What Makes Us Think Such Negative Things About Ourselves?

Tired of always beating up on yourself? Identify the core beliefs that drive self-loathing, and work toward making friends with yourself starting today.

How Do You Know When Your Depression Is Improving?

Like the change in seasons, it's hard to know definitively when depression has lifted. Here are eight signs to look for.

Why Does Compassion Feel So Good? Here Are Five Reasons

Recent research has explored ways to increase our ability to show compassion, both for others and for ourselves.

5 Benefits of Asserting Your Needs—and How to Start Today

Responsible assertiveness is a win-win, allowing us to honor not just our own needs but the needs of others.

How to Break Free From Excessive Internet Gaming

There is a growing awareness that problematic Internet use can have serious consequences. A new study demonstrated one simple technique that can help.

Making the Best Treatment for Insomnia More Available

Insomnia affects millions, yet the number-one treatment often remains out of reach. Now apps make CBT-I available through web and mobile platforms.

How to Get the Most Out of Emotional Eating

We've been trained to believe that eating for comfort is "bad"—which doesn't necessarily make it easier to avoid. Dr. Pavel Somov provides an alternative: better emotional eating.

How Helping Others Can Relieve Anxiety and Depression

A new study shows that thinking of others' well-being may be more beneficial than trying to boost our self-image.

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.