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The Holidays, Family, and Depression: A Survival Guide There is no good time of the year to have mild to moderate depression. Once the end of the year holiday season rolls around, it isn’t a matter of dealing with the same routine day in and day out. Now there are holiday parties to … ...
Set Realistic Expectations and You’ll be Happier Realistic expectations have the power to make you happier. The holidays don’t feel like the “most wonderful time of the year” for everyone.  It’s emotionally difficult to join in holiday celebrations … ...
Why Reveal Your Disability or ‘Hidden Identity’ at Work? Recent research suggests keeping things concealed may not be best.
I Want To Be Happy (Happy Birthday to Me) Today I am turning 46. Wow. It’s not every year a person turns 46, and it won’t happen twice. All of which means I’m pretty excited about it (oh, and also about … ...
Sirt1 regulates proliferation, regeneration of glial progenitor cells after injury Developing brains in newborns have a sizable pool of a certain type of immature progenitor cell that can be expanded and induced to replace cells lost to brain injury. In a pre-clinical model of premature brain injury, the sirtuin protein Sirt1 plays a crucial role in regenerating glial cells from endogenous progenitor cells after hypoxia-related brain injury suffered by preemies, a research team reports.
Early life social stress has long-term impact on brain networks in rats Investigators in veterinary and human medicine have uncovered long-term changes in the brains of adult female rats exposed to social stresses early in life, with the biggest impact on regions of the brain linked to social behavior, stress, emotion and depression. The findings will enable researchers to begin testing preventative measures and treatments for depression and anxiety.
Noise sensitivity traced to changes in brain functions The degree to which one is disturbed by noises of everyday life may be related to how the brain processes variations in the sound stream, according to new findings.
ADHD and Depression: An Odd Couple Slowly moping about the house whilst still misplacing everything I touch—that’s the odd couple at work; ADHD and depression. Everything I do seems to be in slow motion and through … ...
Bipolar Disorder With A Mixed Episode Introduction You may have heard of Bipolar Disorder with a Manic Episode or Bipolar Disorder with a Depressed Episode.  However, have you heard of Bipolar Disorder with a Mixed Episode?  … ...
Coping in the Post-Election World The results are in. Like it or not, Donald J. Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States. And you’re likely to have feelings — or very strong feelings — regarding the outcome of the 2016 election. For millions of Americans, Trump’s … ...
Our Best Parenting Articles of 2016 This year, Greater Good magazine dramatically expanded coverage of parenting and child development. We didn’t just report on new studies—we tried to apply cutting-edge scientific insights to private problems all parents can face, as well as to public controversies like the impact on boys of Donald Trump’s statements about women. Our editors measured their own judgment against both site traffic and reader response to compile this list of our eleven best parenting articles from 2016. And the best is yet to come: Next year we’ll be adding staff and creating even more content targeted at parents. Stay tuned! What Happens to Kids When Parents Fight, by Diana Divecha: This hopeful piece acknowledges the necessity and inevitability of conflict while trying to show parents how to turn a disagreement into a teachable moment for children. Three Lessons from Zootopia to Discuss with Kids, by Allison Briscoe-Smith: The movie Zootopia wasn’t just entertaining—it also revealed scientific insights about prejudice and raised tough questions for parents to explore with children. Ten Changes New Parents Face, by Diana Divecha: A compassionate overview of how your mind, body, and life will change with the arrival of a baby. How to Talk with Your Kids about Donald Trump, by Allison Briscoe-Smith: This troubling piece, about the impact of the president-elect’s rhetoric on children of color, proved highly controversial with readers. We ended up deleting about 50 comments on the site and our Facebook page for explicitly racist or foul-mouthed content, which was a first for Greater Good. How Nature Helps Fathers Nurture, by Jeremy Adam Smith and Summer Allen: This piece provides a subtle overview of new research into how biology, behavior, and culture interact in the life of a father. What Adolescents Really Need from Parents, by Jill Suttie: This Q&A with UC Berkeley researcher Ron Dahl proved exceptionally popular with readers—and drew a passionate response on social media. Five Ways Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Depression, by Jill Suttie: Suttie wrote a series of articles this spring about about teens and depression—and this piece was the culmination of that effort, explaining what we know about the subject while providing concrete tips for parents. Feeling Entitled to a Little Gratitude This Mother’s Day? by Christine Carter: This article struck a chord with our readers, who appreciated Carter’s honesty and insight around an issue that many mothers struggle with: resentment. Five Ways to Help Misbehaving Kids, by Stuart Shanker: At its heart, this article is a call for empathy. It may change the way you think about people’s “bad” behavior—and not just kids’! How to Talk with Boys about Trump’s Attitude Toward Women, by Jeremy Adam Smith: As with Briscoe-Smith’s essay about talking with kids about Trump, this piece provoked ferocious criticism as well as passionate defenses. How to Help Kids Learn to Love Giving, by Jason Marsh: We just published these “five science-based strategies for the holidays,” but we think it embodies what a Greater Good article should be: thoughtful, helpful, hopeful, smart, and compassionate!
Some Suggestive Evidence for the Resilience of People Who... We single people are not all the same. Social scientists rarely acknowledge the important distinctions among us. Perhaps one of the most important ways that single people differ is in … ...
23 Gift Ideas for the Psychologically Oriented Presents for psychologically attuned people.
Love and the Narcissist One thing you must realize when you love a narcissist is that your experience is one-sided, as he is incapable of either giving or receiving love.  This concept may be hard to grasp at first, but if you have ever been in a relationship with … ...
When You’re Weary When you’re weary, say you’re weary. Say that you’re tired and worn-out. Say that you’re sad and empty. Say that your enthusiasm is non-existent. Say that you’re grieving. Old traditions. … ...
Naltrexone could alleviate depression symptoms in patients who relapsed while taking antidepressants The drug naltrexone is approved for use in the treatment of opioid use disorders and alcohol use disorders, but preliminary research suggests it could also aid the treatment of depression. The double-blind, randomized study found that low dose naltrexone reduced depression severity in 12 depressed subjects who had relapsed on dopamine-enhancing antidepressants. The study will [...]
When Everything's Going Wrong At Work, Practice Patience Practicing patience is both hard and highly possible.
Writing About Transitions, Big and Small Change is inevitable, isn’t it? Our lives are filled with transitions, big and small. Maybe you’ve had a baby, finished grad school, just retired, started a new relationship, started a … ...
Resentment Can Damage Marriage Even More Than Cheating It just eats everything away… Infidelity is the worst thing that can happen in a marriage, right? Think again. While cheating is a devastating betrayal, the MOST damaging thing you can do in your marriage is to give in when you don’t really want to. … ...
Couples Who Flay Together Stay Together. What started out as an experiment in somebody’s garage has turned into a growing business where people pay anywhere from $20 to $500 (and more) for the privilege of smashing … ...