Noah Carlson

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How Taming the Mind is Like Riding a Horse

In traditional descriptions, meditation is likened to training a horse. The sensations, impulses, and reactions in our bodies are like the untamed …

Mindfulness

Dealing With Side Effects of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are widely used as the first-line treatment for depression and anxiety in children and adolescents, …

4 Mind Tricks to Try When Anxiety Strikes

I like a good inspirational quote. Pair it with a well-filtered shot of snowcapped mountains and I'm your newest Instagram follower. I particularly like quotes pertaining to conquering fear because that's been a serious impediment for me. FDR's "You have nothing to fear but fear itself" quote still …

Mindfulness

What Do the Words You Use Say About You?

A lot.<p>Your personality can be determined just by looking at the way you text message. You can make accurate judgments about your favorite author’s …

Psychology

The best way to deal with stress, according to a 69-year-old monk who scientists say is the 'world's happiest man'

That's because he participated in part of a 12-year brain study on meditation and compassion led by University of Wisconsin neuroscientist Richard Davidson. And Davidson found his brain waves and activity to be off the happiness charts.<p>In 2008, Davidson had a group of expert meditators (including …

Mindfulness

An FBI agent shares 9 tricks for reading people better

But what should you be listening for? And what other signs can tip you off to what someone is thinking or feeling?<p>If you follow my column, you're familiar with LaRae Quy. LaRae, who spent 23 years as a counterintelligence agent for the FBI, now spends her time writing, speaking, and teaching others …

Self-help

Anxiety: The Brain Bully

A lot of my friends are writers or other creative type people. By being a creative person and hanging out with similar folks, I have learned that with creativity comes mental illness. I'm sure not ALL creative types are mentally ill, but I have yet to meet one who does not suffer from some sort of …

Depression

These illustrations perfectly sum up the reality of living with anxiety and depression

LONDON — Anyone who suffers from anxiety will know that the condition is far from amusing. But British illustrator Gemma Correll has created comical …

​How Ketamine Infusions Saved My Life

Many are calling ketamine the biggest advance in depression treatment in years.<p><i>I'm going to die soon</i>. For months, this is what the voice inside my head told me, repeating over and over. I was plagued by a deep depression, an eating disorder, and drug addiction. I had tried everything from therapy …

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