Former Details Magazine Editor Unmasks Himself as Another Face of Opiate Addiction

The face of drug addiction continues to evolve in public consciousness as more people, from all walks of life, step forward to share their struggle. Last week, celebrity psychologist and self-help book author Dr. Jordan B. Peterson revealed a life-threatening addiction to anxiety medication benzodiazepine, and today, a major men’s magazine editor has taken his professional mask off to expose …

6 Takeaways From Yale’s Most Popular Class: The Science of Well-Being

The most popular class in Yale University’s 318-year history is about how to be happier. Professor Laurie Santos created Psychology and the Good Life in response to what she characterized as a “mental health crisis” among college students. One study found that more than half of all Yale undergrads sought mental-health services during their years on campus. Other research shows that depression is on …

Healing the Trauma That’s Trapped in Our Cells

“The body keeps the score: If the memory of trauma is encoded in the viscera, in heartbreaking and gut-wrenching emotions, in autoimmune disorders and skeletal/muscular problems, and if mind/brain/visceral communication is the royal road to emotion regulation, this demands a radical shift in our therapeutic assumptions.” — Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, psychiatrist & trauma researcher  For decades, scientists and …

Why Is the ‘God Thing’ In Alcoholics Anonymous A Hot Button Issue?

In Alcoholics Anonymous 12-Step Meetings around the world there is no subject that stirs more debate or antipathy amongst members than mentioning the word God.  This is ironic since God or a higher power is referenced more than 400 times in the Alcoholics Anonymous book, alluded to (directly and indirectly) in 7 of the 12 steps, and belief in a …

5 Simple Self-Care Tips Men Are Bonding Over on Reddit

We often turn to medical experts for advice on how to better care for ourselves as we age, but there is another valuable resource readily available: Each other. Reddit is a massively popular online platform where people are connecting over all sorts of topics, and men, in particular, are flocking to an enlightening thread asking, “Men 50+, what are some …

‘Stumptown’ Actress On Learning to Cope With PTSD From Sexual Assault

I am a woman and actress who is and might always be recovering from PTSD. I grew up with two agoraphobic drug-addicted parents. Needless to say, there was plenty of trauma to overcome.  Coming from parents who suffer from mental illness, it’s not only the mental illness that must be overcome, it’s also their learned coping skills.  I also grew up …

This Postpartum Depression Ad Was ‘Too Graphic’ to Air During Oscars — But Moms Love It (Video)

A commercial for postpartum depression products was deemed “too graphic” to air on ABC during the Oscars Sunday night, but moms are flocking to the ad online, praising it as a realistic representation of their own struggle after giving birth. “The ad you’re about to watch was rejected by ABC & the Oscars from airing during this year’s award show,” …

‘Worry Monster’ Toys Are Relieving Kids’ Anxiety, Parents Say

Anxiety can be a crippling mental monster, and parents of children affected by the mental health disorder have been turning to an actual monster to treat it. Well, a toy monster, at least. A mother in the UK went viral this week for recommending a plush toy called the “Worry Monster,” which she said did wonders to ease her 5-year-old …

Justin Bieber Docuseries Explores His Depression, Anxiety and ‘Crazy Scary’ Pill Addiction (Video)

Justin Bieber gets candid about his mental health struggles and treatment in YouTube docuseries Justin Bieber: Seasons, which showcases a new angle of the pop star as he reflects on navigating his tumultuous teenage years as, quite possibly, the most famous human on the planet. “I started valuing the wrong things in this business because there were things dangling in …

9 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress and Boost Mood

Stress is not only damaging to your mental well being, but also adversely affects your physical health. Stress causes inflammation in the body, which is implicated in a whole host of medical conditions no one wants, from heart disease and stroke to cancer and Alzheimer’s. Sometimes the things that feel like they ease stress — booze, Netflix binges, online shopping …