source of Happiness Guest Post by Courtney Blair There was a time in my life when all of my free time revolved around making myself happy. Let me tell you, those were some … ...
Depression lowers women's chances of pregnancy, study finds Women with severe depressive symptoms have a decreased chance of becoming pregnant, while the use of psychotropic medications does not appear to harm fertility, a study shows.
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Distinguishing differences in dementia using brain scans Neuroscientists are now able to distinguish two different forms of dementia using advanced imaging techniques. This is the first step towards early recognition of dementia in patients on the basis of brain networks.
PET imaging with special tracer can detect, diagnose early Alzheimer's disease Recognizing that the use of biomarkers has led to advances in the detection of Alzheimer's disease (AD), researchers reviewed a PET amyloid imaging agent, finding that imaging with PiB provides early detection of disease and allows clinicians to distinguish AD from other dementias. Using this and other agents provides a valuable pathway for investigating the relationship between amyloid pathology and changes in cognition, brain structure, and function.
The Life-Saving Power of Purpose Nietzsche said, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” Two years ago I tested that theory. I’ve always been depressed. I must have emerged from my mother’s womb with an overactive amygdala and a deficient prefrontal cortex — creative … ...
What Cosplay Taught Me About Confidence In May of 2014, I wore my first costume to a convention. It was a simple Doctor Krieger from Archer. Stepping into the shoes of a character I liked just seemed like a fun way to spend the weekend. Instead, it turned into an exploration of what it means to be confident....
Autism & Love: Some Tips For That First Stage... Hey guys. I’ve been meeting a lot of autistic people lately. Like more than usual. And as a chick who’s had a fairly illustrious love life over the years, people … ...