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Depression Is Now the World's Most Widespread Illness

Chances are, you or someone you know has grappled with depression. The global rate of disorder, which the World Health Organization defines as a …

How schools promote pupils' mental wellbeing

<b>Schools have long been are at the front line when it comes to identifying and helping children with mental heath problems.</b><p>But some heads wonder how much longer they can continue to provide in-school counselling and mentoring as budgets flatline and costs rise.<p>At Whalley Range High School in …

Steep rise in A&E psychiatric patients

<b>There has been a steep rise in the number of people arriving at A&E departments in England with mental health problems, figures show.</b><p>Experts say a lack of early support means patients are reaching crisis.<p>Data compiled for the BBC by NHS Digital showed that between 2011-12 and 2015-16 the number of …

We’re Still In The Wild West Phase Of Using Apps To Treat Mental Illness

A new suite of apps leads to questions research can't yet answer.<p>Using a smartphone app may seem like an unlikely way to relieve anxiety and depression, but new research brings psychologists a step closer to the effective treatment of mental illness through mobile technology.<p>A team of scientists at …

Being bilingual makes people's brains more efficient and could combat cognitive ageing, study finds

Scientists have found that the benefits of being bilingual stretch much further than those commonly associated with being fluent in two languages - …

The Brain

Why So Many Doctors Are Experiencing Burnout -- And Some Potential Solutions

Just because a physician treats illnesses doesn’t mean they are good at caring for their own health. According to <i>Mindful</i> magazine, almost half of U.S. doctors report symptoms of burnout. Doctors work “an average of 10 hours more per week than other U.S. workers and are nearly twice as likely to be …

Infant Brains Reveal How the Mind Gets Built

Is the brain a blank slate, or is it wired from birth to understand the world? An ambitious new study put infants into an MRI machine to reveal a …

Half of young people have so many 'emotional problems' they cannot focus at school, study finds

Half of young people have so many emotional problems they cannot focus at school, a study has found.<p>Some 48 per cent of youngsters said that they experienced problems during their school years that prevented them from concentrating on their academic work.<p>Of these, 46 per cent did not talk to anyone …

Attending Scouts And Guides May Lower Risk Of Mental Illness In Later Life, Study Finds

The organisations focus on resilience, teamwork and learning.<p>Attending Scouts or Guides as a child may help lower an individual’s risk of mental …

How Your Brain Decides Without You - Issue 42: Fakes

Princeton’s Palmer Field, 1951. An autumn classic matching the unbeaten Tigers, with star tailback Dick Kazmaier—a gifted passer, runner, <i>and</i> punter …

Psychotherapy sessions are best in the morning when levels of helpful hormone are high

Patients make more progress toward overcoming anxiety, fears and phobias when their therapy sessions are scheduled in the morning, new research …

Depression

Can Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Treat Depression?

<i>This article was originally published in The Conversation. Read the original article.</i><p>There is growing evidence that inflammation—already known to be …

The Science Behind Why You Don't Save (And What To Do About It)

Psychological obstacles prevent us from making the right choices.<p>By now, you’ve probably heard the news that nearly half of Americans can’t come up …

The mystery of why you can't remember being a baby

Babies are sponges for new information – so why does it take so long for us to form your first memory? BBC Future investigates.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>You’re out to lunch with someone you’ve known for a few years. Together you’ve …

Memory Doubled By Playing These Sounds During Sleep

<i>These sounds played during sleep can enhance both memory and sleep.</i>

Stressful job? It might help you fight off Alzheimer's

Lawyers, teachers and doctors have a better chance of fighting off the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, because of the complex nature of their jobs, scientists said yesterday.<p>Researchers found that people whose jobs combined complex thinking with social engagement with others – such as social …

Dementia

I'm a depressed clinical psychologist but I daren't tell colleagues

When I was in my teens and early 20s, I experienced long periods of deep depression which led to numerous suicide attempts, traumatic sectioning under the mental health act, hospitalisations and psychosis.<p>I was a classic revolving-door client who had small periods of improvement peppered over a …

Mental Health

Perfectly Hidden Depression: Are You Afraid Of The Stigma Of Mental Illness Or Of Revealing Vulnerability?

Stigma. It's defined as "a mark of disgrace."<p>In the recent survey I conducted on the likelihood of people admitting depression and/or seeking treatment, what did 43.8 percent of women state as the Number 1 reason for not telling someone they were depressed?<p><i>"Others would think I am weak or think</i> …

How to Keep Your Brain Young and Healthy

Learn how mindfulness can protect your brain from aging, make you more productive, and improve your overall happiness.<p>The death of Muhammad Ali is a somber reminder of what can happen when we take our neurological health for granted. A magical and iconic figure, Ali, the most eloquent of pugilists, …

In the brain, one area sees familiar words as pictures, another sounds out words - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

WASHINGTON — Skilled readers can quickly recognize words when they read because the word has been placed in a visual dictionary of sorts which …

Nick Fillmore: Is climate change causing post-traumatic stress?

About three years ago I decided to devote a lot of time to writing about the threat of climate change. I felt then – and feel now – that the planet …

Is video gaming bad for you? The science for and against

"They're melting your brain". "They're ruining your eyes". "They're turning you into a violent person".<p>The criticisms levelled against video gaming are so common, so ubiquitous, that some can border on clichés. But are these worries founded in actual science?<p>A new study suggests some concerns may …

Gaming

Woman hits back at ‘stigmatising’ meme saying antidepressants are ‘sh*t’

<b>Writer and activist Jenni Chiu is hitting back at a meme which makes light of mental health and dismisses the help of medication for it.</b><p>Sharing a …

Mental Health

New blood test may be able to find best antidepressant match, study says

British scientists took a major step toward bringing personalized medicine to mental health on Tuesday, announcing that they developed a blood test that can accurately predict whether you'll respond to the conventional, commonly prescribed antidepressants on the market.<p>This is important because …

Post-traumatic stress disorder linked to shockwaves from bomb blasts

Shockwaves from explosions may scar the brains of soldiers in areas linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suggesting a possible physical cause for the condition.<p>Scientists found distinctive injuries in the brains of eight military personnel who survived bomb blasts but died between four …

The Brain

How Self-Employment Can Impact Your Mental Health

Being a freelancer requires an amount of togetherness. Drop beneath a certain threshold and it all starts falling apart.<p>The highs and lows of your mental health may not define you, but they can certainly shape your life. Work, in particular, insistent and inflexible, is deeply bound up with how …

Gardening Is Great For Your Mental Health, Study Finds - PsyBlog

The most mentally restorative types of gardens revealed by research.<p>Doctors should prescribe gardening for mental health problems dementia and …

New discovery from the molecular machinery for depression and addiction - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

When nerve cells have to communicate with each other in our brains, it involves release of small signal molecules, the so-called neurotransmitters, …

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