Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessions and compulsions affect everyone at some point in their lives. We usually check the stove or the locks twice. People also casually use the phrases "obsessing" and "obsessed" in everyday conversations. However, OCD is more severe. It can ...

Mar 2

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)


Corporal punishment affects brain activity, anxiety, and depression

Don't spank your kids. That's the conventional wisdom that has emerged from decades of research linking corporal punishment to a decline in adolescent health and negative effects on behavior, including an increased risk for anxiety and depression. ...

Nov 17

Categories: Child Development


Replacing social media use by physical activity

If you spend 30 minutes less on social media every day and engage in physical activity instead, you do a lot to improve your mental health. This is shown in a study conducted by a team from the Mental Health Research and Treatment Center at ...

Sep 20

Categories: Mental Health in Asia


Half of Moms of Kids with Autism Have High Depressive Symptoms

About 50% of all mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) had elevated levels of depressive symptoms over 18 months, while rates were much lower (6% to 13.6%) for mothers with neurotypical children in the same period, UC San Francisco ...

Sep 7

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Caregiver Issues / Stress


Children Who Lack Sleep May Experience Detrimental Impact on Brain ...

Elementary school-age children who get less than nine hours of sleep per night have significant differences in certain brain regions responsible for memory, intelligence, and well-being compared to those who get the recommended 9-12 hours of sleep ...

Aug 19

Categories: Child Development, Sleep Disorders


Sound of Music: Ultrasound Exposure Improves Depressive Behavior in ...

It is well known that whole-body exposure to high frequency ultrasound increases brain activity in humans. However, little is known about its impact and associated mechanisms on emotional states like depression. Now, a team of researchers at Tokyo ...

Aug 12

Categories: Depression


Gardening can cultivate better mental health

In a study published in the journal "PLOS ONE," University of Florida scientists found that gardening activities lowered stress, anxiety and depression in healthy women who attended twice-weekly gardening classes. None of study participants had ...

Jul 14

Categories: Mental Health in Asia


Say Goodbye to Binge Eating: Signal Pathway in Brain That Controls ...

A group of scientists has developed an entirely new approach to treating eating disorders. They showed that a group of nerve cells (so-called AgRP, agouti-related peptide neurons) in the hypothalamus control the release of endogenous ...

Jul 7

Categories: Eating Disorders


How sleep helps to process emotions

Researchers at the Department of Neurology of the University of Bern and University Hospital Bern identified how the brain triages emotions during dream sleep to consolidate the storage of positive emotions while dampening the consolidation of ...

May 23

Categories: Sleep Disorders


A Drug that Cures Alcoholism May be the Next Anti-Anxiety Medication

Disulfiram is a drug used to treat chronic alcoholism. However, studies suggest that it also inhibits chemokine receptor signaling pathways that are associated with the regulation of anxiety in rodents. Now, a team of researchers from the Tokyo ...

Apr 26

Categories: Addictions, Anxiety


How meditation can help you make fewer mistakes

If you are forgetful or make mistakes when in a hurry, a new study from Michigan State University - the largest of its kind to-date - found that meditation could help you to become less error prone.

Mar 28

Categories: Cognitive Problems Amnesia / Dementia, Meditation


Music combined with auditory beat stimulation may reduce anxiety for ...

Anxiety has been steadily increasing, particularly in the adolescent and young adult populations, over recent decades. Studies have previously shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, perhaps even more effectively than some anti-anxiety ...

Mar 15

Categories: Anxiety


One alcoholic drink a day linked with reduced brain size

The research, using a dataset of more than 36,000 adults, revealed that going from one to two drinks a day was associated with changes in the brain equivalent to aging two years. Heavier drinking was linked with an even greater toll.

Mar 10

Categories: Addictions


How does cannabis use affect brain health? Caution advised, more ...

Although recreational and medicinal marijuana (cannabis) is increasingly available across the U.S., public and professional awareness that cannabis use may adversely affect brain health is critical, according to the American Heart Association's ...

Feb 16

Categories: Addictions


Study finds high levels of depression, anxiety among disabled people ...

A new study from Oregon State University confirms what many in the disabled community already know: People with disabilities have been experiencing high levels of depression and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb 9

Categories: Depression, Social Isolation

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