While there’s various articles out there which suggest a correlation between gambling and mental health issues (especially with regards to a younger demographic), conversely the cerebral benefits for those with ageing minds associated with playing online casino games are rarely reported.
When someone you love has a mental illness, there is hope. There is help. But at the current moment? It may not seem like it. You may just feel confused, lost or overwhelmed. Or you may not even be sure if your loved one does have a mental illness — you just know something isn’t right. So how do you recognize mental illness? How do you talk to your loved one about it? And what can you do?
From the prehistoric cave paintings of our Palaeolithic ancestors to the provocative graffiti of contemporary artists like the UK’s elusive ‘Banksy’, art has given people a means by which to escape the often harsh, realities of their everyday lives since time in memoriam.
Certain aspects of gaming can have a positive effect on the brain as well as the health and well-being of the player. The findings from an increasing amount of research in recent years may come as a surprise.
Happiness, in terms of physiology, has been linked to amplified activity in the brain’s left pre-frontal lobe, as well as a decreased amount of the stress hormone (cortisol) in the bloodstream.
What typically started as a casual picture-taking trend of oneself now might have earned the title of ‘narcissism’ or ‘mental disorder’, at least in the eyes of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and numerous others.
So what distinguishes the amateur from the professional, a study by partypoker set out to answer the question. Six players, two beginners, two intermediate and two experts were observed playing forty minute sessions of Texas Hold’em poker. All the participants wore electroencephalography (EEG) headsets by Emotiv and the data was then converted to colour coded brain maps. The brain activity of amateurs and experts were then compared at key stages of the game.
Bereavement is the worst experience most of us will endure, but don’t underestimate the effect of injury, job loss, relationship breakdown, or being involved in (or witness to) a violent event. The sense of being out of control can be overwhelming, but there are things we can do to put direction back into our lives.
If you’ve been feeling like your life has become stagnant, it might be time to try something new. Consider this your wake up call to get out there and take on a new challenge or hobby this summer and change the way you see the world around you.
In an age replete with a host of pricey treatment options, music emerges as the most original, non-invasive and safe healing alternative.