Kids with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders Show Brain Wiring ...

Researchers at UC San Francisco have found that children with sensory processing disorders have decreased structural brain connections in specific sensory regions different than those in autism, further establishing SPD as a clinically important ...

Aug 2

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child ...

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Alterations to a single gene could predict risk of suicide attempt

Johns Hopkins researchers say they have discovered a chemical alteration in a single human gene linked to stress reactions that, if confirmed in larger studies, could give doctors a simple blood test to reliably predict a person’s risk of ...

Aug 2

Categories: Suicide Prevention

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Teen insomnia is linked with depression and anxiety

A study of high school students has shed new light on the links between insomnia-related mental health conditions among teens. "People with insomnia find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep for as long as they need to. This is a widespread ...

Aug 1

Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Teenage Issues

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The voices heard by people with schizophrenia are friendlier in India ...

When a patient with schizophrenia hears voices in their head, is the experience shaped by the culture they live in? Tanya Luhrmann and her colleagues investigated by interviewing twenty people diagnosed with schizophrenia living in San Mateo, ...

Aug 1

Categories: Schizophrenia

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Photography as a Balm for Mental Illness

Two years ago, on one of Danielle Hark's worst days, something different happened. "I was literally on the bathroom floor, bawling," she said. "But I picked up my phone and started taking pictures - paint peeling on the door, reflections in the ...

Jul 31

Categories: Depression

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Phobia for air travel soars after MH370 and MH17 disasters

Flight phobia is on the rise in the country following a spate of air disasters. Malaysian Mental Health Asso­ciation president Assoc Prof Datuk Dr Andrew Mohanraj said he had treated more patients who confessed to a fear for flying following the ...

Jul 31

Categories: Phobias

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Anxiety when making win-win decisions stems from conflict in the brain

People choosing between two or more equally positive outcomes experience paradoxical feelings of pleasure and anxiety, feelings associated with activity in different regions of the brain, according to research led by Amitai Shenhav, an associate ...

Jul 30

Categories: Anxiety, Social Anxiety / Phobia

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Does responsiveness increase sexual desire in the other person?

People's emotional reactions and desires in initial romantic encounters determine the fate of a potential relationship. Responsiveness may be one of those initial "sparks" necessary to fuel sexual desire and land a second date. However, it may not ...

Jul 30

Categories: Communication Disorders Problems, Sexual Problems / Sex Therapy

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Using TV and other media as a stress reducer can lead to feelings of ...

It seems common practice. After a long day at work, sometimes you just want to turn on the TV or play a video game to relax, decompress. This is supposed to make you feel better. But a recent study found that people who had high stress levels after ...

Jul 29

Categories: Caregiver Issues / Stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / ...

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8 Psychological Keys to Spending Wisely

In these economic times, we could all use a little advice on how to spend our money wisely.

Jul 29

Categories: Compulsive Spending / Shopping

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Neurological Dysfunction as a Significant Factor in Children with ...

A study of 54 children who had received an independent diagnosis of Dyslexia revealed that they all showed evidence of immature motor skills and related difficulties on a range of standardised neurological tests. These findings suggest that physical ...

Jul 29

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Brain's Building of Negative Memories

When a person experiences a devastating loss or tragic event, why does every detail seem burned into memory; whereas, a host of positive experiences simply fade away?

Jul 26

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Sometimes, Early Birds Are Too Early

Since the advent of the deadline, procrastinators have suffered society's barbs for putting off until later what needs doing now. But it turns out that many people appear to be finishing things sooner than they need to get them done. They are ...

Jul 26

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'Experiential products' provide same happiness boost as experiences

Material items designed to create or enhance an experience, also known as "experiential products," can make shoppers just as happy as life experiences, according to new research from San Francisco State University.

Jul 25

Categories: Happiness

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It's possible to "forget" unwanted habits

New research shows that we can weaken and even undo practised habits by deliberately deciding to forget them.

Jul 25

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