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- Oct 3 20165 minutes
The Mindful Classroom
Some experts think mindfulness is the antidote to distraction, misbehaving—even poor math scores. Are they on to something?
- Jan 14 201710 minutes
Tiny Amounts of LSD for Depression
Instead of an “acid trip,” she took an “acid errand.”
- 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
- Feb 1 20174 minutes
The Key to Good Luck Is an Open Mind
Luck can seem synonymous with randomness. To call someone lucky is usually to deny the relevance of their hard work or talent. As Richard Wiseman, the Professor of Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, in the United K
- 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.
- 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.
- May 29 20163 minutes
How Facebook Fuels Relationship Anxiety
John Bowlby, born in 1907 London to an upper class family, had little parental love. His mother believed (as was common at the time) kindness would spoil children, and his father, a knighted surgeon, left home to fight in the Great War; his primary c
- 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.
- Dec 3 20157 minutes
When Stress Comes with Your Mother’s Milk: Stress hormones in breast milk may help prepare us for a turbulent world.
A few years ago, when my oldest daughter was still nursing, I went through a panicky phase. I had committed to a run of public-speaking engagements, and I constantly worried that I would flub them. Before each event, I pumped milk for the baby and le
- Feb 3 20175 minutes
It’s Ridiculous to Use Virtual Reality to Empathize With Refugees
The technology isn’t the moral game-changer that some make it out to be.
- Nov 7 201614 minutes
The Kids Are Not All Right
American teens are anxious, depressed and overwhelmed. Experts are struggling over how to help them
- Aug 6 201519 minutes
Postcards From the Edge of Consciousness: Sensory deprivation goes from CIA torture manuals to a yoga studio near you.
I am fresh from the shower, wrapped in just a towel and smelling of mild herbal soaps (both shower and soaps are required), standing at the door to the tank. It resembles a shower door—knee-high, sliding—and opens to reveal a tub bigger than a bathtu
- Dec 1 20161 minute
Patching Together Affordable Care
TAMEEKA FORD, 43 Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Oct 1 20132 minutes
10 Easy Ways to Minimize Stress
The biggest hazard to your business may be the one you can't see: chronic stress.
- Aug 21 20169 minutes
“I’m so sick of people shaming women for being sensitive or vulnerable. It’s so bizarre to me.” Winona Ryder is talking about the press and its tendency to pathologize female emotions, but she could also be talking about her lead role in Netflix’s St
- Feb 24 20164 minutes
How My Ecstasy Trip Turned Into a Rare Anxiety Disorder
When I was at the Firefly Music Festival in Delaware, in the summer of 2014, I took a 200 mg pill of ecstasy—Red Riddler—something I had done before. After the sets were over, the colors of the overhead lamps seemed more saturated against the sky. Ea
- Jul 25 20165 minutes
The Healing Power of Nature
IT SOUNDED MORE LIKE A LARK THAN a scientific study when a handful of Japanese researchers set out to discover whether something special—and clinically therapeutic—happens when people spend time in nature. They were inspired by a new recommendation f
- Jan 27 20173 minutes
The Toxic Health Effects of Deportation Threat
The fear of immigration raids can harm children’s brains and health, potentially for life.
- Jul 25 20153 minutes
Is Coloring Within the Lines the New Meditation?
I sit motionless on the hardwood floor. My legs are crossed in a full lotus position and the back of my hands rest on top of my knees with my pointer fingers pressed slightly against my thumbs. My posture reflects the small Buddha statue in front of
- Dec 1 201614 minutes
The High Cost Of Coping
ANXIETY. DEPRESSION. EATING DISORDERS. PHOBIAS. EVERY YEAR TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS FACE A MENTAL-HEALTH CHALLENGE—OFTEN AT GREAT EXPENSE. HERE’S HOW TO EASE THE FINANCIAL STRAIN.
- Mar 1 20163 minutes
Practical Advice for Fighting Fear
How do we dial down our freaked-out minds? Scott Halford, author of Activate Your Brain and the founder of the consultant group Complete Intelligence, explains.
- Jun 27 20139 minutes
Learning to Fly: Coping with anxiety in an uncertain world.
There are important life events that people tend to remember. Some of them are personal, like your first kiss; others are historical, such as where you were on 9/11. I remember my first kiss, seeing John Lennon in concert, and watching a plane hit th
- Dec 14 20162 minutes
Abortion Doesn't Harm Mental Health
A new study finds there’s no evidence to support mandatory abortion counseling that warns women about the negative mental-health impacts of abortion.
- Dec 5 20165 minutes
What It’s Like To Be An Immigration Attorney In The Final Weeks Before The Trump Presidency
One lawyer says that she’s seen a tenfold increase in calls, emails, and inquiries to her firm since the election.
- Mar 1 20167 minutes
Don't Fear the Fear -- Let It Drive You
Fear is an assault on your ambition and innovation. It strips you of your confidence. It undermines your decision making and stops all progress. But you can beat it.
- Apr 28 20169 minutes
Can a Cat Have an Existential Crisis?: Treating my cat for depression caused me to question the state of anxiety in animals and us.
When I first adopted Lucas nine years ago from a cat rescue organization in Washington, D.C., his name was Puck. “Because he’s mischievous,” his foster mother said. Although we changed the name, her analysis proved correct. Unlike his brother Tip, wh
- Dec 18 20152 minutes
Do You Actually Need More Stress?
There’s a New Yorker cartoon that shows a doctor telling the patient lying in bed, “I don’t think you’re getting enough stress.” The cartoon is funny because it plays on the idea that stress is bad—how absurd is it that a doctor would prescribe more
- Jan 20 20162 minutes
Personal Space Is a Fear Response
Edward Hall, an American anthropologist, first defined “personal space” in the mid-1900s, when he noticed that its size varied widely from culture to culture: Southern Europeans and Latin Americans, for example, were “closer talkers”, while Northern
- Feb 16 201712 minutes
The Flawed Designs of Drug Trials for Autism
Can a new clinical approach end a pattern of failure and frustration?