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» Brain Hemispheres Out of Sync in Schizophrenia - Psych Central News

» Brain Hemispheres Out of Sync in Schizophrenia - Psych Central News | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
People with schizophrenia have significantly decreased interhemispheric coordination compared to those without the disorder, according to a new study. ...
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The BioPsychoSocioEnvironmental model

The BioPsychoSocioEnvironmental model | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Most of us have heard about the BioPsychoSocial model of mental illnesses and have also heard about the stress-diathesis model. Today as I was contemplating the
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Bridging biopsychosocial model and stress-diathesis model.
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The Mystery of Urban Psychosis

The Mystery of Urban Psychosis | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Why are paranoia and schizophrenia more common in cities?
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The nuanced relation between city living and psychosis!
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Anti-anxiety medication limits empathetic behavior in rats

Anti-anxiety medication limits empathetic behavior in rats | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Rats given midazolam, an anti-anxiety medication, were less likely to free trapped companions because the drug lessened their empathy, according to a new study by University of Chicago neuroscientists.
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the downside of taking anti-anxiety medications!
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Psychiatric disorders more common among workaholics, study finds

Psychiatric disorders more common among workaholics, study finds | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
A new study found symptoms of OCD, ADHD, anxiety, and depression were much more common among adults who met the criteria for workaholism.
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interesting....for the sake of sanity, switch off from work!
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Connecting to Madness | Jim van Os | TEDxMaastricht

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Jim van Os explains that madness has been misrepresented as
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An interesting approach to psychosis
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Students should learn second language to prevent dementia in later life

Students should learn second language to prevent dementia in later life | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Researchers claim languages should be a requirement for any kind of degree as bilingualism
could protect the brain in later life
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Although benefits of bilingualism is contested, there appear to be no harmful effects in trying to prevent dementia by learning a second language!!
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Caleigh Pryor's curator insight, March 22, 12:42 PM
  • There are several documented cases that prove that learning a second language can help the onset of dementia up to five years.
  • It doesn't matter at what age you learn the language, it helps to increase your mental awareness and capabilites. 
  • It is being pushed in many colleges that no matter what degree you want to pursue that it should be required that you learn a second language and are bilingual to some extent.
  • Bias: The bias in this article is leaning towards that you should know a foregin language no matter what. Even though some people may not be capable of retaining that language and an older age. There isn't much in this article to suggest how it could not help at all and that requiring it in college could potentionally be a waste of money.
  • The purpose of this article was to inform you on the potential benefits of being bilingual can have in your life.
  • I can totally see how being bilingual can help you later in life with your mind and preventing diseases. However, I feel like if it was going to be something that was fully enforced, that it should be started at a young age and implented throughout elementary and high school, not in college. I think that learning a second language could be and really is a beneficial thing. 
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The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
My brain scan showed new tumors and swelling, terrifying everyone but me.
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A view from the inside!
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Neuroscientists reverse autism symptoms

Neuroscientists reverse autism symptoms | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
MIT researchers have shown that they can reverse some of the behavioral symptoms of autism in mice by turning the Shank3 gene on later in life, allowing the brain to properly rewire itself.
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Interesting #autism study in mice.

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The Myth of Major Depression – Why Depression is not an Illness… - Insight

The Myth of Major Depression – Why Depression is not an Illness… - Insight | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
The construct of "Major Depressive Disorder" leads to a fundamental misunderstanding of what depression really is and frequently leads to wrong treatment...
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a controversial take on depression!

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Day 14: James Maddux on Positive Clinical Psychology

Day 14: James Maddux on Positive Clinical Psychology | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
The future of mental health interview series continues with James Maddux on positive clinical psychology
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bridging abnormal and positive psychology traditions!

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How we label people with mental illness influences tolerance toward them

How we label people with mental illness influences tolerance toward them | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
People were less tolerant toward those described as 'mentally ill' than those described as 'people with mental illness,' a new study found.
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Please consider addressing those grappling with a mental health challenge as 'people with mental illness' rather than 'mentally ill' or 'psyhco' or mental' or whatever. It has important implications for how we end up behaving towards them.

 

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The Precise Sleep Schedule That Helps Fight Depression - PsyBlog

The Precise Sleep Schedule That Helps Fight Depression - PsyBlog | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Antidepressants are more effective when accompanied by the correct sleep schedule.

Via Luis Valdes
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get your 8 hours of sleep!
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Surprising Finding | Mental Illness vs. Mental Health: Continuum or Matrix?

Surprising Finding | Mental Illness vs. Mental Health: Continuum or Matrix? | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
A few days ago, I shared some research by Carol Ryff and Corey Keyes on the structure of psychological well-being. Today, I'd like to highlight more of Keyes'  work. When we think about psychological health, we typically have a kind of continuum in mind. On the one end, there are states such as satisfaction and…
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Mental illness a separate construct than mental health.
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Dr. D. K. Sharma

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On Depression: some information, in Hindi, by my uncle Dr. D K Sharma
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Two in five formerly depressed adults are happy and flourishing

Two in five formerly depressed adults are happy and flourishing | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
A new study reports that approximately two in five adults (39 percent) who have experienced major depression are able to achieve complete mental health. Researchers consider complete mental health as occurring when people achieve almost daily happiness or life satisfaction, positive social and psychological well-being, and are also free of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse for at least one full year.
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Recovery is possible, not only for depression  but for bipolar and other illnesses too!
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Bayesian reasoning implicated in some mental disorders

Bayesian reasoning implicated in some mental disorders | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
An 18th century math theory may offer new ways to understand schizophrenia, autism, anxiety and depression.
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The emerging field of #computational #psychiatry
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Why there’s no such thing as an ‘antidepressant’

Why there’s no such thing as an ‘antidepressant’ | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Antidepressants have been in the news recently. The general feeling seems to be that although they are being overused and may have some unpleasant side effects, they certainly ‘work,’ at least in some people (1). So what is the evidence that antidepressants ‘work’? If you compare them with a dummy tablet or placebo in a…
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worth some thought and musing
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How Sleep Apnea Causes Biochemical Havoc in Your Brain

How Sleep Apnea Causes Biochemical Havoc in Your Brain | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
For the one in 15 adults suffering sleep apnea, every night is a journey into treacherous territory. Now a study shows more precisely what the condition is doing in the brain.
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its important not to take sleep apnea lightly!
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Matthew Kyte's curator insight, March 14, 6:49 PM
One model within Psychology I have strongly identified with is the biopsychosocial model which considers behaviours and health are influenced by biological, psychological and social factors.  Sleep apnea is a serious condition which can effect a persons ability to render a sound night sleep, and from a OHS perspective has the potential to impair cognitive and motor performance like heavy machinery.  This itself can be hazard.  As part of my approach in becoming a psychologist, this model will be considered when dealing with clients.  
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The voices in my head

The voices in my head | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn't know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.
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Coping with 'hearing voices'
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Let's put the things that matter first

Let's put the things that matter first | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Action for Happiness is a movement for positive social change. We want a society that prioritises the things that really matter. Join us and help spread happiness - at home, at work or in your community
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'braving' the #stigma of #depression

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What Is Your Depression Telling You? - Insight

What Is Your Depression Telling You? - Insight | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Even when it looks like you are depressed for no reason, depression almost always contains a message about something that needs to change in your life...
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a psychotheraputic approach to #depression

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Scientists open the ‘black box’ of schizophrenia with dramatic genetic discovery

Scientists open the ‘black box’ of schizophrenia with dramatic genetic discovery | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered a gene variant involved in synaptic pruning puts individuals at higher risk for developing schizophrenia.
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Sensationalist headline, but nothing as spectacular in actuality; it has been known for decades that pruning accelerates and continues for longer duration in schizophrenic brains esp during puberty when most of the pruning happens; all that this study supposedly adds is identifies a genetic marker  for the same. Will definitely help to accelerate research and treatments but nothing to the level of opening up the 'black box'!!

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16 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health In 2016

16 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health In 2016 | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Meet your new resolution.
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Treat your mental health with a high priority before its too late. Start on those healthy resolutions now!!

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