Living a Healthy Life

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be a struggle, and the ideal routine seems to change all the time. Yet physical well-being plays an undeniably important role in our daily lives. In many ways, our mental health impacts our ability to be physically healthy, and vice versa. Researchers in both domains have a lot to say about what it takes to be well.

Recent posts on Health

We are Missing Decades of Research on Gun Violence

By Joanne Bagshaw Ph.D. on February 19, 2018 in The Third Wave
Gun violence in America is a national public health crisis and we need research informed solutions to keep our children safe.

Letting the Light In

By Kate Levinson Ph.D. on February 19, 2018 in Emotional Currency
When and how do you experience the richness and wonder of life?

How Psychoanalysis/Psychodynamic Therapy Works 3

By Leon Hoffman M.D. on February 19, 2018 in Beyond Freud
By recognizing the complex interplay between patient and analyst in the sessions, the analyst helps the patient understand the nature and origin of maladaptive interactions.

Choosing Dogs that can Breathe

By Zazie Todd Ph.D. on February 18, 2018 in Fellow Creatures
Why are breeds such as Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Pugs so popular despite health issues due to short faces? Appearance and emotion influence people's choices.

Talking With Teens About STIs

By Jon Lasser, Ph.D. on February 18, 2018 in School and Family Matters
Ready to talk to your teen about sexually transmitted infections? An open conversation can bolster prevention efforts.

Teaching in a Time of Hate and Violence

By Josephine Ensign DrPH on February 18, 2018 in Catching Homelessness
In the wake of yet another school shooting and another college campus violent white nationalist event, what are the limits to free speech and firearms in terms of education?

How to Get on the Path to Self Actualization

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on February 18, 2018 in Moral Landscapes
Maslow had advice for those who wanted to become self-actualizers. In his book The Farther Reaches of Human Nature, he gave eight suggestions.

Mass Shooting and the Myth of the Violent Mentally Ill

By Elly Vintiadis Ph.D. on February 18, 2018 in Minding the Mind
Are mass shooters mentally ill? We should not assume that they are.

Guns or No Guns for Those With Mental Illness?

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on February 17, 2018 in Stop The Cycle
Another school shooting. What can we do?
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Extraordinary Mental Strength

By Kristin Meekhof on February 17, 2018 in A Widow's Guide to Healing
Curious about how mental strength plays a role in an athlete's performance? An ultra- marathon champion shares his thoughts.
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Medication Is Not the End-All Be-All for Distress

Here's how to get the right help for your anxiety and depression.

How Long Should Mothers Breastfeed?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on February 16, 2018 in Media Spotlight
How long should a mother breastfeed and what are some of the positive benefits involved? New research explores the link between breastfeeding duration and maternal sensitivity.

The Sleeper’s Dilemma

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on February 16, 2018 in Home Base
Skipping sleep can hurt your cognitive abilities--and even increase your heart disease and Alzheimer's disease risk down the road. Here's what to know and what you can do about it.

The Effect of Physical Exercise on Our Gut Microbiome

By Emeran Mayer M.D. on February 16, 2018 in Gut Sensations
Regular moderate exercise has a beneficial effect on gut health

Benefits of the Indoor Plant

Add a potted plant to your world!

Physicians’ Humility

Humility can be so important to a patient’s treatment and recovery that academic physicians believe it should be part of medical students’ education.

Mass Shootings: What Role Do Guns Play?

Is it true the mental health concerns are the cause of mass shooting? Or is it bullying, video games, or hate? And what is the role of guns?
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Chronic Illness and Selfhood

What aren't we saying when we talk about chronic illness? It's time to break the silence.

Three Simple Ways to Enhance Mental Health Resilience

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Talking About Men
Research indicates that resilience is not a fixed attribute, but can be cultivated through simple self-initiated activities.
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Why Do Anxiety and High Blood Pressure Go Hand-In-Hand?

Feeling anxious? Concerned about high blood pressure? Maybe one treatment can ease both, and without medications. Here's over a dozen options.

School Shootings: Are They Truly Random?

By Ryan P. Brown Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Honor Bound
People often claim that school shootings are completely random. Research suggests otherwise.

Mental Health and School Shootings

A mountain of studies have demonstrated that mental health problems are increasing. This may partly be why mass shootings have become normalized. We can do better.

Night Eating Syndrome: Is It Just Sleep That Is Disturbed?

Waking up in the middle of the night to snack is an occurrence first defined in 1955. What have we learned about the impacts?

Do Happier Relationships Make for Better Health?

In a sense, every day is Valentine's Day, and partners have a powerful influence on each other's state of mind.

Stigma Surrounds HIV-Positive Children in China

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Talking About Trauma
Many infected individuals are suffering severe ostracism and discrimination.

Single Fathers Have Alarmingly High Mortality Rates

A new study shows that single fathers are twice as likely to die early that single mothers or couples parents. The real problem may lie in the hidden side of the equality wars.

Expanding Waistline, Shrinking Brain?

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in Home Base
New research suggests that obesity might increase the risk of memory and cognition problems - and may even be linked with smaller brain size.

No Time for Sleep

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in The Pregnant Pause
With a countdown of less than 9 months (depending on when pregnancy is detected!), many pregnant women give sleep a low priority, thinking that they’ll catch up while they’re “off”

Speaking Out on Fertility

Uncovering the reasons why so many stay silent about fertility and the benefits of discussing your reproductive health.

The Deadly Flow of Opioids

Opioids work (until they don’t): they are an immensely effective means of alleviating physical and psychic pain, as well as social malaise and ennui.