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Why Existential Coaching Could Help People at the End-of-Life

Existential coaching in end-of-life conversations may allow people to die with dignity with some relief from existential angst in their final moments
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What is the Science Behind the Spread of Fake News?

We can learn a lot from science about the spread of fake news but what can we do to stop its dissemination and repair the damage?
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What Can We Learn About Fatherhood From Science?

What does biological science tell us about fatherhood? A scientist explores some scientific studies on brain and hormonal changes that have evolved to be sure we nurture our young.
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Double-Trouble: Why Dual-Diagnosis Matters in Addiction Treatment

Research clearly shows that the most effective treatment for dual-diagnosis is psychotherapy combined with medication-assisted therapy for addiction. In some cases, mental & addiction symptoms may respond to the same medications (eg, bupropion shows promise in treating depression & reducing methamphetamine cravings).
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What Helps to Ensure Cooperation in Diverse Societies?

A study of post-war Bosnia provides insights into what helps (and what doesn't) when it comes to ensuring cooperation in diverse societies. The findings are highly relevant to the divisiveness in U.S. society today.
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How Memories Can Be Modified and Manipulated

Our memories may not be truly our own. They're subject to social influences, some positive (they correct factual errors and omissions) and some negative (they manipulate the memory of facts to conform to the "accepted" version regardless of veracity). This is not just an exercise in theoretical psychology, it has important social implications.
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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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