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Treatment of Opioid Addiction: A Comparison Addictions (both substance and behavioral) involve the mesolimbic systems or pathway of the brain, which is the part of the brain that regulates behavior with the release of the chemical dopamine. Dopamine is the pleasure and reward chemical. With an addiction, the behavior exists in … ...
6 Ways to Cope with the Limitations of Depression “I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders,” says a Jewish proverb. A member of my online depression group, Project Beyond Blue, posted it recently. I asked them for ways they cope with the limitations of depression because I needed inspiration. My … ...
Freedom 80, The ADHD Retirement Plan Ha, that sounds funny. And it’s a bit misleading. I’m not writing about how to retire. And I’m not jesting about how long it will be before I’m able to … ...
8 Natural Ways To Overcome Erectile Dysfunction       “You think I can’t get it up anymore, maybe? Lemme tell you, you eat enough garlic and it stands up every time.” ― Alberto Vitale Eating enough … ...
Living Apart Together, Part 1: The Importance of Women’s... “I need my space” is not just a lame excuse. After years of traveling the country to explore the innovative ways people are living for How We Live Now: Redefining … ...
Black Monday, The only days Bipolar Spending Sprees are... Caption: Black Monday, The only days Bipolar Spending Sprees are ok. Quick redeemer about some symptom of Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression) During a manic phase, symptoms include: heightened sense … ...
Black Monday, The Only Day Bipolar Spending Sprees are... Caption: Black Monday, The only day Bipolar Spending Sprees are ok. Quick reminder about some symptom of Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression) During a manic phase, symptoms include: heightened sense … ...
Why do we forget names? A reader, Dan, asks “Why do we forget people’s names when we first meet them? I can remember all kinds of other details about a person but completely forget their name. Even after a lengthy, in-depth conversation. It’s really embarrassing.” Fortunately the answer involves learning something fundamental about the nature of memory. It also provides […]
Saving Primary Care The healthcare landscape in the U.S. seems to have changed more rapidly in the last two years than it has in the last two decades. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has mandated health insurance for all Americans and made it possible for approximately 30 million more of them to obtain it. While this is a welcome development, it poses a significant problem.
Laundry: A Secret Sign of Depression Most people think that when you’re depressed you don’t do house chores like taking out the trash, or doing the dishes, or laundry or whatever. Depression has many faces. I … ...
Women in the fertile phase of their menstrual cycle prefer shaved male bodies, study finds Researchers in Finland have found that women’s preference for male body hair appears to change across the menstrual cycle. “These findings suggest that body hair may play a much more important role in human mate choice than previously thought and that biological factors, such as hormones and sexual imprinting or heritable preferences, may explain individual [...]
You Have Permission to Cut Off Your Abuser I know that other abuse survivors go searching for confirmation that it’s righteous and acceptable to cut their abuser out of their life forever. But when you’ve been abused by your parent, sibling, or other family members, it’s rare that anyone will tell you, “It’s … ...
Iron, Dopamine, and ADHD Iron, a common mineral (and, paradoxically, a common mineral deficiency in humans) is important to the brain and vital for normal brain development and human behavior. It is a key cofactor in the making of neurotransmitters, chemicals in the brain that affect neuron signaling, including serotonin, norepinephrine, and especially dopamine.
Have some fun this Christmas with these goofy psychology gifts If you have friends or family who are interested in brains and human behavior, they’re bound to love these hilarious psychology-related items.
Self-Care Basic Reminders   What do you do for you on a regular basis? Do you take care of you? Try my self-care quiz here to see how you do? I began actively … ...
Why Making A Difference Matters – A Perspective We...       How am I making a difference? Just what am I contributing to the world around me? These are probably not questions most of us consider with any … ...
Human nature’s dark side helped us spread across the world Human nature’s dark side helped us spread across the world New research by an archaeologist at the University of York suggests that betrayals of trust were the missing link in understanding the rapid spread of our own species around the world. Dr Penny Spikins, of the University’s Department of Archaeology, says that the speed and [...]
The hormone oxytocin increases the willingness to donate to social sustainability projects Nowadays, much emphasis is placed on sustainability. The degree to which people are willing to donate their own money for this depends on their level of oxytocin. Scientists at the University of Bonn Hospital have discovered that the willingness to donate increases with the quantity of this bonding hormone. However, oxytocin only has an effect [...]
Now that I’m Married, How Do I Talk to My Spouse? A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. — Mignon McLaughlin Can you imagine your partner and yourself holding a weekly formal meeting? The idea might intrigue you, but what if it turns into a gripe session or a series … ...
When These Muscles Are Fitter Your Brain Is Also Fitter The brains and bodies of identical twins were compared over ten years. » Continue reading: When These Muscles Are Fitter Your Brain Is Also Fitter