Helen M Farrell: What Is Depression?

Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world; in the United States, close to ten per cent of adults struggle with the disease. But because it’s a mental illness, it can be a lot harder to understand than, say, high cholesterol. Helen M Farrell examines the symptoms and treatments of depression and gives some tips for how you might help a friend who is suffering.

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Joelle Rabow Maletis: The Psychology Of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Trauma is any negative life event in which the brain perceives a real sense of danger, horror, and helplessness. PTSD occurs when people are directly exposed to, repeatedly exposed to, or witness horrific events, such as death, abuse, domestic violence, or war. During these events, the body’s stress response kicks into overdrive. Studies show that women are more likely to experience sexual abuse as children, whereas men are more likely to experience physical assault or witness death.

A person’s PTSD symptoms may prove indiscernible to others. When people are reliving their trauma, they sometimes stare off into space as if they are watching a movie.

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Toddlers On Amphetamine: The Full Documentary

Big Pharma documentary: History of chemicals, poison, disease, power and kids on amphetamines

Have you ever wondered how “Big Pharma” attained the power it now has over our system of medicine? Or why our food, water and air – our most precious resources – are all now polluted by deadly chemicals that are completely unnecessary for our existence and that never should have been approved for use in the first place?

A new documentary film by Era of Wisdom entitled, Toddlers on Amphetamine: History of Big Pharma and the Major Players, takes a closer look at these and other pertinent issues, divulging the little-known history of the chemical industry, and how we came to be a nation saturated in poisons that are destroying both our earth and our bodies. Continue Reading

Johann Hari: Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong

What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.

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Professor Amit Sood: Happy Brain — How To Overcome Our Neural Predispositions To Suffering

Twenty years ago, Dr Amit Sood, a Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, moved to the US thinking he was coming to the Disneyland of the world. He expected everyone here to be very happy. What he saw surprised and shocked him. In this funny, fast-moving, and deeply insightful talk, Dr Sood shares his journey over two decades and across two continents, finding a way to help us outsmart our neural predispositions to suffering. In the process, he takes us on a back-stage tour of the human brain and outlines the gist of a structured program he is taking globally to decrease stress and improve focus, resilience, and happiness. Continue Reading