Psych

Psych

Cutting-edge stories and information about the mind. Psych editor, Dov Michaeli, can be contacted at info@thedoctorweighsin.com.

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A 13-Year-Old’s Perspective on How to Stem Violence in the World

Our thoughts have the ability to make us well or make us unwell. Science has shown that yoga, meditation, and mindfulness can assist in the healing process and that our minds can control our bodies. It is more important than ever to teach kids the skills they need to cope with emotions in a better way.
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Is Technology Good or Bad for Mental Health?

Some people suggest that the web’s most popular tools may be causing us more harm than good and that those technologies are taking a toll on the mental and physical well-being of millions of Americans. But what about the demonstrable good that comes from the use of digital mental health and other technologies?
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Why Some People Struggle with Addiction and Some Do Not

No one factor is the 'cause' of addiction. There are multiple culprits, all complex and complicated. They are biological, psychological, & social in nature. The 'cure' for addiction must be equivalent in complexity & holistic to tackle all three dimensions. Anything less will result in poor outcomes & more suffering.

Random Thoughts on ‘The Theory of Everything’

Stephen Hawking overcame the physical affliction of his degenerative neurologic disease (ALS) with his soaring optimism going on to become one of the world's most famous theoretical physicists. Unique aspects of the human brain help explain why.
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5 Ways Drugs and Alcohol Affect Your Mental Health

People with anxiety and depression may self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to reduce their symptoms, but this can lead to addiction and can cause alterations in the brain that lead to cognitive impairment, memory loss, anxiety, depression and a whole host of other mental health issues.
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Why Dogs Aren’t Schizophrenic

Dogs suffer from almost every psychiatric disorder that afflicts humans—all except one: schizophrenia. Why is that?
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Smartphone Syndrome: A Millennial Mental Health Crisis

Millennials were born during a period of rapid technological transformation. Most millennials have never known life without a cellular telephone or without having access to the internet. The mental health effects of being "always connected" have only recently started to be considered.
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The High Price of Being Constantly Plugged In

How constant connectivity negatively impacts teens' mental health and what you can do about it.
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The Roots of Inequality and What We Can Do About It

Our genes, brain, and psychology all conspire to generate inequality in our highly developed societies. But it wasn't always so. When and why has inequality become so entrenched?
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Cooperation in the Age of the Gerrymander

In the past, cooperation for mutual benefit was so biologically advantageous that it was hard-wired in the brain, but politics may have changed the rules of the game.
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The Real Benefits of Women’s Resistance in an Uncertain Time

Karen McCann's book 'Women of the American Resistance: You Are the One We Have Been Waiting For,' shines a light on the variety and creativity of activism.
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What Makes Humans Exceptional? Our Neurobiology

What makes humans exceptional animals? Turns out we have an area of the brain that is not found in other animals and may be the basis for our ability to plan.

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