How your mindset determines your health

It’s not just how much exercise you do but how you compare yourself with your friends that really determines your fitness. Scientists at Stanford University in the US looked at...

Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Mind

It would be foolish to believe that depression can be overcome with a single solution. But for some people, the light at the end of the tunnel shines in a...

Bipolar Disorder Symptoms You Might Be Ignoring

There are two commonly diagnosed types of bipolar disorder, a mental illness characterized by mood swings from emotional highs to lows. People with bipolar I have depression alternating with...

No hugging: are we living through a crisis of touch?

Strokes and hugs are being edged out of our lives, with doctors, teachers and colleagues increasingly hesitant about social touching. Is this hyper vigilance of boundaries beginning to harm...

Why being a loner may be good for your health

We tend to decry being alone. But emerging research suggests some potential benefits to being a loner – including for our creativity, mental health and even leadership skills. I can...

Can’t Sleep? It Could be Down to Genetics

Researchers have identified specific genes that may trigger the development of sleep problems, and have also demonstrated a genetic link between insomnia and psychiatric disorders such as depression, or...

Positive attitude may be secret to long life

A recent study, published in the scientific journal International Psychogeriatrics, suggests exceptional longevity can be achieved through a combination of positive attitude, resilience to overcome adversity, and close ties...

Emotional support animals: What are they used for?

Forensic psychologist Jeffrey Younggren from the University of Missouri put it bluntly to Business Insider: Scientists don't know if such pets do anything "other than make somebody happy," he...

The dangerous downside of perfectionism

Many of us believe perfectionism is a positive. But researchers are finding that it is nothing short of dangerous, leading to a long list of health problems – and...

How Psychopaths See the World

It’s not that they can’t consider other people’s perspectives. It’s that they don’t do so automatically. It’s a rare person who goes out of their way to spend time with...