- Of the estimated 17.5 million Americans who are affected by some form of depression, 9.2 million have major or clinical depression
- Two-thirds of people suffering from depression do not seek necessary treatment
- 80% of all people with clinical depression who have received treatment significantly improve their lives
- The economic cost of depression is estimated at $30.4 billion a year but the cost in human suffering cannot be estimated
- Women experience depression about twice as often as men
- By the year 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that depression will be the number two cause of "lost years of healthy life" worldwide
- According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suicide was the ninth leading cause of death in the United States in 1996
- Major Depression is 1.5-3.0 times more common among first-degree biological relatives of those with the disorder than among the general population
I found a great new post today on "How To Meet Single Men" that actually intrigued me. It was to the point, simple and accurate. You'd be surprised how some people don't know the simple rules to dating. I hear it often, the complaint, "I don't know where to meet men". The truth is that you don't need a certain place to meet a man, what you really need is the right attitude.
As the article points out number one way to attract attention from the opposite sex is having confidence within yourself. Additionally, I would like to add that tapping into your sexual energy and being able to use the powers of seductiveness positively to get what you want is key. The article made a great point, it is essential that you find the balance between being the "stand-offish bitch" and an every day "slut". And that balance is often a gray area. However, once you find the right formula that works for you, than you should be set.
Stay tuned as I am about to publish an article about this very topic soon. I will give further details and advice on ways to attract the opposite sex.
by Cristen Conger
When Enovid, the first birth control pill approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, hit the market in 1960, American women were eager for the option. Previously cleared as a treatment for menstrual disorders in 1957, Enovid was already making the rounds among gynecological practices, with half a million prescriptions doled out ostensibly to regulate periods [source: PBS]. When the pill turned 40 in 2010, an estimated 100 million women around the world were using oral contraceptives, primarily to prevent pregnancies [source: TIME].
Birth control pills prevent pregnancy by inhibiting a woman's ovaries from releasing a mature egg into the fallopian tubes during monthly ovulation [source: Planned Parenthood]. Typically, oral contraceptives combine the hormones estrogen and progestin to maintain a routine menstrual cycle, sans ovulation. In doing so, birth control has granted women greater agency over their bodies and their reproductive systems, allowing them to better manage if and when motherhood happens. As a side effect of reducing the pregnancy risk, the pill also opened the door to greater sexual freedom.
"Listen to others. They may know more than you do—even about yourself."
Know thyself. That was Socrates' advice, and it squares with conventional wisdom. "It's a natural tendency to think we know ourselves better than others do," says Washington University in St. Louis assistant professor Simine Vazire.
But a new article by Vazire and her colleague Erika N. Carlson reviews the research and suggests an addendum to the philosopher's edict: Ask a friend. "There are aspects of personality that others know about us that we don't know ourselves, and vice-versa," says Vazire. "To get a complete picture of a personality, you need both perspectives."
Informative article on how our mind functions.
Ten psychological findings that challenge our intuitive view of how our minds work.
Some critics say psychology is just common sense, that it only confirms things we already know about ourselves.
Ironically this can be difficult to argue with because once people get some new information they tend to think it was obvious all along.
One way of battling this is to think about all the unexpected, surprising and plain weird findings that have popped out of psychology studies over the years. So here are ten of my favourite.
1. Cognitive dissonance
This is perhaps one of the weirdest and most unsettling findings in psychology.Cognitive dissonance is the idea that we find it hard to hold two contradictory beliefs, so we unconsciously adjust one to make it fit with the other.
In the classic study students found a boring task more interesting if they were paidless to take part. Our unconscious reasons like this: if I didn't do it for money, then I must have done it because it was interesting. As if by magic, a boring task becomes more interesting because otherwise I can't explain my behaviour.
The reason it's unsettling is that our minds are probably performing these sorts of rationalisations all the time, without our conscious knowledge. So how do we know what we really think?
2. Hallucinations are common
Hallucinations are like waking dreams and we tend to think of them as markers of serious mental illness.