Mental Health

Fighting memory loss with virtual reality

Fighting memory loss with virtual reality

We’re all familiar with the image of someone donning virtual reality goggles to enter a new environment while seated at their computer. At UCLA, Nanthia...
Depression and heart disease can feed each other

Depression and heart disease can feed each other

Depression and heart disease are among the strongest predictors of death in the first decade, according to a recent study. Researchers have long understood heart...
Can anxiety increase high blood pressure risk?

Can anxiety increase high blood pressure risk?

In a recent study, researchers find that sympathetic nerve activity in skeletal muscle blood vessels increases during body and mental stress in people with...
Antidepressants may not help treat insomnia

Antidepressants may not help treat insomnia

A rigorous review of research, led by the University of Southampton, has found there is not enough evidence to support the current clinical practice...
How compassion can triumph over toxic childhood trauma

How compassion can triumph over toxic childhood trauma

In a recent piece on the television show 60 Minutes, Oprah Winfrey discussed childhood trauma —shining a public spotlight on the lasting effects of...
Loneliness is contagious – and here’s how to beat it

Loneliness is contagious – and here’s how to beat it

Loneliness is a common condition affecting around one in three adults. It damages your brain, immune system, and can lead to depression and suicide. Loneliness...
The women who don’t know they’re autistic

The women who don’t know they’re autistic

Let’s call her Sophie. The description we’ll give could be that of any woman who is on the autistic spectrum without knowing it. Because such...
Early life exposure to famine can lead to depression

Early life exposure to famine can lead to depression

New research from the University of Georgia reveals that exposure to famine during specific moments in early life is associated with depression later in...
Nature is awesome medicine for PTSD

Nature is awesome medicine for PTSD

The awe we feel in nature can dramatically reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to UC Berkeley research. The study tracked psychological and...
Watching birds near your home is good for your mental health

Watching birds near your home is good for your mental health

People living in neighborhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress, according to new research. The...