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Counseling: It Has Benefits

Counseling: It Has Benefits

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Many people wonder if counseling is for them. The fact of the matter is that it’s not for any one set of people in particular. Tracy Riley LCSW shares several reasons why therapy is beneficial for all. I’m personally involved with child and adolescent therapy, family counseling, and adult therapy, so we’ll stick to that in this post. But Tracey writes about the merits of anger management and phone counseling, which is certainly worth reading about.

The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts

Child and Adolescent Therapy: It’s not easy being a kid. External pressures from parents, school, and peers can contribute to anxiety. Many young children may feel a certain way and have honestly no idea why. It makes sense, especially when you consider that they are still getting to know their minds and bodies. Other times, they may feel shut-out of the conversation, and dismissed by adults and authority figures. But kids, and especially teens, have their own opinions. And while they may not always be super-refined, at the end of the day they are learning  how to interpret the world around them, and so it is important not to ignore their input.

By attending therapy sessions, children and teens can learn to articulate these complex feelings, resolve problems, and practice healthy coping techniques. At the end of the day, a child needs to be able to believe in themselves. Life can be difficult, and it is hugely important to learn that they needn’t go it alone.

Family and Marriage Counseling: Every couple and family will have its problems. The game-changer, though, is how well those problems can be dealt with. Trying to power through them without giving appropriate thought to the source of the issues will often exacerbate them. However, with the proper setting, many problems can be adequately addressed and resolved. There are a variety of family counseling techniques that you can learn about on my family counseling blog.



Dealing with Angry Children

Dealing with Angry Children

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Radha was turned down from going out to play in the park by her mom.“You haven’t finished your homework yet Radha! You promised to do that before going out to play!”  her mom said. All of six years, Radha burst into tears, slammed down her books and ran into her room visibly angry and agitated.“That’s it!” shouted her mom. “You won’t go out till you finish your homework. And please stop throwing tantrums!!”
If you are a parent or a teacher, chances are you’ve been through this and well understand the predicament! Often we end up engaging in a shouting match with our kids—or freeze up, not knowing what to do—when an angry outburst occurs? Read on to learn the 10 rules of dealing with angry children.

1. Don’t yell or challenge your child when she’s angry:  Don’t try to tackle an anger outburst when the child is already mad. Tell…

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New Treatment May Reverse Alzheimer’s Damage.

New Treatment May Reverse Alzheimer’s Damage.

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A new study that was reported in the journal Nature has challenged conventional wisdom on the effect Alzheimer’s disease has on the brain. Furthermore the technique used in the study may provide a pathway for a new form of treatment which can one day retrieve some of the memories that have already been lost.

Researchers working out of the Institute of Technology at Cambridge, and led Nobel Prize laureate Susumu Tonegawa, began by modifying genes in one group of mice that are linked to development of plaques in the brain. By doing this they induced memory loss in the mice in the same way that Alzheimer’s would.

The researchers modified another set of genes within the mice so that they would produce light sensitive proteins inside the neurons of the hippocampus. The hippocampus is the part of the brain responsible for creating short term memories and is usually the part…

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Does consciousness emerge from the brain?

Does consciousness emerge from the brain?

Good read on a classic question

Multisense Realism

My response to this answer on Quora:
An excellent answer which sums up the current neuroscientific perspective, and which I intend to demolish 🙂
What if we set consciousness aside for a moment and use some other examples?
A conventional camera exposes film to visible light, yet the image is not visible. The visibility of the image depends on a process of chemical development, however that process is not changing the image-related information that is constituted by the microphysical states of the photographic emulsion. We can see therefore, that the image is not emergent from film. The film is perfectly capable of recording optical information without providing any visible image. This is a huge problem of eliminativism, computationalism, functionalism, and physicalism.
A similar example: Binary math vs geometry. For instance:
This image does not exist within your computer’s RAM or CPU. There is nothing shaped like a triangle or a…

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Neurocinematics: Can it really separate us from reality?



We are living in an age where pushing boundaries of digital innovation have become a necessity for entertainment and gadget companies, In the race to come up with groundbreaking technological advancements we are dangerously coming close to living our lives in a digital simulator.

Read this interesting article and comment if you think technology can really pull us away from reality at current pace of breakneck breakthroughs achieved in gaming, gadget and movie industry?

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Functional magnetic resonance imaging

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Functional magnetic resonance imaging

Larry H. Bernstein, MD, FCAP, Curator


Demystifying BOLD fMRI Data

What does blood oxygen level–dependent functional magnetic resonance imaging actually tell us about brain activity?

By Tim Vernimmen | February 17, 2016

BOLD signal in no task (“resting state”) fMRI YOUTUBE, ZEUS CHIRIPA

he relevance and reliability of blood oxygen level-dependent functional magnetic resonance imaging (BOLD fMRI) data have been hotly debated for years, not least because it is still unclear what aspects of brain activity the technique is picking up. “In many ways, this would seem to be an unacceptable method for neuroscience,” said Ed Bullmore from the University of Cambridge, at a Royal Society-organizedgathering of neuroscients late last month. “But if you’re interested in humans, there isn’t much of a choice.” Bullmore and colleagues had convened in Buckinghamshire, U.K., to discuss what, exactly, BOLD fMRI results can tell us.

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