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‘Looks can be deceiving’: People with anorexia don’t always look scrawny or malnourished

Jane Brody | 
[A]dolescents and young adults with disordered eating habits or outright eating disorders often go unrecognized by both parents and physicians ...
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Genetics might explain why obese and depressed people have less grey matter in the brain

Joana Carvalho | 
Obesity is one of the major public health problems in western countries, with an estimated prevalence of up to 38%. Although ...

Lithium comeback: The use of the ‘penicillin of psychiatry’ to treat bipolar disorder is resurging

Mark Ruffalo | 
A quick literature search for lithium therapy reveals a multitude of recent articles on its superior efficacy in the treatment ...
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Why aren’t there more medical and mental health treatments for male infertility?

Frieda Klotz | 
Although men are just as likely as women to have fertility problems, ads for fertility treatment typically feature women holding ...
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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 ...

American teens lose access to mental health care at 18 – with disastrous results

Megan Thielking | 
Age 18 is a particularly difficult time for a person to drop out of — or lose access to — ...
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Disturbing hallucinations and psychosis mysteriously plague some coronavirus patients

Pam Belluck | 
Nightmarish visions... plagued [Kim] Victory during her hospitalization this spring for severe respiratory failure caused by the coronavirus. They made ...
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People with PTSD may have trouble suppressing memories—good and bad

Jef Akst | 
One question the researchers want to explore through the lens of the [November 13, 2015] Paris attacks is why some ...

‘Diagnostic conundrum’: COVID-19 pandemic has given us a lot of clinically depressed people

James Hamblin | 
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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Struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic? These apps could help you stay sane

Charlotte Jee | 
Set a reminder to write down how you’re feeling every day. Now you’ve started a mood diary. These sorts of ...
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‘Psychobiotics’: Can we control the way we think by altering gut bacteria?

Elizabeth Pennisi | 
The allure is simple: Drug development for neuropsychiatric disorders has lagged for decades, and many existing drugs don’t work for ...
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No root cause: What if mental health symptoms are the actual disease?

Ingrid Spilde | 
“In the prevailing understanding of mental disorders, the premise is that an underlying cause exists,” says Sverre Urnes Johnson, associate ...

‘A new thing to worry about’: Coronavirus adds stress for people with anxiety disorders

Bonnie Berkowitz | 
For some of the millions of Americans with post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder or other forms of debilitating anxiety, coronavirus ...
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Dark humor memes about suicide, death and isolation may help depressed people cope with their own problems

Umair Akram | 
Memes are a simple way for people suffering from depression to share their experiences ...
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Party drug ‘ecstasy’ could be the answer to years of searching for a PTSD treatment

Kurt Hackbarth | 
A once-rejected rave drug finds a new healing purpose ...
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‘Extreme difficulty’ trusting past experiences may be key factor for people with OCD, study says

Grace Browne | 
Often, the human brain can overcome worries and fears by casting the mind back to past experiences that have worked ...
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Smartphone as a ‘mood predictor’? This study wants to know if phone-captured data can predict depression

Shelly Fan | 
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?

Nancy Bazilchuk | 
If a person with high genetic vulnerability is exposed to adverse environmental factors, such as an infection or mental trauma, ...

Brain organoids ‘giving insight’ into origins of autism, epilepsy and schizophrenia

Simon Makin | 
Knowing how the human brain develops is critical to understanding how things can go awry in neurodevelopmental disorders, from intellectual ...
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Living without a sense of smell brings feelings of isolation and peril, study says

Ed Cara | 
A recent study is one of the first to highlight the plights faced by a small segment of the population: ...

Non-addictive version of ecstasy ‘party drug’ emerges as potential treatment for PTSD, anxiety

Diana Kwon | 
MDMA, or ecstasy, once had the reputation of exclusively being an illicit party drug popular at raves and dance clubs ...
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Chronic pain relief: Why Gabapentin may not be a ‘safe’ alternative to opioids

Olga Khazan | 
Gabapentin was supposed to be the answer. Chronic pain afflicts about a fifth of American adults, and for years, doctors thought it ...

Rise of perfectionism and its toll on our mental health

Christie Aschwanden | 
Once an issue that affected a select few, perfectionism is now a growing cultural phenomenon, fueled by modern parenting and ...
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How a fetus’s developing brain may be shaped by mom’s mental state

Catherine Monk, Jyoti Madhusoodanan | 
Stress and anxiety during pregnancy can mean a higher risk of offspring developing ADHD, depression or other conditions. Medical psychologist ...

Adults with autism are twice as likely to suffer from anxiety

Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky | 
Adults with autism are more than twice as likely as neurotypical people to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, a ...
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Treating ‘suicidality’ as its own medical condition could spur research, better treatment options

Temma Ehrenfeld | 
There is no established method of identifying patients in immediate danger of attempting suicide. Some researchers are trying to change ...
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Psychiatric diagnoses scientifically meaningless? Why that criticism ‘seems meaningless’

Samei Huda | 
In this opinion piece, psychiatrist Samei Huda responds to a recent journal article published in Psychiatry Research that labeled psychiatric ...
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