Can ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Ease Your Anxiety? (Video)

Logan Stone, a 29-year-old videographer based in Los Angeles, was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in his early youth and put on medications to manage what teachers described as his excess energy and inability to focus. The meds altered his affect so much so that his friends could tell when he did and do not take his pills …

Light Therapy May Reduce Depression in Concussion Victims

Before my mother had a severe concussion several years ago, I never really considered the impact of brain injuries on your mental well-being. Right after her accident, things were pretty normal; she was hopeful that she’d recover. But when months, then years passed and she still had a hard time remembering things or recalling words, her chronic depression worsened. In …

How I’m Managing My Anxiety During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Though there has been a lot of focus on the spread of this novel strain of the coronavirus (and rightfully so), all of this talk of pandemics, quarantines, and shortages has had a different effect on public health: making a lot of people really anxious. As someone with generalized anxiety disorder, this whole COVID-19 situation is exacerbating my struggle. And …

Watch Two Women Undergo Hypnotherapy To Help Ease Depression and Suicidal Ideation (Video)

There was a time hypnosis was seen as little more than a theatrical side show with participants waddling around a stage squawking like chickens. But now, hypnotherapy—using the tool of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes—is being embraced by those who are ready to take their mental health treatment to the next level. Now two such women are giving hypnotherapy a shot. …

Synthetic Oxytocin May Help People With Social Problems

Oxytocin — also known as the “love hormone” — plays a significant role in childbirth and breastfeeding, but is probably better known for the it’s feel-good properties that are released when you snuggle or bond with a person or a pet. Now, new research from King’s College London suggests that synthetic oxytocin may — depending on how it is administered …

Eating Dark Chocolate May Improve Mood — And Reduce Symptoms of Depression

At the risk of sounding too much like a Cathy cartoon, I’m a big fan of chocolate — the darker the better. And while the confection has gained a reputation as both a comfort food for sad women and an aphrodisiac, new research out of University College London (UCL) shows it could serve another function: boosting our mood and reducing …

Pets Can Help People Cope With Depression After the Death of a Spouse

The month leading up to my mother’s death was the most difficult period of my life. Between making end-of-life decisions and trying to navigate the complicated finances of dying (it’s more expensive than you think), it was a time of high stress, on top of my usual depression and anxiety. Looking back, there was one bright spot in this otherwise …

Playing Mahjong May Help Treat Depression

As grateful as I am for medication and therapy, sometimes it doesn’t always cut it when treating my depression. It’s during these periods that I’m on the lookout for other potential treatments — especially ones that don’t come with any side effects. That’s why I was so intrigued by new research from the University of Georgia (UGA), which found that …

Sleeping Pills May Reduce Suicidal Thoughts in People With Severe Insomnia

When you can’t sleep — especially over long periods of time — it affects other aspects of your life, including your mental health. For people with severe depression, developing insomnia can lead to suicidal thoughts. To better understand the link between these two disorders and come up with a solution to the problem of suicidal ideation, researchers at the Medical …