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When the Holidays Get Your Down: Managing the Holiday Blues

The holidays are traditionally a time for gathering with friends and family and enjoying the festivities of the season, however, those who are suffering from depression or who are prone to it may find themselves dealing with a case of the holiday blues this year. Seasonal depression affects millions of American every year.  The stress […]

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Recognizing the Signs of Adult ADHD

Over the years, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been viewed as a disorder that mainly affects children; however, the latest research clearly indicates that adults are just as susceptible to ADHD symptoms.  Adult ADHD, (which includes ADHD that originally develops during childhood and carries into adulthood) is something that we frequently treat at our […]

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Bullying and Your Child

“O’Doyle Rules!” It’s a classic bullying one-liner from comedy “Billy Madison.” Bullying has changed by leaps and bounds since parents of today were children. Gone are the days where a bulky kid throws his muscle around to shake down smaller children for lunch money. These days it is much harder to tell the difference between […]

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Birmingham Maple Clinic Launches Adult ADHD Treatment Programs

Birmingham Maple Clinic recently announced the launch of individual treatment plans for Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a developmental disorder of self-control, in the clinic’s Michigan treatment center for adult ADHD. The clinic utilizes a full range of treatment options for both child and adult ADHD, which are developed into individualized plans that suit […]

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A Little Weed Never Hurt Anyone

Introduction by David Garvelink, MA LLP At the time this article was published in the Birmingham/Bloomfield Families in Action (BBFA) newsletter “Connections” in February 2003, there was much debate over whether marijuana was truly a “gateway drug” and what that even meant. It seemed unlikely that there was anything inherently chemically significant in pot to […]

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Social media overuse

Social websites has become a popular method to share information as well as content with others. Social media sites are the sites that will host social media. For anyone new to social media it is good to know what types of online networks there are and exactly what each does.ForumsProbably one of the first web […]

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Healing our “Connective Tissue”

Originally Printed on April 22, 2011 at www.addictionrecoveryreality.com Yogis have long known the healing power of turning into oneself and deeply stretching one’s muscles and ligaments — while also stretching one’s mental focus, tuning out the static and noise of the world outside. This practice, thousands of years old, has far-reaching physical, mental, and spiritual […]

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Motivating Forces (Video)

What drives you? Psychologist, economists, social scientists of all varieties have been interested in that question for quite some time now. In the past work motivation was thought to positively correlate with financial incentive. In other words, the more money you offer an employee the more motivated to perform their daily tasks they’ll become. Right? […]

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Freud, Culture, and Neuropsychology

The ridiculously interesting, totally awesome blog, “Mindhacks” uncovered a hidden gem of an article written about four years ago on Freud.  The piece is written by Paul Brooks, a trained experimental psychologist and journalist for The Guardian.  Here’s a snippet of the article: “One Sunday morning, when he was four years old, my son climbed into bed […]

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And the drug of the year award goes to…

Please, excuse me as I open the envelope.  (tearing, crinkling noises)  Xanax!  The virtuoso of the anxiety medication front drew an astonishing 44,029,000 prescriptions over the course of the 2009 calendar year.  In a not so distant second place came Lexapro with 27, 698,000 prescriptions.  Ativan (25, 868,000), Zoloft (19,500,000), Prozac (19,500,000) filled out the remainder of […]

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Finding Intelligence

When does intelligence begin?  How does it function and what is it?  Intelligence being such a broad topic, you’d think that  a definitive answer would lie somewhere in the back annals of a crusty psychology book in an equally crusty university library.  But as with most things concerning the human condition it isn’t that easy. […]

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The Emotional Muscle and Mindfulness

Over the last few days I’ve been surfing the net looking for fresh material for the blog and while doing so I happened to stumble across Deric Bownd’s “MindBlog.”  Recently he ran a piece on mindfulness and emotional muscle, hence the title to this post.  Here’s a quick sample of his post. Research on mindfulness […]

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The Art of Learning

On occasion I’ll read a book that burrows itself so deeply in my head that I start to change my behavior based on its writing.  The Art of Learning, by Josh Waitzkin is one of those books.  As a child, Josh was a prodigy in the chess world.  At a young age, he learned how […]

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Gentlemen Start Your Engines!

Ladies, remember that attractive guy driving the new luxury car while you were driving home from work? Maybe the car was a silver Mercedes or a black BMW. What if that some attractive man was driving something more along the lines of a pre-owned Ford Taurus? I don’t mean the new improved 2010 version, I’m […]

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Kidz that txt oftn score hier on reading tests

It is the growing concern of many teachers and parents that their children are learning poor grammar and spelling because of instant messaging and texting.  In particular the biggest concern is over the abbreviations used while texting.  The shorthand, sometimes referred to as textism, has been heavily criticized recently because younger and younger children are beginning to […]

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Marijuana Use Predicts Depression Amongst Teens

Researcher Dr. Hon Ho and associates with the University of Colorado have found that cannabis use as an adolescent predicts depression amongst the teenage population and not the reverse. Dr Hon Ho examined a longitudinal study of Adolescent Health, sampling thousands of male and female participants over a 14 year time span. Dr. Ho paid […]

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Your Eyes, Your Decisions

Neurophilosophy ran a recent blog entry about what your eyes reveal about decision making.  And as it turns out, a lot can be learned from your eyes, specifically the timing of decisions. Any aspiring poker players should take note of the studies discussed in the blog.  I don’t want to go out on a limb and […]

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Take Cover DSM-V!

The former chair of the DSM- IV recently wrote a piece for the Psychiatric Times in which he rips apart the new manual from cover to cover.  The critique is substantial, and largely covers what many other professionals in the field have already said.  Dr Frances, however, has the unique position of having gone through […]

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Interview with a _______ (insert speciality) Therapist

As part of an effort to expand the understanding of psychology and in particular the therapy associated with it, psychoblogically speaking will be running a series of interviews with a variety of therapist including, PhD, MSW, and MA level therapists. Not to mention a large quantity of assorted specialities ranging from sex therapy to child […]

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Time Flies by When You’re Having Fun!

NPR  ran an intersting story about Flow Psychology a couple weeks back.  Most people are familiar with the saying, “Time flies by when you’re having fun.”  Researcher Aaron Sackett from The University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis put the opposite to test. (more…)

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My Experiences With Autism

For those of you that don’t know Temple Grandin you should take the time to aquaint yourself with her and her work.  I’ll give a short list of some of her accomplishments: Best-selling author, professor of animal behavior, inventor of the hug-machine, livestock consultant. She has been featured in numerous publications including; The New York […]

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“Brand Name” Therapies

New research suggests that psychdynamic therapy is just as successful in treating patients as newer more “brand name” therapies such as cognitive-behavioral treatment or medication treatment. If that isn’t surprising enough the largest shock may be that the more traditional styles of therapy seem to be more successful in the long run than newer treatment […]

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Simon Says

Humans are of course social beings.  It is evident across other species as well, but not to the extent seen in humanity.  The Darwinian explanation of this has been accepted for a long time, practically dogmatically.  However, neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran offers a new explanation. (more…)

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Sleep Matters

Positive correlation found between sleep and gray matter volume. Researchers Ellemarije Altena and Ysbrand van der Werf in conjunction with Eus van Someren, found a positive correlation between sleep length and gray matter volume.  Using a technique called voxel-based morphometry (more on that here) the two researchers compared gray matter volume of chronic insomniacs who […]

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Psychoblogically Speaking

(sci-ko-bloj-i-kuhl-ee spee-king) 1.) the act of blogging about areas of psychological interest.  2.) writings on areas of human behavior.  3.) a method of communicating about current research, techniques and ideas about psychology and the practice of psychology.

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