Mental Health

I tried a self-care app for the first time and here’s what I learned

When it comes to self-care activities — exercises to work out your mind and body and promote self-love — you wouldn’t automatically think to turn on your cellphone. In fact, you’d probably want to lock your phone away to escape the politically-charged Twitter rants and...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 4:08pm

IQ scores have been falling for decades, study shows

It's not your imagination: The world is getting dumber. Scientists have discovered that IQ scores have been dropping worldwide, reversing a century of gains. They say environmental factors — not stupid people reproducing like rabbits — are to blame. Norwegian scientists looked at...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 1:38pm

Yes, you can get seasonal affective disorder in the summer

Most people who have seasonal affective disorder (SAD) — a recurring pattern of low energy and mood — experience it in the winter. It makes sense: shorter days and less sunshine is already a recipe for blues in those who aren’t prone to depressive episodes. But, contrary to...

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 5:13pm

Suicide rates increased in nearly every state: CDC reports

Forty-five thousand. That’s how many Americans died by suicide in 2016 alone, according to a new CDC study released today, and that's twice the number of homicides committed that year. The U.S. suicide rate saw a 24 percent increase since 1999 — and, according to the study, it has...

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 5:41pm

How confetti-filled photos aim to de-stigmatize mental health

Since 1949, May has been Mental Health Awareness Month, but this very well could be the first time confetti has been used to not only raise awareness for the cause, but also to encourage people to be vulnerable and playful while doing so.  “All the Feels” is a photo series...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 10:05am

Trump mental health is proof US beef is safe for consumption: Wilbur Ross

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the U.S. beef supply is safe from mad cow disease, because President Trump eats it. The Chinese have been reluctant to accept imported American beef because they fear it's contaminated with the brain-destroying illness. Ross said there's nothing to be...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 4:29pm

Stupid simple ways to get healthy that you're still ignoring

When it comes to health, most of us claim we want the good guy who treats us well while running after the bad boy who brings nothing but trouble. You know you should eat greens. You know they’re good for you and they’ll help you slim down and maintain steady energy — and you claim...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 5:17pm

Viral tweets revealing worst things people have said about mental illness are eye opening

Every year in the U.S. one in five adults experiences mental illness. That equates to over 43 million people, according to Mental Health America. In a five-year period, rates of youth suffering from severe depression increased from 5.9 percent in 2012 to 8.2 percent in 2015, and over 1.7 million...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 11:15am

It’s okay to ask for help. And it’s available, free, friendly and professional

May is Mental Health Awareness month, and as New York can be one of the most emotionally challenging/stimulating/draining cities in the world, it’s especially important for us to take care of ourselves. And vital to remember that — just like on a rush hour train — you are never...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 9:51am

What is forest bathing, and how can city dwellers reap the health benefits too?

All too often, those handy solutions for stress doctors and therapists swear by only cause city dwellers more stress. I’m supposed to leave my miles-long to-do list and meditate at work, you wonder. Yeah right. That’s why you might have brushed off a new technique from Japan and South...

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 11:08am

Better Living Through Sci-Fi: 5 Movies With Useful Lessons

By day, Dan Abella coaches people from actors to athletes in developing a more successful mindset at Peak Performance Sciences. By night, he is New York City’s foremost science fiction enthusiast who organizes of the annual Philip K. Dick Sci-Fi Film Festival. Those two interests will...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 5:42pm

Report: Quitting Facebook can reduce stress, but there's a catch

A new study from The University of Queensland, published late last month in The Journal of Social Psychology, reported that quitting Facebook can reduce stress. And from the recent data breach scandal (which has Mark Zuckerbug booked for an April 11 testimony before the House Energy and Commerce...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 5:20pm

Could roommates help college students get the mental health services they need?

It’s no secret that college students are under a lot of stress, but getting those students to seek help still proves to be a challenge. Roommates may be the key to connecting students to the mental health support they need, according to a new study out of New York University. “This is...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 5:03am

Harlem HOPE Center breaks stigmas surrounding mental health in black community

Many people who battle mental health issues face stigmas that could prevent them from seeking the help they need, but one city organization is at the forefront of changing that for residents of Harlem — and, perhaps, beyond. The HOPE (Healing On Purpose and Evolving) Center, a mental health...

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 5:03am

Everything you need to know about the mental test used in Trump’s physical

So President Donald Trump aced the cognitive portion of the physical, but how was it measured anyway? Trump’s perfect score was from what’s called a MoCa test, but what is Montreal Cognitive Assessment and is it hard to pass? Many Americans had been holding their breath, waiting for...

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 2:48pm

Sanders: Americans who 'don't see Trump's positive impact' are 'mentally unstable'

Whether it's due to slurred speech, erratic tweets or quotes from inside sources, Trump’s mental state has been questioned by professionals left and right. Politico reported Wednesday that in December, over a dozen members of Congress summoned Yale University psychiatry professor Dr....

Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 6:40pm

Could this Type II diabetes drug help reverse Alzheimer's?

A drug developed to help diabetes shows that it can help reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s — at least in mice. The breakthrough, published this week in the journal Brain Research, shows a “clear promise of being developed into a new treatment for chronic neurodegenerative...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 12:41pm

Holiday music is bad for your mental health, says science

Good news: Science has reaffirmed that you're not a sociopath in December, just a sentient human being with the power of hearing. Psychologists have found that holiday music can negatively impact your mental health. It has to do with the "mere exposure effect," which is a term for...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 4:47pm

Girl asks Rick and Morty creator how to deal with depression. He replied

Twitter user @chojuroh tweeted at Rick and Morty co-author Dan Harmon how to cope with depression. She said she did not expect the showrunner to respond. But he did in a series of epic tweets. They read: For One: Admit and accept that it’s happening. Awareness is everything. We put...

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 9:45pm

Donald Trump suffers from psychosis and is a 'very sick man:' Psychiatrist

President Trump may be suffering from serious mental health issues and his current mental state poses an “enormous present danger,” according to at least one psychiatrist. Dr. Lance Dodes, a member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and former assistant professor of...

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 5:16pm