Month: July 2016

New study suggests that texting alters daily brainwave rhythm

There is a specter haunting humanity, and that specter is phubbing. Phubbing is the act of staring at a smartphone to the exclusion of everything and everyone else. An extension of phubbing is cell phone distracted walking. The National Safety Council notes cell phone distracted walking accounted for over 11,000 injuries between 2000 and 2011. …

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When childhood adversity leads to mental illness

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgia State University have uncovered the neurological impact of early childhood stress on the human brain. From these results, it may be possible to determine why some individuals who are exposed to these stressors later go on to develop mental health problems. This study was published in the …

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When it’s do or die: Learning about ‘Negotiating the Nonnegotiable’

Almost everyone has been there. You and another person have to resolve a conflict, be it in business or in your personal life. However, the problem doesn’t appear to be one that you both can solve. Whatever it is, you just can’t find a solution to the problem. So how does one negotiate the seemingly …

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Is stress contagious: The impact of work-related stress

Just as we might imitate another person’s smile, frown or yawn (e.g., the phenomenon of “contagious yawning”), our brains are hardwired to empathize with others’ pain and stress. In the brain, specialized neurons, known as mirror neurons, are responsible for our ability to recognize others’ facial and emotional expressions, which is important for our ability …

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3 effective screening tools for co-occurring behavioral health conditions

According to the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration in 2014, nearly 8 million American adults had co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Because substance use and mental illness co-occur with such frequency, physicians believe screening for these conditions at the earliest opportunity is imperative. Minnesota’s Department of Human Services, Chemical and Mental Health …

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Alcohol interventions are not reaching Greek college culture

College fraternities and binge drinking have gone hand-in-hand for decades. In spite of treatment professionals’ best efforts, alcohol interventions have largely failed to curb excessive alcohol consumption in Greek culture. There doesn’t seem to be any end in sight to this destructive relationship.   Binge drinking in Greek culture In 2000, Harvard School of Health …

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Understanding brain development malfunctions

In what could be a pivotal discovery, medical researchers have identified a brain receptor thought to be the one that initiates adolescent synaptic pruning; a maintenance process which facilitates learning. Synaptic pruning is what has been revealed to malfunction in young people with autism or schizophrenia. As referenced in our previous article explaining synaptic pruning, …

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Are some mental disorders temporary?

Maybe he’ll snap out of it. The mood swings. Evasiveness. Drastic changes in performance at school. A lack of interest in activities he used to enjoy. Substance abuse. These and other symptoms are often signs of mental illness in adolescents. Many mental disorders begin during adolescence; the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports half …

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