Creativity can last well into old age, as long as creators stay open ...

Doris Lessing, the freewheeling Nobel Prize-winning writer on racism, colonialism, feminism and communism who died Sunday at age 94, was prolific for most of her life. But five years ago, she said the writing had dried up. “Don’t imagine ...

Nov 28

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Creative Blocks

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The Good News in Bad News

TAU researchers say repeatedly exposing yourself to a negative event may prevent it from affecting you. Psychology shows that it doesn't take much to put you in a bad mood. Just reading the morning news can do it. And being in a bad mood slows your ...

Nov 28

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Canadian Red Cross provides ‘psychological first aid’ to Tyhoon ...

Even after a disaster like Typhoon Haiyan, which ravaged the Philippines, kids have energy to burn. Toronto social services worker Sandra Damota is in one of the devastated areas to ensure that some of those kids have a mentally healthy outlet for ...

Nov 28

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma ...

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Haste makes waste, but not if you're neurotic

The faster people do things, the more mistakes they make. Also known as the speed-accuracy trade-off, this rule is considered by many fundamental to human behaviour. Not so, according to sports psychologist James Bell and his colleagues. They've ...

Nov 28

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ADHD linked to social and economic disadvantage

Scientists have found evidence of a link between social and economic status and childhood attention deficit disorder (ADHD) in the UK. A team led by the University of Exeter Medical School analysed data from the Millennium Cohort Study, a database ...

Nov 27

Categories: Adult ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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Mental Trauma Haunts Philippines Typhoon Survivors

Rodico Basilides visits a forlorn cross that stands as a memorial to his family who died in the catastrophic Philippine typhoon, one of countless survivors who are being forced to grieve without professional counseling. “This is for my wife, ...

Nov 27

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma ...

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The secrets of the world's happiest cities

Two bodyguards trotted behind Enrique Peñalosa, their pistols jostling in holsters. There was nothing remarkable about that, given his profession – and his locale. Peñalosa was a politician on yet another campaign, and this was Bogotá, a city ...

Nov 26

Categories: Happiness

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Can Autism symptoms be turned into strengths?

A novel approach to treating children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder could help them navigate their world by teaching them to turn their symptoms into strengths. In the article “Symptoms as Solutions: Hypnosis and Biofeedback for ...

Nov 26

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Dalai Lama's guide to happiness

This video looks at 'Buddhism and Happiness', as we ask are they a match made in heaven or something else?

Nov 25

Categories: Happiness

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Australia ranks second in anti-depressant prescriptions in the world

The latest health 'snapshot' of the 33 OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) nations has revealed that Australia is now the second-highest prescriber of anti-depressant medications.

Nov 25

Categories: Depression

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Philippines: “Depression can be as much of a disability as ...

As the acute emergency phase following Typhoon Haiyan subsides, the next major hurdle for the people of the Philippines is how they will cope with the psychological impact of the disaster. Ana Maria Tijerino, psychologist and mental health advisor, ...

Nov 25

Categories: Depression, Mental Health in Asia

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Tea: 6 Brilliant Effects on the Brain

The British are rightly famous for their tea drinking. They–I should say ‘we’, as, yes, your humble author is a Brit–manage to down 165 million cups every day, and there are only 62 million of us.

Nov 23

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The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe, and Love Insects

Salvador Dalí, the surrealist painter, was so afraid of grasshoppers that he jumped from a second-floor window at the sight of one. The 19 million Americans who suffer from insect phobias can relate, and I count myself among them. Lockwood suffered ...

Nov 23

Categories: Phobias

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Where and how are fear-related behaviours and anxiety disorders ...

A team of researchers at Inserm led by Cyril Herry (Inserm Unit 862, “Neurocentre Magendie,” Bordeaux) has just shown that interneurons located in the forebrain at the level of the prefrontal cortex are heavily involved in the control of fear ...

Nov 22

Categories: Anxiety, Fear

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There are 636,120 ways to have post traumatic stress disorder

The latest version of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) controversial diagnostic code - "the DSM-5" - continues the check-list approach used in previous editions. To receive a specific diagnosis, a patient must exhibit a minimum number of ...

Nov 22

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

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