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Lindsay is the Deputy Healthy Living Editor at The Huffington Post.

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The Highest Health Care Cost In America? Mental Disorders

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 9:16 AM


If you're still of the belief that mental health conditions aren't as devastating as physical ones, a new report will open your eyes.


The United States spent an estimated $201 billion on mental disorders like anxiety and depression in 2013, according to the new analysis published...

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Kerry Washington's Reason For Taking A Digital Detox Is Perfect

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 1:05 PM

By now, many of us are well aware of the benefits to be gained from taking a tech break -- and of course, that extends to some of the busiest and most plugged-in people: celebrities.

Research shows constant device use can lead to emotional and physical health problems. And for...

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Ellie Goulding Perfectly Sums Up The Sheer Terror Of Panic Attacks

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 12:12 PM


Ellie Goulding just got real about what it's like to go through panic attacks -- and it couldn't be more accurate.


The singer opened up about dealing with anxiety in Flare Magazine's summer issue, where she gave an honest account about the crippling side effects of the condition.

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8 Great Things That Happen When You Practice Self-Compassion

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 11:53 AM

You treat your best friends with love, respect and kindness -- but do you extend the same courtesy to yourself?

We're often our own worst critics -- and that can take a serious toll on our everyday lives. Self-compassion, or the art of expressing warmth and understanding toward yourself at...

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These Energetic Yoga Moves Are Better Than A Cup Of Coffee

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 2:53 PM

Step away from the morning java and step up to the yoga mat.

In the Udaya video above, yoga instructor Rudy Mettia demonstrates a sequence that will wake you up and energize you for the day ahead. The poses are designed to get your blood flowing and work several muscle groups. The best part? The whole routine only takes about five minutes to complete.

Give the moves a try the next time you're feeling stressed and sleepy. You may discover that you prefer them over your regular cup of coffee.

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We Spend More Time Watching Netflix Than With Our Friends

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 1:30 PM

There's a saying that goes, "You're the average of the five people you spend the most time with." If that's really the case, then most of us must be a unique combination of characters from "Friends," "Gilmore Girls" or whatever other show we're currently binging on Netflix.

A...

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당신의 전 연인은 사이코패스일 수도 있다 (연구결과)

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 1:14 AM

만약 지금 아주 안 좋게 이별을 했는데 상대방이 "친구로 지내자"라고 말한다면?

과학적으로 답변하겠다. "얼른, 도망쳐라!"

새롭게 진행된 연구에 따르면 '어둠의 3요소'라는 심리적 요인(나르시즘이라거나, 사이코패스같은 성향)을 가지고 있는 사람들은 스스로를 위해 전 애인을 전략적으로 주위에 두고자 한다.

이전에 진행된 연구나 전문가들의 분석에 의하면 '어두운 심리적 요인'을 가진 이들은 본인에게 이득이 되는 관계나 행동을 끊어내지 못하는 특성을 보였다. 오클랜드 대학의 연구진들은 이런 특성이 과거 연인과의 관계에도 영향을 미치는지 조사했다.

이 연구의 첫 부분에서 연구진들은 300명의 지원자들에게 "왜 전 애인과 친구로 지내고 싶은가요?"라고 물었다. 답변은 크게 7가지로 나뉘었는데 주로 "안정감/미련", "금전적인 실용성" 그리고 "성적인 접근 용이" 등이었다.

연구자들은 긍정적인 부분(안도감, 신뢰감, 감성적인 가치)과 부정적인 부분(금전적인 실용성, 성적인 접근 등)으로 이들을 나눴다. 그리고 두 번째 연구에서 이들은 새로운 500명의 지원자들에게 이 7개의 항목을 제공한 뒤 개인적으로 어떤 가치가 소중한지 순위를 매겨보라고 시켰다. 새로운 피실험자들은 위에서 언급한 '어두운 심리적 요인'으로 인해 치료를 받고 있는 이들이었다.

이 결과는 그다지 놀랍지 않다. 피실험자들은 금전적이거나 성적인 '실용성'을 상위 가치로 매겼다.

연구의 결과에는 "과거 연인과 친구로 지내는 것은 이들의 관계가 끝난 후에도 가치 있는 무언가(사랑, 지위, 정보, 돈, 섹스 등)를 주고받을 수 있는 기회를 제공한다"라고 적었다. 이별 후에 가지는 모든 마음이 순수한 것만은 아니며, 특히 그 사람이 '어둠의 심리적 요인'을 가지고 있다면 더욱 그럴 확률이 높다.

그렇게 하기 싫다고 말해야 한다.

이 연구 결과는 인간관계에 대한 색다른 인식을 제공한다. 전문가들은 관계가 끝난 후에도 만남을 유지하는 것은 매우 어렵다고 이야기했는데 그 이유는 특히 '이면의 동기'가 늘 숨어있기 때문이다.

브랜데이스 대학의 줄리아나 브레이네스는 '심리학 투데이' 블로그를 통해 "전 애인이 상대의 행복에 대해 감정적인 지지를 덜해줬고, 도움이 덜 됐고, 믿음을 덜 줬고, 신경을 덜 쓰는 경우가 있죠"라며 "그 경우 놀라운 것도 아니지만, 자신의 로맨틱한 관계에 불만족을 느껴서 상호 합의되지 않은 이별을 할 때가 많죠"라고 전했다.

물론 전 애인과 다정한 사이를 유지할 수는 있을 것이다. 그러나 여기서 말해줄 수 있는 것은, 그건 진짜 우정도 아니고, 나쁘게 끝날 가능성이 높으며, 분명 어떤 목적이 있을 거라는 점이다.

대체 누가 목적이 아닌 수단으로 살고 싶겠는가? 필요 없고, 그렇게 하기 싫다고 말해야 한다. 반드시.

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11 maneiras de o clima influenciar o comportamento e a saúde

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 2:09 PM

Se você é ser humano e habita este planeta, é provável que já tenha formado opiniões sobre o tempo. Mas o modo como as condições no tempo nos afetam podem ser mais profundas.

A temperatura e as condições ao ar livre exercem efeito direto sobre como nos...

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Sore Muscles? This Yoga Sequence Has You Covered

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 2:34 PM

There's nothing quite like the hurts-so-good pain after a tough strength-training session. But when moving your muscles becomes unbearable, these yoga moves are here to help.

In the Yogaglo video above, instructor Kathryn Budig shows you how to stretch out and tend to your repairing body. Each pose is designed to relieve the stiffness and soreness that's inevitable after you've worked a muscle group to exhaustion. The best part? They're all sitting poses and they're relatively low impact.

Watch the moves and give them a try the next time you're feeling immobile thanks to a hardcore workout. You'll be back at it in no time.

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If Your Ex Wants To Be Friends, They Might Be A Psychopath

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 10:56 AM

If you're going through a tumultuous breakup and your otherwise hostile ex insists on "being friends," science is here to give you a little tough love: Run in the opposite direction.

According to a new study, some people with the so-called "dark triad" personality traits -- like narcissism and psychopathy -- 

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10 Comics That Are All Too Real For Someone With Anxiety

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 3:19 PM

One of the super fun (and by "fun," we mean terrible) things about anxiety is that your brain and body have a tendency to go into overdrive.

Anxiety disorders affect an estimated 40 million American adults and come with a host of issues. The physical symptoms can be...

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Relieve Neck Pain With This Simple Yoga Sequence

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 1:26 PM

It's time to stretch out your stress.

When you're uptight, your body holds tension in your neck and shoulders -- and that can lead to a lot of unwanted pain. Luckily, there are simple moves you can do each day to alleviate the pressure.

In the Udaya video above, yoga instructor Caley Alyssa demonstrates a simple yoga sequence that will help you release your shoulders and neck. The poses are perfect if you're dealing with a little anxiety and only have a few minutes to banish it.

Take a look at the instructions above and be sure to modify the moves to fit your level of expertise. The goal is to relax your muscles -- and, as a result -- your mind. So long, worries.

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Faz sentido ficarmos de luto pelas mortes de celebridades?

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 1:12 PM

A morte repentina de Prince deixou os fãs chocados e de luto.

Enquanto muitos expressaram sua dor, outros ficam surpresos por sentir uma reação tão pessoal: “Eu nem o conhecia”, pensaram alguns, “então por que estou tão abalado?”

A verdade é que não existem regras...

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Reading On Your Screen May Impair The Way You Think

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 10:45 AM


If you're looking for an excuse to take a small digital sabbatical, science is here to offer you a pretty good one: Your devices may be changing the way you think, according to a new study.


Researchers from Dartmouth College found that individuals who use devices like...

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Prince Harry And FLOTUS Brilliantly Shut Down Mental Health Stereotypes

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 12:44 PM

Talk about an inspiring duo.

In an interview for "Good Morning America," Prince Harry and First Lady Michelle Obama stressed the importance of seeking treatment for mental health conditions. They also slammed the negative stereotypes attached to mental illness, especially when it comes to members of the military.

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7 Alarming Stats You Need To Know About Mental Health And Work

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 11:03 AM

Mental health conditions don't evaporate the moment someone walks into their office, but openly discussing mental health issues at work is still considered taboo. Many people hide their conditions out of fear that they'll be held back professionally. But this can exacerbate the problem -- and not just for...

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6 Reasons A Strong Upper Body Is Essential To A Healthy Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 10:10 AM

A strong upper body is good for more than just opening a stubborn pickle jar.

While a sculpted core and solid legs are certainly something to aspire to, they're only part of a good fitness equation. A well-rounded workout requires a great deal of concentration on your arms, shoulders, chest and back.

That's because getting a tough upper body is essential to your overall fitness and can have lasting effects beyond the weight machines. Above is a full 5-minute arm workout from DailyBurn 365. And below, find six research-backed reasons to work those top muscles during your next gym session:

1. Using weights is good for your heart.

Protect that ticker with some bicep curls. According to the American Heart Association, strength training exercises like lifting weights can boost your heart health. And you don't need to be a bodybuilder to reap the benefits: just a little resistance will do the trick.

2. It improves your posture.

A strong back is essential to good posture. Weight training those muscles could help prevent you from slouching -- which could lead to a host of other benefits (hello, more confidence!). Try one of these moves for your next workout.

3. It reduces the risk of injury.

Think of your arm, shoulder, chest and back muscles as your upper body's suit of armor against pain. Research shows resistance training can help lower the risk of musculoskeletal injuries or reduce their severity. Just make sure you're using proper form.

4. Strong muscles will enhance your workouts.

Once you start concentrating on your upper body, you'll be amazed at the ease of your other exercises. Strength training has a way of boosting most workouts. Take swimming, for example. Stronger shoulders and arms can help propel you through the water and enhance your pool performance.

5. Strength training can protect your bones.

Milk may do the body good, but don't underestimate the power of weights. Each year your bones start to lose their strength. Experts say weight or resistance training can help keep your bones healthy and build density, especially as you get older. 

6. It just feels good.

There's nothing quite like reaching a new fitness goal, whether it be upping the amount of pushups you can accomplish or graduating to a heavier set of weights. Getting strong feels good in the body and the mind. Not to mention the fact that options of getting there are endless, from rock climbing to weightlifting to even playing tug of war.

Ready to get flexing? Try these exercises for a stronger upper body.

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How Your Mom Makes You Happier, According To Science

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 4:31 PM

The ways our moms and mother figures add to our lives is immeasurable -- but perhaps arguably one of their best contributions is how much joy they bring to our world.

No matter if she's called Mom, Mommy, Aunt, Grandma or anything else, it's undeniable how much our mood is...

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Kristen Bell's Stance On Mental Health Is Positively Perfect

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 10:08 AM

Kristen Bell has a message for anyone facing a mental health issue: There's absolutely no shame in asking for help. 

The "Frozen" star recently opened up about her own experience with depression and anxiety in an interview with "Off Camera with Sam Jones," where she stressed the importance of seeking treatment for mental health conditions. Bell revealed that she has a family history of mental illness and praised her mother for educating her early about prioritizing her mental health needs and ignoring stigma. 

"[My mom] is a nurse and she had the wherewithal to recognize that in herself when she was feeling it and when I was 18 said, 'If you start to feel like you are twisting things around you, and you feel like there is no sunlight around you, and you are paralyzed with fear, this is what it is and here's how you can help yourself,'" Bell said.

"You have to be able to cope with it," she continued. "I present this very cheery, bubbly person but I also do a lot of work. I do a lot of introspective work ... I got on a prescription when I was really young to help with my anxiety and depression and I still take it today and I have no shame in that."

Nearly one in five American adults will experience a mental health disorder in a given year. Despite how common it is, it's still highly stigmatized -- and that's a huge problem. Research shows negative perceptions can hold people back from seeking treatment and sometimes prevents individuals from revealing issues to their doctors.

In the medical community, you would never deny a diabetic his insulin. Ever. But for some reason, when someone needs a serotonin [reuptake] inhibitor, they're immediately crazy. -- Kristen Bell

In her interview, Bell also called out the misguided idea that mental health is separate from a person's holistic wellbeing, once again crediting her Mom for the refreshing perspective. If you wouldn't judge someone for getting medication for their physical disease, then the same courtesy should be extended to someone with a mental health condition, she said.

"If you do decide to go on a prescription to help yourself, understand that the world wants to shame you for that, but in the medical community, you would never deny a diabetic his insulin. Ever," she said. "But for some reason, when someone needs a serotonin [reuptake] inhibitor, they're immediately crazy or something."

Yet another celebrity nails the hypocrisy of mental health stigma. Well done.

Watch the rest of Bell's Off Camera interview on mental health in the video above.

Clarification: This article has been updated to expand on the language used by Kristen Bell to describe serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a common class of medication used to treat...

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What Happens When Major Companies Take Mental Health Seriously

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 10:37 AM


Matthew Shaw was working as a journalist in London in 2014 when he experienced a bout of depression on the job. He realized that the resources available to him and his colleagues weren't necessarily addressing their needs, and many people felt they had to keep their diagnoses a secret.

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