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The Gut/Brain Connection and Your Mental Health

A growing body of evidence suggests that your diet may have more to do with your mental health than conventional wisdom may have you believe. While most Americans would not be surprised to find that eating greasy food and drinking alcohol may lead one to feel sluggish or apathetic, few realize how extensive the communication between the brain and […]

Diving into Water Therapy

It is no secret that people love water. From playing in pools to days at the beach to buying sound machines that mimic the sound of ocean waves, humans feel an affinity to water. What many researchers are coming to find is that water is not only pleasant to be around; it can even be therapeutic.

This is not […]

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    Can Genetic Testing Help Psychiatrists Prescribe the Right Drugs?

Can Genetic Testing Help Psychiatrists Prescribe the Right Drugs?

Wouldn’t it be convenient if a doctor could look at your DNA and make a recommendation about which medications would be most effective for you? Some companies believe that they have found the perfect algorithm to bring patients exactly that. However, recent criticisms from scientists are beginning to challenge the legitimacy of these multi-hundred dollar tests.

Since mental health varies […]

ADHD Does Not Disappear When One Reaches Adulthood

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a well-known affliction that is characterized by difficulties in impulse control, hyperactivity, and a reduced capacity to concentrate for extended periods of time. While it is typically considered to be an issue afflicting children and young adults, a growing body of research has revealed that ADHD does not disappear when one reaches adulthood. It is […]

Pharmacogenomics: Drug – Gene Testing

A recent paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has revealed some disturbing statistics about the side effects of many of the drugs we take. To start, over one-third of Americans are currently taking at least one medication that lists depression as a potential side effect. The number of Americans currently taking at least three such medications is 9.5 percent. Even more shocking, the number of Americans […]

Strength Training Can Reduce Depressive Symptoms

A review of more than 30 separate studies published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry has found that physical activity, particularly weightlifting and strength training, can have benefits that go beyond improving your physique. Such exercise can also reduce depressive symptoms.

While it would be a stretch to say that this kind of exercise is a cure for depression, the paper’s […]

Celebrities Open Up About Struggles with Mental Illness

There is a growing number of celebrities who are stepping forward to open up about their struggles with mental illnesses like anxiety disorder, depression and bipolar disorder. Such an act of bravery has multiple benefits. For one, it chips away at the social stigma surrounding mental illness and makes discussing the issue less taboo. It also demonstrates that having […]

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    Stigma of Mental Illness Prevents Some From Seeking Treatment

Stigma of Mental Illness Prevents Some From Seeking Treatment

Suicide leaves many questions unanswered. It is an incomprehensible act, in many cases with little to no warning, and it is insufferable for those closest to the victim. 
Complicating the grieving for those left behind is the fact that the victim may not have sought treatment for their incapacitating despair. There are so many reasons that contribute to individuals not […]

Sleep Disruptions Impact Emotional Well-being

When one has difficulty sleeping, the waking world seems opaque. On top of feeling tired and fatigued, those who experience sleep disturbances can be irritable and have difficulty concentrating. When one has more severe cases of insomnia, one also faces a higher risk of developing heart disease, chronic pain, hypertension, and respiratory disorders. It can even cause some to […]

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    Margot Kidder Whose Struggles with Bipolar Disorder Were Widely Publicized, Has Died

Margot Kidder Whose Struggles with Bipolar Disorder Were Widely Publicized, Has Died

The actress Margot Kidder passed away at the age of 69 over the weekend. She was found in her home in Livingston, Montana. Police are currently investigating her death, but no foul play is suspected. She had said that she was in bed with the flu during a telephone interview with Drew and Mike, two Detroit-based DJs. It is […]