The Challenges Of Treating Personality Disorders

Personality disorders represent some of the most challenging and mysterious problems in the field of mental health. People suffering from antisocial personality disorder or obsessive compulsive personality disorder are often misdiagnosed. The ...

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The Power of Concentration

MEDITATION and mindfulness: the words conjure images of yoga retreats and Buddhist monks. But perhaps they should evoke a very different picture: a man in a deerstalker, puffing away at a curved pipe, Mr. Sherlock Holmes himself. The world’s ...

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Dopamine-receptor gene variant linked to human longevity

A variant of a gene associated with active personality traits in humans seems to also be involved with living a longer life, UC Irvine and other researchers have found. This derivative of a dopamine-receptor gene – called the DRD4 7R allele – ...

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A Pickpocket’s Tale: What does our attention focus on

In magic circles, Robbins is regarded as a kind of legend. Psychiatrists, neuroscientists, and the military study his methods for what they reveal about the nature of human attention. A few years ago, at a Las Vegas convention for magicians, ...

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First study to look at the mental health of closeted bisexuals finds ...

Bisexual men are less likely to disclose and more likely to conceal their sexual orientation than gay men. In the first study to look at the mental health of this population, researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found ...

Jan 3

Categories: Anxiety, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender) Issues

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When parents lie to their children

We teach our kids that it is wrong to lie, even though most of us do it everyday. In fact, it is often our children who we are lying to. A new study, involving participants in the USA and China, is one of the first to investigate parental lies, ...

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Late-Life Depression Associated with Prevalent Mild Cognitive ...

Depression in a group of Medicare recipients ages 65 years and older appears to be associated with prevalent mild cognitive impairment and an increased risk of dementia, according to a report published online. Depressive symptoms occur in 3 percent ...

Jan 3

Categories: Dementia, Depression

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10 Step Guide for Making Your New Year’s Resolutions

One of the main reasons that New Year's resolutions are so often forgotten before January is out is that they frequently require habit change. And habits, without the right techniques, are highly resistant to change, as I explain in my new book ...

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12 Favourite Mental Health Videos of 2012

At year’s end, it’s a tradition for blogs to post a list of their most popular posts of the year. I thought I’d shake things up a bit and rather than create a list based on page views, share my personal favourites featured here in 2012. Some ...

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

Dear readers, it has been another year and because of your support, we have been able to continue running this site to provide mental health resources to anyone would would find it useful. We hope to continue having your support into the new year. ...

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Antidepressants to treat grief? Psychiatry panelists with ties to ...

It was a simple experiment in healing the bereaved: Twenty-two patients who had recently lost a spouse were given a widely used antidepressant. The drug, marketed as Wellbutrin, improved “major depressive symptoms occurring shortly after the ...

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Teenagers without the internet are 'educationally disadvantaged'

A major in-depth study examining how teenagers in the UK are using the internet and other mobile devices says the benefits of using such technologies far outweigh any perceived risks. The findings are based on a large-scale study of more than ...

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Don’t Talk About Your New Year’s Resolutions

As I read the funny pages this morning in the paper, I noticed a running joke: no one keeps their New Year’s resolutions. There are a million different personal and psychological reasons for this–but you can use SCIENCE to better understand why ...

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A New Focus on the ‘Post’ in Post-Traumatic Stress

Psychological trauma dims tens of millions of lives around the world and helps create costs of at least $42 billion a year in the United States alone. But what is trauma, exactly? Both culturally and medically, we have long seen it as arising ...

Dec 29

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Long-lasting Effects of Meditation

Meditation has longed been used to calm the mind and the body, but the long-term effects of such practices are difficult to evaluate. Recently, a team of investigators studied the effects of mindful meditation on emotional processing and reported ...

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