Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Improving the Mental Health of Men and Boys
Rob Whitley, Ph.D.
A growing number of people use cannabis therapeutically to support their physical and mental health, yet they remain stigmatized by wider society.
Here's how the serenity prayer can help us all flourish and thrive during this difficult winter season.
Men’s mental health issues remain stigmatized by wider society. What can be done to bring these issues out of the shadows?
Being alone is different than being lonely, and time alone can be seen as a beneficial gift, rather than a burden to bear.
Suicide prevention activists have worked with the media to improve coverage, with interesting results.
What is "failure to launch"? And what effect does it have on the mental health and social integration of young men?
Could the COVID-19 crisis actually improve aspects of community mental health? Research points to some surprising answers.
A new research study interviewed dozens of people who had engaged in regular casual sex to explore the impact on mental health and well-being. What are the key findings?
A small corpus of research has examined the impact of cold-water swimming (and cold showers) on stress reduction and mental health promotion. What does this say?
Several organizations are working to reduce mental distress in the police, and CBS screenwriters are joining in, as seen in an upcoming episode of the popular TV show, "S.W.A.T."
Campus closures due to COVID-19 can lead to loneliness, mental distress, and loss of purpose for students. These practical tips can help students during this time of crisis.
Why do young men join the seduction community? And what impact does involvement have on their mental health and psychosocial well-being?
Numerous studies have examined the link between social media and mental health. What are their key findings? And is a digital detox the answer?
Why do young adults have higher rates of loneliness than older people? And how does loneliness affect their mental health?
More and more research studies are examining the relationship between prayer, healing, and mental health. What are their key findings?
Surveys indicate that men are victims of intimate partner violence at equal rates as women. However, there are few services or supports for these victimized men.
Traditional folklore has long posited a link between outdoor activities and mental health. But is this supported by scientific evidence?
Mounting evidence suggests that a range of social factors, including relationship breakdown and workplace stress, are linked to increased risk of suicide in men.
A series of research studies examined media coverage of Robin Williams' suicide and subsequent suicide mortality in the U.S and Canada. What did they find?
Mental illness has long been attributed to a chemical imbalance in the brain. But research suggests that an imbalance of gut microorganisms may play a causal role.
Many people are telling men to talk more about their mental health, while others are saying men need to check their privilege and shut up. This puts men in a lose-lose situation.
When did you last read a book? Much research has examined the impact of book-reading on mental health—with surprising conclusions.
People with lived experience of mental illness are "experts by experience," and this expertise can be harnessed to improve community mental health.
The rise in DNA ancestry testing means more people are learning shocking truths about who is and is not a blood relation. The results can harm mental health.
The new APA guidelines are a wasted opportunity to address the men's mental health crisis. In fact, they could even make things worse.
President Trump recently tweeted about "Trump Derangement Syndrome." What is this supposed condition—and is it real?
New research has compared the mental health of religious people, atheists, agnostics, non-affiliated, and the "spiritual but not religious," leading to some surprising findings.
Dating apps are now an entrenched part of the social landscape, but some research indicates they may be having a detrimental impact on users' mental health.
Can citizen journalism reduce the harmful stigmas and erroneous stereotypes associated with mental illness?
Professors often feel ill-equipped to help students with mental illness. These five simple measures may have a real impact on struggling students.
Rob Whitley, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University and a research scientist at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre.