Source: fizkes/Adobe Stock More than 15 million Americans have an alcohol-use disorder , and overuse of alcohol leads to nearly 90,000 deaths each year in the United States, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. A new systematic review by the Cochrane Collaboration takes a careful look at a decades-old treatment for alcohol abuse : Alcoholics Anonymous. The review includes 27 studies with nearly 11,000 participants in total. The studies looked at whether the traditional format of Alcoholics Anonymous led to longer periods of abstinence from alcohol use; some compared Alcoholics Anonymous to other types of therapy or group meetings. Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, was founded in 1935 on the idea that alcoholics could come together to support each other’s sobriety. Today, there are more than 2 million AA members across the globe. The program is based on 12 steps that include admitting that alcohol is a problem in your life, apologizing for your … [Read more...] about The Evidence on Alcoholics Anonymous
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Source: Wikimedia Commons | Nobu Tamura People have long pondered what consciousness actually is. Consciousness seems very different from other biological functions—like some sort of nonmaterial essence within our heads. Thoughts and feelings seem ethereal, untethered from anything physical. Self-awareness seems like a phenomenon utterly divorced from anything that could possibly be produced by cells comprised of physical particles. People used to think of life itself that way too, and many still do. But biologists solved the enigma of what makes things alive mid-way through the twentieth century, the foundations of that understanding having been built over the preceding century. Before that, living things were believed to possess some sort of animating essence that accounted for their difference from inanimate matter. People could not imagine how the same material particles that comprise inanimate matter could be arranged in such a way as to make something alive , without … [Read more...] about What Actually Is Consciousness, and How Did It Evolve?
This is the first in a series focused on understanding and supporting children who are highly sensitive (HS) by nature, aka, temperament. Because these children are wired to register their experiences in the world more intensely, they get triggered into stress -mode more quickly. They get overwhelmed by their big emotions which makes them feel out of control. This naturally results in more meltdowns. It also results in children developing all sorts of coping mechanisms to try to gain control of a world that feels like too much to manage a lot of the time. This can lead to a range of challenges that, while not exclusive to HS children, occur more frequently and with greater intensity for them. resilience . These include being: intense and reactive fearful and cautious/ anxious inflexible bossy easily frustrated a perfectionist a sore loser easily slighted (take things more personally) self-conscious very defensive or avoidant when corrected overly … [Read more...] about Is Your Child a Big Reactor? Inflexible? Irrational?
I think that I may take a stroll, And buy myself a toilet roll. At home it will be safely stowed, With the other pallet-load. — Pam Ayres Panic buying is common during disasters like the coronavirus pandemic. Before a winter storm, for example, somewhat irrationally, consumers tend to strip grocery store shelves bare of the so-called holy trinity of bread, milk, and eggs. In contrast, when a hurricane is about to hit, indulgences such as liquor and Pop-Tarts, and bottled water are popular purchases. After an earthquake, especially a severe one , pretty much everything in the grocery store is fair game for panic shoppers. What's more, panic buying of any item can even break out without any reason at all, simply based on rumor . As I've written on this blog , panic buying does not make for smart shopping decisions. In fact, it can have severe negative ramifications on consumers’ personal finances. This begs the questions: Why do consumers panic buy? And … [Read more...] about Why Are We Panic Buying During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
Often, parents do not understand the district landscape of their child’s school. A school bus arrives in the morning, the children disappear into it and then return in the afternoon, generally happy and having learned a new thing or two. This is not necessarily anyone’s fault; certainly, we have a long road ahead to improve school-to-community transparency. But knowing the right questions to ask of teachers and district leadership can best inform you on selecting an appropriate school for your child and how to fill in the many gaps inherent in the American education system. Understanding the local K12 school district landscape also better positions you to prepare your child for the harsh realities of the world, including the competitive international landscape they will be entering. The pandemic has shifted our communities, states, nation, and world. Schools are integral in developing necessary skills, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration . … [Read more...] about How to Learn Your Local K12 School District Landscape