Emotional Health

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

Might being in nature actually change our brains in some way that affects our emotional health?

Lawsuit Over a Suicide Points to a Risk of Antidepressants

“Concerns about safety have long dogged antidepressants. In 2006, the makers of Paxil upgraded their warning label to caution that among adults of all ages with major depressive disorder, the frequency of suicidal behavior was higher in patients treated with paroxetine (Paxil) compared with placebo — 6.7 times higher.”

How Mindfulness May Change the Brain in Depressed Patients

“Harvard researchers use brain scans to explore how 8-weeks of training in present-moment awareness might break the cycle of self-rumination.”

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    Collision with Reality: What Depth Psychology Can Tell us About Victimhood Culture

Collision with Reality: What Depth Psychology Can Tell us About Victimhood Culture

“A diagnosis carries with it a sense of absolution. It isn’t our fault that we have anxiety or depression. Forces beyond our control have conspired against us… when our diagnosis becomes an important part of who we are, we are encouraged to abdicate responsibility for our plight. We are adrift on life’s turbulent currents, without blame, but also without agency. This fosters a sense of helplessness, which in turn can lead to increased anxiety.”

When Anxiety or Depression Masks a Medical Problem

“A good reminder that mind and body are connected: symptoms of anxiety or depression can belie an as-yet undiagnosed physical disorder, and physical symptoms can stem from a psychological problem.”

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    ‘13 Reasons Why’ Through the Lens of A Clinical Psychologist

‘13 Reasons Why’ Through the Lens of A Clinical Psychologist

By Amy E. Ellis of Thrive Global
“13 Reasons Why”, a Netflix-original drama that boasts Selena Gomez as one of the executive producers, is a series that focuses on Hannah, a young high school girl who has recently committed suicide. She leaves behind carefully orchestrated narratives on cassette tapes in which she names individuals whom she alleges all had a role in her death. The show, and the book on which it is based, is a stunning demonstration of the raw emotion that ensues from bullying and rumors, rejection and isolation, and the everyday stressors and tribulations of adolescence.

Choosing the Right Relationship

“The more important domains to consider are personality and values, and when it comes to personality, the key question is how does your potential partner handle stress.”

What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?

“As the popularity of mindfulness grows, brain imaging techniques are revealing that this ancient practice can profoundly change the way different regions of the brain communicate with each other – and therefore how we think – permanently.”

Loneliness actually hurts us on a cellular level

A scientist explains how the pain of loneliness makes us sick:

Companionship is an asset for human survival, but its mirror twin, isolation, can be toxic. The very cells of people who live through periods of chronic loneliness look different. More specifically, the white blood cells of people who suffer through chronic loneliness appear to be stuck in a state of fear.

February 6th, 2017|Emotional Health, Loneliness|

Yes, It’s Your Parents’ Fault

“It’s called attachment theory, and there’s growing consensus about its capacity to explain and improve how we function in relationships.”