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Robotic Exoskelton AIDS in Post-Stroke Motor Skill Rehabilitaion Motor skill training using a robotic arm exoskeleton may be beneficial to people suffering from post-stroke weakness affecting an entire side of their body, according to new research.
Connecting to OCD Resources with Social Media Did you know that the International OCD Foundation has a blog? I didn’t, until recently. Alison Dotson mentioned the blog on Facebook, and I went to check it out and … ...
Exploring Our Endless Obsession With the End Explore the rational and irrational sides of doomsday.
Little Toss-Back Mental Health Humor I have been getting some cartoons together for a webinar and took a trip down memory lane.  Here is a little toss-back Mental Health Humor cartoons going back to 2008. … ...
How To Handle Crazy Actors (1/3) When you’re a writer, and working with actors on a TV show, or on a film set, you’ll find that some actors can be extremely difficult, if not neurotic or … ...
20 Signs You Are Too Self-Critical Recognize these not-so-obvious signs of self-criticism.
When Childhood ADHD Turns Into A Brilliant Adulthood Career... Mark Neuenschwander, a thirty-one-year-old man from Midwest America, knows what it’s like to grow up with ADHD. He also knows what it’s like to utilize his “disorder” in ways that … ...
How to Maintain your Mental Health In recent years people have realized the importance of proper diet and exercise, and recent surveys show that over the last 20 years people are eating better and working out … ...
Masculine Men and Money and Marriage A new Love Month cartoon! Last week’s cartoon was the second one for Love Month in Psych Central! (The first one is here.) It had a list of 11 different … ...
Common antibiotics may be linked to temporary mental confusion Antibiotics may be linked to a serious disruption in brain function, called delirium, and other brain problems, more than previously thought, according to a new article. Delirium causes mental confusion that may be accompanied by hallucinations and agitation. Medications are often the cause of delirium, but antibiotics are not necessarily the first medications doctors may suspect.
The Unexpected Effect of Travel on My Panic Disorder I had my first panic attack when I was seven. I was watching a movie with my parents and brother when an invisible hand reached inside my chest, gripped my lungs, and wouldn’t let go. The air I hadn’t thought about breathing my entire life … ...
Ancient history suggests that atheism is as natural to humans as religion People in the ancient world did not always believe in the gods, a new study suggests – casting doubt on the idea that religious belief is a “default setting” for humans. Despite being written out of large parts of history, atheists thrived in the polytheistic societies of the ancient world – raising considerable doubts about [...]
Bullied preemies may develop mental illness as adults: study Babies born at an extremely low birth weight (ELBW) are miracles, but they are more likely to be bullied as children, and this can significantly increase their risk for mental health problems as adults. Not only that, but the more they were bullied as children, the more likely they are to develop problems such as [...]
Marijuana smokers 5 times more likely to develop an alcohol problem Adults who use marijuana are five times more likely to develop an alcohol use disorder (AUD) –alcohol abuse or dependence– compared with adults who do not use the drug. And adults who already have an alcohol use disorder and use marijuana are more likely to see the problem persist. Results of a study by researchers [...]
Researchers identify biomarker for early cognitive decline in Parkinson’s disease patients Many patients with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia. Identifying biomarkers for cognitive impairment could be instrumental in facilitating both early diagnosis of MCI and developing new cognitive-enhancing treatments. New research published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease indicates that lower concentrations of α-synuclein in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is associated with [...]
Study identifies novel mechanism that causes abnormal brain development in autism Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are a group of highly inheritable behavioural disorders that pose major personal and public health concerns. Patients with ASDs have mild to severe communication difficulties, repetitive behaviour and social challenges. Such disorders significantly challenge an individual’s ability to conduct daily activities and function normally in society. Currently there are very few [...]
Study of firefighters finds potential pathway between insomnia and depression A new study of firefighters suggests that insomnia and nightmares may increase the risk of depression by impairing the ability to access and leverage emotion regulation strategies effectively. Results show that a high percentage of participants reported clinically significant insomnia symptoms (52.7 percent), depression symptoms (39.6 percent) and nightmare problems (19.2 percent). Further analyses revealed [...]
Low-dose exposure to pesticides can be harmful to the human brain Individuals subjected to chronic low-dose exposure to organochlorine pesticides show and increased risk to obtain a future diagnosis of cognitive impairment. This is shown in a study now published in Environmental International. Organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) are a group of environmental contaminants that were banned in developed countries 20-30 years ago. But since they accumulate through [...]
Testosterone therapy boosts sexual function and mood in men over age 65 Treatment with testosterone improves sexual function and mood in older men with low testosterone levels, report Yale researchers. The results of the Testosterone Trials (TTrials), conducted at 12 sites nationwide, including Yale School of Medicine, were the first to convincingly show the benefits of testosterone for men over age 65, said the researchers. The study, [...]
Caltech biologists identify gene that helps regulate sleep Caltech biologists have performed the first large-scale screening in a vertebrate animal for genes that regulate sleep, and have identified a gene that when overactivated causes severe insomnia. Expression of the gene, neuromedin U (Nmu), also seems to serve as nature’s stimulant–fish lacking the gene take longer to wake up in the morning and are [...]