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Here's how to beat anxiety without medication, according to a new scientific study

Do you have anxiety? Have you tried just about everything to get over it, but it just keeps coming back? Perhaps you thought you had got over it, …

Self-help

More than 95% of world's population breathe dangerous air, major study finds

Poorest are hardest hit with many developing countries falling behind on cleaning up toxic air pollution<p>More than 95% of the world’s population breathe unsafe air and the burden is falling hardest on the poorest communities, with the gap between the most polluted and least polluted countries rising …

Pollution

Couchsurfers at greater risk of suicide and self-harm than those on street, study suggests

Couchsurfers in Brisbane twice as likely to describe their mental health as poor than those sleeping rough<p>Young couchsurfers report having worse mental health and greater risk of suicide and self-harm than those sleeping on the streets, a study has found.<p>Preliminary results from a research project …

Mental Health

I Have Depression and Anxiety. Please Stop Telling Me to ‘Go for a Run’

I like exercise. I’m no athlete, but I can get in a good workout when I feel like it. I walk or jog the 15 minutes to the gym, do 10 minutes on each …

Mental Health

10 Instagram Accounts On Mental Health To Follow For A Better State Of Mind

Most people don't understand how difficult it is to to speak up about mental health, without being misjudged, or misrepresented. Thankfully, these 10 …

Mental Health

Finland has found the answer to homelessness. It couldn’t be simpler

The number of rough sleepers in Britain is soaring, with deaths now a weekly occurrence. It’s time we got over our prejudices<p>“I was born in Liverpool and grew up on a council estate. I had a clean home, toys and nice meals as a kid. When I was nine years old, the sexual abuse started. My abusers …

Housing

Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit

Victoria Toline would hunch over the kitchen table, steady her hands and draw a bead of liquid from a vial with a small dropper. It was a delicate operation that had become a daily routine — extracting ever tinier doses of the antidepressant she had taken for three years, on and off, and was …

Depression

Why mental health awareness should start in Hong Kong schools and companies | South China Morning Post

In Hong Kong, where life moves at breakneck speed and the high cost of living means enormous stress for those who fall through society’s cracks, tens …

Mental Health

Elon Musk Wants You to Watch This Documentary About the Dangers of A.I.

For years, Elon Musk has offered dire warnings about the potential dark future of artificial intelligence. Now, Musk is turning up the volume of his …

Artificial Intelligence

What It's Like To Lose A Patient To Suicide As A Mental Health Professional

The day after I learned of Luna’s death, my emotions slid and then split sharply into opposing camps. I was struck with both the urge to talk about Luna* with my colleagues ― obsessively, indiscriminately ― and the pressure to mute my sadness for the sake of preserving (what I had hoped) was a …

Mental Health

The Diet That Might Cure Depression

Several studies show that healthy eating is connected with better mood.<p>At the turn of the 20th century, prominent physicians who were trying to understand where mental illness comes from seized on a new theory: autointoxication. Intestinal microbes, these doctors suggested, are actually dangerous …

Immune System

The 2 Reasons Why So Many People Are Becoming Lonelier

We’re getting lonelier.<p>The General Social Survey found that the number of Americans with no close friends has tripled since 1985. “Zero” is the most …

Psychology

The Mystery of the Terrifying Xanax Resurgence in America

Pharmaceutical marketing is often said to be a key cause of the opioid crisis. That doesn't explain the deadly rise of benzos.<p>On a recent Saturday, photographer Nan Goldin and a band of roughly 100 fellow activists threw pill bottles into the reflecting pool near the Temple of Dendur at the …

Medicine

Depression and the Importance of a Suicide Prevention Plan

Being prepared with a suicide prevention plan saves lives.<p>Living with a depressive disorder means making sure thoughts of suicide are immediately …

Depression

Fighting Suicidal Thoughts

[Article updated on 6 September 2017]<p>Suicide was defined by the sociologist Emile Durkheim as applying to ‘all cases of death resulting directly or …

Depression

Our Best Seafood Pasta Recipes Ever

1 of 10<p>Spaghetti with Clams, Bonito Butter, and Herbs<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 10<p>Hearth-Fired Fideos<p>3 of 10<p>Tagliatelle with Shrimp, Tomato-Anchovy Sauce, and …

Cooking
Mental Health
Mental Health

‘A grand illusion’: seven days that shattered Facebook’s facade

“Dumb fucks.” That’s how Mark Zuckerberg described users of Facebook for trusting him with their personal data back in 2004. If the last week is anything to go by, he was right.<p>Since the Observer reported that the personal data of about 50 million Americans had been harvested from Facebook and …

Cambridge Analytica

Having a Severe Mental Illness Means Dying Young

In many previous blogs, I have bemoaned the shameful state of psychiatric care and housing for people with severe mental illness.<p>My conclusion was …

Mental Health

The Edge of Suicide

<i>"Suicide is the worst possible death on friends and family." It leaves everything unanswered and there's no closure. Suicide has an edge that other</i> …

Mental Health

These Maps Show Where "Deaths Of Despair” Are Most Likely, Including Murder, Suicide, And Drugs

Drug use and violence are a problem in the US — but they are killing more Americans in some parts of the country than others.<p>"Broadly speaking, mortality from alcohol use disorders, suicides, and homicides has gone down since 1980, but this hides individual counties where the opposite is true. …

Mental Health

Brain Damage from Benzodiazepines: The Troubling Facts, Risks, and History of Minor Tranquilizers

Last week, Britain's <i>Independent</i> newspaper published a bombshell for psychiatry and medicine: the country's Medical Research Council had sat on …

Depression

Two Secrets Your Doctor Will Never Tell You

It was 7 pm. I’d already had a big day at the hospital with surgical rounds in the morning and a busy clinic in the afternoon.<p>But my on-call night of …

Medicine

Depression as a Social Disease

What causes depression and anxiety? I have been a practicing psychologist and psychoanalyst for almost 40 years and have seen hundreds of patients …

Depression

What I Saw Treating the Victims From Parkland Should Change the Debate on Guns

They weren’t the first mass-shooting victims the Florida radiologist saw—but their wounds were radically different.<p>As I opened the CT scan last week to read the next case, I was baffled. The history simply read “gunshot wound.” I have been a radiologist in one of the busiest trauma centers in the …

Guns

Say Her Name: Marielle Franco, a Brazilian Politician Who Fought for Women and the Poor, Was Killed. Her Death Sparked Protests Across Brazil

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>This story has been updated.</i><p>Marielle Franco, 38, a black politician from Rio de Janeiro, died fighting for the rights of women and …

Brazil

2 Great Resources for Science Teachers

Here are two good science websites to use with your students in class. Both of these websites have been featured in Common Sense Education’s ‘Best …

Education Technology

How Many Opioid Overdoses Are Suicides?

Mady Ohlman was 22 on the evening some years ago when she stood in a friend's bathroom looking down at the sink.<p>"I had set up a bunch of needles filled with heroin because I wanted to just do them back-to-back-to-back," Ohlman recalls. She doesn't remember how many she injected before collapsing, …

Mental Health

Eating well to help manage anxiety: Your questions answered

Does diet affect anxiety? If so, what should I eat, and which foods should I try to avoid?People who suffer with anxiety should remember a few simple …

Harvard Medical School