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Why you don’t know how much mental illness and... Once upon a time, some editor somewhere decided that suicides and overdoses are private matters and should not be covered by the media. What this means for you - the news consumer - is that you have no idea how many people overdose or try to kill themselves. You would...
Your Friends and Family May Save Your Life A study done in the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda County) over a nine year period showed that the people with the highest quality and quantity of social support and … ...
How intelligent are you? There is a growing literature on self-assessed (self-estimated) as opposed to test-derived intelligence. The results are consistent but rather surprising
The Link Between PCOS and Bipolar Disorder Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) has seemed like the fad diagnosis. It’s one of those situations where it suddenly seems that everyone seems to be diagnosed with it and you think … ...
New and Emerging Treatments for Depression: Advances in Medical... According to the World Health Organization, depression affects roughly 350 million people and is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Similarly, approximately 800,000 people die each year by suicide. Depression is arguably the greatest public health issue we face today. Treatments for depression are generally … ...
Best of Our Blogs: January 5, 2016 We beat ourselves up every year with resolutions we know we’ll never live up to (at least within a year’s time). And if we were to really consider each of them, it’s not what we truly want anyway. Instead of creating the same old list that … ...
Is ‘Cutting’ a Suicidal Activity? Self-Injury Makes Tina Feel Better Tina was 15 years old when a boyfriend broke up with her. On the way home from school, she saw him kissing another girl. When … ...
APA Welcomes Administration's Gun Control Measures Praises White House recognition that those with mental illness more likely victims than perpetrators
Special Needs Parent? Need a Break? Here’s How to... This blog is usually intended for the loved ones, teachers, and caretakers of ADHD children. But today, I want to include the people who love and care for all special … ...
Study of jazz pianists finds ‘happy’ and ‘sad’ music evoke different neural patterns The workings of neural circuits associated with creativity are significantly altered when artists are actively attempting to express emotions, according to a new brain-scanning study of jazz pianists. Over the past decade, a collection of neuroimaging studies has begun to identify components of a neural circuit that operates across various domains of creativity. But the [...]
New computational analysis of genes in the brain identifies distinct cell types Understanding the cellular building blocks of the brain, including the number and diversity of cell types, is a fundamental step toward understanding brain function. Researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science have created a detailed taxonomy of cells in the mouse visual cortex based on single-cell gene expression, identifying 49 distinct cell types in [...]
Racial bias may be conveyed by doctors’ body language Physicians give less compassionate nonverbal cues when treating seriously ill black patients compared with their white counterparts, a small University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine trial revealed. It is the first to look at such interactions in a time-pressured, end-of-life situation. The finding, published in the January issue of The Journal of Pain and Symptom [...]
Self-esteem gender gap more pronounced in western nations People worldwide tend to gain self-esteem as they grow older, and men generally have higher levels of self-esteem than women, but this self-esteem gender gap is more pronounced in Western industrialized countries, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “During the past two decades, a large number of studies on age and gender [...]
Students with influence over peers reduce school bullying by 30 percent Curbing school bullying has been a focal point for educators, administrators, policymakers and parents, but the answer may not lie within rules set by adults, according to new research led by Princeton University. Instead, the solution might actually be to have the students themselves, particularly those most connected to their peers, promote conflict resolution in [...]
Why You Shouldn’t Make Resolutions (And What You Should...       They always sound good in the beginning. Lose more weight. Be more productive. Save more money. Spend more time with family. Resolutions can be very appealing. And … ...
Unwritten Hollywood Rule: Don’t Be Too Original Of course you want to be original when you’re writing your screenplay. But don’t be too original.  While saying it out loud sounds terrible idea, consider what’s going on in … ...
Relationship Communication: Should You Speak Up or Shut Up?... Do you really need to tell him EVERYTHING you think? Most people believe that it’s the outside noise from our social media timelines, phone notifications and endless forms of entertainment at our fingertips that are getting between our relationships. Truth is, it’s the noise in … ...
Four psychological tricks to help stick to your New Year’s resolutions Every year, millions of people around the world make New Year’s resolutions. And every year, the great majority of us break and abandon those resolutions. Self-control is a major problem for many of us, so failure to maintain our resolutions isn’t surprising. But is it inevitable? Is there anything we can do to make it [...]
Social networks as important as exercise and diet across the span of our lives The more social ties people have at an early age, the better their health is at the beginnings and ends of their lives, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The study is the first to definitively link social relationships with concrete measures of physical well-being such as [...]
‘Born this way’ beliefs may not be the key to reducing anti-gay attitudes, study finds In recent years, the argument that sexual orientation is innate has become a principal component of the advocacy for the rights of sexual minorities. That belief may not be the most effective way to promote more positive attitudes toward lesbian, gay and bisexual people, according to new research from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Patrick [...]