Signs & Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

        Overview Bipolar disorder was formerly known as manic depression. It is characterized by excessive mood swings that go from seriously manic (or ‘high’) to very depressed. More than two million Americans suffer from bipolar disorder. While it is not curable, it is treatable with medication and psychotherapy. Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder […]

Why Multi-tasking May Make You Less Productive

   by Nancy Bistritz Nancy Bistritz is senior director at Nurun where she is responsible for marketing and communications initiatives in the U.S. You can follow Nurun on Twitter at @NurunUSA and read its blog at We’ve all been there before. You’re out having what you think is a nice meal with someone, and […]

Symptoms of Depression/Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

(adapted from a blog by Steven J. Seay, Ph.D) Here is a list of common symptoms of depression, also known as major depressive disorder (MDD): Symptoms of Depression Emotional Symptoms Feelings of sadness, emptiness, loneliness, or pointlessness. Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, hostility, or aggression. Overwhelming feelings of grief, loss, hopelessness, or despair. Frequent explained or […]

Regular Exercise Can Help Maintain Cognitive Function in Later Life

ONLINE FIRST Activity Energy Expenditure and Incident Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults Laura E. Middleton, PhD; Todd M. Manini, PhD; Eleanor M. Simonsick, PhD; Tamara B. Harris, MD, MS; Deborah E. Barnes, PhD; Frances Tylavsky, DrPH; Jennifer S. Brach, PhD, PT; James E. Everhart, MD, MPH; Kristine Yaffe, MD Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(14):1251-1257. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.277 Background […]

Back To College Means Back To Stress

There are many significant and often stress-filled times in life and going away to or starting college is one of them. It’s exciting, nerve-racking, overwhelming, fun, challenging, and wonderful all at the same time. It can also be scary. Going from your parents telling you what to do and when, to making those decisions for […]

Dealing with Back to School Stress

As the new school year begins nervous tension can really hit a family hard. Not only do the parents have their usual daily duties, but the kids can also be anxious about the start of the new year. And sometimes parents forget this. Whether it’s starting a new grade or a new school, kids can […]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Cuts Relapse Rate in Persistent Depression

From Medscape Medical News > Psychiatry CBT Cuts Relapse Rates in Persistent Depression Deborah Brauser August 3, 2011 — Adding rumination-focused cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) to standard treatment can decrease persistent depression, new research suggests. In a phase 2 randomized controlled trial (RCT) of 42 patients with residual depression, those receiving up to 12 sessions […]

Dr. Bruce Nystrom – representing Kansas psychologists on a national level

Dr. Nystrom serves on the Council of Representatives for the American Psychological Association (APA) as the representative of Kansas psychologists.  This is for a three year term and involves two council meetings per year with several committee meetings and discussions inbetween.  The Council of Representatives is the governing body of the APA; the APA Board of […]

Personality Plays Role in Body Weight – Study Says

July 18, 2011 Impulsivity strongest predictor of obesity Related Personality and Obesity Across the Adult Life Span (PDF, 185KB) WASHINGTON—People with personality traits of high neuroticism and low conscientiousness are likely to go through cycles of gaining and losing weight throughout their lives, according to an examination of 50 years of data in a study […]