Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness

The woman on the other end of the phone spoke lightheartedly of spring and of her 81st birthday the previous week. "Who did you celebrate with, Beryl?" asked Alison, whose job was to offer a kind ear. "No one, I…" And with that, Beryl’s cheer ...

Sep 19

Categories: Social Isolation

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How to Let Go and Move On

Advice about moving on and letting go often gets metaphorical, even existential. But I’m a pragmatist and as they say, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Today we’ll focus on those first steps. Here are five in-the-moment, ...

Sep 19

Categories: Grief, Loss, Bereavement

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The myth of mental illness and violence

There is widespread perception associating mental illness with violence, however, evidence says otherwise. Many crimes committed by people with mental illness often make sensational headlines, and thus seem very salient. However, the truth of the ...

Sep 17

Categories: Aggression & Violence

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Link between touch of autistic individuals and their social ...

The sense of touch may play a more crucial role in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than previously assumed. The main findings of the doctoral research of Eliane Deschrijver, which are now published, show that individuals with ASD may have ...

Sep 17

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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Indonesia: Get Happy Campaign Fights Stigma on Mental Illness

Mental illness is often considered a silent disease in Indonesia, with many sufferers remaining undiagnosed and not getting the proper treatment, but Get Happy - a new campaign to reshape the way people think about mental health - is now trying to ...

Sep 16

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Math Difficulties May Reflect Problems in a Crucial Learning System ...

Children differ substantially in their mathematical abilities. In fact, some children cannot routinely add or subtract, even after extensive schooling. Yet the causes of these problems are not fully understood. Now, two researchers, at Georgetown ...

Sep 16

Categories: Learning Difficulties

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UCI study links selfies, happiness

Regularly snapping selfies with your smartphone and sharing photos with your friends can help make you a happier person, according to computer scientists at the University of California, Irvine.

Sep 16

Categories: Happiness

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How to Motivate Your Employees: Give Them Compliments and Pizza

It is Monday morning. You have just arrived at work, and you get one of the following three emails, each promising a different reward if you get everything done that day: One says you'll get a cash bonus. Another says your boss will give you a rare ...

Sep 14

Categories: Workplace Issues

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The Golden Years - 5 Ways to Ensure a Happy and Healthy Retirement

After a lifetime of hard work, thousands of baby boomers are retiring in record numbers across the globe. Like any life transition, embarking on the transition from working life to retirement can be wrought with challenges and stressors, especially ...

Sep 14

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Happiness

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Can moving your eyes left to right banish trauma?

What if we told you that distressing memories could be wiped away by moving your eyes from left to right, over and over again? Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy designed to alleviate the distress associated with ...

Sep 13

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

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No Rest for the Haunted

Ever wake up still disturbed - and haunted - by the memory of a particularly upsetting image or incident? Research over the past few years has revealed that sleep is intimately tied to memory and might actually be necessary for a large part of its ...

Sep 13

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

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Cumulative Trauma in Adulthood Can Worsen Health in Later Years

Cumulative trauma during a person's lifetime can have an overall effect on health in one's later years, according to a study that examines the consequences of traumatic events on older adults' physical health. Also, traumas experienced in adulthood ...

Sep 10

Categories: Adult psychological development, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ...

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What it feels to want to kill yourself

Today, the 10th of September, is World Suicide Prevention Day. One of the most prominent questions surrounding suicide is "Why did they do it?" In considering people’s motivations for killing themselves, it is essential to recognize that most ...

Sep 10

Categories: Depression, Suicide Prevention

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It's possible to learn to be more optimistic

Optimists have good reason to be optimistic – research tells us that their sunny outlook means that they are likely to live longer, healthier, happier lives compared with others who have a habit of seeing a darker future ahead. This has led ...

Sep 9

Categories: Happiness

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Researchers identify method of creating long-lasting memories

Attention-grabbing experiences trigger the release of memory-enhancing chemicals. Those chemicals can etch memories into the brain that occur just before or soon after the experience, regardless of whether they were related to the event, according ...

Sep 9

Categories: Dementia

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