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How Long-Term Adderall Use Affects The Brain

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Alex K. Chen.</i><p><b>Short summary:</b> Adderall/Dexedrine can be neurotoxic in the long run (by damaging …

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Symptoms, Diagnosis And Treatment Explained

'The symptoms become frustrating and may lead to total avoidance of anxiety provoking situations or cues.'<p>Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) affects …

Mental Health

This Ancient Japanese Healing Technique Relieves You of Stress and Anxiety in 5 Minutes

Stress is something all of us face in our daily lives. What if we told you were was an ancient Japanese technique for reducing your stress levels …

What’s The Difference Between A Sociopath And A Psychopath?

Today, the terms “sociopath” and “psychopath” are used interchangeably — often as a nice way of avoiding “crazy” — yet in recent years the difference …

‘I don’t know who I am without it’: the truth about long-term antidepressant use

Prescriptions have doubled in a decade, but very little is known about the effect of taking SSRIs for years and years. Is it a lifesaver or a happiness trap?<p>Sarah never planned to take antidepressants for 14 years. Three years after she began taking them, when she was 21, she went to her GP and …

Depression

10 Truths About Life That We All Need to Remember

Many people see happiness as simply being positive all the time. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.<p>If you want to experience happiness, we …

There's Only One Thing You Need to Know About Death, According to Buddhism | HelloCare

I think we can all agree that the fear of death is the greatest fear we can face. How can we wrap our minds around the mystery of the great unknown? …

Spirituality

How drug use changes the brain — and makes relapse all too common

A dance with the devil. That’s how 33-year-old Elizabeth Mooney describes her struggle with drug addiction, recalling the “little voice” that repeatedly overpowered her mind after she had been in recovery, once for as long as three years. She knows the consequences of using again, yet she’s …

You Need Clarity of Purpose to Succeed

This curated column is authored by Thomas Oppong, Founding Editor at Alltopstartups YourThe post You Need Clarity of Purpose to Succeed appeared …

Drinking beetroot juice before exercising boosts brain performance

A number of studies have shown that physical activity can have positive effects on the brain, particularly in later life. New research has found that …

Zen Philosophy Reveals How to Overcome Your Insecurities in 5 Deceptively Simple Steps

We all have insecurities. No one is perfect.<p>Some people hide them, while others show them in full display. Many of us can be overwhelmed and worried …

Daydreaming may be the missing ingredient in your success

Looking out my office window, I’ll stare at the boats moving slowly against the water, thinking about how I’m going to write this story. I’m …

Creativity

How to Spark Creativity When You’re in a Rut

Remember your first day at work? You were excited. There were new people to meet, new skills to be learned, new processes or products to understand.<p>If you are like most people, something else was different then — you. When you weren’t sure or didn’t understand, you asked questions, persistently. …

Creativity

Psychedelic drugs induce 'heightened state of consciousness', brain scans show

Study records what appears to be the first evidence for mind-opening state experienced by users of LSD, ketamine and psilocybin<p>Brain scans have revealed the first evidence for what appears to be a heightened state of consciousness in people who took psychedelic drugs in the name of science.<p>Healthy …

Consciousness

Our Power Lies In How We Choose to Respond to Our Pain

<b>“The strongest hearts have the most scars.” ~Unknown</b><p>Maybe it’s true, that the strongest hearts have the most scars.<p>And maybe the pain and the …

This Simple Daily Habit Will Make Your Day Better

Becoming the best version of yourself doesn't require magic. It starts with this simple habit.<p>Learning a language, writing a book, getting a job promotion, improving productivity, becoming a million dollar business, becoming healthier, developing fulfilling relationships, getting out of debt, …

Mindfulness

For half a century, neuroscientists thought they knew how memory worked. They were wrong

We rely on memory to pass exams and excel at trivia nights, but in fact the stakes are far higher than simply recalling facts, no matter how essential. Memory structures our identity; it’s the foundation of consciousness. Our past and current selves, emotions, and experiences, are linked together …

The Brain

Scientists identify parts of brain involved in dreaming

Experts say findings are ‘astounding’ and could help understand the purpose of dreams and predict whether people are dreaming<p>Scientists have unpicked the regions of the brain involved in dreaming, in a study with significant implications for our understanding of the purpose of dreams and of …

The Brain

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Science

10 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter

Feed your brain at the gym, in the car, or whenever you have a few minutes to spare.<p>Hate your commute? Struggle to motivate yourself to hit the treadmill? Perhaps both these problems (and many more) have the same solution. Why not turn these odds and ends of unpleasant time into opportunities to …

Self-improvement

6 Ways Consistently Productive People Get Things Done

Using themes and grouping tasks will help train your brain to be productive<p>You are frustrated because you didn't get enough done.<p>You are not alone. The lack of time (and lack of time management) is an epidemic and a virus eating away at your productivity.<p>Sure, there are thousands of ways to manage …

Time Management

Keep talking to yourself—it’s doing wonders for your brain

We carry inner monologues with us throughout the day. Sometimes we have internal messages that monitor and judge how we’re coming across in a particular situation. Other times we’re psyching ourselves up for a challenging interaction or preparing for an important life event. Or, more often than …

Self-help

Three workouts that promise spiritual fitness — and happiness

Happiness workshops, spiritual fitness workouts and socially uplifting yoga sessions: Here are several upcoming events that aim to help people live more fulfilled lives:<p>Celebrity trainer Jill Payne calls her program "Spiritual Athlete" for a reason: Her workouts are a combination of high-intensity …

A Dietary Treatment for Depression

A randomized controlled trial shows the right diet can improve depression.<p>For the past seven years, I’ve been writing articles about food and mood, …

The Science of Making Bold Decisions and Avoiding Regrets in Life

This curated column is authored by leadership & startup consultant Benjamin Hardy YouThe post The Science of Making Bold Decisions and Avoiding …

Which anger leads us astray and which anger gets results, according to a Princeton philosopher

Modern politics is unavoidably rage-inducing. Perhaps you’re disgusted by US president Donald Trump’s attempt to block visitors based on religion, at the referendums ripping apart the UK, or the countless human rights atrocities taking place worldwide. But what good, if any, does anger do, and how …

Anger Management

Using a 2,500-year-old method, you, too, can become a memory athlete

It’s like a magic trick: Some people can memorize a list of hundreds of random words and numbers in seconds, and then recite it perfectly hours later. But unlike magicians, these memory athletes are open about the secrets of their trade.<p>They use something called the method of loci, and a new study …

15 ways to drown out the negative voice in your head that is keeping you from being successful

The prospect of making any of the above adjustments to your life is empowering — that is, until your mind starts to wander.<p>Any time you've thought about making a change or pursuing a passion, you've probably dwelled more on your present state than your potential.<p>Or once you got started, minor …

4 reasons why people ignore facts and believe fake news

The new year has brought us the apparently new phenomena of fake news and alternative facts, in which black is white, up is down, and reality is up for grabs.<p>The inauguration crowds were the largest ever. No, that was not a "falsehood," proclaimed by Kellyanne Conway as she defended Sean Spicer's …

Accelerated brain aging may be in your genes

Different people age at different rates and the same goes for their brains, according to scientists at the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), …

Neuroscience