Health Essential Reads


Binge Watching and Its Effects on Your Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on January 18, 2018 in Sleep Newzzz
To protect your sleep and your overall health, it’s sensible to keep binge watching in check. Here's why—and some tips from a binge watcher.

How Suppressed Emotions Enter Our Dreams and Affect Health

We push negative thoughts out of our waking minds and they appear in our dreams, doing little good. How can we find a balance to address negative emotions with positive intent?

Why We Need to Address Mean Girl Behavior Early and Often

By Katie Hurley, LCSW on January 16, 2018 in Worry-Free Kids
Do mean girls leaving a lasting impact?

Does the Flu Trick People into Being Sociable?

From an evolutionary perspective, a virus that manipulates its host’s behavior so as to get into as many bodies as possible could be selected. The flu may be such a virus ...

Post-Traumatic Growth and Post-Traumatic Stress Can Coexist

By Christopher Bergland on January 14, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
We commonly associate PTSD with natural disasters. Surprisingly, a new study reports that personal growth can coexist with post-traumatic stress in the years following.

Fulfilled: How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live

A new book takes us into the consulting room through stories in warm and clear prose.

The Dangers of Alarm Fatigue

In a hospital setting, 85 percent of alarms are false. But ignoring an alarm can prove deadly.

Why Is Lithium Good for Both Batteries and Bipolar Disorder?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on January 11, 2018 in Hot Thought
Understanding of how lithium works in a mental-health context has been slow to develop.

Depression and Suicide

By Nancy Rappaport M.D. on January 08, 2018 in We Are Only Human
As students return to schools after the holidays, parents should also have a potentially life-saving talk with their kids to avert a possible tragedy — suicide.

Insects Are the Canaries In Our Coal Mine

We may loathe many of them, but it will be much harder to feed us if they are gone.

Is Too Much Light Making Us Sick, Sad and Stressed?

Is too much light, not diet, to blame for the rise in obesity, hypertension and Type 2 diabetes?

Ready to Try Something New? Practice Being Grateful

By Amie M. Gordon, Ph.D. on January 01, 2018 in Between You and Me
Feeling like your relationship could use a boost? This gratitude exercise helps you stop focusing on what's wrong so you can see what is right.

Top Ten Tips for a Healthier Brain in 2018

By Georgia Ede MD on December 31, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
Which dietary changes are really worth making when it comes to brain health? Simple, science-based advice that really works.

A Battle of the Sexes in the Bedroom?

How much do you know about the physiologic differences in sleep and circadian rhythms between women and men?
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Insomnia and Heart Disease

By John Cline Ph.D. on December 30, 2017 in Sleepless in America
Over the past decade increasing evidence has emerged indicating that insomnia, especially when it occurs in a setting of short sleep, is related to heart disease.

Six Forms of Resolution

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on December 28, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
Ever found New Year's resolutions to be unmotivating or unhelpful? Here are six options for New Year's goals that might help you clarify your best life.

Online Programs Confront Suicide in Indigenous Communities

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on December 28, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Can technology alleviate the leading cause of death among indigenous peoples?

Explaining the 5 Most Common New Year's Resolutions

It turns out that the most common New Year’s resolutions connect strongly with our evolved nature. Perhaps understanding this fact can help us actually keep them in 2018.

7 Signs You're Better Off Alone

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on December 27, 2017 in Friendship 2.0
We often stay in not-great relationships because of inertia. Wondering if you're better off alone? Here are some signs to get you thinking.

Are Over-the-Counter Genetic Tests Risk-Free?

What will you learn from that over-the-counter genetic test holiday gift?

Cooling Brain Inflammation Naturally with Food

By Georgia Ede MD on December 27, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
Which foods tilt your brain towards inflammation and away from healing?

Singing Your Heart Out Has Surprising Psychological Benefits

By Christopher Bergland on December 26, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
New research reaffirms that singing your heart out is a fun way to boost happiness and improve overall psychological well-being.
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Transgender, Genderqueer, and Mental Health

We need to better understand what is most important—gender or sex—if we are to reduce the mental health problems of transgender youth.

Morality Is Objective

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on December 23, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
Many people think that morality varies from culture to culture, person to person. But morality is as objective as mathematics or physics.

4 Questions to Ask About How Well Your Partner Knows You

Does your partner really understand you? Ask yourself these 4 questions, based on new research on stress, to learn just how much you can count on your closest romantic partner.

How School Start Times Affect the Economy

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on December 22, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
School start times and the economy.

How Helpful Are Interventions for War-Affected Civilians?

A new report casts intriguing light on the impact of mental health interventions for refugees and others affected by war or disaster.

Do You Know These Nine Varieties of Positive Emotion?

A review of neuroscientific and evolutionary evidence suggests there is more than one type. Can you guess what they are?

Why Daydreaming Is Good for Us

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on December 19, 2017 in Supersurvivors
Though many of us were told by our grade-school teachers to get our heads out of clouds, research shows that this may not have been good advice.

When to Quit Therapy

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on December 19, 2017 in In Therapy
In an ideal world, all therapy would provide a good ending, where loose ends are tied up, take-away points are clarified, and we share a clean goodbye. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?