Weight-loss drugs are challenging for people with eating disorders

Many people with eating disorders struggle with the thinness myth — that happiness, prosperity and good health come with thinness — and not their weight.

By Pamela Ramos, MDJanuary 19, 2024

Want to slow memory loss after 60? A multivitamin may be the answer.

A group taking a multivitamin was two years younger in memory function, research shows.

By Marlene CimonsJanuary 18, 2024

This $10 purchase can improve your sleep and boost your brain health

Research has shown that even relatively dim light when we snooze — about the equivalent of a hallway light — can have surprisingly profound physiological effects.

By Richard SimaJanuary 18, 2024

Does your ‘love language’ really matter? Scientists are skeptical.

Love language, a theory about expressing and receiving love, was introduced by Baptist pastor Gary Chapman 30 years ago. Scientists say it’s not backed by research.

By Richard SimaJanuary 15, 2024

5 simple tips to help you sleep better in the new year

These five behavioral and psychological tips, including compressing your sleep and limiting alcohol at night, could provide a fresh start in 2024.

By Lisa StraussJanuary 11, 2024

Your toughest mental health goal? Being kinder to yourself.

Treating ourselves well is connected with positive feelings toward others and gratitude about life.

By Christopher W.T. Miller, MDJanuary 6, 2024

Forget FOMO. Embrace JOMO to discover the joy of missing out.

For Day 4 of our New Year’s tuneup, try these simple steps to bring more joyful moments into your day.

By Richard SimaJanuary 4, 2024

To resist temptation, think short term

To stick to healthy choices, prioritize short-term consequences, focus on the fun and continuously reward yourself.

By Kaitlin Woolley and Paul StillmanJanuary 2, 2024

Feeling nostalgia is good for our present and future well-being

Reminiscing about shared memories with friends, listening to your favorite music or looking through old photos are great ways to stroll down memory lane.

By Richard SimaDecember 28, 2023

Want to improve your mental health? Experts offer their best advice.

Anxiety, depression, loneliness, poor sleep and other issues can take a toll on our emotional well-being. But there are ways to counter these problems.

By Washington Post staffDecember 22, 2023

How to help your brain form healthy habits and break the bad ones

Forming healthy habits and setting goals can be challenging. By using science-backed strategies, you can create neural patterns that become your new default.

By Sam JonesDecember 21, 2023

Is ketamine therapy safe? Answers to questions after Matthew Perry’s death

News that the actor Matthew Perry was undergoing ketamine therapy before his death has raised new questions about the drug’s safety.

By Rachel ZimmermanDecember 16, 2023

7 ways to make your family holiday gatherings free from gaslighting

Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse, but you can avoid it by, among other things, honoring your feelings, maintaining your boundaries and being proactive.

By Robin SternDecember 15, 2023

Our best brain tips for a healthier, happier life

Listen to the birds, breathe, hug or hold hands, and channel your inner Betty White. These and other tips can have positive effects on our mental health.

By Richard SimaDecember 14, 2023

In the mystery of postpartum depression, the immune system offers clues

Postpartum depression has commonly been linked to the hormonal fluctuations of pregnancy, but scientists say the immune system plays a much larger role than previously known.

By Richard SimaDecember 6, 2023

Six tips to turn light chats into deep talks at holiday gatherings

Ask novel questions; try a creative icebreaker; and make talk meaningful. These and other ways can help spark ‘conversation chemistry.’

By Juli FragaDecember 5, 2023

Women’s brains change across the menstrual cycle

During menstrual cycles, a woman’s brain changes. New research shows that the volume or thickness of certain regions change in sync with hormone levels.

By Meeri KimNovember 30, 2023

Should an affair be disclosed? Risks of hiding or revealing infidelity.

Keeping an affair secret guarantees a relationship chasm, but revealing the infidelity guarantees breaking a partner’s heart.

By Yael SchonbrunNovember 28, 2023

UTIs can lead to cognitive dysfunction, but there are ways to reduce risks

Common infections are linked to delirium and dementia, but with awareness, prevention and treatment, the risks can be lowered.

By Richard SimaNovember 16, 2023

Are you a chronic people-pleaser? Here’s how to be kinder to yourself.

Acknowledge fear and other emotions, exercise self-compassion and practice saying no. These and other tips will help you manage chronic people-pleasing.

By Juli FragaNovember 14, 2023