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How depression may compound risk of type 2 diabetes Depression may compound the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in people with such early warning signs of metabolic disease as obesity, high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels, according to researchers from McGill University, l’Université de Montréal, the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal and the University of Calgary. While previous studies have pointed [...]
The trouble with drinking guidelines: What, in the world, is a standard drink? It’s a widely accepted fact that excessive drinking of alcohol is bad for one’s health. But what constitutes excessive drinking? According to a new report published today by the scientific journal Addiction, the answer to that question varies widely by country, and many countries don’t provide an answer. Researchers looked at 75 countries that might [...]
Paying Attention to Triggers Depression can hit at any time when you have bipolar disorder. Last night, I couldn’t sleep. Even with all the medications I take at night, my brain would not shut off. I lay awake in bed until probably close to 2 a.m. I didn’t think … ...
When you Lack Motivation, Remember This! There are different kinds of motivation, but one particular kind of motivation keeps working for you when all others fail – even when you’re discouraged. I was reminded by this … ...
How the brain produces consciousness in 'time slices' Scientists propose a new way of understanding of how the brain processes unconscious information into our consciousness. According to the model, consciousness arises only in time intervals of up to 400 milliseconds, with gaps of unconsciousness in between.
Asperger’s, NLD and Social Teaching For students with Asperger’s and NLD, coaching in social understanding and skills must be embedded throughout their day in real time, and not relegated to a social skills group and … ...
How Can I Be More Popular? Do you wonder why it so easy for some people to be well-liked? Learn if your characteristics and behaviors push people away or draw them closer. Quiz included!
Psychiatric disorders and the self What the temporal structure of our brain tells us about psychiatry, and disorders of the self
Scientists discover how the brain repurposes itself to learn scientific concepts The human brain was initially used for basic survival tasks, such as staying safe and hunting and gathering. Yet, 200,000 years later, the same human brain is able to learn abstract concepts, like momentum, energy and gravity, which have only been formally defined in the last few centuries. New research has now uncovered how the brain is able to acquire brand new types of ideas.
12 Questions To Measure Your Inherent Need For Drama Dramatic people love to gossip, stir up trouble and they constantly think they are victims. ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything" **
How to Find a Good Child Therapist You feel over your head. You’ve hemmed and hawed, but last night’s behavior solidified it – you need to find a child therapist. Your child needs help. Your family needs … ...
Flash! Narcissism Leads to Perfectionism and Workaholism... “Perfectionism is probably the most common and also one of the most damaging characteristics of dysfunctional families,” wrote John and Linda Friel in their excellent book An Adult Child’s Guide … ...
Unfortunately, Ignorance Feels Blissful: The Dunning-Kruger Effect... In my last post, I wrote about a student who couldn’t tell whether or not he “knew” the material for a history exam. At least my student was knowledgeable enough … ...
Mothers and Verbal Abuse: A Poisonous Secret There’s one proverb that makes my blood roil: “Sticks and stones may break my bones/But words can never harm me.” Nothing but nothing could be further from the truth since … ...
Babies' Brains May Process Social Thinking Via Motor Systems A new study published today reports (for the first time) that motor systems in the brain may drive infants' earliest social learning, thinking, and behavior.
Your Brain and the Second Law of Thermodynamics Time for spring cleaning? You can straighten up your house as much as you like, but you might want to leave a little disorder in your brain.
Is it Time to Take Stock of Your Relationship? Whether your relationship is in its early, middle, or late stages, you can benefit from taking stock of how it's going. These 3 steps will help you fix what's fixable.
3 Steps to Take Stock of Your Relationship Whether your relationship is in its early, middle, or late stages, you can benefit from taking stock of how it's going. These 3 steps will help you fix what's fixable.
Is the Cure for the Common Cold Within Reach? Handshakes, High Fives, Fist Bumps, And Hugs “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.” – Virginia Satir In 2008 Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, gave each other a … ...
When A Patient Becomes Aggressive & Passive-Agressive Vs. Assertive... A plan to help a patient assert herself has begun to backfire....