Thinking of Sadness As a Person May Help You Cope With Sorrow

People have a lot of different strategies for dealing with sadness, including confiding in a friend, eating comfort foods, or looking at pictures that remind them of better times. But, recently, the Journal of Consumer Psychology published a study demonstrating the effectiveness of a new technique to help people suffering from sadness: anthropomorphizing the emotion. Inspired by the Pixar movie …

This Facebook Feature May Be Helpful for Your Post-Breakup Mental Health

Social media gets a pretty bad rap when it comes to its impact on our mental health. And while there are definitely advantages to connecting with other people via online platforms, digital connectivity can also be a major source of stress and anxiety. If you’re already having a rough day and then open Instagram and see all your friends and …

How to Tell the Difference Between Stress and Anxiety

The alarm goes off in the morning and, eyes barely open, your mind fills with the demands of the day: work deadlines, meetings, family obligations, errands — and weren’t you trying to squeeze in a workout at some point? As you pick up the phone to kill the alarm, your peace of mind continues to be assailed by stress-inducing notifications …

Psychotherapy Combined With Psychedelic Drug Psilocybin Significantly Improved Cancer Patients’ Mental Well-Being

If you’ve ever had cancer — or cared for someone with the diagnosis — you know the major toll it can take on your mental health. Between the constant uncertainty about your health and the emotional suffering the disease causes, the existential distress can make an already difficult situation worse. And while most research rightfully focuses on treating the physical …

Having a Confidant Can Help Treat Anxiety

If we’ve learned one thing from the Golden Girls theme song, it’s that friendship — and more specifically, having “a pal and a confidant” — is invaluable. And now, new research out of the University of Toronto has found that social support can indeed help treat anxiety. Published in early 2020 in the Journal of Affective Disorders, the study looked …

Snapchat Launches Mental Health Feature

Despite its connective capacities and abundance of adorable cat videos, social media can be a troubling place. It’s rife with cyberbullying, triggers FOMO and may increase social isolation, depression and anxiety. Snapchat — which reaches 90 percent of 13- to 24-year-olds in the US — wants to help. The photo- and video-sharing site is introducing a new feature called “Here …

Here Is the Scientific Reason Yoga Is Good for Your Mental Health

Yoga has long been considered a beneficial activity for improving mental health, and a recent study may have found the scientific reason why. The exercise, which has exploded in popularity in the United States since researchers first began studying the benefits in the 1970s, was associated with improved mood and increased levels of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in patients with …

Suicide Crisis Counselors Received the Most Texts in THESE 3 States

Data collected from 129 million messages sent to Crisis Text Line over a six-year period shows counselors received more texts than average about suicide from people in Montana, Wyoming, and Utah. The broad analysis, which the organization titled Everybody Hurts: The State of Mental Health In America, was published earlier this week, and was released to compliment the latest mortality …

Justin Bieber Surprises Mental Health Advocate With $100,000

Justin Bieber isn’t just working on his own mental health issues, he’s handing over a portion of his fortune to honor a budding social worker’s commitment to changing lives. In wake of the pop star opening up about his depression, anxiety and addiction in intimate YouTube docuseries Justin Bieber: Seasons, he surprised a New Jersey college student with a $100,000 …

Former Club Drugs and Puppies: My Recipe for Treating Depression

I sit in the pleather chair, wearing a tie-dye sweatshirt and fuzzy socks. An IV tube is attached to my elbow and the machine beeps as it starts to pump. This is my first ketamine infusion, a regimen I’m trying for my treatment-resistant depression. It stands in a long line of ways I’ve attempted to address this chronic illness: traditional …