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Using Brain Scans to Diagnose Mental Disorders

Some clinics are using brain imaging (especially SPECT) for diagnosing psychological conditions like ADHD and depression, but there's little science to support this use.

Is Joy Communal?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on May 18, 2016 in The Human Beast
The epidemic of depression that emerged with urbanization in the US is often attributed to loneliness in large cities. Perhaps it is also due to less opportunities to express joy.

Black Women and Postpartum Depression

Black women face a formidable stereotype when it comes to mental health: the myth of the black "superwoman." Here's how to break through it and feel better.

Is Heat an Antidepressant?

Before psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, there was a third therapeutic tradition in psychiatry--and it involved heat. And it was very successful.

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Smartphones Reveal How the Modern World Is (Not) Sleeping

Do you sleep with a smartphone next to your bed? If so, compelling new research offers multiple reasons to turn off your phone (and other digital devices) one hour before bedtime.

Silent Scream

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 08, 2016 in How To Do Life
The quiet alienation inside many people.

Antidepressants Work, But Only For Really Depressed People

By Allen J Frances M.D. on May 07, 2016 in Saving Normal
People who don't really need antidepressant are taking far too many, while those who desperately do need them are not getting nearly enough.

Epoch Failure’s Attitude of Gratitude

When national radio DJ Casey Kasem said, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars,” Epoch Failure was listening.

If Your Mother Was Grieving, Could You Become Her Caretaker?

What would you do if you suddenly found that you had to care for a depressed and grieving parent?

Can Celebrity Suicides Lead to Copycat Deaths?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 04, 2016 in Media Spotlight
New research explores the cognitive roots of suicide contagion.

8 Reasons to Exercise That Have Nothing to Do With Swimsuits

Exercise causes exterior changes to our bodies, but there are plenty of other reasons to get moving.
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Depression Is a Drag

When depression is a drag, do not expect to move all at once. These kinds of slow and steady steps will strengthen your mood, your body and your mental energy to move forward.

A Human Face on Survival Guilt

Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Here is the story of Sande Boritz Berger's discovery of family history.
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Have We Learned to Ignore Emotional Abuse?

Emotional abuse is like the parable—pervasive, self-perpetuating, and so common that everyone can relate to it. In fact, that’s part of the problem: it is so common.

5 Reasons a Partner May Become Emotionally Distant

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on May 03, 2016 in The Squeaky Wheel
Do you feel disconnected from your spouse or partner? Do they avoid intimacy? Are they acting distant and disengaged? This is what might be going on, and what you can do to fix it.

Mindfulness and Depression

By Mark Borigini M.D. on May 02, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
Patients receiving MBCT had a significantly reduced risk of depressive relapse within a 60-week follow-up period compared with those who received usual care.
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7 Steps Toward Resiliency

There is nothing remarkable about motherhood and anxiety other than to say that it is expected and rather unexceptional.

10 Signs That You're in a Rut

By Tania Luna on May 01, 2016 in Surprise!
Can you tell if you or someone close to you is stuck in a rut?

Bipolar Treatment Is More Than Just Tools To Lower Intensity

By Tom Wootton on April 30, 2016 in Bipolar Advantage
The brakes-only solutions that are the current standard of care traps everyone in the driveway for the rest of their lives where they live in fear for the next time the brakes fail

How Could 60 Seconds of Intense Exercise Change Your Life?

Do you feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to exercise regularly? If so, a new study reports that you can reap the benefits of a longer workout in just 60 seconds.

Grace Joubarne on Emotional Freedom

The future of mental health interview series continues with Grace Joubarne on emotional freedom.
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5 Ways to Rid Yourself of Junk Emotions

If we thought about our emotions as products we consume, just as we do food, how would this change our life and our health?

Why Shouldn't We Mourn Prince?

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on April 28, 2016 in The New You
Why do people mourn Prince?
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Caution! Using Self-Labels Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

By Susan Noonan MD on April 28, 2016 in View From the Mist
Labels that we put on ourselves are often not accurate and can be harmful to our mental health.

When Depression Visits and Stays

What happens when depression comes and it seems that there is nothing you can do to make it leave? Here is a personal experience of dealing with an unwanted guest – Mr. D.

Why I Didn’t Want Prince’s Death to Be Suicide

Whenever a public figure dies by suicide—truly, whenever anyone dies by suicide—the first question is “Why?” And that’s the least important question to answer.

How Do I Motivate My Teenage Son?

How to motivate your teen

Depressed Psychologists

A noble profession with few rewards

Not All Sadness Is the Same

What can we learn about well-being from older adults? They may not feel so bad about themselves when experiencing sadness or loneliness.

Depression Is a Risk for Alzheimer’s: We Need to Know Why.

There is now consensus that depression is a risk for later Alzheimer's disease. But depression is not a single disorder; are there recognizable sub-types that are the real risk?

The Power of a Promise

Getting locked up set me free to imagine a life beyond the confines of the isolation cell and the limitations of my illness.

David Walker on Indigenous Peoples and Western Mental Health

The future of mental health interview series continues with David Walker on indigenous peoples and western mental health

Doctor Who Therapy: Can TV's Time Lord Teach Compassion?

Superhero Therapy author describes an empirical study testing whether Doctor Who could teach children learn about compassion or help them with depression and socializing.
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Identifying With the “No-Self”

We suffer because we identify with ourselves.