Mental Health

An Italian study investigated whether developing PTSD after a terrorist attack might make you more susceptible to specific co-existing chronic diseases or conditions.   Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that develops after a traumatic event. Symptoms include disturbing dreams, feelings, and thoughts that are related to such events, including symptoms of panic.
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A recent study by Hauer and colleagues investigated whether oxygen therapy can promote deep, restorative sleep. The brain is very sensitive to circulating oxygen levels and can undergo permanent damage in response to hypoxia (low oxygen levels). Moreover, it has been shown that different oxygen levels can have a significant impact on brain activity. For
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A recent study examined the effects of self-administered happiness exercises in individuals recovering from a substance use disorder. In individuals who struggle with addictions, it seems that simply working on not using the substance may not be so effective. Recent studies have been focusing on increasing the overall well-being and happiness experienced by those with
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New research published in Neurology investigates the potential benefits of exercise on thinking skills and cognitive function in adults. Regular exercise is an important component of living a healthy lifestyle for many reasons. It is extremely beneficial to physical health because it helps maintain optimal body mass and composition, respiratory function, and much more. It
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In a study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, researchers discovered that Tetris can help relieve PTSD flashbacks. People who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often undergo flashbacks,  which are involuntary recurring visual memories of the frightful and upsetting experience. Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden uncovered that Tetris, a
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In a study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, researchers examined the capacity of food insecurity to increase the likelihood of binge eating disorder. Food security is known as the capacity to afford foods that provide the nutritional value for a healthy life. Food insecurity, which is the inability to afford or acquire
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Researchers at the University of Alberta have identified a drug that could target one of the major proteins responsible for ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a debilitating disease marked by gradual neuromuscular degeneration. Previous studies have implicated several genes in the onset of the disease. One protein, called SOD1, has a propensity to misfold
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A recent study examined how strongly anxiety and depression predict physical illnesses, compared to obesity and smoking. Preventative efforts in primary care often focus on physical risk factors such as obesity and smoking. While significant evidence exists linking mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, to poorer health outcomes, these are not the focus
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Sociology researchers seek to understand the link between social stigma and self-esteem in those on the autistic spectrum. There has been a shift in contemporary thought surrounding people with autism and its respective variants including Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism (HFA). Adults with autism spectrum disorder receive less than 1% of autism research funding
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Scientists made a research breakthrough in understanding the responsible mechanisms of restless leg syndrome. Restless legs syndrome is a disorder related to sensation and movement. It is a common nervous system condition that causes an overwhelming irresistible urge to move the legs. The uncomfortable sensation usually happens in
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Recently published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, a study sought to determine the factors to predict depression in college students. Depressive symptoms are a widespread issue among college students. College students are particularly vulnerable to depression due to various stressors unique to their campus and curriculum. Many
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Today, October 10, 2018, is World Mental Health Day. Today is about raising awareness of mental health issues around the world to educate, offer support, and reduce the overall stigma surrounding mental health issues. Whether you have a mental health disorder or not, this day is a reminder
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