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‘I never thought I would need to take pills to feel human’—hip-hop artist Upgrade on mental health - Features - Alternative Press

Hip-hop artist <b>Upgrade</b> has teamed up with AP to premiere his new video for “Road Less Traveled,” off his full-length <i>Chemical Imbalance: Another Dose</i> …

Mental Health

6 Reminders For Every Woman Who Is ‘Difficult’ To Love

Relationships in general are difficult. Although everything about them is exciting, adventurous, daring, etc., they still take a ton of work. It’s …

How to Treat Social Anxiety Without Medication: What Worked for Me

How to Treat Social Anxiety Without Medication: What Worked for Me<p>Updated on August 31, 2017<p>A Quick Fix With No Long-Term Solution<p>Looking back on my …

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Here Are 20 Of The Best Spotify Playlists For Every Genre

<b>Last Updated: September 6th</b><p>Before the turn of the millennium, the way music enthusiasts enjoyed their beats was as archaic as the medieval practice of bloodletting. Okay, so that may be a bit hyperbolic, but prior to the inception of streaming services around the year 2010, selecting music was a …

8 Toxic Ingredients You Should Never Use in Your Skincare Routine

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Tata Harper's farm in Vermont, and it blew my mind. It should not have been so shocking. I've been a fan …

Skin Care

20 Quotes On Happiness That Will Impact The Way You Think

Sometimes we need a little push and reminder that things are not so bad in our lives, and we have the ability to make ourselves happy. We control our mood and our outlook, and sometimes we just need a little extra help to be content and happy. Here is the ultimate list of happiness quotes that can …

Happiness

5 mental health-boosting supplements that everyone should take

People tend to think of supplements in terms of the physical boost they can provide, not necessarily their mental benefits. But according to holistic …

As a psychiatrist I've seen how culture affects views of mental illness

Persuading one south Asian family that their mentally ill daughter was not possessed by a demon showed me NHS staff need greater cultural awareness<p>“I am already dead! I have been buried.” said a young south Asian girl on the psychiatric ward. Prior to her admission she had stopped going to school, …

Mental Health

We Asked Bands About Their Worst Festival Experiences

"We're out of here! Fuck you, Whistler!"<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada</i><p>On paper, the concept of an outdoor music festival seems like Xanadu. Floating freely through a field with friends while dozens of your favorite bands play a series of stages sounds like an ideal way for any …

Reality TV

Top 10 Books That Will Change Your Life in 2016

Photograph courtesy Getty Images<p>These titles will make you reflect, say yes and choose joy in the year ahead.<p>Our preview of 10 carefully selected …

Why being bilingual works wonders for your brain

Research suggests we may be predisposed to speak more than one language and that doing so brings health benefits, such as delaying the onset of dementia<p>In a cafe in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, tossing words back and forth. Their cutlery dances during more …

Language

Get Fit Fast With This Cardio Sculpt Workout

Burn some fat and sculpt some muscle with Jeanette Jenkins, aka The Hollywood Trainer. With clients like P!nk and Alicia Keys she lives up to the moniker. This 30-minute workout mixes cardio with strength training for the ultimate sweat session. Grab a set of five-pound dumbbells, press play, and …

How 'Suicide Squad' got that pricey, monster soundtrack

It's fairly uncommon these days for a movie soundtrack to generate massive excitement, let alone sales. With occasional exceptions like "Frozen" and "Guardians of the Galaxy," the days of platinum-selling soundtrack albums like "Saturday Night Fever," "Purple Rain" and "The Bodyguard" are largely a …

Can You Change Your Body Shape? No But Yes!

One of the biggest lies internet communities and modernism have sold us is that enjoying porn is totally healthy and acceptable. For many, cyber-porn …

8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M.

<i>This column is by Journalist & Consultant Benjamin Hardy</i><p>Life is busy. It can feel impossible to move toward your dreams. If you have a full-time job …

Teen Generation Z is being called 'millennials on steroids,' and that could be terrifying for retailers

But now, they're scrambling to understand Generation Z, the teen generation. After all, teens are the future of retail.<p>"From a spending perspective [teens] are millennials on steroids," Marcie Merriman, executive director of growth strategy and retail innovation at Ernst & Young, told Business …

Demographics

Top 10 Books on Learning Meditation and Mindfulness

There are different paths available to practice meditation, but the last truth of meditation will always remain as to reach your highest goal, where …

10 Places in the American Southwest You Have to Visit

The American Southwest is pumped full of potential for new experiences. It’s the ideal place to explore your adventurous side while indulging in a …

The ultimate beginner's guide to hiking Colorado's famous 14,000-foot mountains

And hundreds of thousands of feet in elevation.<p>With all of this lofty real estate in their backyard, it's no surprise that clawing their way up the sides of 14,000-foot mountains has become a rite of passage for Colorado residents.<p>But how does a rookie peak bagger choose which summit to reach …

Hiking

How to use writing to overcome anxiety, tragedy, or heartache

"You don't remember me, but I was in your experiment a year ago. I just wanted to thank you. It changed my life."<p>James Pennebaker has had a number of …

Self-help

This App Is Conquering Insomnia And Depression At The Same Time

Ever since he was a child, Dan Roberts had rarely been able to get a good night’s sleep. He was born with cerebral palsy that left his entire left arm and leg tight and painful, forcing him to walk with a pronounced limp. He was often in severe pain and there were many nights where he didn’t sleep …

Health Care

The 15 Best Documentaries On Netflix Right Now

<b>Last Updated: April 11th</b><p>Streaming video is the best thing that’s ever happened to documentaries. People who would never have paid for a ticket to a theatrical nonfiction film are now, thanks to Netflix’s robust selection, scarfing down the stuff by the barrel. But where to start among the masses? …

Entertainment

New on Netflix: Every movie and TV show being added in August

Let’s forget about all the turmoil in the world for a moment to appreciate the never-ending stream of Netflix releases we’re treated to every month. …

Entertainment

10 foods to avoid if you have anxiety

Over the past few years, I've endured a series of unforeseen events. Originally diagnosed with anxiety and depression at 14, I spent the majority of my life working through a condition that I immediately attributed to my environment. It wasn't until 12 years later that things took a turn for the …

Wellness

A New Depression Treatment Shows Promise

One of the worst things about clinical depression is its cruel circularity. Feeling lousy smothers motivation; loss of motivation leads to …

World Economic Forum

Beg! Sit! Fetch! How to successfully train your cat

Who on earth trains cats? Trained lions and tigers used to be a staple of circuses, until public opinion turned against them. But why would anyone want to train their pet cat, except to show off to their friends? There is, in fact, a serious purpose: training can improve not just your relationship …

Encouraging depressed people to do the things they enjoy could save NHS thousands, study finds

Encouraging depressed people to do the things they used to enjoy such as phoning friends or going for a walk, could save NHS trusts thousands of pounds in more complex therapies, a study has shown.<p>‘Behavioural Activation’ is a simple form of therapy which encourages positive activities, such as …

34 Beautiful Tattoos People Got To Cover Their Self-Harm Scars

Inspiring ink from the small and minimalist to the big and colorful.<p>Many people shared with us the tattoos they got to cover or reclaim scars from self-harm.<p>Warning: This post contains images and anecdotes surrounding self-harm, eating disorders, sexual abuse, and suicide.<p>Responses have been edited …