Ethics & Morality

A Fundamental Human Need

As odd as it sounds, survival in life parallels survival in wartime. World War II, to this day, maintains its place as the most popular war in American history -- as well it should.

An argument can be made that the Vietnam War should not have been fought. An argument can be made that the Iraq War should not have been fought.  
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Celebrities

PODCAST: Remembering Carrie Fisher – Mental Health Advocate

In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe and Vincent discuss the recent passing of Carrie Fisher. To most, she was Princess Leia from the Star Wars films. To some, she was a witty novelist. But to many, she was a staunch mental health advocate, unapologetic and committed to helping make things better for those with mental illness. Our hosts discuss their own personal views of Carrie’s life and end with how her activism can help inspire our own.

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Anorexia

Braving the Binge

It is 2 AM. The apartment is still. Empty jars of peanut butter, quarts of ice cream, and entire boxes of granola bars. Gone. Hundreds to thousands of calories consumed in just minutes. A food spread of shame. Of procrastination. Of emptiness. Of I don’t know what. Fast forward to the next day. On the outside, you see a petite girl who's joyous, who's positive, who's present. On the inside: severe stomach pains, body aches, chest discomfort. And those are just the physical effects. I am drained. I am disgusted. I am trapped. Cycles of isolation feeding isolation. Literally.
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Anger

How Healing Shame Can Save Our World

Personal growth includes recognizing the many faces of shame and how this hard-to-detect emotion holds us back. The gnawing sense that something is wrong with us keeps us roaming in a trance of unworthiness and self-doubt. A deep sense of being flawed and defective saps our joy and spontaneity.

But have you ever wondered how shame plays out on the larger world stage? Understanding the extent to which political leaders are secretly driven by shame and use shame to steal our vote can shed new light on the hidden ways that this insidious emotion infects today’s political landscape.

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Habits

7 Tips on Calming the Noise of Life

“Forget about your life situation and pay attention to your life. Your life situation exists in time. Your life is now. Your life situation is mind-stuff. Your life is real.” - Eckhart Tolle
Things tend to get jumbled up in everyday life. What you feel you need to do and what you should be doing for yourself often wind up being far apart. With so many distractions, so much of the mind-stuff going on, no wonder it seems like you’re spinning your wheels. How can you get back on track and stop getting diverted by every demand that you’re confronted with?
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Psychology

Not All Screams Are Heard

“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.”
~ Sigmund Freud
Concerning pain, there are two ways in which human beings are biologically programmed: To demonstrate our own, and to respond to that of others.
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Antidepressant

Exercise Can Improve the Quality of Life in People with Depression

A recent study has shown that exercise improves the physical and psychological quality of life in people suffering with depression. Whilst exercise is considered to be a good anti-depressant for depression, little research has been conducted into its effect on the different domains of Quality of Life (QoL).

Depression is a chronic condition that has a huge impact on an individual’s physical and mental health which inevitably impacts their QoL.
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Best of Our Blogs

Best of Our Blogs: January 3, 2017

Happy New Year Psych Central readers!

I hope your 2017 started off better than mine. After more than a year of remission from my autoimmune disease, I found myself at the ER. Thankfully, nothing serious happened. But it was a wake up call that 2017 needs to be about my health.

Like you, I struggle with daily life when managing an illness. But I'm also grateful. Life is harder, but it also makes it more precious.

We all struggle with something. Whether it's a physical or mental illness, a painful childhood or current relationship, I hope that you won't immediately will it away with New Year's Resolutions or distractions. Have confidence that you are strong. Have courage that you will be able to get through it. And have faith that this moment will pass. Our newest posts will help you do that with information on how you can be happier and healthier, as well as help you glean greater insight about yourself.
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