Health Essential Reads

In Pursuit of Happiness: Why Pain Helps Us Feel Pleasure

By Brock Bastian Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in The Other Side
Is happiness just about the good times? Do painful experiences only make us unhappy? Here is new research on why our painful experiences are in fact necessary for happiness.

Pride in Mental Health: Education

An interview with GLSEN (creating safe schools for all, regardless of orientation or identity) and The Hetrick-Martin Institute (a safe space for LGBT youth and families).

Pride in Mental Health: Crisis Intervention

An interview with David Bond, Vice President of Programs at The Trevor Project, and Shoko Morikawa, Crisis Counselor Supervisor at Crisis Text Line.

The Relationship Between Waist-Hip Ratio and Fertility

In women, a low waist-hip ratio correlates with health, fertility, and attractiveness. However, a new study reveals that it may also distinguish between past and future fertility.
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Nine Questions to Ask When Choosing a Rehab

If you have a loved one in need of addiction treatment, the time to act is now.

When ‘Healing’ Loses Its Meaning

A cynical medical resident meets Patch Adams.

What Are My Brain Tumors Trying to Tell Me?

By Sophie Sabbage on June 15, 2017 in The Cancer Whisperer
What if illnesses mark the places in your being where parts of you got lost?

How Maternal Personality Problems Affect Children

How does parental personality dysfunction affect the future mental health of offspring? New research highlights how psychological issues carry over through generations.

What Obesity and Interpersonal Conflict Have in Common

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on June 13, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
Our most basic physical activity impacts our mind in surprising ways.

Can Pet Crickets Improve the Well-being of the Elderly?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in Animals and Us
A high quality randomized control study finds that caring for pet crickets has a surprisingly positive impact on the well-being of elderly people.

Why Should We Slow Down? The Lost Art of Patience

Technology allows us to get things done quickly, and we love our smartphones. But slowing down might make you happier and healthier, and also more productive in the long run.

Icebergs and Childhood Mental Illness

It's time to destigmatize childhood mental illness.

Why Are We So Obsessed with What's 'Natural'?

Wondering what people are talking about when they say they fear 'toxins'? Turns out an obsession with the "natural" is a fundamental feature of our psychologies.

At Last the Government Is Recognizing Who Owns Your Health

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on June 06, 2017 in Patient Power
What's more personal than your own individual genetic identification? A recent FDA decision on genetic tests represents a major shift in who truly owns your health: You.

Does It Really Matter How We Talk About Addiction?

Sticks & stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me. When talking about addiction, the truth of this age old adage rings empty. In this article, find out why.

Eight Common Challenges to Accepting a Mental Health Problem

Wondering what gets in the way of accepting a mental health problem? Get some answers from the research and ideas to overcome obstacles.

An Ode to Hospital Chaplains

What are the positive contributions of hospital chaplains on education for nurses and physicians? I add my own ode to the work of hospital chaplains and of health humanities.

Mature Gay and Bisexual Men and Suicide

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on June 03, 2017 in Finally Out
Gay and bisexual men seek mental health care more frequently than heterosexual men but are more likely to have attempted and succeeded at suicide.

Let Them Eat Mushrooms

The President’s trashing of the Paris Accord on climate change as a “job killer” was fittingly simultaneous with the CDC report of a outbreak of mushroom poisoning.

8 Probiotic Strains Proven to Help Improve Your Health

Learn to take care of your body no matter what your size. Gut health is key to overall health and well-being.

Denmark Declassifies Transgender as Mental Illness

Transgender is not considered to be a mental illness in Denmark, making it the first country to remove the link between transgender identity and mental illness.

How Violence Spreads Like a Contagious Disease

By Brad J. Bushman Ph.D. on May 31, 2017 in Get Psyched!
New research explains how violence spreads from person to person. Violence does not occur randomly; it occurs in clusters, often among individuals in the same social network.

Can Contraceptives Affect the Health of Future Children?

Children born to mothers who were on the pill while meeting their children's father are more infection-prone
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Remembering the West End

Are cities good for mental health?
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Pregnancy Blues

Pregnancy Blues. Feeling sad during pregnancy may require some attention. By Vanessa Babineau.

Reducing Drug Deaths: Heroin Injection by Appointment

By Stanton Peele on May 29, 2017 in Addiction in Society
There's a new addiction service coming to your town—safe injection sites. These sites offer us the main, perhaps the only, option for halting the growth in American drug deaths.

Being Sweet on Your Fitbit

When your Fitbit becomes part of your identity, you’re on the right path to fitness, weight loss, and eternal bliss.

Psychiatry and Tech: An Odd Couple, An Impending Marriage

The Engagement between Tech and Psychiatry Grows

16-Year Study: Surprising Findings about Marriage and Health

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 27, 2017 in Living Single
In a 16-year study, more than 11,000 people were followed as they married and divorced. Here’s what happened to their health, life satisfaction, and depression.
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The Child Mental Health Crisis

Childhood mental health issues are on the rise. It will take a village to identify and treat them. Better understanding them is a start.