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What Should I Do When a Sexual Abuse Survivor Pushes You Away

I began dating a friend. She is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Things were going good and then she started pushing me away. Even going so far as to being mean. She insists that she has tried therapy and that she doesn’t want to talk about or deal with her issues. We broke it off but I want to save our friendship and help her. She has a history of drug abuse, she can’t go a day without either drinking, using drugs, drinking kava or kratom to excess. I’m scared that if she doesn’t deal with her issues she is going to continue to sabotage relationships, or get into bad relationships (which she has a long habit of as well), and that she will one day relapse completely again and hurt herself. She doesn’t seem happy. What can I do to get her to acknowledge she needs help, and if possible to save our friendship. I don’t want to push her and make things worse, but I’m scared that her other friends that know she has these problems are not doing her justice by indulging her in trying to …

I Have Shameful Thoughts When I Get to Work

From Korea: I work programming computers. I used to really love it. I still do when I get into the flow.The problem is that I have shameful thoughts when I get to work. Right now, no such problem. As soon as I clock-in and start working, I have shame-based thoughts, mostly memories of long-past instances of private (with one other person) embarrassment.If I get distracted, the memories go away. For example, I stopped working today to look up how Europe might have looked if the Soviet Union had won the European theater in WWII with no help from the USA. For those 15 or so minutes, I had no shameful memories, and I have no shameful memories now. I’m more or less fully concentrating.I’d like to get to the root of this problem because it’s my livelihood and I think I could do much better if not for these distracting thoughts.A: There are a number of possible explanations. It could be, for example, that you are having shameful thoughts because you haven’t really forgiven yourself (or asked…

August 2016 Pet Horoscopes

Aquarian pets will be more social than usual, while Taurus pets will be stubborn.

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August 2016 Planetary Overview

A motivational month that needs patience and tolerance to achieve.

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Study Suggests Taking Transgender Identity Off Mental Disorders List

New findings suggest that it would be appropriate to remove the diagnosis of transgender from its current classification as a mental disorder in the WHO International Classification of Diseases (ICD), according to a new study in Mexico City.The research, led by the National Institute of Psychiatry Ramón de le Fuente Muñiz, involved interviewing 250 transgender people and found that distress and dysfunction (two major components of mental health diagnoses) were more strongly related to social rejection and violence rather than by gender incongruence itself.Currently, transgender identity is classified as a mental disorder in both of the world’s main diagnostic manuals, the WHO’s ICD-10 and the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5. A major component of the definition of mental disorders is that they are associated with distress and impairment in functioning.Labeling transgender identity as a mental disorder is becoming increasingly controversial and a WHO Working Group has recommend…

Dopamine Returns to Normal 3 Months After Quitting Smoking

Three months after quitting smoking, levels of dopamine in the brain return to normal, according to a new study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. The findings suggest that dopamine deficits found in smokers are due to the smoking itself and are not necessarily a pre-existing risk factor.A major challenge in understanding substance-related disorders lies in discovering the reasons why only some individuals become addicted, according to first author Dr. Lena Rademacher, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Lübeck in Germany.Researchers believe that some individuals possess certain traits making them more vulnerable to addiction. They also suspect that brain circuits involving dopamine may be involved. Drugs of abuse release dopamine, and addiction to nicotine is connected to abnormalities in the dopamine system.But it is still unknown whether smoking induces those abnormalities or if they already exist and contribute to risk of nicotine addiction.For the study, senior …

Teens Who Smoke Daily May Be Coping with Poor Health

As fewer teens begin smoking for social reasons, those who continue to do so may be self-medicating for poor mental and physical health. In fact, today’s teens who smoke cigarettes on a daily basis are reporting greater health concerns than heavy smokers did in years past, according to a new study published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research.“Teens who smoke report significantly higher levels of health complaints than nonsmoking teens, and we found that this gap has widened over the years, even as the overall prevalence of teen smoking has dropped,” said Dr. Marc Braverman a professor, lead author and Extension specialist in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University, who worked with collaborators in Norway.“Some adolescents smoke as an attempt to cope with their health problems, and that subgroup may represent a growing proportion of teen smokers, as fewer teenagers are taking up smoking for social reasons.”The researchers believe their study…

Reporting Crimes to Police Reduces Risk of Future Incidents

Victims of crime who report the incident to the police are less likely to become future victims compared with victims who don’t report the crime, according to a new study at the University of Iowa (UI).The researchers evaluated data of more than 18,000 people who had been victims of crimes of interpersonal violence, such as sexual assault, robbery, threatened rape and threatened assault, and also property crimes like theft and burglary. Information was taken from the National Crime Victimization Survey, a database of non-fatal crime reports, and covered a period from 2008 to 2012.Overall, the researchers found that victims who filed police reports about their initial experience were 22 percent less likely to be victimized again. Future interpersonal violence victimizations were 20 percent lower, and future thefts were 27 percent lower. Future burglaries did not decline with police reporting.The findings suggest that this may be attributable to the increased awareness of victims, polic…

Ethical Question about Marriage Counselor Diagnosing My Father with Aspergers

My father and step-mother were seeing a counselor for marital issues (imago therapy–I’m not sure what that means). After a couple of sessions–a little more than a year ago–the therapist told my father in front of my step-mother that she believes he has Aspergers. I’ve since witnessed my step-mother routinely manipulate and abuse my father with this informal diagnosis. She’s broadcast to friends, acquaintances, even strangers, that her husband has Aspergers. She talks openly about her daily struggles while touting her own strength of character and tolerance for putting up with my father. She tells him he’s incapable of empathizing with people, then scoffs at him for crying–“that’s not empathy. You’re just being sentimental.” (I cry every time I I think about it,) My father’s friends and family have pulled away from him, because my step-mother makes them uncomfortable. At times it feels surreal, like I’m living in a case study from that book by R. Hare (the  psychopathy checklist). My f…

Teens’ Home Access to Drugs & Alcohol May Fuel Use As Adults

Teenagers who have easy access to drugs and alcohol in the home are more likely to drink and do drugs in their early and late 20s, according to new research.The study, by Michigan State University’s Dr. Cliff Broman, also found that the effects were more significant among white people and males.“While there have been many studies linking alcohol and drug use by parents to substance use among youths, there is limited research on how the availability of alcohol and drugs in the home may influence patterns of use among offspring in the future,” said Broman, a professor of sociology.“These findings provide evidence that the availability of illegal drugs and alcohol in the home while growing up is a critical factor in the later use of substances.”Broman analyzed data from about 15,000 participants in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health when the survey participants were, on average, 16, 22 and 29 years old.He found that participants who had illegal drugs and alcohol easily …

Breast Milk for Preemies Tied to Better Brain Development

A new study has found that preterm babies fed more breast milk in the first 28 days of life had larger deep nuclear gray matter volume and better IQs, academic achievement, memory and motor function by age 7.“Our data support current recommendations for using mother’s milk to feed preterm babies during their neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization,” said Mandy Brown Belfort, M.D., lead researcher and a physician in the Department of Newborn Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.“This is not only important for moms, but also for hospitals, employers, and friends and family members, so that they can provide the support that’s needed during this time when mothers are under stress and working so hard to produce milk for their babies.”For the study, published in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers followed 180 preterm infants from birth to age 7.They determined the number of days infants received breast milk as more than 50 percent of their nutritional intake from birth t…

Why Many Men Have Difficulty Compromising

New research from Boston College finds that compromise always occurs among two decision-makers when a woman is involved, but hardly ever when the pair of decision-makers are men.“When men are in the presence of other men, they feel the need to prove their masculinity,” said co-researcher Dr. Hristina Nikolova, the Coughlin Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor of Marketing with the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.“Both tend to push away from the compromise option because the compromise option is consistent with feminine norms. On the other hand, extremism is a more masculine trait, so that’s why both male partners tend to prefer an extreme option when making decisions together.”While previous research has examined the compromise effect — the tendency to choose the middle, compromise option in a set of choices — using individuals, the new study examines joint decision-making.“The decisions we make in pairs may be very different than those we make alone, depending on who w…

Scared When I Am Alone

Typically when I am alone, I always feel like I’m being watched, seeing things that aren’t real, about to be attacked, or about to be killed. These feelings all seem like they could either happen from a real person or from some sort of nonliving being, which the nonliving being is the more common of the two. It makes me feel discomforted, scared, and/or sick in my own home, car, or outside (for example: taking my dog for a walk). I feel this way all day and night, but usually more at night because of my like of vision. Because of this, I typically lose a lot of sleep and don’t know what would even happen if something like a nonliving being were to appear in my house, but I am in constant fear of any of these things being able to occur to me.A. It would have been helpful to have had more information about what precipitated your symptoms. Did you experience any life changes such as marriage, divorce, giving birth, moving, a car accident, or a death in the family? What about drug use? Li…

While Cognitive Ability Varies, Prejudice Seems Universal

A new study finds that when it comes to prejudice, it doesn’t matter if you are smart or conservative or liberal. Each group has its own specific biases.In fact, the study found that cognitive ability — whether high or low — only predicts prejudice towards specific groups.“Very few people are immune to expressing prejudice, especially prejudice towards people they disagree with,” said lead author Dr. Mark Brandt of Tilburg University in the Netherlands.For their study, Brandt and Dr.  Jarrett Crawford of The College of New Jersey analyzed data from 5,914 people in the United States that included a measure of verbal ability and prejudice towards 24 different groups.Analyzing the results, the researchers found that people with both relatively higher and lower levels of cognitive ability show approximately equal levels of intergroup bias, but towards different groups.For instance, people with low cognitive ability tended to express prejudice towards groups perceived as liberal and unconv…

Mayo Clinic Studying Genomics of Antiplatelet Heart Medication

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Which antiplatelet medication is best after a coronary stent? The Tailored Antiplatelet Therapy to Lessen Outcomes After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (TAILOR-PCI) Study examines whether prescribing heart medication based on a patient’s CYP2C19 genotype will help prevent heart attack, stroke, unstable angina, and cardiovascular death in patients who undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), [...]

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Gene Therapy for Metabolic Liver Diseases Shows Promise in Pigs

ROCHESTER, Minn. ─ With a shortage of donor organs, Mayo Clinic is exploring therapeutic strategies for patients with debilitating liver diseases. Researchers are testing a new approach to correct metabolic disorders without a whole organ transplant. Their findings appear in Science Translational Medicine. The medical research study tested gene therapy in pigs suffering from hereditary tyrosinemia [...]

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Updated Testing Guidelines Make More Women Eligible for Herceptin, yet Benefit Uncertain

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Changes to HER2 testing guidelines for breast cancer in 2013 significantly increased the number of patients who test HER2-positive, according to a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Cancers that have an excess of HER2 protein or extra copies of the HER2 gene are called [...]

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Tim Amlaw of PureHarvest Foods

Tim is an urban agrarian from a farm and agriculture education training and background. He has dedicated his life to building farmer based systems and programs to improve agriculture, humane care of animals and now local Urban Agriculture. His current endeavor is PureHarvests Foods and the Project Arizona Urban Organic Veggie, rejuvenating vacant land in the city with scaled vegetable production and training a local workforce to meet all of the community’s fresh vegetable needs.Listen in to learn about:His long family history of sustainable agricultureHow he got computers from Steve Jobs into his classroomThe new project ready to deploy in Arizona to help serve food desert areasWhy he thinks his urban farming project can help make 700 million heads of lettuce in Phoenix a year to serve the under-served areasHow scale is significant for farmers and how locally grown food can help the reduce the waste in the food systemHow hydroponic gardening can be organicHow he hopes to meet the dema…

I’m Not in My Body

When I was 15, after a suicide attempt, I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. I’m 20 now and after another suicide attempt, they diagnosed me with bipolar. I’m confused. I rarely have any symptoms of bipolar. All of my symptoms and signs point to BPD. For instance, my husband and I lost our jobs and anytime I come into contact with money, I blow it. I can’t stop flirting with other people either. And sometimes I check out of my body. I don’t remember what I do. That’s really been scaring me lately. I checked so far out I wasn’t recognizing anything. I feel like a passenger rather than the driver. My temper has been getting shorter. I feel very trapped and I’m panicking. I don’t know what to do.A: I can appreciate that different diagnoses can be confusing and unsettling. The only reason a diagnosis is ever helpful is if it leads to a way of understanding symptoms, which then leads to a way of understanding and treating the symptoms. I wouldn’t get too hung up on the lab…

Drama Enhances Communication In Autistic Kids

Researchers at the University of Kent suggest that creativity and intermedial languages can be used as a bridge to communicate with autistic children.In a new study, researchers engaged autistic children in an all-surrounding drama experience. This immersion environment exposes children to lights, sound, puppets and masked characters. Moreover, the intervention allows children to free play and respond, drawing out eye contact, speech and shared play within the rich sensory context.In a joint article, “Material voices: intermediality and autism” appearing in the journal Research in Drama Education, Dr Melissa Trimingham and Professor Nicola Shaughnessy say autism continues to be regarded as a community that is difficult to access due to ‘perceived disruptions of interpersonal connectedness’.Their pioneering research using drama with autistic children started with a project ‘Imagining Autism: Drama, Performance and Intermediality as Interventions for Autistic Spectrum Conditions’ (2011-…

Rat Study: Inactivity After Menopause Tied to Changes in Brain’s Pleasure Center

For many women, menopause often leads to a significant drop in physical activity levels. But rather than being a simple lack of energy, inactivity after menopause may be due to changes in dopamine signaling within the brain’s pleasure center. This could lead to a lack of rewarding feelings after exercising, according to a new rat study by researchers at the University of Missouri.The findings show that activation of the dopamine receptors in a certain part of the brain may serve as a future treatment to improve motivation for physical activity in postmenopausal women.“Postmenopausal women are more susceptible to weight gain and health issues,” said Victoria Vieira-Potter, assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at MU. “This is especially frustrating for women, who already are dealing with significant changes to their bodies. We found that the decrease in physical activity that leads to weight gain may be caused by changes in brain activity.”For the study, the research…

Social Media Aids Decision-Making when Breast Cancer

A new study finds that social media provides a solution for many women as they confront difficult decisions after a diagnosis of breast cancer.Nevertheless, barriers to use of social media persist.Researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center discovered women who engaged on social media after a breast cancer diagnosis expressed more deliberation about their treatment decision and more satisfaction with the path they chose.But the researchers found significant barriers to social media for some women, particularly older women, those with less education and minorities.“Our findings highlight an unmet need in patients for decisional support when they are going through breast cancer treatment,” says lead study author Lauren P. Wallner, Ph.D., MPH.“But at this point, leveraging social media and online communication in clinical practice is not going to reach all patients. There are barriers that need to be considered,” she adds.Researchers surveyed 2,460 women newly…

How Do I Stop Projecting Myself onto Others?

From Germany: I am male/32/IT professional, Bipolar 2. When i talk to someone, i project myself on other person and give long, explanatory answers.In interview, when HR asks me questions regarding my personality, i get excited and i talk a lot necessarily. I make cheap humor and can not differentiate between situation like with friends, professionals etc…My question is how to stop projecting own self and become silent.
Thanks!!A: What you are describing is difficulty with social skills. John Elder Robison wrote a book called Be Different. In it, he talks about the many ways he has learned to work around his Aspergers diagnosis.I’m not suggesting you have Aspergers. I don’t have enough information to even guess if that may be part of the difficulty. What I am suggesting is that you have some things to learn from Robison. He too had to work on social skills. He created his own self-improvement tasks, worked at them, and is now a very successful businessman. His story is both inspiring a…

Division of Labor, Husband’s Employment, Influence Divorce Risk

A new study provides surprising results in that financial factors, including wives’ ability to support themselves in the event of a divorce, do not influence the risk of divorce.Factors that influence divorce include how the couple divides work tasks. The division of labor – paid and unpaid — appears to influence whether a divorce occurs instead of financial factors.“My results suggest that, in general, financial factors do not determine whether couples stay together or separate,” said study author Alexandra Killewald, a professor of sociology at Harvard University.“Instead, couples’ paid and unpaid work matters for the risk of divorce, even after adjusting for how work is related to financial resources.”Titled, “Money, Work, and Marital Stability: Assessing Change in the Gendered Determinants of Divorce,” the study uses nationally representative data on more than 6,300 different-sex couples, both spouses age 18 to 55.Researchers examined what effect, if any, couples’ division of labo…

SmartPhone App Improves Mood

Psycotherapeutic mental exercise modules provided on smartphones can help to quickly improve mood, say researchers from the University of Basel.An international study discovered brief, directed smartphone mental exercises helped participants feel more alert, calmer and uplifted. The apps consisted of five-minute video tutorials that guided participants on variety of topics – such as concentrating on their bodies.The subjects could choose between various established or more modern psychotherapeutic exercise modules termed micro-interventions. Some of the participants, for example, recalled emotional experiences during the exercise, while other test subjects repeated short sentences or number sequences in a contemplative manner, or played with their facial gestures.The subjects recorded their mood on their smartphones, answering short questions by marking a six-step scale both before and after the exercise.Those who succeeded in immediately improving their mood through the brief exercis…

My Son Has Paranoid Schizophrenia and My 3-Year-Old Nephew Is Completely Attached to Him

I don’t know if I should be concerned or not. My 3 year old nephew and his twin sister and their mother (my daughter) and my son live with my ex-husband (their father) My son was diagnosed in 2013 with paranoid Sz and has been doing fine on an injectable antipsychotic. His negative symptoms, however, are quite severe. He has every single one of them!My concern is this: My little grandson idolizes his Sz uncle and just cries and carries on if his uncle isn’t holding him or playing with him. This does get annoying for my son, even though he does love his little nephew, but you can imagine! Well, I’m wondering, first of all, what is your take on this? My granddaughter also adores her uncle, but she isn’t attached to his hip with velcro! Should I be concerned in any way? I do not believe my son will hurt his nephew, that is not my concern. But my daughter and I are wondering if this might have detrimental affects for the little boy i.e. will he pick up on his uncle’s total lack of motivat…

ADHD Medications Can Help Reduce Risky Behavior in Teens

Emerging research provides evidence that medications used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) offer long-term benefits.The finding is one of the first to show how ADHD medication in childhood can reduce risky behavior in adolescence.Based on an analysis of Medicaid claims for nearly 150,000 children diagnosed with ADHD in South Carolina between 2003 and 2013, researchers found treatment with ADHD medication made children less likely to suffer consequences of risky behaviors such as sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse during their teen years and injuries.The finding is salient as eleven percent of children in the United States ages 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD and almost 70 percent of them are treated with medications.Children who are diagnosed with ADHD — a chronic condition characterized by attention difficulty and/or hyperactivity and impulsiveness — are known to be at higher risk for risky behaviors such as dangerous driving, drug use and risky…

Full body resistance band workout

Give your whole body a strength and cardio workout in one with Ashley Azevedo's resistance band workout.The workoutCircuit training simply means performing exercises back to back with little to no rest in between. Its elevator pitch is maximum perks in minimum time. Due to the fast-paced nature of circuit training, it elevates heart rate and couples cardio and strength training.Even if you’re solely a weights girl, resistance bands are a great way to keep your body guessing and prevent plateaus. The resistance, reps and number of circuits can all be varied to meet your goals and fitness level.What you need to doConsider the list a sequence, not an a la carte menu. Perform a set (10 to 15 reps) of the first exercise and move immediately to the second exercise. Perform one set and move immediately to the third exercise and so on. Keep rests as short as possible. After you complete one full circuit, rest for about 60 seconds and start again. Available time and current fitness level w…

Quality of Life for ARDS Patients More Tied to Lifestyle Factors, Not Severity of Illness

For survivors of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), poor lifestyle factors — such as obesity and smoking — are more closely tied to a subsequent poorer quality of life rather than the actual severity of their illness, according to a new multi-university study.ARDS is a progressive condition in which patients have difficulty breathing due to a fluid leak in the lungs. It typically occurs in people who are already critically ill or who have suffered traumatic injuries. Most ARDS patients are unable to breathe on their own without support from a ventilator.For the study, critical care researchers from Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City evaluated 616 patients who had been treated for ARDS to find out which factors played the most significant role in their quality of life six months following discharge from the hospital.The findings show that the patient’s acuity, or level of illness, was not a significant marker in their subsequent quality of life, but rather it was l…