This week, school officials in Alabama put a 5-year-old girl on a suicide and homicide watch after she pointed a crayon at a kindergarten classmate and said "pew! pew!" Yes, this is real.
This year on Mental Illness Awareness Week, my call is for humility. We need to be aware that mental disorders are immensely complex--too complex for scientists, clinicians, patients, or families to solve alone.
As a clinical psychiatrist and researcher, my goal is to uncover new treatments for people like John, who have tried standard treatments, but who continue to have severe symptoms. John has tried all of the research studies offered in our research clinic, and those offered in other academic settings in New York City. Now he is my office and at the end of his rope. Could he be a candidate for a surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation, also called DBS?
"I want to wear the Mickey Mouse pajamas!" our toddler announced. My husband fished out the top, but the Mickey Mouse bottoms were in hiding. "Look, ...
Let go of the content of any sensory experience. That is, whatever you're thinking or feeling is fine, don't try to change it in any way. The content or meaning is irrelevant. Let go of that.
I'm in the very early stages of preparing a campaign to try to run in the 2016 election for US President. I'll be doing it as a transhumanist for the Transhumanist Party, a political organization I recently founded that seeks to use science and technology to radically improve the human being and the society we live in.
For decades, studies of how our brains work by neurophysiologists and psychologists have turned up a massive User's Manual that seems to explain how and why we think the way we do. The reason that so many people distrust these findings is that they sometimes tell us unpleasant things about our deepest-held beliefs about who we are.
I'm all for development of superior machine intelligence that can help the world out with its brilliant analytical skills. But programming AI with mammalian ideas, modern-day philosophies, and the fallibilities of the human spirit is dangerous and will possibly lead to total chaos.
We need to remember that while neuroscience is fascinating, it's still a relatively new field, and it doesn't have all the answers. And those who share its research findings with the rest of the world have a responsibility to do so prudently so as not to misinform or incite unnecessary anxiety -- especially in an already anxious population.
"The Future of Storytelling" is all the rage. Why? Because ever since our ancestors left the council fire where our elders told elaborate prophecies and folk tales, our world views have been shaped by the stories we ingest.
The newest frontier of science is the study of consciousness, for which a materialistic bias is particularly prejudicial.
The best praise is focused on a child's effort, not the child's traits, as I wrote in "Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Give Up." The same is true of criticism.
Conventional brain science has no explanation. It has long assumed that as the brain goes, so goes the mind; for the brain is what gives rise to the mind. The return of mental clarity and memory in a brain ravaged by Alzheimer's is not supposed to happen. Yet it does in some cases.
Spending your precious time worrying about everything can be dealt with through mindfulness based stress reduction or MSBR. You can reach that state through meditation and it's extremely helpful in lowering blood pressure and minimizing the effects of depression.
Most people read word by word, and often say the words to themselves using the voices in their heads. Why do we do this? I fully blame kindergarten reading programs, which force children to read out loud both in class and at home.
Results are the product of behaviors. Nothing ground-breaking in that. However, we also know that people's internal and external environments cause behaviors. This is where things get interesting because most organizations are grossly under-utilizing the tools and approaches that will improve their results.
As controllers of technology, individually and collectively, we must balance technological connection with disconnection, have the discipline to lose ourselves in our unconscious minds, and have the focus to listen to our souls.
knowing that a considerable amount of our time is spent at work and in the case of a growing population interacting across cultures when at work, it is essential to develop the skills that will allow us to better understand one another by meeting the culturally different person halfway.
Take the part of you that wants to gobble, binge, and throw caution to the wind and you remind yourself, you can enjoy what you love and the desire for it doesn't have to own you. Our brains are so much stronger than we usually let them be.