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Serotonin enhances learning, not just mood

Serotonin enhances learning, not just mood

The neurotransmitter serotonin is linked to the control of mood, though it also helps to regulate various other functions, such as sleep and sexual desire. New research has uncovered another role played by serotonin: boosting learning speed. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is key to the regulation of emotions, also plays a role in learning processes. […]

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Massive Study Finds Same Genes Drive Many Psychiatric Conditions

Massive Study Finds Same Genes Drive Many Psychiatric Conditions

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Mental Health News THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Mental illnesses ranging from depression to schizophrenia show a great degree of overlap in the genes that may contribute to them, a large, new study shows. Researchers said the findings should deepen the understanding of how various psychiatric disorders arise. […]

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Pot Still a Drug of Choice for Many U.S. Adults

Pot Still a Drug of Choice for Many U.S. Adults

Latest Mental Health News THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fewer American teens may be smoking pot, but the same can’t be said for older adults, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed federal government data and found that non-daily marijuana use fell among Americans aged 12 to 25 and 35 to 49 before 2007, […]

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Police Killings Harm Well-Being of All Blacks: Study

Police Killings Harm Well-Being of All Blacks: Study

Latest Mental Health News FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Police killings of unarmed black Americans harm the mental health of black adults nationwide, researchers report. “Our study demonstrates for the first time that police killings of unarmed black Americans can have corrosive effects on mental health in the black American community,” said co-lead […]

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If Opioid Addicts Survive OD, Other Hazards Lie Ahead: Study

If Opioid Addicts Survive OD, Other Hazards Lie Ahead: Study

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Mental Health News WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Survivors of an opioid overdose may consider themselves lucky, but they remain at heightened risk of dying — not just from drugs, but from a host of medical problems or suicide, a new study finds. Compared with the general population, […]

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Does Mental Illness Raise Diabetes Risk?

Does Mental Illness Raise Diabetes Risk?

Latest Mental Health News WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Americans with severe mental illness are more than twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes, and the increased risk is highest among minorities, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 15,000 patients with severe mental illness and found that 28 percent […]

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Catatonic depression: What to know

Catatonic depression: What to know

Depression or major depressive disorder is a medical condition that causes a person to experience a very low mood. Sometimes, depression can be accompanied by catatonia, which is when a person does not respond to the world around them. The word catatonia comes from two Greek terms, kata, which means down, and tonas, which means […]

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Severe Stress May Send Immune System Into Overdrive

Severe Stress May Send Immune System Into Overdrive

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Mental Health News TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Trauma or intense stress may up your odds of developing an autoimmune disease, a new study suggests. Comparing more than 106,000 people who had stress disorders with more than 1 million people without them, researchers found that stress was tied […]

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U.S. Veterans’ Suicide Rate Twice That of Civilians: Study

U.S. Veterans’ Suicide Rate Twice That of Civilians: Study

U.S. veterans are two times more likely than civilians to commit suicide, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs study released Monday. Latest Mental Health News It said that veterans make up 8 percent of the U.S. population, but account for 14 percent of all suicides, NBC News reported. As in the general population, deaths […]

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Young Marijuana Users Face Psychosis Risk

Young Marijuana Users Face Psychosis Risk

By Pauline AndersonWebMD Health News June 18, 2018 — Marijuana use directly increases the chance of psychosis in teens, new research suggests. Latest Mental Health News A large study of teens shows that “in adolescents, cannabis use is harmful” with respect to psychosis risk, says study author Patricia J. Conrod, PhD, a professor of psychiatry […]