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April 23, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Poverty Impacts Children’s Brain Development Negatively, New Study Confirms

April 23, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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It’s hard to imagine how, annually, over 250 million children in low and middle income countries worldwide do not have the ability to meet their development potential. Is there a link between poverty and brain development? A new study published in the Journal of Developmental Science found that poverty can indeed negatively affect children’s brain development. [More]

October 29, 2015
by Anne Kip Watson


Football Season - Preventing Child Head Trauma

October 29, 2015 04:04 by Anne Kip Watson  [About the Author]

With recent headlines for the National Football League on head injuries revealing devastating results, more questions are now being raised about how to keep kids safe from similar future outcomes. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University, new research examining the brains of 91 deceased football players found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE in 96 perfect of them. [More]

May 12, 2015
by Agnes Oh, PsyD, LMFT


Novel Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism Unveiled

May 12, 2015 10:43 by Agnes Oh, PsyD, LMFT   [About the Author]

Using three dimensional images and statistical analysis, the team has identified a way to discern specific patterns of facial features and structures which may be common to children with ASD. Once children’s faces have been scanned, the measurements of features along the actual curvature of the faces are compared to the various symptoms displayed. The results of this study have indicated correlations within subgroups based on facial traits and the severity and types of ASD. [More]

March 20, 2015
by Eric Ellis, Psy.D.

The Analog Brain and the Digital Mind (Video)

March 20, 2015 07:55 by Eric Ellis, Psy.D.  [About the Author]

We know that the mind-body connection exists because we can feel it. Tense shoulders? Stress. Butterflies? Nerves. But how do the mind and body talk to each other? Do they even speak the same language? What happens if our nervous system—the same as our caveman ancestors—misinterprets its cues? In this video, learn why fighting morning traffic can feel like fighting a lion or why a work presentation can feel like life or death. [More]

February 10, 2015
by Karen Allen,MS, LMHC, CAMS, CHt

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Anger Management in 2015- What the Brain Tells Us

February 10, 2015 07:55 by Karen Allen,MS, LMHC, CAMS, CHt  [About the Author]

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Through anger management training people learn to recognize and become aware of their anger cues as well as the intensity of stress, irritation, and frustration. They also address the unresolved pain contributing to their anger, as anger tends to anesthetize painful feelings and provides an illusion of control, power, and strength. [More]

February 5, 2015
by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.

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The Science of Mindfulness and Health

February 5, 2015 07:55 by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.  [About the Author]

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Taking the time to learn how to be more mindful is well worth the effort. Researchers are more interested than ever in how mindfulness and meditation affects our health and well-being. According to 2011 research published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, there are several ways that mindfulness training can be good for our mental and physical health [More]

September 19, 2014
by Christie Hunter

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Life After a Brain Injury

September 19, 2014 04:55 by Christie Hunter  [About the Author]

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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a severe intracranial injury caused by a violent blow to the skull. During TBI the brain is impacted by severe force, damaging the active brain cells and tearing delicate brain nerves, thus increasing the risk of internal bleeding in the brain. TBI is generally caused due to head-on collisions, skull fracture, etc. However, the intensity and aftermath of brain injury depend on which part of the brain is injured. [More]

August 17, 2014
by Dr. DeeAnn Visk

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How are Medications Used to Treat Mental Health Disorders

August 17, 2014 04:55 by Dr. DeeAnn Visk  [About the Author]

howare medications usedto treat mental health disorders
Prescription medications are commonly employed to treat a variety of mental health illnesses. Diseases treated with prescription medication include: schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Ideally, these medications are used with talking therapy, at least until they are shown to be working well (Mental Health Medications, 2014). [More]

August 7, 2014
by Dr. DeeAnn Visk

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Of Mice and Depression

August 7, 2014 04:55 by Dr. DeeAnn Visk  [About the Author]

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Studies have shown that depression-like behavior in mice correlates with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. By modulating these electrical signals, researchers have fixed the brains of these mice and returned their behavior to normal. Scientists were startled to find that cells in the brain have an inborn ability to modulate their electrical signals back at a more normal pattern. [More]