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Bipolar II or Bipolar Too?

The challenges of accurate symptom identification for those newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well as for diagnosed individuals who also struggle with emotional reactivity.

Lack of Sleep Leads to Harsher Punishments

By Art Markman Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
There are lots of benefits for getting good sleep. How does it affect the way you judge other people?

8 Ways CBT Can Improve Your Relationship

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on March 06, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Cognitive behavioral therapy can help your relationship in many ways—even when the treatment isn't specifically about your relationship. Find out how to start using CBT today.

Five Ways that Evolutionary Psychology Informs Medicine

The field of evolutionary medicine is changing our understanding of best practices in healthcare at a breakneck pace. Evolutionary psychology is helping lead the way. Here's how.

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Something with Poison in it …. Poppies.

By John Cline Ph.D. on December 31, 2016 in Sleepless in America
Pain medicines such as morphine have been of great benefit to those suffering from terrible pain but they can have serious side effects and can affect sleep in unexpected ways.
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Dreaming Linked to Bursts of Brain Activity During Sleep

By Michelle Carr on December 31, 2016 in Dream Factory
A new study finds a link between dream recall and short bursts of brain activity occurring during sleep; both may reflect a 'memory replay' function of sleep.

Hit the Snooze for Lucid Dreams?

By Michelle Carr on December 31, 2016 in Dream Factory
Lucid dreams are more likely to occur during lighter sleeps, like naps or after early morning awakenings, when the mind is more aroused and closer to waking.

Autism and Screen Time: Special Brains, Special Risks

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on December 31, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Is your gut telling you that your child with autism has too much screen time? Here are 11 reasons why ASD kids are more vulnerable to screen time effects, including addiction.

Is There a Link Between Poor Sleep and Obesity?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on December 28, 2016 in Media Spotlight
How well did you sleep last night? And what might this mean in terms of your overall health? A new study highlights how poor sleep and obesity are related.

3 Habits That Could Be Wrecking Your Sleep

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on December 28, 2016 in Minding the Body
Eating too little fiber, unwinding with alcohol, or checking social media frequently may undermine your ability to get a good night’s sleep.

5 Ways to Make Your Life Better in the New Year

Looking for ways to improve your life in the new year? Learn 5 ways you can make this next year the best ever.

Does Divorce Damage Infants and Toddlers?

Designed as "sensory absorption bodies," young children are acutely attuned to their environments. How can parents best manage the distress of divorce to minimize its impact?
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5 Essential Strategies for Insomnia

Insomnia and mania will both respond to these natural solutions.

Pain, Sleep, and Affection

By Sean M. Horan Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in Adventures in Dating
Do you think you get as much affection as you'd like? New research examines that perception, along with pain and sleep.

Single Moms and Holiday Stress

Are you a single mom who dreads the holidays? You have the power to enjoy the season.

Insomnia Treatment in Your Home

Will apps zap insomnia?

How Dreams of Deceased Loved Ones Affect the Dreamers

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A. on December 04, 2016 in Communication Success
What common messages do visitation dreams convey?

Seven Things Your Teens Need to Know About Pot

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 22, 2016 in Open Gently
Vapes are bad for your lungs. You'll want to smoke more if you're losing sleep. Don't just pretend your kids aren't smoking pot or that it's okay. Give them information.

Going to College With Bipolar Disorder - Part I

By Russ Federman Ph.D., A.B.P.P. on November 17, 2016 in Bipolar You
The first half of a two-part blog post pertaining to the issues and challenges faced by college-bound high school students with bipolar disorder.

8 Ways to Trigger Lucid Dreaming

Ever wonder how you could induce a lucid dream? Here are 8 techniques supported by research.

5 Ways to Stop Catastrophizing

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Friendship 2.0
In anxiety-ridden times, it is easy to begin believing the absolute worst-case scenario. Here's how to stay strong and fight it.

Why Do We Dream We Are Flying?

The important difference between the function of dreams and the meaning of dreams.

Sleep Train a Baby?—Don’t!

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 13, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
There’s no question about it--babies need to be physically with caregivers. Here are a series of questions I received recently about babies and sleep training from a set of parents

Sleep Less, Weigh More

Does getting a bit less sleep make you hungry?

Got the Post-Election Blues? Sad, Mad, or Scared?

The election of Donald Trump has precipitated Post-election depression—plus anger and anxiety—for many voters. Here's a strategy for returning to a state of well-being, asap.

5 Ways to Reduce Post-Election Day Anxiety

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on November 09, 2016 in Urban Survival
Here are 5 non-partisan tips to deal with post-Election Day anxiety.

Having A Child Means Giving Up Basic Needs

People need to feel autonomous. This is a dictum most people will agree to. But parenting seems to be inconsistent with personal autonomy.
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How to Get an Extra Hour in Your Day

By Gretchen Rubin on November 04, 2016 in The Happiness Project
This is the right way to use the end of Daylight Savings Time, and to build momentum for the months ahead.

Silver Bullets For Your Brain: Nootropics Are Now at Hand

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on October 27, 2016 in The Fallible Mind
Many would love a pill that restored the hundreds of lost hours due to fatigue and the necessity of sleep.

The Power of Personality

These are the ways to make a real change to the main facets of extroversion.

Sleepless and Depressed? CBT-I Can Help.

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Am I depressed because I can't sleep? Or is my insomnia causing depression? Research studies have answered these and other questions.

Sleep Like a Baby With Lactium and Magnesium

Want to reduce anxiety and sleep better, naturally? These two supplements can help.

Staying in Touch With Real Babies: Correcting the AAP

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
The AAP's recommendations for infant sleep deal a major blow to the parent-infant dyad. One mom shows how sleep training violates the most sacred of bonds.

How Aging Affects Our Sleep

What can we do to sleep well?