We all crave human interaction to varying degrees, and we do what we can to stave off those pangs of loneliness when they come. However, even with human interaction, it’s possible to feel lonely. Face-to-face communication, especially eye contact, engages all our senses to provide a meaningful, cathartic experience that fully satisfies our primal need for … Read More

It’s indisputable that cancer, especially when terminal, causes deep emotional pain. This pain is often hard to cope with and hard to treat. Recently, some scientists and doctors have been relying on the use of a familiar but unconventional drug to treat emotional pain: “magic mushrooms.” A new article published by Newsweek details a patient named Dinah Bazer, … Read More

In recent years, the fight for transgender gender recognition and equality has been a core issue of the LGBT civil rights movement. This national discussion is important for the recognition of trans individuals and, ultimately, the removal of civil inequalities. Recent studies suggest that the marginalization of trans individuals leads to disproportionately high rates of certain diseases among the approximately 25 … Read More

Throughout history, human beings have always held a certain fascination towards nature and her wonders. Now, scientists have linked this fascination to improved public health. A team of scientists from the University of Queensland (UQ) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) recently held an Australia-based study to prove that people, in general, … Read More

A concussion is the least serious, but most common, type of traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of brain concussions can include headaches, disturbed vision, memory loss, trouble with balance and coordination, problems with concentration, and even loss of consciousness. Although a concussion is usually temporary and a full recovery is more than possible, the Canadian Medical Association … Read More

The use of lavender as a remedy dates back nearly 2,500 years. The ancient Greeks used it as a cure for nearly everything from insomnia to insanity. Today, lavender is popularly used in the aromatherapy industry. Best known as a natural sedative, lavender’s most prominent strength is its ability to calm the nervous system. These calming … Read More

Have you ever found yourself daydreaming about booking a flight to anywhere, almost drowning in the desire to explore the world and have an adventure? If so, you’ve experienced the phenomenon increasingly referred to as wanderlust, and don’t worry—you’re not alone. Wanderlust, originally a German word, is typically defined as “a strong desire or impulse … Read More

Not much is understood about suicide. Why some people are more inclined than others to attempt suicide, how suicidal thoughts begin to develop in the mind, and what can be done to prevent suicide are all questions we still do not know the answers to. It is a common belief that depression leads to suicide. But, while this … Read More

Do you constantly replay or obsess over negative situations? This disposition, known to the world of psychology as rumination, can feel like a broken record. Even in a day that is filled with accomplishments and positive events, people with this disposition will hyperfocus on one negative event of the day, such as getting yelled at … Read More

You might have heard the phrase, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but how about “A smile a day keeps depression away?” Smiling not only shows others that you’re happy, but it also reduces your stress and anxiety. When you smile or laugh, your body releases a chemical called endorphin, which reduces negative emotions, stress, and pain. Endorphins transmit electrical … Read More

Patients die. There is no hiding from this. By choosing to become a physician, a person chooses not only to save lives, but also to live amongst the dying every day. Physicians will always have patients who they will never be able to cure no matter how hard they try. Considering this, we can only … Read More

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression caused by seasonal change that affects about 10% to 20% of the United States population. It begins in the fall and continues for most of winter, but SAD can occasionally occur during spring or summer. The symptoms of the disorder include irritability, tiredness, hypersensitivity to rejection, oversleeping, … Read More

Is there risk of cognitive decline for those who suffer from both depression and diabetes? The stress of managing diabetes every day and the effects of diabetes on the brain may contribute to depression. In the US, according to the NIMH, people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop depression. Conversely, depression may affect physical … Read More

A lone wolf may be able to thrive in solitude, but humans are not wolves. Loneliness hurts, and it affects the strongest of people. Recent studies have shed light on the severity of loneliness, and its toll on human health, even for individuals who prefer to be alone. If left alone, this silent sickness can fester into … Read More

A wave of new research suggests that depression and stress play a significant role in the development of cardiovascular diseases and that both factors should be considered when diagnosing and treating cardiovascular diseases. Research from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute tracked over five thousand patients with moderate to severe depression over the course of three years. These patients did … Read More

Although the holiday season is seen as a time of cheer, family, and delicious food, winter time, for some, also marks the beginning of an internal battle against seasonal depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal Affective Disorder is more than just winter blues. It’s a form of clinical depression that occurs during all … Read More

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