New Study Finds Parental Conflict/Lack of Affection Impairs Brain Development in Teens

Once again, research shows that parenting styles directly impact brain development and predict the likelihood of emotional problems in adolescence and adulthood.New research finds that those who experience relatively common family problems early in childhood have an increased risk of mental … [Read More...]

This is Your Brain on Religion. Any Questions?

New research support the notion that religious faith is a neurological imperative of being human. a new study shows through functional MRI scans that such religious and spiritual experiences can be rewarding to your brain. They activate the same reward systems between your ears as do feelings of … [Read More...]

The Good Samaritan:  Not Just a Good Neighbor

A guest post by Pastoral Solutions Clinical Counselor, Dave McClow, M.Div., LMFT, LCSW.Providence is a powerful force—it’s God’s invisible hand guiding our lives.  I experience Providence in di … [Read More...]

Why So Down? Studies Show Humans Are Wired to Emphasize The Negative, UNLESS….

Why is it that we can do 100 things right but obsess about the 1 thing that went wrong?  Or, why do we ignore the dozens of things the people around us do to be kind but then fuss about the 1 thing … [Read More...]

Pope Francis Asserts the Power of Lay Catholics

Pope Francis recently raised eyebrows in his comments affirming the constant teaching of the Church that it is not possible to ordain women to the priesthood.  According to reports,As he has done … [Read More...]

When the Gate is Shut–A Faithful Response to Vaginismus

Aleteia posted a deeply heartfelt article about a Catholic woman's struggle with vaginismus, a disorder in which the muscles of the vagina involuntarily spasm or become rigid which makes intercourse … [Read More...]

66% of Kids On ADHD Meds Don’t Have ADHD, Says Scientific American

According to the American Psychiatric Association, about 5 percent of American children suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), yet the diagnosis is given to some 15 percent of … [Read More...]

When Every Child is Left Behind: Teaching “Stupid Faith”

My latest for OSV (online now and in the 10/16 print edition)Catholic children as young as 10 years old are renouncing God and quitting Church, claims a new study by the Center for Applied … [Read More...]

Pastoral Solutions Institute Seeks New Catholic Counselor to Join Team

The Pastoral Solutions Institute is pleased to announce that we are expanding and seeking a new Catholic therapist to join our team of professional Catholic counselors.  If you are interested, please … [Read More...]

Physical Exercise May Be Best Treatment for ADHD

The Atlantic reports on a new study published this morning in the journal Pediatrics....kids who took part in a regular physical activity program showed important enhancement of cognitive … [Read More...]