Mental Health

A web-based survey aims to identify the factors associated with reluctance in pursuing professional psychiatric help for depression. Depressive disorders are a growing public health concern. While strides have been made in diagnosing and treating these illnesses, getting those afflicted the initial treatment needed remains a challenge. In order to identify the triggers that lead
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Researchers examined the role of the social environment, neurocognitive development, and brain plasticity in some adolescents’ natural resilience to substance use disorders. Adolescent Drug Use Abusing drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, and illegal prescription drugs are most likely to begin during adolescence. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, by the time teenagers are
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A recent study examines whether people living with a severe mental illness who are physically active have higher levels of flexibility, balance, and aerobic condition. People with severe mental illness may be persons who could benefit greatly from having physical activities included in their daily activities. Gaining physical fitness could be a crucial element that
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A cross-sectional study examines the effect of physical activity on the length of stay in inpatient mental health wards. It is well known that staying physically active not only facilities bodily health but mental health as well. According to Joseph Korge, the co-author of a recent study published in Psychiatry Research, a disconnect remains between
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Neuroscientists published a groundbreaking paper that raised the following question: Is it possible that many common brain disorders, despite their wide-ranging symptoms, are triggered by our own body’s defenses? Glia cells carry out an array of functions in the brain such as supplying nutrients and oxygen to neurons and serving as its immune system by
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Researchers recently conducted a review of the efficacy of phytotherapy for treating anxiety disorders to find new plant-based medicines with fewer side effects and risks than traditional medications. Anxiety disorders are chronic and are the most frequently diagnosed mental illnesses in Canada. A major neurotransmitter involved in anxiety is gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Current pharmacotherapeutic medicines
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A recent study investigates the use of specialized bikes in providing patients with a spinal cord injury the opportunity to stay active and exercise. A spinal cord injury is often associated with long-term physical impairments that may contribute to social and psychological complications that negatively affect quality of life. It is important to establish programs
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Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and confused thinking. A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry assessed whether inflammation was associated with an increased risk of developing schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder affecting approximately 0.7% of the population. Individuals with schizophrenia often experience hallucinations and delusions and fail to understand
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A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine assessed changes in brain anatomy and structure of astronauts after short and long spaceflight. During spaceflight, astronauts experience a phenomenon called microgravity, which is the feeling of weightlessness. It has been shown that microgravity can lead to the ‘visual impairment and intracranial pressure’ (VIIP) syndrome,
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As reported in Science Magazine, an American research institute recently launched an initiative to share data from live human brain cells. As technological advancements have been made in the field of biology, scientists have been, to a greater extent, able to study the specifics of the human body. An increasingly common technique is to fully
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A randomized trial investigated the effects of brain surgery on the risk of recurrent seizures in children with drug-resistant epilepsy. Drug-resistant epilepsy carries significant health burdens. In addition to the risk of recurrent seizures, young people with this condition are at a higher risk of poor intellectual and psychosocial development. A common treatment for this
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Researchers from Purdue University have demonstrated how deep learning technology can analyze patterns in the visual cortex to “read” what a person sees. Researchers from Purdue University have developed a method using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and computer algorithms to map the neural networks of the visual cortex and to build a model of
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Researchers recently investigated the relative recurrence risk of postpartum depression among women who experienced depression after their first births. Postpartum depression is a temporary, non-psychotic state of depression following the delivery of a child. Postpartum depression may affect between 5% and 15% of all mothers, making it one of the most common postnatal complications of
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Researchers in the Republic of Korea recently investigated whether there is, in fact, an association between bone mineral density and a brain aneurysm. Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by deterioration of bone tissue and low bone mass which leads to increased fragility of bones, making the risk of fracturing high. A bone mineral density test,
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Researchers investigated parenting stress and quality of life of those who have children with normal-range intelligence autism in Poland. Parents of children who have autism face many challenges on a daily basis due to their children’s obstacles in life. Children with autism are a mixed population ranging from low to high-range intelligence, however, their parents
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A new screening strategy, YouthCHAT, is soon to be implemented in New Zealand to combat mental health disorders and risky behaviour in adolescents. Mental health concerns and risky behaviour often arise during adolescence, including alcohol and drug use, physical inactivity, and sexual risk behaviours. In New Zealand, 25% of youth are affected by depression and
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A recent study published in the journal of BMC Medical Education gives an insight into the patterns and causes of medical school depression.   Depression is a mental illness that causes persistent low mood, and lack of interest and pleasure in daily life. Individuals with depression have feelings of worthlessness and disrupted concentration, sleep patterns,
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A recent randomized clinical trial detemines whether early education during depression treatment results in a better adherence to medication prescriptions. Non-adherence to anti-depressant medication is a major concern for depression treatment. In fact, between  29% and 40% of depressed adults over 55 years do not take their anti-depressant medications as prescribed.  This non-adherence is influenced
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A new Chinese study determines whether vitamin A supplements for children with autism spectrum disorders can help alleviate autism symptoms. Autism spectrum disorders are characterized by difficulties in social communication, repetitive motions of arms, fingers, or head, unusually intense and prolonged emotional interactions, and developmental delays. A number of studies indicate altered gut microbiota in
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