Depression During Pregnancy May Predict Parenting Stress
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Parenting

Feelings of stress and anxiety often accompany the happiness and excitement surrounding an impending birth, and it is not uncommon for women to experience depression during pregnancy as ... more


Two Surveys Reveal American Struggles, Drug Swapping
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 By TheEditorInChief
Category: Our Psychology

Data released today from two new surveys painted a troubling picture on two fronts. In one survey of over 100,000 Americans, Gallup found that roughly the same number consider themselves to be thriv... more


Clearer Connections Drawn Between Alcohol, Risk and Pleasure
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Addiction

Why do we like to drink, again? Is it the bubbly sense of pleasure that covers us after we've knocked a few back or the deceptive impressions of invulnerability that begin to build as the dr... more


Intelligence Improvement With Training
Tuesday, April 29, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Our Psychology

Until relatively recently, the brain was thought of as an entirely static structure. But the paradigm shifted when scientists found evidence that new connections can quickly form and that entirely n... more


Sensory Therapy Effective for Many Autistic Children
Tuesday, April 29, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Parenting

Considering the endless amount of raw sensory data that enters the human brain every time we walk outside, talk to a friend or turn on the computer, it's amazing that we're able to... more


Study Finds Virtual Reality a Potential Tool for Treating Addiction
Tuesday, April 29, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Addiction

A number of treatment options are available to help individuals overcome addiction, and research is beginning to show that a new technique utilizing virtual reality technology may also be ef... more


Praise as Good a Reward as Cash
Tuesday, April 29, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Parenting

Some parents give their children cash rewards for good grades, but a recent study by Dr. Norihiro Sadato suggests that praise would encourage them just as well. Dr. Sadato used fMRIs to scan the brain... more


Linguistic Analysis Uncovers Hidden Ability in Autistic People
Monday, April 28, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Parenting

Language impairment is one of the three core deficiencies in autism. More specifically, while some autistic individuals do have large vocabularies, almost all have difficulty deploying words effective... more


Restrictive Drug Policies Could Lead Schizophrenics to Stop their Medications
Monday, April 28, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Schizophrenia

Policies that require physicians to gain authorization from insurance companies before prescribing certain specialty medications to Medicaid recipients may put patients at risk for poor he... more


AADT's Session Wrap-Up
Monday, April 28, 2008 By TheEditorInChief
Category: Our Psychology

Aerobic Exercise May Shield Aging Brain - There's truly no end to the benefits or regular exercise, particularly that of the aerobic variety. A healthier heart equals a sturdier brain, and merely ... more


New Approach May Yield a Preventative Treatment fo
Friday, April 25, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

As researchers move closer to understanding how Alzheimer's disease (AD) develops, the prospect of medications designed to prevent or delay the devastating mental decline of AD has become more feasibl... more


Surveys Underestimate Alcohol Use in Pregnant Wome
Friday, April 25, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Parenting

Despite the highly publicized peril of fetal alcohol syndrome, a small but significant percentage of women admit that they exposed their children to alcohol in the womb. Social pressure has gone a lon... more


Anti-Addiction, Obesity Drugs Tied to Depression a
Friday, April 25, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Medication Info

Smoking and obesity are perhaps the world's two most prominent causes of preventable illness and early death. The promise of a pill that could curtail these destructive behaviors seems too goo... more


Interview: Psychiatrist and Author John Ratey
Friday, April 25, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

We recently had the chance to speak with Dr. John Ratey, author of the book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. While the evidence that exercise improves mood and... more


Genes and Environment Shape Women's Path to Alcoho
Thursday, April 24, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Addiction

Genetic and environmental factors can both be influential factors in the development of alcoholism, and new research from the April issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental R... more


Working with Victims Can Create Its Own Trauma
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Stress

As the United States and the world at large collectively mourned the lives lost in the 2001 destruction of New York's World Trade Center, many developed a special affection for those who'd given the... more


Learned Associations May Heighten Teens' Risk of Cocaine Addiction
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Addiction

Adolescents who try cocaine are more likely than adults to become addicted to the substance, and a new study appearing in the April issue of Behavioral Neuroscience may help explain why. Using rats, r... more


SAMHSA: 1 in 6 Americans Drives Drunk
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 By TheEditorInChief
Category: Addiction

Some disturbing statistics were revealed today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in a report titled "State Estimates of Adults Driving under the Influence of Alcohol a... more


Lawsuit Urges Military to Improve Suicide Preventi
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Depression

The latest confirmed statistics are shocking: 18 of America's 25 million veterans commit suicide every day. And 20% do so while under the care of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Some contrad... more


Improved Screenings Could Reduce Heart Risks of ADHD Meds
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Ritalin, Adderall, and other stimulant medications that some doctors prescribe to treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been shown to cause significant side ef... more


Brains on Autopilot Run Into Predictable Errors
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

While TSA luggage screeners might be alert and meticulous when checking the first few bags of the day, they are more likely to let things slip by as the hours drag on. Thinking carefully takes a... more


Mouth Test Helps Identify Smokers at Risk for Lung Cancer
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 By TheEditorInChief
Category: Addiction

The formation of the tumors that typify lung cancer is often proceeded by the silencing of two specific genes, called p16 and FHIT. These genes are shut down through a process known as methylation... more


British Politicians Bravely Face Mental Illness Taboo
Monday, April 21, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

The British have traditionally insisted that their men hold stiff upper lips, but admissions of mental illness may be easier now that two prominent members of Tony Blairís former administration have c... more


THC Model May Lead to More Effective Anti-Anxiety Treatments
Monday, April 21, 2008 By BlogMeister
Category: Stress

Millions of individuals take specific medications for chronic anxiety problems, but fewer than half report any real degree of satisfaction with the effects of these drugs. Researchers in two convergin... more


AADT's Session Wrap-Up
Monday, April 21, 2008 By TheEditorInChief
Category: Our Psychology

Most Older Suicide Victims Not on Antidepressants - A study of Danish citizens found that only 20 percent of older individuals who commit suicide were taking antidepressants at the time of their d... more


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