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Island Ruled By Cats Set to Be Crowdfunded in Japan

A classic daydream that crosses almost everybody’s mind from time to time involves getting away from the workaday world and running off to a secluded …

Pets

If this kitten's excited face doesn't make you smile, nothing will

This kitten was just gifted a new cat tree and his excitement is a gift to us all. Just look at the faces he makes. Have you ever seen a cat show so …

Simple blood test points doctors towards best drug to treat depression

Due to the lack of a biological test, determining which drug will work best in individuals suffering depression is often a game of trial and error. …

Medical Research

Fancy cats make their owners give them food by ringing bells

The Japanese cat Twitter account @b_ru_ru has a whole lot of adorable cat content that deserves your undivided attention, but one tweet stands out …

Just try not to obsess over this giant, fluffy cat

Some cats are just born to be stars. Something in their eyes, or their paws, or their squishy faces just screams: <i>You want to send pictures of me to</i> …

Pets

21 Photos That Prove That Yes, Cats Are Cute, But They're Also Giant Weirdos

Is my cat defective?

Father Of 2 Sons With Schizophrenia Talks Of His Struggle To Save Them

As the father of two sons with schizophrenia, author Ron Powers is familiar with the pain and frustration of dealing with a chronic, incurable disease of the brain.<p>Powers' younger son, Kevin, was a talented musician whose struggles with schizophrenia began at age 17. Just before his 21st birthday, …

Mental Health

21 Things For People Who Love Black Cats

Black cat coven, unite!

The Comic You Need To See If You're Dealing With Depression

Depression can be debilitating, but it’s often something many people try to hide. A forced smile or laugh can prevent family and friends from noticing pain, but that can do more harm than good.<p>Research shows that many people avoid asking for help because they're afraid of being judged or shamed for …

Depression

Literally Just A Bunch Of Photos Of Cats Sitting In Tiny Chairs

And these chairs are juuuuust right.

Here's an adorable kitten playing with its shadow to make you feel better about life

Because watching animals take advantage of their downtime is strangely intriguing, here’s an adorable kitten playing with its shadow. As complicated …

Tiny kitten livestream from tiny house is what you need right meow

If your secret life dream, like ours, is to binge-watch a reality show with a bunch of cats, here's your treat.<p><i>Keeping Up with the Kattarshians</i> — …

Simon’s Cat and Kitten Offer a Very Handy Guide to Understanding How Cats Show Their Love

Simon’s Cat and kitten amusingly offer, through a series of vignettes, a handy guide to understanding and interpreting the unusual ways in which cats …

Millennials are more depressed at work than any generation

A growing body of research suggests that young workers are increasingly adding mental health days to their personal days, and young women are …

Depression Strikes Today's Teen Girls Especially Hard

It's tough to be a teenager. Hormones kick in, peer pressures escalate and academic expectations loom large. Kids become more aware of their environment in the teen years — down the block and online. The whole mix of changes can increase stress, anxiety and the risk of depression among all teens, …

Social Media

Why are cats so quirky about drinking?

When it comes to drinking, most dogs aren't very picky. Slimy water bowl, muddy puddle — even an open toilet bowl will do in a pinch.<p>But cats, on the …

Pets

Fighting Depression? Neuroscience Says This May Reduce Symptoms by 40 Percent (in Just 8 Weeks) | Inc.com

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. It affects over 15 million adults annually, or 6-7 percent of the entire adult population. It is so common, in fact, that nearly everyone has either been affected by it personally or is involved in some way with …

The Brain

The Kitten Bowl is better than the Puppy Bowl because cats are better than dogs

Cats are creatures to be revered, not mocked by rhetorical questions about who’s a good boy.<p>We are living in trying times. This is an era of emotional anxiety, where we are battered from all sides by monsoons of tragedy. Every news is bad news, every day is worse than the one before. The days start …

Pets

Research Again Finds That Talk Therapy Can Change The Brain

In the ongoing search to find effective treatments for mental health disorders, recent years have brought some interesting findings. One of the latest is from a new study in <i>Translational Psychiatry</i>, which suggests that people who have cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) have measurable changes in the …

The Brain

11 Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence

These are the behaviors that you want to eliminate from your repertoire.<p>Co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and President at TalentSmart<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a …

Emotional Intelligence

7 Psychiatrist-Backed Tips To Help You Manage Anxiety

People with anxiety disorders often face a sense of worry or dread and spend hours ruminating over worst case scenarios, which can get in the way of professional goals, personal relationships and a good quality of life. But there are ways to cope.<p>Here, experts offer their best techniques to work …

Mental Health

When Mental Illness Is Mistaken for Demonic Possession

When Nadia was 18, her parents took her to a Muslim faith healer who claimed to be able to exorcize her depression.<p>Throughout her adolescence in Saudi Arabia, Nadia* struggled to find joy in life.<p>"As time went on, I felt like I couldn't hold myself together," Nadia said. "It feels like my life is …

Mental Health

Meditation in the Time of Low Self-Esteem

I don't practice meditation to become more enlightened. I do it to massage certain qualities within myself that make it difficult for me to live on Earth.<p>One of the ways I've found some relief in life is through a morning meditation practice. I don't practice meditation to become more enlightened, …

Meditation

Why Being an Introvert May Be Better for Your Mental Health

We value extroversion in education and work, but a recent study shows alone time may have earned an unnecessarily bad rep.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i><p>It's official: we're worn out. Scientifically knackered. Two-thirds of adults told researchers at Durham University that they need …

Mental Health

My dad helped me cope with my mental health issues – so why do men still clam up around their sons?

"Well, now you're not alone. We'll get through this together."<p>These were the first words my dad said to me after I broke down and confessed all of my darkest thoughts about myself to him. It was the first time he learned the true extent of my mental illness. He didn't run, he didn't scream and …

7 Ways You Stress Yourself Out

Experts gave us insight into practices you may think are harmless—but are in fact disrupting your peace of mind.<p>Robin Hilmantel, <i>Life by Daily Burn</i><p>I …

Top 20+ Japan Street Photography Shots That Capture The Rarely Seen Side Of The Land Of The Rising Sun

Few places in the world are as alluring as Japan when it comes to street photography. The neon alleyways of Tokyo, Osaka, and other major cities …

Street Photography

The Anxiety Secret Too Many People Are Carrying Around

One night around 3 a.m., I awoke suddenly, with a tightness in my chest. I could feel my heart pounding, fast, and my mind racing with desperate …

Mental Health