Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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How parents can find their power in a world that won’t stop pushing.
Alison Escalante M.D.
Advocates point out that the post-traumatic stress response is a useful adaptation to an extreme environment. Perhaps it's time to stop calling it a disorder.
In a new study, researchers found that 30 seconds of awe can relieve emotional and physical pain. They want to teach us all their simple method.
Common wisdom says depression starts in the mind with distorted thinking. But newer models suggest depression starts when the body initiates a defense strategy to help us survive.
New research finds that the COVID-19 spike protein crosses the blood-brain barrier in mice. And that's bad news for the brain.
Toddlers can be so attached to their mothers, they won't let them leave the room. But a few strategies can go a long way to easing the stress.
Sadness is often mislabelled as depression. But it's normal and appropriate to feel sadness during extraordinary times like these.
Postpartum anxiety serves as an important adaptive response and parents should not be shamed for it.
Mothers are feeling the anxiety as they take on the bulk of the extra pressure during the coronavirus pandemic, and it's hurting their sleep.
Fathers get postpartum depression almost as often as mothers. New research shows that when dads are able to spend more time with their babies, it protects their well-being.
Over-parenting is so common that it's almost the norm. New research shows that parents who are perfectionists are more likely to become helicopter parents.
Is daydreaming at work a waste of time and productivity? Or is it a key driver of creative innovation? New research says it can be both, depending on our investment in our work.
What if mental disorders like PTSD, anxiety, depression, or ADHD aren't disorders at all? Biological anthropologists make the case that they are something else entirely.
New research suggests those who get their news on social media are more likely to believe medical misinformation.
Work stress is hard, but it's dramatically harder if we work off-hours, too. Teams that enforce boundaries function better.
Misinformation on social media has contributed to the death of thousands. New research suggests a way to help people discern fake news from real.
Mothers have disproportionately reduced work hours due to the pandemic.
New research has pinpointed the decision-making area in the brain and shows how, in mothers, it resets to prioritize the needs of children over their other desires.
A simple math mistake may contribute to the reluctance of many to wear masks. When researchers helped people understand linear vs. exponential coronavirus spread, they wore masks.
Kids are vulnerable to long-term effects on mental health from crises, but new research suggests a way to support kids' resilience during coronavirus.
Months of warnings about how social distancing will make us lonely have turned out to be wrong. In a new study, people turned out to be more resilient than we thought.
New research in the journal Headache found that 83 percent of patients who completed a short course of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) had fewer migraine headaches.
Researchers have just discovered a key aspect of hugging. That's good news, considering how much a good snuggle boosts our health.
When a character is fictional, we can enjoy their “badness” without risking our own self-image.
Have you ever taken a personality test? A new book reviews the scientific evidence showing how your personality actually changes, and then shows you how to change it deliberately.
When the coronavirus lockdowns began, many parents were surprised by how much they were enjoying their kids. That's when they started questioning their busy schedules.
The CDC has issued guidelines on how to reopen schools, and social media is panicking.
Scientists have discovered that how a robot vacuum moves reveals personality.
The next phase of COVID-19 could be even harder than the first. But our brains will do anything to get out of hard work.
Why do we enjoy watching villains do things we would never accept in real life? Scientists say it may be because fiction allows us to explore our dark side.
Shouting a classic obscenity helps us manage pain. Scientists tested fake swear words like "fouch" or "twizpipe" against the classics.
A pediatrician and writer, Dr. Escalante is on a mission to help parents out of the Shouldstorm that disconnects them from their kids. She is raising her own rambunctious boys.