How I Discovered My Depression—and Began to Confront It
With suicide rising among undiagnosed American depressives, I recognized it was time to admit I needed help.
Can Underground Psychedelic Therapy Ever Go Mainstream?
The work of a large network of underground therapists has laid the basis for current FDA-regulated research into hallucinogenic therapy. Now they want to take that work mainstream.
'Married at First Sight,' Now in a Lasting Relationship
What couples who stick together after starring on reality TV can teach us about enduring romance.
Humiliating People With Addiction Is Not Treatment
My experiences at a "therapeutic community" in Florida where degrading practices were routine will always inform my continuing work as a therapist.
Psychotherapy's Go-To Method Isn't What It Used to Be
Cognitive behavioral therapy seems to be less effective than it was in the 1970s, but researchers aren't sure why.
Harville Hendrix Wants to Save America, One Marriage at a Time
An early look at a Pacific Standard story that's currently only available to print and digital magazine subscribers.
Whisper Wants You to Vlog Your Mental Health. Should You?
Your Voice, a video-sharing platform from social media site Whisper, is trying to raise awareness for mental health issues by asking people to post their personal stories. But, given stigmatization, online discrimination, and the sensitivity of medical records, does the platform do enough to protect its users?
Should We Take Away the Kids of Those Who Are Mentally Ill?
Mindi has never harmed her daughter and is capably raising a son, but authorities took her daughter under a concept sometimes called “predictive neglect.”
Can Animal-Assisted Therapy Be Used to Help At-Risk Boys?
If existing behavioral programs aren’t working, can therapeutic sessions with a dog help kids who have problems at school?
The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: Dana Smith, 26, Psychology
For the month of April we're profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.
Bringing a Therapy Dog Into a Children's Hospital Might Be a Bad Idea
Despite the popularity of animal therapy in American pediatric hospitals, a new research review reveals that there's little support for its health benefits.
Is Watching 'Gone With the Wind' as Real Marriage Therapy?
A recent study reveals that watching relationship-themed movies and discussing them with your partner can be just as effective as visiting a marriage counselor.