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Why calling antidepressants ‘happy pills’ is such nonsense


In the midst of discussions about mental health and medication, you’re bound to come across a description of antidepressants as ‘happy pills’.

This is usually paired with some words about how people are ‘popping’ said pills like Tic-tacs.

There’s a major problem with this description: Antidepressants don’t actually make you happy.

There’s a reason antidepressants are called antidepressants, and not ‘mood boosters’ or ‘happymakers’: It’s because they work to reduce depression.

That’s what they’re capable of doing (for some people). The most common antidepressants are SSRIs, which work to increase levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter thought to affect mood, emotions, and sleep, in the brain. The idea is that if you up the serotonin, you’ll lessen the symptoms of depression.

Take that bit in: We’re talking about lessening the symptoms of depression, not piling on positive emotions to fill that space.

They work on low levels of serotonin by increasing them. They don’t add excess serotonin when your brain has plenty.

Antidepressants don’t make you happy. Instead –… Read the full story

Why cats leave their tongues hanging out

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Cats are mysterious creatures.

Why do they happily sit for two hours being stroked, only to decide, suddenly, that they hate being stroked and will now scratch the f*** out of your hand?

Why do they miaow at the door, but refuse to go out when you open it?

Why do they take it upon yourself to knock your mug of tea right off your bedside table? Wait, we know that one.

This time around in mysteries of the cats being answered, InverseScience has kindly worked out why cats blep.

You know what blepping is, right? It’s when an animal’s tongue casually pokes out of their mouth… Read the full story

GMFA’s new sexual health campaign features black gay couples

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It’s a disappointing reality that people of colour are still sorely lacking in representation.

That’s not only on TV and in film, or in fashion. It’s rare to see black people in adverts and posters, the ‘norm’ still stuck on white skin.

That’s why GMFA’s new campaign is so important.

The charity has launched a series of posters around London featuring black same-sex couples to promote the importance of regular STI tests.

The campaign, called Me.Him.Us, was developed to not only increase testing among gay and bisexual men, but to increase representation or gay and bisexual men… Read the full story

Japanese people are sharing photos of their very long, stretchy cats

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We interrupt your day to ask you a very important question: Have you seen these long cats?

Cats are always bringing us joy, particularly when it comes to social media trends.

This time around in excellent cat-related trends: Long cats.

Holding up cats to see how long they truly are is not a new phenomenon – you’ve likely seen that picture of a very long white cat.

But the concept has resurfaced thanks to a Japanese Twitter user called Mttkmsan, who decided to post a picture of his neighbour’s cat, Yamame-kun.

That picture inspired… Read the full story

Meet the ballet dancer still teaching classes at 97


You’re never too old to do what you love.

At 97 years old, Joyce Harper has been doing the same job for 72 years: teaching student ballet, in the same dance hall she set up when she was 26, in 1946.

Joyce still teaches lessons twice a week, and says the dance school is what ‘keeps her alive’. She’s never been married, and thinks of her students as family

‘I have taught ballet to generations of children,’ says Joyce.

”I’ve seen some right through… Read the full story

Couple from neighbouring cities tie the knot after travelling 5,500 miles to meet

Bride Yuting Ling, 28, and groom Kanheng Zhou got married at Dundee???s Registrar's Office. See Centre Press story CPWEDDING; A pair of overseas students who grew up in neighbouring cities have tied the knot in Scotland -- after travelling across the world to meet. They came from China with a passion for studying biotechnology but now the two University of Dundee students are celebrating a lesson in love. Yuting Ling, 28, and Kanheng Zhou, 27, married today in the city's Registrar's Office after meeting as PhD students at the University's School of Science and Engineering. The newlyweds grew up just hours apart but had to travel more than 5,500 miles from their… <a href=Read the full story

6 unusual honeymoon destinations – from joining the cowboys to sleeping in a bird’s nest

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Fancy a honeymoon here? (Picture: Mayumi Iwasaki)

The royal wedding of Prince Harry and his bride, Meghan Markle, is causing wedding fever across the country.

Mauritius at 50: 25 things to see and do while you’re on the Indian Ocean island

Speculation of where the couple will spend their honeymoon is rife, with luxury at the top of the agenda.

Botswana in Africa, the Italian Amalfi Coast and Montpelier Plantation and Beach in the Caribbean island of Nevis are all high on the list of potential locations, with the latter visited by the Prince and his late mother,… Read the full story

Quiz: Do you remember these iconic characters from The Wire?

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There is no denying that The Wire is one of the greatest TV shows ever created.

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When it comes to this multi-layered and great piece of art people fall into two very clear categories; those who have watched it many times, and spend all of their energy trying to convince everyone else to get on board, or those who have yet to discover it.

This quiz concerns the loyalists out there, the ones that religiously re-watch episodes of… Read the full story

Nothing to see here, just some very good doggos celebrating St Patrick’s Day

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It doesn’t matter if you’re Irish or not, St Patrick’s Day is an excuse for everyone to get razzled.

Around the globe yesterday, people from all walks of life were drinking their weight in Guinness and wearing silly hats.

And some folk decided to extend that tradition to their little pups.

Yep, plenty of dogs embraced St Pawtrick’s Day to the full.

Whether it was by wearing a special little bib…

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Or tie

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They really made the day their own

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5 reasons why you need to move to Chichester now

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Vintage festivals, historic city walls, white sandy beaches nearby and the South Downs National Park are just a few of the things that make Chichester such a desirable place to live.

World-class plays are held at the theatre, the galleries curates a year-round programme to be envied outside of London and, of course, glorious Goodwood is just down the road.

Here are just some of the reasons why you will shortly be doing the Rightmove swipe for a place in Chichester.

Location, location, location

We’ve found a job where you can get paid to look after dogs all day

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Imagine spending the weekend counting down the minutes until you can be back in the office on Monday morning.

There aren’t many jobs that beat your own downtime…but we might have just found one.

Because you can now be paid to look after sweet dogs all day.

Central Bark and The Beach Dog Cafe is now looking for people to just that.

The doggy daycare centre in Manchester is after dog handlers to help walk and feed their pups and ensure that they have an all-round good time.

Central Bark is looking for dog handlers to join our team. We are looking for… Read the full story

A cafe is selling Creme Egg and Ferrero Rocher cheesecakes inside Easter eggs

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Easter only comes around once a year and when it does, you want to make the most of it.

Whether you’ve been fasting in the six weeks leading up to it or not, there’s nothing like a massive slab of Easter egg to mark the occasion.

The more chocolate the better.

And if you’re a fan of Creme Eggs or Ferrero Rocher, then you might want to head down to Wales.

Because The Cottage Coffee Shop & Lunch Bar in the Rhondda is filling chocolate egg shells with Creme Egg and Ferrero Rocher cheesecakes – and topping them with your favourite chocolate treats.

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Dipped eyebrows is possibly the only decent brow trend this year

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Aren’t we all just a bit bored of brows by now?

Every week some beauty blogger tries to kid us into ruining our eyebrows with some new trend. Can’t brows just be brows?

For the most part, brow trends tend to be trash.

Except, perhaps, ‘dipped eyebrows’.

DJs and it-girl duo Simi and Haze Khadra wore them at London Fashion Week, with the tail halves of their brows dipped a hot pink or black.

And you know what? It looked pretty cool.

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It’s a simple way of adding a pop of colour to your face without screaming: ‘I’VE JUST BEEN ATTACKED BY A TODDLER WITH… Read the full story

6 things to know before you go to Croatia

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Croatia has long been a popular summer holiday spot among those who want a cheap beach holiday or an interesting city break.

Croatia has plentiful options for travellers: from old-world architecture and marbled streets in Dubrovnik, to partying and sunbathing in Split; to the incredible natural beauty in the waterfalls at Krka and the icy-blue water of Plitvice Lakes.

It’s got beautiful national parks, fantastic beaches, and crucially, very cheap drinks.

Here are six things you need to know before you go.

Island hopping is a highlight

Mumsnet users really think this perfectly lived in room is a tip

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You might not be able to see it but apparently, this room is the definition of a pig sty to some people.

Which only makes me wonder what their rooms look like (in a totally non-creepy way, ofc).

The people of Mumsnet were divided after one mum shared a picture of her living room asking people to comment on whether it was tidy or not.

And it must’ve been a quiet day for the internet because it became a pretty contested debate.

Understandably, she posted it anonymously (for fear of shame probably) saying it was ‘neither tidy nor messy’.

Some sensible people noted that it looked like… Read the full story

Teen donates her prom dress, shoes and makeup to help girls in need

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This is 19-year-old Mike Riddick.

It’s currently peak prom season over in the states and as such, she’s been reminiscing about her senior dance back in 2016 – when she was wearing this incredible dress.

And it was while she was going through her old photos that she had an idea: she still had the dress…so why not allow someone else to wear it?

After all, how many wears can you really get out of a gown this fabulous?

So she took to Twitter and offered it up, along with some shoes and a makeup artist, to any local girls in need.

‘I offered my prom dress because why not?’ she tells Read the full story

Yogi starts offering Wakanda yoga classes inspired by Black Panther

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If Black Twitter is anything to go by, Black Panther is already a classic.

But it’s not just online that the film is dominating conversations and challenging the racial status quo.

It’s also having an impact on yoga mats – particularly at the Ashtanga Yoga School in Norfolk, Virginia.

Yogi Artis Smith has begun teaching a new variety of the practice: Wakanda Yoga.

Artis says that after watching the film, he couldn’t get it off his mind.

Talking to 13NewNow, he says: ‘It really was exciting to see strong black women take the role of leadership and support.

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‘I just went on a binge… Read the full story

If you’re a Kanye fan, there’s a new dating site for you

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Any Yeezy mega-fans looking for love need look no further.

Because someone’s actually come up with a dating platform specifically for Kanye devotees.

YEEZY.Dating is here to finally hook you up with the Kanye fan of your dreams.

Unlike most generic dating apps which often end up with you chatting to some randomer with whom you have nothing in common, this app revolves around your love for the bombastic king of hip-hop.

It’s the dream child of 21-year-old ‘young lad’ Harry Dry, who’s been building a dating site for Kanye West fans for the past month.


‘To celebrate Kanye West fans. Those who believe in themselves! We all going to be dead… Read the full story

Pensioners who wanted to pimp their zimmer frames had their wishes delivered by these kids

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Zimmer frames are just bland and boring, according to the pensioners who use them every day.

So schoolchildren answered their call to pimp them up by adding a bit of glitz and glamour to the walking aids.

Youngsters from Abbotsholme School Staffordshire, got busy crafting, adding shiny stars and pom poms, customising them for the owners.

The decorations brightened up the walking frames for elderly residents at Barrowhill Hall care home in Rochester, many of whom have dementia.

Good-natured pupils from the school had a ball vamping up the walking devices, wrapping them up extravagant streamers and personalising it with residents’ names.

We’re all going to need a giant unicorn sprinkler come summer*

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It might be snowy and wintery right now but eventually, summer is going to rear its hot head.

And when it does, you’re going to wish you had some way of cooling down.

Something like this gigantic unicorn sprinkler.

Yeah, you could just take our your old, run-of-the-mill hose but that would hardly give you the endless high-quality Instagram content that a massive unicorn would.

This particular bad boy is from Big Mouth and stands at a whopping 7ft. All you’ve got to do is inflate it and attach to your standard garden hose.

Et voila; water starts to sprinkle from the unicorn’s horn onto a load of happy revellers.

Unicorns not… Read the full story

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