Successful and Schizophrenic

THIRTY years ago, I was given a diagnosis of schizophrenia. My prognosis was “grave”: I would never live independently, hold a job, find a loving partner, get married. My home would be a board-and-care facility, my days spent watching TV in a ...

Jan 29

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Turns out your first time really matters

Research conducted by Matthew Shaffer, a doctoral psychology student at UT and C. Veronica Smith, an assistant psychology professor at the University of Mississippi, reveals that the first sexual experience can set the tone for the rest of one's ...

Jan 29

Categories: Sexual Problems / Sex Therapy

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Decreasing Loneliness

Decreasing Loneliness By Karyn Hall, PhD Free Souls Embrace Creative Commons “I feel like such a loser, I don’t have any friends to call to hang out with.” I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard some ...

Jan 29

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Can Doodling Improve Memory and Concentration?

All sorts of claims have been made for the power of doodling: from it being an entertaining or relaxing activity, right through to it aiding creativity, or even that you can read people's personalities in their doodles. Although it's probably a ...

Jan 28

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A new scientific study proves that there is not any association ...

There is not significant evidence to support the association between facial shape and aggression in men, according to a study published by the journal PLOS ONE. The professor Mireia Esparza, from the Anthropology Section of the Department of Animal ...

Jan 28

Categories: Aggression & Violence

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Feeling anxious in a world of real dangers

The young professional golfer Charlie Beljan should have been enjoying himself on the course in Florida last November as he stroked and putted his way to his first PGA victory. Instead, he spent the entire time thinking he was going to die. Fear ...

Jan 28

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Diet, Parental Behavior, and Preschool Can Boost Children’s IQ

Supplementing children’s diets with fish oil, enrolling them in quality preschool, and engaging them in interactive reading all turn out to be effective ways to raise a young child’s intelligence, according to a new report published in ...

Jan 26

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Parenting

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How Disasters and Trauma Can Affect Children’s Empathy

Do children become more kind and empathetic after a disaster— or does the experience make them more focus more on self-preservation? The first study to examine the question in an experimental way shows that children’s reactions may depend on ...

Jan 26

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'Cool' kids in middle school bully more, UCLA psychologists report

Bullying, whether it's physical aggression or spreading rumors, boosts the social status and popularity of middle school students, according to a new UCLA psychology study that has implications for programs aimed at combatting school bullying. In ...

Jan 26

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues

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What is the best psychological strategy to avoid boredom?

There are these weird people who never seem to get bored. "Oh!" say the chronically interested and engaged, "What a fascinating and exciting world we live in. How wonderful it is to be alive. How can anyone possibly be bored with all the variety ...

Jan 25

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Frequent Multitaskers Are Bad at It

Most people believe they can multitask effectively, but a University of Utah study indicates that people who multitask the most – including talking on a cell phone while driving – are least capable of doing so. “What is alarming is that ...

Jan 25

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Mental Health Gun Laws Unlikely To Reduce Shootings

States aren't likely to prevent many shootings by requiring mental health professionals to report potentially violent patients, psychiatrists and psychologists say. The approach is part of a gun control law passed in New York yesterday in ...

Jan 25

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That Loving Feeling Takes a Lot of Work

When people fall in love and decide to marry, the expectation is nearly always that love and marriage and the happiness they bring will last; as the vows say, till death do us part. Only the most cynical among us would think, walking down the aisle, ...

Jan 24

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Socially Isolated Rats are More Vulnerable to Addiction, Report ...

Rats that are socially isolated during a critical period of adolescence are more vulnerable to addiction to amphetamine and alcohol, found researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. Amphetamine addiction is also harder to extinguish in the ...

Jan 24

Categories: Addictions, Social Isolation

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Warning Signs of Violent Acts Often Unclear

No one but a deeply disturbed individual marches into an elementary school or a movie theater and guns down random, innocent people. That hard fact drives the public longing for a mental health system that produces clear warning signals and can ...

Jan 24

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