By Kelly Dickerson
"Think positive" may be the wrong advice.
Seeing the glass half full is effortless for some and nearly impossible for others. One likely reason? As new report in Abnormal Psychology finds, a standard tactic of positive thinkers- reappraising the meaning of a bad situation- may backfire for habitual worriers.
On March 20 2014 by Rick Nauert
Although vitamin D deficiency has been found to be associated with numerous health conditions, including mood disorders and major depressive disorders, current research does not suggest vitamin D supplementation reduces or prevents depression.
Histrionic personality disorder is characterized by a long-standing pattern of attention seeking behavior and extreme emotionality. Someone with histrionic personality disorder wants to be the center of attention in any group of people, and feel uncomfortable when they are not. While often lively, interesting and sometimes dramatic, they have difficulty when people aren’t focused exclusively on them. People with this disorder may be perceived as being shallow, and may engage in sexually seductive or provocative behavior to draw attention to themselves.
March 12, 2014 by Traci Pedersen
For the first time, researchers have discovered cannabinoid receptors in the central nucleus of the amygdala in a mouse model, according to an international study led by Vanderbilt University.
There is no “typical” demographic profile for a person withPTSD. While military doctors first identified PTSD as “shell shock” or “battle fatigue,” today it is recognized as a disorder that affects people of all ages and from all social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. For example, children who experience physical or sexual abuse, adolescents who witness drive-by shootings and adults who live through natural disasters may be diagnosed with PTSD.
Several recent studies have indicated that exposure totraumais surprisingly common in the United States. One study notes that significant traumatic events occur for more than half of all persons during the course of their lifetimes. The events most commonly associated with PTSD inwomenare rape and sexual abuse. In men, the traumatic event most commonly associated with PTSD is combat exposure. Domestic violence is a common precipitant of PTSD, but is arguably not sufficiently recognized as extremely common.
Impairments in personal adjustment, lack of supportive relationships, family history of PTSD, previous traumatic experiences and other existing mental disorders may also play a role in vulnerability to developing PTSD. Additional research is needed, however, to further clarify how different vulnerability andresiliencefactors interact in the development of PTSD.
As noted earlier, while PTSD is a common disorder, the majority of persons exposed to a traumatic event cope reasonably well. While many may develop symptoms (such as insomnia) for a short time, only a small percentage (less than 10 percent) go on to develop PTSD. Thus PTSD is not simply a “normal response” to an abnormal event; rather it is ananxietydisorder that involves specific kinds of physical and mental changes.
March 12, 2014 By Janice Wood
Want to stop those cravings for chocolate or junk food? A new study finds that one way to combat that self-destructive behavior is to have someone make you feel sad.