For years, we’ve known that brain activity can affect our gut.
Could it be that in some cases, changes in the gut are actually driving mood disorders rather than the other way around? Mounting evidence suggests this is likely to be the case.
How do you cope with thinking about death?
Why thinking about death makes us more religious, conservative and prejudiced.
We’re all watching each other on Facebook.
Studies show that Facebook addiction and Facebook stalking are very real, and do us no good.
The treacherous toilet.
Public 'restroom' is a euphemism of the highest order. We don't find it restful.
Adolescence has always been hard, but there’s not much evidence to suggest it’s worse for kids these days.
Many adolescent pressures are age old, others newer, such as having followers on social media.
Australians are less likely to see a person with an anxiety disorder as warranting professional help.
Australians have come a long way in understanding depression. Most recognise the symptoms and believe in the value of professional help. But anxiety disorders have been left behind.
People who believe their problems have biogenetic causes tend to opt for biomedical treatments.
Biological and genetic explanations of mental illness can weaken people’s sense of control and optimism, and create a bias against effective psychological interventions.
Some women are very sensitive to small shifts in hormones, others aren’t.
In recent times, we have learnt more about the connections between the “reproductive” or gonadal hormones and the brain, and how they affect not only women but men as well.
A new study has produced puzzling results about how the environment affects men's and women's mental health.
Constantly lost in thought? You may want to make the most of it.
Are you a neurotic who overthinks just about everything? Congratulations, it may mean that you could become hugely successful in a creative job.
Women are increasingly feeling embarrassed about their genital appearance.
New guidelines launched by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners aim to help doctors educate women about the variety of genital appearance and stop them having unnecessary surgery.
Awareness campaigns encourage perfectionism and unwarranted personal responsibility for events over which new mums may have little control.
Fear-based messages from practitioners and awareness campaigns encourage perfectionism and unwarranted personal responsibility for events over which new mums may have little control.
A diagnostic label such as borderline personality disorder, with its stigma and propensity to invalidate the person’s suffering, clearly has many negative impacts.
Diagnostic labels usually describe symptoms, attempt to answer the question of what is wrong, and lead to a treatment plan. But "borderline personality disorder" fails on all three counts.
Combination drugs are considered an innovation of India's medicines industry but they are not as safe as they should be.
Usually I feel on edge during flight turbulence but recently I employed several techniques that helped to calm me down.
Many who suffer from anxiety tend to blame themselves for their "tricky" brains. Compassion-focused exercises can soothe horrible bouts of anxiety, as they did for me on a recent trip home from Bali.
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The mindfulness technique is being blindly sold and we are buying it hook line and sinker.
Suicides are the second leading cause of death on college campuses.
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Suicidal thoughts among college students are more common than we think. Graduate students, especially those in the humanities, are at a greater risk.
The process of therapy is challenging and takes courage.
If you or someone you care about experience an emotional problem it won't be long before you hear that cognitive behaviour therapy, or CBT, is probably the treatment of choice.
A newborn baby undergoes music therapy at a hospital in Slovakia. The hospital uses music therapy to treat infants who have been separated from their mothers.
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From serving newborns to treating hospice patients, music can be used in medical and psychological treatment with surprising – and real – results.
People with social anxiety disorder believe they will be rejected when others see how anxious and awkward they are.
Most of us would admit to feeling shy from time to time, or anxious about public speaking: the larger the crowd the greater the terror. It’s also not unusual to feel awkward while making small talk with…