A new study has found that some people exposed to a certain toxic metal as children may face poor mental health as adults. This finding may have far-reaching implications for all populations exposed to this risk factor. Lead exposure during childhood may influence mental health in adulthood, a new study suggests. Lead is a type
Each year around this time, the internet starts going abuzz with warnings about the dreaded “Blue Monday,” the so-called most depressing day of the year. Where did the Blue Monday concept originate, and is it a real phenomenon? Is Blue Monday real? Where did this concept come from? A quick internet search will reveal that
Around 4 years ago, when I was just 26 years old, I experienced a serious brain injury. As a result, I couldn’t use my arms or legs, and I could no longer read, write, or speak. Essentially, I lost all the skills that made me who I am. This is called aphasia. ‘For years now,
There are five types of insomnia, each with its own distinct features, according to a recent study. New research concludes that insomnia may vary by personality type, among other factors. Scientists at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience studied thousands of people who had voluntarily signed up to an online sleep registry. They concluded that insomnia
Scientists have located an intriguing link between schizophrenia and the Epstein-Barr virus, a type of herpes virus. Now, they need to determine which way the risk lies. A new study may have found another environmental risk factor linked to schizophrenia. Schizophrenia, a condition characterized by a confused perception of reality, delusions, and altered behavior, affects
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,
Orgasmic dysfunction is when a person has trouble reaching an orgasm despite sexual arousal and stimulation. In this article, learn about the causes and symptoms of orgasmic dysfunction and how to treat it. What is orgasmic dysfunction? Orgasmic dysfunction can affect men and women of any age. Orgasmic dysfunction is the medical term for difficulty
New research is suggesting that there may be physical structural differences in the brains of adolescents who are regularly bullied. A recent study charts brain changes linked to bullying. According to the National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics, between one and three students in the United States report being bullied at
New research uncovers fresh evidence to suggest that frequent exposure to negative emotions may have an important impact on the functioning of the immune system. Do you often feel sad or angry? This could affect how your body reacts, researchers warn. Many studies have shown that chronic exposure to stress, anxiety, and negative moods generally
Growing up, I had the picture-perfect family. I lived in a beautiful home in the suburbs of Detroit with my parents and younger brother. I had every opportunity in the world, attended private schools, and even made it onto the honor roll. I was involved in dance, theater, and many of the school sports teams.
L-5 hydroxytryptophan is a natural chemical in the body that people can also take as a nutritional supplement. Some people believe that taking the supplement can improve certain aspects of health, including mental health and sleep quality. The compound is a natural precursor to a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which helps produce “feel-good” chemicals in the
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
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
Some research suggests a link between low vitamin D levels and a person’s risk of developing schizophrenia. New evidence indicates that this notion may be correct. A new study has investigated the link between low vitamin D levels and schizophrenia risk. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, schizophrenia is one of the leading
“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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation in the body and principally affects the joints. It can lead to many painful symptoms. Doctors classify rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as a systemic condition because it can affect the whole body. Without effective treatment, it can be progressive, meaning that it may get worse over time.
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
As more and more people discuss mental health issues in public forums, it seems to be lifting some of the stigma surrounding the topic. New research reveals that the number of students seeking help for mental health problems has risen considerably between 2009 and 2015. Anxiety, depression, and panic attacks are on the rise among
At some point in our lives, we may find ourselves in a romantic relationship that makes us unhappy, yet we still choose to stick it out. Why persist in a joyless romance when we could simply break up? A new study has found a surprising answer. What actually makes it so hard to break up?
Emotional exhaustion can arise when someone experiences a period of excessive stress in their work or personal life. When people experience emotional exhaustion, it can make them feel emotionally drained, overwhelmed, and fatigued. These feelings tend to build up over a long period, though people may not notice the early warning signs. This can have
There are a number of good reasons that touching, hugging, and kissing the people we love feels comforting and reassuring. In this Spotlight, we will explore how such displays of affection impact your health and well-being. What are the benefits of affective touch? In this Spotlight, we investigate. When we touch, hug, or kiss a
If you are always on the go and like to keep yourself busy, there may be some unexpected benefits. Recent research suggests that busy people often make more healthful choices. Being busy can positively influence how we make our lifestyle choices. The results of this study will now be published in the Journal of Consumer