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How to Conquer Anxiety

Portrait by Frank SteltzerDear friend,I’ve always been a pretty brave person, but even now — I fall victim to anxiety.Most of these anxieties are …

Bankruptcy

11 Signs That You Might Be Experiencing High-Functioning Depression (Yes, It's A Real Thing) –

If I were to ask you to picture and describe a depressed person, what would you envision?<p>Someone having trouble getting out of bed every day? Someone …

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 …

Empathy is crucial to being a good person, right? Think again

Some argue that, far from motivating pro-social behaviours, empathy can push us towards inaction at best and racism and violence at worst<p>Why do we flinch when we see someone hit their thumb with a hammer? Our intuitive tendency to feel what we imagine another person is feeling is called ‘emotional …

Life Expectancy

10 illustrations that sum up what life is like for introverts

Being an introvert in an extrovert world is hard.<p>When "friendly" is defined as outgoing and talkative, people who prefer to spend time alone or think through what they want to say before speaking often get left behind.<p>Maureen "Marzi" Wilson finally gives introverts their (somewhat reluctant) moment …

You Have No Idea What the Term 'Depressed' Really Means Until It Devours You

"Depression" was a just a word to me before, like "sandals" or "matinée." Now, I get a pang in my chest whenever I hear it.<p>Remember when you were younger and you used to say you were "depressed" all the time? Same episode of <i>Boy Meets World</i> as yesterday? Depressed. No fucking French fries left at …

6 Cool Things To Do If Someone Hurts You

Have you ever felt so upset with someone for hurting your feelings that you didn't want to ever speak to them again? It's a common scenario: someone says something that's rude, accuses you of doing something wrong, or in some way makes you defensive. But does harboring dislike, revenge, even hate, …

How the brain stores memories | Daniel Glaser

Memory loss is gradual but, unlike computers, we have inbuilt backups<p>Every week there is a new dementia study, raising hopes that we can find a way to halt memory loss. Interestingly, in any form of dementia our memories don’t vanish immediately but fade gradually – our memory systems have a …

Memory Loss

How life changes when you’re fearless

Fear is an essential part of the human condition that’s deeply rooted in our most primal instincts. For most of the hundreds of thousands of years of …

5 Ways to Prevent Regrets

The holidays are a time of retrospection. Here are some thoughts on how to keep looking back in a positive light.<p>Every December I get a chance to review the year. Not just because the year is ending--my birthday is December 22nd and the older I get, the more behavior and actions I have the time to …

7 Ways Emotional Intelligence Can Help You Handle Year-End Stress

The holiday season may be all about selflessness, but a little self-awareness still goes a long way.<p>It’s no secret that the holiday season can be pretty stressful. Health experts at the Mayo Clinic note that the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year’s tends to find people’s usual stress levels …

The 10 Things That Go Wrong When You're On Shrooms

And why those low points might be good for you in the long run.<p>You may have heard that psychedelics are enjoying a recent surge in popularity. Scientists in the US and the UK have been using psilocybin—the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms—to treat addiction, depression, and existential …

13 ways unsuccessful people mismanage their time

Solid time management habits don't come easily to everyone. Ultimately, however, how we organize our time can determine whether or not we're successful. It's definitely important to avoid behaviors that consistently doom your entire schedule or prevent you from getting important work done.<p>Here are …

Time Management

Is It True Love, or Low Self-Esteem?

Losing yourself in a relationship, becoming “we” instead of “me,” can feel like the ultimate expression of romantic love. But it’s not always the …

20 Badass Tattoos Inspired By Health And Wellness

Seriously awesome ink ahead.<p>Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

Mental Health

15 Suicide-Attempt Survivors Tell Their Stories

<i>National Suicide Prevention Week runs from September 7-13, 2015.</i><p><i>If you or someone you care about is thinking about suicide, please call the National</i> …

Mental Health

Mental Health’s New (Old) Secret Weapon: Psychedelics

New analysis of the most recent clinical trials on psychedelics is adding weight to the argument that once-shunned drugs may be the mental health …

Mental Health

Quarter of trafficked children have PTSD symptoms – study

Authors say findings of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts illustrate need for routine mental health screening of survivors<p>About one in eight trafficked children have tried to harm or kill themselves in the last month, according to a survey, and a quarter have post-traumatic stress symptoms.

After a String of Suicides, Students in Palo Alto Are Demanding a Part in Reforming Their School's Culture

Students at several high-level California high schools believe that as much as the achievement culture needs to be reconsidered, it's the support the academic community provides that needs improvement.<p>Photos by Lauren Poor<p><i>This article appears in the September Issue of VICE</i><p>On a windy evening in …

Psychedelic drugs may be helpful in treating addiction, anxiety and PTSD

Psychedelic drugs, including LSD and MDMA, could help some patients struggling with addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, according to a new analysis that urges<p>Canadian policy-makers to reconsider their perception of those drugs.<p>The analysis, published Tuesday in the Canadian …

Depression

University student took her own life ‘after being raped’

A university student ended her own life because, it is believed, she was raped.<p>The body of Hannah Stubbs, 22, was discovered six months after she was …

College & University

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This Is What It Feels Like to Treat Depression with Magic Mushrooms

We spoke to a woman who's been trialling a psilocybin micro-dose treatment for a month, and the doctor who devised the method.<p>When Sue* greets me, she's all sparkly eyes and smiles. Beaming, she shakes my hand firmly and, as she sits, talks animatedly about her dash from the office to our meeting. …

Forget Brain Workouts—Chanting Mantras Takes Half the Time and Is More Effective

I read some disquieting news recently. Apparently, science isn’t sure that brain workouts work. This bothers me because it means that I will have to …

Elderly Cancer Patient Clarence Blackmon, Who Called 911 For Food, Hopes To Help Feed Others

Clarence Blackmon, the elderly cancer patient who recently made headlines after having to dial 911 to get food, now has enough food to help feed …

Sunday #FoodPorn: Citrus Season

A blast of citrus can be a bright spot on a cold day. For today’s #FoodPorn, we’ve rounded up the most appetizing citrus dishes on Instagram, from grapefruit brulée to key lime pie.

Key Lime Pie

The Top 23 Most Beautiful American Campsites

It's not too late to get that summer camping trip in the books and any one of these 23 campsites would make for an amazing trip. Rally the crew, pack up the car, and head out to sleep under the stars at one of these beautiful American campsites.<p>Photo by Christin Healey, Explorer for The Outbound …

National Parks