Mental Health

Feeling depressed before and during a menstrual period is common. Experts believe that these emotional changes occur as a result of fluctuating hormone levels. Most people who menstruate will experience some symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), including moodiness and headaches. However, some individuals can develop more severe symptoms, such as depression and anger. Hormones can
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Throughout evolutionary history, fear has helped humans stay safe and thrive. But in the modern world, many fear responses — such as phobias — are, at best, unhelpful and, at worst, debilitating. Yet, accumulating evidence shows that mindfulness practice could help us unlearn these responses. Share on PinterestMore evidence suggests that mindfulness may help us
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Researchers determined the level of concordance and discordance of autism symptoms in twins from the analysis of a group of identical twins. Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder that affects an individual’s behaviour and communication. Exact causes for the disorder are unknown and no cure currently exists. However, research into possible risk factors for
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Brain atrophy refers to a loss of brain cells or a loss in the number of connections between brain cells. People who experience brain atrophy typically develop poorer cognitive functioning as a result of this type of brain damage. There are two main types of brain atrophy: focal atrophy, which occurs in specific brain regions,
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The autonomic nervous system is a complex network of cells that controls the body’s internal state. It regulates and supports many different internal processes, often outside of a person’s conscious awareness. This article will explain the autonomic nervous system, or ANS, how it works, and the disorders that can affect its functioning. Share on PinterestThe
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A new report has found that more than half of the people with mental health conditions currently confined in Los Angeles county jails would benefit from mental health treatment in specialized community centers instead of incarceration. Share on PinterestThousands of LA jail inmates would benefit from receiving mental health support away from prison, a new
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New research shows how the use of a multisensory illusion may help treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The new method could bypass the disadvantages of exposure therapy. Share on PinterestContamination fears may cause people with OCD to wash their hands excessively. In 1998, researchers Matthew Botvinick and Jonathan Cohen of the University of Pittsburgh, PA, detailed
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Seven common types of depression are: Major depressive disorder Share on PinterestA person with major depressive disorder may feel guilty, worthless, and hopeless. Major depressive disorder is the classic form of depression. People with major depression experience symptoms that may include: sadness feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and hopelessness difficulty sleeping changes in appetite fatigue irritability
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In a recent study, researchers investigated a drug as a cannabis alternative for Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative brain disorder that occurs due to a loss of neurons in the area of the brain that controls movement. These neurons produce the chemical known as dopamine, a neurotransmitter, which is responsible for transmitting
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Reduced interest in social interactions, a hallmark of autism, is shown to be related to decreased neural connections in children with autism. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects a significant portion of the population.  As much as one child in 59 is affected by this disorder, which causes difficulties in social
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The keto diet is low in carbohydrates and protein and very high in fat. Evidence suggests that it can reduce the frequency of seizures, and some people with epilepsy who follow the diet stop experiencing seizures altogether. Typically, people who try the diet for this purpose are also taking antiepileptic medications. However, the keto diet
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