Mental Health

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New research examines how interacting with pets affects cortisol levels among college students. Petting a cat or a dog reduces the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Pet owners have long known — or rather, felt — that spending time with their beloved animal companion lowers stress and improves mood. An extensive review that Medical
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Scientists have been debating the efficacy of antidepressants for decades. The latest paper to throw its hat into the ring concludes that there is little evidence to show that they perform better than placebos. A re-analysis of a meta-analysis says that antidepressants lack evidence. In 2017, around 17.3 million adults in the United States experienced
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New research reviews the evidence behind the benefits of drug ‘microdosing’ and suggests that more “rigorous, placebo-controlled clinical studies” are necessary. New research examines the benefits of the active compound in magic mushrooms. The practice of microdosing — that is, taking small doses of psychedelic drugs, such as psilocybin or N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), to improve mental
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A study that analyzed key contents of a classic mental health handbook has questioned whether psychiatric diagnosis to identify distinct conditions has any scientific value. Mental health experts warn that many psychiatric diagnoses are ‘scientifically meaningless and can create stigma and prejudice.’ A Psychiatry Research paper describes how researchers found many inconsistencies and contradictions in
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Medical research has changed how doctors diagnose conditions for the better. Read this Spotlight feature to find out about the top three “medical conditions” that healthcare professionals no longer recognize as such. In this Spotlight feature, we look at three ‘conditions’ that doctors no longer recognize as such. Throughout history — both recent and distant
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It is a common belief that using social media platforms can adversely affect people’s mental health, but new research has shown that using these networking sites can reduce an adult’s risk of experiencing depression or anxiety. Social media may improve the mental health of adults by helping them maintain social relationships, new research finds. Facebook’s
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“Laughter is an instant vacation,” American comedian Milton Berle once said. After Medical News Today‘s annual summer party, I have to agree. The MNT editorial team had lots of fun at the annual summer party. In previous years, MNT‘s summer party events have included community gardening and a rocky, but joyous boat trip. This year,
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A new article by bipolar disorder experts reveals that people with this diagnosis often do not receive appropriate early care. Sufficient research around treatments for bipolar disorder is also lacking, and the specialists call for better practice and more in-depth studies to improve people’s quality of life. Many people do not receive appropriate early care
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