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Acid Is The New Xanax
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Listen To The Voices In Your Head
Schizophrenics and other people with unquiet minds are locked up, medicated, and stigmatized. Now a radical movement is telling them they might not be sick at all.
- Dec 1 20163 minutes
Why Violence Against Nurses Has Spiked In The Last Decade
Hospital patients are attacking staff at an alarming rate, and there are no federal regulations requiring employers to provide any protection.
- Jan 14 201710 minutes
Tiny Amounts of LSD for Depression
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- Feb 6 20173 minutes
Simple Moves Can Lead To A Less Stressed-Out You
STRESS IS A MODERN MENTAL BOGEYMAN that keeps half of U.S. adults up at night, according to a recent survey from the American Psychological Association. And many people don’t do anything to try to fight it. That’s bad news because stress takes a mea
- Oct 24 20165 minutes
A New Paradigm for Opioid Addiction: More Drugs
THE PHOTO WAS so startling that it almost seemed staged. In the driver’s seat, the man’s head is dropped back, his eyes closed, mouth agape, one hand draped on the steering wheel in front of him and the other in his lap. In the passenger seat, a woma
- Jan 23 20171 minute
How Stressing Out Can Help You Succeed
JASON PACED THE CORRIDOR OUTSIDE THE boardroom before his presentation. He could hear his pulse in his ears, and his mouth was dry. The last time he felt like this, he told himself to relax, but it didn’t work. So this time, he tried something differ
- Jan 16 20171 minute
Eva Amurri Martino Inside Her Traumatizing Postpartum Scare
PATRICK GOMEZ A few days after Thanksgiving, Eva Amurri Martino was awakened by the piercing scream of her infant son Major James. “Our night nurse fell asleep while holding [then-1-month-old] Major and dropped him, and he cracked his head on the ha
- Oct 24 20161 minute
Our Addiction Crisis Can Be Solved—With Hardwork
The prescription-opioid epidemic is one of the most urgent public-health challenges of our time. Since 1999, overdose deaths have quadrupled, which parallels the quantity of opioids prescribed. The majority of prescription opioids that are being misu
- Nov 21 201614 minutes
Rich Kids Anonymous
IT’S EASY TO SNEER AT THE IDEA OF AFFLUENZA, BUT MAYBE THERE’S SOMETHING TO THE PREMISE THAT WEALTHY KIDS HAVE A PARTICULAR SET OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION PROBLEMS
- Dec 19 20164 minutes
My Battle With Depression
IN A NEW MEMOIR, THE SINGER DETAILS HER 2011 DESCENT INTO SUICIDAL DESPAIR AND THE LONG, HARD ROAD BACK TO HEALTH
- Aug 21 20165 minutes
When Exercise Becomes Too Much of a Good Thing
In a world where only 1 in 5 American adults meet the minimum daily exercise requirements, exercise addiction can seem like the opposite of a problem. Don’t let that fool you, says Marilyn Freimuth, a clinical psychologist at Fielding Graduate Univer
- Dec 17 201516 minutes
A Vaccine for Depression?: Ketamine’s remarkable effect bolsters a new theory of mental illness.
One sunny day this fall, I caught a glimpse of the new psychiatry. At a mental hospital near Yale University, a depressed patient was being injected with ketamine. For 40 minutes, the drug flowed into her arm, bound for cells in her brain. If it acts
- Sep 15 201614 minutes
A Mental Disease by Any Other Name: For Frank Russell, reinterpreting his schizophrenia as shamanism helped his symptoms.
It starts without warning—or rather, the warnings are there, but your ability to detect them exists only in hindsight. First you’re sitting in the car with your son, then he tells you: “I cannot find my old self again.” You think, well, teenagers say
- Jun 1 20161 minute
Meet the Designers Hoping to Treat ADHD and Alzheimer's with Gaming
These are games that kids and parents can all appreciate.
- Jan 28 20168 minutes
How to Survive Solitary Confinement: An ex-convict on how to set your mind free.
With a sigh, Johnny Perez rises from his plastic chair, unfolds his lanky frame and extends his wingspan until the tips of his middle fingers graze the walls. “It was from here to here,” he says. “I know because I used to do this all the time.” Until
- Dec 16 20168 minutes
Psilocybin Reduces Anxiety In Cancer Patients
It’s too soon to be sure, but the effect of the drug could be permanent.
- Apr 24 20147 minutes
Building the Perfect Painkiller: Inside the quest to conquer addictive drugs.
Opioid addiction can be seen as an infinite loop, a bug in the brain’s programming. Take drug. Feel better. Come down. Repeat. Of the people who use opioid drugs recreationally, between 8 and 23 percent become addicted—sometimes fatally. That’s true
- Dec 1 20167 minutes
The Life-Changing Magic Of Mushrooms
A single dose of magic mushrooms can make people with severe anxiety and depression better for months, according to a landmark pair of new studies.
- Feb 16 20176 minutes
Do Some Trauma Survivors Cope by Overworking?
Hypervigilance and an inability to relax without guilt may lead some people to blunt their emotions through work.
- Mar 20 20147 minutes
Take Light, Not Drugs: How light therapy can treat disorders from depression to Alzheimer’s disease.
For Ryan Sherman*, a 34-year-old lawyer, something changed eight years ago when he moved from Texas to Europe and then to Boston and New York City: The shorter winter days of the more northern latitudes were like a dead weight on his emotions. “I’d g
- Dec 19 20162 minutes
Not A Normal Work Trip
Writer Ayelet Waldman experiments with microdosing and becomes “weirdly productive.”
- Jan 27 20178 minutes
Veterinary Interns Speak Out Against Exploitation
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- Dec 6 20164 minutes
The Post-Traumatic Psychology Of Disaster Survivors
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- Dec 12 20162 minutes
Kim & Kanye Their New Family Crisis
WHEN KANYE WEST ranted about Beyoncé and complimented Trump before abruptly leaving the stage at his Nov. 19 concert, many fans shrugged it off as one more controversial move by a consistently unpredictable artist. But it seems West’s outbursts are m
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My Famıly’s Battle With Mental Illness
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Seattle Breaks New Ground on Opioids
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Making America (Measurably) Great
The CDC’s statistics on life expectancy are sobering but also a prod to shape health policy