Rituals bring comfort even for non-believers

People around the world often perform rituals as a way to cope with sad events. The rules can be contradictory - for instance, Tibetan Buddhists think it's disrespectful to cry near the deceased, while Catholic Latinos believe the opposite. Beneath ...

Mar 19

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Dating in middle school leads to higher dropout, drug-use rates

Students who date in middle school have significantly worse study skills, are four times more likely to drop out of school and report twice as much alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use than their single classmates, according to new research from the ...

Mar 18

Categories: Addictions, Child Development, Drug Addiction

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Video on Being Suicidal


Melissa C. Water talks about her own experience with mental disorders including suicidal thoughts.

Mar 18

Categories: Suicide Prevention

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Discovery could yield treatments for cocaine addicts

Scientists have discovered a molecular process in the brain triggered by cocaine use that could provide a target for treatments to prevent or reverse addiction to the drug. Reporting in the Journal of Neuroscience, Michigan State University ...

Mar 18

Categories: Addictions

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Bouncing Back: Coping With The Unexpected

Just when life seems to be going smoothly, something happens to throw us for a loop – an accident, chronic illness, financial setback or a relationship breakup, to name a few. These are the types of events that we cannot fully prepare for. But ...

Mar 16

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Mindfulness at school reduces (likelihood of) depression-related ...

Secondary school students who follow an in-class mindfulness programme report reduced indications of depression, anxiety and stress up to six months later. Moreover, these students were less likely to develop pronounced depression-like symptoms. The ...

Mar 16

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Depression, ...

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Sleep Paralysis: Researchers Identify What Makes The Sleep Condition ...

Have you ever experienced sleep paralysis, the condition where you may feel totally physically paralyzed either right before falling asleep or immediately upon waking up? If you felt panicked after the experience, science is getting closer to ...

Mar 16

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Why a good deed sometimes leads to bad behavior

Doing a good deed can lead some people to more kind acts while spurring others to backslide. But how people respond depends on their moral outlook, according to a new study. People who believe the ends justify the means are likelier to offset ...

Mar 15

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Writing on Addiction Culture

Because we don’t like to talk about addiction, a single story perpetuates. The one where the addict should choose better but doesn’t. But addiction isn’t a world with a fixed narrative. It has threads, black and sticky, that web and and reach ...

Mar 15

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Suppressing the Brain’s “Filter” Can Improve Performance in ...

The brain’s prefrontal cortex is thought to be the seat of cognitive control, working as a kind of filter that keeps irrelevant thoughts, perceptions and memories from interfering with a task at hand. Now, researchers at the University of ...

Mar 15

Categories: Creative Blocks

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Doctors Caution Against Prescribing Attention-Boosting Drugs for ...

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the world’s largest professional association of neurologists, is releasing a position paper on how the practice of prescribing drugs to boost cognitive function, or memory and thinking abilities, in healthy ...

Mar 14

Categories: Inattention, Impulsivity, & Hyperactivity (ADHD)

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Is There Life After Work?

AT an office party in 2005, one of my colleagues asked my then husband what I did on weekends. She knew me as someone with great intensity and energy. “Does she kayak, go rock climbing and then run a half marathon?” she joked. No, he answered ...

Mar 14

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Dwelling on stressful events can increase inflammation in the body, ...

Researchers discovered that when study participants were asked to ruminate on a stressful incident, their levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of tissue inflammation, rose. The study is the first time to directly measure this effect in the ...

Mar 14

Categories: Stress Management

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Rashness & Rumination: New Understanding About the Roots of Depression

Two studies explore some of the developmental roots of depression in childhood and adolescence. In the first study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, researchers focused on depressive rumination, or the relentless focus on ...

Mar 13

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Does Expressing Anger on Online Rant-Sites Make You Feel Better or ...

Little is known about the value and emotional consequences of expressing anger on the Internet. Rant-sites provide an outlet for anonymous, angry outbursts. How people feel after reading and writing rants and the effects of this behavior is explored ...

Mar 13

Categories: Anger Management

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