Understanding the basic biology of bipolar disorder

Scientists know there is a strong genetic component to bipolar disorder, but they have had an extremely difficult time identifying the genes that cause it. So, in an effort to better understand the illness's genetic causes, researchers at UCLA tried ...

Feb 17

Categories: Bipolar

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Quitting smoking makes you happier, says study

Moderate or heavy smokers who quit tobacco get a boost in mental wellbeing that, for people who are anxious or stressed, is equivalent to taking anti-depressants, a study said Thursday. British researchers examined 26 published investigations into ...

Feb 15

Categories: Addictions

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Coping with Bipolar Emotions Using Logic

I'm a very logical person. I’m an intellectual. I was raised that way and I remain that way to this day. Likely, because of that, it's more obvious to me than many that logic can be used to deal with bipolar emotions. I can separate my logical ...

Feb 15

Categories: Mood Swings / Bipolar

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How accurate is child mental health screening at four years?

Research from the University of Adelaide shows that although mental health screening of children at ages 4-5 can help to predict mental health problems in future years, only a quarter of children can be accurately identified with such screening.

Feb 15

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development

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Perfectionism: The Good, The Bad, and The Way Beyond

Can perfectionism ever be useful? This was the question floated at the outset of an arresting keynote at the 2014 conference of the BPS's Division of Occupational Psychology. Paul Flaxman began by asking his audience to jot down helpful and hurtful ...

Feb 14

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Be Happier: Spend More Money on Others

Psychologists Elizabeth Dunn and Lara Aknin, along with Michael Norton of Harvard Business School, report that the benefits of helping others "are evident in givers old and young in countries around the world, and extend to not only subjective ...

Feb 14

Categories: Happiness

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Matchmaking this Valentine's Day: How it can bring you the most ...

With Valentine's Day around the corner, you may be thinking of pairing up two friends for a date. If you follow your instinct to play Cupid, it'll pay off in happiness - not necessarily for the new couple, but definitely for you. According to new ...

Feb 14

Categories: Relationships & Marriage

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Onions, Emotions, and Why We Cry

Why do we Cry? This video attempts to help you understand why we cry when we are really happy or really really sad. Besides ...

Feb 13

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Psychiatrists Embrace Deep-Brain Stimulation

After 22 years of failed treatments, including rehabilitation, psychotherapy and an array of psychiatric medications, a middle-aged Dutch man decided to take an extraordinary step to fight his heroin addiction. He underwent an experimental brain ...

Feb 13

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'Selfie' Addiction Brings Negative Impact

BANGKOK - The popular 'selfie', a popular trend among many is now linked to mental and low self-esteem disorders. Popular among the youngsters it is said to cause addiction and negative impact on them. The Thai Mental Health Department has warned ...

Feb 13

Categories: Self-Love

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New evidence that chronic stress predisposes brain to mental illness

University of California, Berkeley, researchers have shown that chronic stress generates long-term changes in the brain that may explain why people suffering chronic stress are prone to mental problems such as anxiety and mood disorders later in ...

Feb 12

Categories: Stress Management

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The Science of Kissing

When you really think about it, kissing is an odd human behavior. You know, all the rubbing of our faces all over each other. So ...

Feb 12

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Heroin, addiction and free will

The death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman has sparked some strong and seemingly contradictory responses. What these reactions show is that many people find it hard to think of addiction as being anything except either a choice or a loss of free ...

Feb 12

Categories: Addictions

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Beauty Is in the Brain of the Beholder

There are few things more personal than one's aesthetic taste. When you really connect to a piece of art or music, it touches something deep inside. It moves you in a way that often escapes words. But what's going on in your brain when you are moved ...

Feb 11

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Why Do We Get Nervous?

This short video presentation explains why we get butterflies in our tummy whenever we have to get up in front of an audience or when ...

Feb 11

Categories: Anxiety

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