Category Archives: psychology

New Treatments for Depression: DBS and Ketamine

Numerous studies have investigated deep brain stimulation (DBS) as a therapy for TRD (Treatment Resistant Depression). We performed a meta-analysis to determine efficacy and a meta-regression to compare stimulation targets. We identified and screened 1397 studies. We included 125 citations … Continue reading

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Toxic Secrets: The Profound Burden on Physical and Mental Health

When people feel forced to keep dark secrets from people they care about, they carry a painful burden of guilt and shame. This can make them feel cut off and isolated emotionally from loved ones, and often keeps them from … Continue reading

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You Don’t Know Me

Of course you don’t know me. I don’t even know myself. Here are some of the reasons why: Philosopher Thomas Metzinger makes an interesting case in his book The Ego Tunnel that we really have no selves at all, in … Continue reading

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Worst Torture: Alone With Your Thoughts

Most people would rather self-administer painful electric shocks than to be alone with their thoughts. In the short charming video above, a normal person was placed in isolation to determine the strategies he would use to escape the crazy-making effects … Continue reading

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A Powerful and Wise Guided Missile: What Every Child Should Learn About Himself

The following are some more thoughts that originated in Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”. Most children are given a horrible start in life. Left largely to the mercy of schools, peers, social media, mass media and … Continue reading

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The Illusion of Control and the Circle of Influence

Some Things Cannot Be Controlled — Even By the US, the EU, or the UN In the 1970’s, Ellen Langer, a researcher from UCLA, demonstrated evidence for a phenomenon she called the illusion of control… Time and again, research has … Continue reading

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