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Kava kava: Benefits and safety concerns

Kava kava: Benefits and safety concerns

Kava kava is an herbal remedy that some people use to relieve stress and anxiety and boost sleep. This plant extract has a calming, euphoric effect that some people compare with that of alcohol. Kava kava, or simply kava, has a long history of use in alternative medicine and traditional ceremonies. More recently, it has […]

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Internet-based CBT effective for treating severe depression

Internet-based CBT effective for treating severe depression

New research finds that cognitive behavioral therapy sessions delivered via an app can effectively treat various forms of depression, including a severe form of the condition. iCBT enables people with depression to manage their symptoms using a cell phone or tablet. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term form of therapy that helps change people’s […]

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New brain circuit that controls anxiety found

New brain circuit that controls anxiety found

A previously unknown brain mechanism that regulates anxiety has come to light. It allows a gene-altering protein to enter the nucleus of brain cells. New research uncovers a brain mechanism that controls anxiety. The protein goes by the name of methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2), and scientists have linked it to anxiety behaviors. The recent […]

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How your imagination can help you overcome your fears

How your imagination can help you overcome your fears

In your imagination, you can do anything. Riding a dragon? Piece of cake. Imagination is what fuels creativity and allows us to come up with innovative solutions. New research assessing brain scans shows that our imagination can also help us get rid of our anxieties and fears. Your imagination is a powerful tool that you […]

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What is female ejaculation?

What is female ejaculation?

Female ejaculation is when a female’s urethra expels fluid during sex. It can happen when a female becomes sexually aroused, but there is not necessarily an association with having an orgasm. Scientists do not fully understand female ejaculation, and there is limited research on how it works and its purpose. Female ejaculation is perfectly normal, […]

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What’s the difference between Valium and Xanax?

What’s the difference between Valium and Xanax?

Valium and Xanax have uses in treating anxiety. Both are in a class of medications called benzodiazepines, which are sedatives. However, there are key differences in side effects and drug interactions. Here, we explore how these drugs work and compare their effects. Valium and Xanax are brand names for two types of medication for anxiety. […]

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OCD: Brain mechanism explains symptoms

OCD: Brain mechanism explains symptoms

A large review of existing neuroscientific studies unravels the brain circuits and mechanisms that underpin obsessive-compulsive disorder. The researchers hope that the new findings will make existing therapies more effective, “or guide new treatments.” New research analyzes the brain scans of almost 500 people to unravel the brain mechanisms in OCD. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is […]

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Letter from the Editor: Love your mind

Letter from the Editor: Love your mind

Fairy lights are gracing the shop windows and Michael Bublé is dominating the airwaves with his rendition of “Winter Wonderland.” The holiday season is well and truly in full swing. Taking some time for yourself can do wonders for easing holiday stress. “Are you all set for the holidays?” I’ve been asked this question three […]

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COPD and anxiety: Researchers test promising approach

COPD and anxiety: Researchers test promising approach

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affects millions of people worldwide. Its main symptom is breathlessness, which can be distressing and causes many people with this lung condition to experience anxiety. People with COPD-related anxiety would benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, a new trial finds. According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 3.17 […]

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Benefits of passionflower for anxiety and insomnia

Benefits of passionflower for anxiety and insomnia

Passionflower is a variety of exotic vine flower with curly purple or blue tentacle-like petals. One variety of passionflower, Passiflora incarnata, may help treat anxiety, insomnia, and pain. In this article, learn about the possible benefits of passionflower supplements, as well as what the research says about its effectiveness. What is passionflower? Passionflower supplements are […]