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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 …

Depression

When video games become an addiction

<b>(CNN) —</b> Can video games be addictive? One U.S. expert has no doubts.<p>Douglas Gentile, a psychologist at Iowa State University, has been studying the subject for decades.<p>"The first study I began in 1999, to basically try to show video game addiction isn't a real thing, and it turns out I was wrong!" …

Gaming Disorder

There's a disorder that makes it impossible to feel pleasure, and scientists are just beginning to understand how it works

In a study published Thursday in the journal Science, scientists stimulated the brains of rats to induce feelings of anhedonia, helping to explain how the phenomenon arises in the brain.<p>Hopefully, this understanding could one day lead to better treatments for depression and other related mood …

Neuroscience

​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 …

A former Googler reveals a 6-second exercise that anyone can use before a stressful situation

Before every meeting, Karen May, Google's vice president of people development, recharges by taking one "<b>mindful breath</b>."<p>Tan is somewhat of a mindfulness guru himself. Before retiring from Google in October 2015, he taught a hugely popular mindfulness meditation course called "Search Inside …

Ancient DNA sheds light on Irish origins

<b>Scientists have sequenced the first ancient human genomes from Ireland, shedding light on the genesis of Celtic populations.</b><p>The genome is the instruction booklet for building a human, comprising three billion paired DNA "letters".<p>The work shows that early Irish farmers were similar to southern …

10 strangest animal discoveries of 2015

Every year, scientists wade into jungles, deserts and museum collections to examine animals and, if they're lucky, discover a new species.<p>For instance, in 2015 researchers identified a ruby-red sea dragon off the coast of Australia, a new species of giant tortoise in the Galápagos Islands and an …

Junk food is tricking your brain: The depressing science behind your binging

<b>(AP)</b><p>Research reveals fats and sweets alter the brain’s satiety-control mechanism, sending our appetites into hyperdrive<p>Ferris Jabr<p>December 27, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Matthew Brien has struggled with overeating for the past 20 years. At age 24, …

Neuroscience

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

Memory erasing is just the beginning.<p>As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible advances in their exploration of the inner workings of the mind.<p>Studies published this year shed …

Ayahuasca: a Possible Cure for Alcoholism and Depression

Brazil is at the forefront of research into ayahuasca as a therapeutic drug.<p>Jorge* is around 60 years old, works a white collar job, has gray hair, married children, and grown grandchildren. People who work with him would never imagine that he participates in religious rituals using a mind altering …

Study finds mechanism that causes normal cells to become cancerous

Researchers studying brain tumors said they have discovered a new biological mechanism that causes normal cells to become cancer cells, a finding that both challenges current treatment strategies and could lead to new approaches against the disease.<p>In a study published online Wednesday in the …

Scientists say these 2 'dark' personality traits can help you succeed at work

It's a question that's plagued researchers for years, and unfortunately, there's no clear answer.<p>Now, new research suggests that jerks can sometimes be more successful, depending on the specific traits they display.<p>For the study, cited by the Association for Psychological Science, psychologists at …

Psychology

Scientists have made the first fully functional artificial human brain cells

But there is more to the idea behind this synthetic neuron than simply proving that it can be done. The team reckons that in the future, it might be possible to actually use these devices in patients to replace damaged nerves, for example, to help treat injury or disease. They may also have a place …

Black widow spider web gives up DNA secrets

<b>Spiders can be identified from the DNA they leave on webs, say US scientists.</b><p>Analysis of genetic material stuck to spiders webs also reveals what they have eaten weeks after catching their prey.<p>The research may have future uses in monitoring endangered species or tracking down spider pests, experts …

A New Start-Up Wants to Transfer Your Consciousness to an Artificial Body So You Can Live Forever

Forever young?<p>Death is the one thing that's guaranteed in today's uncertain world, but now a new start-up called Humai thinks it might be able to get …

Everything You Think You Know About Detecting Lies Is Wrong

While you may think that body language is the biggest giveaway, new research has discovered you can tell more by relying on a single cue.<p>A turned-down mouth, sweaty palms, and eyes that drift up and to the side–if you believe conventional wisdom about lying, these are telltale signs. But they’re …

13 small things you do that people use to judge your personality

Whether it's a date or a job interview, the small stuff matters — from the firmness of your handshake to how often you check your phone.<p>We checked out the Quora thread "What are the really small things that tell a lot about a person's psychology and personality?" and the latest scientific research, …

Idealism

Here's a simple trick to make people like you in 2 seconds

<i>Quick: Smile! But not too broadly. Introduce yourself — but not so fast!</i> Time's up.<p>Fortunately, there's a simple psychological strategy for combatting the anxiety associated with meeting new people. The trick? Don't think of them as new.<p>Instead, you'll want to do what speaker and author Nicholas …

A brain expert says these are the 6 habits you should be doing to boost your mental health

How does this mysterious three-pound organ called the brain hold such sway over the matters of life, death, consciousness, perception, sleep, and so much more? And, does this bran we were born with achieve its optimal state, then fail, little by little, and inevitably, as each year passes?<p>Sandra …

Intelligence genes discovered by scientists

Imperial College London has found that two networks of genes determine whether people are intelligent or not so bright.<p>Genes which make people intelligent have been discovered and scientists believe they could be manipulated to boost brain power.<p>Researchers have believed for some time that …

Mystery of swirling Northern Lights finally solved

Scientists from Japan's Kyoto and Kyushu Universities have identified the cause of auroral surges, the dancing polar lights that have endured as one …

Doctors can’t take care of us unless they start taking care of themselves

Toward the end of my intern year in medicine, the attending physician asked our group of residents to talk about a patient who had affected us that year. Perhaps to his surprise—and to all of ours—most of the women, and even some of the men, cried as we talked about the patients we had lost.<p>For …

I gave up coffee and alcohol for 15 months, and it changed the way I think about well-being

• You don’t really go out anymore. It’s exhausting to explain again and again why you don’t drink and repeat that no, one drink is not okay.<br>• When a group of people asks me to join them for drinks, I mostly default to answer with no, because I just don’t want to deal with gossip as a sober person.<br>• If I …

11 Things People With Anxiety Want You To Know

It doesn't make you weak, and it doesn't make you damaged goods.<p><i>To learn more about depression and anxiety, check out the resources at the National Institute of Mental Health here and here.</i><p>* 13 Graphs That Will Speak To You If You Suffer From Anxiety<p>* Here's What No One Tells You About Having Both …

Depression

3 Spiritual Practices For Anxiety-Packed Moments

The author of Super Genes shares his insight on how to deal and decompress -- even during times of excruciating stress.<p>Modern life brings more stress than ever, and a natural reaction to stress is anxiety. It's a multidimensional response that originates, physically speaking, in the lower brain, …

Gun Violence Is a National Mental Health Disease

"Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take 'til he knows<p>That too many people have died?" - Blowin' in the Wind, Bob Dylan<p>We've lost so many and learned so little since Dylan sang those words in 1962.<p>And here we are . . . again. A radicalized couple in San Bernardino; a crazed shooter in Colorado …

How Sexual Addiction Treatment Fails When Working With Gay and Bisexual Men

I thought I was done with the coming-out process, but I am coming out again, only this time on Psychology Today as a former sex-addiction therapist. Today I treat those struggling with out-of-control sexual behaviors much differently and more successfully with my current education and understanding …

What Do Your Dreams Say About Your Sleep Quality?

A good night’s sleep is far more nuanced than simply putting in your seven to nine hours and calling it a day. Good, healthy sleep means feeling rested upon waking. It means not having chronic bad dreams or nightmares. And it turns out that the difference between a smile-filled slumber and a …

Sleep

Everyone loves an a**hole: Science explains our attraction to creeps and deviants

Always falling for the wrong guy or gal? New research suggests it may actually be a part of the human condition<p>Karl Gruber<p>November 29, 2015 6:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Are you a nice, well-rounded person, yet can’t seem to hit it off with the opposite …

5 Lies Ruining Your Mental Health

Despite ongoing efforts to educate the public about mental health, many misconceptions remain. Before the stigma can be stopped, these five mental health myths need to be debunked:<p>One in five Americans experience a mental health problem in any given year. Yet many people suffer with their symptoms …

Mental Health