Source: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: What people who are right a lot do differently
Source: 15 Common Cognitive Distortions: https://psychcentral.com/lib/15-common-cognitive-distortions/
People who are right a lot change their minds! They aren’t rigid thinkers who get stuck in the details that only support their opinion. They don’t feel a deep need to be right and argue for a position just because they came up with the idea. They can be flexible in their thinking and adjust their thinking and behaviors when they encounter new information or perspectives.
The need to always be right is also a cognitive distortion that can hamper our ability to be effective decision-makers and leaders in our diverse communities. The need to always be right, may also cause stress in relationships too when we favor our own feelings at the expense of reality–reality, perhaps offered in the form of an alternate perspective from a friend, co-worker, or family member.
At the end of the day, we need to understand that we don’t know it all, we need to consider the experiences of people not like us, and practice being flexible thinkers, because ultimately these traits only benefit us and our communities.
Source: If You Can Do This Many Pushups, You’ll Probably Live Longer
Imagine being part of a group that had a 96% less chance of getting heart conditions! I’d jump at that! Although being able to perform a bunch of push ups doesn’t guarantee that you’ll avoid heart conditions, it seems likely to decrease the odds. So, get out there and do some pushups, eat healthy foods, and take care of your mental health. After all, exercise has long been associated with improved mood and overall psychological well-being. If you can avoid heart problems, why not add this exercise to your routine?
Together, the studies offer a strong argument that seasonal mood changes, which affect about 1 in 5 people, have a biological cause.
This is great new if you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) because biological causes can be treated, and hopefully in the future, cured. The research supports light therapy as the treatment of choice–a treatment where you are exposed to light from a lamp, which over time improves mood. Now researchers know why: there’s a biological circuit triggered by photoreceptor cells in the eye. Evidently, there are at least three types of cells in the retina: rods, cones, and photoreceptor cells not found in rods and cones. It’s the third type of cell that holds the key to mood because it triggers the brain. So, if you get moody in the winter, there’s a biological cause that can be treated by more light. This is just one more excuse to go on vacation to somewhere tropical; it’s good for your health!
Source: Specialized Cells In Eye Linked To Mood Regions In Brain : Shots – Health News : NPR
Source: How to build muscle as age tears it down – CNN.
I thought this was a great article about how to avoid and even grow your muscles by lifting weights and eating protein and other healthy foods. According to the age related muscle loss (Sarcophenia) can be avoided or lessened the older we get. According to this article, muscle loss occurs more rapidly past age 50 and more rapidly through age 70. To counteract this loss, the author recommends workouts, specifically lifting weights that would be difficult to lift more than 10 to 15 times and making sure to rest in between individual sets and workouts to give muscles time to rest and grow. I enjoy working out for the mental health benefits, but this article gives one more reason to get to the gym and exercise–you’ll save or even grow your muscles as you age!
Source: Secret Service’s Research & Publications
The Secret Service has a department called the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) that conducts research into what they call “targeted violence.” Because they’re job is to predict and stop targeted violence against U.S. Presidents, Vice Presidents, Supreme Court Justices, their families, and others they have resources and research to be able to better predict if and when targeted violence will happen. This website lists some of their own research on this subject but also includes research about school shooters and prevention strategies because targeted violence against U.S. Presidents is similar to targeted violence in schools.
Source: Expert on Mental Illness Reveals Her Own Struggle – NYTimes.com.
Marsha Linehan struggled with her own severe mental illness before she created her now famous Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which she originally used to treat her own clients who have Borderline Personality Disorder. She went on to teach at the University of Washington, and her therapy has been adapted for use in other settings, including inpatient addiction treatment centers, where clients learn skills to help themselves regulate their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors instead of turning to drugs, alcohol, and other negative coping mechanisms.
Source: The Science and History of Treating Depression – NYTimes.com.
Interesting summary about the research on depression and its treatment using serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Some of the responses are also good to read as well.
Source: Talk Therapy Found to Ease Schizophrenia – The New York Times.
New study finds that people with schizophrenia made “greater strides” with smaller doses of antipsychotics plus one-on-one talk therapy.
Source: How Childhood Trauma Can Make You A Sick Adult | Big Think.
Childhood sexual abuse and how it affects people later as adults. Great study with great insights.
Source: Are you depressed? Find out in 90 seconds – Apr. 3, 2015.
Self-diagnosis (even by professionals) is not recommended for many reasons. One reason is that tests tend to be “one dimensional” and mental health professionals will be able to see the “big picture” and help guide people toward appropriate treatment options if appropriate. The BHM-20 may be a tool that may diagnose depression in only 20 questions; however, and may be one tool of many that can be used by professionals to help care for people. If you think you might be depressed, seek professional help before taking any test.