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Turns Out, Flings and Serious Relationships All Start the Same Way

Ten years ago, I went to the movies with a guy who lived next door to me in high school. I had just gotten out of a long-term relationship, so I wasn’t looking for anything serious. That certainly wasn’t going to be an issue with this guy, though. A stickler for punctuality, I arrived at his house …

Relationships

Typical kid behavior or a mental-health problem? It can be hard to decide.

Many mental illnesses first manifest in adolescence. So for parents, it’s often hard to separate the warning signs of mental illness from typically …

Mental Health

How to know if you're in a toxic relationship — and what to do about it

We hear about toxic relationships a lot, whether it's in a romantic or a platonic sense. But what exactly <i>is</i> a toxic friendship? And how do we know when we're in one?<p>For one, it's different than simply not getting along with someone or having a difference of opinion — it's when a relationship starts …

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Bipolar mood cycles associated with lunar entrainment of a circadian rhythm

1.<p>Bunney, W. E. Jr, Murphy, D. L., Goodwin, F. K. & Borge, G. F. The ‘switch process’ in manic-depressive illness. <i>Arch. Gen. Psychiatry</i> <b>27</b>, 295–302 …

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Herpesvirus may lead to bipolar, depression

Scientists have discovered the human herpesvirus HHV-6 in the neurons of people who lived with bipolar or severe depression.<p>According to the National …

The Brain

Why Does Love Fade Over Time? We Asked Experts & Here's What They Said

The myth of the seven-year itch is a strong one. Is there a point where, no matter how happy you've been in a relationship, things just get a little …

Relationships

Adult Depression Linked to Gene Alteration from Childhood Emotional Trauma

Findings from a new study may have implications in relation to early childhood interventions and later targeted pharmacotherapies for MDD.

The Brain

Sexual violence is the new normal in India – and pornography is to blame | Mari Marcel Thekaekara

Another day, another shocking headline about rape in India, from the 30 girls in a Bihar shelter who were allegedly sexually abused over many years to the 10-year-old child who escaped from another “shelter” in Uttar Pradesh and ran to a police station asking for help.<p>Rapes have become the new …

Activism

Everything You Should Know About Taking Ketamine

Traditionally used as an anesthetic, ketamine is now being used to treat depression, OCD, and other mental health conditions.<p>By this spring, I’d tried most of the more common psychedelics, but ketamine seemed like a wild card. The stories people told me about it were all over the place—from a man …

Depression

9 Questions To Ask Someone On A First Date If You've Never Met Them Before

If you're someone who tends to get nervous on first dates, imagining how well — or not well — the conversation with your date might go can be a major …

If Your Boyfriend Or Girlfriend Is Gaslighting You, They Might Say These 5 Things

Your partner is late for the zillionth time. You finally muster up the courage to call them out on it, but they dismiss you entirely. Maybe you're …

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Why these 36 questions can make you fall in love with anyone

If it sounds easy; it isn't.<p>The questions begin gently enough: 'Would you like to be famous?'; 'What's your perfect day?'; Or 'When did you last sing …

Relationships

The Neural Underpinnings of Ketamine as an Effective Therapeutic for Depression

Ketamine, once renowned as a surgical anesthetic during the Vietnam War, and more notoriously as a recreational “rave drug,” has been found to be a …

Depression

Subtle Signs of Emotional Abuse

A lot has been written about obvious signs of emotional abuse, most of which indicate entrenched behaviors more likely to worsen than ameliorate …

Psychology

How to Beat a Drug Test, According to Experts

Some of the detoxifying drinks may work.<p>I like to consider myself a pro on beating drug tests because I’ve passed numerous—even some close calls—while on probation, in prison, and on parole. I would have only tested positive for weed, but a dirty for marijuana could’ve sent me to “the hole” for 60 …

Drug Test

The Mental Wellness App That's Breaking All Barriers

Mental illness does not discriminate when it comes to the individuals it impacts. According to National Alliance on Mental Health, approximately 1 in …

Mental Health

Praising children for their personal qualities may backfire

Praising children, especially those with low self-esteem, for their personal qualities rather than their efforts may make them feel more ashamed when …

Child development: The right kind of early praise predicts positive attitudes toward effort

Toddlers whose parents praised their efforts more than they praised them as individuals had a more positive approach to challenges five years later. …

Study shows early environment has a lasting impact on stress response systems

Children in an orphanage in Bucharest, Romania.Michael CarrollNew University of Washington research finds that children’s early environments have a …

University of Washington

Some Early Childhood Experiences Shape Adult Life, But Which Ones?

Most of us don't remember our first two or three years of life — but our earliest experiences may stick with us for years and continue to influence us well into adulthood.<p>Just how they influence us and how much is a question that researchers are still trying to answer. Two studies look at how …

What to say to your child instead of "Don't Cry!"

<i>By Hannah Schenker</i><p>What should you say to someone who is crying? Your partner, your friend, your child? Although we have the best of intentions, in …

Constantly Curious

How chronic stress can affect your brain's size, structure, and how it functions:

The roots of childhood aggression, and how to handle them with compassion

Why do aggressive behaviors occur? Like all other behaviors, aggression is a means to an end. A child is engaging in verbal or physical aggression …

How To Discipline -- Without Spanking

Discipline -- it's one of the hardest parts of parenthood. We want to keep our kids safe, and teach them right from wrong. But doing that is often much more difficult than it sounds.<p>Spanking is what many parents turn to when they want to get their point across. However, spanking and other forms of …

Parenting

The Other Side of Suicide

<i>The following article contains elements regarding suicide and suicidal ideation.</i> ~~~Very recently, I was coaching on the phone with a new client. He …

A Woman Killed Her Father After Discovering His Child Porn Photos Of Herself And Kept It A Secret For 12 Years

Barbara Coombes was sentenced to nine years in jail for killing her father, burying his body in a garden, and keeping it a secret for more than a decade.<p>In January 2006, Barbara Coombes was gardening at her father's home in Greater Manchester, England, when she went inside the house and a saw a box …

Meet The “Kratom Warriors” Who Say This Plant Will End The Opioid Epidemic

Is kratom the answer to the opioid crisis — or the start of a new one?<p><b>By the time Courtney True</b> found the Reddit thread about kratom in December 2016, she hadn’t touched an opioid for 48 hours. She was in bad shape — stomach cramps, diarrhea, jitters, hot sweats, cold sweats, and body aches that …

Freud’s Theory Has Been Validated

One of Freud’s important theories dealt with what he called a fixation. He posited that when children go through their early stages of development, …

Criticism from parents affects how children’s brains respond to emotional information

Children of highly critical parents show less attention to emotional facial expressions, according to new research from Binghamton University, State …

The Controversial Psychology of Porn Addiction, Explained

The diagnosis of porn addiction is debated among clinicians, but for those who struggle with intimacy and past trauma, it's very real.<p>Pornography …