You are here

mental health

The Challenge and Risk of Seeing Problems as Clinical Disorders

man's hand holding a missing piece in a square tangram puzzle, over wooden table.
Ideas about what is a problem or simple misbehavior versus what is a clinical disorder have evolved over the past few decades. The consequences of this evolution are complicated.

Masculinity: Toxic or Tenuous?

Photo of a depressed man sitting in a tunnel
Research on gender roles reveals a curious sense in which men are the “weaker sex.” Many men seem to live in a chronic state of insecurity about whether they are “real men.”

So Many in the West are Depressed Because They’re Expected Not to Be

Image of young woman laying on the floor using her laptop

Depression is listed as the leading cause of disability worldwide, a standing to which it has progressed steadily over the past 20 years. Yet research shows a rather interesting pattern: depression is far more prevalent in Western cultures, such as the US, Canada, France, Germany and New Zealand, than in Eastern cultures, such as Taiwan, Korea, Japan and China.

Thinking Enjoyable Thoughts is Hard

Image of a Young african american woman who looks sad and pensive
Would you rather be alone with your thoughts—free to conjure up any wonderful thing you can imagine—or do almost anything else?

What Is Your Single Greatest Life Challenge?

photo of stones Balanced against the sea.
How we think about challenging personal events in the past relates to our present-day mental health.

Understanding Personality for Decision-Making, Longevity, and Mental Health

New Orleans – Extraversion does not just explain differences between how people act at social events. How extraverted you are may influence how the brain makes choices – specifically whether you choose an immediate or delayed reward, according to a new study.