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5 Ways to Cope If the Holidays Feel Way Too Stressful Already

For most people, the best parts of the holidays are some combination of family traditions, gift-giving, travel plans, decorating, and feasting on delicious food and drinks. That sounds nice, right? And it is! But, as you might know firsthand from past Decembers, these are also all the things that can make the holiday season inordinately […]

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When Postpartum Depression Shows Up as Intense Anger

“After delivery, there’s this incredible change in reproductive hormones,” Katherine L. Wisner, MD, the Norman and Helen Asher Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, tells SELF. “Hormones—such as estrogen and progesterone—go from the highest they’ll ever be down to almost nothing as soon as the placenta […]

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What Do We Do With All This Anger?

If you feel emotionally pummeled by any of this, you aren’t alone. Survey after survey shows that we’re sad, and worried, and stressed—and furious. That’s why, when we started discussing anger at SELF a few months ago, I felt some solace. Our editors opened up to each other about the last time they were consumed by anger and […]

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6 Signs Your Anger Issues Would Benefit From Therapy, According to Experts

Not only can these emotional eruptions be harmful to yourself and others, but they likely mean you’re struggling with managing an underlying problem. Maybe you feel unnerved about your overwhelming job or your dysfunctional relationship, or maybe you’re struggling with disordered eating. It’s worth exploring how early experiences with trauma might be contributing to your […]

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Jonah Hill’s Netflix Documentary Is an Actually Helpful Film About Mental Health

Jonah Hill’s new documentary Stutz, out on Netflix November 14, is a beautiful, up-close look at the power of talk therapy at its best. The film focuses on the 38-year-old actor’s relationship with his therapist, Phil Stutz, MD, and features snippets of their sessions over the years. Hill’s sessions cover everything from self-worth to grief […]

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Psychedelics Are Super Promising—But We Need to Talk About Their Possible Harms Too

In November 2021, when the psychedelics company Compass Pathways released the top-line results of its trial looking at psilocybin in people with treatment-resistant depression, the stock of the company plunged almost 30%. The dive was reportedly prompted by the somewhat-middling results of the research—but also because of the scattering of serious adverse events that occurred […]

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The Scientific Reason Why Rain Can Really Dampen Your Mood

After an oddly dry summer, parts of the US are experiencing record-breaking rain this fall—and it’s not even November yet. Mississippi, Nevada, and Louisiana just had some of their wettest weather on record. Arizona and New Mexico are dealing with historically wet monsoons, and Hurricane Ian dumped buckets of rain on Florida before causing a […]

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Bryce Dallas Howard: ‘Battling Depression Has Been the Biggest Challenge to My Identity’

Bryce Dallas Howard shared how depression has impacted her life in a candid Instagram post to celebrate World Mental Health Day earlier this week. In the caption, the 41-year-old Jurassic World actor wrote that “battling depression has been the biggest challenge to my identity.” Howard has been vocal about her mental health journey before. Over […]

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6 Signs of Burnout That May Surprise You, According to Experts

You should also keep an eye on who’s setting you off, Kali Cyrus, MD, MPH, assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medicine, tells SELF. If your energy-vampire coworker often gets under your skin, for example, that’s not necessarily a sign of burnout; you might just not like them. That’s why Dr. Cyrus recommends “paying […]

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How to Prep for Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms Before They Hit

To hold yourself accountable, consider scheduling weekly or monthly hangouts, she says. This could mean starting a book club, a dinner club, or a board game night. If hanging out inside doesn’t sound relaxing to you—for instance, if you face a higher risk of severe COVID or if you live with someone who falls into […]

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Adults Should Be Screened for Anxiety, New Draft Recommendation Says

A mental health crisis has been swelling in the United States—and far too little has been done on a national level to improve how we identify, diagnose, and treat people who are living with conditions like anxiety and depression. Now, public health experts are taking a step toward getting people the care they need. In […]

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5 Ways to Actually Take Care of Your Mental Health in College

If you’re short on time, consider joining an intramural team, club sport, or group fitness class on campus. “This will give you an opportunity to connect with people and get regular exercise,” explains Dr. Adams. Think of it as a two-for-one deal for your mental and physical health. You may even want to look into […]

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Yet Another Study Suggests Ketamine May Ease Severe Depression

The buzz around ketamine, a dissociative anesthetic drug, is booming. More and more research continues to suggest the drug has the potential to help people with severe mood disorders, including a new study that was just published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. For the study, researchers evaluated the drug’s effects in more than 400 […]

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Your Mental Health May Impact Your Long COVID Risk, a New Study Suggests

We already know your emotional well-being can impact your body in many ways—from your heart health to your digestion. Now, new research suggests feelings like stress, depression, and even loneliness may increase your risk of developing a condition experts are just starting to learn more about: long COVID, which is estimated to affect between 20% […]