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    Do genes determine our sporting performance?

    There are sports such as weightlifting, marathon and speed 100 meters, in which performance depends almost exclusively on these variables (strength, endurance and speed). Other mixed sports depend on the optimal use of combinations between different abilities and even tactics, strategy and synergy with other athletes (football, tennis …). To stand out in a sport, especially in those that require purer capacities, is conditioned by the ability that our muscles have to contract with more or less intensity at greater or lesser speed, using for it different metabolic substrates (‘gasoline vs. Diesel’). The muscle specialises in adapting to the stimulus in order to carry out this stimulus in the future…

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    The trick to improve marksmanship, explained by science

    Throwing an object with enough skill to impact its fate is a more complex action than you think, whether you’re playing on the world’s best basketball team or throwing paper balls into the garbage can. If you want to improve your aim, going too fast is not the best advice. Humans have developed a unique ability with respect to other animals, and that is aim. Throwing an object to reach a target, moving or not, was an essential skill for our ancestors, who had to perfect in order to hunt and survive. Now a team of scientists at Harvard University has figured out the best way to hit a target.…

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    Borderline Personality Disorder and Quality of Life

    Borderline personality disorder (LPT) is characterized by a recurrent and persistent pattern of instability in personal relationships, distortions of self-image, and marked impulsivity in various contexts. The symptoms inherent to this pathology, its high use of mental health services and its high suicide rate, mean that these patients may have a reduced quality of life. This decrease in their quality of life would manifest itself in two areas: in a disability to carry out day-to-day tasks in a functional way, such as those related to work, studies or self-care, and in a deterioration of the quality of life related to health, such as physical medical conditions. This is due to…

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    U.S. Suicide Rate Continues to Rise, CDC Says

    Since 2008, suicide has been the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, with rates that have gradually increased in recent years. This is one of the alarming conclusions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obtained from mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System for the years 1999-2017. The following is a summary of the main findings of the CDC that highlight the increase in the suicide rate in the United States, a serious public health problem – defined as such by the WHO – whose high prevalence affects the world: From 1999 to 2017, the age-adjusted suicide rate has increased by 33%, from 10.5…

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    The challenge of balance in patients with double pathology

    The intervention with programs of brief emotional treatment, aspires to be a challenge, if what is tried is a progressive recovery and maintained in the time. Although it may seem utopian to achieve it in the medium term (six months), it is not unattainable over time (one year). However, would it then be possible for people with dual pathology (PD) addiction disorder and mental disorder to do so? Here, controversy may arise. On the one hand, there would be the professionals who would consider it with great difficulty and not put it into practice, and on the other, those specialized in the subject, who consider that it is possible to…

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    Why is cognitive-behavioral therapy the standard psychological treatment?

    Because of its clear support for research, cognitive-behavioral therapy predominates in international guidelines for psychological and social treatments, constituting a first-line treatment for many disorders. This is stated in an article recently published in the online journal Frontiers of Psychiatry, through which this type of therapy is addressed, arguing why it is considered the reference psychological treatment. As the authors point out, this article arises due to the increase of professionals who argue for plurality in Psychotherapy and question cognitive-behavioral therapy as a reference treatment. Against this argument, they state that CBT is the reference psychological treatment for several reasons, including the following: (1) It is the most researched form…

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    What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

    Could it be that a Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) that the co-pilot may have suffered, was responsible for the plane crash of the Germanwings company? “… episode of major depression” “… detect psychological profiles” “… the co-pilot suffered from a generalized anxiety disorder” Phrases and expressions like these, could be read in news and headlines that about the plane crash of the Germanwings company, have covered the media all over the world. Without going into this moment to evaluate in depth the way in which terms related to Psychology and the disorders that our science treats have been used, and beyond the fact that the information is contrasted or not,…

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    Objective of psychological first aid: Stabilize emotional chaos

    In this article I want to talk about an important work and responsibility of a professional of Psychology: psychological first aid. And sadly there is a reason to do it… The recent tragedy in Paris has moved the world. Faced with these situations, we all feel powerless, unable to explain or understand an event as dramatic as it is absurd. Social networks are a cry of bewilderment and perplexity, where intense and violent emotions are expressed that try to face pain and confusion. But… there, in the tragedy, we can also admire how some of the best qualities of the human being emerge categorically: solidarity, piety, empathy, altruism. We have…

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    Information about mental and emotional health

    Health professionals are no strangers to the repercussions of news and information on health, especially information on mental health and emotional health, especially when these come from sources with a great capacity to influence, whether mass media, or personalities, which by their fame, visibility or social notoriety, manage to reach millions of people, becoming “viral” opinions and content that deal with very sensitive issues. I think we all remember news that has generated a great deal of controversy and confusion among citizens. Without going into details, the important thing for me, and the reason that led me to write this article, is that information and opinions related to health, and…

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    Are social networks making us worse people?

    Marta Giménez, PhD in Psychology, psychologist and head of the Research and Innovation area of our centre Área Humana, has participated in the magazine “Yo Dona” of El Mundo, to debate the influence of social networks on people, together with María Hinojosa, actress, on musical stages (Cabaret, The Hole…), on television in series such as Amar en tiempos revueltos and El Continental. She is about to make her first big screen appearance with My Lost Love, along with Dani Rovira and Michelle Jenner. What do you think they’ll answer to questions like…: Do nets bring out the worst in us? And if so, how can we solve it? Is the…