Stress can sometimes feel productive, like when you’re worried about an assignment so you work hard on it to make sure you do a great job. However, stress can also feel completely overwhelming and bad for our mental health. Can stress be good for us?

You may notice that packaging and delivering information slightly differently to your child with ADHD can result in better outcomes. Giving instructions can be one of those moments. ADHD affects executive function skills specifically the ability to plan and prioritize things so organizing your words clearly can help boost your daughter’s ability to follow instructions logically. Here are some effective strategies for giving clear instructions:

For many patients with cancer or are in remission, cognitive impairment is frequently a complaint. In a national cross sectional study, it was reported that a history of cancer was associated with a 40% chance of an increased amount of memory issues. Commonly, patients describe themselves as having “chemo brain”, a term used to describe the experience of cognitive problems such as memory loss that a patient experiences before, during, and after treatment. Chemotherapy may cause individuals to have cognitive impairment which can manifest as disorganized behavior and thinking, confusion, memory loss, difficulty sustaining attention, and trouble making decisions. In a study done by Janelsins et al (2014), it was reported that 30% of patients with cancer exhibit cognitive impairment prior to treatment, 75% of patients might have measurable cognitive impairment during treatment, and 35% of cancer survivors will continue to exhibit cognitive difficulties in the months to years that follow treatment.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be very detrimental to one’s health and wellbeing. Brain injury commonly causes individuals to have cognitive, mental health, and physical complications. TBIs can be caused by contact sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, birth complications, falls, and situations of violence. 

Many survivors of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) often deal with feelings of anger and irritability after their injury. For some, these feelings of anger can range from mild to severe, and have been studied across different samples of people. Post-traumatic anger is different in each individual, and can be complicated to understand because they cause different changes in the brain. These changes can modify behavior and create cognitive deficits that can interfere with the ability to communicate and socialize with other people. Additionally, many individuals with brain injury have a challenging time grasping not being independently in charge of the financial and social factors in their lives.

With the advancements of technology, neuropsychological assessments have been adapted to be done on a computer. Neuropsychologists and other clinical providers are interested in the effects of using these computerized neuropsychological assessments and whether there are any age or sex differences in their performance of them. Children are of particular interest, as the detection of mental health, neurological disorders, and developmental disabilities are starting at younger ages. This blog post discusses the age group and sex differences in performance on a computerized neurocognitive battery in children ages 8-21.

You may be reading a tweet and catch a typo that you want to correct, walk past a pond and see a goldfish from under the water, or do a double-take when something catches your eye from your peripheral vision. These actions are driven by visual attention, our ability to observe and take in visual information from the world around us. We use visual attention every day to detect abnormalities in our visual field or find things we need. In this blog post, we discuss what visual attention is.