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Teen Depression and Anxiety: What Parents Can Do

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Depression

Study Proves Spanking Hurts Your Kids' Mental Health

The negative effects can last (far) longer than you'd think.<p>Chances are you've spanked your child — and even greater that you <i>were</i> spanked as a child — but now more than ever it's time to retire the age-old discipline. Even though about 70 percent of parents agree it's an acceptable punishment, a …

Antidepressants aren't just for depression anymore, study finds

Antidepressants didn't get to be the third-most commonly prescribed medication in the United States for nothing. In fact, says a new study, the medications taken by more than 10% of American adults may be so ubiquitous because they are used to do so much.<p>Depression medication, a new study suggests, …

The Power of Imagination in Taming Mental Illness

Einstein famously said that, "Imagination is more important than knowledge."<p>He was of course correct, but when Einstein made that statement, he had accrued a sufficient amount of knowledge, a threshold level, from which he could extrapolate and conduct his thought-experiments, his daydreams of …

Mental Health

Complain All You Want, But Your Busy Schedule May Help Your Brain

Single mothers, untenured professors, young reporters and on-call doctors might have a thin silver lining for their hurried days and response for the people who insist on slowing down: All that hustling may translate into superior brain power as you get older, as a study finds that the busiest …

The Brain

Brain testing app will help diagnose mental health issues

Savonix is a company that claims to take the "analog processes" of cognitive assessment into the digital age. The firm is launching an iOS and Android app that, for the next six weeks, will let anyone examine their own mental ability. Users will have to undergo a series of tests that test the …

Mental Health
Parenting

Can This Interactive Map Of Emotions Bring World Peace? The Dalai Lama Thinks So

The task of healing humanity may seem too lofty a goal for some. But Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, is not the kind of man who is easily deterred.<p>The Dalai Lama has teamed up with renowned psychologist Dr. Paul Ekman to build an "Atlas of Emotions" that aims to map out all of the feelings that …

Mindfulness

4 Key Ways to be Selfish the Right Way

You're reading 4 Key Ways to be Selfish the Right Way, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying …

Text Messaging

Can't Sleep? New Study Says Try Therapy, Not Pills

People with insomnia should try counseling before they turn to pills, which often carry dangerous side-effects, a doctors’ group advised Monday.<p>Specialized counseling can and does work, even if people don’t like doing it and even if doctors often don’t know how to do it, the American College of …

Health Care

U.S. families struggling with teens' phone addiction: report | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Half of teenagers in the United States feel addicted to their mobile phones, with most checking the devices at least every hour and feeling pressured to respond immediately to messages, a survey released on Tuesday found.<p>Kate Moore (L) and Morgan Dynda of the U.S. compete in …

Environmentalism
Behavioral Sciences

There's No Way Out of Experiencing Pain

Image: retrostar via Dollar Photo Club<p>When people come to me for help, really what they want is a way out of pain. The pain of being heavier than they think they should be; the pain of being obsessed with food; the pain of 'fighting' urges; the pain of trying to change the shape of their bodies and …

Pain

6 Science-Based Ways to Say “I’m Sorry” Effectively

Last week, I was driving in the car with my 8-year-old daughter when Ryan Adams' cover of Taylor Swift’s hit song, “Bad Blood,” came on the radio. As …

Psychology

8 Things You Should Do Every Day Before 8 A.M. to Be More Productive

When you start your workday, do you feel like Superman or like a zombie?<p>When you start your workday, do you feel like Superman or like a zombie? If you're like most people, you probably feel like a zombie.<p>Most people's mornings are a chaotic mess. Exhausted. Stimulant-driven. Rough.<p>However, …

Swimming Pools

4 Jedi Mind(fulness) Tricks to Help an Anxious Child

<i>“The Force is what gives a Jedi his power,” says Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker. “It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds</i> …

This Is What Happens To Your Brain On No Sleep

Bedtime is one of the most important parts of the day for the brain. The latest studies show that when we slumber, the brain performs important …

Sleep

A Blood Test to Diagnose Depression?

Researchers at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern believe it may be possible to diagnose depression using a blood test. According to Eva …

Depression

Decades of failing to recognize ADHD in girls has created a “lost generation” of women

Girls are closing one gender gap we don’t want: diagnoses of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Between 2003 and 2011, parents reported an increase of ADHD diagnoses of 55% for girls, compared to 40% for boys, according to a 2015 study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.<p>And yet …

Autism

Can't Focus? It Might Be Undiagnosed Adult ADHD

When Cathy Fields was in her late 50s, she noticed she was having trouble following conversations with friends.<p>"I could sense something was wrong with me," she says. "I couldn't focus. I could not follow."<p>Fields was worried she had suffered a stroke or was showing signs of early dementia. Instead …

Autism

Anatomy Of Addiction: How Heroin And Opioids Hijack The Brain

When Jack O'Connor was 19, he was so desperate to beat his addictions to alcohol and opioids that he took a really rash step. He joined the Marines.<p>"This will fix me," O'Connor thought as he went to boot camp. "It better fix me or I'm screwed."<p>After 13 weeks of sobriety and exercise and discipline, …

Drug Addiction

Turns Out Monkey Bars And Kickball Might Be Good For The Brain

Recess at Eagle Mountain Elementary School in Fort Worth, Texas, looks much like recess anyplace else. Some kids run and squeal, others swing, while a half-dozen of their peers are bunched up on the slide.<p>Journey Orebaugh, a 6-year-old in an off-white princess dress, is playing family.<p>"You just get …

Ohio State University

We're Thinking About ADHD All Wrong, Says A Top Pediatrician

Diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are up around 30 percent compared with 20 years ago. These days, if a 2-year-old won't sit still for circle time in preschool, she's liable to be referred for evaluation, which can put her on track for early intervention and potentially a …

Autism

Keep Things Simple For A Healthy, Long Life

I'm often asked for medical advice by friends, family members, even new acquaintances: What about this diet? What should I do about this symptom? What about <i>this</i> medication?<p>People are usually disappointed when I don't share their enthusiasm about the latest health fads. Members of my family, in …

Lack Of Deep Sleep May Set The Stage For Alzheimer's

There's growing evidence that a lack of sleep can leave the brain vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease.<p>"Changes in sleep habits may actually be setting the stage" for dementia, says Jeffrey Iliff, a brain scientist at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.<p>The brain appears to clear out toxins …

Alzheimer's Disease

Carrie Fisher Fights Mental Health Stigma

<i>Star Wars</i> has been part of my life since I was a very small boy, and Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia was one of the first "girl" characters (along with …

Mental Health

7 Things Mindful People Do Differently

Crisis at Osawatomie State Hospital reflects erosion of services in Kansas government

The federal government’s decision to halt Medicare payments for patients at Osawatomie State Hospital has brought to light horrific incidents and …

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