“And how does that make you feel?” More
Technology has become increasingly desirable to people seeking help with — well, anything. It’s easy, convenient and you don’t have to deal with those pesky fellow human beings we all can’t stand. Now, there’s a virtual therapist who can theoretically … More
The National Institute of Mental Health is re-orienting its research away from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Is this good news or bad news for the field in general? More
Destigmatizing therapy and mental health issues must be possible, because in Argentina, they’ve pretty much done it. More
We already knew that roommates can be messy, loud, meddlesome, and generally obnoxious. But did you realize that you can actually “catch” depression from the Debbie Downer in the next room?
People who remember their last meal as being pleasurable and fulfilling are likely to eat less at their next meal, according to new research.
Well, this is certainly an interesting spin on music therapy: Digipill offers downloadable audio “drugs” that rely on “psychoacoustics”Â to “change your mind.” Each Digipill audio file contains around half and hour of hypnosis-inducingÂ soundsÂ which the company says can promote relaxation, creative ambition, weight loss and more. More
I recently moved back to New York City, and as I was walking around waiting to meet some friends I came acrossÂ Rice to Riches, where I’d been once a while back and remembered liking. The place is like an ice cream parlor for rice pudding: Rum raisin, cheesecake, butter pecan, pumpkin — a couple dozen flavors of rice pudding, but that’s all it sells. And what somehow escaped my attention last time was that the places is covered in signs about how fattening rice pudding is. More
For some reason, this summer’s Olympic games have attracted a fair amount of prurient attention, beginning with an ESPN Magazine article on debaucherous Olympic Village sexcapades and followed-up by a bevy of breathless blog coverage. Many cited the centuries-old myth that abstinent athletes perform better, and wondered whether all the free love in London was bad for the games. Well good news, sports fans: It’s not. Studies show having sex has no effect on physical strength, power or endurance. More
Therapist, author and eating disorders expert, Dr. Judi Hollis makes an attention-getting argument in her new book, From Bagels to Buddha, How I Found My Soul and Lost My Fat. She says permanent weight loss has very little to do with what you eat. Instead, as she discovered personally on her journey to losing 70 pounds and keeping them off, it’s not about changing your diet at all. Go inward, clean up your act, and that will clean up your eating, she says. More
Yet another modern-day syndrome is plaguing Americans, say researchers: excessive daytime sleepiness. (Must be why those 24-hour energy drinks won’t go away.) And they say the two main causes are a) being fat, and b) being sad. Which means…you can’t solve this problem with sleep! Because you’re fat! Other studies have linked obesity to sleep apnea (a sleep disorder that causes disturbed sleep and, likely, a resulting drowsiness), but this one doesn’t actually prove how depression or obesity actually cause a midday dip in wakefulness; it just leaps to yet another conclusion that being fat and sad are probably the reason that the rest of your life sucks. More
Some guys are narcissists, some are self-centered, and some are controllingâ€”even to the point of wanting authority over where you live, eat, and who you socialize with. Some don’t know how to express their feelings or be there for you emotionally. What do they all have in common? They are potentially toxic men, according to Dr. Lillian Glass, psychologist and author of Toxic Men: 10 Ways to Identify, Deal with, and Heal from the Men Who Make Your Life Miserable. More
What’s up with Samantha Brick? Is she a savvy writer who wanted the attention she knew her recent Daily Mail articleÂ would spark? Or a raging narcissist who wanted the attention she knew it would spark? The 41-year-old British womanâ€”who lamented the burdens of being too beautiful, getting too much attention from men and having women hate her out of jealousyâ€”has become a top keyword searchÂ and a topic of discussion on “The View.” But on TV and online, much of the sometimes-vicious criticism is aimed not at Brick’s obnoxious attitude but at her looks. More
While there certainly are examples of mothers and daughters who both struggle from an eating disorder, it’s debatable whether diseases like anorexia and bulimia are truly hereditary or not. According to some, there may be a genetic component. But according to others, family behavioral components are more to blame. So which is it?