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You’ve been diagnosed with depression, now what? So you’re depressed. You know this because a health professional has told you so, or you’ve been depressed before and there is no mistaking the symptoms. Or perhaps you just suspect that you’re depressed – you’ve used an online screening questionnaire that suggests the diagnosis, and just need to see a health professional to confirm [...]
Managing bipolar disorder without medication Bipolar disorder is a diagnosis given to people who experience periods of intense low mood but also periods of elation and increased energy which can lead to impaired judgement and risky behaviour. The Royal College of Psychiatrists estimates that around 1% of the adult population experience bipolar symptoms at some point in their life. UK [...]
Excessive alcohol use continues to be drain on American economy Excessive alcohol use continues to be a drain on the American economy, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Excessive drinking cost the U.S. $249 billion in 2010, or $2.05 per drink, a significant increase from $223.5 billion, or $1.90 per drink, in 2006. Most of these costs [...]
Study highlights genes involved in schizophrenia and obesity Genes involved in schizophrenia and obesity have been highlighted in a new UCL study, which could lead to a better understanding of the DNA variants which affect risk of these conditions and aid the development of improved strategies for prevention and treatment. The research by the UCL Genetics Institute, published in Annals of Human Genetics, [...]
College students say prescription stimulants easy to find on campus Seven out of 10 college students say it is somewhat or very easy to obtain controlled stimulants without a prescription, according to a new survey conducted on eight U.S. campuses. About 18 percent of undergraduates reported misusing prescription stimulants such as Adderall, the 2015 College Prescription Drug Study (CPDS) found. The great majority (83 percent) [...]
Nicotine increases the speed in which codeine is converted into morphine in the brain According to new research in rat models, nicotine use over time increases the speed that codeine is converted into morphine within the brain, by increasing the amount of a specific enzyme. It appears smokers’ brains are being primed for a bigger buzz from this common pain killer – which could put them at a higher [...]
Study examines how rewards and daytime sleep boost learning A new study suggests that receiving rewards as you learn can help cement new facts and skills in your memory, particularly when combined with a daytime nap. The findings from the University of Geneva, to be published in the journal eLife, reveal that memories associated with a reward are preferentially reinforced by sleep. Even a [...]
Scientists make advancements that may lead to new treatments for Parkinson’s More than one million people in the United States are afflicted with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the brain that affects movement and coordination. The cause is typically unknown, and presently there is no cure for the disease. Scientists have discovered that the hallmark sign of Parkinson’s disease is the intraneuronal accumulation and progressive [...]
3 More Tools and Tips for Navigating Stress When... When you’re already depressed, stress only compounds your symptoms. Stress only boosts your anxiety and overwhelm, said Robin Starkey Harpster, MA, MFT, a psychotherapist who specializes in treating depression and anxiety in Los Angeles. Many of Harpster’s clients are new moms struggling with postpartum depression. … ...
Finding Community as a Person with Mental Illness Finding and keeping friends is tough for anyone. Outside of the friendships we’ve formed in high school and college, being a young adult can be tough for finding a niche … ...
Today I Love Snow On Roof Tops Today I love the first snow that fell and is clinging to roof tops and car tops and bits of dried leaves....
These Words Will Take You a Long Way If you have something nice to say, then by all means, say it! And did you get what You wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did … ...
Brain Size And IQ: 8,000 Scans Test The Link Scans of over 8,000 people were analysed by scientists searching for a link between IQ and brain size. » Continue reading: Brain Size And IQ: 8,000 Scans Test The Link
5 Ways to Spot the Red Flags in Your Relationship Everyone knows the feeling of being in a relationship where something doesn’t feel quite right, but you stick it out anyhow. However, even if you don't like admitting those red flags exist, your relationship will be better off if you do.
If you want to improve health, change your behaviour...... New research confirms the role of behavioral factors in health and that text-based support can improve heart disease risks. Making small changes in behavior can improve life........
If You Want to Improve Health, Change Your Behaviour New research confirms the role of behavioral factors in health and that text-based support can improve heart disease risks. Making small changes in behavior can improve life.
Seasonal Affective Disorder: Weathering the Storm Whoever wants to pursue the science of medicine in a direct manner Must first investigate the seasons of the year and what occurs in them~ Hippocrates The days are getting shorter and the sun appears to have taken a hiatus behind the thick darkness of … ...
Psychology Around the Net: October 17, 2015 Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers! This week’s Psychology Around the Net brings you the latest on therapy and your sex life, the effects of alcohol use on the economy, what exactly counts as creepy behavior, and more. Enjoy! The Psychology of Sex: How Therapy Can … ...
Men Never Cry: Depression in Men and Why It’s...   Depression is real. And more so in Men, it is said that men suffer from the worst forms of depression. This is more likely to be true because unlike … ...
One Size Does Not Fit All! There are lots of techniques being proffered as being a miracle cure for social phobia. Yes, these headlines atop of blog posts and on YouTube videos look good. They raise … ...