Some have characterized dopamine as the elixir of pleasure because so many rewarding stimuli - food, drugs, sex, exercise - trigger its release in the brain. However, more than a decade of research indicates that when drug use becomes compulsive, the related dopamine release becomes deficient in the striatum, a brain region that is involved in ...
Date Posted: May 5, 2014
Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)GO
According to a group of University of Glasgow psychologists, Daniel Gill and colleagues, it can. Writing in the journal Psychological Science, these researchers say that human facial expressions can signal how dominant, trustworthy, or attractive we ...
Black coffee drinkers are old-school purists who are patient and efficient but can be a little quiet and moody, finds a survey. While latte drinkers were generous with their time but didn't always take the best care of their health.
For someone with depression in the midst of a crisis, there is no time to waste. Yet time is exactly what currently-available antidepressants require to take effect - often on the order of weeks. A new study suggests a fast-acting antidepressant ...
A new KU Leuven study shows for the first time that the dampening or suppression of positive emotions plays an important role in the development of postpartum depression. This has implications for the treatment of depressed mothers.
Categories: Post Partum DepressionGO
A new study has found that trauma levels for the long-term homeless are far greater than the general Australian community. The study also identified a relationship between trauma exposure, mental health difficulties, social disadvantage and ...
Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSDGO
Researchers at the MedUni Vienna have demonstrated the possibility of using a blood test to detect depression. While blood tests for mental illnesses have until recently been regarded as impossible, a recent study clearly indicates that, in ...
SINGAPORE - With the recent highlight of mental illness in our society, we need to start asking if we are doing enough to understand and treat mental illness in Singapore. Perhaps the first step would be to address the stigma against mental illness.
Mental illness happens to people who are living ordinary, good lives, just like my family and me when I first became ill at the age of 16. Without warning, I woke up one day with a firm belief that there were a group of people living in my head. ...
Did you know that all the stress you experience is self-created? That's because the stressful thoughts come from your own mind, and nobody else's. They're your thoughts. as such, you decide what effect they have on your mind state. Either you let ...
Categories: Meditation, Stress ManagementGO
"Early life experiences can alter the brain in the long term, with profound implications for behavior in adulthood," said Abigail Schindler, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington who conducted the research. "This study points ...
Categories: Addictions, Adult psychological development, Child DevelopmentGO
The drive for happiness implies a dissatisfaction with the present moment and maintains the illusion that greener pastures lie just ahead. Before we had language, as we lay in our cribs, we were marinating in the mantra of "I'll be happy when". We ...
One of our most mysterious and intriguing states of consciousness is the dream. We lose consciousness when we enter the deep waters of sleep, only to regain it as we emerge into a series of uncanny private realities. These air pockets of inner ...
You need to make sure things get accomplished but you don't want to be the boss that everyone hates - the dreaded micromanager. Leadership coach Lolly Daskal and Psychologist Art Markman offer their advice in how to balance this tricky situation.
Categories: Workplace IssuesGO
Lists of how to be happy at work often implicitly blame workers themselves. If you're not happy, they imply, it's because you're not prioritising properly or you need to smile more, or some other trite rubbish. Don't accept this: organisations are ...
Categories: Happiness, Workplace IssuesGO
The 60 trillion cells that comprise our bodies communicate constantly. Information travels when chemical compounds released by some cells are received by receptors in the membrane of another cell. In a paper published in the Journal of ...
Categories: Adult ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)GO