Does Depression Go Away on Its Own? | Devil in the Data Emil Kraepelin (1856-1926), who coined the term "manic depressive," found that in contrast to patients suffering from dementia praecox (schizophrenia), those suffering manic depression had a relatively good prognosis, with 60% to 70% of patients suffering only one attack and attacks lasting, on average, seven months. Modern drug trials for antidepressants seldom take into account the fact that people with depression often get better on their own. The typical randomized controlled trial (RCT) has a placebo arm and a treatment arm, but no non-placebo/non-treatment arm (otherwise known as a wait-list arm). It's commonly assumed that people who get better on placebo, in drug trials, are experiencing the placebo effect when in reality a certain number of people just get better on their own even without placebo. Hence, the placebo effect is almost certainly overstated. But do people really get better on their own?
Pentagon researching ‘narrative networks’ as way to hijack the brain with false stories J. D. HeyesNaturalNews If someone – or some government entity – were able to figure out the science behind what makes people violent, what do you suppose they would do with that knowledge? According to a recent report by the BBC, the Defense Department appears to be looking for a way to hijack the mind so it can implant false, but believable, stories – a sort of “like me” weapon, if you will. The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA – the division responsible for all of the Defense Department’s cutting-edge technology development – is said to be working on brand-new research that focuses on the neurobiology behind the political violence and, specifically, whether such violence can be mitigated before it even begins. DARPA officials say the research is aimed at looking for ways to generate versions of events that would convince people not to support the enemy. Not science fiction – just science Brainwash us? “Why are we grabbed by some stories and not others?
5 Reasons It's So Hard to Combat Anxiety and Depression and What You Can Do April 2, 2014 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Have you ever had a friend or family member tell you to “just get over it” when you felt sad or worried? If getting rid of negative emotions is so easy, why is it that more than 21 million children and adults get diagnosed with depression each year and that depression is the leading cause of disability for adults age 15-44? The reason it is such a struggle to combat negative emotions is that they are there for a reason—to warn us of danger and gear up our minds and bodies for escape or self-protection or to help us withdraw and conserve energy when we face a loss. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. What You Can Do If suppression doesn’t work, what can you do with sad, angry or anxious feelings? 1. The feelings will be there anyway, so why not take a look at them?
How Long to Nap for the Best Brain Benefits Home » Health » How Long to Nap for the Best Brain Benefits Taking a nap, we’ve seen time and again, is like rebooting your brain. But napping may be as much of an art as it is a science. Scientists offer recommendations for planning your perfect nap, including how long to nap and when. The sleep experts in the article say a 10-to-20-minute power nap gives you the best “bang for your buck,” but depending on what you want the nap to do for you, other durations might be ideal: For a quick boost of alertness, experts say a 10-to-20-minute power nap is adequate for getting back to work in a pinch. For cognitive memory processing, however, a 60-minute nap may do more good, Dr. Finally, the 90-minute nap will likely involve a full cycle of sleep, which aids creativity and emotional and procedural memory, such as learning how to ride a bike. In addition to those recommendations, one surprising suggestion is to sit slightly upright during your nap, because it will help you avoid a deep sleep.
Blackness ever blackening: my lifetime of depression | Mosaic I was such a moody child. That’s what my parents said. “She’s such a moody child.” “Why are you such a moody child?” I don’t remember ever being called a happy-go-lucky or sunny-natured child, or feeling like one, although I certainly experienced varieties of happiness sometimes. My most pervasive memory of young childhood, however, is of being in ‘a mood’, which really consisted of just the one mood in several shades of monochrome: a spectrum that ranged from a comforting solitary dreaminess inside a softly enclosing gentle shadow at one end to, at the far side of the continuum, the grimmest darkness in a hard-frozen, fractured icescape. “She’s having one of her moods,” my mother would say about me when my father returned from work. Sometimes a mood arrived when my parents were arguing or fighting and began with misery or fear – and withdrawal. My parents stood over me as I huddled in a corner or sat cross-legged on the floor with my eyes focused on the patterned carpet. “Gaiety.
Att leva med ADHD Hej. Jag heter Annaklara. Det här är historien om mig. Våren 1981 föddes jag i utkanten av Stockholm. När jag var liten var jag en snäll och duktig flicka. Stopp ett tag! Vi har alla en hjärna. För att nervcellerna i hjärnan ska kunna prata med varandra använder de små budbärare som kallas signalsubstanser. Vad är ADHD och DCD undrar ni kanske nu? Det finns många epitet på oss bokstavsbarn. För att du som läser det här skall förstå lite bättre hur det kan vara att leva med min funktionsskillnad tänkte jag nu berätta lite om hur det har varit för mig att växa upp och hur det är för mig att leva idag. Vi börjar med DCD. Jag ville inte vara till besvär för mina kamrater så jag vågade aldrig fråga någon om jag fick vara med. De vanligaste aktiviteterna för flickorna på skolgården var att hoppa hopprep, spela twist, nigger eller kråkan, hoppa hage, göra klapplekar eller skvallra med sin ”bästis”. Att ha rast i skolan blev till en pina. Om man är i rörelse så ser man upptagen ut tänkte jag.
Antidepressants Affect Feelings of Love for Partner Taking antidepressants may affect people's feelings of love and attachment, a new study suggests. Researchers found that men's feelings of love tended to be affected more than women's by taking antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which work mainly through the serotonin system. In contrast, drugs called tricyclic antidepressants, which affect the serotonin system less, seem to affect women's feelings of love more than men's, the researchers said. "The good news is that there are a variety of agents for treating depression," said study author Dr. In the study, researchers compared the effects of SSRIs and tricyclic antidepressants on the love lives of 192 people with depression — 123 women and 69 men — whose mean age was 41. "Indeed, our subjects were those who could be properly considered smitten by love," Akiskal told Live Science. [13 Scientifically Proven Signs You're in Love]
Me, My Selfie and I See also: 7 Tips For Great Selfies It's official: 2013 is the year that the selfie came into its own. The self-taken mobile photo now boasts its own art exhibition as well as a new linguistic status—Oxford Dictionaries just added the word in August, making it a legitimate part of the English language. (Update: Oxford has made named it the word of the year for 2013.) Selfies, of course, aren't really anything new. Keep Feeling Fascination ... World's first photo selfie: Robert Cornelius in Philadelphia, 1839 We’ve come a long way since Robert Cornelius took the world's first photographic self-portrait. Yet he might have had he given it some thought. Those early self-portraits were themselves spurred in equal part by new technology—especially inexpensive, high-quality mirrors—and human self-curiosity, though of course you had to be an artist to actually create one. And what was the automated photo booth, anyway, but an ahead-of-its-time selfie machine? The Selfie-Centered Generation
Four-question test ID's women with depression | Body & Brain A surprisingly simple decision-making tool shows promise as a way for physicians to identify people with depression. An answer to the first of four questions was all that researchers usually needed to identify women who weren’t depressed, say psychologist Mirjam Jenny of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and her colleagues. Using all four questions, this tool spotted depressed women about as well as two more-complex methods, Jenny’s team reports June 24 in the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. If the findings hold up in other studies, physicians and other professionals with no mental-health training could use this brief technique to tag individuals who need thorough depression evaluations. “This decision tree can be used to screen for depression, but not to reach a final diagnosis,” Jenny says. Her team drew on data from 1,382 German women who completed a 21-item screening questionnaire for depression on two occasions, separated by 18 months.
wait but why: Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy Say hi to Lucy. Lucy is part of Generation Y, the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s. She’s also part of a yuppie culture that makes up a large portion of Gen Y. I have a term for yuppies in the Gen Y age group—I call them Gen Y Protagonists & Special Yuppies, or GYPSYs. A GYPSY is a unique brand of yuppie, one who thinks they are the main character of a very special story. So Lucy’s enjoying her GYPSY life, and she’s very pleased to be Lucy. Lucy’s kind of unhappy. To get to the bottom of why, we need to define what makes someone happy or unhappy in the first place. It’s pretty straightforward—when the reality of someone’s life is better than they had expected, they’re happy. To provide some context, let’s start by bringing Lucy’s parents into the discussion: Lucy’s parents were born in the 50s—they’re Baby Boomers. Lucy’s Depression Era grandparents were obsessed with economic security and raised her parents to build practical, secure careers. GYPSYs Are Delusional
A Blood Test For Depression Shows The Illness Is Not A Matter Of Will Screening for depression might soon be as easy as a blood test. A new test that identifies particular molecules in the blood could help doctors diagnose patients with clinical depression, according to a new study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry. The blood test can also predict which therapies would be most successful for patients, and lays the groundwork for one day identifying people who are especially vulnerable to depression -- even before they’ve gone through a depressive episode. But perhaps just as important, said lead investigator Eva Redei, Ph.D., is the potential the test has for taking some of the stigma out of a depression diagnosis. When depression can be confirmed with a blood test like any other physical ailment, she said, there’s less stigma about having the disease and getting treatment. Then, the depressed patients went through 18 weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy, a common treatment for depression.
10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 | Cris Rowan The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012). Handheld devices (cell phones, tablets, electronic games) have dramatically increased the accessibility and usage of technology, especially by very young children (Common Sense Media, 2013). As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’m calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Problems - Suffer the Children - 4 minutesSolutions - Balanced Technology Management - 7 minutes Technology Use Guidelines for Children and Youth
Cause of depression still eludes us, says neuroscientist We don't know what is wrong with the brains in people suffering from depression. On theory is that depression is connected to the amount of the neurotransmitter serotonin inside our brains. (Photo: Colourbox) Albert Gjedde, MD, is a neuroscientist and probes people's heads to see how their brains work. He is head of the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology at Copenhagen University. Gjedde explains we don't really know what is wrong with people suffering from depression but looking at the symptoms we get a good idea of where the fault could lie within the brain. Right now the eyes of neuroscientists are focused on the endogenous chemical in our bodies called serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates the intensity of our emotions, says Gjedde. Regardless of the emotion being happy or sad it would seem SSRI drugs dampens the experienced intensity of the emotion. People in treatment with SSRI dugs describe it as if the peak of their emotions are cut away. SSRIs mess up the cleanup
8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating “Music helps me concentrate,” Mike said to me glancing briefly over his shoulder. Mike was in his room writing a paper for his U.S. History class. On his desk next to his computer sat crunched Red Bulls, empty Gatorade bottles, some extra pocket change and scattered pieces of paper. In the pocket of his sweat pants rested a blaring iPod with a chord that dangled near the floor, almost touching against his Adidas sandals. On his computer sat even more stray objects than his surrounding environment. Mike made a shift about every thirty seconds between all of the above. Do you know a person like this? The Science Behind Concentration In the above account, Mike’s obviously stuck in a routine that many of us may have found ourselves in, yet in the moment we feel it’s almost an impossible routine to get out of. When we constantly multitask to get things done, we’re not multitasking, we’re rapidly shifting our attention. Phase 1: Blood Rush Alert Phase 2: Find and Execute Phase 3: Disengagement