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Health News - Mental Health

Researchers close in on a new depression mechanism
A study in rats identifies a key driver of anhedonia, the inability to experience pleasure. This finding may lead to new therapies not just for depression. (Medical News Today)

Through my eyes: High functioning autism
'You don’t seem autistic' is something that I hear a lot. My name is Jonathan Rowland, and this is my experience of living with autism. (Medical News Today)

Could exercise boost well-being among psychiatric inpatients?
A recent study investigates whether physical activity can improve well-being and reduce symptoms in the population of an inpatient psychiatric unit. (Medical News Today)

Depression: Esketamine trial leaves 'more questions than answers'
A clinical trial for intranasal esketamine found it effective and safe for severe depression, leading to an FDA approval. But is this the end of the road? (Medical News Today)

'Mediterranean diet may protect against depression symptoms'
Research presented at the American Psychiatric Association conference finds a link between Mediterranean diets and a lower depression risk later in life. (Medical News Today)

Anxiety: 11 of 21 studies say regulating gut bacteria may help
A new review evaluating the findings of 21 studies suggests that interventions regulating the intestinal flora could help reduce anxiety symptoms. (Medical News Today)

What to know about mood stabilizers
Mood stabilizers, such as lithium, can help treat a range of conditions, including bipolar disorder. These drugs are often effective, but there are also some risks. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Dementia: New WHO prevention guidelines evaluate 12 risk factors
The WHO have recently released a new set of guidelines around strategies for dementia prevention, in which they evaluate potential interventions. (Medical News Today)

How sleep and mood impact working memory
Researchers assess which aspects of working memory are affected by age, sleep quality, and mood and whether these factors work in unison or independently. (Medical News Today)

What to know about cluster A personality disorders
The Cluster A personality disorders are paranoid personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder, and schizotypal disorder. The symptoms can vary depending on the specific disorder. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Too much dietary fat in the brain may impact mental health
A new study in mouse models shows that a high-fat diet can alter signaling mechanisms in the brain, leading to depression-like behaviors. (Medical News Today)

What is dermatophagia?
Dermatophagia causes a person to compulsively bite, chew, gnaw, or eat their skin. The condition most often affects the skin around the fingers. Learn more about this behavior here. (Medical News Today)

Are strangers' mental health 'recovery narratives' helpful?
Are other people's stories of strife and recovery helpful for mental health healing processes? The answer is 'mostly yes,' though there are some dangers. (Medical News Today)

Levels of autism: Everything you need to know
Doctors can diagnose three different levels of autism, which vary in their severity. Getting the correct diagnosis can help ensure that a person receives the right treatment and support. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Is procrastination friend or foe to health and creativity?
In this Spotlight feature, we explore the reasons behind procrastination, look at its effects on health, and ask whether procrastination has any benefits. (Medical News Today)

Does living alone increase mental health risk?
A recent study concludes that living alone is strongly linked to poorer mental health. According to the analysis, the main driver seems to be loneliness. (Medical News Today)

How ketamine can change the brain to fight depression
New research in mice pinpoints some of the key mechanisms that ketamine triggers in the brain to fight the symptoms and characteristics of depression. (Medical News Today)

Through my eyes: Living with anxiety and addiction
The most memorable and joyous moments of my life are laced with a dark cloak of anxiety. Read about my journey to recovery from both anxiety and addiction. (Medical News Today)

This is how sleep loss alters emotional perception
Five new studies conducted as part of a doctoral thesis show how sleep loss affects a person's emotional perception and emotional response control. (Medical News Today)

Causes of a headache after crying
Some people have migraine headaches, tension headaches, and sinus headaches after crying. This may be due to the physical and emotional response of crying. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Can genetic variants predict depression risk in young people?
A new way of determining the genetic risk of depression may help predict which children and adolescents are most likely to face mental health problems. (Medical News Today)

Concerta vs. Adderall: What's the difference?
Concerta and Adderall are both medications that can help treat the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Learn about the differences between them and the possible side effects in this article. (Medical News Today)

Why do we empathize? Researchers take on new perspective
Do we only empathize with and mirror others' behaviors in contexts calling for social cooperation? New research suggests taking the question further. (Medical News Today)

Tips to increase stamina
Methods of increasing stamina include meditation, exercise, and consuming caffeine. Stamina can help prevent physical fatigue and enhance mental focus. Learn more about boosting stamina here. (Medical News Today)

Can scientists 'hack' memory?
Is it possible to manipulate memory formation and consolidation? And why would we want to do it? We explore these questions in this Spotlight feature. (Medical News Today)

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