anxiety

We shouldn’t teach children about mental health

Is it necessary for children as young as eight to understand mental health? I’m not convinced, having worked with children…

Is too much sugar causing anxiety in men?

Men with high sugar intakes have an increased likelihood of mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, according to new research…

Can probiotics treat depression? This study suggests yes

Probiotics could relieve the symptoms of depression, according to research published in the journal Gastroenterology. The study, at McMaster University…

The joy of giving up the internet for Lent

Like many great love stories, ours ended on a train. A stranger tapped me on the shoulder to ask if…

birds

Just looking at birds may help to keep you happier

The more birds you see on any given afternoon, the less likely you are to be stressed and anxious, according…

Poor mental health raises risk of physical diseases in later life

New research published in the online journal PLOS ONE suggests that depression raises the risk of arthritis and digestive diseases,…

A massage to India

Our Spa Inspector feels like royalty out the Ananda Spa near Rishikesh

I couldn’t escape anxiety — then I learned to run from it

Last year I went through a rough patch. I felt constantly anxious and despondent. I struggled to see the point…

iPads ‘as effective as a sedative’ in calming children before surgery

New research suggests that allowing children to use iPads before surgery is at least as effective at lowering anxiety as…

Ten ways to care for your mental health

Did you know about a quarter of British adults have a mental health problem every year? Anxiety, stress and depression…

Lose your strain in Spain

Our Spa Inspector checks out the SHA Wellness Clinic in Altea, Alicante

Virtual reality worlds could soon be available on prescription

Strapping on a headset and playing a game may not sound like the best way to tackle depression. In normal…

What mindfulness gurus won’t tell you: meditation has a dark side

We never intended to be the Richard Dawkins of mindfulness — but, because of our book, we seem to have started…

A stressful pregnancy matters — it can affect a baby’s genes

Everyone has heard of postnatal depression, but not everyone knows that mothers are as likely to be depressed during pregnancy…

Guest room: we each play host to 100 trillion microbes

What’s bugging you now? The amazing potential of our bodies’ own bacteria

Scientists hope our trillions of resident microbes can help us beat disease and improve mental health

Over-eating food that is high in fat ‘may cause anxiety and depression’

Over-eating foods that are high in fat could be a cause of anxiety and depression, a study has suggested. The…

Why the bacteria in your intestines could be making you depressed

The bacteria in your intestines could be inducing anxiety and depression, according to new research carried out by scientists at…