Psychiatry: Therapist-free therapy
Cognitive-bias modification may put the psychiatrist’s couch out of business
More and more evidence is showing up that your microbiota can affect your mental health. In other words, eat you probiotic yogurt.
Turns out “gut feeling” is more than just a fancy name for intuition. Our small and large intestine, and the trillions of bacteria that call it home, are more important than ever imagined for influencing our mood, our anxiety, our choices, and even our personalities. This week Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen goes straight for the gut with three surprising mind-gut connections.
Ellen Hendriksen, PhD | December 23, 2016 | Quickanddirtytips.com
Study finds that walking in nature yields measurable mental benefits and may reduce risk of depression.
Rob Jordan | June 30, 2015 | Stanford News
An interesting perspective on addiction. Has a very good section on explaining the science of habit-formation. A long read, but if you ever struggled with addiction, depression, anxiety or just a bad habit, it’s worth reading it just to see it from a different point of view.
Addiction changes the brain but it’s not a disease that can be cured with medicine. In fact, it’s learned – like a habit
Marc Lewis | 14 December, 2016 | aeon
If you won’t take the trouble to learn how to handle stress for yourself, at least do so for your loved ones:
…“People may think they can hide their stress from loved ones or co-workers, but in many cases, they do not, and so others around them may be affected without knowing.”…
By Simone M. Scully | May 27, 2014 | Nautilus
Evidence is starting to come in that our gut bacteria not only affect our health, but also our behaviour.
The rich array of microbiota in our intestines can tell us more than you might think.
By PETER ANDREY SMITH | JUNE 23, 2015 | New York Times Magazine
There is a fine line between anxiety (or stress) being good or bad for you. What is noteworthy is how bad bad is. From the Dec. 05, 2011 Time magazine:
By Alice Park
Urban brains are more anxiety ridden than rural ones. And your brain reacts differently whether you were brought up in an urban or in a rural setting. From The Economist, June 25th, 2011:
If this works (and it looks like it should), it will provide a a quick fix for anxiety for a lot of people. From the March 3rd 2011 print edition of The Economist:
You make better decisions when you are not anxious. Good to know. From Smartplanet:
Religion can be very useful: reduced stress, lower anxiety, improved cognitive abilities. But nothing comes without a price: religion hinders the ability to fix your mistakes.
From The Globe and Mail, March 5, 2009: