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Introduction to the brain. Part 2: the basal ganglia

Last week we looked at the limbic system. This week we move on to the basal ganglia, which is technically a part of the limbic system, but important enough to merit a post of its own. The basal ganglia and movement The basal ganglia is in charge of voluntary movement. We all assume that all we have to do move some...[ read more ]

Introduction to the brain. Part 1: the limbic system

Advances in neuroscience over the past 100 years have revolutionized the practice of psychology. Without an understanding of the the brain as an organ, psychology was stuck in its "Pre-Copernican" phase. Imagine trying to design the perfect diet without knowing what the stomach and liver are supposed to do! With each new discovery about how the brain works, psychologists can improve the...[ read more ]

Americans are suffering with drugs alone

Nearly fifty years into the war on drugs, we seem further away from victory than ever. Research shows that as many as one in ten Americans have had a serious problem with drug abuse at some point in their life. Right now, four percent of our countrymen are addicted to drugs. What's almost as disturbing, though, is how few of them...[ read more ]

Cherishing your spouse

For many people going about their daily lives, cherishing one's spouse is often not something that comes to the front of one's mind. In Gary Thomas's book “The Art of Cherishing your Spouse,” he describes the steps that need to be taken in order to nurture your relationship with your spouse and value them for who they are and not...[ read more ]

How your brain chemistry affects your addiction

The Butler Center for Research has published an update about the functionality of brain chemistry and why chronic substance abusers continue their destructive behavior even when there is clear evidence that it leads to a myriad of problems. Click here to read the full article. (more…)

The truth behind addiction

The word addiction is thrown around very freely these days, and the first things that come to mind for most of us, is alcohol, drugs and maybe even cigarettes. In Shawn Henfling's article for The Good Men Project, he offers another perspective as he takes a deeper look into addiction, and gives us more to think about than what first...[ read more ]

The effect of sleep on mental illness

We live in a world where so many of us are walking around sleep deprived. In his article on Independent, Russell Foster, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience at the University of Oxford, discusses sleep disturbances, circadian rhythms, mental illness and the link between them. Click here to read the full article. (more…)

Using faith to recover from addiction

Do you feel hopeless? Do you feel that your situation has no way of getting better? Do you feel like your addiction is bigger than you and you don’t have the power or the will to look it in the eye and beat it? Turning to faith That’s where faith comes in. Jeff Jay, author of Navigating Grace: A Solo Voyage...[ read more ]

Action Steps During Times of Struggle

Are you going through a hard time? Is panic starting to set in as you wonder how you will stay afloat and get to the other side? At some point or another, we all go through trying times, and experience some sort of struggle in our lives. The main thing to keep in mind, is that hard times pass, and...[ read more ]

Helping the chronic worrier

Are you often overcome with worry, anxiety or dread, but don't know where it's coming from? If you are in a position of leadership, you may have an extra responsibility as you support and coach your followers enabling them to keep their worry in check. In CareLeader.com,  Jon Noto offers us 3 techniques to help the chronic worrier overcome his...[ read more ]

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