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Water Cooler: Positive Psychology Backfire

It’s been a rough week. You got yelled at by your boss, your cat ran away and your car required an expensive repair. After venting to a friend about how this week really put you through the wringer and that you’re not in a great mood because of it, they tell you to “Look on the bright side,” or that “Happiness is a choice.” Does their obstinate positivity make you feel encouraged or enraged?

Why should you smile behind your face mask?

Before the coronavirus pandemic, I always smiled at other runners as we crossed paths. Now that we're wearing masks, I rarely bother. And when I do, I have no idea whether the intended recipient even notices. I never gave much thought to the momentary connections created by exchanging smiles with a stranger.

Dr. Zorba Paster: Probiotics might ease anxiety and depression

Next in the vocabulary lesson are probiotics, foods containing bacteria that positively influence the gastrointestinal microbiome. Prebiotics are chemical compounds that promote the flourishing of these good bacteria. Now, let us address the provocative question in a recent study published in the British Medical Journal.

Military suicides up as much as 20% in COVID era

Military suicides have increased by as much as 20% this year compared to the same period in 2019, and some incidents of violent behavior have spiked as service members struggle under COVID-19, war-zone deployments, national disasters and civil unrest.

Shows are working to connect viewers with help – thank ‘13 Reasons Why’

When Netflix debuted “13 Reasons Why” in the spring of 2017, it quickly became one of the platform’s most popular – and controversial – offerings. The drama, which counted Selena Gomez among its executive producers and was adapted from the bestselling YA novel by Jay Asher, was full of issues teens navigate in high school.

It’s an angry time, but it can be energizing

Rod Owens woke up furious on the day after the 2016 presidential elections. On Facebook, he warned any friends who had supported Donald Trump that "I'm not in the mood for your (expletive) right now." It wasn't a rare reaction for a liberal voter that day.

Trump plan to stem vet suicides focuses on public awareness

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump released a long-awaited plan Wednesday to address the persistently high number of suicides by veterans, with initiatives including firearm safety, wellness programs at workplaces and new barriers near railroads and bridges.

Treatment for substance abuse, including art, is out there during the coronavirus pandemic, Spokane experts say

With a stay-home order in place, substance abuse treatment services are still widely available, though many have transitioned to telehealth. In fact, new patient visits can now be conducted through telehealth, and the Washington State Health Care Authority said this is an opportune time to start treatment. The various options of the treatment world can be difficult to navigate, and the agency suggests starting with the

Webinar: Well-being and resilience during COVID-19

On Wednesday, the Next Generation Medicine Lecture series has scheduled a free webinar, “Well-Being and Resilience During COVID-19,” by Anne Browning, assistant dean for a well-being program at University of Washington School of Medicine.

Poll: Many Americans feel lonely and anxious during pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic upends lives across the United States, it’s taking a widespread toll on people’s mental health and stress levels, according to a survey that finds a majority of Americans felt nervous, depressed, lonely or hopeless in the past week.