Essential Reads

Rebuilding the Brain From Concussions

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on March 24, 2017 in Brain Trauma
Don't settle for "take two and call me in the morning." The brain responds well when we treat it well. Here's how to get those neurons firing on all cylinders.

Prestige, Power, and Placebos

Intuitive errors and social pressures often fool us into the wrong decisions. But our social minds also possess untapped healing power. Recent research shows us how to use it!

If You Want to Live Longer, Get a Dog

New data shows that pet ownership can increase the longevity of people with health risk issues.

Bringing Down the Cost of Healthcare

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on March 21, 2017 in Stop The Cycle
There are 3 effective ways to bring down to cost of healthcare without reducing quality or outcomes. These include prevention, early treatment and integrated care.

More Posts on Health

Betrayed by a Workplace Friend

A woman wonders whether she can remain friends with a co-worker who complained about her to their boss.

Is Global Warming Making You Fat?

Brown fat can help control your weight but only when you're cold.

Trigger Warnings and Mental Health: Where Is the Evidence?

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on March 23, 2017 in Talking About Men
Recently, there has been a growing push for the use of "trigger warnings" on college campuses. But are they beneficial for mental health? And can they have unintended consequences?

Growing Old in Ancient Cultures

What can Ancient Egypt, India and China teach us about aging well?

Hell Yes: The 7 Best Reasons for Masturbating

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 22, 2017 in Hide and Seek
The stigma surrounding masturbation has to stop.

Lena Dunham's Representations of Mental Illness

More recently viewers have seen a notable shift towards more accurate representations of mental illness. The controversial television series Girls on HBO leads the way.

Organizations Must Do More to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

How can organizations that serve children prevent child sexual abuse? Researchers at the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse have plenty of suggestions.

Too Much to Do, Too Little Time

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Media Spotlight
While men may find themselves taking on more responsibilities at work and home, women still find themselves doing a disproportionate amount of the domestic chores.

Springing From One Mood into Another: Is the Sun at Fault?

Most revel in the warmth and new growth of Springtime. Some suffer.

What Helps Our Plastic Brain Turn Into a Blastic Brain?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Brain Waves
Learn what steps need to be taken to have a blastic brain!

Relatedness and Autonomy, A Delicate Balance

"Successful mountain climbers know that they must spend at least as much time if not more, in tending their base camp as they actually do climbing mountains..." - M Scott Peck

Get Outside in a Park With Your People

By Temma Ehrenfeld on March 21, 2017 in Open Gently
Get outside in greenery to have difficult conversations or to bond.

Top "Turning Straw Into Gold" Pieces from the Past 6 Years

I always celebrate my anniversary of writing for Psychology Today with a post that offers some of my past pieces for reading.

Impact of Traumatic Stress on Brain Development

New research points to neurobiological sex differences in youth with PTSD.

How to Have a Happy Day

How- and why- to be happier. 3 tips to greater happiness in your life.

The New Prohibition: The Hip Culture Wants You to Abstain

By Stanton Peele on March 19, 2017 in Addiction in Society
People encouraging others to quit drinking in the active neoTemperance movement have a heavy lift. Oh, and nondrinkers don't live as long and have less fun. So why do they do it?
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When Is Reimagining the Past a Sign of Emotional Health?

By Barb Cohen on March 17, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
For counterfactual thinking to be functionally beneficial, we need a coherent story of cause and effect that makes us an essential actor in the story.

A Blended Approach to Health

The Resilience Regiment speaks to Sierra Tucson

Do Low Cost Drugs Really Work in Treating Cancer?

By Lucy O'Donnell on March 17, 2017 in Cancer Is a Teacher
Why do we not know about the use of everyday low-cost drugs for the treatment of cancer? And what are these drugs? And how do you get them?

Hypochondria

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on March 17, 2017 in Life After 50
Are hypochondriacs faking? Many doctors get angry at patients with imaginary symptoms because they can be insistent and stubborn in their demand for a cure to their ailment.
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Why Brain Injury Is Misunderstood: "But, You Look So Good!"

If you saw a person with a broken arm, would you hold the door? How about a person with a brain injury?

Patient in Chief

By Craig Malkin Ph.D. on March 16, 2017 in Romance Redux
Diagnosing Donald Trump from afar comes with a cost—including further dividing the country. Understand the debate and the one way we might heal as a nation.

Dog Owners Are Wrong About the Health Benefits of Raw Diets

Despite dog owners' beliefs that raw animal product dog foods are healthier data suggests that they are unsafe.

A Lost Opportunity for Mental Health Reform?

We don't let persons with Alzheimer’s leave the nursing home and wander the streets. Then, why do we allow persons with mental illness to refuse treatment and live under a bridge?

Does it Pay to Incentivize Cancer Prevention?

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in Beyond Treatment
Financial incentives for health behavior change capitalize on the insight that human behavior is influenced by its consequences.

Do You Need a Digital Detox?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in Media Spotlight
A new survey conducted by the American Psychological Association suggests that our relationship with technology and social media can have a major impact on stress and health.

When It Comes to Health Care Reform

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in Innovation You
Innovation will matter more than politics.

The Control Freak

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in A Sideways View
Why do some people need to exercise constant and control of their own lives and others around them? Are they really freaks or is this need both relatively common and even adaptive?
Health Affairs

The Downside of Financial Nudges

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on March 15, 2017 in Scientocracy
We should tax people for smoking, not for receiving health insurance.