Mental Health

Hot yoga differs from traditional yoga in many ways, including its emphasis on hot and humid conditions. There are many claims about the potential health benefits of hot yoga, but there is limited scientific support for some of them. In this article, learn what hot yoga is, its possible benefits, and the risks to consider
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Emotional freedom technique (EFT), which people often refer to as EFT tapping, is an alternative therapy for anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and some other conditions. According to the developer of EFT, Gary Craig, tapping on different parts of the body helps balance energy and reduce physical and emotional pain. People can see an EFT
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Alprazolam (Xanax) is a useful medication for certain mental health conditions. Xanax starts to work quickly, and it stays in the body long after the effects of one dose have worn off. Doctors often prescribe Xanax for generalized anxiety disorder or panic disorder. It is one of the most widely used medications for these conditions,
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A chemical imbalance in the brain occurs when a person has either too little or too much of certain neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that pass information between nerve cells. Examples of neurotransmitters include serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. People sometimes call serotonin and dopamine the “happy hormones” because of the roles that they play
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Compulsive sexual behavior can have a serious negative impact on the well-being of the people it affects. But what are the biological factors behind it? What drives compulsive sexual behavior? A new study looks into the possible molecular mechanisms. Compulsive sexual behavior — which researchers also refer to as “hypersexuality” — is characterized by intrusive
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Yoga is a popular exercise that focuses on breathing, strength, and flexibility. Practicing yoga may provide many physical and mental health benefits. Between 2012 and 2017, the percentage of people in the United States practicing yoga increased from 9.5% to 14.3% in adults and from 3.1% to 8.4% in children. The 2012 National Health Interview
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Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) causes feelings of intense anxiety, worry, or nervousness about everyday life. People with GAD struggle to control these feelings, and the condition tends to interfere with daily activities and personal relationships. GAD, a type of anxiety disorder, is very common. It affects 3.1% of the population (or 6.8 million adults) in
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Hoarding disorder is a condition that makes it difficult for people to throw things away, regardless of their value. There are a range of treatment options available. Hoarding disorder can have a significant negative emotional, social, financial, and legal impact. This article provides important information about hoarding disorder, including the symptoms, causes, and treatment options.
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A penis pump is one of a few nonmedicated treatment options available for erectile dysfunction (ED). ED makes it difficult to maintain an erection for long enough to engage in sexual activity. ED is common, and the risk of developing the condition increases with age. According to a review article in the International Journal of
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Controversy surrounds the inclusion of nutritional supplements in mental health treatments, with much research proving inconclusive. A major new review now explains which supplements have shown the most promise for specific mental health conditions. Some supplements, such as omega-3s, may indeed benefit mental health, according to a major new review. “While there has been a
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Newly published research in rodents and ongoing research in humans examines the effects of psychiatric drugs, including antidepressants, on the composition of gut bacteria. Scientists are slowly discovering the effects that antidepressants have on various bacterial strains that usually live in the gut. More and more studies are supporting the role of the gut microbiota
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Xanax is a benzodiazepine, while Adderall is a stimulant. Under the supervision of a doctor, the drugs may be safe to use together. Benzodiazepines slow down activity in the central nervous system and can help a person feel more relaxed and less anxious. Stimulants, on the other hand, speed up central nervous system activity, helping
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An eating disorder can affect almost anyone, regardless of whether they are underweight or overweight. Eating disorder is a term that covers a range of conditions involving abnormal or disrupted eating. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, an estimated 10 million men and 20 million women living in the United States will develop an
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Sertraline (Zoloft) is an antidepressant drug. People who take Zoloft may have mild to severe side effects. These can fade over time or persist. Zoloft belongs to a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Doctors prefer to prescribe SSRIs over other classes of antidepressants because their side effects are often less troublesome.
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Vomiting is one of the body’s natural defenses against germs, poisons, and drugs. Some people wish to induce vomiting to relieve nausea, whether the cause is an illness or a substance such as alcohol. Others induce vomiting if they believe that they have overeaten — this is a sign of an eating disorder. However, vomiting
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Brain tumors can cause both physical and mental symptoms. The symptoms can differ depending on the type, location, and stage of the tumor. Some symptoms can be quite general. These include headaches, vision problems, and mood changes. Seizures and personality changes can also signal the presence of a brain tumor. If a person notices any
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Millions of people around the world experience symptoms of anxiety in social situations. In this Spotlight feature, we offer some tips and tricks on how to cope with social anxiety to make your life easier and more fulfilling. In this Spotlight feature, we offer some top tips on how to beat social anxiety. The Anxiety
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FDA warning: Risk of suicidal thoughts in children This medication has a boxed warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is the strongest warning that the FDA requires. A boxed warning alerts doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous. Trintellix can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and actions in
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Diabetes and stress appear to be linked in several important ways. Namely, stress can both contribute to and be a consequence of diabetes. For example, a person may feel that their stress levels rise when having to plan meals and measure their blood sugar, especially in the early stages of a diabetes diagnosis. However, stress
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Anger is a normal emotion that everyone experiences from time to time. However, if a person feels unable to control their anger, it can cause problems in relationships and at work. It might also affect their quality of life. Anger is an integral part of the body’s “fight, flight, or freeze” system, which helps protect
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