Living with chronic pain isn’t easy. Doctors say, “work on those coping skills,” but they don’t know what real pain’s like. The irony is that coping skills do reduce pain. They aren’t just about distraction or minimizing angst — they physiologically block pain receptors and improve a person’s quality of life. So, with the understanding […]
Ah, intelligence. When you think of intelligence, what comes to mind? Is it that math genius who scores well on IQ tests, with questions like the one above? Okay, of course. When you hear he has an IQ of 145, it probably means he’s very intelligent. But what about people with normal or low IQ? […]
“Autism is one word trying to describe millions of stories. Offer support. Not judgment.” –Stuart Duncan, autism advocate Whether someone you love has Asperger’s or autistic spectrum disorder, it’s likely they struggle with meltdowns — and you’re at a loss. How do you help them? Where do you start? Here are some tips at walking […]
Many people feel bad about themselves at times. Self-esteem is a complicated entity, influenced by many factors, including morality, spiritual beliefs, the approval of family and friends, environment, childhood experiences, and general sense of well-being. Negative life events, physical illness, problematic relationships, and loss of control can all undermine self-esteem. If you believe you suffer […]
The part of the brain below the tentorium handles the basics, like breathing. It’s not the interesting part. Forget about it.
Oh, the enthusiasm! Oh, the passion! The president befriends Europe. He befriends nature. He befriends the World Health Organization. He even befriends the democrats.
When was the last time you did something you regret? Like drive by that old boyfriend’s house just “because.” It starts out innocently enough. There’s that old yearning and a little curiosity, and you hope by God you see him. He’ll have gained weight, have an enormous beer belly, and his hair will be filthy […]
The term “paraphilia” is a psychiatric term used to describe abnormal sexual impulses that are socially deviant or harmful. Paraphilias aren’t just taboo. They’re disruptive. They’re problematic. There are many different types, including fetishism (unhealthy interest in nonsexual objects), masochism (arousal through injury), sadism (arousal by hurting others against their will), exhibitionism (flashing), voyeurism (peeping […]