Can you predict whether a child will develop anxiety or depression based on a brain scan at birth? A study published this February in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry examined connections between the amygdalae and other areas of the brain to find correlations between those connections and possible symptoms of anxiety […]

When we’re struggling with anxiety or mental illnesses like OCD, reacting to fears can take over our lives. From all around us and inside of our heads, there’s a never ending stream of uncertainties to react to and catastrophes to prevent. As we get started on recovery, we learn to not react to that stuff with compulsions. […]

For OCD Awareness Week, Mark did a Q&A with The Mighty all about recovery from OCD, an overview of some of the OCD symptoms he dealt with, the benefits of approaching comorbid mental illness labels as one big bucket rather than a million different problems, the problems with our mental healthcare system, the differences between how his […]

Serotonin is a beautifully named neurotransmitter that plays many important roles in our lives. There’s so much of it floating around in our bodies. Lots in our brains. Even more in our guts (along with that burrito you ate for lunch). But that serotonin might not be doing what you think it’s doing. Serotonin is […]

Mark: What has helped the most with taking care of your mental health? Annie: When I was in the lowest point of my depression and anxiety, I tried pulling myself out of it through self help books and online articles about cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness, but the biggest breakthrough I made in my recovery […]

We’ve all been there. You say something offensive on Twitter, the backlash is swift and furious, and you take a break from social media. But you miss it. That’s the only place you feel like you can express yourself. You crave those reactions to your comments. So you try to get back on Twitter but […]

Everything we do during the day is our practice and we experience the rewards of our practice. When we’re ruminating on what others think about us, we’re improving our ability to spend hours making ourselves miserable. When we’re engaging in checking compulsions, constantly trying to get rid of uncertainty, we’re becoming very skilled at chasing […]