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Join Us for an #AutismTalk Twitter Chat

March 27, 2015

To recognize National Autism Awareness Month in April, GoodTherapy.org will host a Twitter chat on the topic on April 23, 2015 at 11 a.m. Pacific. Please join us on Twitter by searching the hashtag #AutismTalk and lending your voice to our discussion! We hope to give compassionate attention to the topic of autism spectrum, acknowledging the controversy behind it and addressing methods of care and treatment for those affected... Read More

 
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Are Men More Likely Than Women to Want Kids? And Other News

March 27, 2015

A popular stereotype holds that women are the ones eager to settle down, have lavish weddings, and then birth and care for babies. A recent piece in New York magazine’s The Cut calls this into question, highlighting yet again that stereotypes about men and women often have little to do with reality. The piece features several men who are eager to have kids, and the women they love who are less eager. The story offers... Read More

 
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Do Breastfed Children Become Smarter and Wealthier Adults?

March 25, 2015

Despite ongoing public outreach campaigns and an increased willingness on the part of American mothers to try it, breastfeeding rates aren’t what they should be. Organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend exclusively breastfeeding for at least six months, but 70% of mothers don’t follow breastfeeding recommendations. Previous research has linked breastfeeding to a number... Read More

 
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Study Finds Seniors Increasingly Happy with Their Sex Lives

March 24, 2015

By 2030, seniors are expected to account for almost 20% of the U.S. population. Many of today’s seniors are living active, enriching lives, getting married and remarried, and pursuing adventure well past retirement. Age isn’t what it used to be, and a new study from the University of Gothenburg Center for Aging and Health backs this up. Researchers found that seniors today have better, more active sex lives... Read More

 
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Can a Drug Boost Compassion? Research Suggests So

March 23, 2015

A complex cocktail of early life experiences, religious beliefs, and political leanings, among many other factors, determines how compassionate a person is. Not only does compassion figure into how likely a person is to give spare change to a homeless person or donate to a charitable cause, but it can also affect how sensitive an individual is to inequality. A study published in Current Biology suggests that compassion... Read More

 
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How Does Mass Surveillance Affect Our Health? And Other News

March 20, 2015

It’s been more than a decade since the Patriot Act increased concerns about the government spying on its citizens, and nearly two years since Edward Snowden revealed that many of those concerns are valid. Now, a survey by Amnesty International of 15,000 people in 13 countries suggests that mass surveillance may be affecting our health. Only 26% of respondents believed the government should be able to spy on its... Read More

 
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Are Conservatives Happier Than Liberals? Study Casts Doubt

March 19, 2015

As if endless debates about social and cultural issues aren’t enough to perpetually divide conservatives and liberals, the two groups are locked in another dispute—this one involving happiness. Previous research found that conservative people tend to be happier than liberal people, but a new study suggests this might not be the case. Research into happiness among conservatives and liberals has historically relied... Read More

 
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Could Loneliness Kill You? New Study Suggests So

March 18, 2015

Health workers frequently endeavor to help their patients tackle lifestyle concerns, such as smoking or a poor diet, that can lead to an early death. But a new study from Brigham Young University suggests that doctors might also want to ask about their patients’ relationships. That study found that, regardless of age, social isolation is a significant predictor of death. Want to Live Longer? Make More Friends To... Read More

 
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Study Finds Ultrasound May Reverse Alzheimer’s Symptoms

March 17, 2015

Alzheimer’s disease affects five million Americans and one in six women. Current treatments address individual symptoms and may slightly slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, but there is no cure. In fact, 500,000 people die from the condition each year. An Australian study offers hope for a promising new treatment. The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, found that an ultrasound may help restore... Read More

 
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New Algorithm Identifies 800-Plus Risk Factors for PTSD

March 16, 2015

About 8% of the population will experience posttraumatic stress (PTSD) at some point. Though intensely stressful events cause PTSD, not everyone who experiences trauma will develop symptoms, and the severity of PTSD dramatically varies from person to person. Early intervention after trauma can help reduce the risk of PTSD, but determining who’s at risk can prove challenging. A new algorithm aims to eliminate the... Read More

 
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Could a Hole in Privacy Laws Harm College Students?

March 13, 2015

With nearly half of college students experiencing anxiety and more than a third experiencing depression, college counseling centers are more important than ever. But a hole in medical and educational privacy laws could undermine the confidentiality of students’ counseling sessions. In a move that led to an outraged letter by two counseling center therapists, the University of Oregon obtained records from a rape... Read More

 
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Is Daylight Saving Time Hard On Relationships? And Other News

March 13, 2015

If you feel exhausted after the annual springing forward of clocks, you’re not alone. Even a small loss of time can cause exhaustion that’s harmful to relationships, a study says. The study drew data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey, collecting data on more than 41,000 Americans from 2003 through 2006. Not only does daylight saving time steal an hour of sleep when the clocks... Read More

 
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Hearing Voices? The Complexity of Auditory Hallucinations

March 12, 2015

Though hearing voices is often stigmatized as the product of mental health issues, it’s fairly common to hear voices. As many as 15% of people hear voices at some point, though only 1% have schizophrenia. Previous research suggests that these auditory hallucinations may be shaped by cultural factors. And now, a study published in The Lancet Psychiatry Today has found that the voices people hear may be more multidimensional... Read More

 
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Does Excessive Adoration Lead to Narcissism in Children?

March 11, 2015

Participation trophies, praising children for no apparent reason, and encouraging every child to feel special are relatively new developments in parenting culture, and most of us have heard members of older generations decry this parenting style. It turns out that debates about how much adoration children should receive constitute more than a generational divide, though. Children whose parents “overvalue” them are... Read More

 
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