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Bipolar disorder I and II have distinct origins, suggests family study
01-30   Bipolar disorder I and II have distinct origins, suggests family study

Bipolar disorder (BD) is a complex mental illness characterized by dramatic changes in mood ranging from high mood or elation (mania) to low mood (depression). The two most common subtypes of BD are bipolar I disorder (BD-I) and bipolar II disorder (BD-II). So far, the understanding was that BD-II is a subset or a milder […]

New study finds association between personality and shape of brain
02-14   New study finds association between personality and shape of brain
Posted in Cognition, Research

  The structure of the brain gives an insight into why people behave in a particular manner. In fact, personality may also be linked to the shape of the brain. The neural correlates of the five-factor model (also referred to as the “Big Five”) personality traits were analyzed in a recent study, published in the […]

Teens with bipolar disorder who attempt suicide have altered brain circuitry
02-08   Teens with bipolar disorder who attempt suicide have altered brain circuitry

  Bipolar disorder is a serious brain illness characterized by mood swings. Approximately 50 percent people with bipolar disorder attempt suicide during their lifetime and as many as 20 percent may die by suicide. A recent study on adolescents and teens with bipolar disorder showed that there are distinct differences in the brains of those […]

New study advocates greater restrictions on alcohol ads to reduce harm to youth
01-27   New study advocates greater restrictions on alcohol ads to reduce harm to youth

Around the world, the alcohol industry has promoted alcohol use through a variety of social and digital media sources, often targeting young people to increase sales and monetary gain. Studies have shown that youth are more likely to initiate and use alcoholic beverages after exposure to such advertisements. A series of studies published by the […]

Digital therapy may help students get access to counseling for mental problems
01-25   Digital therapy may help students get access to counseling for mental problems

Technology is such a major part of our lives, especially for children and teens, but could it be the future way that we deliver therapy? Already, we have seen the growth of -health services in the form of teletherapy and online therapies delivered through texting, cell phones, apps and computers to overcome the challenges that […]

Lacking parental supervision increases substance abuse in early-maturing girls
01-04   Lacking parental supervision increases substance abuse in early-maturing girls

Studies have found that young people who mature earlier than their peers, known as “precocious puberty”, face unique physical and psychological adjustment problems, including higher rates of substance abuse and depression. Among early maturing girls, minimal parental supervision may increase the risk for alcohol abuse, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. […]

How mental health disorders can affect the immune system
12-29   How mental health disorders can affect the immune system

The immune system is the battlefield in the human body. It fights diseases and infections, and works hard to keep our bodies healthy. White blood cells, formally known as leukocytes, are the main soldiers in the immune system. They release chemicals to kill pathogens, and take up old debris and transport it into the lymphatic […]

Teens are less aggressive around greenery
12-29   Teens are less aggressive around greenery

The benefits of exposure to natural environmental settings are widely known. Natural settings promote health in so many other ways by promoting disease prevention, stress reduction, and improved mental health. Yet teens are spending less time outdoors than ever before. A recent survey revealed that 89 percent of teens felt disconnected from nature. In addition […]

Experiencing, witnessing abuse can cause substance use problems in adulthood
12-22   Experiencing, witnessing abuse can cause substance use problems in adulthood

A recent study has found that people who experience early childhood trauma are at an increased risk for later developing substance addictions, including both alcoholism and drug addiction. The results of this study were published in the scientific journal Substance Use & Misuse. The study The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto, […]

How gut bacteria can enhance brain health
08-10   How gut bacteria can enhance brain health

“You are what you eat.” This well-known phrase addresses the tie between what people consume and their physical health. But what about how it affects someone’s mental health? A recent research study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has found that certain types of gut bacteria can be used to enhance […]

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