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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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Through my eyes: My bipolar journey

Through my eyes: My bipolar journey

“She has blue eyes.” That was the first thing my dad said about me when I was born. He had blue eyes. It deeply saddens me to think that he was already looking for something that we had in common from the first moment he saw me. My thoughts would race from one thing to […]

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Depression: Ketamine prevents loss of pleasure in primates

Depression: Ketamine prevents loss of pleasure in primates

New research, which features in the journal Neuron, shows that primates lose excitement in anticipation of a reward when a specific area of their brain becomes overactive. The study also shows that ketamine affects this brain region and prevents the loss of pleasure. A loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once exciting […]

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What to know about multiple sclerosis and mood swings

What to know about multiple sclerosis and mood swings

Mood swings can be common in people with multiple sclerosis. The condition attacks the nerve cells, and a person may feel changes in their mental and physical health. Mood swings can take many forms that have different causes and treatment options. Some causes of mood swing have links to the disorder itself. Multiple sclerosis or […]

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Depression: Electrical stimulation can ‘significantly’ improve mood

Depression: Electrical stimulation can ‘significantly’ improve mood

New research shows that deep brain stimulation can tackle treatment-resistant depression. Stimulating a brain area called the orbitofrontal cortex led to “significant” improvements in mood for people with moderate to severe depression. Using DBS to target certain key areas may relieve symptoms of severe depression. Major depressive disorder affects over 16 million adults per year […]

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Suicide: Study finds 4 genes that may raise risk

Suicide: Study finds 4 genes that may raise risk

New research finds four genetic variants that may raise the risk of dying by suicide, regardless of environmental factors. The study also identifies hundreds of other genes that require further analysis and that may also raise the likelihood that a person dies by suicide. Middle-aged men are at a higher risk of dying by suicide. […]

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Does using testosterone to treat depression work?

Does using testosterone to treat depression work?

Medical professionals have been discussing whether testosterone treatment can actually reduce depressive symptoms in men for many years. A recent meta-analysis attempts to draw a clearer picture. Could testosterone therapy be the antidepressant of the future? Depression is a major global concern. Per year, major depressive disorder affects an estimated 16.1 million adults in the […]

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New evidence that social media increases loneliness

New evidence that social media increases loneliness

Although experts have debated the potential link between social media use and decreased well-being for years, a new study adds more fuel to the fire. A new study investigates the psychological impact of social media. According to the first author of the new study, which featured in the Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology, no […]

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Does depression cause obesity or does obesity cause depression?

Does depression cause obesity or does obesity cause depression?

Although depression and obesity often come hand in hand, the relationship between the two is difficult to tease apart. A new, large-scale genomic study adds new evidence. The relationship between depression and obesity is complex. Both obesity and depression are significant global health problems. According to the authors of the latest research, they cost the […]

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Can taking Cymbalta affect a person’s weight?

Can taking Cymbalta affect a person’s weight?

Cymbalta is the brand name of an antidepressant medication called duloxetine. Taking this drug can potentially cause changes in a person’s body weight. Doctors prescribe Cymbalta to treat depression, anxiety, and some chronic pain disorders, such as fibromyalgia and diabetic neuropathy. Cymbalta is a type of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), which is a class of […]