Stress: The roots of resilience:

About two-thirds of people diagnosed with PTSD eventually recover. “The vast majority of people actually do OK in the face of horrendous stresses and traumas,” says Robert Ursano, director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Ursano and other researchers want to know what underlies people’s mental strength. “How does one understand the resilience of the human spirit?” he asks.

Since the 1970s, scientists have learned that several psychosocial factors — such as strong social networks, recalling and confronting fears and an optimistic outlook — help people to recover. But today, scientists in the field are searching for the biological factors involved. Some have found specific genetic variants in humans and in animals that influence an individual’s odds of developing PTSD. Other groups are investigating how the body and brain change during the recovery process and why psychological interventions do not always work. The hope is that this research might lead to therapies that enhance resilience.

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Q&A with Psychiatrists on How to Bounce Back After Severe Stress:

DC: We studied U.S. Special Forces including Navy SEALs and Green Berets. We also studied a population of men and women from inner city Washington, DC who lived in poverty and grew up surrounded by stress, [as well as] a group of earthquake victims in remote Pakistan. They had a earthquake that killed 250,000 people. We got to know and study individual women who were victims of sexual and physical abuse.

We found things in common from these disparate groups, a common set of factors that seemed to relate to resilience. We ended up boiling them down to 10 factors. You can train yourself to be more resilient by paying attention to these. And you don’t need all 10. Some are more pertinent to one individual than they are to another to help you get through tough times.

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Why I’m not sure that psychiatric medications work:

Psychiatrist questions usefulness of meds.

*Why I’m not sure that psychiatric medications work*

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Twitter use found to help to maintain weight loss goals:

After following 96 subjects over six months as they tried to eat healthier
and stick to exercise, University of Carolina researchers found that those
that used Twitter regularly actually lost more weight.

In fact, for every 10 Twitter posts, they lost an additional .5 percent
weight loss, according to the scientists from the university’s Arnold
School of Public Health. The study has just been published in*Translational
Behavior Medicine* if you want to read it yourself.

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Reviewing alcohol’s effects on normal sleep:

“In sum,” said Idzikowski, “alcohol on the whole is not useful for
improving a whole night’s sleep. Sleep may be deeper to start with, but
then becomes disrupted. Additionally, that deeper sleep will probably
promote snoring and poorer breathing. So, one shouldn’t expect better sleep
with alcohol.”

*Reviewing alcohol’s effects on normal sleep*

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7 Essential Principles to Enrich the Writing Your Life Story, 1 of 2:

Who is telling your life story? Which ‘you’?

*7 Essential Principles to Enrich the Writing Your Life Story, 1 of 2*

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Massive Search for ‘Depression Gene’ Comes Up Empty:

Speaking English runs in families too, but no one thinks THAT has a
genetic basis! Let’s not medicalize everything.

*Massive Search for ‘Depression Gene’ Comes Up Empty*

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