Essential Reads

Are Mental Health Issues On the Rise?

Why it's important stories about generational differences look at the research

Don't Cancel Your Dinner Plans

A science-backed reason to be social

A Performance Review... for Your Marriage?

Sometimes all it takes is a check-in.

Can Your Birthday Predict Your Mental Health?

Research reveals some unnerving links, and suggests some explanations.

Recent Posts on Health

10 Bad Habits That Sometimes Do Us Good

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on October 13, 2015 In Excess
All of us have bad habits, and all of us from time to time feel guilty about these habits. But there are some bad habits – at least when carried out in moderation – that might actually have benefits for psychological and/or physical wellbeing. Here are my top 10 bad habits that might do you good.

7 Ways to Protect Your Joints in Yoga

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on October 12, 2015 Urban Survival
Here are useful tips to make sure your wrists, shoulders, hips, and elbows stay safe when doing yoga.

Shattered Families: The Three Stages of Suffering

By Stephen Seager M.D. on October 12, 2015 BrainTalk
The Family Trauma of Mental Illness

The Power of Awe

Awe can enhance you and your world.

The Short Life and Eugenic Death of Baby John Bollinger

By Elliot Hosman J.D. on October 12, 2015 Genetic Crossroads
In 1915, Dr. Harry Haiselden decided not to operate to save the life of a baby born with disabilities. His controversial choice sparked a massive public debate over the responsibilities of medical doctors, the rights of individuals with disabilities, and the new and dangerous field of eugenics.

The Psychology of Immigration

Birman provided a broad overview of immigration today and spoke of the contribution psychology can make in understanding processes of acculturation and developing appropriate mental health and educational interventions.

Stick to the Facts to Keep Stress and Anxiety at Bay

I’ve learned that I can save myself a lot of needless stress and anxiety if I catch myself before I start spinning stories that go beyond my direct experience. Here’s an example involving my dog, Scout...

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: An Evolutionary View

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 How We Do It
Sexually transmitted diseases are unlikely to arise with monogamous mating. Yet several human venereal diseases, notably syphilis, have sometimes spread epidemically. Promiscuous mating in nonhuman primates is correlated with higher levels of white blood cells and faster evolution of immunity genes connected with defences against pathogens. So where do humans fit in?

Are Mental Health Issues On the Rise?

Are today's young people more anxious and depressed, or does it just seem that way?

Dying at Home Is More Peaceful

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 12, 2015 Open Gently
Dying at home is more peaceful. Giving family members paid leave to tend to their dying relatives would help.

Rx: Take One Dog as Needed

One of the most exciting areas where the "healing dog" is making a difference is for pediatric patients. Here's a look at the latest findings from research on animal-assisted therapies and activities with dogs in hospitals.

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Go on Another Diet

Research helps explain why dieting is a complete waste of time.

My Body Doesn't Like Pills

Sometimes patients feel uncomfortable about using a medical treatment, but they might not come right out and say so. Instead, they may develop various symptoms that seem to them to be allergy, or intolerance, or some other indication that they had better stop. Convincing them to continue, or finding an alternative, requires doctors to be alert, flexible, and sensitive.

Dirty Secrets of Health Care, Part I: Drug Pricing

American health care possesses numerous scandals - here's just one.

Running On Empty?

When you find yourself feeling exhausted, you are in a state of deprivation, temporarily unable to replenish yourself. This means that the natural balance of give and take, which characterizes healthy living, is disturbed. The question is how to open yourself up again and, quite literally, change your mind.

Good News for Those with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

By Joann P. Galst Ph.D. on October 10, 2015 Fertility Factor
Hope for those with polycystic ovarian syndrome to avoid the heartbreak and expense of infertility.

Why Labels Don't Cut It

Have you ever heard some introduce themselves or someone they love as "bipolar", "ADHD", or "autistic"? In an age of hyper-diagnosis, we need to examine our language choices and how they can contribute to stigma and shame. The global mental health crisis begs our attention-and careful discernment will help us to better grasp our wonder and complexity as humans.

Don't Cancel Your Dinner Plans

Nobody ever mentions the importance of an active social life.

The Being of Humans

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 In Control
Control is nothing more than the activity of making things be the way an individual wants them to be and keeping them that way until the individual decides they don’t need to be that way any more.

Could a Social Network Motivate You to Exercise More?

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School of Communication have identified a new way to use social networks to motivate people to adopt healthier behaviors and exercise more.

Why We Need to Quit Linking Mental Health Reform & Violence

We need mental health reform. We need more programs that reach out to the young, before problems can take hold and before substances such as drugs and alcohol become a way to medicate away distressing feelings.

After a Stillbirth, Interpersonal Support Facilitates Coping

Finding support is key for emotional recovery after a stillbirth

Meet the Free Online Tool that Assesses Your Depression Risk

Today is National Depression Screening Day, which means you can take a free online test to determine if you have any early warning signs of depression.

Senile Squalor and Hoarding

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 In Excess
Diogenes Syndrome (DS) that is sometimes referred to as ‘senile squalor syndrome’ (as it typically occurs in elderly individuals). Hoarding is often a consequence of having DS, and those with DS often live on their own in severe domestic squalor and unsanitary conditions. But what else is known about this rare syndrome?

Your Dog is Smarter Than You Are

Seriously. For real. No kidding!

The Medicare Behavioral Health Failure

By David J Ley Ph.D. on October 07, 2015 Women Who Stray
Despite the growing recognition of a mental health crisis in the United States, one of the country's largest funders of healthcare continues to provide grossly inadequate coverage of behavioral health.

Jonny Hawkins Explains Why Mental Illness is a Family Affair

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 07, 2015 Brick by Brick
Johnny Hawkins of the band Nothing More shares his family's story of mental illness and how he is working to raise awareness for mental health.

How Long a Work Day is Definitely Bad For Your Health?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 07, 2015 Open Gently
Working eleven hours in a day ups your chance of disease.

A Performance Review... for Your Marriage?

What's the secret to marital bliss? Maybe an occasional performance review.

Would You Commit a Random Act of Kindness...

By Gretchen Rubin on October 07, 2015 The Happiness Project
Have you signed the registry, or had a conversation about this issue?