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Posts from ‘September, 2010’

What Is It About 20-Somethings?

What Is It About 20-Somethings? by Robin Marantz Henig in NY Times Magazine, August 22, 210 …JEFFREY JENSEN ARNETT, a psychology professor at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., is leading the movement to view the 20s as a distinct life stage, which he calls “emerging adulthood.” He says what is happening now is analogous to […]

Resilience, Stress, and the Neurobiology of Aging

Resilience, Stress, and the Neurobiology of Aging by Helen Lavretsky, MD, MS, Psychiatric Times,  September 2010 …A coherent pattern of individual characteristics associated with resilience and successful adaptation has emerged. Salient characteristics include commitment, dynamism, humor in the face of adversity, patience, optimism, faith, and altruism.24 There are emotional and cognitive aspects of resilience that […]

Bipolar disorder and substance abuse: Overcome the challenges of ‘dual diagnosis’ patients

Bipolar disorder and substance abuse: Overcome the challenges of ‘dual diagnosis’ patients by Bryan K. Tollivar, MD, PhD in Current Psychiatry, August 2010 …The high prevalence of substance use disorders (SUDs) in persons with bipolar disorder (BD) is well documented.1,2 Up to 60% of bipolar patients develop an SUD at some point in their lives.3-5 […]

The Surprising Toll of Sleep Deprivation

The Surprising Toll of Sleep Deprivation by Lawrence J. Epstein, Newsweek, June 18, 2010 …Moreover, cognitive and mood problems may not be the only consequences of too little sleep. Researchers at the University of Chicago have shown that too little sleep changes the body’s secretion of some hormones. The changes promote appetite, reduce the sensation […]

The Caregiving Boomerang

The Caregiving Boomerang By Gail Sheehy, Newsweek, June 19, 2010 …With parents living routinely into their 90s, a second round of caregiving has become a predictable crisis for women in midlife. Nearly 50 million Americans are taking care of an adult who used to be independent. Yes, men represent about one third of family caregivers, […]

This Is Your Brain. Aging.

This Is Your Brain. Aging. by Sharon Begley, Newsweek, June 18, 2010 …What does support mental acuity as we age is the same thing that’s good for your heart, lungs, immune system, and muscles: aerobic exercise such as brisk walking. A seminal study by scientists at the University of Illinois found that three vigorous, 40-minute […]

When a Doctor’s Note for a Student Doesn’t Help

When a Doctor’s Note for a Student Doesn’t Help by Perri Klass, MD, NY Times  September 13, 2010 School refusal — any kind of absenteeism, from phobia to truancy, that can be traced to the child’s own actions and wishes — is at the very intersection of education, psychology and pediatrics. So it should be […]

The Claim: The Day’s Events are Incorporated Into That Night’s Dreams.

The Claim: The Day’s Events are Incorporated Into That Night’s Dreams. By Anahad O’Connor The dream-lag effect was strongest among people who viewed their dreams as a chance for self-understanding; their dreams often involved the resolution of problems or emotions tied to relationships. The researchers speculated that the delayed dreams were the mind’s way of […]

Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits

Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits by Benedict Carey, NY Times, September 6, 2010 … there are effective approaches to learning, at least for those who are motivated. In recent years, cognitive scientists have shown that a few simple techniques can reliably improve what matters most: how much a student learns from studying…. […]