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Bipolar type definitions

Bipolar type definitions

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder, and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders currently lists five types: bipolar I, bipolar II, cyclothymic disorder, other specified bipolar and related disorders, and unspecified bipolar and related disorders. In the United States, about 4.4 percent of adults experience bipolar disorder at some point. People with bipolar […]

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3 common drugs can reduce severe mental health symptoms

3 common drugs can reduce severe mental health symptoms

A new study revealed that three common drugs normally used to treat cardiovascular problems or diabetes could also aid in the treatment of some serious mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia. Could we repurpose common drugs to treat mental health conditions? Scientists at University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom, Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, […]

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Letter from the Editor: Enjoy every moment

Letter from the Editor: Enjoy every moment

Ice skating, chocolate making, and dinner in a 15th-century cellar; as always, the Medical News Today annual winter party was an event to remember. But it wasn’t the activities that made our party special. It was the company. The MNT team had a fabulous dinner in a 15th-century cellar for the annual winter party. Life […]

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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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What makes your personality ‘healthy’ or ‘unhealthy?’

What makes your personality ‘healthy’ or ‘unhealthy?’

Researchers believe that certain personality traits are “healthful” because they are conducive to leading a happier, healthier life, while others are “unhealthful.” In a new study, they explain which traits are which and why. Researchers investigate what a ‘healthy personality’ looks like. To “map out” a person’s personality, psychologists will assess how they score on […]

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How your personality could affect your longevity

How your personality could affect your longevity

Our personality traits may affect many of the choices we make and alter different aspects of our lives. A new study now suggests that an individual’s personality traits in adolescence may help predict their longevity. Researchers looked at personality traits in adolescence to see if they could predict a person’s longevity. Recently, various studies have […]

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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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How to protect your mental well-being this festive season

How to protect your mental well-being this festive season

A perfect world sees the holiday season filled with love, warmth, and happiness. However, more often, it is crammed with stress, exhaustion, and panic. Here, we offer some advice on how to bring a little calm back to the festive season. How can we avoid the stress of the festive season? I know it seems […]

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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 […]