Dalai Lama's guide to happiness

This video looks at 'Buddhism and Happiness', as we ask are they a match made in heaven or something else?

Nov 25

Categories: Happiness

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Australia ranks second in anti-depressant prescriptions in the world

The latest health 'snapshot' of the 33 OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) nations has revealed that Australia is now the second-highest prescriber of anti-depressant medications.

Nov 25

Categories: Depression

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Philippines: “Depression can be as much of a disability as ...

As the acute emergency phase following Typhoon Haiyan subsides, the next major hurdle for the people of the Philippines is how they will cope with the psychological impact of the disaster. Ana Maria Tijerino, psychologist and mental health advisor, ...

Nov 25

Categories: Depression, Mental Health in Asia

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Tea: 6 Brilliant Effects on the Brain

The British are rightly famous for their tea drinking. They–I should say ‘we’, as, yes, your humble author is a Brit–manage to down 165 million cups every day, and there are only 62 million of us.

Nov 23

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The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe, and Love Insects

Salvador Dalí, the surrealist painter, was so afraid of grasshoppers that he jumped from a second-floor window at the sight of one. The 19 million Americans who suffer from insect phobias can relate, and I count myself among them. Lockwood suffered ...

Nov 23

Categories: Phobias

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Where and how are fear-related behaviours and anxiety disorders ...

A team of researchers at Inserm led by Cyril Herry (Inserm Unit 862, “Neurocentre Magendie,” Bordeaux) has just shown that interneurons located in the forebrain at the level of the prefrontal cortex are heavily involved in the control of fear ...

Nov 22

Categories: Anxiety, Fear

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There are 636,120 ways to have post traumatic stress disorder

The latest version of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) controversial diagnostic code - "the DSM-5" - continues the check-list approach used in previous editions. To receive a specific diagnosis, a patient must exhibit a minimum number of ...

Nov 22

Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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Newborn body odor may contribute to building maternal-child ...

Body odor conveys a wide variety of cues about gender, age, family, stress, and disease states. Body odors are also believed to direct mating and bonding between individuals. Now, a new study finds that newborn body odor may contribute to building ...

Nov 22

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Too Aware? The Downside of Mindfulness Revealed

"Mindfulness" is the watchword of gurus and lifestyle coaches everywhere. But too much awareness could prevent the formation of good habits, new research suggests. People high in mindfulness — a state of active attention to what's going on in ...

Nov 22

Categories: Mindfulness

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10 Remarkable Ways Meditation Helps Your Mind

Meditation may make us feel calmer while we’re doing it, but do these benefits spill over into everyday life? Desborders et al. (2012) scanned the brains of people taking part in an 8-week meditation program, before and after the course. While ...

Nov 21

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation

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Has Toxic Stress become a part of our normal lives

Millions of Australians are stressed. This much is clear from the Australian Psychological Society's annual stress and wellbeing survey, the results of which were released last week. According to the survey, more than seven in 10 Australians feel ...

Nov 21

Categories: Stress Management

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Low self-esteem and scared of death? Try hugging a teddy

Teddy bears and cuddly "haptic" jackets could be the solution to existential angst for people with low self-esteem. That's according to a team of psychologists based in Amsterdam who say that people with low self-belief are unable to use meaning in ...

Nov 20

Categories: Anxiety, Self-Esteem

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Working up a sweat helps you bargain better

If better health isn’t enough incentive to take a brisk walk, perhaps there is another one: it may get you a better deal. New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a twist on the adage “never let them see you sweat.”

Nov 20

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Could saving the traditional pub be the answer to Britain’s binge ...

A research study finds evidence for the traditional pub as a site for restrained and responsible social interaction for young adults. The UK government wants further controls to restrict high street bars but on the other hand is concerned about the ...

Nov 20

Categories: Addictions

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Your Brain Sees Things You Don’t

A new study by UA doctoral student Jay Sanguinetti indicates that our brains perceive objects in everyday life of which we may never be aware. The finding challenges currently accepted models about how the brain processes visual information.

Nov 19

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