Hypertension During Pregnancy Tied to Later Cognitive Decline

Women who develop gestational hypertension — high blood pressure during pregnancy — may have reduced cognitive abilities later in life, a recent report suggests. The study, in Neurology, included 115 women with a history of gestational hypertension between 2002 and 2006. They measured their mental agility an average of 15…

Therapists Are on TikTok. And How Does That Make You Feel?

“Now this looks like a job for me,” licensed doctoral therapist Courtney Tracy mimes along to an Eminem track through crimson lipstick, responding to the question she’s posed, in black and white text, to her 1.4 million TikTok followers: “Do you have: Anxiety, Addiction, Childhood trauma, Mood swings, Borderline, Depression.”…

To Start a New Habit, Make It Easy

Whether your goal for the new year is to lose weight, start exercising or focus on self-care, ask yourself: How can I make this easier? In the scientific study of habit formation, the thing that makes it harder for you to achieve your goal is called friction. Reducing friction means…

Sleep Better in the New Year

For many, 2020 was a year that provided lots of worries that kept us tossing and turning at night. Tara Parker-Pope’s guide, How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep, is packed with advice: We spend about one-third of our lives asleep, and sleep is essential to better health. But many…

Soothing Anxiety and Stress: Advice From the Year in Well

For many of us, 2020 was an exceptionally stressful year, dominated by fears about the coronavirus pandemic. Even with the vaccine on the horizon, we’re likely to need some stress management strategies to carry us into 2021. There’s lots of advice in this guide by Tara Parker-Pope, How to Be…

Music During Surgery May Aid Recovery

Patients undergoing surgery who listen to soothing talk and music while under anesthesia may wake up feeling less pain and require less pain medicine. German researchers randomly assigned 385 surgery patients to one of two groups. The first wore earphones during their operations, listening to an audiotape that played soothing…

Depression in Childhood Tied to Physical Illnesses in Young Adulthood

Children and adolescents diagnosed with depression may be at increased risk for physical diseases and premature death as young adults, researchers report. For a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers used Swedish health registries to track a group of 1,487,964 children, of whom 37,185 were diagnosed with depression between ages…

Building Emotional Safety Nets for Men

On the surface, Sean Kushigian and Jeff Compton didn’t have a lot in common before the pandemic. Mr. Kushigian, a 37-year-old banking analyst and self-described “extrovert,” surrounded himself with like-minded friends who didn’t discuss their problems and such “negative” feelings as fear and sadness, he told me, because they were…

Weight Training May Help Ease Anxiety

Roiled by concerns about the pandemic and politics? Lifting weights might help, according to a timely new study of anxiety and resistance training. The study, which involved healthy young adults, barbells and lunges, indicates that regular weight training substantially reduces anxiety, a finding with particular relevance during these unsettling, bumpy…