Depressed, Anxious, and Unable to Work? Start Therapy Soon

A recent study reveals one powerful way to get back to work faster.

Think You're a Bad Parent?

The work of parenting is even harder when we're constantly telling ourselves we're doing it wrong. Moms and dads can use the tools of CBT to fix overly critical thoughts.

How to Address 7 of the Most Unhelpful Beliefs About Sleep

Bad sleep opens the door for thoughts that only make sleep worse. Find out what some of the most troubling thoughts are, and how to fix them.

27 Facts About the Best Ways to Treat Depression

Depression is a common and highly impairing condition that often requires professional treatment. Find out what the research shows about what works and what doesn't.

Do You Need Drugs for Your "Chemical Imbalance"?

Research reveals some surprising news about the role of serotonin in depression—and suggests millions of Americans taking drugs for depression would do just as well on placebo.

What Happens When Partners Fight Chronic Pain Together?

When one partner battles chronic pain, both partners suffer. A new treatment program offers hope—and lessons that can strengthen any relationship.

What Is the Best Way to Treat Depression?

When is psychotherapy the better option for relieving depression? When is medication called for? And is their combination always better than either one alone?

Can You Be Depressed Without Knowing It? I Was

It can be surprisingly easy to overlook our own depression — even for those of us who treat it all the time.

What New Moms Need to Boost Their Mood and Enjoy Parenting

A new longitudinal study reveals connections among mothers' basic psychological needs, postpartum depression, and parenting behaviors.

Why Parenthood Often Lowers Well-Being—Especially for Moms

Recent research suggests that being a parent lowers well-being when it makes it hard to fulfill our fundamental psychological needs. There are ways to reclaim our happiness.

How "Daily Uplifts" Can Counter Depression

When we're depressed we tend to think that nothing will lift our mood. Results from a new study suggest otherwise.

6 Ways That Tricks for Falling Asleep Can Backfire

Chronic sleep problems can be demoralizing. What are the potential downsides of tricks for falling asleep? And what's the best way to beat insomnia?

Why Is Gratitude in Relationships So Beneficial?

Writing about people we're thankful for boosts our well-being. Does expressing our gratitude help even more?

8 Ways CBT Can Improve Your Relationship

Cognitive behavioral therapy can help your relationship in many ways—even when the treatment isn't specifically about your relationship. Find out how to start using CBT today.

Why It's So Hard to Resist Late-Night Eating

If you've struggled to limit your eating after dinner, you're not alone. Find out why the drive to keep eating can be so strong—and ways to rein it in.

Think Someone Might Be Lying to You? Time Will Tell.

Across human communication contexts, nothing is more important than truth. A new meta-analysis describes one important feature that distinguishes fact from fiction.

Taking Melatonin but Still Can't Sleep?

Understanding the role of melatonin in sleep helps explain its limited usefulness in relieving insomnia.

Mental Illness and Violence: Would I Do That?

Many people are plagued by violent thoughts they have no desire to act on. Fortunately treatment can help.

Do People Really Change?

Personality characteristics like emotional stability and extraversion are by definition hard to change. Which traits are more responsive to therapy than we might have thought?

5 Attitudes Behind the Mindfulness Backlash

If you're not sure "being more mindful" is the answer to all your problems, you're not alone.

Why It's Easy to Procrastinate—and 7 Ways to Break the Habit

If you're tired of putting off tasks, consider creating a plan to help you cross those items off your list.

Feeling Blah? Here's How to See Your World with Fresh Eyes

Rather than missing out on our life, we can experience anything as though for the first time.

4 Ways You Can Start Treating Yourself Better Today

It can be frustratingly hard to change negative feelings about ourselves. Instead of focusing on your feelings, start with your behavior.

What Makes People Easy or Hard to Get Along With?

A brand new meta-analysis brings together two lines of research about human traits: personality and emotional intelligence. Are these labels just two names for the same thing?

Can You Meditate While Driving?

A new book describes how mindfulness behind the wheel can make you a more relaxed, more focused, and safer driver.

3 Ways to Craft Compelling Goals

Carefully chosen goals inspire our best effort.

Sleepless and Depressed? CBT-I Can Help.

Am I depressed because I can't sleep? Or is my insomnia causing depression? Research studies have answered these and other questions.

7 Ways Survivors Can Grow After Trauma

In the aftermath of a trauma we may find not only suffering but unexpected growth.

7 Steps That Can Help Anyone Start to Meditate. Even You.

If you've wanted to start meditating and weren't sure where to begin, use this guide to get started.

5 Reasons We Worry, and 5 Ways to Worry Less

It's hard to stop excessive worry, in part because we believe we should worry. Find out why we worry, and how to worry less.