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Telepsychiatry Brings Emergency Mental Health Care To Rural Areas

North Carolina is facing a very big mental health care challenge — 28 counties across the state do not have a single psychiatrist. That's despite the fact that in recent years, emergency rooms in the state have seen more patients with mental health, developmental disability or substance abuse …

DOE expands therapy dogs program in city schools

The Department of Education has brought new meaning to “teacher’s pet.”<p>After a popular pilot last year, the DOE will expand a program that brings …

A therapist’s guide to staying productive when you’re depressed or heartbroken

“We entrepreneurs can’t afford to date,” I half-joked to a friend the other day. “We can’t take sick days when we get our hearts smashed.”<p>I’m a therapist who helps people learn to be resilient in the face of life’s uncertainties. But even I catch myself feeling anxious about how to stay motivated …

Self-Criticism

Why 'Why Buddhism Is True' Is True

Here is one thing author Robert Wright and I agree on when it comes to Buddhist meditation: It's really, really boring.<p>At least, it's boring in the beginning. But there is another thing we agree on, too. That <i>initial</i> meditative boredom is actually a door. It's an opening that can lead us to …

Meditation

Child Abuse May Alter Neurons in Brain

Adults who were victims of child abuse tend to have thinner layers of myelin coating in the brain, according to a new study by McGill University in …

College freshmen often believe friends are having more fun

As the title of her 2011 memoir, actress and writer Mindy Kaling asked the tongue-in-cheek question “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?,” neatly …

Psychology

Work and the Loneliness Epidemic

On August 24, 1992, in the early hours of the morning, my family and I stepped out of our temporary shelter to find our city — and our lives — forever changed. We had spent the past several hours huddled together as Hurricane Andrew battered our South Florida neighborhood with torrential rain and …

Health Care

Why do we run until it hurts? Researchers might have some answers

Why would anyone want to run 400km across a desert? It’s a good question and one that I confronted last year when I completed the Ultra Gobi, a single stage, self-navigated 250-mile footrace in China. This year I face an even harder question: Why would anyone do it again?<p>In moderation, running …

Self-awareness

Only child syndrome is a real thing according to scientific evidence — but it might not be what you think

They're a generation who have been labelled as selfish, spoilt, and maladjusted because they had no siblings to rival or share with.<p>Around 30 years later, scientific research showed that this label probably wasn't just a myth. A lack of brothers or sisters appeared to make the only-children — now …

Study links suicidal thoughts to brain inflammation

A growing body of research is suggesting that brain inflammation could be responsible for some major depressive episodes. A new study from a team at …

The Brain

Why Do Men Rape? This Extensive Research Involving 50 Rapists Might Just Have An Answer

The deafening uproar after the Nirbhaya case shook the country to the core. People from around the world protested against the gruesome rape of a …

Olympic Gold Medalist Kelly Holmes Gets Honest About Self-Harm

Back at the 2004 Athens Olympics, Dame Kelly Holmes won two gold medals (in the 800- and 1,500-meter races). But just a year earlier, things weren't …

Mental Health

How Colors Affect Human Behavior

<b>Color psychology</b> is the study of how colors affect human behavior, mood, or physiological processes. Colors are thought to influence our buying …

Psychology