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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.
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The Healing Power of Placebos: Fact or Fiction?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on May 25, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Does new research really prove that placebos don't require deception?

More Posts on Health

8 Habits That Make Millennials Stressed And Unproductive

By Caroline Beaton on May 26, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
More than half of millennials admit to having lain awake at night during the past month from stress.

Short on Sleep? Conflict Could be Bad for Your Health

Fighting after a bad night of sleep can hurt your physical health. But how you deal with your emotions during the fight can make a difference.
Paul Nunez

What Makes the Human Brain “Human?” Part 2

How do “small world” connections contribute to brain complexity and a healthy mind?

The Self-Care Reality Check

Self-care has become a fancy buzzword, but what does it actually mean?
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The Catastrophic Effects of Mental Health Stigma

Transforming mental health in America. We have a long way to go.

You Can Make a Difference

If your child or another child in your life came out as transgender, would you know how to respond? Here are some strategies for ensuring their health and wellbeing.

“I Don’t Have the Bandwidth for That”

Have computers changed the way you see yourself? Why losing touch with nature can be hazardous to your health.

The Global Pain Crisis

By Judy Foreman on May 24, 2017 in A Nation in Pain
Millions of people around the world live—and die—in pain for lack of access to morphine.

Is Kinkphobia a Crisis in the Mental Health Field?

Qualitative studies show that kinkphobia is a pernicious and pervasive problem within the mental health field.

Born Both: Intersex and Happy

By Ariel Gore on May 24, 2017 in Women and Happiness
"I want parents to know that intersex kids can decide who they are for themselves and have that turn out beautifully."
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Can Dogs Help Solve Our Childhood Obesity Problem?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on May 23, 2017 in Animals and Us
What should we make of claims about the impact of dogs on obesity in children and teenagers?

13 Reasons Why

Have your heard warnings about "13 Reasons Why?" Get the basics about how clinical depression is diagnosed.
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Rest for Success

It's not what you do—it's how you actively rest.

Narrative Expressive Journaling Could Help Your Vagus Nerve

A new study found that "narrative expressive journaling" (in which you create a storyline with self-distancing) reduces stress better than extremely emotional "expressive writing."

When Friends Believe Nonsense

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 19, 2017 in Open Gently
Do you discourage your loved ones' silly medical treatments?

The Evolving Evidence on Chiropractors for Low Back Pain

The traditional medical establishment has long frowned upon chiropractic care for lower back pain—until now.

Rewarding Exercise with Food: A Novel Approach

Is it wrong to run that extra mile for a slice of guilt-free cake?

The Rising Tide of Caesarean Births

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in How We Do It
C-sections have been multiplying out of control worldwide. Evidence for side-effects has mounted in tandem, but in the USA at least it seems that the tide may have turned.

Tonic Levels of Physical Activity Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve

Moderate physical activity is a guaranteed way to engage your vagus nerve and create a "relaxation response" that counters the panic and anxiety of fight-or-flight responses.

Why Are So Many Veterans Homeless?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Media Spotlight
According to one estimate, the number of veterans without stable accommodation was placed at nearly 58,000 (twelve percent of the known homeless across the U.S.) as of 2013.

Trading in Celiac Disease for an Eating Disorder

The billion dollar "gluten-free" diet fad may be causing more harm to your mental health than you realize as we trade in gluten in exchange for disordered eating.

Cancer, Keeping Active, and the Mind

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Beyond Treatment
Cancer treatment can make one reluctant to get moving.

2017 International Day Against Homophobia

In the face of a world full of anti-gay, bi, and trans bias, building our resilience can be challenging. Here we explore research-based tips on how to foster personal resilience.

Even Vegans Die: Leaving a Legacy of Caring and Compassion

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A new book called "Even Vegans Die" is a valuable guide for animal advocates. It empowers people to make the best decisions regarding their own health and advocacy for animals.
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Hidden Faces

It seems counterintuitive: sadness in the spring as flowers bloom and temperatures rise.

16 Tips from 16 Years Sick

There’s been one constant in my life since I began writing for Psychology Today six years ago: chronic illness. Because 10 + 6 = 16, it’s time for “16 Tips from 16 Years Sick.”

Inside the Mind of The 'Celebrity' Serial Killer Ian Brady

...why this serial killer never garnered the media attention that others... did, include the fact, unlike the 'Moors Murderer', Trevor Hardy did not have a catchy nick name...
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How the Republican Healthcare Bill Kills

The only true improvement on the ACA that can be made is to repeal it in favor of a single payer system.

Want to Live Longer? Have Sex Regularly

Independent of health, maintaining an active, regular sex life appears to extend longevity. Sex put life into your years and years into your life.

Yoga Lifts Depression & Helps You Flex when Wound Too Tight

Controlling your breath can open the space that allows you to control your mood without any conscious effort on your part.