Toxoplasmosis, Inflamation, and Dementia: New Possibilities

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Description: Perhaps you have heard about Toxoplasmosis? It is a condition caused by a parasite that is carried by cats who catch wild birds and that can be picked up by humans when they clean the cats’ litter boxes and inhale some of the T. gondii parasite while doing so. Exposure among pregnant women can… Read more »

The Psychology of Covid-19: Challenges in Diagnosing and Treating OCD

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Description: I hope you are washing your hands A LOT these days! In fact, might you say that you are washing your hands compulsively? That is not really an appropriate descriptor but here is something to think about. What effect do you think the appropriate jump in hand washing over the past 8 months and… Read more »

The Psychology of Covid-19: Depression or Boredom?

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Description: Think about this distinction for a moment in relation to your own experiences within and related to our time with the Covid-19 pandemic. How much of our negative emotional, social and cognitive experiences could or should we attribute to bad things that have happened to us (e.g., health challenges, job losses, life disruptions) and… Read more »

Mental Illness: Beyond the Biomedical Model

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Description: Do we (Psychologists and Psychiatrists) know what caused mental illness? When I teach the Psychological Disorders and Treatments sections on my Introductory Psychology course, after talking about the drugs used in treating the symptoms of various mental disorders (like depression or schizophrenia) I will usually ask if people think that because there are drugs… Read more »

New NeuroPsychology of Anxiety: New Treatment Potential?

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Description: Somewhere in the neighbourhood of 20% of North Americans suffer from some form of anxiety disorder that impacts their relationships, their schoolwork and/or their jobs. There are many things Psychology can suggest that people do or try in order to cope with their feelings of anxiety but what if there was an “underlying disease… Read more »

Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: The Links and 10 Simple Words

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Description: Stress is related to depression somehow, right? But just how ARE they related? And How does anxiety play into this? Think about what you might know about how these things are related and not just correlationally (as in, more stressed people get depressed than do non-stressed people) but at the neurological level. Once you… Read more »

A Brain Reset Treatment for Depression?

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Description: Perhaps you have heard about the use of ECT (electroconvulsive shock therapy) to treat “treatment resistant depression. It involved(s) the induction of a grand mal seizure (random firing of all neurons in the brain) through the application of electrical stimulation of the brain. Why does it work (when it does)? It seems to “rest”… Read more »

Alzheimer’s: When Potential Treatments Fail

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Description: Imagine you are a biochemist and you have been working on finding substances that could be used against the two main toxic proteins involved in Alzheimer’s, amyloid beta and tau. Further imagine that you have found a substance that seems to do what you want, at least when tested on the proteins in petri… Read more »

PTSD with Ecstasy as a Treament Add-on?

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Description: I have posted a number of times in the past on the topic of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – search PTSD in the Weekly Updates search window). Symptoms of PTSD are worryingly common among retiring military veterans. The rate in the general population is just under 10% while the rate among returning vets… Read more »

Do Antidepressants Work? Not a simple question

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Description: Antidepressants work wonderfully well in the treatment of the symptoms of depression, right? They have saved us from having no treatment that works or from resorting to ECT (Electro-Convulsive Shock Therapy), right? Well, if you believe these statements to be true then you have been paying attention to what the general media has had… Read more »