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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 [...]
What does concussion do to the brain? News that actor Will Smith will boycott the Oscars has overshadowed promotional coverage of his latest film, Concussion, which examines the effects of repeated head injury. In the film, Smith plays the real-life neuropathologist Bennet Omalu, who first discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brains of professional American football players. CTE results in dementia-like [...]
Disneyland Job In conversation with my friend Cheyenne Mease who is also a conscious entrepreneur; writing and speaking among her pursuits as well, we were musing about our ideal career circumstances. I think she … ...
How to Survive a Child Custody Case The goal after divorce or separation should always be to find  a way to create a peaceful environment for the kids. They deserve to have strong relationships and time with … ...
Who Thumps for Trump? New Poll's Answer is Beyond the Pale New poll shows that sizeable percentages of Trump supporters in South Carolina are homophobic, and white supremacists.
Narcissistic Granny: It’s a Multi-Generational “Thang” (Pt. 1 of... She’s cute, sweet and has wrinkles in all the right places. She’s always weeping into her instant decaf, wondering why the shards of her broken family lie in ruins around … ...
Long-Time Anxiety and Depression Sufferer Tells Her Story... Something a bit different today. An acquaintance of mine who suffers with anxiety offered to tell us about her personal experience. Her name is Katie. This is not an article … ...
What Happens When You Take Ayn Rand Seriously? Among Ayn Rand's devotees are highly influential celebrities, such as Brad Pitt and Eva Mendes, and politicos, such as Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz. Here's why that's a problem.