The mental health benefits of storytelling for health care workers…

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Health care workers are under more stress than ever before. How can they protect their mental health while handling new and complex pressures? TED Fellow Laurel Braitman shows how writing and sharing personal stories helps physicians, nurses, medical students and other health professionals connect more meaningfully with themselves and others, and make their emotional well-being a priority.

How to start a conversation about suicide…

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Is there someone in your life dealing with anxiety, depression or thoughts of suicide, but is too ashamed to talk about it? Jeremy Forbes saw this happening around him, and now he’s on a mission to teach people how to start a conversation about it. In this deeply personal talk, Forbes shares his approach to helping a group of traditionally …

How caffeine and alcohol affect your sleep…

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Caffeine wakes you up, and alcohol makes you nod off, right? It’s not that simple. Sleep scientist Matt Walker takes us into the eye-opening ways that these drinks affect the quantity and quality of our sleep.

Your body language may shape who you are…

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Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence and might have an impact on our chances for success. A really insightful, thought provoking and empowering …

What causes hallucinations?

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A condition called Charles Bonnet Syndrome can cause blind patients to hallucinate scenes in vivid colour. fMRI studies show that these hallucinations activate the same brain areas as sight — areas that are not activated by imagination. Other hallucinations also involve the same brain areas as real sensory experiences. What’s going on? Elizabeth Cox details the science of hallucinations in …

What is consciousness?

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Patient P.S. suffered a stroke that damaged the right side of her brain, leaving her unaware of everything on her left side. If someone threw a ball at her left side, she might duck. But she wouldn’t have awareness of the ball or know why she ducked. Where does consciousness come from? Michael Graziano explores the question that has vexed …

What is schizophrenia?

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Schizophrenia was first identified more than a century ago, but we still don’t know its exact causes. It remains one of the most misunderstood and stigmatized illnesses today. So what do we actually know about its symptoms, causes, and treatments? Anees Bahji investigates in this short animated video. [Directed by Artrake Studio, narrated by Susan Zimmerman, music by Stephen LaRosa]. …

What would happen if you didn’t sleep?

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Lack of good sleep isn’t just a minor inconvenience… staying awake can cause serious bodily harm. In this short TEDEd animated video, Claudia Aguirre shows what happens to your body and brain when you skip sleep.

Your words may predict your future mental health…

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Can the way you speak and write today predict your future mental state, even the onset of psychosis? In this fascinating talk, neuroscientist Mariano Sigman reflects on ancient Greece and the origins of introspection to investigate how our words hint at our inner lives and details a word-mapping algorithm that could predict the development of schizophrenia. “We may be seeing …

What is Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?

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Generalised Anxiety Disorder—sometimes shortened to GAD—is a condition characterised by excessive, persistent, and unreasonable amounts of anxiety and worry regarding everyday things. If you feel you relate to this video, there is help. If you’re experiencing debilitating anxiety and want to talk to someone, there are people who will listen to you.