1. There is growing scientific evidence that mindfulness meditation has genuine health benefits — and can even alter the structure of the brain, so the technique is drawing some unlikely devotees

  2. When your vision of your life story is inadequate, depression can result. Psychotherapists actually help ‘rewrite’ that story and this process is as, if not more, effective than medication.

    According to the psychologist Michele Crossley, depression frequently stems from an ‘incoherent story,’ an ‘inadequate narrative account of oneself,’ or ‘a life story gone awry.’ Psychotherapy helps unhappy people set their life stories straight; it literally gives them a story they can live with. And it works.


  3. Adam Lanza, third from right: That the suspected Newton, Conn., shooter turned out to be male almost goes without saying. Of the 62 mass shootings since 1982, only one was perpetrated by a woman.

    Why are there so few female mass murderers?


  4. A new study by researchers at SUNY Albany claims to have identified an unexpected weapon against depression: Unprotected sex.

    Apparently, semen is rich in chemicals that help increase a partner’s happiness, mood, and even quality of sleep. But before you gloomily toss those problematic condoms in the trash, there are a few things you should know.

    (Source: theweek.com)


  5. The Army has a huge suicide problem. In July, the number of soldiers who killed themselves (38) amounted to more than double the number from the previous month; that was also the highest one-month tally since the military began keeping suicide records. That brings this year’s total suicides for active-duty soldiers to 116 so far, and doesn’t even account for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or depression.

    To address the rampant problem, the Pentagon is investing $3 million for doctors at the University of Indiana to develop a new solution: A nasal spray that, hopefully, will keep depressed soldiers from making irrational decisions.

    Could a nasal spray lower the Army’s suicide rate? Here’s how it works…

    (Source: theweek.com)


  6. Visitors look out at pink rock formations on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

    A new study finds that seeing awe-inspiring sights can do a world of good for your mental health. 


  7. According to a new Gallup poll, stay-at-home moms are more likely to report feeling sad and angry than working moms. 


  8. discoverynews:

    Why ‘Space Madness’ Fears Haunted NASA’s Past

    When astronauts first began flying in space, NASA worried about “space madness,” a mental malady they thought might arise from humans experiencing microgravity and claustrophobic isolation inside of a cramped spacecraft high above the Earth. Such fears have since faded, but humanity continues to see spaceflight as having the power to transform people for either better or for worse.

    Such early concerns of NASA psychiatrists led to careful screening of the first astronauts drawn from U.S. Air Force test pilots. The astronauts proved highly professional and level-headed in even the most life-threatening scenarios — a reality that did not stop reporters and science fiction writers from imagining astronauts going crazy or becoming spiritually changed by spaceflight.

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    Photo: The Mercury 7 are the first group of NASA’s astronauts. Back row: Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, Gordon Cooper; front row: Wally Schirra, Deke Slayton, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter in 1960. Wikimedia Commons


  9. Before Henry Dryer, a 92-year-old who suffers from dementiastarted using his iPod, he could only answer yes-or-no questions — and sometimes he sat silently and still for hours at a time. But now that he listens to music regularly, he can sing songs, carry on brief conversations, and even recall things from years ago. Music “gives me the feeling of love, of romance,” he says.

    About 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, the disease that most often causes dementia, and recent studies have shown that music can improve memory and even help dementia patients develop new memories. 

    "Music imprints itself on the brain deeper than any other human experience," says renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks. "Music evokes emotion and emotion can bring with it memory… it brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can."

    How music improves the memory of dementia patients