Mental Health

Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] British and Canadian researchers recently investigated the possible associations between fetal exposure to maternal anxiety during pregnancy and outcomes of attentional deficits. The concept of fetal programming indicates that the woman’s environment before and during pregnancy can affect the “programming” of the growing fetus. Therefore, a prenatal environment
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] An Australian research team investigated evidence linking the gut microbiome with specific psychiatric disorders and age-related cognitive impairment. The human body is host to a vast number of diverse microbes that perform important and beneficial functions. Evidence is now emerging that communication between the gastrointestinal tract and the central
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study sought to understand the concept of living well with mental illness, focusing on the complex process of recovery. There is growing evidence that mental illnesses like schizophrenia are not life-long as they were thought to be. There is a wealth of qualitative data of first-person,
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] In a recent study, researchers examined the factors linked to sleep quality in patients with chronic tension-type headache. A tension-type headache is a common condition with a prevalence of about 42% in the general population worldwide. Symptoms include pain around the forehead (sometimes described as a “vice-like grip”)
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Our Reader Score [Total: 6 Average: 4.5] A study investigated whether there were significant differences in the incidence of psychiatric disorders among relatives of people with ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord that are responsible for movement.  As the motor
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent review pooled prevalence rates of remission and recovery using previous studies of adults who experienced a first episode of psychosis. The prognosis of individuals who experience a first episode of psychosis, including schizophrenia, is variable and difficult to predict. While certain individuals will resume some degree
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study looked at the efficacy of using activity tracker apps and wearables to predict symptoms of common mental health disorders. As we approach the latter part of the decade, there have been numerous technological innovations being introduced on a daily basis. Looking back just 10 years
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent review examined evidence regarding the relationship between social determinants and mental disorders. In light of the fairly recent decisions to accommodate mental health services in the Sustainable Development Goals endorsed by the United Nations, there is a call to action from several authors to not overlook
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] In a recent study published in BMC Psychiatry, researchers evaluated the relationship between insomnia and suicide in individuals over 15 years old. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals between 15-29 years old. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 800,000 people die annually
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Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 4] Each year, approximately 42 million people around the world experience concussions. New research published in the journal Neurology indicates that even mild brain injuries can increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a disorder in which the nervous system gradually deteriorates.  Although the disease affects
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Our Reader Score [Total: 3 Average: 4.7] Researchers review existing paradigms in mindfulness research and how it has helped tackle addiction. They also discuss the future of this approach. Bio-behavioural science continues to give us new insights into the mechanisms underlying addiction. However, most findings in this area of research have been focused on novel
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent opinion article in JAMA Psychiatry discusses the mental health benefits of implementing regular physical activity in the educational system. Physical exercise has long been known to be associated with significant improvements in individuals’ mental health and cognitive functioning. In fact, physical activity can reduce stress, improve
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Due to ethical and logistical challenges associated with pediatric research, guidelines for migraine therapies in children have largely been derived from adult studies. A recent review highlights the latest developments in this field, with the approval of new acute migraine therapy and new large-scale trials for children. Migraines
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A recent review looked at six studies of differing lengths to determine which psychological interventions improved mental well-being. Long-term conditions affect a growing proportion of the population. Since exposure to risks rises significantly with age, it is estimated that individuals above the age of 75 are five times more likely to experience at least one
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A recent study conducted in Sweden determined the impact of hormonal contraceptives on the psychological health and psychotropic drug use of adolescents. While there are many choices in contraception available, the psychological side effects are a cause for concern among many people using hormonal contraceptives. The rate of discontinuation of these medications is very high
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A study looked at the connection between neural systems and resilience, in determining the development of major depressive disorder in adolescent girls. Major depressive disorder is a common occurrence in adolescents. In fact, one in three female adolescents in the United States is diagnosed with this illness, and it is the most likely cause of
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A recent study evaluated whether exercise programs can help to slow the cognitive decline often associated with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is a disease of the brain commonly found in the older populations. It is a degenerative disease that causes a massive decrease in the ability of its patients to move properly. In the past,
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Child anxiety is increasingly common and difficult to treat. Researchers recently evaluated the quality of popular apps available for child anxiety and whether they follow evidence-based treatment strategies. Child anxiety is becoming increasingly prevalent. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in children in the USA and are usually the first mental illness to
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A recent study investigated the impact of yoga on a small group of pre-schoolers to examine its impact on attention span in preschool children with ADHD. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) occurs in about 7% of children and adolescents. Core symptoms indicating this condition include impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention. An important problem encountered in the
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Human trafficking is illegal and a gross violation of human rights. A recent article in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice examines the need for an integrated and targeted approach to care for the medical and psychological needs of the victims of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a gross violation of human rights. It is, unfortunately, a thriving
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A recent randomized controlled trial looked at the effects of yoga and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for work-related stress. Work-related stress is common and often overwhelming. It may sometimes lead to a condition called “burnout”, or exhaustion syndrome. Burnout includes the inability to perform, as well as an overwhelming sense of exhaustion, with symptoms similar to
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Researchers investigated whether lifestyle interventions were effective to prevent dementia in those with a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease. Cardiovascular and neurological diseases, such as dementia, have been linked to dysfunction of a variation of the apolipoprotein E, or APOE, gene, called the APOE ε4 allele. In fact, people who are carriers of the APOE
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A recent study investigates whether Chinese calligraphy therapy, a type of art therapy, can effectively relieve neuropsychiatric symptoms. Three out of 100 people will experience some form of a psychotic break at some time in their lives. In the US every year about 100,000 persons in the young adult and adolescents group have their first psychotic
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