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Information and Inspiration For Anyone With a Brain

Mental Health In The Animal Mind

In 2012 at a conference in England, a group of scientists proclaimed that humans are not the only conscious beings. In The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, they concluded: Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates[...]

Deciding Against Depression

The fog of depression often includes not being able to make even small, everyday decisions — much less big ones — because every option seems wrong, and you feel paralyzed. In fact, indecisiveness is one of the things that makes depression so persistent and sets up a self-perpetuating downward spiral. A depressed person can’t make[...]

Breaking Bad Habits In Your Brain

Habits are those routine things you do when you’re not thinking which might seem to have very little to do with your brain. But it’s because habits are etched into your brain that you don’t have to actively think about them – which also makes them very hard to change. What really has to happen[...]

Pictures Are Worth Thousands of Words

I’m excited to share with you this guest post by Dean Dauphinais who has a compelling blog, My Life As 3D, where he shares his journey as the father of a son in long-term recovery from addiction. “A picture’s worth a thousand words.” We’ve all heard that saying. The idea behind it is that a single image[...]

You May Have Been Given A Cactus, But You Don’t Have To Sit On It

In the past even though I did my very best to try to steer clear of anything I thought could possibly lead to pain or discomfort, it always had a way of finding me. When I was teenager, my parents divorce rocked my world, and as a 19-year old college freshman, I was raped. In my[...]

Breaking The Cycle Of Stress

To experience absolutely no stress, you would have to be dead. Seriously. Stress is your body’s natural and necessary physical reaction to changes in its environment or circumstances where your brain perceives a response is required for your protection. When stressed, your heart beats faster, your pupils dilate, your muscles tense, your breathing increases, more[...]

Taking The Shame Out Of Depression and Suicide

The Internet was buzzing after the “The Imitation Game” writer Graham Moore’s Oscars acceptance speech. After gushing thanks to his list, he revealed that he had attempted suicide at 16 years old: Suicide is a subject very near and dear to my heart. This emotionally charged topic affects many people around the world even if[...]

My Depression Is Not Your Depression

On the Best Brain Possible Facebook page, I’ve learned from experience to be very choosy about any posts on depression because people can get really passionate and colorfully expressive about their depression.  Many have strong opinions about whether the condition is based in biology, thinking, or lifestyle. Whenever I post an article about antidepressants, I find out[...]

How To Use 100% Of Your Brain

Recently, I saw the movie Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. If you’re planning on watching it and don’t want me to spoil it for you, then skip the next paragraph. (In my opinion, you can find plenty of better ways to spend 89 minutes.) The general story is that a college student studying[...]