Why I Quit Social Media to Save My Mental Health

The following was originally published in my newsletter, Happiness Is A Skill, Issue #01.  — The past few months have gifted us with an opportunity for deep reflection. While the world changes at a breakneck pace, we’ve all been stuck inside, left with nothing but the life we’ve created for ourselves and the emotions that…
Read More

Happiness is a skill.

It’s hard to celebrate anything right now. Yesterday, after a much needed few days entirely off the grid, I came back to a digital shitstorm. The specifics are irrelevant, but what was important was that in the middle of getting real mad and doing a whole hell of a lot of ugly crying, I realized…
Read More

What Came First, the Suicidal Chicken or the Effexor Egg? Iatrogenic Comorbidity Explained.

  “Iatrogenic comorbidity” is one of those jargon phrases that makes me want to run far far away from research.  To me, it’s code for this is an article for those who have letters after their name and if you don’t you’re too plebian to understand. For regular folk, it’s a term that’s difficult to…
Read More

Fangirling over Michael P. Hengartner and Prophylactic Effects

  I was scrolling through Twitter when I came across a tweet by Michael P. Hengartner, PhD that read, “In my new open access paper, I critically discuss whether long-term antidepressant use has prophylactic effects, ie., whether long-term use effectively protects against depression relapses and why we must consider withdrawal reactions…” Hengartner is one of…
Read More

5 Things I Wish I Was Told About Packing Before Traveling Around the World for a Year

Note from Brooke: This is an updated post originally written in November of 2016, when I was traveling around the world.   Now that I’m four countries and nearly three months into my Remote Year experience, I’ve been doing this long enough to realize that everything I did to prepare for this trip was wrong. Everything I packed? Wrong.…
Read More

What exactly is a “peer reviewed” article?

When people describe legitimate research, they tend to preface it with the term “peer review.” Because peer review is a critical part of scholarly publishing, it’s worth taking a few hundred words and diving into its meaning. What is peer review? Peer review is exactly what it sounds like: academic peers review an individual’s work…
Read More