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Researchers Find An Ingenious Way to Measure Seniors' Drinking
Neil Wagner

Ask someone how much they drink, and the answer they'll give you may not jibe with the number of bottles in the trash. Read more >


Patients Find Psychiatric Appointments Are Hard to Come By
Neil Wagner

Getting an appointment with a psychiatrist in some states is nearly impossible. Read more >


How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
Alice G. Walton

Talking about that chance meeting with George Clooney or your trip to Machu Picchu may not be the social lubricant you hope. Read more >


Multitasking Linked to Changes in the Brain
Sami Hocine

Multitasking may result in a loss of density in gray matter in a key brain area. Read more >


A “Dimmer Switch” for Depression
Alice G. Walton

Some people react more strongly to negative life events than others. It’s all about an overactive “disappointment pathway.” Read more >


A Blood Test to Predict Depression and Treatment Effects in Adults
Sami Hocine

Markers in the blood of people who are or will become depressed offer a step forward in early diagnosis and treatment. Read more >


Networking: Dirty Work or Community-Building?
Alice G. Walton

Self-promotion can leave people feeling dirty. Literally. But it doesn’t have to. Read more >


Changing A Memory’s Emotional Color and Maybe Its Impact
Sami Hocine

Events connected to strong emotions are colored by those feelings. Scientists are figuring out how to disconnect the two. Read more >


Gas Disconnects Traumatic Memories, Loosens the Grip of PTSD
Alice G. Walton

Xenon gas may be a better PTSD treatment: It helps disconnect traumatic memories from the pain that can go with them. Read more >


Biochemical Keys to Stress and Resilience Are Uncovered
Alice G. Walton

Some people seem resistant to stress, while others are susceptible to it. Researchers are starting to understand why. Read more >


Young People with Depression Have “Hyper-Connected” Brain Networks
Alice G. Walton

The brains of depressed people have different, more intense patterns of connections. What does that mean for treatment? Read more >


Severe Depression Helped by A Combo of Antidepressants and Talk Therapy
Alice G. Walton

Antidepressants and talk therapy together may be the key to overcoming severe depression. Read more >


Family Intervention Helps Prevent Psychosis in Vulnerable Youth
Esther Entin, M.D.

When family communication and dynamics improve, psychosis can be nipped in the bud. Read more >


Lack of Motivation May Masquerade as Cognitive Decline
Alice G. Walton

As people age, it can be hard to tell whether memory or motivation is fading. Read more >


Finding Narcissists is Easy
Leslie Carr

Figuring out who is a narcissist is pretty easy. All you have to do is ask. Read more >


Stress Is a Recipe for Weight Gain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Stress can add an extra 100 calories day — even if you don't eat more. For those who are depressed, it's even worse news. Read more >


Smoking Increases the Risk of Suicide
Charlotte LoBuono

Smoking doesn't just harm your heart and lungs. It can bring on serious depression, and make suicide more likely. Read more >


Outdoor Time Breeds Fitness in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Time outside translates into more physical exercise. That brings better health. Read more >


Unstructured Time Helps Develop Children's “Executive” Skills
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children learn the “executive” skills that will help them run their lives best when they have unstructured time. Read more >


What Stress Does to Your Memory
Sami Hocine

High levels of stress hormones reduce interconnections among cells in the brain, interfering with our ability to remember. Read more >


The Art of Cheering Up Friends
Alice G. Walton

The best way to cheer someone up may depend on how robust or fragile their self esteem is. Read more >


What Looks Like Depression in Type 2 Diabetes Might Be Something Else
Alice G. Walton

“Depressed” people with diabetes may not be clinically depressed – they may just be reacting to having an illness. Read more >


Perimenopause, Estrogen and Mood
Esther Entin, M.D.

Estrogen levels fluctuate during the changes leading up to menopause, and this destabilizes brain chemicals linked to mood. Read more >


Sun Worshipper or Sun Addict?
Leslie Carr

Some people need the sun the way an alcoholic needs a drink. And the health risks can be just as severe. Read more >


Getting Active in Your 70s (or Later) Can Reduce the Risk of Disability
Alice G. Walton

Reduce your chances of landing in a nursing home -- walk a few blocks more. It may be all you need. Read more >


Discrimination and Favoritism May Be The Same Thing
Alice G. Walton

We think of discrimination as being about hate and holding certain people back. But it can be just the opposite. Read more >


Psilocybin Shows Potential As Treatment for Depression
Leslie Carr

Psilocybin, found in certain mushrooms, appears to help prevent depression and anxiety by enhancing mood. Read more >


The Stress of Family Conflicts Increases the Risk of Premature Death
Charlotte LoBuono

The stress of conflict in our relationships with family and friends can actually shorten our lives. Pick your battles. Read more >


Apathy, Inactivity, and Brain Atrophy
Esther Entin, M.D.

The prospect of dementia haunts people over 50, but what they ought to fear is apathy and inactivity. Read more >


Bullying's Effects Seen in Adulthood
Charlotte LoBuono

We tend to think of bullying as schoolyard behavior, but it can affect victims even as adults. Read more >


Internet Use Can Offer Seniors Friends with Emotional Benefits
Alice G. Walton

For seniors, spending more time online can be a way to stay connected socially and ward off depression. Read more >


The Keys to Life after a Heart Attack: Medication and Lifestyle Changes Part 2
Richard Josephson, M.D., and Sri K. Madan Mohan, M.D.

For many people, having a heart attack is a wake-up call that sets them on a healthier path. Read more >


Depressed Brains Boosted to a More Resilient State
Sami Hocine

Mice prone to depression became resistant to stress and depression after a jump-start. Read more >


Physicians Take on Gun Violence
Esther Entin, M.D.

Because of their special understanding of family issues, doctors can play a big role when it comes to preventing gun violence, according to a new ACP policy statement. Read more >


Childhood Stress Can Prematurely Age Genes
Alice G. Walton

Stress in childhood can have lasting effects that can be seen in children's genes. Read more >


Violent Video Games and Aggression
Esther Entin, M.D.

Playing violent video games makes kids prone to seeing others as hostile and acting aggressively. Read more >


Stress Can Reduce a Woman's Chances of Becoming Pregnant
Alice G. Walton

Stress can greatly reduce a woman’s odds of becoming pregnant. Read more >


New Hints at The Brain Chemistry Behind Anxiety
Michael J. Gertner

The brain chemistry of people with anxiety may make it more difficult for them to turn off activity. Luckily, there appears to be a way to change this. Read more >


More Evidence for Bullying's Emotional Toll
Esther Entin, M.D.

Bullying casts a long shadow. There are things parents can do to reduce the emotional, physical, and psychological damage. Read more >


Quitting Smoking Can Significantly Improve Mental Health
Alice G. Walton

People who smoke usually feel it helps them cope with stress and anxiety, but that's not true. It actually causes those feelings. Read more >


Chronic Stress Disrupts Balance Between White and Gray Matter in the Brain
Michael J. Gertner

Chronic stress appears to alter the balance of white to gray brain matter. This may explain several mental disorders. Read more >


A New Brain Region Is Implicated in Anxiety
Alice G. Walton

When we are anxious a brain region long-believed to calm responsiveness actually seems to excite it. Read more >


New Routes to Easing Chronic Pain
Michael J. Gertner

Two studies shed light on the brain signals behind chronic pain and suggest new approaches to overriding them. Read more >


A Possible Biological Basis for Religiosity
Michael J. Gertner

People who are religious have thicker cortices than those who aren't. So which causes what? Read more >


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Diagnoses on The Rise
Esther Entin, M.D.

More and more children are being diagnosed and treated for attention deficits. Is this a good thing? Read more >


Meditation May Help Relieve Anxiety, Depression, and Pain
Charlotte LoBuono

Don't Medicate, Meditate Read more >


Fewer Psychiatrists Accept Health Insurance
Neil Wagner

Obamacare promotes greater access to mental health services but few psychiatrists accept insurance. Read more >


Physical Brain Injuries Increase Likelihood of PTSD
Neil Wagner

Physical injury to the the brain also raises the risk of post-traumatic stress. Read more >


Cell Phone Angst
Neil Wagner

We all love our cell phones, but they can increase anxiety and make us miserable. Read more >


Media Coverage of Traumatic Events and Acute Stress
Alice G. Walton

It's OK to be informed, but binge-watching the news when disaster strikes can cause traumatic stress. Read more >


How to Keep Those Holiday Pounds Off
Neil Wagner

The holidays are a great time...to gain weight. Here are tips for ways to avoid picking up pounds. Read more >


Sacrosine Shows Promise As a New Way to Relieve Depression
Neil Wagner

Sarcosine, found in muscles and other body tissues, improved mood better than a popular antidepressant. Read more >


Decision-Making Linked to Motivation, Depression
Michael J. Gertner

Decisions, motivation and depression all seem to reside in the same areas of the brain. Read more >


Psychobiotics, A Possible New Treatment for Depression
Alice G. Walton

We know probiotics are good for GI heath. They may also affect mental health. Read more >


Monkey Mind, A Memoir of Anxiety
Daniel Smith



Making Social Networks Work for Vulnerable Teens
Neil Wagner

The Internet offers troubled kids support and community. It also raises the risk of suicide. Read more >


How Well You Cope with Rejection May Be Up to Your Brain
Neil Wagner

Painful feelings of rejection actually are rooted in the brain, and may be cured there. Read more >


A Parental Wake-Up Call: Yelling Doesn't Help
Esther Entin, M.D.

No parent starts out wanting to yell at his or her child. But somewhere along the line, usually in adolescence, most of us do. Read more >


Oxytocin and The Pleasure We Get from Being Social
Alice G. Walton

The hormone oxytocin helps stimulate human connection. It also appears important to experiencing ple Read more >


The World Happiness Report: People Do Not Live by GDP Alone
Neil Wagner

The World Happiness Report may surprise those who think all they need is a palm tree by the sea. Read more >


Antipsychotic Use in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children taking certain antipsychotics for behavioral problems are far more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Memory and Forgetting: It's All about the Networks
Michael J. Gertner

Memory and forgetting go hand-in-hand. Now we know that network coordination is more important than brain activation. Read more >


Poverty's Mental Toll
Leslie Carr

Being poor robs you of mental bandwidth. The toll money worries take is roughly equal to losing 13 points off your IQ score. Read more >


Shining A Light to Turn Off Anxiety
Neil Wagner

When MIT researchers flipped the switch connecting two brain regions, anxiety vanished. Read more >


The Color of Light at Night's Effect on Mood
Neil Wagner

The color of light at night affects mood. Blue is depressing. Read more >


The Darker Side of Oxytocin
Neil Wagner

Oxytocin has been called the love hormone. But it's long-term effects are quite different. Read more >


Facebook Use May Reduce Happiness, Not Enhance It
Alice G. Walton

Facebook may actually increase sadness. Be sure to make time to connect for real. Read more >


Preventing Drop-Outs: Keeping Kids Engaged in School
Esther Entin, M.D.

Keeping kids engaged in school is perhaps the most important thing you can do to foster success. Read more >


When Bullying Hits Home: Sibling Rivalry or Dangerous Victimization?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Siblings will fight, but bullying happens at home, too. And the emotional impact is just as serious as when it happens at school. Read more >


Scientists Succeed in Creating a False Memory
Michael J. Gertner

It's not quite "Inception," but scientists have invaded the brains of mice and made fake memories. Read more >


When It Comes to Resolving Conflicts in Relationships, One Size Does Not Fit All
Neil Wagner

When couples fight, issues of disrespect or neglect may underlie the conflict. Read more >


A Gene Behind the Body's Clock Affects Aging
Alice G. Walton

Maintaining a regular sleep-wake cycle keeps you healthy, and may help you live longer. Read more >


Self-Help That Works
John C. Norcross, PhD, Linda F. Campbell, PhD, John M. Grobal, PsyD, John W. Santrock, PhD, Florin Selagea, MS and Robert Sommer



Talk Therapy Helps Depression
Alice G. Walton

Many types of talk therapy work for depression; the important thing is to get started on one. Read more >


Exercise As a Treatment for Depression
Esther Entin, M.D.

Exercise is a valuable treatment for depression, especially for those who have trouble with antidepressants. Read more >


Heart Problems That Create More Heart Problems
Neil Wagner

Having a heart condition is stressful and can make heart problems worse. It looks like some antidepressants can help. Read more >


Re-Tuning the Brain: Ultrasound's Effect on Mood
Neil Wagner

You can't feel or hear it, but ultrasound improved patients' pain and mood. Read more >


The Genes Behind Circadian Patterns and Major Depression
Michael J. Gertner

If the genes behind our body's clock fall out of sync, depression can be the result. Read more >


Our Fear of Missing Out
Neil Wagner

The fear of missing out — we all suffer from it at times, but social media is making it worse. Read more >


There's Earning, and Then There's Overearning
Alice G. Walton

Having more than we can possibly use can put dent in happiness. Read more >


Making Sure Heart Patients Get Treated for Depression
Charlotte LoBuono

Depression is common after a heart attack. Treating it not only works, it saves lives and cuts costs. Read more >


Acute Decompensated Heart Failure: Definitions, Symptoms, and Treatment
Joel Schilling, M.D., Ph.D.

Heart failure is one of the most common and life-threatening conditions in the U.S. What to do when things go from bad to worse. Read more >


Exercise Improves Self Control, Decision-Making
Charlotte LoBuono

Exercise can help us exert more self control. It enhances the brain's ability to solve problems, plan, and make decisions. Read more >


Lasting Brain Damage from Even A Single Concussion
Neil Wagner

Even a single concussion can result in reduced brain volume and impaired emotional and executive functioning. Take time to recover. Read more >


It's Healthier To Give than To Receive
Neil Wagner

Helping others isn't just a good thing to do. It's one of the best de-stressors there is. Read more >


Helicopter Parents: When Mothering Is Smothering
Neil Wagner

College kids whose parents haven't learned to let go are prone to anxiety and depression. Support autonomy. Read more >


Bullying Leaves Long-Lasting Psychological Effects
Charlotte LoBuono

The effects of bullying can be long-lasting, especially for those who have been both bully and victim. Read more >


Fruits and Veggies Can Improve Your Mood
Charlotte LoBuono

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables actually seems to improve people's moods. Read more >


Yoga May Help Mental Health Disorders, from Depression to Schizophrenia
Alice G. Walton

Yoga can help ease certain mental health disorders. Read more >


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The School Day Needs More...Recess
Neil Wagner

In Japan, schoolchildren are given a 10-15 minute break every hour. Recess is important to cognitive, physical and social development. Read more >


Resource Center: Emotional Health



Better Language Skills Help Kids Cope with Emotions
Alice G. Walton

Helping kids with language development gives them the tools to express their emotions, rather than act out. Read more >


The Emotional Lives of Parents
Alice G. Walton

Some studies suggest parenting is linked to happiness, while others claim the opposite. A new one gets closer to the truth. Read more >


Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Antidepressant-Resistant Depression
Neil Wagner

Antidepressants don't help everyone. A new study finds that one kind of psychotherapy can improve the odds. Read more >


Taking Early Control of Traumatic Memories May Help Treat PTSD
Alice G. Walton

A new treatment for PTSD helps prevent memory from running amok. Read more >


Doctors Often Misdiagnose Patient Preferences
Charlotte LoBuono

Patients often surprise their doctors by choosing different treatments than their doctors expect. Knowing all the options helps. Read more >


How Our Brain Gets Us Motivated
Alice G. Walton

Tracking the brain circuits involved in motivation and depression. Read more >


Meditation: Changing the Mind for the Better
Neil Wagner

Meditation changes the brain differently, depending on the type of meditation you practice. Read more >


Cyberbullying in Offices is More Common Than You Might Think
Alice G. Walton

Bullying doesn't just happen at school. Cyberbullying at work can affect your mental health. Read more >


Are You Teflon or Velcro When It Comes to Stress?
Leslie Carr

Some people find it pretty easy to shed a stressful day, but for others, it lingers... Read more >


Increased Calcium Intake Reduces Risk of Hyperparathyroidism
Charlotte LoBuono

Parathyroids are only the size of grains of rice, but can cause bone loss, cancer, and depression... Read more >


Ketamine Research Leads to the First New Depression Drugs in Decades
Neil Wagner

Ketamine is a pediatric anesthetic, a club drug, and now, the most promising antidepressant... Read more >


Off-Label Antipsychotic Use Continues to Rise, Especially in Children
Neil Wagner

Off-label prescribing for kids is way up. So are their serious side effects. The search for... Read more >


The Effects of Social Violence in Children's TV Shows
Esther Entin, M.D.

All the gossip, rejection, teasing and excluding that goes on on shows sets the wrong tone. Read more >


Learning to Identify Negative Emotions May Be Important in Battling Depression
Alice G. Walton

Learning to identify your emotions may help with depression. It's not as easy as it sounds. Read more >


An Experimental Drug May Address the Cognitive Problems of PTSD
Alice G. Walton

Post-traumatic stress disorder is more than anxiety. A new drug may help the cognitive problems... Read more >


A Gene May Help Explain Happiness in Women, Not Men
Alice G. Walton

A gene previously dubbed the "warrior gene" because of its links to aggression may also be linked... Read more >


The Complicated Relationship between Alcohol and Anxiety
Alice G. Walton

Alcohol addiction may rewire the brain so that it can't rebound from stress. PTSD suffers may want.. Read more >


Relationships, Not Schoolwork, Are the Key to a Good Future
Neil Wagner

When it comes to well-being later in life, having friends is more important than good grades. Read more >


Glial Cells
R. Douglas Fields, Ph.D.

Glia were completely overlooked until it was discovered that Einstein's brain was packed with them. Read more >


Mindfulness Relieves Loneliness
Neil Wagner

A simple program of mindfulness mediation replaced lonely feelings with a greater appreciation... Read more >


Let it Shine: New Window Coating Lets in More Light
Neil Wagner

A new window coating lets in more light at the blue end of the spectrum. This shift could improve... Read more >


Dental Filling Material Linked to Behavioral Problems in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Fillings with a form of the chemical BPA raise the likelihood that a child will have emotional... Read more >


The Power of Good Deeds
Neil Wagner

When faced with uncertainty, we are more likely to believe in the power of good deeds.... Read more >


Alternative Medicine: Does the Research Support the Movement? Part 3: Yoga
Alice G. Walton

Yoga has some proven benefits and unproven claims. What you can, and can't, expect it to do for you. Read more >


A Brain Chemical That Makes Bad Memories Disappear
Alice G. Walton

Researchers discover why anxiety can persist for months or years after a stressful event. It's all about a brain chemical. Read more >


Feeling Respected is a Key to Well-Being
Leslie Carr

When it comes to what makes you happy, feeling respected and admired is better than money... Read more >


The Mainstreaming of Alternative Medicine: Does the Research Support the Movement? Part 2: Meditation
Alice G. Walton

Meditation increases the size of brain areas associated with memory and reduces our vulnerability to stress. Read more >


Managing Major Depression During Pregnancy: To Treat or Not to Treat?
Jennifer L. Payne, M.D.

Taking antidepressants while pregnant can mean choosing between a woman's mental health and potential risks to the fetus. Read more >


Social Jet Lag May Be Why You're Fatigued (And Fat)
Alice G. Walton

Our daily schedules are out of sync with our internal clocks. It started with the light bulb... Read more >


The Happiness Dilemma
Alice G. Walton

The pursuit of happiness is not as simple as we might think. What you focus on can make a big difference to your health. Read more >


A Snapshot of Stress Across the Generations
Alice G. Walton

The Millennial generation is more stressed than generations before. They are also less able to cope. Read more >


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Certain brain centers are less active in chronic fatigue syndrome patients, suggesting a new... Read more >


A Positive Outlook Helps the Heart
Leslie Carr

Having a positive outlook has been associated with improved cardiovascular health and recovery. It's about healthy behaviors. Read more >


Blood Test Can Reliably Diagnose Teen Depression
Michael J. Gertner

Markers found in a simple blood test reliably distinguished depressed teens from those who weren't.. Read more >


The Body's Clock And Its Role in Health
Alice G. Walton

Jet lag and seasonal depression are just two ways our bodies remind us that we have an inner clock that affects our health. Read more >


The Power of Good Intentions
Neil Wagner

Food tastes better and pain hurts less when it comes from people with good intentions. Read more >


Endorphins May Explain Why Alcohol Makes Us Feel Happy
Alice G. Walton

Alcohol works by releasing "feel good" chemicals, endorphins, in the brain, which could explain its addictiveness. Read more >


A Second Look at Antidepressants and Suicide
Esther Entin, M.D.

Antidepressants can literally be lifesavers for people with depression. Read more >


One in Five Americans Suffers from Mental Health Problems
Alice G. Walton

One in five Americans suffers from mental health problems. There is no reason to feel uncomfortable about seeking help. Read more >


At The Intersection of Grief and Depression, A Controversy
Alice G. Walton

A top medical journal questions whether the move to classify grief as depression has merit. Read more >


Physical Activity and School Performance
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children do better in school when they have more opportunity for physical activity, not more time at a desk. Read more >


Facebook: Not for the Negative
Neil Wagner

People with heartfelt Facebook posts about what's wrong in their world may end up with less traffic. Read more >


For Mood Disorders, Combined Therapy Works Better
Neil Wagner

A study shows how a combination of antidepressants and therapy helps reduce memories' impact... Read more >


The Impact of Bad Bosses
Alice G. Walton

A controlling, coercive boss can take a toll on your well being. But there is more to it than that. Read more >


Consequences of Insomnia Go Beyond Fatigue, Poor Performance
Susan H. Scher, MD

Insomnia is a major health risk. It erodes your quality of life. But too few doctors even ask... Read more >


Oxytocin Could Help Introverts Feel More Outgoing
Alice G. Walton

The mother-baby bonding hormone, oxytocin, made introverts feel more outgoing and trusting. Read more >


Indecision and Lack of Commitment Breed Unhappiness
Neil Wagner

Some people constantly doubt themselves rather than committing to their choices, no matter how small Read more >


Children's Powers of Positive Thinking
Esther Entin, M.D.

At what age do children learn that one can choose to see a situation in a more positive light? Read more >


Uncovering Why Marijuana Has Opposing Effects on the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Smoking pot can make people calm, anxious, or even psychotic. A study reveals the chemical culprit.. Read more >


Play and the Impact of Poverty
Esther Entin, M.D.

Underprivileged kids have less chance to play at school, at home, in their neighborhoods... Read more >


Adrenal Hormone DHEA For Menopause Symptoms
Alice G. Walton

The hormone DHEA sounds like a miracle: it may ease menopause symptoms and boost sexual interest. Read more >


Having Trouble with Parenthood? You Are Not Alone
Alice G. Walton

Having kids interrupts your sleep, destabilizes your relationship, and costs lots of money and time. So what's the upside? Read more >


Depression: Paving the Road to Recovery
Neil Wagner

People who suffer from depression can learn to overcome their tendency to overgeneralize and ruminate about difficulties. Read more >


Important Link in the Stress Response Could Mean Better Treatment
Alice G. Walton

Researchers discover an important step in the stress response, which, if blocked, could stop... Read more >


Children and Family Violence
Esther Entin, M.D.

The brains of children exposed to family violence show changes similar to those of soldiers... Read more >


Alcohol: Friend or Foe?
Alice G. Walton

Drinking offers health benefits and risks. Get help sifting through the latest findings. Read more >


Dreams Can Help Heal Mental Wounds
Alice G. Walton

REM sleep can reduce the emotional impact of traumatic memories. Read more >


A Sobering Look at Alcohol
Neil Wagner

Heavy drinking and alcoholism raise a person's risk of cancer and a host of other diseases considerably. Read more >


Gestational BPA Linked to Developmental Problems in Girls, Not Boys
Alice G. Walton

Higher BPA levels during pregnancy are linked to cognitive and emotional problems in children. Read more >


Measuring Happiness Now Could Predict Death Risk Years Later
Alice G. Walton

Happiness measured at one point in time was linked to lower mortality five years later. Read more >


Stressful Life Events Can Up Death Risk: But There's a Limit
Alice G. Walton

Going through a string of difficult life events in middle age raises one's death risk. Read more >


Toddlers and TV: The AAP says No!
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children under two are not yet mentally equipped to learn from a screen. They benefit most from hands-on play with others. Read more >


Poverty and Mental Illness: Can the Vicious Cycle be Broken?
Esther Entin, M.D.

The economic benefits of offering mental health help to those living in poverty are enormous. Read more >


Seasonal Affective Disorder: Coming Out of the Cold
Alice G. Walton

Seasonal affective disorder occurs when a lack of sun disrupts the body's circadian and serotonin cycles. It a real form of depression. Read more >


The Power of Play
Esther Entin, M.D.

The time kids spend just playing is declining. Well-meaning parents are partly to blame. Read more >


Tweet This: Twitter As Research Tool
Leslie Carr

The timing and emotional tenor of Twitter posts offer a picture of when we are happiest and when... Read more >


The Cost of the Economy: How to Recover Health and Happiness in the Face of Financial Crisis
Alice G. Walton

What you can do to cope with the stress of financial hardship – emotionally and practically. Read more >


Researchers Unravel How Stress Leads to Depression
Alice G. Walton

Stress can lead to depression, but new brain cells may be responsible for stopping the process... Read more >


Parenting and Temperament: Does "Goodness of Fit" Matter?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Certain styles of parenting are more beneficial for children with difficult temperaments, such as the anxious or depressed. Read more >


Generalized Anxiety and Interpersonal Relationship Problems Deeply Intertwined
Alice G. Walton

People with anxiety often have problematic social relationships, partly as a result of their worries Read more >


Blue Again: Antidepressants May Lead to Future Depression
Neil Wagner

For all the good they do, antidepressants may lead to another bout of depression. Here's why... Read more >


Eating Disorder or Disordered Eating?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating disorder or disordered eating? The distinction is fuzzy, but stopping early is key. Read more >


Learning to Be Positive May Help Beat Depression
Alice G. Walton

Positive activity intervention (PAI) such as writing letters of gratitude or performing acts of kindness, may help mild depression. Read more >


Pets Are Good For Everyone, Not Just "Pet People"
Neil Wagner

Pet owners score higher on a variety of measures of healthy adjustment... Read more >


The Invisible Epidemic: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Memory and the Brain
J. Douglas Bremner, M.D.



Training in Positive Thinking Helps Teens Interpret Life in Healthier Ways
Alice G. Walton

A simple computer program seems to help teens avoid negative thinking, which may help with anxiety.. Read more >


Pediatric Mental Health Emergencies: Where are they Treated?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Too often, children with behavioral or emotional issues are taken to the ER. Read more >


Stressful Events Lead to Unexpected Reaction in Panic Patients
Alice G. Walton

You might think people with panic disorder would fall apart in a crisis, but that's not the case... Read more >


The Roots of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Alice G. Walton

People with body dysmorphic disorder have problems in the brain's visual processing system. Read more >


Paxil and Pravachol Taken Together Raise Blood Sugar
Neil Wagner

Drug interactions can be surprising. Alone, neither Paxil nor Pravachol raise blood sugar... Read more >


Strong Social Support Systems at Work May Lengthen Life
Alice G. Walton

Getting along well with the coworkers may lengthen your life. Getting along with the boss... not... Read more >


The Agony of Ecstasy: Permanent Brain Changes
Neil Wagner

The club drug Ecstasy produces changes in brain chemistry. But these may not be the type of changes. Read more >


Cooperation and Guilt Linked in the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Do we cooperate with others to experience positive feelings or avoid the bad ones? Read more >


Aspirin, Ibuprofen May Prevent Antidepressants from Working
Neil Wagner

Taking anti-inflammatory drugs while on SSRI antidepressants can interfere with the SSRIs' effectiveness. Read more >


Alcoholism May Be Linked to Impulsivity Gene, Brain Differences
Alice G. Walton

People with alcoholism in the family tend to have a genetic variation affecting impulsivity. Environmental factors also play a role. Read more >


Food May Activate Same Addiction Centers in the Brain as Drugs
Alice G. Walton

Food addiction and drug addiction may activate the same reward areas of the brain. Read more >


Physical and Emotional Pain Have Similar Effect on the Brain
Alice G. Walton

The emotional pain of romantic relationship break-up has the same effect on the brain as physical... Read more >


Cortisol May Ease Fear of Heights
Neil Wagner

A dose of cortisol, the stress hormone secreted when we are afraid or stressed, helped acrophobics.. Read more >


Chocolate: The Good, the Bad, and the... Tasty!
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Cocoa contains flavanols that have health benefits, but they may be lost or reduced in the commercial processing of chocolate. Read more >


Food for Thought: What the Ultimate Organ Needs to Stay Healthy
Alice G. Walton

Some foods can help you feel, think and remember better. You may know about blueberries, but curcumin? Read more >


Can Trans-Fats Cause Depression?
Neil Wagner

Trans-fats, or hydrogenated oils seem to raise the risk of depression. Read more >


Exercise May Be Best Bet for IBS Sufferers
Alice G. Walton

Exercise significantly reduces the severity of IBS symptoms. Read more >


Meditation Changes the Cells of the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Meditation changes the brain, with areas related to learning and memory expanding and areas related to anxiety, contracting. Read more >


How to Beat Test Anxiety
Neil Wagner

Writing about your anxiety may help release some of its grip and enable you to perform more in line with your ability. Read more >


New Research Shows Us Why We Should Listen to the Heart
Alice G. Walton

Do people listen to their bodies have better instincts when it comes to making intuitive decisions? Read more >


New Antibiotics Brings Relief to IBS Sufferers
Alice G. Walton

A new antibiotic may bring significant relief to IBS sufferers; but will it work over the long-term? Read more >


Fibromyalgia: Too Tough for Mindfulness Therapy?
Neil Wagner

Can mindfulness therapy reduce the pain experienced by people with this baffling condition? Read more >


Research Pinpoints Brain Site of Fear Response
Neil Wagner

The amygdala, a tiny almond-shaped structure in the brain, appears to strongly influence our fear response. Read more >


The Happiness of the Unemployed Rises Again
Alice G. Walton

If you've been laid off, take heart: new research shows that within one year, you'll be about as happy as you were before the layoff. Read more >


New Drinks for the New Year
Neil Wagner

Think before you drink. Not only is alcohol a risk factor for cancer and injury, it contains quite a few empty calories. Read more >


The Best of 2010: Health Tips to Take With Us Into 2011
Alice G. Walton

Planning for a healthier 2011? We pull together some of the top health news stories of this past year. Read more >


The Mind Works Better When It's Happy
Neil Wagner

We tend to think more creatively and flexibly when we are happy. Read more >


Can Sleep Deprivation Prevent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Alice G. Walton

Scientists have found a way to disrupt upsetting memories of traumatic events: sleep deprivation. Read more >


Antidepressant Use Climbs as Talk Therapy Rates Drop - But Is Mindfulness the Key?
Alice G. Walton

More people are seeking treatment for depression. But the type of treatment they choose may not be.. Read more >


Is a Wandering Mind an Unhappy Mind?
Neil Wagner

What are you thinking of right now? Was your mind wandering? Happier people tend to have minds focused on the present moment. Read more >


New Mothers' Brains May Grow Larger
Alice G. Walton

The thrill and pleasure of a new baby appear to stimulate brain growth, particularly in areas... Read more >


Anger and Sadness Increase Pain
Neil Wagner

Anger and sadness tend to make a person's experience of pain worse. Read more >


Loneliness Comes from Within
Neil Wagner

Loneliness is not so much a condition as a reflection of how we see ourselves and others. Read more >


It's Quality, Not Quantity, of Sleep That's Important for New Moms
Alice G. Walton

Even though they may total enough hours at night, interrupted sleep is what hurts new moms. Read more >


Ketamine Effective at Treating Bipolar Disorder
Neil Wagner

Ketamine quickly reduced depression in some treatment-resistant bipolar patients, offering hope... Read more >


How You See Others Says a Lot about You
Neil Wagner

How we see others says more about our own personalities than it does about theirs'. Read more >


Being More Connected to Those Around You May Lengthen Your Life
Alice G. Walton

Having a strong social support system rivals quitting smoking in terms of the years it can add to our lives. Read more >


Putting Meditation to the Test
Alice G. Walton

Science is putting the ancient practice to the test. It appears that being mindful can change your brain and your behavior. Read more >


The Teenager Sleep Schedule vs. the School Bell
Esther Entin, M.D.

Starting the school day just a half hour later helps teens get the sleep they need, raising motivation. Read more >


TV and Video Games Can Harm Kids' Attention Spans
Alice G. Walton

Limiting your child’s TV or video game time to less than two hours per day may help his or her attention. Read more >


A New Look At Postpartum Depression
Neil Wagner

New mothers have elevated levels of MAO-A, an enzyme known to deactivate neurotransmitters that affect mood. Read more >


Managing Obesity: A Work In Progress
Lawrence J. Cheskin, M.D., and Scott Kahan, M.D., M.P.H.

Two physicians discuss the risks of obesity. Learn to recognize the behavioral triggers behind overeating and overcome them. Read more >


Just 20 Minutes Outdoors Can Work Wonders
Neil Wagner

Just 20 minutes out in nature - even a small garden - can help re-energize you. Read more >


Cutting: Teens Who Hurt Themselves
Esther Entin, M.D.

The medical community calls it "non-suicidal self-injury" (NSSI); the kids call it "cutting." Read more >


Who Knew? Study Shows that Fathers Experience Postpartum Depression, Too
Alice G. Walton

New fathers and fathers-to-be are at higher risk for depression than other men, particularly if their wives are depressed. Read more >


Alcohol and Adolescents: The Need to Teach our Children Well
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teen drinking is not like on TV. There are real risks, like auto accidents and impaired brain development. Read more >


Depression in Children and Adolescence: Making Safe Medication Decisions
Esther Entin, M.D.

It is important to treat child and adolescent depression. Kids on medication should be monitored closely. Read more >


Magnet Therapy May Help Treat Depression When Drugs Don't Work
Alice G. Walton

Administering magnetic pulses to patients with intractable depression seems to be effective... Read more >


To Boost Your Self-Esteem and Mood, Exercise in the Green, Researchers Say
Alice G. Walton

If you are feeling a little down, head outdoors. Just five minutes outside boosts mood and self-esteem. Read more >


Kids and Screens: Media and Health
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teens' screen time offers risks and rewards. How to minimize the risks. Read more >


Dancing Improves Seniors' Balance, Reduces Falls
Neil Wagner

Dancing can improve seniors' balance, walking speed and overall functioning, not to mention their spirits. Read more >


Side Effects of Antidepressants More Common Than Previously Thought
Neil Wagner

Antidepressant medications have many side effects. Too often these go unreported by doctors and patients. Read more >


The Female Reproductive Cycle...Explained
Alice G. Walton

The hormonal changes surrounding ovulation are often intense. Read more >


Exercise as Mental Health Treatment
Neil Wagner

Exercise is a useful component of any mental health treatment plan. Read more >


Packing up Your Troubles Really Works
Neil Wagner

Sealing up a reminder of an unpleasant experience and throwing it or putting it away may help you move on. Read more >


Stressed Out, Part II: Managing Stress
Alice G. Walton

Stress is a fact of life, but you can learn to manage it better, both mentally and physically. Read more >


Meaningful Talk May Be Linked to Happiness
Alice G. Walton

Small talk can help in some social situations, but people who engage in more substantial conversations tend to be happier. Read more >


Mild Depression Should Not be Left Untreated, Researchers Say
Alice G. Walton

People who believe they may be depressed should not ignore the symptoms. Untreated symptoms raise the odds of full-blown depression. Read more >


Stressed Out: The Behavior and Biology of Stress
Alice G. Walton

Stress is a feeling, but it is also a biological response that is both helpful and harmful. Read more >


Fish Oil May Help Prevent Psychosis
Neil Wagner

Study finds omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil may help prevent youth psychosis. Read more >


Psychiatric Drugs During Pregnancy: Benefits, Risks, Alternatives
Esther Entin, M.D.

Timing makes a difference when it comes to taking antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs while pregnant. Read more >


Antipsychotic Users Not Being Tested for Side Effects
Neil Wagner

Second generation antipsychotic drugs, like clozapine, olanzapine, and risperidone, can raise the risk of diabetes and heart problems. Read more >


Controlling Depression Helps Reduce Blood Sugar in Diabetics
Alice G. Walton

When diabetics suffer from depression, treating it can lower blood sugar and blood pressure levels as well. Read more >


Is Green Tea an Antidepressant?
Neil Wagner

The more green tea elderly subjects drank in a day, the less likely they were to be depressed... Read more >


Kids' Mental Health Needs Often Unmet
Esther Entin, M.D.

Treating children for mental health problems can reduce the risk that the problems will get worse. Read more >


Well Adjusted, Over 40, and Single
Alice G. Walton

People who have never married are as basically as well-adjusted as those who are. But their autonomy has a price. Read more >


Therapy Brings More Happiness than Money, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Therapy is a more cost−effective way of finding happiness than is money. Read more >


Adolescent Behavior: Expectations vs. Reality
Esther Entin, M.D.

When teenagers feel alienated from their families, they are at greater risk for sadness and depression. Read more >


Depressed Patients' Physical Ailments Often Untreated
Neil Wagner

Depressed patients' physical symptoms are often underestimated, a fact that is detrimental to their overall health. Read more >


Telephone Intervention Helps Post-Surgery Heart Patients
Alice G. Walton

Phone contact with a nurse practitioner can help reduce depression and the likelihood of re−hospitalization in heart surgery patients. Read more >


If the Grass is Greener... People are Healthier
Esther Entin, M.D.

Living near green space seems to make people healthier, both mentally and physically. Read more >


When It Comes to Learning New Skills, A Little Stress Is Worth It
Alice G. Walton

As stressful as learning a new skill can be, the happiness we gain from our new level of competence more than makes up for it. Read more >


Bullies and Victims Both At Risk for Future Mental Health
Esther Entin, M.D.

Both bullies and the victims of bullies may suffer from mental disorders in later life. Read more >


Little Boy Blue: Depression in Toddlers
Esther Entin, M.D.

What does a depressed toddler look like? He may be unable to enjoy things that used to be fun or not thinking as clearly as she used to. Read more >


Depression's Effect on the Brain is Visible with fMRI
Alice G. Walton

The areas of the brain responsible for processing pleasure and rewards are notably inactive in depressed people. This is likely no news to them... Read more >


"Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be:" Medication Sharing Among Adolescents
Esther Entin, M.D.

It is dangerous to share prescription medication. Side effects are common. Read more >


Antidepressant Nation: A Good Thing?
Neil Wagner

Antidepressant use has doubled over the last decade according to a recent study. Is this a good thing or a sign that the drugs are being. Read more >


Eating Seafood During Pregnancy May Ward off Depression
Alice G. Walton

Depression during pregnancy not only affects the mother, but it can be damaging to the baby as well. Read more >


For Veterans, the War Lingers
Neil Wagner

It is no surprise: there is an epidemic of mental disorders among veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A lack of social support... Read more >


These Are The Good Times
Alice G. Walton

Appreciating even the smallest positive moments in your life builds emotional strength, and wards off stress and depression. Read more >


Colicky Babies and Depressed Dads: Is There a Connection?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Excessive crying lasts for more than three hours a day, more than three days a week, during which a baby can't... Read more >


Being Fit — Mentally and Physically — Keeps Mind Sharp with Age
Alice G. Walton

Physical fitness and a high school education are two factors that appear to decrease the risk of mental decline. Read more >


Want to Exercise? Get a Dog
Neil Wagner

Dogs make good exercise companions -- and motivators. Read more >


Exercise as Mood Enhancer
Neil Wagner

People feel good after exercising and this feeling can last up to 12 hours. Read more >


Happiness Doesn't Come from Material, "American Dream"-Type Goals, New Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Being beautiful, rich, and famous doesn't actually equate with being happy. More important are personal growth and social relationships. Read more >


Brain Stimulation Helps Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Alice G. Walton

Early studies suggest that cortical brain stimulation may offer hope for people suffering from long-term depression. Read more >


Improving Children's Mental Health: An Updated Agenda and a Roadmap
Esther Entin, M.D.

Resilience, the ability to thrive in the face of extreme adversity, is a reason why some children develop successfully while others fail. Read more >


Lowering Job Stress May Reduce Risk for Major Depression
Alice G. Walton

Job stress can raise the chances a person will experience major depression. Read more >


Loneliness Affects Mental and Physical Well Being
Neil Wagner

Even people who have a seemingly rich social network can still feel lonely or isolated. Read more >


Teens, TV and Depression
Esther Entin, M.D.

Adolescents who watch excessive TV are more likely to show signs of depression when they become young adults. Read more >


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression
Neil Wagner

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy asks people to observe their thoughts and to focus on the physical sensation of breathing. Read more >


Exercise Helps Moderate Anger in Overweight Children
Alice G. Walton

Exercise appears to reduce children's anger as it increases fitness. Read more >


Magnetic Stimulation May Be Best Hope For Depressed Patients
Lindsay Harle, M.D.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is an entirely different, FDA-approved approach for the treatment of depression. Read more >


Viagra® May Help Depressed Women Get Their Libido Back
Alice G. Walton

There is broad agreement that all women of childbearing age and their partners should have a reproductive plan. Read more >


Treatment Twofer: Depression, Hypertension Respond to Integrated Therapy
Jordana Bieze Foster

Depression is a risk factor for hypertension. Patients with both conditions are less likely to take their anti-hypertensive medications. Read more >


Meditation Can Reduce Reliance on Hypertension Medication
Leslie Carr

Simple relaxation and stress management techniques may make it possible for elderly people with a form of high blood pressure reduce their reliance on antihypertensive drugs, which pose certain risks for this age group. Read more >


The Children of 9/11
Tom Gilbert

Nearly 73 percent of children who lost a parent in the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center catastrophe developed a psychiatric illness in the years following the event. Read more >


Dealing with Chronic Pain: The Mind Body Solution
Hilary Tindle, M.D., M.P.H.



Smoking, Quitting and Genetics
Eric Siu, M.Sc., Nael Al Koudsi, H.B.Sc., Man Ki Ho, H.B.Sc., Rachel F. Tyndale, M.Sc., Ph.D

Nicotine's addictive properties are a result of the activation of the special receptors in the brain. Read more >


Suicide Assessment, Intervention and Prevention
Morton M. Silverman, M.D.



Anxiety Disorders
Kathryn J. Zerbe, M.D.

Psychodynamic therapy works best with those who are curious to learn more about themselves and their inner thoughts. Read more >


A Fate Worse than Debt: Credit Cards and Stress
Tom Gilbert

Most Americans know from personal experience that high credit card debt is bad for their financial health. Read more >


The Neurobiology of Depression
Juan F. Lopez, M.D.



The Response to Stress
Bruce McEwen, Ph.D., and Dean Krahn, M.D

What do we mean when we say we are "stressed out"? We may just be having a bad day, or feeling pressured by too many things to do and too little time to do them. Read more >


Rewards and Addictions
Dean D. Krahn, M.D.

Drug abusers, alcoholics and overeaters may appear to be out of control but, actually, it's the opposite. Their brain chemistry, thrown out of balanceby substance abuse, is strongly dictating their behavior. Read more >


What We Know about Unhealthy Behaviors and How You Can Change Them
Dean D. Krahn, M.D.

We pride ourselves on our intelligence but we still engage in many unhealthy behaviors — eating and drinking to excess, smoking, abusing drugs. Read more >





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