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Preschoolers' Personality Traits May Be 'Contagious' Among Peers

The way kids' personalities develop may have more to do with their peers than their parents, according to a new study.<p>My 3-year-old is stubborn like I am; she's also very sweet and lovable like my husband. But now, new research out of Michigan State University and published online in the <i>Journal of</i> …

Intense Fear Of Guilt May Be At The Heart Of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Nobody likes to feel guilt. But when a fear of doing harm to others and feeling guilty as a result gets too severe, it can become pathological.<p>Excessive fear of guilt can lead a person down the road to developing obsessive-compulsive disorder. An intriguing new theory suggests that in certain …

Depression

Fighting Depression? Neuroscience Says This May Reduce Symptoms by 40 Percent (in Just 8 Weeks) | Inc.com

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. It affects over 15 million adults annually, or 6-7 percent of the entire adult population. It is so common, in fact, that nearly everyone has either been affected by it personally or is involved in some way with …

The Brain

100 Genius Hacks Guaranteed To Make A Parent’s Job Easier

Enough hacks to get you from birth through high school graduation.<p>View this post on Facebook

Treat Yourself to 63 Free Foods on Your Birthday

When it's your birthday, take advantage of all the free foods and drinks your favorite restaurants dole out. Do it right and you can dine like royalty all day long. There's only one caveat: most require you to sign up for a club to take advantage of the offer.<p><b>Applebee's</b>: Sign up for its email club …

How a former model decided to launch an app to tackle mental illness

Mental health is one of the buzzwords of the moment, especially now Royalty like Prince William and Duchess Katherine have been championing it, along with Kid Cudi, Cara Delevingne and others saying that they would be open to sending their children to counselling.<p>One in five people have suffered …

Mental Health

4 research-backed rituals that could make you a better parent

And if you don't understand kids it can be hard to give them what they need to thrive. Lately the trend has been helicopter parenting and trying to get them ready as soon as possible for an increasingly competitive world.<p>But is that what 3 year-olds need? Or what 10 year-olds need? What about 15 …

Kids

37 Techniques to Calm an Anxious Child

Imagine you are driving in the car. You look in the rearview mirror and see your child trying to shrink into her seat.<p>“What’s wrong?” you ask.<p>“I don’t want to go to the birthday party.”<p>“But you’ve been excited all week. There will be cake and games and a bounce house. You love all of those things,” …

Mindfulness

Prenatal stress alters gut bacteria to cause lifelong problems in offspring

A growing body of research suggests that prenatal stress has a long-lasting impact on an infant's development. A new study adds to the evidence, …

Researchers Found Where Depression Lives in the Brain

New study identifies the area of the brain affected by depression and could open the door to far more effective treatments.<p>Last year, an estimated 16 million US adults experienced a major depressive disorder that lasted at least two weeks and included at least four other symptoms such as problems …

The Brain

How To Fight Depression Naturally: 6 Steps To Antidepressant Lifestyle

<i>September 17, 2016</i><p>Every episode of major depression doubles the risk that there will be another one. Wonder how to fight depression naturally and …

The Brain Damage That Hides Half the World

A rare condition called hemispatial neglect reveals the invisible seams in human consciousness.<p>When I was a graduate student 25 years ago, I met a man I’ll call Mr. X, who had recently recovered from a stroke to the right side of his cerebral cortex. Like many people with a neurological disability, …

Magic

This new study is a sign of just how far we have to go to understand mental illness

This is good news. We know something about bipolar disorder that we didn't know a month ago: Childhood inflammation is a statistically significant risk factor for developing it later in life (though it's by no means a sure sign).<p>But this also points to a deeper issue with the study of mental …

Mental Health

Photos that bring mental health issues to life

Mental health is an invisible condition that presents itself in a unique way, depending on the person facing it. So how can it be communicated visually? In a new Dazed photo series called “The Bell Curve”, photographer Steph Wilson takes a personal approach to the depiction of anxiety. “My anxiety …

Unlocking Your Parental Intelligence -- Changing Your Parenting Life Style

Why do children do what they do? What's on their minds? How can parents know their child's inner world?<p>Do you ever wonder why your child behaves the way she does? How many times in a single day do you ask yourself, "Why did she do that?" Even little things can throw you.<p>Your three-year-old lies …

Parenting

9 Tweets That Prove No Man Should Be Ashamed Of Depression

As men, we exhibit our feelings in our own ways. We like to be in control of our emotions (or at least seem like we are); We want to be viewed as strong and stable.<p>It's a cultural expectation we were raised to have, according to Dr. John S. Ogrodniczuk, a professor of psychotherapy at the …

Mental Health

Muhammad Ali: A Life in Pictures

Trainers

Treating Anxiety & Depression With a Smartphone App

Two English universities have joined forces to assess how a new smartphone app can help people manage their psychological issues.<p>The Catch It app …

Depression is Driven by Network of Genes That Spans Brain Circuits

<i>Summary: According to a new study, susceptibility to depression can be affected by tweaking specific gene networks.</i><p><i>Source: Mount Sinai Health</b> …

Neuroscience

Bad Experiences Often Remembered Out of Context

When people experience a traumatic event, they often carry very strong memories of the specific negative event but keep only vague memories of the …

The Brain

Why are our kids so miserable?

“Something in modern life is undermining mental health,” Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, wrote in a recent paper.<p>Specifically, something is undermining young people’s mental health, especially girls.<p>In her paper, Twenge looks at four studies covering 7 million …

Mental Health

7 Parenting Lessons I Learned When I Became My Ill Mother’'s Caregiver

It'’s been more than one year since my mother was diagnosed with late stage cervical cancer. The diagnosis turned our lives upside down and revealed the best and worst in me as I exchanged roles with her and became her caregiver.<p>It'’s definitely not a walk in the park, that’s for sure; but as …

Happiness

Here's More Evidence That Depression Affects The Entire Body

Here's yet another friendly, scientific reminder that mental health conditions are not within your control. Depression is an illness that can affect your entire body -- potentially on a cellular level, according to a recent study.<p>Researchers from the University of Granada conducted a meta-analysis …

University of Michigan

Here's What It's Like When Mental Illness Affects A Relationship

We're told that love conquers all. But sometimes antidepressants help, too.<p><i>Always consult with your doctor about your personal health and wellness. BuzzFeed posts are for informational purposes only and are no substitute for medical diagnosis, treatment, or professional medical advice.</i><p>One …

Could This Natural Supplement Be the Answer to Antidepressant Dependency?

Investigating the mysterious natural supplement that has been a wonder drug for many, even though nobody seems to know very much about it.<p>Mental health is so underfunded in the UK that pills can be used as the quick-fix option. In 2014/15, 57.8 million prescriptions for antidepressants or selective …

Depression

An Important Meditation For Anyone Who's Too Hard On Themselves

You are a person, and being a person is hard. You want to do everything perfectly, but sometimes forces outside of your control become obstacles that prevent you from doing so.<p>Breathe. Remind yourself that you are not your achievements. The best way for you to move forward from critical thoughts …

Meditation

The hidden dangers of ‘shake it off’ parenting

Recently, my son took an unexpected ball to the face during his soccer game. This is frequent in U7 (under 7) soccer, but it hurts just the same. He walked off the field with his head in his hands, fighting back tears that poured from his blue eyes the moment his head found my shoulder. At 6, he …

Parenting

Speaking Your Truth to Your Partner

People often believe that they are withholding their truth to spare their partner pain, but their real intent is to protect themselves from the response they fear. Speaking your truth can open the door to renewed love.<p>Mark sought my help because he was thinking of leaving his wife, Linda. He had …

Relationships

Why it’s good to have a strong-willed child, and why you should let up on them

“I will <i>not</i> cut my hair. Never. The answer is never, Mom, and the answer will always be never, so you should just stop asking me.” He said it without attitude, in a matter-of-fact way, as though he were simply reporting on the weather or time of day. At 6 years old, my second-born son, Oliver, has …

Parenting

6 Little Known Factors That Can Affect Depression

Often, people with depression know they need help, but they lack awareness of these six important factors, which can influence both the duration of …

Depression