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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 …

5 simple habits that will make you a more positive person

Are optimists born or made?<p>We tend to think of those who see the sunnier side of life as having been blessed with a positive disposition. And it's true that some significant portion of our happiness is probably determined by our pre-set tendency towards melancholy or cheer. But according to …

Rain gardens pretty and functional, says Toronto resident

If you're concerned about basement floods due to heavy rains, there's a relatively inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to prevent them, a …

This Crazy-Simple Hair Hack Will Completely Change Your Face

As Cara Delevingne demonstrated last night.<p>Cara Delevingne, who has been slaying the beauty game as of late on her <i>Suicide Squad</i> press tour, debuted a next-level ponytail last night. And is it just us, or did it make her look like a <i>totally</i> different person? Must be the Croydon Facelift Effect...<p>A …

Bella Hadid

7 mental tricks to stop worrying about what other people think

In fact, scientists in one study found that the reward center in people's brains was active when they were told that someone approved their taste in music.<p>It's only a problem when you're <i>consumed</i> by worries about your reputation — when every decision about what to wear, who to hang out with, and …

Tylenol may be hijacking our emotions in a pretty disturbing way

Hijacking

Can Attachment Theory Explain All Our Relationships?

The stage is set: a room with two chairs and some toys on the floor. A mother and her 1-year-old baby enter and begin the Strange Situation, a …

A psychologist told me how she successfully navigated her way through a dilemma we've all faced

There she was at the convention, eager to discuss her own research and attend other psychologists' presentations. At the same time, she had a bunch of manuscripts to write and review. She couldn't possibly give her full attention to both the conference and the papers. She couldn't do two things at …

5 Ways Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Depression

Parents are understandably worried about their teens. Last year's spate of teen suicides in Palo Alto, coupled with high rates of teen depression, make parents wonder what they could be doing to better help their kids navigate the sometimes-treacherous waters of their adolescent years.<p><i>Jill …

Teens

3 Mental Health Hacks to Get You Through Low Days

I no longer have the "I don't know what to do for self-care" excuse because I have an entire box of things I can utilize at any moment.I think …

30 Small Changes to Make You Feel Better About Life

Real talk: You want to be happier, but you don't want to do anything dramatic, like working out twice a day or making five new friends. Instead, we culled 30 realistic life hacks that'll have you smiling in no time.<p><b>Stop Checking Facebook</b><p>According to a study from the University of Michigan, the more …

This text line is helping teens talk about mental health without saying a word

"He won't stop raping me. He told me not to tell anyone."<p>In August 2011, teen-focused social change organization DoSomething.org received this …

Mental Health

The Better Way To Organize Your Junk Drawer

Make sense of your cluttered drawers by installing DIY custom-fit organizers.<p>We all have a junk drawer. The one that has become a catch-all for various desk supplies, tools, and gadgets, and is in desperate need of organization. The flimsy plastic inserts you can buy never fit well. But this DIY …

Woodworking

Parents of suicidal teens say they feel alone. Here are resources to help.

By Jody Allard<p>When I wrote about my son’s depression and suicidal ideation, I was afraid to read the comments. I expected the Internet to tell me what I still feared deep down: it was all my fault.<p>What I received instead was a flurry of messages from mothers all around the country. These women …

Understanding why some people take their lives – and some don’t | The Star

Arthur Sommer Rotenberg was a doctor in Toronto with a promising career. He had a large, loving family and was both studious and athletic, once …

Depression

Party Monster James St. James Looks Back on Drugs, Murder, and Dance

We talked to the author of "Disco Bloodbath" and former member of the 90s Club Kid clique about Andy Warhol, Michael Alig, and how he's made his downtown fantasy last a lifetime.<p>I first met James St. James when I was 18, in the back row of a darkened movie theater. He was played by Seth Green in …

A simple technique called 'anxiety appraisal' can turn nervousness into success

<i>I just can't wait to learn how I will fail to live up to my own expectations.</i><p><i>I lie awake, tight-chested, at 3 a.m., just really looking forward to what fresh hell that meeting will be about.</i><p>Don't mind me, I'm just trying out a cognitive trick that's supposed to help with anxiety.<p>It's called …

A 69-year-old monk who scientists call the 'world's happiest man' says the secret to being happy takes just 15 minutes per day

Who is the happiest man in the world?<p>If you Google it, the name "Matthieu Ricard" pops up.<p>Matthieu Ricard, 69, is a Tibetan Buddhist monk who has …

A word you probably use all the time can be dangerous to your happiness and your wealth

<i>I deserve to go out and have a nice dinner.</i><p>Deserve.<p>It's a word that implies a pretty high opinion of oneself. It means that you inherently believe that you have done something or have the qualities worthy of a particular reward.<p><i>I deserve a shiny, fancy car.</i><p>It's a word that says that you believe …

10 Reasons 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Is the Best 'Star Wars' Film Ever Made

<i>Photo credit: Disney/ LucasFilm</i><p><b>Warning: major spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens ahead.</b><p>Last week, I wrote two pieces panning <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>. The first one went viral -- around 100,000 "likes" and more than 12,000 shares at last count -- while the second one, intended in part to …

Star Wars

8 tricks for remembering everything you read

But just because forgetting is a human phenomenon doesn't mean you should simply accept it. In fact, there are plenty of simple, creative strategies for retaining more of what you read — whether that's novels, news articles, or scientific textbooks.<p>To find out what some of those techniques are, we …

How to Get the Haircut You've Seen All Over Instagram

We got the details on the soft undercut—aka the style taking your favorite feeds by storm.

US torture doctors could face charges after report alleges post-9/11 'collusion'

Leading group of psychologists faces a reckoning following repeated denials that its members were complicit in Bush administration-era torture<p>The largest association of psychologists in the United States is on the brink of a crisis, the Guardian has learned, after an independent review revealed …

Let's rank every Avenger ever

<b>43. Mantis</b><p>On the negative side: Wears a costume that would be considered too garish for <i>Dancing With the Stars</i>, and has antenna. On the positive side: …

The power of kindness

<i><br>How being good to others can be good for you.</i><p>Treating other people well isn't just good for your karma. It's good for your health and vitality, …

9. Tony Stark, The Mad Scientist

Though the movie as a whole doesn't hint as much at the Tony-Steve schism as you might expect, it certainly nods towards the personality traits which …

I’m a cynic by nature but I was surprised by how mindfulness helped me

Image: Shutterstock/Ollyy<p>Image: Shutterstock/Ollyy<p><i>It’s becoming more popular but, to the uninitiated, mindfulness practice can seem daunting. Here, a</i> …

Cabbage Soup Diet - The Fastest Weight Loss Diet For You

For those who hate going to the gym for regular body workouts, the Cabbage Soup diet might just be the perfect fat loss diet for you.<p>The Cabbage Soup …

New Study Links Facebook To Depression: But Now We Actually Understand Why.

The irony of Facebook is by now known to most. The “social” network has been linked to a surprising number of undesirable mental health consequences: Depression, low self-esteem, and bitter jealousy among them. Now, a new study in the <i>Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology</i> finds that not only do …

Social Media

10 Mysterious Deaths That History May Never Fully Explain

Sometimes, archaeologists are completely puzzled by what they find. Sometimes, they uncover clues to solve some of the mystery but leave us wanting …