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My Well-Kept Secret I’ve been an adjunct writing teacher at a major university off and on for over 25 years. I teach the freshman-level classes — College English I and II. In College English I, students learn how to organize a variety of essays around thesis statements. The … ...
The underground smart drug amendment Last week, some amendments were quietly slipped into the disastrous Psychoactive Substances Bill that’s currently going through parliament. Surprisingly, a new list of permitted substances has been added. Almost all are poorly evidenced substances used informally as ‘smart drugs’. The bill is an embarrassingly bad piece of legislation that aims to ban all psychoactive substances […]
The Destructive Power of Borderline Personality Disorder The turbulence and trauma of borderline personality disorder make self-harm and suicide attempts frighteningly common. But recovery is common, too.
Hollywood Myth; All You Need Is A Great Idea When you’re just starting out, you’re full of excitement about screenwriting. You think about lots of what you think are great ideas for screenplays, and you may even decide you … ...
Here's Why Your Dog Might Not Be As Cute As You Think What is more important in determining how strongly people are attached to their dogs -- cuteness or canine personality?
10 Ways of Thinking That Drag You Down Jumping to conclusions, labeling, all-or-nothing thinking. Sound familiar? If so, your thoughts may be dragging you down....
Stiff with Anxiety: Big Change, Big Stress This week Jimmy has become a stressed out mess. He has become so uptight about life that he made it to school late twice this week, and missed the whole … ...
Coping with Bipolar Disorder During the Holidays: The Importance... For people living with Bipolar Disorder, holiday times can present a real challenge. It’s all too easy to slip into a false sense of security and disregard the routines that … ...
Eating to Impress When I was young — maybe my first year of high school — I remember sitting around with friends and talking about what it would be like to go out … ...
Long-term effectiveness of family-level intervention for U.S.military children, families affected by wartime deployments Family-level preventive intervention can lead to improved behavioral health outcomes for military families affected by wartime deployment, a new study reports. Results highlight significant reductions in anxiety and depression symptoms among deployed parent, home-based parent and their children after intervention.
Team identified brain circuit involved in party drug's antidepressant effect A fast-acting medication without side effects is needed for depression, and a new research finding may be one step toward such a novel medication.
Genetic convergence between cognition, neurodevelopmental disorders discovered For the first time, a study has demonstrated a genetic convergence between cognition and neurodevelopmental disorders in the human brain. These findings provide an alternate starting point for scientists to develop therapies for such disorders.
Ending chronic pain with new drug therapy A brain region controlling whether we feel happy or sad, as well as addiction, is remodeled by chronic pain, reports a new study. And in a significant breakthrough, scientists have developed a new treatment that restores this region and dramatically lessens pain symptoms in an animal model. The new treatment combines two FDA-approved drugs: a Parkinson's drug, L-dopa, and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. These drugs target affected brain circuits and completely eliminate chronic pain behavior.
Love Your Writing Style – Guest Interview with Nikki... There are people you admire and then there are people who make you go gah gah crazy when you learn from them. For me, that person is Nikki Elledge Brown, Communication Stylist and all out amazing human being. In this interview she shares a wealth … ...
Parenting: Opposite Strategies, But the Same Results Extremes of parenting (such as being overprotective vs not protecting at all) may often lead children to act out in very similar ways -no matter which extreme the parents are at.
Does Anger Destroy a Relationship? Thoughts and Strategies... Many people steam in silence, act out in passive aggressive ways or become depressed because they fear that anger will destroy their relationship: “I don’t want to rock the boat.” … ...
Model With Down Syndrome Talks Support During a time when so many complain about the pressure to look a certain way in the fashion industry, it’s heartwarming to hear Madeline Stuart’s story. The young woman has … ...
Chemistry Counts in Relationships — But How Much? When it comes to a potentially romantic relationship, chemistry is a loaded word. Does one of these beliefs pop into your mind when you hear it? For a good relationship, chemistry needs to be there right away. Chemistry might not be felt initially but can … ...
How the brain wakes you up A mechanism that is responsible for the rapid arousal from sleep and anesthesia in the brain has been discovered by researchers. The results of their study suggest new strategies for the medical treatment of sleep disorders and recovery of consciousness in vegetative states.
Overeating and depressed? There's a connection, and maybe a solution Chronic overeating and stress are tied to an increased risk of depression and anxiety, and in a new study, researchers explain why that happens and suggest a possible solution. The researchers report that the anesthetic ketamine reverses depression-like symptoms in rats fed a high-fat diet in a similar way it combats depression and synaptic damage of chronic stress in people.