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E-counseling can lower blood pressure, heart disease risk
New research shows that virtual counseling, when added to medical therapy, lowers high blood pressure and heart disease risk in people with hypertension. (Medical News Today)

What is gaming disorder?
The World Health Organization have given gaming disorder a mental health classification. People with gaming disorder prioritize gaming over other activities and experience negative effects from continuing to play video games. Here, we discuss what gaming disorder is and what its classification may mean for gamers. (Medical News Today)

Even minor distress puts you at risk of chronic disease
New research finds that you needn't experience high levels of distress for your risk of chronic diseases to increase; low distress levels are enough. (Medical News Today)

Can Lexapro cause weight changes?
Lexapro is the brand name for a drug called escitalopram, which treats depression and anxiety. As a side effect, Lexapro may cause some people to gain a small amount of weight. Less commonly, it may cause weight loss. A healthful diet and regular exercise can help to prevent unwanted changes in weight. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

OCD: Why living in a sunless region can increase symptoms
Obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms are influenced by where a person lives and how much access they have to sunlight. Researchers explain why this may be. (Medical News Today)

How to boost serotonin and improve mood
Foods that contain tryptophan can help the body produce serotonin, which may improve mood. Here, we look at eight foods that boost serotonin, including salmon, eggs, spinach, and seeds. We also cover the difference between serotonin and tryptophan, the importance of carbohydrates, and other tips for improving mood. (Medical News Today)

How to treat anxiety naturally
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the United States, affecting millions of people every year. Conventional treatment options include therapy and medication, but there are also many natural remedies available. In this article, learn how to treat anxiety naturally. (Medical News Today)

Play ball or go rogue? Oxytocin affects cooperative behavior
Oxytocin, 'the love hormone,' plays a key role in human bonding. A new study now investigates this hormone's impact on cooperative behavior more closely. (Medical News Today)

How do your conversations affect your well-being?
Does small talk make you unhappy? And, conversely, do meaningful conversations boost your well-being? A new study strives to answer these questions. (Medical News Today)

How to safely stop antidepressants
People may wish to stop taking antidepressants for several reasons, but stopping suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms or relapse. Here, we look at why stopping antidepressants can be hard and how to relieve withdrawal symptoms. We discuss which antidepressants are harder to stop taking and provide tips for stopping. (Medical News Today)

Brain stimulation may reduce aggressive behavior
In a study with serious implications for therapy, law, and ethics, researchers investigate whether targeted brain stimulation can curb violent impulses. (Medical News Today)

New algorithm uses brain scans to tell how smart you are
Caltech scientists have developed an algorithm that can predict someone's IQ based on their brain activity patterns, as revealed by brain scans. (Medical News Today)

Could an Amazonian psychedelic treat depression?
For many people with depression, medical treatments do not work. According to a recent study, the psychedelic drug ayahuasca might be the answer. (Medical News Today)

How to regain pleasure in just about anything
Are you bored of eating, drinking, and doing the same old things? There might be an easy way to enhance your enjoyment, a new study argues. (Medical News Today)

Narcissism may improve school performance in teens
A new study puts a positive spin on narcissism, suggesting that the trait makes teenagers more mentally tough and boosts their academic performance. (Medical News Today)

What causes alcohol addiction? Study investigates
Rats that persistently choose alcohol despite negative consequences have the same altered signaling mechanism in the brain as human addicts, a study shows. (Medical News Today)

Why does depression make you feel tired?
Depression can lead to a lack of physical and emotional energy, in addition to causing sleep disturbances that leave a person feeling chronically fatigued. In this article, learn about the link between fatigue and depression, as well as the possible complications and how to cope. (Medical News Today)

Serotonin enhances learning, not just mood
Serotonin levels have been linked to the regulation of mood and sexual function. Emerging research now reveals more about its role in learning processes. (Medical News Today)

Brain study reveals why some people fail to stick to their diet
A new study finds that greater gray matter volume in two regions of the brain is linked to greater ability to exercise self-control in food choices. (Medical News Today)

How does ketamine relieve depression so quickly?
Ketamine has been shown to relieve symptoms of depression quickly. A new study delves into the molecular details and asks how and why. (Medical News Today)

Brain tingling sensation 'ASMR' may benefit health
New research investigates, for the first time, the physiological and psychological benefits of the autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) phenomenon. (Medical News Today)

Highly empathic people have a unique view of music
A study using brain scanning technology concludes that music activates different brain areas for people who demonstrate higher levels of empathy. (Medical News Today)

How horses perceive and respond to human emotion
A new study shows, for the first time, that horses read and respond to human emotions by integrating the facial expressions with their tone of voice. (Medical News Today)

What 800 million tweets reveal about our thought patterns
An analysis of 800 million tweets and 7 billion words shows that our thinking throughout the day changes in highly predictable ways. (Medical News Today)

Study reveals new cause of depression
Understanding the interactions of a hormone receptor that regulates sleep and feeding may help to design innovative ways of treating depression. (Medical News Today)

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