Boosting Depression-Causing Mechanisms in the Brain Increases ...

A new study points to a conceptually novel therapeutic strategy for treating depression. Instead of dampening neuron firing found with stress-induced depression, researchers demonstrated for the first time that further activating these neurons opens ...

Apr 23

Categories: Depression

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Empathy and Stress - Women Are the Stronger Sex

I learned many of life's great lessons while watching Audrey Hepburn movies with my grandmother. To this day, I cannot hear the word "empathy" without being reminded of the first time I heard that word in the movie Funny Face. Empathy is difficult ...

Apr 22

Categories: Empathy

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How to age well

Many of us assume that once we hit a certain age, our best years are behind us. In fact, there are plenty of examples of folk throughout history (and right up to the present day) who only really hit their stride and celebrate their greatest triumphs ...

Apr 22

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues

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Music Lessons Combat Poverty's Effect on the Brai

Scientists have observed that reading ability scales with socioeconomic status. Yet music might help close the gap, according to Nina Kraus and her colleagues at Northwestern University.

Apr 22

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Confirmation of the neurobiological origin of attention deficit ...

A study, carried out on mice, has just confirmed the neurobiological origin of attention-deficit disorder (ADD), a syndrome whose causes are poorly understood. Researchers from CNRS, the University of Strasbourg and INSERM have identified a cerebral ...

Apr 22

Categories: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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Heart test to detect mental illness

A RADICAL new medical test will measure patients' heart rates to determine if they have a mental illness. The test, which has been ­developed by Australian researchers, could be in use by mid-2015.

Apr 21

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1 in 68 Children Now Has a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Why?

Rates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are not creeping up so much as leaping up. New numbers just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that one in 68 children now has a diagnosis of ASD - a 30 percent increase in just ...

Apr 21

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child ...

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Cultivating happiness often misunderstood

The paradox of happiness is that chasing it may actually make us less happy, a Stanford researcher says. So how does one find happiness? Effective ways exist, according to new research.

Apr 19

Categories: Happiness

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder may reflect a propensity for bad habits

Two new studies published in Biological Psychiatry shed light on the propensity for habit formation in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). These studies suggest that a tendency to develop habits, i.e., the compulsive component of the disorder, may ...

Apr 19

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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Can Shy Children grow up to be Anxious adults?

Three little girls sit together in a room, playing with the toys surrounding them. One of the girls - "Emma" - has clearly taken ...

Apr 19

Categories: Anxiety, Child Development

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Why Materialistic People Are Less Happy and Less Satisfied

New research explores the fact that materialistic people are more likely to be depressed and unsatisfied with life. The study finds that a focus on what you want - and therefore don't currently have - makes it more difficult to appreciate what you ...

Apr 17

Categories: Happiness

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Trend persists of prisons as mental health housing

A federal judge's objection to what he called the horrific treatment of some mentally ill inmates in California prisons highlights a trend that has been building for decades in the state and across the country: As mental hospitals closed or were ...

Apr 17

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How to Be a Better Negotiator

In my first experience with negotiation, a human resources rep at a publishing company offered me $24,000 a year for an entry-level gig. Having been coached never to take a first offer, I responded, “Is there any way you can do better?” A day ...

Apr 17

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Outgoing behavior makes for happier humans

Happy is as happy does, apparently - for human beings all over the world. Not only does acting extroverted lead to more positive feelings across several cultures, but people also report more upbeat behavior when they feel free to be themselves.

Apr 16

Categories: Happiness

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Early Intervention May Reduce Adults' Aggressive Behavior

A decade-long education program aimed at teaching children self-regulation and other healthy cognitive techniques is showing results in reducing aggressive behavior when the schoolchildren become adults, according to new research published in the ...

Apr 16

Categories: Aggression & Violence, Child Development

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