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» The Harmful Effects of Toxic Stress on You & Your Children - World of Psychology

» The Harmful Effects of Toxic Stress on You & Your Children - World of Psychology | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
You aren't doing your kids any favors by staying in an unhealthy marriage.
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NAMI | Depression Risk Factor Can Be "Contagious," Study Finds

NAMI | Depression Risk Factor Can Be "Contagious," Study Finds | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest nonprofit, grassroots mental health education, advocacy and support organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness,...
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Arguments in the Home Linked With Babies’ Brain Functioning

Arguments in the Home Linked With Babies’ Brain Functioning | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Study finds even sleeping babies are not oblivious to parent conflict, and exposure may influence the way babies’ brains process emotion and stress.
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The Perfect Marriage: Science Begins To Explain Why Antidepressants and Talk Therapy Go Hand in Hand - Forbes

The Perfect Marriage: Science Begins To Explain Why Antidepressants and Talk Therapy Go Hand in Hand - Forbes | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
The reason that Prozac and psychotherapy work so well together has been a mystery. Now, researchers discover the brain changes that underlie the harmony.
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Society for Neuroscience - Studies Report Early Childhood Trauma Takes Visible Toll On Brain; Changes Found In Regions Controlling Heart and Behavior

Society for Neuroscience - Studies Report Early Childhood Trauma Takes Visible Toll On Brain; Changes Found In Regions Controlling Heart and Behavior | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Trauma in infancy and childhood shapes the brain, learning, and behavior, and fuels changes that can last a lifetime, according to new human and animal research released October 16. 

 

The findings show:

• Physical abuse in early childhood may realign communication between key “body-control” brain areas, possibly predisposing adults to cardiovascular disease and mental health problems 

• Rodent studies provide insight into brain changes that allow tolerance of pain within mother-pup attachment.


• Childhood poverty is associated with changes in working memory and attention years later in adults; yet training in childhood is associated with improved cognitive functions.


• Chronic stress experienced by infant primates leads to fearful and aggressive behaviors; these are associated with changes in stress hormone production and in the development of the amygdala.

 

Another recent finding discussed shows that:


• Parent education and income is associated with children’s brain size, including structures important for memory and emotion.

 

(The Society for Neuroscience is a nonprofit membership organization of basic scientists and physicians who study the brain and nervous system.)


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50Plus : Lifestyle : 8 positive things you can do in 30 seconds

50Plus : Lifestyle : 8 positive things you can do in 30 seconds | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Clear a scant 30 seconds from your busy day to do something positive for yourself!

People tell me, “I don’t have the time to …

“… go to the store and pick up fruits and vegetables.

“… exercise.”

“… sit and breathe.”

“… to be positive.”

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How perfectionism stole Christmas

How perfectionism stole Christmas | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
The word “perfection” should be changed to “purefiction.”

 

Though it has a positive connotation, to brag “I’m a perfectionist” is really saying “I’m a well-intentioned individual who likes to inflict relentless torturous pain upon myself, in an effort to achieve unrealistic goals.”

 

The word “holidays” also has a positive connotation, but when mixed with the p-word, you don’t get holiday perfection – you get holiday stress. This only leads to disappointment, turning Christmas into a Christmiss and a Christmess.

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Top Tips for Avoiding Thanksgiving Meltdowns

Top Tips for Avoiding Thanksgiving Meltdowns | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
As we land on Thanksgiving, that roller derby of holidays, on which so many extended families and misfit friends gather for marathon dining (and flare-ups of fury), what better hostess gift than to share my Top Tips for Avoiding Thanksgiving...

 

I know it feels as if you could fly to China (and back) faster than it takes to get through some Thanksgiving dinners -- particularly if you're seated next to your nosey Aunt Sophie or your cousin's abrasive fiancé (courtesy of Match.com). But it's just one meal. Really!

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5 Ways to Find Your Center When Life Feels Overwhelming

5 Ways to Find Your Center When Life Feels Overwhelming | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: This is a contribution by Angela Marchesani “Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” ~Hermann Hesse We've all had moments when life’s demands left us feeling stressed...
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The Social Life of Genes: Shaping Your Molecular Composition

The Social Life of Genes: Shaping Your Molecular Composition | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Your social life has the power to shape the molecular composition of your body. (Plan your day accordingly.)
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Negative Emotions in Response to Daily Stress Take a Toll on Long-Term Mental Health

Negative Emotions in Response to Daily Stress Take a Toll on Long-Term Mental Health | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Chronic negative emotions in response to daily stressors can take a toll on long-term mental health, say researchers.

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Dwelling on Stressful Events Can Increase Inflammation in the Body, Study Finds

Dwelling on Stressful Events Can Increase Inflammation in the Body, Study Finds | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Dwelling on negative events can increase levels of inflammation in the body, a new Ohio University study finds.

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More Evidence of Neural Connection between Infant Stress and Later Psychological Disorders

More Evidence of Neural Connection between Infant Stress and Later Psychological Disorders | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

This two-decade study reveals neural connection between early stress and anxiety and depression in girls. 

 

Keep in mind that this is not the first study to show a connection between developmental stress or trauma and later psychological issues in adolescence and adulthood. Although the study refers to "permanent changes" in the brain because they were present in adolescence, we also know that these changes can be reversed to some degree through focused therapy--particularly through cognitive behavioral approaches including a technique called "mindfulness."  Richard Davidson, one of the authors of this study, is also known for his research on mindfulness techniques.

 

One interesting aspect of this study is that it perhaps helps parse out the differences in how these developmental brain changes due to stress are manifested in girls versus boys.

 

The author of the report says, "Although there’s no obvious explanation, anxiety and mood disorders are more prevalent in women, whereas antisocial behavior and substance abuse are more common in men."  She then quotes one of the researchers who adds: “It fits with the idea that they both feel what’s going on, but have different strategies for expressing their unhappiness and maladjustment."

Also see: Studies Report Early Childhood Trauma Takes Visible Toll On Brain;"

http://www.scoop.it/t/mom-psych/p/3010760797/society-for-neuroscience-studies-report-early-childhood-trauma-takes-visible-toll-on-brain-changes-found-in-regions-controlling-heart-and-behavior ;


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Army Suicide: Tip of the Service’s “Mental Health Iceberg” | Battleland | TIME.com

Army Suicide: Tip of the Service’s “Mental Health Iceberg”   | Battleland | TIME.com | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Nearly half of the Army’s suicides may have been caused by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a new Army assessment of the problem says.
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MHFA - Mental Health and the Silly Season | MHFA – Mental Health First Aid

MHFA - Mental Health and the Silly Season | MHFA – Mental Health First Aid | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Let Christmas be a day where you are kind to yourselves and each other. Try not to place unreasonable demands on yourself or the people you are celebrating with to make the day ‘perfect’.

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» Toxic Couple Relationships – Intensity, Destabilizing Tactics & Preconceived Perceptions (2 of 3) - Neuroscience and Relationships

» Toxic Couple Relationships – Intensity, Destabilizing Tactics & Preconceived Perceptions (2 of 3) - Neuroscience and Relationships | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

... Both hold beliefs that question their own or partner’s worth and capabilities. For example:

 

Both may feel the other is controlling them in some way.

 

Both may view themselves as always ‘giving in’ to let other have their way.

 

Both may view themselves as either mistreated or unappreciated by their partner, with little or no hope that the other can or will change.

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Make your brain work for you, not against you

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How High-Maintenance Relationships Affect Your Psyche

How High-Maintenance Relationships Affect Your Psyche | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
By David Sbarra, Ph.D. For YouBeauty In the spirit of the upcoming 'Twilight' movie, I would like to talk about the undead: vampires.

 

More precisely, emotional vampires. Are there people in your life who just sap your emotional energy once they walk in the door? Do you feel totally spent after interacting with some people?

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