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How to spot bipolar symptoms in yourself
Symptoms of bipolar disorder include periods of mania and depression. Learn more about the potential signs of bipolar disorder, and when to see a doctor for a diagnosis, here. (Medical News Today)

How music motivates the brain to learn
A new study shows that music taps into the brain's reward circuitry to stimulate a type of learning based on the correct prediction of outcomes. (Medical News Today)

Lovesick: What are the adverse effects of love?
Love can be an exhilarating feeling, but it can also lead to psychological distress. We look at some of the adverse effects of intense romantic feelings. (Medical News Today)

Why playing board games could improve your love life
Oxytocin levels rose in individuals who did a painting class or played board games with their romantic partners. Levels were highest in men who painted. (Medical News Today)

Bipolar and schizophrenia symptoms
Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia have some similarities, but there are key differences. Diagnosis and treatment options vary. Here, learn more about the two conditions and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

How genes influence bipolar disorder
If a person has a close relative with bipolar disorder, there is a higher chance of them developing it. Learn more about the links between genetics and bipolar disorder here. (Medical News Today)

Bipolar type definitions
There are five categories of bipolar disorder. Bipolar I and II occur most frequently, while other types are less common. Learn more about the classifications of bipolar disorder here. (Medical News Today)

Could this chemical help explain anxiety?
A new study attempts to unpick the role that glutamate might have in anxiety. The findings could eventually form the basis of more effective treatments. (Medical News Today)

What causes excessive yawning?
Excessive, or frequent, yawning can arise from fatigue, anxiety, or an underlying health condition. In this article, we look at the causes and treatments for excessive yawning. We also discuss when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Bipolar medications: Everything you need to know
There is a variety of medications that can help manage bipolar disorder, including mood-stabilizers, antidepressants, and anticonvulsants. Learn more about these and other drugs in this article. (Medical News Today)

How can bipolar disorder affect relationships?
Bipolar disorder causes alterations in mood, leading to depressive and manic or hypomanic episodes. These changes in mood can sometimes put stress on a relationship. Learn how best to navigate a relationship in which one partner has bipolar disorder. (Medical News Today)

How are bipolar disorder and ADHD different?
Although ADHD and bipolar disorder can share some symptoms, they are different conditions, and a person can have both of them. Learn about the differences and how doctors diagnose bipolar and ADHD. (Medical News Today)

Humans can learn new foreign words while asleep
Humans can encode verbal word pairs — each comprising a familiar native language word and a new foreign word – during certain phases of slow-wave sleep. (Medical News Today)

What is acute stress disorder?
Acute stress disorder (ASD) is a short-term condition that can develop after a person experiences a traumatic event. Its symptoms are similar to those of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and can include mood changes, negative thoughts, flashbacks of the event, and nightmares. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Is there a cure for bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a long-term mental health condition. Although there is currently no cure, there are many treatments available that can reduce symptoms. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia: Restoring brain circuitry to improve symptoms
Researchers finally zero in on the brain network that drives the severity of negative symptoms in schizophrenia and suggest a noninvasive treatment. (Medical News Today)

Are tattoos linked to poor health and risky behavior?
As tattoos become increasingly popular, a new study examines the relationship between body art, physical and mental health, and risky behavior. (Medical News Today)

Mild cognitive impairment: Reducing blood pressure can lower risk
Controlling systolic blood pressure to below 120 mm Hg significantly lowered the risk of mild cognitive impairment in older adults. (Medical News Today)

Letter from the Editor: Breaking the stigma
In the first letter of 2019, Managing Editor Honor highlights the importance of talking about mental health in the workplace and what MNT is doing to open the discussion. (Medical News Today)

What to know about marijuana withdrawal
After frequently using marijuana, or cannabis, people may experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop. Such symptoms include cravings, irritability, and sleep problems. In this article, we discuss the symptoms and timeline of marijuana withdrawal, treatments, and tips for coping. (Medical News Today)

Defeat cravings for unhealthful food in 2 minutes
According to a fascinating new study, exposing yourself to the smell of unhealthful food might, in fact, reduce your desire to consume it. (Medical News Today)

Cocaine addiction: Could targeting this brain circuit prevent relapse?
Scientists identify a brain circuit that strengthens with cocaine use and demonstrate how weakening its connections can reduce drug-seeking in rats. (Medical News Today)

Researchers reveal new risk factor for poor mental health
Many people across the world were exposed to lead, a toxic metal, as children. It turns out this exposure may have affected their mental health in adulthood. (Medical News Today)

Simply thinking of your partner can help you manage stress
Being in a good relationship offers many benefits, including health-related ones. But, do we need our partner's physical presence to reap those benefits? (Medical News Today)

Common food additive may impact gut bacteria, increase anxiety
Emulsifiers are in many food products. A new study asks whether these chemicals might be having an impact on our physiology and psychology. (Medical News Today)

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