Heatwaves Don’t Just Give You Sunburn – They Can Harm Your Mental Health Too

Heatwaves undoubtedly bring a certain joy at the opportunity to be out in the sunshine. But as the planet heats and weather records tumble, increasingly normal bouts of baking heat aren’t all sun and games. Aside from the grief and guilt we may feel about the human causes behind increasingly…Continue readingHeatwaves Don’t Just Give You Sunburn – They Can Harm Your Mental Health Too

Is Psychiatry Shrinking What Is Considered Normal?

Psychiatric classifications catalogue the many forms of mental ill-health. They define what counts as a disorder and who counts as disordered, drawing the boundary between psychological normality and abnormality. In the past century that boundary has shifted radically. Successive classifications have added new disorders and revised old ones. Diagnoses have…Continue readingIs Psychiatry Shrinking What Is Considered Normal?

Paranoia Hinders Learning And Problem Solving

Everyone has had fleeting concerns that others might be against them at some point in their lives. Sometimes these concerns can escalate into paranoia and become debilitating. Paranoia is a common symptom in serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia. It can cause extreme distress and is linked with an increased risk…Continue readingParanoia Hinders Learning And Problem Solving

Are We All OCD Now, With Obsessive Hand-Washing And Technology Addiction?

One of the hallmarks of obsessive-compulsive disorder is contamination fears and excessive hand-washing. Years ago, a patient with severe OCD came to my office wearing gloves and a mask and refused to sit on any of the “contaminated” chairs. Now, these same behaviors are accepted and even encouraged to keep…Continue readingAre We All OCD Now, With Obsessive Hand-Washing And Technology Addiction?

Replacing Time Spent Sitting With Sleep Or Light Activity May Improve Your Mood

Substituting prolonged sedentary time with sleep is associated with lower stress, better mood and lower body mass index (BMI), according to new research[1]. In addition, substituting light physical activity is associated with improved mood and lower BMI across the next year. Jacob Meyer, lead author and assistant professor of kinesiology…Continue readingReplacing Time Spent Sitting With Sleep Or Light Activity May Improve Your Mood

Think Of Mental Disorders As The Mind’s ‘Sticky Tendencies’

What exactly are mental disorders? The answer to this question is important because it informs how researchers should go about trying to explain mental disorders, how the public responds to people who experience them, and how we should go about developing treatments for them. Despite the importance of this question,…Continue readingThink Of Mental Disorders As The Mind’s ‘Sticky Tendencies’

Men View Traditional Depression As More Severe

Males view “traditional” symptoms of depression as more severe than other types and they perceive men with those same traditional symptoms as less masculine, a University of Kansas professor reports in a series of studies. The findings help increase understanding of why men do or don’t seek treatment and the…Continue readingMen View Traditional Depression As More Severe