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Teenage Drug Addiction   As prevalent as drug addiction is in our society, the most troublesome part is teenage drug addiction. Our children are being exposed to dangerous drugs at younger and younger … ...
Stress Management Tips for Students Students are one of the most common victims of stress. Factors such as financial expenses, overcommitment, family expectations, deadlines and workload all induce stress in students. While a mild amount of stress is very useful and acts as a motivation for students, too much stress … ...
The Evolution Of ADHD There have been many theories about where ADHD came from and what it is. But they remain theories. One of my favorites is that ADHD was the way we were … ...
Coming Out Mad on a Medical Model Unit `Coming out Mad,’ as a professional with a marriage and family therapy license has been a rocky journey over uncharted and lawless terrain. I share my experience to help embolden others who have experienced trauma, stigma and institutionalization to do the same. I believe the … ...
Looking For a Higher Power In Recovery? Looking for a higher power in recovery? How about skillpower? Skillpower, as I see it, is a higher power than, say, willpower. A mind that whiteknuckles itself (through willpower) handicaps … ...
Addiction To Studying There is little research and no generally accepted definition of study addiction but such behaviour has been conceptualized within research into workaholism. Find out more...
Self-Esteem in Children Part 2: Parental Involvement In our last blog on self-esteem in children, we learned that parental involvement is key to development of healthy self-esteem.  Now that you recognize signs of healthy and unhealthy self-esteem … ...
2 Frightening Hallucinations: When Waking Up Is A Nightmare... How do you sleep at night? Are you comfortable or do you experience the stress and anxiety of the day coming down upon you? Does your mind race or does … ...
How to Make Public Bike-Sharing More Popular Many consumers see urban bicycling as risky. Managing riders' physical risk perceptions is crucial for adoption & growth of ride-sharing programs.
Applying the 5 Love Languages to Self-Love: How to... Imagine how you treat yourself on a daily basis as if you were another person, in a relationship with yourself.   Are you good to yourself?  In other words, is … ...
Online therapy can help those affected by body dysmorphic disorder Internet based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help people affected by body dysmorphic disorder, finds a study published by The BMJ today. This is the largest clinical trial of body dysmorphic disorder ever conducted, and the first to evaluate the effect of an internet based programme for the condition. Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a [...]
Brain volume changes after nine weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy After just nine weeks of internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy, the brain of patients suffering from social anxiety disorder changes in volume. Anxiety is reduced, and parts of the patients’ brains decrease in both volume and activity. This study could help us develop more effective therapies for one of the most common problems in mental health. [...]
Back To The Basics: The Difference Between ADD And... Introduction You may have heard of the terms Attention Deficit Disorder, also known as ADD, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD. You may have first hand experience … ...
‘Schizophrenia’ does not exist as a discrete disease, argues professor of psychiatry The term “schizophrenia,” with its connotation of hopeless chronic brain disease, should be dropped and replaced with something like “psychosis spectrum syndrome,” argues a professor of psychiatry in The BMJ today. Professor Jim van Os at Maastricht University Medical Centre says several others have called for updated psychiatric classifications, particularly regarding the term “schizophrenia.” Japan [...]
The science of getting kids organized Research shows there is a connection between executive function skills and academic success, but the studies did not show that working on those skills leads to achievement.
End prejudice by watching a sitcom Science has shown that exposure to certain programs can make a huge impression, especially if you've had limited exposure to a particular group in the past.
Higher levels of mercury in brain not linked with increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease In a study of deceased individuals, moderate seafood consumption was correlated with lesser Alzheimer disease neuropathology, and although seafood consumption was associated with higher brain levels of mercury, the higher mercury levels were not correlated with more Alzheimer disease neuropathology, according to a study in the February 2 issue of JAMA. Numerous studies have found [...]
Parkinson’s disease diagnosis may be preceded by increased risk of injury-causing falls Years before Parkinson’s disease (PD) is diagnosed, patients may be at higher risk for injurious falls or hip fractures, according to research published this week in PLOS Medicine. Peter Nordström and colleagues at Umeå University, Sweden, found that patients with PD were more likely to have had a hip fracture or injurious fall in the [...]
MRI study finds inflammation attacks brain’s reward center A new study by Neil Harrison and colleagues published in Biological Psychiatry suggests that a brain reward center, the striatum, may be directly affected by inflammation and that striatal change is related to the emergence of illness behaviors. Inflammation increases the risk for depression. More specifically, inflammation induces behavioral changes similar to depression that are often [...]
Humans evolved by sharing technology and culture Blombos Cave in South Africa has given us vast knowledge about our early ancestors. In 2015, four open access articles, with research finds from Blombos as a starting point, have been published in the journal PLOS ONE. “We are looking mainly at the part of South Africa where Blombos Cave is situated. We sought to [...]