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Are Opioids the Next Antidepressant?

ONE of the most painful experiences of being a psychiatrist is having a patient for whom none of the available therapies or medications work.<p>A while back, I was asked to do a consultation on just such a patient. This person had been a heroin addict in her early 20s. She had quit the opioid five …

Depression

Here’s How A Month Of Zen Meditation Changed My Life

The Buddhist meditation practice is over 1,500 years old, but modern science says it has very real mental and physical health benefits.<p>On a trip to Japan last year, one of the places I visited was Kyoto, home to over 2,000 Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. During one of my daily walks exploring …

Meditation

The Greatest Philosopher You've Never Heard Of

Let's be honest. When most of us talk about philosophy — the hard-core, name-dropping, theory-quoting kind — we're talking about a particular lineage that traces back to the Hellenistic Greeks.<p>But consider, for a moment, the fact that over the last few thousand years there've been a whole lot of …

Western Philosophy

Mindfulness therapy for mental health problems? 'It's more useful than drugs'

New research has raised hope for using mindfulness in treating mental ill-health. We asked readers about their experiences and had a mixed response<p>Many people, in an attempt to de-stress, have tried some form of mindfulness – the practice of sitting still and focusing on your breathing and …

Mental Health

how to be (sort of) ok

Listen up as Twitter sensation and perennial sad girl Melissa Broder AKA @sosadtoday presents her guide to being, well, less sad.<p>I'm not really in the advice game. The people who have helped me the most with my anxiety and depression aren't the ones who tried to fix me. Rather, it's those who …

Mental Health

Cutting Calories? 8 Strategies to Combat Hunger | Men's Health

On this trip, in the spring of 2003, my friend Roland Denzel needed inspiration and solitude for the decision he was about to make.<p>He was 35, with two young children, and in mourning for his mother who’d just died of lung cancer. He’d gone to Montana to clean out her house, and it was in the quiet …

Right Brain / Left Brain: Which Will Define The Future Of Marketing?

Monte Wilson, Adobe’s former Vice President & Head of Digital Media Global Strategy and Business Development, knows a little bit about marketing technology (martech). My recent conversation with him as part of my UC Santa Barbara Distinguished Speaker Series covered a variety of subjects, including …

Customer Experience

Turmeric - The Healthiest Plant on Earth - Quiet Corner

The health benefits of turmeric are undeniable. Eastern natural medicine has used it for treatments of different health issues for hundreds of</b> …

They dumbed down conservatism: How extreme right-wing market fundamentalism captured the GOP — and endangered the environment

Republican orthodoxy is deeply hostile to environmental goals — along with science and basic common sense<p>The “Republican Revolution” launched in 1995 drove the party hard to starboard by crystallizing and embedding in American conservative culture a new orthodoxy, much of which was deeply hostile …

Political Science
Mental Health

Our Best Tips & Tools for Starting an Indoor Garden

You're doing it! You bought a tiny, leggy plant! It's happening! A garden!<p>So... Now what?<p>Hang in there. Is gardening a commitment, a project? <i>Yes.</i> As gardening maven Marie Viljoen told us, <b>"If you take [your garden] for granted, it's going to go south pretty quickly."</b><p>So, stock up: Get the tools …

Breath Counting Meditation: How to Build Mental Power

You know what's funny? Nearly everything we buy or use comes with instructions. Not just cellphones and computers, but even something as simple as a hammer will usually have at least a drawing that tells you how to use it.<p>But people are not products. We're all born with a brain and body, but at …

Meditation

A clinical psychologist shares 7 tips for becoming more mindful

While the benefits of mindfulness have been well-documented for decades, learning to be mindful is paramount for everyone in today's quick-paced, multi-tasking, over-scheduled society — for #WomenWhoWork, it's especially key.<p>Mindfulness is defined as maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our …

Mindfulness

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 10 – The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

An intoxicating renewal of evolutionary theory that coined the idea of the meme and paved the way for Professor Dawkins’s later, more polemical works<p>What is man, and what are we for? Remarkably, it was not until Charles Darwin published <i>On the Origin of Species</i> in 1859 that anyone, in our history, …

Biology

We're rarely rational when we vote because we're rarely rational, period

Science can tell us lots about how voters will make their decisions in 2016. To appreciate those findings, first free yourself of the idea that humans are rational beings.<p>Rationality has taken a hit in various domains of decision-making. Economics used to be thought of as a realm of pure …

The One Secret to Being a Good Leader | Inc.com

There's a thousand different ways to become a leader but there's only a few ways to become a great leader.<p>If you ask any leader of a team, organization or company, he or she will tell you how to be a great leader requires a mix of nature and nurture. You have to start off with some basic leadership …

Leadership

3 Spiritual Practices For Anxiety-Packed Moments

Modern life brings more stress than ever, and a natural reaction to stress is anxiety. It's a multidimensional response that originates, physically speaking, in the lower brain, where the fight-or-flight response resides -- an inheritance shared by almost all animals. The second dimension of the …

Mindfulness

An ex-Apple designer has a great idea to make the iPhone’s lock screen better

The iPhone's lock screen is basically just a giant list of unread notifications. What if it was a little more useful?<p>Ex-Apple designer Louie Mantia …

The best writing apps for iPhone and iPad

Writing isn’t always a breeze but luckily for us, there are a lot of apps out there to help use stay focused, organized, and in some cases, …

The Best Foods for Men

We sampled and reviewed thousands of products to separate the dietary duds from the nutritional heroes<p>Edited By Paul Kita<p>Mitch Mandel/Matt Rainey<p>Here’s your list<p>Every summer, food companies converge in New York City for the Fancy Food Show. Attendees walking the floor this year heard vendors …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Best Stuff<p>After lathering up a a whole lot, we crown the winning washes.<p>By Adam Hurly16 hours agoView More<p>Best of GQ<p>The 84-year-old music legend has …