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Cul♦ture | \kəl-chər\ | noun
The totality of all the individual artifacts, behaviors, and mental concepts transmitted among the members of society by learning; what remains of a man's past working on his present to shape his future.¹    

¹Campbell, M.D., Robert J. (1996)  Psychiatric Dictionary: Seventh Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

New Report Shows Increase in ADHD Diagnosis among Girls, Hispanic Children
By: Brittney Dunkins 


Diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD—the most-diagnosed mental disorder among U.S. children—continues to rise, according to a report published Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.


ADHD diagnosis among U.S. children ages 5 to 17 increased 43 percent between 2003 and 2011, according to the report, “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Parent-reported Diagnosis of ADHD.”



The jump equates to 5.8 million—or nearly 1 in 10—children and young adults in the United States with ADHD.

Why Mindfulness Is a Superpower: An Animation

Narrated by Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier
Animation by Katy Davis (AKA Gobblynne)
Animation assistant: Kim Alexander


Practicing mindfulness is one of the single most powerful things you can do for your wellbeing. Want to give it a try? Visit for guided meditations and other mindfulness-building activities designed by experts.




Community Education News Feed

Science News » A Shorter—but Effective—Treatment for PTSD
8 Aug 2018, 4:00 am
Research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health has shown that a shorter therapy (written exposure therapy) may be just as effective as lengthier first-line treatments for PTSD.

Scientific Meeting » Mental Health Services Research Conference (MHSR) 2018
1 Aug 2018, 4:00 am
NIMH’s Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology Branch hosts the 24th NIMH Mental Health Services Research (MHSR) Conference.

Blog Post » Mental Health Research—Diversity Matters
26 Jul 2018, 4:00 am
In recognition of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Dr. Gordon highlights efforts within the NIMH research portfolio to address disparities in mental health and access to care.

Science News » Inflammation in Pregnant Moms Linked to Child’s Brain Development
24 Jul 2018, 4:00 am
High levels of maternal inflammation during pregnancy have been linked to effects in children, including reduced brain circuit communications and altered long-distance brain wiring at birth, poorer cognitive function at one year – and to reduced impulse control and working memory at two years.

Video » Maternal Inflammation and Baby’s Brain - Claudia Buss, Ph.D.
24 Jul 2018, 4:00 am
Researchers have pinpointed effects of inflammation in a pregnant mother on her young child’s developing brain.

Sometimes Life is Stranger Than Fiction
15 Aug 2018, 11:12 pm
Some may say, I did not write the book, but the book wrote itself. Both suspenseful and intriguing is the story and the events surrounding the way Timeless: Who Am I was written.

The Power of Neuroscience Compels You
15 Aug 2018, 10:55 pm
Many neurological diseases have been wrongly taken as demonic possessions, and exorcisms can often result in emotional, psychological and even physical abuse of the patient.

To Be Grateful Even Through Loss
15 Aug 2018, 9:24 pm
Loss has made me turn inward to magnify not only my own hesitations and challenges but also my gratitude.

Life Deserves Reverence, but Not Worship
15 Aug 2018, 8:59 pm
Albert Schweitzer got it right: Life deserves our utmost respect. But it is natural and perseverative, not miraculous.

Got Cramps? Self-Acupressure Can Help Ease Menstrual Pain
15 Aug 2018, 8:56 pm
Roughly 80% of women have painful periods, and medication provides insufficient relief. In a new study, app-guided acupressure eased pain.

Supervisor perceptions of relational competence: Core components and developmental considerations.
2 Jul 2018, 4:00 am
This study aimed to explore clinical supervisors’ perspectives on the components of the relationship competency. The constituents of relational competence have been articulated by expert committees, and the present study sought to add to this literature through understanding these competencies

Achieving ethical mentoring and mentee professional integrity through formal mentor training for practicing psychologists.
2 Jul 2018, 4:00 am
Ethical integrity is paramount in the field of psychology. Cross-disciplinary research has consistently demonstrated that mentors are crucial in professional development and are often considered role models for professional conduct. However, mentors seldom are instructed how to teach their mentees e

Development and initial validation of the Rutgers Instrument for Evaluation of Students in Psychology.
2 Jul 2018, 4:00 am
A rating scale was developed to measure the progress of graduate students in psychology programs toward competence. Content for the scale was based on American Psychological Association’s (APA) Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology. Content validity evidence was collected on