'I wasn't tired because I was a mum, it was a serious disorder'

'I wasn't tired because I was a mum, it was a serious disorder'

Michelle, now a mum of two, has a condition called Idiopathic Hypersomnia, an overwhelming desire to sleep .This is Michelle's story...As a child, I’d sleep during the day – anywhere I could.

A Range of Pharmaceuticals for ADHD

A Range of Pharmaceuticals for ADHD

All stimulant medications act at the “ON” switch: They cause brain cells to make and release more dopamine and norepinephrine at their communication terminals (synapses).Like the simulants, two of the non-stimulants (atomoxetine and bupropion) also increase dopamine and norepinephrine at synapses, but they do so in a different way.

The best sound machine for sleeping 2019

The best sound machine for sleeping 2019

The problem is, I often find it hard to shut my brain off at night — whether I'm stressed out or simply excited about something — so falling asleep has never come easily .I've dealt with bouts of insomnia off and on for years, and have tried almost every trick in the book to catch some z's — counting sheep, getting up and walking around, trying melatonin, you name it.

Are You Troubled by Negative Intrusive Thoughts?

Are You Troubled by Negative Intrusive Thoughts?

But as hard as I try, I’m also having unwanted spontaneous thoughts that are distracting me, like “I think I need a snack,” “I feel worn-out,” or “it’s a beautiful sunny day, why not stop work and putter outside.” The fact is, our brain is always generating spontaneous thoughts.

Is Food Addiction a Real Thing?

Is Food Addiction a Real Thing?

They suggest that strong cravings for certain foods may be linked to biological drives that vary among different people, but that they are not the same as the uncontrollable cravings someone with a substance abuse disorder feels for drugs .

Migraines hit kids, teens. Doctors look at school, lifestyle

Migraines hit kids, teens. Doctors look at school, lifestyle

Another lifestyle change, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) works well for many patients, like Emma, because it helps them learn to manage pain.

The heartbreaking truth of being a mum with anxiety

The heartbreaking truth of being a mum with anxiety

Amidst all the picture-perfect Instagram accounts that portray motherhood as one giant game of dress-ups and puzzles, one incredibly raw post has showed just how utterly spirit crushing it can be as a parent who suffers from anxiety.

What TV Binge-Watching Does to Your Brain

What TV Binge-Watching Does to Your Brain

"When we binge-watch, we create an unhealthy environment for the brain because we're sitting for long periods of time, isolating ourselves from social activities and eating large amounts of unhealthy food.".

'Concussion' doctor says kids shouldn't play contact sports until they're 18

'Concussion' doctor says kids shouldn't play contact sports until they're 18

He warns that children who play football, hockey and lacrosse could face a lifetime of health consequences and details his findings in his book, “Truth Doesn't Have a Side: My Alarming Discovery about the Danger of Contact Sports.”.

Is Your Therapy Missing This Essential Factor?

Is Your Therapy Missing This Essential Factor?

Specific measures in the study included pre-treatment Self-Compassion Scale (SCS); self-compassion changes session-to-session (Self-Compassion Index, SCI); the Outcome Rating Scale (ORS), which estimates four factors of individual symptoms/function, social and work performance, relationships, and overall function; the Working Alliance Inventory (WAI-SR), a measure of the therapeutic bond and working alliance, including agreement on therapeutic goals; and the Multitheoretical List of Interventions-30 (MULTI-30), estimating to what extent therapists used different techniques, including psychodynamic, process-experiential , interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, and common factors.1.

Neuroscientists Discover the Brain Circuity for Persistence

Neuroscientists Discover the Brain Circuity for Persistence

A new scientific study published on July 25, 2019, in Cell identifies the molecular underpinnings and brain circuity that constrain motivation when the effort increases to obtain a reward—a new discovery that is the first step towards developing novel treatments for those suffering from addiction , depression , eating disorders , psychiatric disorders, and other mental health conditions.

Real Reasons Athletes Need Regular Neurocognitive Checkups

Real Reasons Athletes Need Regular Neurocognitive Checkups

To address this concern, a recent study (2019) led by Steven Corman of Arizona State University examined various factors that drive NCAA male and female athletes who participate in basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, wrestling, or field hockey to hide (or fail to report) severe head impacts (SHIs) and concussion symptoms.

Attention Parents: Recent Neuroscience Says Your Teen Still Needs YOU

Attention Parents: Recent Neuroscience Says Your Teen Still Needs YOU

By regularly and consistently spending time with teens, the channels of communication remain open, enabling parents to provide support and positive affirmations as well as the opportunity for open discussions related to teen development and life in general.

Short Bursts of Exercise May Prime the Brain for Learning

Short Bursts of Exercise May Prime the Brain for Learning

For the next phase of this research, Westbrook and colleagues at OHSU plan to couple specific learning tasks with acute bouts of aerobic exercise in an attempt to better understand how triggering exercise-induced Mtss1L may prime the brain for learning.

'Real Housewives' alum Meghan King Edmonds says son has 'irreversible brain damage'

'Real Housewives' alum Meghan King Edmonds says son has 'irreversible brain damage'

I then begged for an MRI.“Eight days after the bottom fell out of my life I put my son through an elective MRI with anesthesia,” she said, seemingly referring to her discovery that husband Jim had been having sexually explicit conversations with another woman.

Why you shouldn't worry about your only child

Why you shouldn't worry about your only child

All these things become food for the developing brain, and by the time the child is in first grade he or she has a background in adult thinking and abstract concepts that children with siblings just don’t get.”.

My son and I were diagnosed with ADHD at the same time

My son and I were diagnosed with ADHD at the same time

I’d have to be patient with him and give him calm directions, and that’s challenging as it’s not the way those with ADHD are naturally wired. With ADHD, you don’t have the ability to connect with people in the same way, you try hard to be close to others, but make social blunders.

Why Do People Like to Be Scared?

Why Do People Like to Be Scared?

What was also interesting was that people who reported feeling stressed, bored, or tired prior to VANE exposure experienced the greatest gains in terms of improved emotion and brain activity.

When Anxiety Attacks, Learn to R.O.A.R.

When Anxiety Attacks, Learn to R.O.A.R.

Teaching children to release the hold anxiety quickly can be a challenge, especially when the only thing they can think about is how freaked out they feel. Many times stress and anxiety occur when we ignore our present-moment needs.

Social Isolation Destroys Wasps’ Ability to Learn Faces

Social Isolation Destroys Wasps’ Ability to Learn Faces

“Individual face recognition is important before nest founding, when queens fight with other individuals, and then after they found the nest and live in these complicated social groups,” says Tibbetts.

Six Acts of Skullduggery in the Technology Debate

Six Acts of Skullduggery in the Technology Debate

The slightly boring scientific truth is that the research community has not yet been able to demonstrate that technology is unique in its ability to cause addiction in the same way as drug addiction.

What happens to a baby's head during childbirth? New 3D scans provide a glimpse

What happens to a baby's head during childbirth? New 3D scans provide a glimpse

A woman gives birth inside an MRI machine so doctors could capture images of how her baby's head changes shape during delivery. "When we showed the fetal head changing shape, we discovered that we had underestimated a lot of the brain compression during birth," Dr. Olivier Ami, who lead the new study, said.

Your Brain Is a Liar: 7 Common Cons Your Brain Uses

Your Brain Is a Liar: 7 Common Cons Your Brain Uses

Fortunately, there are things you can do and teach your children to do that can help move past these cons all together: Acknowledge and Accept that your thoughts aren’t always correct. By actively engaging in self-compassion, you will be able to practice reframing your brain’s cons.

How to Get the Most Out of Dreaming

How to Get the Most Out of Dreaming

Notably, nearly half of participants reported never having a dream with creative ideas or hints for solving problems which spilled over into waking life, though surely their brains were hard at work while they slept sorting things out in their dreams, whether remembered them or not, as neuroscience research tells us must be happening.

Life as Art

Life as Art

The aging brain resembles the creative brain in several ways. These changes in the aging brain may make it ideally suited to accomplish work in a number of creative domains.

Allomothers: Our Evolved Support System for Mothers

Allomothers: Our Evolved Support System for Mothers

Our species’ evolved nest for young children includes soothing perinatal experience, extensive breastfeeding and touch, responsiveness from the primary caregiver and a small group of other caregivers ( allomothers ), social support for mother and child, positive social climate and self-directed free play in the natural world with multi-aged playmates.

For All the Moms with ADHD...

For All the Moms with ADHD...

And then there are the constant interruptions: There are days when your biggest accomplishment as a new mom (or indeed, until your child is about 5 years old) might be going to the bathroom to pee without getting interrupted.

New Biomarker Discovered for “Chemobrain”

New Biomarker Discovered for “Chemobrain”

“Our findings suggest that patients with higher prechemotherapy DHEAS levels had lower odds of developing self‐perceived cognitive impairment,” wrote the researchers. The team suggests that DHEA(S) supplementation may be a pharmacologic intervention for cancer‐related cognitive impairment, and plans to conduct additional research studies.

AI Brain Device Reduces Need for CT Scans by Over 30 Percent

AI Brain Device Reduces Need for CT Scans by Over 30 Percent

Recently published a few weeks ago in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, a peer-reviewed publication, physicians at Washington University Barnes Jewish Medical Center in St. Louis found an over 30 percent reduction in unnecessary CT scans for TBI evaluations in emergency rooms using the recently FDA-approved medical device from BrainScope Company, Inc.—a medical neuro-technology company with various public sector and private sector funding, including venture capital from Revolution, founded by Steve Case, the co-founder of America Online (AOL).

The Science and Art of Mothering

The Science and Art of Mothering

Trevarthen & Reddy (2016) concluded that children are born with capacities to share emotions and intentions with caregivers (studies are usually with mother-child dyads), as observed through films of fetal then baby gestures in in sponta­neous communication after birth (Delafield-Butt & Trevarthen, 2013; Trevarthen, 1986a; Trevarthen & Delafield-Butt, 2013; Zoia et al., 2013) as well as in clinical observations of newborn self-awareness and self-regulation (Brazelton, 1979; Brazelton & Nugent, 1995; Nugent & Morell, 2011).