Negative emotions are as important as positive ones when it comes to #mentalhealth

The survival value of negative thoughts and emotions may help explain why suppressing them is so fruitless

Negative emotions are as important as positive ones when it comes to #mentalhealthA client sits before me, seeking help untangling his relationship problems. As a psychotherapist, I strive to be warm, non-judgmental and encouraging. I am a bit unsettled, then, when in the midst of describing his painful experiences, he says, “I’m sorry for being so negative.” A crucial goal of therapy is to learn to acknowledge […]

Busy minds may be better at fighting dementia

Activities that keep the brain busy like using a computer, crafting, playing games and participating in social activities, appear to lower the risk of age-related mental decline in people 70 and older

Busy minds may be better at fighting dementiaMentally stimulating activities can protect your brain against aging, even if you’re genetically predisposed toward dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, a new study reports. Activities that keep the brain busy — using a computer, crafting, playing games and participating in social activities — appear to lower the risk of age-related mental decline in people 70 and […]

Dementia is not a specific illness or disease

It involves a variety of symptoms associated with impaired thinking, memory, and communication

Dementia is not a specific illness or diseaseTo have a diagnosis of dementia, the decline in functioning must affect a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. This article will look at several types of dementia, and how they change as the condition progresses. Types of dementia Dementia may have different causes. Changes to the brain depend on the type of dementia a […]

Researchers believe that our voice can reveal whether we’re getting ill

Canary Speech developed algorithms after examining speech patterns of patients with Alzheimer's, dementia and Parkinson's. It enabled them to spot a number of tell-tale signs both pre and post-diagnosis

Researchers believe that our voice can reveal whether we’re getting illOur voices are amazing things. We can use them to sing, shout and whisper sweet nothings. We can use them to activate gadgets and prove who we are to banks. And now researchers believe they can also reveal whether we’re getting ill. A US start-up called Canary Speech is developing a way of analysing conversations […]

The link between fatigue and depression, explained

Major depression causes a total lack of energy that doctors call 'anergia'. This lack of energy can lead to mental, emotional, and physical fatigue that’s difficult to treat

The link between fatigue and depression, explainedHow do you become depressed? What are the steps involved? First, a problem presents itself in your life, whether it’s real or imagined. Your body in response to that problem produces stress hormones. Stress hormones cause your brain to work overtime on the problem at hand. That’s fine at first, but your brain can only […]

Differences in brain structure a key factor in autism

From a statistical analysis, having a brain that was anatomically more male-like was linked to a higher probability of ASD than having a brain that was anatomically more female-like

Differences in brain structure a key factor in autismA new study finds that in addition to autism being more common in males than females, differences in brain structure can also be a factor, regardless of biological sex. It suggests that having a brain with features more commonly found in male brains is linked to higher probability of having autism spectrum disorder. First author […]

This is why people affected with schizophrenia are often heavy smokers

Scientists says it may be able to explain why so many schizophrenics are heavy smokers — the addictive nicotine in cigarettes is boosting an area of their brains that becomes sluggish due to their illness

This is why people affected with schizophrenia are often heavy smokersWhen people with schizophrenia smoke, they might be self-medicating without even realizing it and future treatments for the mental illness may be modelled after cigarettes. An international team of scientists says it may be able to explain why so many schizophrenics are heavy smokers — the addictive nicotine in cigarettes is boosting an area of […]

New study investigates how our brain processes fear

New research uncovers the brain circuit involved in processing fear, which could eventually lead to new treatment options for people with mental health disorders.

New study investigates how our brain processes fearFrom an evolutionary perspective, fear and anxiety are quite useful. These deeply ingrained emotions used to protect our ancestors from predators, and in our times the “fight-or-flight” response is still a healthy reaction to dangerous situations. When fear is proportionate to the danger a person is in, it is a normal, adaptive response. However, some […]

All you need to know about ADHD

Although every person with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) presents differently, there are some common signs and symptoms associated with each of the three main types of ADHD

All you need to know about ADHDAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder is considered a neurobehavioral condition, which involves regular episodes of impulsive behavior, hyperactivity, or difficulties sustaining attention. In some cases, it is a combination of all the above. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10.2 percent of children in the United States aged between 4 and […]
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