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The Urbanization / Mental Health Connection

During human evolution, the largest human communities rarely surpassed 150 people. An implication for modern living is this: Humans tend to do best in relatively small communities.
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Colds and Clocks - How Bugs Use Timing to Infect You

Time rules life - included when and how you get infected.
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Here’s How Marijuana Use Is Changing

By Richard Taite on August 26, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
It’s not hard to see how some parts of American culture are light years ahead of where they were just a few decades ago.

Psychological and Environmental Aspects of Who We Eat

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in Animal Emotions
"Meat Climate Change: The 2nd Leading Cause of Global Warming" highlights the incredible damage agricultural practices do to our planet and psyches and offers viable solutions.

More Posts on Health

Looking Beyond Opioids for Chronic Pain

By Beth Darnall PhD on August 28, 2016 in Less Pain, Fewer Pills
Leverage yourself out of the chronic pain trap. Tap into resources -- including pain psychology-- that can help you feel better with fewer pills.

Dear Parent, Call Me with Any Concerns About Your Student

By Marcia Morris M.D. on August 28, 2016 in College Wellness
At a time of increasing distress among college students, I want more parents to collaborate in their child’s psychiatric care.

Sleep with Arianna Huffington, and others.

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on August 28, 2016 in Tried and True
Getting sufficient sleep is important, and many people feel anxious when unsuccessful at doing so. Thinking in healthy ways to reduce anxiety allows better sleep, and waking life!

Homeless, Mentally Ill and Neglected

When the symptoms of mental illness are acute, they affect an individual’s decision-making capacity. Our failure to provide treatment to those in need is discrimination..

Every Stereotype of Single People, Debunked by Science

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in Living Single
Stereotypes of single people are not true. Some negative perceptions of single people are as true – or even more true – of married people as they are of single people.

How to Argue the Right Way

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in Compassion Matters
The way we argue can dramatically affect our personal health and the health of our relationship. How can we resolve conflict in healthier ways that keep us close to our partner?

The Therapeutic Value of Nature

By Dan Mager MSW on August 26, 2016 in Some Assembly Required
Research suggests that spending time in nature can be extremely beneficial, leading to improvements in mood, cognition, and health.
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How the Government Is Fighting Against the Opioid Epidemic

One of the federal government’s important roles is to take on our county’s most pressing issues and respond with solutions on a national scale.

10+ Ways Exercise Can Change Your Life

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 25, 2016 in Cravings
One of them is bound to give you the motivation you need to get moving.

STI Testing: What Are Teens Concerned About?

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Connected
1 in 2 new cases of STIs occur among young people. How can we change this?

10 Strategies to Try When You’re Sick of Being Sick

After fifteen years of chronic illness and writing a book titled "How to Be Sick," I still can feel sick of being sick.

International Overdose Awareness Day

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on August 23, 2016 in Sure Recovery
Knowing the importance of International Overdose Awareness Day.

Big Pharma and the Question: Is ADHD Real?

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on August 23, 2016 in Child in Mind
Rather than assign blame for the ADHD epidemic, we must look to a new paradigm of mental health that is founded in contemporary developmental science.

Doctors Say Cut the Lights at Night

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in Sleep Newzzz
Protect your health and promote a good night’s rest by avoiding exposure to bright light for an hour before bedtime.

Firebird Redux

The human spirit is imbued with an individual and social resilience worth celebrating.
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Care to Live Long? You Might Try Reading Books

It's better to read books than bumper stickers.
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As Research Advances, Treatment for Depression Gets Better

By Richard Taite on August 19, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
If an individual is open to trying a wide variety of treatments, a new life is more than possible for those held down by depression. There is something that can be done.

How to Build a Happier Brain in Two Easy Steps

By Meg Selig on August 19, 2016 in Changepower
Learn Rick Hanson's simple two-step process for "hardwiring" positive experiences into your brain so that you can feel happier, calmer, and more confident.

Medical Mistakes Make It Dangerous to Go to a Hospital

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 18, 2016 in Saving Normal
Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US. Hospitals compete for patients by trying to be the fanciest hotel—not the safest and best place to get care.

Is Donald Trump an Alpha Male?

Do we need to be more precise in applying terms such as “personality disorder” and “alpha male” to political candidates?

Letter to Young Activists

This post is adapted from a talk recently given to young community organizers about self-care and well-being on the journey to a more compassionate and just society.
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When Work Can Be Damaging To Your Health

Companies should, through well-trained managers, pay attention to the behavior of their employees.
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Alluring Brain Science: Stale, Creative Ferment or Both?

Brain science is complex and fast developing. Is it providing the answers we need quickly enough?

Help! I Am Gaining Weight Watching the Food Network?

Who among us does not look at these cooking shows and daydream about some of the recipes shown?

A Simple Way to Be Happier, Healthier, and More Successful

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in Making Change
Inadequate sleep may be undermining you in ways you don’t realize, or don’t take seriously. The solution is simple; if only you’d give it a try.
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Happiness Is Not Set in Stone

Your happiness might be more controllable than you think.

Air Travel and the Speed of Global Warming

Air travel is about time—departure, arrivals, delays, and waiting. But the way we currently travel provides no time to think about how we also live at the speed of global warming

Evicted and the Meaning of Home

What is the meaning of home and what author Matthew Desmond has to say about it in his new book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

Mental Health Assistance Made Easier

Last year, self-help/mental health apps were approved by the psychological and psychiatric communities as feasible supplements to clinical therapy and medications.

Study: If You Believe in Exercise, It'll Make You Feel Good

By Christopher Bergland on August 12, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Do you consider physical activity to be a source of joy or pure torture? If you hate to exercise, research suggests that you might be creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.