Medication found to be helpful in treatment of phobias, ...

A drug used to treat Parkinson's disease could also help people with phobias or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Scientists of the Translational Neurosciences (FTN) Research Center at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) are currently ...

Jul 11

Categories: Phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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Stop cheering me up: Some people don't want to hear it

So, your friend is wailing about the miseries of her bush league job, failed romance, clunker of a car, and all-around lousy life. Instead of trying to cheer her up by saying something positive like "things will get better," you might be better off ...

Jul 10

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Why does Happiness at work usually dips Mid Career?

If you're in or not far from your thirties, you're part of the age group that previous research shows is most likely to experience lower workplace wellbeing. A new study suggests the reasons for this midlife dip: a double whammy of more demands on ...

Jul 10

Categories: Workplace Issues

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How to be Happy by Giving to Others

The Declaration of Independence proclaims that the pursuit of happiness is an unalienable right. Indeed, happiness is a universal human yearning- people of all ages, genders, shapes, and sizes want to be happy. And humans have shown themselves to be ...

Jul 10

Categories: Happiness

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The upside to winter

Winter is coming!" is the fearful catch-cry of TV series Game of Thrones. And historically, there's good reason to be afraid. In ancient communities, the months following the winter solstice were famine months. While starvation may not be something ...

Jul 9

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The link between Personality and Heart Attacks

A new study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics has addressed the relationship between personality and heart attacks. Distressed (type D) personality (TDP), characterized by high negative affectivity (NA) and social ...

Jul 9

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues

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Neurosurgeons finds key that turns consciousness on and off

The 54-year-old epilepsy patient - her name remains concealed to protect her privacy - was lying on the operating table while surgeons explored inside her brain with electrodes. They were looking for the source of her epileptic seizures. Suddenly, ...

Jul 9

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Can certain foods worsen anxiety and others have a calming effect?

Coping with anxiety can be a challenge and often requires making lifestyle changes. There aren't any diet changes that can cure anxiety, but watching what you eat may help.

Jul 8

Categories: Anxiety

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The difference between our remembering self

How many of us when asked if we're happy distinguish between the happiness we're experiencing right now in this present moment versus how happy we feel about life in general? It's an important question because until quite recently, many working in ...

Jul 8

Categories: Happiness

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Stress reduction from just 25 minutes of mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness meditation has become an increasingly popular way for people to improve their mental and physical health, yet most research supporting its benefits has focused on lengthy, weeks-long training programs. New research from Carnegie Mellon ...

Jul 8

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation, Stress Management

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New research could uncover genes at the root of psychiatric illnesses

Understanding the basis of psychiatric disorders has been extremely challenging because there are many genetic variants that may increase risk but are insufficient to cause disease. Now investigators describe a strategy that may help reveal how such ...

Jul 7

Categories: Schizophrenia

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Some people would rather shock themselves with electricity than spend ...

Go people-watching in any Western country and it's rare to come across a person sat alone in quiet contemplation. Most lone individuals are seen playing with their mobile phone, reading, watching a movie on their tablet, or people-watching. Why this ...

Jul 7

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Indonesia finalizes draft of mental health law

A lawmaker from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), Wirianingsih, said that the law, which is sponsored by the House, would help the central government and local administrations to prioritize programs and funding related to mental illness.

Jul 7

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Compulsory care for high-risk mental patients should be re-examined

HONG KONG - The growing problem of mental illness in the community remains mainly out of sight, out of mind, except for victims and their families, and under-resourced health and social workers who have to deal with it. Sadly it is being called to ...

Jul 5

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Psychology explains why people are so easily duped

True or false: "The Eiffel Tower is in France." Most of us can quickly and accurately answer this question by relying on our general knowledge. But what if you were asked to consider the claim: "The beehive is a building in New Zealand." Unless you ...

Jul 5

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