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Helping Adult Children of Mentally Ill Mothers I’m not a psychotherapist. But I’ve sat in front of one. It took me decades to find the chair in front of the psychotherapist and maybe that’s got something to do with me being the adult child of a schizophrenic mother. I think it took … ...
Is Addiction an Intimacy Disorder? In his popular 2015 TED talk, “Everything You Think You Know about Addiction is Wrong,” journalist Johann Hari discusses research into the underlying causes of and effective treatments for addiction, … ...
'Baby talk' can help songbirds learn their tunes Adult songbirds modify their vocalizations when singing to juveniles in the same way that humans alter their speech when talking to babies. The resulting brain activity in young birds could shed light on speech learning and certain developmental disorders in humans, according to a study.
Boost Antidepressant Effects with Omega 3, Vitamin D For many people, taking antidepressants can be a life-changer. But for others, the medications just don’t seem to achieve the desired results. But scientists have discovered that taking certain nutritional … ...
Mental Health for the Rest of Us In an effort to decrease stigma, we’ve expanded the way we talk about mental illness.
Top Three Mental Health Benefits of Vitamin D Vitamin D aka the “sunshine vitamin” is not only the only vitamin made by the human body from – you guessed it – sunshine, but it’s also the only vitamin … ...
Sweets for the “Sweet:” Mothers Who Use Food as... Preparing food and the sharing of it aren’t just acts of sustenance—we must eat in order to survive—but highly symbolic. We “break bread” together to signal communality; we express our … ...
Addiction Treatment Is A Choice People become victims of substance abuse for different and often inscrutable reason. But whatever these reasons are, it is undeniable that this problem wrecks havoc in the lives of its … ...
3 Secrets to Outsmarting a Narcissist (By Not Trying... Is it possible to outsmart a narcissist? Perhaps, but only if you’re willing to downgrade your standards to act like one. Admittedly, this post began with a trick question! The … ...
3 “Secrets” to Outsmart a Narcissist (By Not Trying... Is it possible to outsmart a narcissist? Only if you’re willing to downgrade your standards to act like one. If your goal in a relationship is to prove who will be declared the winner, … ...
Live Your Life by Your Values Self-empowerment and self-efficacy are developed by living your life according to your personal values and goals. A goal is something you desire to achieve. This can involve acquiring a material thing—a new … ...
Five Tips to Overcome Impostor Syndrome If you’re an introvert like me, who sees any “confidence boosting'” tip online as the tastiest link bait in the online ocean, you’ll have read this common piece of advice: “Fake it ’til you make it.” Right? Of course! That’s what we have to do … ...
The Painkillers That Could Actually CAUSE Chronic Pain Long-term effects of short-term pain relief could be startling. > Get motivated with PsyBlog's latest ebook: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
#202: The Power of Beauty   The power of beauty is all about who owns it. Is it the girl or woman herself or is it someone else who sees only the beauty but not … ...
Brain needs to 'clean itself up' so that it can 'sort itself out' A new piece of research has revealed how the brain’s cleaning up mechanisms function in neurodegenerative diseases. This discovery opens up a new channel for exploring therapies that could palliate the effects of brain diseases.
Hunting for the brain's opioid addiction switch New research is contributing to a better understanding of the ways opiate-class drugs modify brain circuits to drive the addiction cycle. The identification of these opiate-induced changes offers the best hope for developing more effective pharmacological targets and therapies to prevent or reverse the effect of opiate exposure and addiction.
Study: Parents worse at telling if their own children are lying Adults do poorly at judging when children are lying, and parents do even worse at telling if their own children are lying than they do when judging other people’s children, according to a study to be published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. A wealth of psychological research has shown that people are poor [...]
Comparison of couples' therapy interventions for breast cancer patients shows different benefits depending on stress level Is a couples’ support group or an enhanced couples’ group therapy intervention with skill instruction more effective for helping women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer? Research shows each has its own benefits depending on the patient’s stress level.
Teenage brain on social media Teenagers' brains have been scanned while they used social media in a first-of-its-kind study. Among the new findings: The same brain circuits that are activated by eating chocolate and winning money are activated when teenagers see large numbers of 'Likes' on their own photos, and teenagers are definitely influenced by their online 'friends,' even if they barely know them.
Ever-changing moods may be toxic to the brain of bipolar patients A new study shows that the blood of bipolar patients is toxic to brain cells and may affect the connectivity ability of neurons. The research group also presents an in vitro study model for a disease for which no animal model has been yet developed.