Megan Kostrubanic

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The World’s Happiest Man Reveals The Secret To Happiness We Can All Learn A Lot From Him

Happiness might have a different meaning for different people but what's common between us all is that we're all in our own pursuit of happiness. But …

Happiness

Researchers Propose New Mental Health Diagnostic Model

An evidence-based alternative to the well-established Diagnostic and Statistical Manual could change the way professionals diagnose mental health …

Mental Health

What does the ADHD brain look like?

Scientists have discovered that there are actual structural differences in the brains of ADHD patients compared to a control group.<p>Most of us know …

American Psychiatric Association

Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, & the Microbiome

You’ve probably heard about the rising importance of the microbiome — otherwise known as your gut bacteria. Researchers have started to find …

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

How Professionals Diagnose Mental Health Issues That Have Similar Symptoms

Approximately one in five adults is affected by mental illness nationwide, but many factors may complicate the ability of patients and mental health …

Mental Health

I've been on antidepressants for a decade — here's what everyone gets wrong about them

(Skye Gould/Business Insider)<br>It started with a math test.<p>I was in the eighth grade, sitting at my assigned seat with a pencil and a green sheet of …

Evidence Suggests Early Exposure to Antibiotics Might Lead to Long-Term Behavioural Changes

The mice showed increased anxiety and aggression.<p>Researchers have found that giving low doses of a common antibiotic to pregnant mice and their …

Microbiology

Facial-recognition software finds new use: diagnosing genetic disorders

The algorithm the NIH uses — developed by scientists at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., — seems to work pretty well so far: In …

Genetics

The History Of Psychiatry And Gay Conversion Therapy

The history of sexual identity and orientation is a long and storied one. As societal understandings change, sexual identity follows suit. While we’re currently living in one of the most progressive periods of gender identity and politics, things are far from perfect.<p>Look, it’s important to …

LGBTQI

9 Signs You're Dealing With a Sociopath

When you think of a sociopath, you probably picture Christian Bale in <i>American Psycho</i>, or Anthony Hopkins in <i>Silence of the Lambs</i>. But like most mental …

Psychology

‘Alternative Facts’: A Psychiatrist’s Guide To Twisted Relationships To Truth

The phrase “alternative facts” has recently made the news in a political context, but psychiatrists like me are already intimately acquainted with …

To remove the stigma of mental illness, we need to accept how complex—and sometimes beautiful—it is

The tension between order and disorder in the brain creates the ideal conditions for genius. This has been understood to some degree since the time of Plato, who spoke of “divine madness,” and Aristotle, who noted that creative people tended toward melancholia. And in contemporary times, we now …

Study paints somber picture of US mental health status and access to care

More Americans than ever before suffer from serious psychological distress, and the country's ability to meet the growing demand for mental health …

Why Zen and Taoist Masters Recommend Against Saying "I Love You"

Zen and Taoist Masters preach the importance of peace, love and compassion for all. So why do they recommend against saying the words “I love you” to …

Running prolongs your life – and 10 more reasons to reach for your skort

If you want a longer life, nothing beats running – not even quitting smoking or losing weight. But it’s also a good route to happiness and fancy toenails<p>Running can prolong your life, or at least keep death at bay for an average of three more years, according to a new study that examined health and …

Robin Hood

How Running a Marathon Puts Your Body Through Hell

Over thirty thousand runners began the Boston Marathon this morning in Hopkinton, MA, some having trained and run for years to get to this point. …

5 Hidden Blessings in Failure

<b>“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” ~ Dalai Lama</b><p>Recently I received some “bad” news; after years of …

Zen Master Explains How Your Desire for Love Only Results in Total Suffering

In the short passage below, the Zen Master Osho has an incredibly powerful insight to share about the acts of giving and receiving love.<p>He …

Meditation

Thich Nhat Hanh recommends 5 meditation techniques that rewire your brain to live in the present moment

To become successful and joyful, you must succeed in generating inner peace. But when our lives are full of chaos, it can be difficult to work out …