It’s a science-backed mindfulness tool called Just the Facts, and it actually works

A middle aged woman alone in her home in isolation with her hand on her head.

Every single morning for the past 10 days, I’ve woken up with a singular thought blaring in my brain, a certainty: Well, it’s finally here. I’ve caught the coronavirus.

My body, however, disagrees: I actually have no Covid-19 symptoms, which can include a dry cough, painful muscle aches, a high…

Despite obvious symptoms, it took me months to realize I had PTSD — and even longer to accept it. Here’s why it’s so hard to recognize and to treat.

“It sounds like you have post-traumatic stress disorder,” my therapist said.

I was 21 and sitting across from my therapist on the third floor of the university health center, a box of tissues on the coffee table between us and her bulky copy of the DSM-5 spread out on my…

A brief look into a trendy amino acid

A variety of different pills and supplements are laid out in a grid against a white backdrop.

People take supplements for all sorts of reasons — omega-3s for heart health, calcium for strong bones, vitamin B12 for more energy. But rarely is there one supplement that claims to heal seemingly every ailment, from asthma to liver disease. Yet NAC, short for N-acetyl cysteine, is that kind of…

Many people hospitalized from vape-related illnesses reported using THC oil. Here’s what experts know, and how you should proceed.

As of September 17, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported at least six deaths and 530 hospitalizations from the use of vape products like e-cigarettes and vape pens. The illnesses have spanned 36 states and one U.S. …

The effects may not be long-term, but doctors are seeing more people with screen-related vision problems

A man at his desk in the dark. He is in front of a computer while looking down at his iPad and holding an Apple Pencil.

If you glance at the news today, order groceries, or schedule a playdate for your child, chances are you’re doing it in front of a screen. Research shows that the average American adult spends up to half their waking hours on a phone or other electronic device. …

Failing spectacularly in a high-stakes situation is a near-universal experience. Fortunately, there’s plenty of research on how to keep a cool head.

Even now, 10 years later, I still remember the moment with excruciating clarity: During the fourth and final round of a high school regional speech competition, after a full day of flawless performances, I went up to the front of the auditorium for my last speech and froze.

In a…

What works, and what doesnt, in the quest to make yourself more illness-resistant

The same aisle exists in pretty much any drugstore — the one with the powders, pills, chewable tablets, gummies, sprays, and drinks, all claiming to help you stave off or shorten illnesses.

It’s a comforting idea — that a heartier defense system is that close at hand — especially if…

Sarah Watts

Musing about mental health, science, pop culture and more.

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