Mental Health

Timed amyloid seeding assay achieves or surpasses sensitivity of currently available tests for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, according to a report in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), or prion diseases, are a family of rare progressive, neurodegenerative illnesses that affect both humans and animals. TSE surveillance is important for public health and
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In the largest study of its kind, researchers identify similarities in the brain activity of people with major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders. Mental health disorders, although incredibly prevalent, remain poorly understood. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, almost 1 in 5 adults in the United States live
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Mixing a specific type of meditation with a well-known hallucinogen may make for a new form of therapy that could aid those with depression, according to a new study. People often still regard psychedelic psychotherapy as a controversial treatment. However, recent evidence suggests that hallucinogens may have benefits for depression and anxiety disorders when individuals
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Researchers have known for a while about a connection between insufficient sleep and anxiety. A new study strengthens and quantifies this causal relation and shows that a sleepless night can raise anxiety by up to 30%. New research suggests that getting deep sleep is a natural way to ease anxiety. Furthermore, the new study suggests
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A recent meta-analysis investigated the relationship between bipolar disorder and Parkinson’s disease, examining whether such association may be inherent or due to drug-induced effects. Bipolar disorder is one of the most severe and complex psychiatric disorders. It is characterized primarily by the shifting of mood states from one extreme (i.e., depressive state) to another (i.e.,
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Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter, or chemical messenger, in the brain. It blocks specific signals in the central nervous system, slowing down the brain. This provides a protective and calming effect on the brain and body. The body produces GABA, and it may also be present in some fermented foods, such as kimchi, miso,
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A recent meta-analysis study examined evidence of the increased health benefits of optimism versus pessimism. In recent years, researchers have amassed much evidence of a relationship between stress and negative health consequences. To date, countless studies have reported disconcerting findings that associate high levels of stress with such conditions as heart disease, diabetes, and even
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A novel approach to probing the biological origins of schizophrenia has identified excess production of hydrogen sulfide in the brain as a factor. Share on PinterestNew research suggests that analyzing human hair may offer clues into a person’s mental health. The recent EMBO Molecular Medicine study also suggests that an enzyme that helps to produce
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It is normal for people to feel sleepy from time to time, particularly after a long day. However, excessive sleepiness can be disruptive and make it difficult for a person to go about their normal daily activities. Some of the more common causes of excessive sleepiness include not sleeping long enough and having poor quality
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Bipolar disorder causes a person to experience episodes of mania or hypomania and depression. People who suspect that they have bipolar disorder should see a doctor, who will perform several tests and may refer them to a psychiatrist or psychologist for further assessment. Diagnosing bipolar disorder is difficult, as no single test can tell whether
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