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Anxious, Depressed, Stressed?

Anxious, Depressed, Stressed?

How challenges experiencing satisfying pleasure sabotages well- being.KEY POINTS:Anhedonia is the diminished ability to experience satisfying pleasures. It is common among various mental health issues.Addressing anhedonia is key to improving mental health and sexual...

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Why Orgasms Matter

Why Orgasms Matter

New developments for women navigating challenges KEY POINTS Sexual satisfaction is now considered an important factor contributing to overall well-being by the WHO. It is widely acknowledged that the most important single predictor of sexual satisfaction for women is...

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Why Good Grief Matters

Why Good Grief Matters

It is important that we cultivate our ability to tolerate painful feelings, the most intense of which, by far, is grief. In this blog, I will address the neuroscience of grief.

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Neuroscience Hacks: The Healing Power of Pleasure

Neuroscience Hacks: The Healing Power of Pleasure

Much of our understanding of what enables us to experience pleasure counterintuitively comes from the more abundant research into pain.
When we investigate the brain correlates of pleasure more closely, we discover that the pathways for pleasure and pain are closely intertwined.
When we avoid pain, we are also learning to avoid pleasure. We shut down emotionally as well as physically.

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