• Can Fruits and Vegetables Boost Brain Health? A new study, one of the largest such analyses to date (with data from over 100K people, monitored for 20 years), has found that flavonoids, the chemicals that give plant foods their bright colors, may help curb the frustrating forgetfulness and mild confusion that older people often experience.  The study controlled for diet (apart from flavonoid intake), physical activity, alcohol consumption, age ,body mass index and depression. One researcher is quoted, “These are the foods you should be eating for brain health.” From: NYTimes.com
  • Having at least one person you can rely on to listen to concerns can help improve cognitive resilience and stave off cognitive decline associated with neurodegeneration and aging. Data came from one of the longest-running and most closely monitored community-based cohorts in the U.S., the Framingham Heart Study (FHS),  with 2,171 participants with an average age of 63.  Self-reported information on the availability of supportive social interactions including listening, good advice, love and affection, sufficient contact with people they’re close with, and emotional support. From: NeuroscienceNews.com
  • The Transdiagnostic Dimensional Approach: Another Way of Understanding Mental Illness – This NAMI blog post discusses the current “categorical approach” to mental health diagnoses, problems with this system, an alternate system, the “transdiagnostic (dimensional) approach,” and evidence that this is a more accurate diagnostic system. From the post: This idea of dimension could be applied to the existing categories, but research seems to indicate that such dimensions are “transdiagnostic” — in other words, they are not bound by the categorical groups and can occur across disorders.  From: NAMI.org (this post comes to our attention courtesy of MHConcierge subscriber Lowell (Skip) Campbell III, PsyD, LP.
  • What Science Says About Recurring Dreams – this article reviews research on “recurring dreams,” which are experienced by about 2/3 of research subjects. This type of dreaming is found to be associated with unresolved conflicts, emotional stress and “physiological phenomena” such as having a full bladder (and dreaming of searching in vain for a toilet). It also discusses strategies for breaking the pattern of recurrent dreams.  From: NeuroscienceNews.com
  • Anxious about the climate future? Seen a climate-aware therapist lately?  – The growing scope of the climate crisis is associated with the growing number of climate-concerned, and stressed, people.  There is an expanding number of “climate-aware” therapists ready to help. This article reviews possible indicators, including mood and behavioral changes, that may be associated with climate concerns. And, “… mental health professionals are the EMTs, the first responders in the psychological realm of the climate crisis.”  From: YaleCliimateConnections.org

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