Mindfulness Exercises Improve Kids’ Math Scores

From: Time  Fourth and fifth graders who did mindfulness exercises had 15% better math scores than their peers In adults, mindfulness has been shown to have all kinds of amazing effects throughout the body: it can combat stress,protect your heart, shorten migraines and possibly even extend life. But a new trial published in the journal Developmental Psychologysuggests […]

How to Be a Better Listener as a Parent

From: Psych Central By: Holly Brown, LMFT There’s a lot out there about how to talk to your kids, especially about difficult topics like drugs and sex.  But what might be of greater value to your relationship and to their development is if you become a better listener. Here are some tips. 1)  Start with […]

Prevent Heart Disease by Following a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle.

From: Mayo Clinic Heart disease may be a leading cause of death, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept it as your fate. Although you lack the power to change some risk factors — such as family history, sex or age — there are some key heart disease prevention steps you can take. You […]

What We Can Learn From Life’s Major Setbacks

From: Psych Central By: Claire Dorotik-Nana, LMFT   It’s hard to imagine that losing everything could be, in any way, good, let alone the best thing ever. But then again, there are many things that were hard to imagine before they happened — take walking on the moon, running a four minute mile, climbing Mt […]

This is What Depression Does to The Brain’s ‘Disappointment Circuit’

From: Psy Blog People who are depressed may have hyperactivity in a part of the brain known as ‘the disappointment circuit’, a new study finds. Scientists led by Professor Roberto Malinow of the University of California, San Diego, found what could amount to an antidote to feeling let-down. The study focused on a part of the brain […]

Pediatricians Urge DEA to Reclassify Medical Marijuana to Boost Research

From: Wall Street Journal  By: Ed Silverman For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency reclassify marijuana so that more research can be conducted in the hopes of finding benefits for children. The influential medical society also proposes that marijuana should be made available on a compassionate […]

Do Comfort and Adventure Have to Be Mutually Exclusive?

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From: Psych Central By: Will  Donnelly “Which do you prefer, adventure or comfort?” I was asked recently, matter-of-factly, as if the two were mutually separate entities, and I, given the option to choose only one. I closed my eyes and I wondered. Now, at the age of 53, I see clearly that my answer is […]

3 Steps to Battle Self-Hatred

From: Psych Central By: Jenise Harmon, MSW, LISW-S  Dear Reader, If I were to sneak inside your head, just for a moment, what would I hear? At your darkest moment, when you’re all alone with your thoughts and your thoughts are the things of chaos, when you can’t sleep, and you are at your lowest, […]

Early Intervention Program Offers Hope for Youths With Psychosis

From: WNPR News  Yale University and the state are now offering a new treatment to young people living in the New Haven area who are experiencing psychotic symptoms. The treatment is also the subject of a soon-to-be-released study. People who suffer from psychosis often have their first psychotic episode sometime in their late teens or […]

Highland Hospital-Charleston CEO Friday Message

Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN   Dr. Persily is the CEO of Highland Hospital in Charleston, WV This week, I read an article about how small organizations can use their size to their advantage in meeting the challenges in health care today. I tend to agree in some respects, but certainly would argue that in some […]