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How Can You Know if You’re Depressed?

By Richard Taite on December 09, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
Though we’ve come a long way in the treatment of mental illness, there still is not consensus on the diagnosis and treatment of even the most common metal illnesses.

How Do People View Men With Tattoos?

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on December 08, 2016 in Head Games
A forthcoming study reveals our altered perceptions of tattooed men.

10 Things to Try When You’re Feeling Lonely

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on December 07, 2016 in Turning Straw Into Gold
Anyone can feel the pain of loneliness. Here are ten ways to ease the pain of loneliness.

If We Don't Ask, We'll Never Know

By Mitch Prinstein Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in The Modern Teen
After a few minutes with a mental health professional, this is what parents are shocked to learn about their kids

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Running May Actually Be Good for Your Knees, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on December 09, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Contrary to popular belief, running may actually decrease inflammation in the knee joint and protect against degeneration linked to osteoarthritis.

Rolling Out the Green Carpet: Yet Legal Does Not Mean Safe

By Wendy L. Patrick Ph.D. on December 09, 2016 in Why Bad Looks Good
The Green Revolution has resulted in a misconception that legal marijuana is safe under all circumstances. Potential consumers are advised to read up before they light up.
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Here’s How Stress Recalibrates Your Brain

Stress creates feelings that we sometimes deal with in maladaptive ways.

5 Tips to Detox Your Workplace

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on December 09, 2016 in Happy Trails
Emotional intelligence can help you cope with difficult people.

Why Zip Codes Mean More for Health Than Genetic Codes

By Jamie Littlefield on December 08, 2016 in Placed
If 80% of our health is shaped by where we live, what can we do about it?

Is Shrinking Optimism Tied to Drop in U.S. Life Expectancy?

By Christopher Bergland on December 08, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
U.S. life expectancy dropped in 2015 for the first time in over two decades, the CDC reports. Could lower optimism and increased pessimism be tied to this drop in life expectancy?

The Long Reach of Diet

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in The Human Beast
Dietary recommendations are often faddish as illustrated by flip-flops on whether to take vitamins. Now researchers are grasping how diet interacts genes and offspring.

Why Did They Bring Frankincense and Myrrh?

By Gary L. Wenk Ph. D. on December 07, 2016 in Your Brain on Food
In ancient times, frankincense and myrrh were commonly used together for both medical and religious purposes.

Having Your Cancer Treatment at Home

By Lucy O'Donnell on December 07, 2016 in Cancer Is a Teacher
Who would have known that it is now possible to have long-term or acute cancer oncology treatment at home.

How Lawyers and Psychologists Are Helping Immigrant Children

By Rita Watson MPH on December 07, 2016 in With Love and Gratitude
Immigrant children need a place to call home. But to find "home" requires pro bono lawyers, mental health professionals, sensitive school-based programs, and caring volunteers.

How We've Been Lulled Into Overeating

By Temma Ehrenfeld on December 07, 2016 in Open Gently
The phrase "Everything in moderation" enters our brains as "Go ahead, don't be stingy." We overestimate how much we can eat "moderately."

To Groom or Not to Groom?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on December 06, 2016 in Cravings
A new study says trimming your pubic area can increase your risk of STIs.

How to Deal With PTSD–Post Trump Stress Disorder

By Judy Carter on December 06, 2016 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Are you having the post-election flare ups? Ready to snap at anyone who voted differently? A personal story about how a Hillary supporter dealt with Post Trump Stress Disorder

A Simple Trick to Turn Holiday Pain Into Pleasure

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
It is free, fast and doesn’t involve medication

Harvard Study Reports: Happier Adults May Exercise More

By Christopher Bergland on December 05, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Would you like to become more physically active? A new study from Harvard University found that improved psychological well-being may give people a boost to exercise more.

Why Single People Can’t Catch a Break

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in Living Single
Stereotypes of single people aren’t true. Surprising findings help explain why they persist.

Improve Clinical Outcomes by Caring for the "Second Brain"

What do migraines, fibromyalgia, IBS and mental illness have in common?

Insomnia Treatment in Your Home

Will apps zap insomnia?
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Medical Treatment Shouldn’t Limit Second Amendment Rights

There is a complication to marijuana legalization: Handgun ownership privileges are denied to those who use marijuana.

Top Tips for Festive-Season Survival

By Atalanta Beaumont on December 02, 2016 in Handy Hints for Humans
These tips will help you get through the holidays.

Play, Health, Safety, and Community

By Bernard L. De Koven on December 02, 2016 in On Having Fun
The healthier the community is and the safer it is, the more the whole community plays, even the adults.

Happier Holidays: 10 Ways to Increase Your Seasonal Joy

By Mark Holder, Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in The Happiness Doctor
Happy Holidays? Here are 10 science-based ways to increase your happiness over the holidays.

Is There a Place for Clinical Thinking in a Hospital?

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on December 01, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
Mark my words: In the not too distant future, some psychology organization will forbid us from treating cancer victims unless we hold some cancer credential.

The Emergency Room “Surprise Bill”

How emergency room bills hurt patients.

Trauma Documented Three Decades After Chernobyl Disaster

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Talking About Trauma
To this day, those affected by the explosion continue to struggle, living in fear of long-lasting consequences such as birth defects and contaminated foods.

Like Kryptonite for Kratom

By Mark Borigini M.D. on November 30, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
The American Kratom Association (aka, AKA) raised $400,000 from its newly motivated membership—its usual intake being $80,000 a year—to fund an army of lobbyists and keep kratom.

Are Humans "Born to Move"?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in What a Body Knows
The New York Times asks: “Are we fighting thousands of years of evolutionary history and the best interests of our bodies when we sit all day?"
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Analysis: How the AASECT Sex Addiction Statement Was Created

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Standard Deviations
An Insider's Perspective Behind the Scenes of AASECT's Historic Sex Addiction Statement.

Do Statin Medications Affect Irritability and Aggression?

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on November 30, 2016 in Minding the Body
Recent guidelines are fueling a boom in the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. One potential side effect of statins is increased irritability, new evidence shows.

Bad Work Meetings? Do This One Thing: Walk the Walk

By Karlyn Crowley Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Woman Power
Endless meetings make you want to quit your job? Try this instead.