mental health

Fighting Words

What Constant Images of Racial Violence on Social Media Are Doing to My Body and Mind

Watching videos where black people are being harmed can result in vicarious traumatization—the trauma, even though it didn't happen to you, will resonate on a mental and physical level.
George M. Johnson
3 days ago
mental health

The More I Allowed Myself to Feel My Anxiety, the Less it Bothered Me​

My coping mechanisms had been avoidant behavior all along.
Sarah Watts
3 days ago
Sleep

When I Get Hurt in a Dream, My Body Feels it Even After I Wake Up

"I dreamed that a swarm of bees or wasps attacked my feet. When I woke up, my feet were burning and tingly. It was very painful.”
Crystal Ponti
1.15.19
suicide

The Curious Relationship Between Altitude and Suicide Risk

Americans who live in higher-altitude counties are at a higher risk for suicide. Here are a few things that might help explain the correlation.
Hoehun Ha
1.8.19
LGBTQ

When I Came Out, I Wasn’t Ready for the Judgment That Came from Within the Community

Why would a group of people who have historically experienced so much shame and stigma from society dole out that same kind of punishment to each other?
Zach Rawlings
1.8.19
mental health

Some People Actually Fear Getting Credit for Their Accomplishments

The anxiety that's triggered by positive recognition goes way beyond run-of-the-mill shyness or modesty.
Markham Heid
1.7.19
addiction

A White House Report on the Opioid Crisis Overlooks Gender Differences in Addiction

The report excludes studies showing that women experience pain and develop addictions differently than men—differences that mean women might not receive adequate treatment.
Mirjam Guesgen
1.7.19
relationships

Breakup Regret Is a Common and Salient Human Experience

An older British man admitted he thought of his high school sweetheart daily, even though he was married to another woman and they had adult children.
Nick Keppler
1.4.19
This Week in Science

What Researchers Learned from the Brain of a 27-Year-Old with Amnesia

It's possible to have knowledge without remembering.
Shayla Love
12.21.18
mental health

The Introspective Parts of Our Brains Are Getting Out of Shape

Researchers call it "hurry sickness": The more we overload our schedules, the more we strengthen the task-oriented network of the brain.
Richard Morgan
12.20.18
mental health

College Students Aren't Always Given Medical Privacy

What you say in therapy can get passed to parents, college administrators, and even job prospects.
Matt Jancer
12.19.18
grief

A Therapist’s Script for Helping a Friend Grieve a Parent

There's no standard “Grief Etiquette 101” manual, but if you don’t want to sound like a generic sympathy card or risk being presumptuous about what this friend's emotional needs are—here are some words that could help.
Juli Fraga
12.19.18
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