10 Mindfulness Tricks

Alarmingly, the World Health Organization now considers depression as the leading cause of ill-health and disability worldwide. And for a great number of the people suffering there are simple, free and non-pharmaceutical ways of managing their mental health. Much of the research in the field of mindfulness explores the impact of thirty to forty-five minutes [...]

Almost Every Young Person in WA Detention Has a Severe Brain Impairment

Nine out of ten people in Western Australian youth detention are severely impaired in at least one area of brain function such as memory, language, attention, and executive function (planning and understanding consequences). Such deficits would strongly impact on their ability to conform with legal instructions, and with other aspects of the justice system such [...]

By | 2018-02-16T10:52:38+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Problem Solving Buffers the Brain Against Anxiety

When it comes to managing anxiety, science just lent more credibility to the advice to “stay busy.” Engaging the brain to stay busy with problem-solving appears to be an effective buffer against debilitating anxiety, especially in those prone to the worst of the condition, according to a new brain imaging study from Duke University researchers. The [...]

By | 2018-01-22T10:56:29+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Babies’ Brains Damaged by Pollution – Unicef

Seventeen million babies under the age of one are breathing toxic air, putting their brain development at risk, the UN children's agency has warned. Babies in South Asia were worst affected, with more than 12 million living in areas with pollution six times higher than safe levels. A further four million were at risk in [...]

How Focused Attention Can Help Our Kids Battle Stress and Anxiety

In the midst of my worst moments of anxiety and panic, I would focus incessantly on the physical sensation and fear that it was something serious and harmful. But, as I learned over time from several experts, my attention was directed on the wrong thing. What if I could shift my focus to something else – [...]

By | 2017-11-13T09:26:32+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Science & Research|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Depression Is Associated With Abnormal Function In The Brain

New neuroimaging research has found that depression is associated with abnormal function in an area of the brain known as the medial prefrontal cortex. The study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, investigated how the medial prefrontal cortex interacted with other areas of the brain in depression. The researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging [...]

By | 2017-06-26T12:20:03+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Categories: Depression|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Growing Up In Disadvantaged Areas May Affect Teens’ Brains, But Good Parenting Can Help

New research has found growing up in a disadvantaged neighbourhood may have negative effects on children’s brain development. But for males, at least, positive parenting negated these negative effects, providing some good lessons for parents. Living in a disadvantaged neighbourhood (where there are more people who have low income jobs or are unemployed, are less [...]

Why People With Eating Disorders Are Often Obsessed With Food

Lorraine Pascale, a chef and regular guest on the BBC’s cooking programme, Saturday Kitchen, recently admitted that she struggled with an eating disorder. For many, it would seem counter-intuitive that a person with an eating disorder would spend so much time around food. But an obsession with food is often linked with eating disorders, highlighting [...]

Why Our Brain Thrives On Mistakes

A Growing Brain vs. a Static Brain A body of research that began in 2011 suggests that this aversion to mistakes can be a cause of poor learning habits. The research suggested that those of us who have a “growth mindset”—believing that intelligence is malleable—pay more attention to mistakes and treat them as a wake-up [...]

Anorexia Leaves Lasting Changes In The Brain, Even After Treatment

Even after weeks of treatment and considerable weight gain, the brains of adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa remain altered, putting them at risk for possible relapse. The study, published last week in the American Journal of Psychiatry, examined 21 female adolescents before and after treatment for anorexia and found that their brains still had an [...]