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Researchers: Depression may be a physical illness linked to inflammation

Physical Roots of Depression<p>Although current treatments for depression mostly focus on brain chemicals such as serotonin, scientists now think …

Immunotherapy

An Oxford psychologist says treating insomnia could help with anxiety and depression

But clinical insomnia—defined as persistent difficulty falling and staying asleep, with additional negative effects for daytime functioning—affects 5 to 10 percent of adults.<p>We know that people with insomnia are more likely to develop a wide range of mental health problems.<p>The risk of developing …

Depression

What Is Gaslighting? Here's What to Know About This Form of Emotional Abuse

Once in a while, it's normal to have a fleeting moment where you question your own sanity, like when you're severely sleep deprived or stressed out. …

I’ve had social anxiety disorder – and know you don’t have to live with it

Research showing popular kids become more socially anxious adults may illuminate the condition’s origins. But what sufferers actually need is help<p>• Kamran Ahmed is a psychiatrist and film-maker<p>A fascinating study from the University of Virginia has shed new light on the much-ignored problem of …

Why Getting Angry Can Make You Happier in the Long Run

Nobody likes painful or unpleasant experiences—but they may be necessary in order for us to feel truly happy, according to new research in the <i>Journal</i> …

How Gaslighting Affects Your Mental Health

Once in a while, it’s normal to have a fleeting moment where you question your own sanity, like when you’re severely sleep deprived or stressed out. …

Accepting your darkest emotions is the key to psychological health

Rumi, the 13th-century Sufi poet, famously compared emotions—”a joy, a depression, a meanness”—to “unexpected visitors.” His advice was to let them in laughing, but that’s not what we do. Instead, we pretend not to notice, or even hide. We want to bury resentment and anger, or trade loneliness in …

Psychology

Drugs alone won't cure the epidemic of depression. We need strategy

In my own odyssey through this valley of shadows I have mulled over three approaches – between them, they offer a pathway to a wider societal cure<p>Mark Rice-Oxley is author of Underneath the Lemon Tree: A Memoir of Depression and Recovery<p>It’s become as inevitable as the rise and rise of global …

13 Habits Of Exceptionally Likable People

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented. It’s easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, being likable is under your control, …

Psychologists have great news for people who worry a lot

There’s no way around it: I am chronic worrier. I worry about running late, but also about showing up to a party too early. About whether my moles have turned cancerous and whether my son is eating enough vegetables. Worries are the first things to pop into my mind when I wake. They creep into my …

Self-help

When Your Child Is a Psychopath

The condition has long been considered untreatable. Experts can spot it in a child as young as 3 or 4. But a new clinical approach offers hope.<p>This is a good day, Samantha tells me: 10 on a scale of 10. We’re sitting in a conference room at the San Marcos Treatment Center, just south of Austin, …

Empathy

This is how to make friends as an adult: 5 secrets backed by science

When you were a kid it was a lot easier. In college you almost had to be trying not to make friends. But then you're an adult. You get busy with …

Here are 15 inconvenient truths that smart people easily forget

Is it just me, or are people too coddled in this country?<p>I heard this 10-year-old kid order a “truffle burger” the other day. I didn’t even know that …

Cure For Depression? Fast Treatment Method Discovered In Enzyme Study

A new a method for speeding up the treatment process for depression has been found, according to a study by the University Of California San Diego …

“Positive thinking” has turned happiness into a duty and a burden, says a Danish psychologist

Everyone wants you to be happy: Self-help books dish out advice on how to stop worrying, boost happiness, and banish negative thoughts; bosses want to see smiling enthusiasm in the workplace; and the only way to respond to “how are you?” is with a joyful “great!” But according to Svend Brinkmann, a …

Happiness

Anorexia won’t prevent me being a doctor

A few months before Dr Elizabeth McNaught was due to graduate from medical school, her boyfriend fell to one knee on a hill overlooking Bath and asked her to marry him. Without hesitating, she said yes.<p>But then her mind wandered to the wedding and the dress she would be wearing, and a feeling of …

Pain and the brain: How love, fear, and much more affect the experience of pain

The old maxim “pain is just a feeling” is more true than we thought.In his address for last fall’s Stanford Back Pain Education Day, Sean Mackey, MD, …

Stanford University

A bit of existentialism for what ails you

Forget about mindfulness and clean eating – at a time when we appear to be experiencing rising levels of anxiety, narcissism and unhappiness, …

Jean Paul Sartre

7 psychological phrases to know if you're dating a narcissist

1. Love bombing<p>When you first met the narcissist, they may have showered you with affection. They probably told you how different you were to anyone …

Psychologist Reveals The 9 Most Common Dreams And What They Mean

Many psychologists have given up trying to interpret dreams, but we talked to one who hasn't.<p>Psychologist Ian Wallace has interpreted over 150,000 …

Consciousness