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Who's Helping You Lose Weight From Your Antidepressant?

So many people gain weight from prescription drugs. Why isn't this more widely discussed?

Breast Cancer Screening Anxiety

Breast cancer screening anxiety is common, especially for high-risk women with personal or family histories of breast cancer, and those that are called back for more tests. But it’s understudied and overlooked, especially given how many women it affects.

Are You Your Thoughts?

How an objective leader handles negative thoughts

Can We Afford to Reform Our Public Schools?

Can we really afford to fix our schools, even if we know how? Battles over teacher training, testing, and curriculum materials are only a few of the roadblocks. Will federal and state legislators work with entrepreneurs and businesses folks to provide money for reform?

A Lesson From Junior High Exile

By Kaja Perina on May 14, 2015 in Brainstorm
The inner voice is both symptom and salve, partly indicating what you believe about yourself and partly indoctrinating you into a way of thinking, as I discovered in a middle school library long ago.

Proactive Intervention for Psychosis

The adolescent who is encouraged and integrated with his peers may not develop schizophrenia.

Kids Eat Poorly Because We're Psycho About Food and Eating

The message that unhealthy-tastes-better-than-healthy is a message that comes through loud and clear. And kids get it from the get-go. Parents, you’re not to blame. It’s our crazy culture. Even if you did everything right, your kids would still get the “talk healthy,” but dig-down-dirty message. It is the cultural equivalent of "Do what I say, not what I do."

Good Enough Sex vs. Perfect Individual Sex Performance

Sex does not equal intercourse and intercourse and orgasm is not a pass-fail sex test.
 The Ultimate Price of Our Hyper-Achievement Culture

The Ultimate Price of Our Hyper-Achievement Culture

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on May 14, 2015 in The Power of Prime
In an earlier post, I described the high cost that pushing kids too hard can have on their lives. A truly tragic example of this trend is Madison Holleran, a U. of Penn student and athlete, who committed suicide in early 2014. On the surface, she was a happy and successful young woman. But inside there was turmoil.

Self-Talk: Create-Your-Own Anxious, Depressed or Happy Moods

Your self-talk can keep you feeling good. It also can make you prone to slide into depression or anxiety. This quiz can help you become aware of ways in which your self-talk habits may be helping or hurting your emotional state.

Tom Brady Broke the Rules, But Don't We All?

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on May 14, 2015 in The Sports Mind
Before we tie Tom Brady to the whipping post, perhaps we should think about the times we bent, finessed, or massaged the rules for our own benefit.

Are Conformity Effects Necessarily Social?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 14, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
People tend to do what the people around them are doing. Walk onto an elevator, and most everyone stands facing forward. People talking to each other tend to match their speech rate and even the pitch of their voices. The judgments made by a group also tend to converge.

Doctor-Patient Communications are Out of Whack

Given the high-stakes of medical testing and treatment, the doctor-patient relationship is shaped to varying degrees by apprehension and fretfulness for both parties involved. When there is irrelationship between doctor and patient, it is more likely that there will be irrelationship between the healthcare system and everyone else.

Can Women be as Violent as Men?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on May 14, 2015 in The Human Beast
Gender equality is making strides in most occupations, including violent ones such as the military and police. If violent crime is a “job,” as Woody Allen referred to bank robbery in Take the Money and Run, can we expect to see gender equality there also?

A Contrast to Psychiatry: The ‘Hearing Voices’ Movement

Those opposed to classical psychiatric models claim that hearing voices may be a normal part of the human experience and that the diagnosis of schizophrenia may be unfounded.

Why Children Are Being Undereducated

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on May 14, 2015 in Am I Right?
All children need to be part of a fair educational system.

When Someone You Love Has Mental Illness

In honor of Mental Health Month, we explore how to advocate for your loved one with mental illness.

How to Organize Your Financial Life

Tax time is over and you swear it won’t be like this again.

The Importance of Meaning in Health

By Jason Lillis Ph.D. on May 14, 2015 in Healthy Change
Research shows the importance of connecting healthy habits to what deeply matters to you.

Depression, Posture and the Role of Exercise

Can we alleviate depression through exercise and changes in posture and deportment?

Campus Suicide

Conflict between expectations and forlorn self

A Simple Way of Reducing Long-Term Stress in Dogs?

An unexpected finding — the simple act of walking your dog can affect its long-term ability to cope with stress.

The Critical Difference Between Explanations and Excuses

Explanations help you learn from your mistakes. Excuses will damage your relationships and sabotage your chances of success.

When Life is Too Sweet

Why does sugar have to be bad for you?

The Case for Margins in a Student’s Life

By Tim Elmore on May 14, 2015 in Artificial Maturity
I’ve noticed a subtle pattern in college and high school students. I wonder if you’ve seen it too. Over the past year, I’ve marveled at what kids find humorous.

My Design Psychology Career: 'Art + Science' = True Love

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on May 14, 2015 in Design on My Mind
DESIGN PSYCHOLOGY offers a better way to finally bridge the gap between 'human factors' THINKING and design PRACTICE.

School Refusal and Severe Social Withdrawal

By Allen J Frances M.D. on May 14, 2015 in Saving Normal
A kid not going to school is a crisis for family and school. Parents and teachers often feel helpless and perplexed. The kid may quickly spiral down into increased anxiety, avoidance, despair, and gaming. Starting treatment early reduces the risks the child will develop severe school refusal and become completely homebound.

The Extreme Humanity Of Napalm Death’s Marc Greenway

Napalm Death’s vocalist Marc “Barney” Greenway shares his core humanitarian message and commitment to bring attention to when people are not treated with respect and dignity.

Want to Quit Your Day Job? 7 Good Reasons Why You Shouldn’t

If you’re a part-time writer or entrepreneur in-the-making, here are a few reasons you may not want to quit that day job just yet.