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Best of Our Blogs: March 25, 2016 In the throes of physical or emotional pain, or both, it can feel like an unending tunnel. Anyone who is breathing can attest to it. It’s a deep, dark hole that takes courage, faith and support to climb out of. When we’re in the heat of it, … ...
Depression IS Curable! An Open Letter to the Audience of Kat’s Viral Video About Depression Dearest Reader, I was quite moved by this video, and its encouraging message – Depression IS curable! We … ...
Why Your Dog Lengthens Your Lifespan Things you probably didn't know about the benefits of dog ownership
What We Get Out of Memoirs That So Many... I’ve been reading about 20 contemporary memoirists in the anthology Why We Write about Ourselves, which I will be reviewing more formally here at Psych Central. The book made me … ...
Why Is Happiness Fleeting? How could we gain sustainable happiness?
Breaking Down Syptoms of Bipolar Disorder: Depression Depression is a term that the vast majority of people are familiar with. That’s probably because around 10% of the population suffers from depression at any given time. It’s not … ...
Gamblers who drink alcohol are more likely to entertain thoughts of suicide There is a strong association between problem gambling, suicide ideation, and excessive alcohol consumption. This is thought to be due to the financial and relationship hardships due to excessive gambling. Excessive gamblers often feel hopelessness and a belief that the only way out is suicide. Past research has found that thoughts of suicide are heightened [...]
Concert hall acoustics influence the emotional impact of music Aalto University researchers found that the emotional impact experienced by music listeners depends on the concert hall’s acoustics. Earlier research has shown that the strongest emotional experiences by music listening may elicit shivers or goosebumps in the listener. Much weaker reactions can be detected from the variations in the electrical skin conductance. Based on this [...]
Researchers identify a new cause of inherited neuropathy Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) is a family of inherited disorders of the peripheral nervous system, affecting approximately one in 2,500 Americans. Its most common iteration, CMT1, comes in many forms, most of which have to date been linked to a small set of causative genes. New research from the department of Neurology at the Perelman School [...]
Genetic changes that cause autism are more diverse than previously thought The types of gene mutations that contribute to autism are more diverse than previously thought, report researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in the March 24 online issue of The American Journal of Human Genetics. The findings, they say, represent a significant advance in efforts to unravel the genetic basis of [...]
Neuron type-specific gene loss linked to Angelman syndrome seizures The gene UBE3A plays a critical role in early neurological development. If UBE3A is overexpressed – or if the enzymatic function of UBE3A protein is hyperactive – autism ensues. A lack of functional UBE3A causes Angelman syndrome (AS), a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by severe developmental delay, motor deficits, absence of speech, and, in most cases, [...]
Timeless thoughts on the definition of time The earliest definitions of time and time-interval quantities were based on observed astronomical phenomena, such as apparent solar or lunar time, and as such, time as measured by clocks, and frequency, as measured by devices were derived quantities. In contrast, time is now based on the properties of atoms, making time and time intervals themselves [...]
Losing weight with a high-protein diet can help adults sleep better Overweight and obese adults who are losing weight with a high-protein diet are more likely to sleep better, according to new research from Purdue University. “Most research looks at the effects of sleep on diet and weight control, and our research flipped that question to ask what are the effects of weight loss and diet [...]
Why do people risk their lives – or the lives of others – for the perfect selfie? 2016 hasn’t been a great year for the selfie. In February, Argentinian tourists passed around a baby La Plata dolphin in order to take selfies with it. The endangered animal subsequently died from stress and heat exhaustion. Then, in early March, a swan died after a tourist dragged it from a lake in Macedonia – [...]
Mindfulness and Self-Destructive Behavior, Part III Overcoming self-destructive behavior can feel overwhelming and painful. You deserve to understand how methods aimed at stopping the behavior actually work.
Do NOT Isolate I belong to a great Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) support group. I meet with them every week. And, save all but one occasion, I usually leave there feeling … ...
Fewer Opioid Prescriptions: Three of the Newest CDC Guidelines... Fewer Opioid Prescriptions: Three of the Newest CDC Guidelines for Opioid Use   Anyone tuned into substance abuse issues in the United States knows there’s been a growing epidemic of … ...
Brain induces preference for caloric food for energy storage Given the choice between eating something caloric with an unpleasant taste and more palatable food with no calories, some vertebrates may choose the former, prioritizing energy to assure their survival.
Signs of stress in the brain may signal future heart trouble New research shows that individuals with a greater degree of activity in the stress center of the brain also have more evidence of inflammation in their arteries and were at higher risk for cardiovascular events, including heart attack, stroke and death, according to a new study.
The Best Survival Tips for Parenting an Anxious Kid Parenting an anxious kid is like walking through a mine field. Explosions happen. You have to side step and walk around obstacles. You never know when the next crisis will … ...