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.

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Fake Sex Hormones: Chemicals Damage Health and Reproduction

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in How We Do It
DDT and DES were just the beginning of a series of environmental chemicals that act as fake hormones, seriously disrupting our health and reproduction.
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How Do We Improve Sexual Harassment Training?

Sexual harassment training has been ubiquitous for many years, despite being ineffective. A scientifically-grounded alternative could help change this.
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What's the Best Way to Watch TV?

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on December 14, 2017 in The Power of Rest
Are there healthier ways to watch TV?

Can Coping With Stress Help You Live Longer?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on December 13, 2017 in Media Spotlight
How does chronic stress affect life expectancy in people already dealing with serious health problems? New research examines the stress-mortality connection.

Genetic Exoneration

Can we improve on how we help cancer patients and their families learn about their risk for cancer? New test says "Yes. Better than ever."

Seasonal Affective Disorder

By Gemima St. Louis Ph.D. on December 13, 2017 in Mind Matters
The fairer time of the year has passed and winter is upon us. With that come the many individuals who will experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Mindfulness and Mind-body Practices in Mental Health Care

Curious about the benefits of meditation and mind-body practices for depressed mood or bipolar disorder? Research findings show improved mood and functioning with regular practice.

Top 10 Things You May Not Know About the ICD-10

By Jonathan D. Raskin, Ph.D. on December 13, 2017 in Making Meaning
American mental health professionals are often quite unfamiliar with aspects the ICD-10, despite its relevance to their work. Here is some basic information to help them.

Study: "Pride Comes Before a Fall" Is Flawed in Two Ways

By Christopher Bergland on December 13, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Does pride really come before a fall? A quirky new study tackles this question from two seemingly unrelated angles.

The Burdens Posed by Invisible Physical and Mental Illnesses

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on December 12, 2017 in Turning Straw Into Gold
I look healthy. My friend, whom I’ll call Gail, also looks healthy. The difference is that I suffer from a physical illness and she suffers from a mental illness: depression.

Top 10 Lessons I Learned in Sex Class

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in Insight Therapy
Every year, for the last 20 years, I’ve taught a human sexuality class. Over so many years of this work, one observes things.

Mental Health and the Holidays

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in The New Normal
Tips for surviving the holidays.

Our Youth Deserve Better

By J. Wesley Boyd M.D., Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in Almost Addicted
Transition-age youth (age 18-25) are at high risk for mental health, physical health, and substance use problems, yet they are falling through the cracks due to the lack of service

Advantages of E-Therapy Over Conventional Therapy

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in The Pregnant Pause
The research is growing for the effectiveness of online psychotherapy. Not only is it as effective as conventional, face-to-face therapy, it can be more affordable and accessible.

These Three Moves Will Help You Stop Feeling Lonely

By Psychology Today Editorial Staff on December 11, 2017 in Brainstorm
A scientists gain a more detailed understanding of loneliness and its hazardous effects on our health, they’re also gathering evidence on ways to overcome it.

Reducing Hard Candy Christmases, One Family At a Time

By John-Manuel Andriote on December 11, 2017 in Stonewall Strong
Teaching parents that sexual orientation is about more than sex is a key to supporting their gay kids.

Understanding Your Child's Behaviors in Context

When it comes to children, how can you tell the difference between a discipline problem and a mental health diagnosis?

Feeling Stressed About the Future? You Are Not Alone

Six ideas to take charge of what you can control and focus your energies there.
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Nourish Your Brain in Five Minutes a Day

Your quality of life depends on the circulation in your brain.

How to Mentally Prepare for Surgery and Recover Faster

Anxiety plays a critical role in the success or failure of surgery. Here are some tips for the next time you or a loved one is preparing to undergo a medical event.

Mental Health Jails

By Terry A Kupers M.D. on December 09, 2017 in Prisons and Prisms
Criminalizing mental illness merely compounds the problem.

The Demography of Aging

Ever wonder why nearly 75 percent of our longevity has so little to do with our genetics or health care?

How Teens Perceive Marijuana

With several states legalizing marijuana, teens are receiving mixed messages about using the drug.

Loneliness Is a Killer. Why Don't We Talk About It?

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on December 08, 2017 in Finally Out
We don't talk about loneliness because of a stigma: It feels like a failure in one of life's fundamental domains. But it is essential for our health that we talk about it.

Exercise for Depression, Dementia, and Anxiety

Research findings show that regular exercise improves depressed mood, reduces anxiety, and reduces the risk of dementia.

Is Gun Violence Contagious?

The concept of contagion might not be the best way of understanding gun violence in the U.S. Here's why this matters.

The Emotional Aftermath of Speaking Out

By Mariana Plata on December 07, 2017 in The Gen Y Psy
Who are the "Silence Breakers" and why is their work so important? Speaking out your truth can be an emotional rollercoaster.

Climate Change Affecting Farmers' Mental Health

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on December 07, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
As the temperatures increase, so do the mental health risks among farmers.
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It's Better Going With the Dogs

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on December 07, 2017 in The Power of Rest
The many advantages of humanity's best friend.

Dispelling Three Popular Myths About Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's myths could be compromising your brain health.