Post-conflict communities suffer 'massive increases' in mental illness

TIMOR-LESTE: New research has suggested repeated violence could escalate the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression in post-conflict communities. The six year study surveyed more than 1000 locals in Timor-Leste to ...

May 15

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma ...

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How Attention Works: The Brain's Anti-Distraction System Discovered

Neuroscientists have pinpointed the neural activity involved in avoiding distraction, a new study reports. This is the first study showing that our brains rely on an active suppression system to help us focus on the task at hand.

May 14

Categories: Adult ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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A couple's love life may be tainted even 20 years later by early ...

A University of Alberta study is helping crack the code to happiness by exploring the long reach of depression and anger over more than two decades. The study, published recently in the Journal of Family Psychology, followed 341 people for 25 ...

May 14

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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How to make Love last?

In a study done several years ago, researchers scanned the brains of such folk as they gazed at a photo of their sweetheart. Most were in their 50s and had been married an average of 21 years. Turns out their brains showed much the same activity as ...

May 14

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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Telepsychiatry Brings Emergency Mental Health Care To Rural Areas

North Carolina is facing a very big mental health care challenge - 28 counties across the state do not have a single psychiatrist. That's despite the fact that in recent years, emergency rooms in the state have seen more patients with mental health, ...

May 13

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The power of an authentic voice

I’ve found that one of the great things about getting older is I’m much more comfortable expressing my opinion than I used to be, even when I’m with folk whose views widely diverge from mine. This doesn’t mean I’m closed to other ways of ...

May 13

Categories: Self-Confidence

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Laugh Often to Live Well

You have heard it time and again - laughter is the best medicine. Humor and mirth offer a multitude of preventive and healing effects and a new study is offering more evidence that laughter has quantifiable benefits for the brain.

May 12

Categories: Happiness

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Tackling test anxiety may help prevent more severe problems

Showing students how to cope with test anxiety might also help them to handle their built-up angst and fretfulness about other issues. The results of a new study by Carl Weems of the University of New Orleans show that anxiety intervention programs ...

May 12

Categories: Child Development, Stress Management

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Gratitude Is the New Willpower

Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to building capital. But as with most virtues, it's not always easy to muster, since it usually requires resisting temptations for gratification on the sooner side. Should you put the extra $1,000 ...

May 10

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Sleeping less than 5 hours, or more than 9, can lead to cognitive ...

A group of women tak­ing part in the Nurses' Health Study were asked about their sleep habits in 1986 and 2000, and were inter­viewed about mem­ory and think­ing skills three times over a later six-year period. Devore and her col­leagues ...

May 10

Categories: Sleep Disorders

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Psilocybin inhibits the processing of negative emotions in the brain

Emotions like fear, anger, sadness, and joy enable people to adjust to their environment and react flexibly to stress and strain and are vital for cognitive processes, physiological reactions, and social behaviour. The processing of emotions is ...

May 9

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One in three people struggle to cope at work due to depression or ...

An omnibus survey of 1,200 people across the UK has shown that a third of people struggle to cope at work because of depression, stress or burn out, with 83 per cent of those affected experiencing isolation or loneliness as a result. Only half of ...

May 9

Categories: Stress Management, Workplace Issues

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Which kind of mindfulness meditation to choose?

Let's say you want to be more mindful - that is, cul­ti­vate inten­tional, non-judgmental atten­tion to each moment. Med­i­ta­tion is the core of mind­ful­ness, but there are many dif­fer­ent forms of med­i­ta­tion. Which one is best ...

May 8

Categories: Mindfulness Meditation

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Dubious shrinks, political prisoners inside China's mental health ...

Wu Yuanhong, a man suffering from schizophrenia in China's southeastern Jiangxi Province, was forced by his mother to live in a small metal cage for 11 years after he beat a young boy to death. Reports of Wu's dire situation surfaced in Chinese ...

May 8

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Why Can't We Stop Eating?

We have long known the simplest recipe for weight loss: eat less and exercise more. Yet despite our understanding of the causes of weight fluctuation and the serious health risks associated with obesity, our collective weight continues to rise.

May 7

Categories: Eating Disorders

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