The Pain Disorder That Saved My Life

Thursday, February 02, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Anxiety

Pain and depression can go hand-in-hand because of the way brain chemicals like serotonin affect both of those conditions (more on depression here). But did you know anxiety can follow similar patterns? So much overlap. Neurotransmitters are kinda jerky like that. Some people even experience panic attacks related to food sensitivities

And sometimes we stumble upon these relationships by accident. Today I have a guest post from a lovely woman who found out just how closely linked pain and anxiety can be....  continue reading

Things That Block Orgasm: What Women Need To Know About Serotonin Balance

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under Sexuality/Relationships


Serotonin does more than keep depression at bay. This neurotransmitter also allows the rest of the brain to communicate with regions responsible for self-control and planning functions. This may explain why serotonin imbalance has been linked to issues from obsessive compulsive traits to substance dependence 1

But a lack of serotonin does more than regulate impulses and alter mood. Serotonin also plays a big role in sexual function. Without enough serotonin, orgasm may not come as quickly, if it comes at all (pun totally intended)....  continue reading

Are Criminals Blameworthy Or Are They Victims? American Justice, Mental Illness and the Illusion of Free Will

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 by Meg   •   Filed under General

Justice. 

It is an uncomfortable topic, particularly once we begin to explore mental health issues within the context of American prisons. There are currently ten times the number of individuals with serious mental illness in jails and state prisons than there are in state mental hospitals1. Prisons are currently our way of housing the mentally ill, de facto institutions when we find ourselves without appropriate healthcare facilities for long-term commitments.

Most prisoners are worse off biologically and emotionally when they emerge, increasing rates for re-offense. Not that this bothers us much; we assume that one who has been put away is a menace to society anyway, an individual who will surely do more harm than good. After all, you have to do something to get locked up. It is that action that we judge in our courthouses. 

But neuroscientist David Eagleman has a slightly different take on the notion of justice in Incognito. Ealgeman argues that it is not simply the act committed that we should look at during sentencing. To judge an individual, we must identify how blameworthy they are. 

And that, my friends, is a more difficult subject than most realize....  continue reading

The Minimalist Guide to Internal Working Models: How Early Experience Shapes Later Relationships

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by Meg   •   Filed under Sexuality/Relationships

Early life experiences can shape our later relationships and our emotional profiles. 

Upset that you inherited their father's nose? You may have gotten his trust issues as well.

Internal Working Models of Relationships

Your internal working model refers to how you see the world and predict events. An individual's internal working model of relationships is formed in response to the type of care they receive early on. In essence, early attachment changes how you come to see your later relationships and the amount of trust you have for partners. It can also be passed down through generations because it changes how people respond to their own children....  continue reading

Platonic Friendships, Friends With Benefits and Relationship Complications

Tuesday, November 08, 2016 by Meg   •   Filed under Sexuality/Relationships

In relationship therapy sessions, there is often another individual in the background, underlying arguments and punctuating negative feelings: the platonic opposite sex friend. Often men and women have difficulty seeing eye to eye on this issue. 

But it isn’t their fault. It’s all part of an evolved mechanism that may lead men and women to see these relationships in very different contexts, either subconsciously or right out in the open. But without understanding those elements, it is difficult to work through them....  continue reading

Is America Being Overmedicated? Suffering From Undertreatment

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by Meg   •   Filed under General

 

In part one of this series, we saw that the pharmaceutical industry has evolved to influence modern care practices in ways that directly impact our health. In part two, we explored the ways that marketing can potentially trigger individuals to seek medications they may not benefit from

However, the issues of overdiagnosis and overmedication pale in comparison to undertreatment....  continue reading