The Placebo Effect

The Placebo Effect is the amelioration of symptoms not attributable to medication—a kind of mental magic trick that has been shown to boost immunity and alleviate pain—even if you know it's all in your head.

Self-Help

Most of us wish we could improve certain things about ourselves. Lasting change is difficult though—many of our habits are deeply ingrained, and certain core personality attributes may be immutable.

Depression

Some 15 million Americans struggle with depression—an illness that comes in many forms—from major depression and seasonal affective disorder, to dysthymia and <a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/bipolar-disorder"

Placebo

It's amazing that a sugar pill can sometimes "fix" an ailment. Placebos are often prescribed, and sometimes to great therapeutic effect. Sometimes the simple act of believing you're going to get better can actually make you get better. Though the placebo throws a physician's honesty into question, many patients make lasting improvements with its aid.