Research into the use of psychedelics is yielding exciting results. Clinical trials at N.Y.U.—a second one, using psilocybin to treat alcohol addiction, is now getting under way—are part of a renaissance of psychedelic research taking place at several universities in the United States, including Johns Hopkins, the Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center, and the University of New Mexico, as well as at [...]
Might being in nature actually change our brains in some way that affects our emotional health?
"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."
"Harvard researchers use brain scans to explore how 8-weeks of training in present-moment awareness might break the cycle of self-rumination."
"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. [...]
"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."
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 [...]
By Ursula Carsen, RP, CTP Dipl I When you are dealing with nightmares, recurring and puzzling dreams, or metaphors that are difficult to decipher, dream work as part of your therapeutic process can be particularly valuable. Dream work is like an expedition in uncharted territory: it helps you create a map of your inner landscape, and uncover treasures from the [...]
"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."
"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."