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Health News - Mental Health

Seasonal depression 'caused by increased levels of serotonin transporter protein'
Researchers claim to have identified the cause of seasonal depression, after finding that patients with the disorder have high serotonin transporter protein levels in winter. (Medical News Today)

National University study looks at chronic disease - psychiatric distress link
Mental disorders and chronic diseases have been reported to independently affect half of the US population. (Medical News Today)

A strong welfare state mitigates the impact of the Great Recession
There is a general correlation between unemployment and suicide among men. But the weaker the unemployment protection in the country, the stronger the connection. (Medical News Today)

Are our brains physically shaped by life experiences?
Following up on our previous feature on the adult health consequences of bullying, we look at how exposure to different forms of violence is linked to changes in neurobiology. (Medical News Today)

Teenage self-harm linked to problems in later life
Those who self-harm as teenagers are more at risk of developing mental health and substance misuse problems as adults, new research from the biggest study of its kind in the UK has revealed. (Medical News Today)

Subliminal positive messages 'have physical benefits for the elderly'
In a novel intervention using subliminal messages, Yale researchers have demonstrated that positive age stereotypes can boost both psychological and physical function in seniors. (Medical News Today)

New UK report reveals £8 billion cost of mental health problems in pregnancy
Perinatal mental health problems cost the UK £8.1 billion each year, according to a new report released Monday 20 October by the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Centre for... (Medical News Today)

Some anti-inflammatory medicines shown to benefit schizophrenia treatment
A new study shows that some anti-inflammatory medicines, such as aspirin, estrogen, and Fluimucil, can improve the efficacy of existing schizophrenia treatments. (Medical News Today)

Birth season linked to risk of later-life mood disorders
Our risk of developing mood disorders in adulthood may be influenced by the season during which we were born, according to new research. (Medical News Today)

Could eating more fish make antidepressants work better?
A new study suggests depressed patients who do not respond to antidepressants may have abnormal fatty acid metabolism. The solution? Eat more fatty fish. (Medical News Today)

Myelin vital for learning new practical skills
New evidence of myelin's essential role in learning and retaining new practical skills, such as playing a musical instrument, has been uncovered by UCL research. (Medical News Today)

Mild traumatic brain injury can have lasting effects for families, reports the American Journal of Nursing
Families of patients with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) may expect them to return to normal quickly - after all, it's "just a concussion. (Medical News Today)

Youth suicide: More early detection and better coordination are needed
Although progress has been made in recent years, the matter of youth suicide in Quebec still needs to be more effectively addressed. (Medical News Today)

Reduced depression risk among the physically active
Engaging in physical activity three times a week may reduce the risk of depression, a new study finds. But depression before midlife could be a barrier to physical activity. (Medical News Today)

Parents' perception of teens' experiences are related to mental health
Adolescents whose parents better understand their daily experiences have better psychological adjustment, suggests a study in the October issue of Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral... (Medical News Today)

First case of 'Google Glass addiction' reported
Google's 'wearable computer' has been on the market for less than 2 years. A new study reports the first evidence of addictive behavior associated with the device. (Medical News Today)

Suicide and gender roles: reporting distorts reality
Men angry and rejected, women sociable and mentally ill - a current study by the MedUni Vienna demonstrates that these gender stereotypes prevail when Austrian daily newspapers report on suicide. (Medical News Today)

Institutional rearing may increase risk for attention-deficit disorder by altering cortical development
Over the past decades, we have seen numerous tragic examples where the failure of institutions to meet the needs of infants for social contact and stimulation has led to the failure of these... (Medical News Today)

Family carers of people with schizophrenia are a hidden workforce at breaking point
Approximately three out of four (72%) carers of those living with schizophrenia, are mainly (34%) or solely (38%) responsible for caring, placing a huge emotional and physical burden on them... (Medical News Today)

Are near-death experiences real? New study investigates
In the world's largest study of mental awareness during resuscitation, researchers find evidence that near-death experiences could be real. (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia: shattering the stigma
For this year's World Mental Health Day, the theme is 'Living with Schizophrenia.' In line with this campaign, we investigate the stigma attached to the disorder. (Medical News Today)

First ever NHS waiting time standards for mental health announced
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has today announced that treatment for mental health conditions will be brought into line with other NHS services with the introduction of the first ever... (Medical News Today)

Older people in deprived areas in Ireland face problems of poor brain health
People who live in disadvantaged areas have a greater risk of developing cognitive dysfunction than people in better off areas, a study by Professor Helene McNulty and colleagues at the University... (Medical News Today)

'Eating disorders could start as early as elementary school'
Children between the ages of 8-12 who are difficult eaters could have underlying psychological issues, say researchers who note that eating disorders may surface before puberty. (Medical News Today)

Incarceration plays a major role in health and health disparities in the United States
More than two million people are incarcerated in the United States, the highest incarceration rate in the world. (Medical News Today)

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