Scientific pursuits need to be coupled with a humanist tradition — to highlight not just how psychedelics work, but why that matters.
Once associated with mind-control experiments and counter-cultural defiance, psychedelics now show great promise for mental health treatments and may prompt a re-evaluation of the scientific method.
Bullying isn't just linked to depression and anxiety, it can also lead to more subtle effects such as problems with trust and self-esteem.
Chronic conditions are more common among those who suffer from depression and anxiety.
The four million Australians who suffer from mental illness have a shorter life expectancy.
The precarious nature of housing and work for millennials is making motherhood more challenging.
Many graduate students report psychological distress, but the fear of stigma and other factors often dissuade them from seeking help.
Colleges and universities must do more to combat a "culture of silence" that dissuades many graduate students from seeking help with mental health issues, researchers argue.
Be still my beating heart…
Research offers some scientific ways to overcome anxiety.
Bach’s remedies come from his personal connection to flowers.
Bach's rescue remedies are tiny amounts of boiled flowers mixed with brandy. There's little surprise there's no evidence of their effectiveness.
Is the scale telling the truth?
A new study explores whether how we perceive our body weight affects our prospects in the job market and at work.
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A new study shows that writing about positive experiences for 20 minutes a day can reduce stress and anxiety.
In the medical culture of the Bugis and Makassar peoples in Indonesia the word
means that the penis is actually shrinking, or retracting, but the Dutch in the 19th-century East Indies did not believe it was real.
Koro is widely believed to be a culturally localised delusion. But a theory that it's a fight-or-flight reflex might be corroborated by studying traditional healing treatments in Indonesia.
Improving mental health depends on distributing money more fairly.
An unfairness in how Australia’s mental health care is delivered can be seen in our data. The areas with the most need aren't getting the right amount of funding, or services.
Anxiety can drive obsessions and resistance to change.
Even though people with autism are more likely to think about concrete stuff rather than abstract feelings, anxiety still exists and, if not recognised, can cause significant problems.
Stress can make us superhuman but it’s also our kryptonite.
Deep breathing is one of the simplest ways to deal with stress.
What are your in-groups and out-groups?
Our neural circuits lead us to find comfort in those like us and unease with those who differ, resulting in a battle between reward and distrust. But these brain connections aren't the end of the story.
Psychedelic drugs have inspired great songs and works of art. But they may also have potential for treating disease like depression and PTSD by helping to regrow damaged regions of the brain.
Being emotionally attached to an object can be a way to cope with loneliness.
To compensate for unmet social needs, people project lifelike qualities onto objects to feel connected. But this doesn’t fully meet people’s needs, so they collect more and more objects.
People with congenital heart disease are at greater risk of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Scientists are beginning to discover why.
An expert gives her top tips for coping with exam stress and nerves.
Modern life seems to encourage acceleration for the sake of acceleration – to what end?
Technology has made many aspects of daily life much easier. So why do we still feel so overwhelmed?
Some women are very sensitive to small shifts in oestrogen and progesterone; others aren’t.
We usually focus on the physical health effects of the pill, yet the most common reason women stop or change the pill is mental health side effects.