Is Microdosing LSD an Effective Mental Health Treatment?

Taking small quantities of psychedelic drugs has become a trend among professionals in Silicon Valley. It’s being used to enhance concentration, problem-solving and creativity. We’ve known from studies conducted in the 60s that people report a serious boost in creativity after taking a recreational dose of LSD (100 micrograms). But microdosing involves taking such small amounts (10 to…

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The Real-Life Effects of Media Portrayals of Suicide

The Netflix series ’13 Reasons Why’ has caused a lot of controversy for including a particularly graphic suicide scene in one of its episodes. But new research reveals that the show’s depiction of suicide is disturbing not just in and of itself. It may actually result in a suicide spike. As researchers have found, Google…

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Not Identifying With a Mental Health Issue Can Lessen Its Grip on Your Life

The spiritual teacher Ram Dass often confronts the topic of suffering in his talks and in his writings. In this BBC interview from 1981, he addresses anyone who might be suffering from depression and offers a different way of approaching the condition. The default or commonly adopted response to depression – and towards mental states in…

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Tackling Mental Health Stigma Begins With Debunking Misconceptions

There are two kinds of stigma when it comes to mental illness. There is the public stigma, which is the negative reaction of the general public to people with mental health issues, and there is self-stigma: the shame, disapproval, and disgrace that people with a condition feel towards themselves for having that condition. A great…

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Are Millennials Really Entitled Whiners?

Some argue that millennials have it easiest compared to any previous generation, yet whine much more than their parents ever did. This begs the question: Do millennials have anything to complain about? Well, let’s take a look at Joel Stein’s cover story of millennials for Time magazine, published three years ago. The cover reads: “Millennials are lazy,…

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