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» The Tiny Part of the Brain that Predicts the Worst Case Scenario - Psych Central News

» The Tiny Part of the Brain that Predicts the Worst Case Scenario - Psych Central News | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Do you feel that your brain tends to predict the worst possible scenario? And then do you find yourself engaging in avoidance behavior? Now scientists from the
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Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain

Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Teenagers who were maltreated may have a harder time figuring out what's scary and what's safe.
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Laura Strom's curator insight, November 18, 2013 12:15 PM

There is a huge price to pay for mistreating a child, including substance abuse programs, correctional facilities, vandalism, crime, and poor physical/mental health. We need to stand as a society in opposition to child abuse, if for no other reason than the sheer cost to society.

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Risk of depression influenced by quality of relationships, U-M research says | UofMHealth.org

Risk of depression influenced by quality of relationships, U-M research says | UofMHealth.org | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
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Bad marriages = double the risk of depression compared to good marriages over a ten year period, and significantly worse than being single.

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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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New research confirms efficacy of transcranial magnetic stimulation for depression

New research confirms efficacy of transcranial magnetic stimulation for depression | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Researchers at Butler Hospital, along with colleagues across the U.S., confirmed that TMS is an effective treatment for patients with depression who are unable to find symptom relief through antidepressant medications.

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Ten Steps to Genuine Self-Acceptance

Ten Steps to Genuine Self-Acceptance | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Where do genuine self-love and self-acceptance come from? We get these things by soaking up all the affirmation our parents give us when we're little.Also, our parents model their good self-worth to us.

 

What happens, though, if our parents didn’t give us what we needed? Are we doomed to forever feeling inadequate or unworthy if our folks were neglectful toward us or unaccepting of themselves?

 

The good news is that a person can develop self-love at any stage of life. Like learning a language, it’s easier to do as a child but it’s absolutely possible to do as an adult, using the following ten steps:

 

Read more: Ten Steps to Genuine Self-Acceptance | OM Times Magazine http://bit.ly/KgwZqE


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A walk to pound grief into the ground - CNN.com

A walk to pound grief into the ground - CNN.com | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Some people go on pilgrimages abroad for religious reasons or for historical interest. Denis Asselin created his own right in honor of his son.
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Dr. Deb: 5 Tips for Kicking Post-Holiday Blues

Dr. Deb: 5 Tips for Kicking Post-Holiday Blues | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

As the holiday season comes to an end, so, too, does the high octane way you've planned, shopped, traveled, and socialized. The holiday momentum of go, go, go, going screeches to a grinding halt.

 

Problem is, all the neurochemistry you needed to help you get through the holidays - stress hormones called cortisol and adrenaline – are leaving you feeling burned out, irritable, and just plain cranky.

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'SNL's' Darrell Hammond Reveals Cutting, Abuse : NPR

'SNL's' Darrell Hammond Reveals Cutting, Abuse : NPR | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
In 14 years on Saturday Night Live, Darrell Hammond did many impressions, including Bill Clinton and Al Gore. But few of his cast members knew that Hammond struggled with drugs, alcohol and self-cutting as the result of systematic childhood abuse.
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» Unhappy Relationships and Depression Go Hand in Hand - Parenting Tips

» Unhappy Relationships and Depression Go Hand in Hand - Parenting Tips | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Assessing and treating both positive and negative aspects of their intimate relationships should be considered evidence-based treatment for depression.
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» A Simple Practice to a Happier Balanced Brain - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

» A Simple Practice to a Happier Balanced Brain - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
We all want to be happy, but our brain isn't wired for it. This simple practice can help open up the mind to a happier more balanced life.
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Julianna Bonola's curator insight, July 11, 2013 12:49 AM

Such a simple exercise to bring such big relief.

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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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Study suggests girls can 'rewire' brains to ward off depression

Study suggests girls can 'rewire' brains to ward off depression | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

(Medical Xpress) -- What if you could teach your brain to respond differently to things that make you feel sad, down or stressed out? What if doing that helped ward off depression?" 

 

 


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This article will help me support my fact that girls are more likely to suffer from depression and it will also help me support my point that it can be helped. The brain plays a vital role in depression and I am glad I can find articles like this to help me prove my points.
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» Keep the TV or Computer on At Night? You’re at Greater Risk for Depression - Psych Central News

» Keep the TV or Computer on At Night? You’re at Greater Risk for Depression - Psych Central News | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
If hamsters are anything like their human counterparts, keeping your TV or computer on at night while you sleep in the same room could not only disrupt your...
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Dr. Deb: Facebook and Depression: What to Know, What To Avoid

Dr. Deb: Facebook and Depression: What to Know, What To Avoid | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Facebook provides us with social capital – and these valuable social experiences make us feel connected. But bear in mind that not everyone feels Facebook is an upbeat and pleasing social past time. Reading stories or viewing photos of friends’ activities could cause a user to feel left out or question the value of his or her own social status. Though Facebook can elicit warm feelings of nostalgia and connectedness, it can also spur jealousy and feelings of inadequacy too. With all these things going on, it’s wise to learn the psychological reasons for using social networking. When you understand what they are, you’ll be able to judge for yourself if Facebook is meeting the social expectations you hold.

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The Vicious Triangle of Perfectionism, Anxiety, and Depression | Psychology Today

The Vicious Triangle of Perfectionism, Anxiety, and Depression | Psychology Today | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
I Feel Bad About My Blog. By Victoria Maxwell...

 

I've been procrastinating writing a blog post because I want it to be perfect. The perfectionism fuels more procrastination which fuels more anxiety which fuels perfectionism which fuels the procrastination which...etc etc. You get the picture.

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Sanctuary for the Abused: What PTSD Sufferers Need Others to Know

Sanctuary for the Abused: What PTSD Sufferers Need Others to Know | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

1 – Knowledge is power. Understanding the process of a triggering event, the psychic reaction to trauma, the warning signs and symptoms of PTSD, and available treatment options for PTSD allows you to help recognize, support and guide your PTSD loved one toward diagnosis, treatment and healing. We need you to be clearheaded, pulled together and informed.

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Eide Neurolearning Blog: Brooding Perfectionism -

Eide Neurolearning Blog: Brooding Perfectionism - | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

We recently came across the topic of Brooding Perfectionism.
There are different types of perfectionism (e.g. failure to live up to one's idealized standards or failure to live up to idealized others' standards), but brooding perfectionism adds the element of rumination, which Olson and Kwan define as "a maladaptive style that is defined as the unintentional process of repetitively and passively thinking about one's negative emotions and focusing on depressive symptoms and their meaning." It can be a difficult vicious cycle because reflection and seeking to understand both seem to be good things - but what's striking is how negative an effect rumination has on general thinking (it swamps working memory), problem solving, and resilient behaviors.

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