Green Space Keeps You From Feeling Blue

If you start feeling better as spring begins pushing up its tender shoots, you might be living proof of a trend discovered in data from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin: The more green space in the neighborhood, the happier people reported ...

Apr 16

Categories: Stress Management

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About 14.9% of Vietnamese suffer from mental disorders

HANOI - A total of 14.9 percent among Vietnamese population suffer from mental disorders, said a report by World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday. The most common psychiatric disorders in Vietnam include schizophrenia, epilepsy, depression, ...

Apr 16

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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I Have Asperger's, and My Mum Says My Brain Works Differently. How So?

Scientific evidence points to the brain of people with autism and Asperger's syndrome as being different but not necessarily "disordered." Studies have shown that the brain in autism develops differently, in terms of both structure and function, ...

Apr 15

Categories: Asperger's Syndrome

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Yale researchers search for earliest roots of psychiatric disorders

Newborns whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy to any one of a variety of environmental stressors - such as trauma, illness, and alcohol or drug abuse become susceptible to various psychiatric disorders that frequently arise later in life. ...

Apr 14

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Does Porn Hurt Children?

Starting late last year, Internet service providers in Britain made "family-friendly filters," which block X-rated websites, the default for customers. Now any account holder who wants to view adult material needs to actively opt in - effectively ...

Apr 14

Categories: Child Development

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Stress Alters Children's Genomes

Growing up in a stressful social environment leaves lasting marks on young chromosomes, a study of African American boys has revealed. Telomeres, repetitive DNA sequences that protect the ends of chromosomes from fraying over time, are shorter in ...

Apr 14

Categories: Child Development, Stress Management

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Extreme hoarding an illness, says expert

EXTREME hoarding is an illness that needs to be treated carefully, according to a mental health expert. Clinical psychologist Catherine Madigan says people who hoard have often experienced trauma and invest otherwise useless items with great ...

Apr 12

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Why Selfies Sometimes Look Weird to Their Subjects

Taking purposefully ugly selfies encourages photographers to seize control of their self-image by rejecting beauty standards and embracing the imperfect humanity of our faces. But what about earnest selfies that are just accidentally ugly?

Apr 12

Categories: Self-Esteem

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Movies synchronize brains of the Viewers

Viewing a movie creates multilevel changes in the brain function. Despite the complexity of the stimulus, the elicited brain activity patterns show remarkable similarities across different people - even at the time scale of fractions of seconds.

Apr 11

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The Ice age

Rising crime rates are the tip of an insidious iceberg, as methamphetamine abuse cases soar in Australia. The methamphetamine drug called ice is the drug of choice among young people, and so powerful that it can take just one hit for its users to ...

Apr 11

Categories: Drug Addiction

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Similarities in Dopamine System Between Highly Creative People and ...

Swedish researchers have found similarities in the dopamine system between highly creative individuals and those with schizophrenia.

Apr 11

Categories: Schizophrenia

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Do things really seem better in hindsight?

In a new study published in the journal Memory, the researchers say that people from diverse cultures experience the "fading affect bias" (FAB), the tendency for negative emotions to fade away more quickly than positive ones in our memories.

Apr 11

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Experimental Cancer Drug Reverses Schizophrenia in Adolescent Mice

Johns Hopkins researchers say that an experimental anticancer compound appears to have reversed behaviors associated with schizophrenia and restored some lost brain cell function in adolescent mice with a rodent version of the devastating mental ...

Apr 10

Categories: Schizophrenia

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The Psychology of Messiness: How Disorder Can Make You More Creative

Last week, at the Yale School of Management's Art, Mind + Markets conference, Kathleen Vohs, a marketing professor at the University of Minnesota with an extensive psychology background, gave a talk called "Effect of Visual Order on Creativity." Her ...

Apr 10

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Switching off anxiety with light

An imbalance in serotonin levels seems to cause anxiety and depression. Researchers have provided a new model system for investigating the mechanism underlying these dysfunctions in cell cultures as well as living organisms by using light.

Apr 9

Categories: Anxiety

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