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Simultaneous cocaine and alcohol use linked to suicide risk In a general sense, medical studies support the popular intuition — a staple of movies and literature — that suicidal behavior and substance misuse are linked. But the relationship between the two is not so simple. A new study of hundreds of suicidal emergency department (ED) patients from around the U.S. found that the significance [...]
Acetaminophen could be hampering our ability to notice errors It’s been known for more than a century that acetaminophen is an effective painkiller, but according to a new U of T study it could also be impeding error-detection in the brain. The research, authored by a team including postdoctoral fellow Dan Randles and researchers from the University of British Columbia, is the first neurological [...]
Differentiating the Pursuit of Excellence from Perfectionism... We want to excel in our lives — striving for excellence in all that we do. But can we differentiate our noble pursuit of excellence from a dysfunctional desire to be perfect? A job well done can be enormously fulfilling. It can be meaningful and … ...
Spike activity 08-04-2016 Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Why we’re living in an era of neuroscience hype. Excellent piece in The Daily Dot by well-known neuroscience blogger Neuroskeptic. The Atlantic has a wonderful piece on teaching neuroscience in prison. No, not some dodgy course on ‘better living through neuroscience’ – genuine neuroscience. … Continue reading "Spike activity 08-04-2016"
5 Library-Inspired Prompts to Spark Your Creativity Libraries are beautiful places—even when they’re not. That is, even a shabby library with 70s carpet and stark white walls is still beautiful. After all, it houses worlds of wisdom that anyone … ...
Feeling Empty in a Full Life Julie Julie loves her husband Dom very much, but lately all they seem to do is fight. Julie wonders how Dom can possibly complain that she’s not home enough lately, … ...
Today I Love Lazy Sundays Today I love lazy Sundays with brooding grey skies and nothing much to do but go from one simple task to the next. I love that it’s still pretty cold … ...
How to Buy Happiness No mount of money is a substitute for happiness, or so the traditional wisdom goes. And science has tended to suggest that the traditional wisdom is right – that is, until a team of researchers from Cambridge came along this year and published a study suggesting that money can buy...
The Art of Apologizing Apologizing is hard. If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a halfhearted apology, you know firsthand how demoralizing that feels. In stark contrast, a good apology is elixir for relationship wounds. Mara and Jack had been living together for a year. While dusting, … ...
The Have and Have Nots: The Importance of Multicultural... “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” Buddha Michael Salzman (2005) in his article entitled, “Contextualizing the Symptom in Multicultural Consultation; Anger in a Cultural- Historical … ...
If My First Child Has ADHD, Will My Second? For anyone who has a child with ADHD, I think there’s always the question running in the back of their minds of, “Do any of my other kids have ADHD, … ...
Should You Tell The Borderline He's Borderline? Most experts insist on immediately sharing the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder with the patient. But there may be times when psychoeducation is counter-productive.
A Love Letter to My PMS Dear PMS, I should’ve listened to you. You never lie, do you? Ever since you started, I’ve been the “Angry PMSer.” Some women get weepy; I get mad. The older … ...
Alcoholism: Why Can’t I Stop Drinking? The underlying basis of all addictions – and alcohol is no exception – is the avoidance of pain. While there is evidence that some people have genetic and biological predispositions … ...
6 Warning Signs You Suffer from Depersonalization Disorder... It’s more common than you think. Have you ever felt disconnected from your body or numb to feeling anything? If so, you may have depersonalization disorder. The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that nearly 50 percent of all of the adults in the United … ...
Boredom Can Be Dangerous for Mental Illness While I always recommend making time for relaxation, there’s one facet to having time on your hands that I must caution about. All too often people with mental illness are left with idle time, myself included, which can lead to trouble. Spare time means more opportunity to worry and overanalyze … ...
Violent video games eventually lose their ability to produce guilt in gamers Rapidly advancing technology has created ever more realistic video games. Images are sharp, settings have depth and detail, and the audio is crisp and authentic. At a glance, it appears real. So real, that research has consistently found that gamers feel guilty committing unjustified acts of violence within the game. Now, a new University at [...]
Things Your Dentist Hasn’t Told You That Could Hinder...   If you’ve ever wondered if there are things your dentist hasn’t told you, wonder no more. Your dentist hasn’t told you everything. They aren’t trying to hide something; you … ...
Why some women prefer to watch gay male pornography Research published in the scientific journal Porn Studies has investigated the motivations behind women who watch male-on-male pornography. The findings suggest that some women enjoy gay male pornography because it offers perspectives that mainstream heterosexual porn lacks. Lucy Neville, a senior lecturer in criminology at Middlesex University, became interested in the topic of women who [...]
Bathrooms Have Always Been A Civil Rights Issue NC HB2 controls which bathrooms transgendered persons can use. "White only" we have seen before. Why? If you use the same bathroom, you cannot say you are a more authentic human.