Marriage & Family Therapist CEUs

Expression of certain genes may affect vulnerability to post-traumatic stress disorder

Results from a new study suggest that whether certain genes are expressed — turned on or off — may play a role in susceptibility to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study, which was conducted by an international team led by investigators at McLean Hospital and appears in the journal Cell Reports, may provide insights for PTSD prevention and treatment. In the face of repeated, prolonged, or severe trauma, some individuals seem to be more susceptible…

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Young People Are Lonelier and More Suspicious of Others

In a YouGov survey last year, pollsters asked more than 1,200 Americans, “How many friends do you have?” 22 percent of millennials said they had zero friends. Baby boomers: 9 percent. Also in the report: “Millennials are more likely than older generations to report that they have no acquaintances (25%), no close friends (27%), and no best friends (30%).” I was dismayed at these results. I decided to run a poll on Twitter, to see how my results would compare. More…

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Cyber-Politics on Social Media

Facebook is used by approximately 70% of adults. What began as a way to connect and reconnect with family and friends, share birthday announcements and cute kitty photos transitioned into a convenient method of expressing opinions about a variety of issues dear to us and become a foremost source of unreliable information. As of 2020, there are 2.6 billion monthly active Facebook users. Issues that were once considered “personal” are now open and available for public…

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Can You Access the Joy and Benefits of Flow in Lockdown?

Flow: that’s the state of mind you may enter when you are fully engaged in some intrinsically rewarding activity. And that, for many people during a global pandemic, may not happen all that often. Consider lockdown, the absence of usual jobs and accustomed social interactions, homeschooling kids who are climbing your legs or the walls and interrupting your focus in their own efforts to combat boredom. Those are a lot of flow-breakers right there.  Yet…

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Is your job killing you? Stress, lack of autonomy, ability can lead to depression, death

As millions continue working from home during the pandemic or are required to report to jobs as essential employees, many have raised questions about how these work conditions impact our health — and not just as they relate to COVID-19. A new study from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business finds that our mental health and mortality have a strong correlation with the amount of autonomy we have at our job, our workload and…

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Research Finds Self-Compassion Can Relieve Depression

A new research study published in Journal of Affective Disorders shows that mindfulness-based compassion living skills can reduce depressive symptoms in people with chronic or recurrent depression. Researchers found that practicing self-compassion reduced the severity of depressive symptoms and these benefits lasted for at least six months after learning self-compassion skills. The study compared 61 participants diagnosed with recurrent depression who took part in mindfulness-based compassionate living training versus 61 participants who received treatment as usual for depression. Participants who took part in the mindfulness-based compassion…

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Encouraging T-shaped thinking in the counseling profession

I thought it was a most ridiculous assignment. The instructor of my Introduction to Counseling course in 1988 asked us to write, of all things, a book report. “Make sure the book has nothing to do with counseling,” he directed. I was incredulous. “My first class in counseling, and he’s asking us to do a fifth-grade assignment?” I wanted to learn everything I could about counseling, especially in an initial course, and a book report…

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Transcranial direct current stimulation is a safe treatment

Transcranial direct current stimulation, tDCS, is a promising treatment for conditions such as depression and addictive disorders. New evidence on the safety of transcranial direct current stimulation was recently offered by a new study showing that tDCS does not affect metabolism. Transcranial direct current stimulation is a non-invasive method for modulating neuronal activity by introducing a small electric current into the brain via electrodes placed on the scalp. “In earlier studies, transcranial direct current stimulation…

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The Orphan Therapy Trap

A new publication draws attention to what is, perhaps, the biggest problem facing cell and gene therapies. You might imagine the most pressing considerations facing innovative medicines would be: Do they work, and are they safe? But tight on the heels of these questions are: What if they work and are safe, but nobody can afford to pay for them? The price of medicines is a continuous source of political infighting in the U.S., while even in Europe, where socialised medicine…

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Why Cosmetic Surgery Is Booming in China

Worldwide, the number of cosmetic surgery procedures is increasing. One of the countries experiencing the most rapid rise is China. As in the rest of the world, about 90% of people who undergo cosmetic surgery in China are women. However, China is unique because the majority of procedures are performed on women who are in high school or college. This is very different from most Western countries, where women who undergo cosmetic surgery are generally…

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