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 …

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. …

Barry’s Bootcamp Instructor Finds Surprising Remedy to Depression With Energy Work

Gabriela Short has been physically healthy all her life: She was a gymnast for ten years and is currently a Barry’s Bootcamp fitness instructor and influencer. But when Short learned about seasonal depression in psychology class, she kidded to her friends that she should buy a seasonal affective disorder lamp —“joking,” she told Outlier, “because I didn’t really think that was a …

Music Artist Experiments With Sananga Drops To Cure Anxiety (Video)

Shay Bella, a music artist who resides in Los Angeles, is one of more than 40 million Americans adults who suffer from anxiety disorder and it interferes with her work as a live performer. “My heart would start racing and I’m just trying to learn how to relax,” and “just  breathe,” she told Outlier. She’s even begun putting herself in …

Why This Doctor Is Taking Prescription Drugs to Task (Video)

Are too many patients overdiagnosed and overmedicated? David Cohen, Ph.D., a professor in the Luskin School of Public Health at UCLA, thinks so and he blames the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 3rd Edition (DSM-III), the massive tome used by healthcare professionals to diagnose mental disorders. In an interview with Outlier, Cohen said “you have psychiatry before the …

A Guy With Suicidal Depression Turns To Ancient Plant Medicine for Relief

When you’ve been on the brink of ending your life, you’re likely to consider alternative treatments to reach and heal the root of your issues. For writer and life coach Myles Scott, that treatment is an ancient plant medicine from Brazil called rapé (pronounced ha-peh). Growing up, Scott always felt like an outsider and endured cruel bullying for being short, Jewish and …

How 90’s Club Drug ‘Special K’ Ended Years of Suffering for One Woman (Video)

Chloe Evans visited her first psychiatrist’s office when she was only six years old. At age 15, she was diagnosed with clinical depression and over several years of trial and error took a dizzying series of antidepressants (Zoloft, Exfexor, Lamictal, Lexapro), but none provided enduring relief. Some, in fact, resulted in fits of rage and suicidal ideations. “Depression can feel …

This Is Your Brain On Transcendental Meditation

Entrepreneur Henry Valdez is so sure that meditation can change your life, he wants to prove it. Valdez discovered meditation after years of struggling with his mental and emotional health. He traces his issues back to the difficult relationship he had with his father, which later led to anger issues and a pattern of self-medicating with alcohol and drugs. “Doing meditation was …