Researchers pin down the faulty brain circuitry that drives negative symptom severity in schizophrenia and look at noninvasive methods of targeting and “repairing” this breakdown. A new study identifies the brain network that drives the severity of negative symptoms in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a mental health condition with characteristic symptoms that include delusions and hallucinations.
Last week, I came across some shocking statistics. Around 80 percent of employees in the United States who are living with a mental health condition do not seek treatment because of associated stigma. It’s important that we feel we can talk openly about mental health. In the United Kingdom, around 19 percent of employees have
Both men and women can experience depression, but the signs and symptoms can be different. Although the primary symptom of depression for many is often a feeling of sadness, men may have a higher tendency than women to feel anger, demonstrate aggressive feelings, and engage in substance abuse. Due to the different symptoms, and because
Being in a healthy romantic relationship can help people face life’s difficulties, from times of illness to moments of worry and stress. Now, a study suggests that simply imagining receiving support from your significant other can boost your coping skills. When you feel stressed, it may help to imagine having your partner next to you,
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
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
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.