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The Right Amount of Sleep for Your Best Reasoning, Problem-solving and Communication

Getting enough sleep is one of the main keys to good health, along with good nutrition and exercise, yet most of us do not get enough of it. In one national survey, nearly 30 percent of respondents reported getting less than an average of six hours of sleep per night. A new study looks specifically at the impact of sleep on cognitive ability.

World Kindness Day

On this World Kindness Day, Nov. 13, 2018, we take a look at some of the research showing how engaging in acts of kindness can benefit well-being. Engaging in acts of kindness is not only a good thing to do, but can actually help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, can improve workplace well-being, can be more beneficial to well-being than self-oriented actions, can reduce anxiety for socially anxious people, and can prompt others to engage in acts of kindness.

APA Honors Psychiatrists who Served in Vietnam in Wreath-Laying Ceremony

On Nov. 1, 2018, the American Psychiatric Association held a wreath-laying ceremony at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. in honor of the service and sacrifice of psychiatrists who served during the Vietnam War.

Pregnancy-Related Depression

Over the past few decades, a robust national conversation has been taking place about postpartum depression. We have paid less attention, however, to another equally important time when a woman is also more vulnerable to depression and anxiety disorders: pregnancy. A significant percentage of women—one out of seven to 10—will develop pregnancy-associated depression, with a slightly higher incidence in women from lower socioeconomic groups.

More Sports Gambling Could Put More People at Risk of Gambling Problems

Gambling, while entertainment for many, can become problematic with devastating consequences for some. The increasing availability of sports gambling raises the specter of gambling addiction.