Getting rid of debt might not only make you happier — but also smarter

In poverty, there is no room for error — and no room for risk.

New neurofeedback system helps people manage arousal and maintain peak performance

Begone, stress!

Stress may be our hidden weapon against anxiety disorders, new research suggests

Silver linings!

Social anxiety may be rooted in fear of making mistakes

The findings suggest that therapy should focus on making people less conscious of perceived mistakes.

More than a third of graduate students are depressed

Graduate students are six times likelier to be depressed than the general population.

Researchers pinpoint the brain’s anxiety centers

Anxiety is useful, to an extent, but sometimes it can overflow, with devastating consequences.

Sleep deprivation and irregular sleep patterns are linked to anxiety and depression

Researchers discovered a consistent link between sleep irregularity and repetitive negative thinking.

Feeling bad about feeling bad makes you feel even worse

Turn that frown upside down? No, just accept that sometimes it’s OK to feel bad.

A man’s sweet tooth can increase the risk of anxiety and depression

Bad news, everyone.

How to beat anxiety — according to science

Are you particularly critical of yourself and the blunders you make? Here’s to get over it.

Preventing clinical anxiety may come down to physical differences in brain lobes

It’s all in the brain.

The crippling pain of migraines makes you more likely to develop a generalized anxiety disorder

Because nothing bad ever comes alone.

Are you socially anxious? It might be your genes’ fault

It’s all in the serotonin.

Self-treating depression and anxiety with pot might work for a while, but it’s probably bad in the long-term

It’s not a waterproof study, but it’s a good starting point for further research.

Depression and anxiety cause stomach and skin issues, respectively

They mess up your brain, and they mess up your body.

Heavy marijuana users process stressful stimuli similarly to those with an anxiety disorder

Heavy marijuana users react to anxiety-inducing stimuli similarly to people diagnosed with anxiety disorders, a new study found. The results could help improve the accuracy of anxiety disorder diagnostics in the future.

Anxiety alters perception by attaching emotional experience to neutral cues

Anxious people may be more prone to associate neutral environmental cues with emotional experiences. Psychologists call this over-generalization, and research into the matter might explain why a seemingly minor event can sometimes unleash a full blown anxiety episode. We might also learn more about the wiring of the anxious brain which fires in different patterns than the ‘normal’ brain.

How maternal testosterone levels can cause anxiety in offspring

Women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) show elevated levels of testosterone and testosterone derivatives in their systems, as well as an increased risk of anxiety and depression. As the offspring of these women (both sons and daughters) show similar symptoms, it’s been believed that PCOS can be transmitted through genetic code. However, a new idea comes to question this — specifically, the fact that the fetuses of mothers with PCOS are gestating in high levels of testosterone is what causes these symptoms.

Experiment made people feel like they’re invisible

We’ve all had days when we’ve felt invisible metaphorically, but Swedish researchers have taken it to the next level – they’ve made a man actually feel like he’s invisible.

Anxiety can damage the brain and foster Alzheimer’s

Researchers at Baycrest Health Sciences’ Rotman Research Institute have found that patients diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who also show anxiety symptoms are at a much greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s. This was the first study of its kind that isolated anxiety in a longitudinal study covering people diagnosed with MCI, painting a clearer picture of how anxiety interferes with cognitive