As Little as 10 Minutes in Nature Could Reduce Stress

Whenever my mother was really frustrated or stressed, she’d put on her duck boots and go for a walk in the woods behind our house. She would come back feeling calmer and ready to work through whatever issue was bothering her. Since then, I’ve associated nature with de-stressing. While there is no shortage of research backing this idea, a new …

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 …

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 …

Bebe Rexha Shares Her Personal Struggle With Bipolar Disorder, Offering Hope to Millions

Bebe Rexha, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter who’s worked with Selena Gomez, Florida Georgia Line and Eminem, is the latest pop star to shine a light on bipolar disorder by sharing her struggles with it. Also known as manic depression, the mental illness is characterized by mood swings of varying degrees and can include symptoms like lethargy, sadness, euphoria or mania. In …

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 …