Higher Risk of Mental Illness for Those With Older Fathers

A new study has found that the children of older fathers have a much greater risk of serious mental illness. The findings come from a huge number of people: everyone born in Sweden between 1973 and 2001. The researchers included over 2.5 million ...

Mar 6

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder May Be Attainable

Borderline Personality Disorder is often considered one of the most difficult diagnoses with which to work. But in my many years of experience working with individuals with BPD, I found that there are reasons behind their actions which, when ...

Mar 6

Categories: Borderline Personality Disorder

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What happens when therapists dream about their clients?

We often dream about what we've been doing and who we've been with, so it should come as little surprise to discover many psychotherapists dream about their clients. In fact a new study reports that nearly 70 per cent of thirteen participating ...

Mar 5

Categories: Mental Health Professions

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Should Children Take Antipsychotic Drugs?

Modern antipsychotic drugs are increasingly prescribed to children and adolescents diagnosed with a broad variety of ailments. The drugs help to alleviate symptoms in some disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but in others their ...

Mar 5

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3 Minutes of Tetris Reduces Cravings for Drink, Cigarettes and Food

Just three minutes of playing Tetris can reduce cravings for food, cigarettes and alcohol, according to a new study published in the journal Appetite. The psychologists conclude that Tetris, a retro tile-matching puzzle game (above), may provide a ...

Mar 4

Categories: Addictions

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Can You Boost Your Self-Control?

As far as examples of willpower go, one of the most impressive you'll ever find is the "incredible Buddha boy" chronicled in GQ a few years back by George Saunders. The boy had been meditating under a tree for seven months, evidently without food or ...

Mar 4

Categories: Control Issues

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Study links poor sleep quality to reduced brain gray matter

A new study of Gulf War veterans found an association between poor sleep quality and reduced gray matter volume in the brain's frontal lobe, which helps control important processes such as working memory and executive function.

Mar 3

Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD, Sleep ...

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Psychotherapy turns to horses to help people open up

A growing number of therapists in Australia are swapping consultation rooms for corrals and using horses to heal people with mental health conditions. Equine psychotherapists are qualified mental health practitioners trained to facilitate sessions ...

Mar 3

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Is Depression Just Bad Chemistry?

A commercial sponsored by Pfizer, the drug company that manufactures the antidepressant Zoloft, asserts, "While the cause [of depression] is unknown, depression may be related to an imbalance of natural chemicals between nerve cells in the brain. ...

Mar 3

Categories: Depression

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Can a Woman's Touch reduce Aggression in Men?

"No sex during training!" This may sound familiar to those of you in competitive sports and even more so for professional fighters. A recent study may help us to better establish the link between previous experiences, in this case, a woman’s ...

Mar 1

Categories: Aggression & Violence

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Increasing Brain Acidity may reduce Anxiety

Increasing acidity in the brain's emotional control center reduces anxiety, according to an animal study published February 26 in The Journal of Neuroscience. The findings suggest a new mechanism for the body's control of fear and anxiety, and point ...

Mar 1

Categories: Anxiety

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Malaysia: Mental Health Screening proposed for Maids

PETALING JAYA: Maids should be screened for mental health before being employed to avoid future cases of abuse, urged the Malaysian Maid Employers Association (Mama). Its president Engku Ahmad Fauzi Engku Muhsein also proposed that employers be ...

Mar 1

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The paradox of choice

Psychologist Barry Schwartz has an ...

Feb 28

Categories: Happiness

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A Happy Life May Not Be a Meaningful Life

Psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl once wrote, “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” For most people, feeling happy and finding life meaningful are both important and related ...

Feb 28

Categories: Happiness, Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance

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Now! Later. No, Right Now! Maybe in a Bit. Why do people Procastinate?

Procrastination and impulsivity are both bad habits. They cause problems in school, at work, in life. But psychologically, they would seem to have little in common. Impulsivity, after all, is all about now - wanting and needing something ...

Feb 28

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