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Genetics might explain why obese and depressed people have less grey matter in the brain

Obesity is one of the major public health problems in western countries, with an estimated prevalence of up to 38%. Although ...
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How probiotics can relieve depression symptoms

Probiotics either taken by themselves or when combined with prebiotics, may help to ease depression, suggests a review of the ...
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Which depression treatment is right for you? AI could provide answers

Currently, depression is diagnosed by a survey — commonly, the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS) — which quantifies the severity ...
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Disturbing hallucinations and psychosis mysteriously plague some coronavirus patients

Nightmarish visions... plagued [Kim] Victory during her hospitalization this spring for severe respiratory failure caused by the coronavirus. They made ...
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‘Diagnostic conundrum’: COVID-19 pandemic has given us a lot of clinically depressed people

As a rough average, during pre-pandemic life, 5 to 7 percent of people met the criteria for a diagnosis of ...
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Dark humor memes about suicide, death and isolation may help depressed people cope with their own problems

Memes are a simple way for people suffering from depression to share their experiences ...
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Infographic: What suicidal behavior looks like in the brain

Scientists have identified several key neurobiological pathways with ties to suicidal behaviors. Research in the field addresses only a fraction ...
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Smartphone as a ‘mood predictor’? This study wants to know if phone-captured data can predict depression

With digital health, anyone with a wrist wearable or smartphone could potentially contribute in the largest studies ever attempted by ...
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Do obesity and mental illness share genetic links?

If a person with high genetic vulnerability is exposed to adverse environmental factors, such as an infection or mental trauma, ...
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Video: Placebo effect or powerful antidepressant? Understanding the science of psychedelic microdosing

Individuals who microdose mushrooms, or those who microdose LSD, claim to experience an elevated mood, increased productivity, and a greater ...
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Autism may share genetic links to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and other psychiatric disorders

Some of the inherited variants implicated in autism also increase the odds of other conditions, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression ...
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Psychedelics have ‘extraordinarily potent’ anti-inflammatory power. Is there a place for them in mainstream medicine?

Research on psychedelics, which have been profoundly stigmatized, highly restricted, and tragically undeveloped for more than half a century, is ...
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Does the pill cause depression? Why its too soon to be worried

“Does the pill cause depression?” the news headline asked. Prompted by a recent study that described a link between taking birth ...
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How a fetus’s developing brain may be shaped by mom’s mental state

Stress and anxiety during pregnancy can mean a higher risk of offspring developing ADHD, depression or other conditions. Medical psychologist ...
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Treating ‘suicidality’ as its own medical condition could spur research, better treatment options

There is no established method of identifying patients in immediate danger of attempting suicide. Some researchers are trying to change ...
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Second psychopharmacology revolution: New drugs could change the way we treat depression

The field of psychopharmacology was born during the 15 years between 1955 and 1970. Now, nearly 60 years later, the field of psychiatry may ...
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Does marijuana help with depression and anxiety? This study finds scant evidence to support growing claims

A major study has found little evidence that cannabis helps with depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions, despite growing ...
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‘Superhero therapy’: How comic book characters can help us navigate life

Why adults flock to this kind of therapy speaks volumes about the importance of superhero stories—and the nature of the ...
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‘If you get better, you stay better’: Deep brain stimulation could offer long-lasting depression treatment

Deep brain stimulation can durably improve depression symptoms in people who don’t respond well to other treatments, according to a ...
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Long-term antidepressant use linked to higher risk of heart attack, stroke and death

More Americans are taking antidepressant medications like Prozac and Zoloft for extended periods of time: One-quarter of people on the ...
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‘Grave set of circumstances’: Investigating connection between autism and depression

[People with autism] are four times more likely than neurotypicals to experience depression over the course of their lives, although ...
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Chasing links between mental illness and microbes living in our guts

“If you would have asked a neuroscientist 10 years ago whether they thought the gut microbiota could be linked to ...
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Acne’s Wonder Drug Is a Mental-Health Puzzle

In 2002, a family filed a lawsuit alleging that an acne drug made their teenage son suicidal. Accutane, a since-discontinued ...
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Pharmacogenetics and depression: Genetic screening could eliminate trial-and-error approach to medications

Antidepressants may soon be added to the growing list of medications genetically matched to patients most likely to respond — ...
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Drugs used for depression, epilepsy may increase risk of dementia, study shows

Scientists have long found a possible link between anticholinergic drugs and an increased risk of dementia.  A study published in ...
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Unintended benefits of ‘the pill’: Fewer mood swings and better relationships?

I was intrigued to learn that taking birth control pills could reduce period-related mood swings and that it had other beneficial effects ...
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Understanding how ketamine helps the brain deal with depression

The promise of ketamine, an anesthetic drug primarily used at sub-anesthetic doses to either manage severe pain or send recreational ...
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Can virtual reality treat depression symptoms through ‘pleasant scenarios’?

Michelle Craske is asking patients to dive into coral reefs, ride on bullet trains rushing past pine trees, and cheer ...
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