Mental Health

Find articles on stress, phobias and schizophrenia. This section offers information on a range of mental health issues.

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Are you up with the birds or burning the midnight oil? Or somewhere in between? The reason why you love getting up early, or hate it, has a lot to do with genetics.

By Alia Hoyt

Are you a human barometer? Do changes in the weather cause you physical pain? Read this and find out if you can really feel the weather right down to your bones.

By Jennifer Sellers

Girls have better taste than boys — as in the sense, that is. Find out why women's ability to distinguish between sweet and sour trumps mens'.

By Jennifer Sellers

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You probably already know that you don't get as much sleep as you need, but how much is enough?

By Laurie L. Dove

Many of us who occasionally sacrifice sleep in favor of other tasks suffer the physical and mental side effects the next day. But what would happen if you never slept again?

By Laurie L. Dove

Imagine how much you could get done without the need for sleep. An extra six to eight hours every day seems like a dream come true. Has the future arrived? Are we ready to embark on a waking life? Read this to find out.

By Bambi Turner

When you start feeling sleepy, nothing perks you up better than a quick nap or cup of coffee. But did you know combining the two, even though it feels like a contradiction, gives you an even bigger boost? Here's why.

By Bambi Turner

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It's no rinky-dink Mickey Mouse clock. The body clock is a strange and wonderful thing, calibrated to reflect a variety of biological rhythms that you may not have known are beating inside your body. And scientists are still not sure why it exists.

By Chris Opfer

If you can't make it through the day without a piece of chocolate, are you addicted to sugar? The jury's out on whether sugar addiction is truly an addiction, but there are ways anyone can become less dependent on the other white stuff.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

Addiction manifests in many different ways. Substance abuse, compulsive gambling, shopping addiction -- but is it possible to become addicted to tattoos or piercings? Find out the psychology behind addiction and body modification.

By Debra Ronca

Could your ancestors be to blame for your overeating or excess spending? Unnecessary scapegoating is a lousy thing to do, but could there be some weight to this suggestion?

By Bambi Turner

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We often focus on our bad habits, but there's actually a system of interlocking beneficial and detrimental ones that make up our everyday routines.

By Bambi Turner

Feel like sleep deprivation will be the death of you? It just might be, but perhaps you can curtail this devastating situation.

By Bambi Turner

Watching television has been blamed for all sorts of ills, including childhood obesity and the escalating violence in society. Is it time to add another to the list: depression?

By Gallagher Flinn

There are many commonly held beliefs about fat that aren't entirely accurate. For example, muscle simply can't turn into fat.

By Maria Trimarchi

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Ugh, the morning after the night before! Should you drink some coffee, lots of water or more liquor? Or have some bacon and eggs? There are lots of "remedies" out there for hangovers, most of which are useless.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

Depression is a difficult condition to diagnose — a questionnaire is the primary method used these days. There are some promising diagnostic tools on the horizon, including a blood test. How reliable is this new test?

By Jennifer Sellers

Drug and alcohol addiction are huge problems throughout the world. Yet many dangerous myths persist about addicts – no, they don't have to hit bottom before getting help. And they're not all weak-willed.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

Insomnia can feel like torture, but can it be fatal? The answer is yes, but it's an incredibly rare neurodegenerative disease, normally passed down genetically.

By Maria Trimarchi

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We may not know how to describe it very well, but we all recognize "old person" smell whenever it happens to grace our nostrils. But while the scent may be ubiquitous, its causes are a little less clear.

By Laurie L. Dove

Social media is overflowing with cute content -- everything from babies to puppies to seriously adorable lunchboxes. Find out why cute things make you go "aww!"

By Laurie L. Dove

The idea of food addiction is relatively new, but researchers say the struggle is real — especially when it comes to greasy, delicious fast food. So what's the science behind those cravings?

By Alison Cooper

You know you're not yourself when you don't get enough sleep, but what really happens to your body when the sandman refuses to visit?

By Maria Trimarchi

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You're headed down in a packed elevator on your way to lunch. Suddenly, the elevator lurches to a stop. As the sweats starts beading on your upper lip, you wonder if it just got harder to breathe.

By John Perritano

"I'm addicted to you baby. You're a hard habit to break." So wailed the lead singer of the group Chicago. But there are harder habits to break out there – like nail biting and procrastinating. Do you do any of the things on our list?

By Shanna Freeman