Category Archives for Mental Health

Five Ways to Fight Depression

Depression is a physical sickness that manifests as a mental illness. We know this because of the physical signs and symptoms that accompany depression: fatigue, insomnia or hypersomnia, significant weight

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Do Antidepressants and Other Psychiatric Drugs Kill a Half Million People a Year?

Executive Summary Antidepressant use is very high An anti-psychotic drug, Abilify, is the number one best-selling drug (by revenue) in the US People who take psychiatric drugs have much higher death rates Psychiatric

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Antidepressants Are Placebos

Do antidepressants actually work to treat depression? They do have some effect, although in most studies the effect is barely distinguishable from the placebo control. Irving Kirsch, a psychiatry professor

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Curse of the High IQ

If you read this site, I’m guessing you’re more intelligent than average. Most normies aren’t interested in the kind of geeky science we discuss here. Assuming you are more intelligent

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Negative emotions are bad for your health

Our minds and emotions are intimately entwined with our bodies, and we usually think of good health as affecting our well-being, which it certainly does. But our emotions can affect our physical health

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Soap, Shampoo, and Cold Showers

Soap, Bacteria, and Acne Ever since paleo hit the ground running, some of those in the movement have begun questioning other aspects of modern life that our paleolithic ancestors did not enjoy, and which

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Autophagy as mechanism of action of psychoactive drugs

I wrote the following and posted it at The Winnower, a website dedicated to open-access science and post-publication peer review. The Winnower will allow science writers and bloggers to cross-post at

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Excessive Sleep May Be Bad for Your Health

Insufficient sleep and risk of obesity and illness In recent years we’ve become much more aware of how sleep, both quality and quantity, can affect our health. Approximately 40% of Americans get

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Mental Hormesis

Hormesis is the process in which small amounts of an agent or process that are normally toxic in larger amounts produce health in an organism. The organism, or human since that’s what we’re

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Back from the dead with n-acetylcysteine

I had an email the other day. It came through my contact form and the name given was Anonymous, with a fake email address. So I have no idea who this person is, whether this person is even a man or a woman,

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An intermittent sleep fast treats depression

We know that intermittent fasting can have quite a salutary effect on both fat loss and aging. This can be for a number of reasons, but perhaps the main one is that it stresses the organism. It’s

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Curcumin extends lifespan and fights depression

Curcumin extends lifespan and fights depression Curcumin is a fraction of the spice turmeric, comprising up to about 8% of it. Several recent studies have shown that it can extend lifespan in model organisms,

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Four ways to beat anxiety

Good health is not just about physical health, but about mental health. Usually, good mental health accompanies good physical health; the Romans used to have an expression for this: mens sana in corpore

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Depression Is an Inflammatory Disease

I’m a big fan of the work Michael Maes, M.D., a Dutch biological psychiatrist who now works in Australia. Dr. Maes has done much to establish the biological correlates of mental illness, especially

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N-acetylcysteine can improve mental health

N-acetylcysteine, or NAC, is a cheap over-the-counter supplement that has shown promise in treating a number of illnesses, not least among them mental illnesses. Before I show how and why this works, we

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Depression: breaking the vicious cycle

The positive feedback loop of depression One problem with overcoming depression, whether it’s a longstanding one or just an episode of the blues, is that depression reinforces itself in a positive

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