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Mental health affects us all. How we think and feel about our lives and ourselves has an impact on our behavior and how we cope in tough times. Mental health problems are very common and include conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, anorexia, anxiety, b



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Mindfulness class helped women, but not men, overcome 'negative affect'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In a new study of a Brown University scholarly course on mindfulness that also included meditation labs, researchers found that the practice on average significantly helped women overcome "negative...



Weighted blankets for anxiety: Uses and benefits

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

There are many ways to manage anxiety, including medication, lifestyle changes, and complementary therapies. Learn about how weighted blankets may help.



Reduction of post-traumatic stress symptoms associated with noninvasive technology

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A closed-loop acoustic stimulation brainwave technology significantly reduced symptoms in people suffering from post-traumatic stress in a small pilot study conducted at Wake Forest Baptist Medical...



Study paints somber picture of US mental health status and access to care

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

More Americans than ever before suffer from serious psychological distress, and the country's ability to meet the growing demand for mental health services is rapidly eroding.



FDA approves first drug to treat tardive dyskinesia

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Ingrezza (valbenazine) capsules to treat adults with tardive dyskinesia. This is the first drug approved by the FDA for this condition.



Why green spaces are good for grey matter

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Walking between busy urban environments and green spaces triggers changes in levels of excitement, engagement and frustration in the brain, a study of older people has found.



New medication significantly decreases involuntary movement

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Antipsychotic treatment can cause involuntary movements such as lip smacking, tongue protrusions and excessive eye blinking.



Higher death rate among youth with first episode psychosis

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study shows that young people experiencing first episode psychosis have a much higher death rate than previously thought.



Research highlights need for responsible development of ketamine for severe depression

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A new paper published in The Lancet Psychiatry sets out principles for responsibly testing innovative treatments for severe depression, based on treating more than 100 patients with approximately...



Common antibiotic may help to prevent or treat PTSD

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The common antibiotic doxycycline can disrupt the formation of negative associations in the brain, according to new research from UCL and the University of Zurich.



PTSD 'should be viewed as a systemic disorder'

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers call for post-traumatic stress disorder to be seen as a systemic condition, after linking it to at least 10 comorbidities.



Feeling lonely may worsen cold symptoms

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:00:00 PDT

People who feel lonely may experience more severe symptoms of a common cold than those who do not feel lonely, new research finds.



Childhood bullying may lead to increased chronic disease risk in adulthood

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Being bullied during childhood might have lifelong health effects related to chronic stress exposure - including an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes in adulthood, according to a...



Social phobia: Indication of a genetic cause

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

People with social anxiety avoid situations in which they are exposed to judgment by others. Those affected also lead a withdrawn life and maintain contact above all on the Internet.



Patients with OCD have difficulty learning when a stimulus is safe

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

People who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) are poorer at learning about the safety of a stimulus than healthy volunteers, which may contribute to their struggles to overcome...



Social media users more likely to feel isolated, study finds

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The time spent online and the frequency of social media use have been shown to drastically increase the risk of feeling socially isolated.



Even after treatment, brains of anorexia nervosa patients not fully recovered

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Even after weeks of treatment and considerable weight gain, the brains of adolescent patients with anorexia nervosa remain altered, putting them at risk for possible relapse, according to...



Aggression disorder linked to greater risk of substance abuse

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

People with intermittent explosive disorder (IED) - a condition marked by frequent physical or verbal outbursts - are at five times greater risk for abusing substances such as alcohol, tobacco and...



Changes in RNA splicing: A new mechanism for genetic risk in schizophrenia

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research has identified sections of DNA associated with altered regulation of gene expression underlying schizophrenia.



Given the choice, patients will reach for cannabis over prescribed opioids

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Chronic pain sufferers and those taking mental health meds would rather turn to cannabis instead of their prescribed opioid medication, according to new research by the University of British...



Teach yourself everyday happiness with imagery training

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Flashbacks of scenes from traumatic events often haunt those suffering from psychiatric conditions, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).



Watching birds near your home is good for your mental health - official

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

People living in neighbourhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress, according to research by academics at the University of Exeter, the...



New risk factors for anxiety disorders

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Several newly discovered variants of a gene increase the risk of developing anxiety disorders.



Propranolol: Uses, benefits, and side effects

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Learn about propranolol, a beta-blocker. This article looks at how the drug affects the body and the conditions that it can be used to help treat.



Cats do not harm children's mental health, study finds

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Unlike previous research, a new study finds no link between cat ownership in childhood and increased risk of mental health disorders.