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Bipolar: Experts urge better initial care
Specialists reveal that people with bipolar disorder have to wait for a long time for a diagnosis, and that they fail to receive appropriate initial care. (Medical News Today)

An 8-hour work week could be ideal for mental health
How many hours of paid work per week are actually beneficial for mental health? It could be as little as 8, suggests a new study from the United Kingdom. (Medical News Today)

Recognizing the hidden signs of depression
People with depression can experience a variety of symptoms, some of which may be harder to recognize than others. Hidden symptoms of depression can range from fatigue and changes in sleeping patterns to anger and losing interest in pleasurable activities. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Is there a link between ADHD and dopamine?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common behavioral disorder that can occur in both children and adults. Research suggests that there may be a link between a dopamine imbalance in the brain and the development of ADHD. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about overdosing on antidepressants
Antidepressants can help treat a wide range of mental health conditions. It is possible to take too many, with symptoms including nausea, vomiting, and tremor. Learn more about overdosing on antidepressants here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about Asperger's syndrome and ADHD
Autism spectrum disorder and ADHD are conditions that doctors link to brain development. Asperger's syndrome is no longer a separate diagnosis and typically refers to a mild form of autism. In this article, we look at the differences between autism spectrum disorder and ADHD. (Medical News Today)

What to know about epinephrine and norepinephrine
Epinephrine and norepinephrine are chemical messengers that play an important role in the body’s fight or flight response. Although these two chemicals are similar, they act on different parts of the body. Doctors also use synthetic versions of these substances to treat a variety of conditions. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Exactly how much 'nature time' do we need to boost well-being?
Researchers have established that being in nature can boost well-being, but a new study asks exactly how much we need each week to feel the full benefit. (Medical News Today)

How the online world is affecting the human brain
An international report examines how online behavior is affecting brain function. Scientists looked at concentration, memory, and social cognition. (Medical News Today)

Insomnia: 'Long-distance' CBT as effective as in-person therapy
Telemedicine-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy is as effective as in-person therapy for people trying to manage chronic insomnia, new research shows. (Medical News Today)

What to know about executive function disorder
Executive function is a broad set of mental skills that are important for achieving goals and interacting with others. People with executive function disorder may find it difficult to organize themselves, focus their attention, and control their emotions and behavior. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Brain changes may explain why exercise relieves autism in mice
Voluntary exercise prompted the brain to prune surplus connections between nerve cells and reduced behavioral symptoms of ASD in a mouse model. (Medical News Today)

Low-amp electroconvulsive therapy may relieve suicidal thoughts
A new, small trial finds that low-amp electroconvulsive therapy is highly effective in reducing suicidal ideation while having no cognitive side effects. (Medical News Today)

Why do people laugh in their sleep?
A person may laugh in their sleep due to odd dreams or sleep disorders. Rarely, the cause is a neurological condition. Sleep laughing can also be normal, especially in babies. Learn more about laughing during sleep here. (Medical News Today)

What is learned helplessness?
In this article, we discuss the psychology behind learned helplessness — a state in which a person feels unable to change a stressful situation, even when change becomes possible. We look at the background of the theory and ways to overcome this state. (Medical News Today)

Veganism: Why food choice can spark rage
Veganism is growing in popularity, but the movement faces resistance. Here, we ask why the decision to follow a plant-based diet makes some people angry. (Medical News Today)

Weighing yourself every day could prevent weight gain
New research finds that self-weighing and seeing a graphical representation of their weight changes can prompt people to lose or maintain their weight. (Medical News Today)

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)

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)

How do we recall the past? New mechanism revealed
A brain study in rats that explored different environments reveals that the anterior cingulate cortex drives the hippocampus in long-term memory recall. (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)

25% of those who meditate report negative experiences
A recent international questionnaire-based study concludes that not everyone who practices meditation has exclusively positive experiences. (Medical News Today)

What to know about EEG tests
An electroencephalogram test, also called an EEG, is a test that measures electrical activity in the brain. Doctors use EEG tests to diagnose epilepsy and other brain-related conditions. Learn about the uses, procedure, and results of EEG tests here. (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)

How Pokémon characters can help us understand the brain
Because some children played Pokémon obsessively in their formative years, these characters are now providing insight into the adult brain. (Medical News Today)

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