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Malignant brain tumors most common cause of cancer deaths in adolescents and young adults A new report finds that malignant brain tumors are the most common cause of cancer-related deaths in adolescents and young adults aged 15-39 and the most common cancer occurring among 15-19 year olds.
Vincent Van Gogh and Modern Treatment Options A new movie, “Touched by Fire,” explores the connection between mental illness (specifically bipolar disorder) and creativity. I haven’t seen it, and can’t comment on the movie specifically, but it … ...
Looking for America's Future in America's Past A recent Bernie Sanders campaign ad featured a nostalgic oldie as the soundtrack to Sanders' revolutionary vision of the future. Was the song choice misguided, or right on target?
3 Ways to Introduce Black History Month to Your Child February is Black History Month. This is the month designated to remember and highlight important contributions of African Americans in the history of the United States. It is a time that … ...
The Quandary of Being Falsely Accused and How to... Attending Catholic school in Brooklyn, I felt loved by the Catholic nun who was my second grade teacher. But one cold morning that suddenly changed. We were lining up to enter the classroom when the nun suddenly came up to me, shouting “Spit out the … ...
There’s Something Very Strange Happening To Modern Friendships, Research Finds Modern societies are often highly mobile, with people moving around for work, school or just to start afresh. ** PsyBlog's new ebook is out now: "Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything (Ebook) **
Autism and Sleep My sleep’s been really messed up lately. If you’re autistic, there’s a good chance you can relate. It’s informally but widely known that a lot of us have sleep disorders. … ...
Picky Eating, Personality and ADHD My son is one of the most finicky, picky eaters out there. My husband politely explains at dinner parties that Jimmy has what he calls rotating taste buds. One week he loves shrimp … ...
Treating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Youth... CCPR: What does the average child psychiatrist, who may not have a lot of experience in this area, need to know about treating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth? Dr. Reitman: I have been talking about this topic for about 20 years now, since … ...
Grandfathers and Their Brood Evolutionary biologist Robert Trivers waxes about his children and grandchildren near the end of his wild ride of an autobiolography. Let's shine a light on grandfathers.
Attention bias modification treatment in depressed adolescents A new study reports that adolescents with major depression who performed a computer-based task designed to shift attention from sad to neutral to positive word associations showed reductions in negative attention biases and clinician-rated depressive symptoms. 11% of American adolescents suffer from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Facing a broad range of psychosocial and health problems, these youths are five times more at risk to attempt suicide than peers without psychiatric illness.
Collecting Your “Defining Moments” Our lives are made up of moments — some good, some bad, some life-changing, some boring. But, there are some moments that we can think back on and say that … ...
A recovered alcoholic asks: If I take antidepressants, am... I am a recovered alcoholic. I also have bipolar II, which can manifest in depression. I am what they call “dual-diagnosed” – or “twice blessed” as those of us in … ...
Narcissistic Granny: Faking A Heart Attack & Manipulating Police... Then there was the day Grandma faked a heart attack and the time she sent the Sheriff to do a “welfare check” on me. Classic! Quintessential narcissistic tactics. Shoulda’ seem … ...
Today I Love This Scattered Day Today I love this scattered day of odd jobs and music and threats of weather. I’m going to take each part of it one step at a time. My phone … ...
Accurate Expression   Imagine that your daughter is late coming home. It’s 3 AM and she hasn’t called. The roads are wet–it’s pouring rain. You are terrified. The minute she finally walks … ...
How Can We Stop Anger?! This is a topic that is of great importance to many. There are positive kinds of anger which can be healthy and beneficial, depending on the context, but anger is … ...
Seven Signs You May Be Burned Out Mental health professionals enter the field for a variety of reasons. Some are interested in improving the lives of their individual clients whereas others are more concerned with improving systemic and societal ailments. Some of us are drawn to the richness and diversity found within … ...
Dopamine signaling pathway that controls cocaine reward in mice identified A research team has discovered how dopamine controls the brain’s response to cocaine. Findings from this study will reveal new insights into dopamine function in the brain.
5 Ways to Cope with Burnout Burnout can sometimes sneak up on us. The signs are subtle at first, like the faint buzzing of a fly. Your neck might be stiff. Your shoulders gradually climb to your ears. Your eyes and head feel heavy. You start to resent the task you’re … ...