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When kibbles kill: How pet deaths strike us as human

Feb 27, 15 When kibbles kill: How pet deaths strike us as human

Posted by in Mental Health, Science

Pets aren’t just animals, they’re friends and family as every dog, cat, and rabbit-lover knows. For this reason, Nestle Purina Petcare Company should not be surprised by the strong emotions underlying a recent lawsuit. While the lawsuit is new, the actual complaint is rather old.

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Mapping serotonin in the brain

Feb 25, 15 Mapping serotonin in the brain

Posted by in Mental Health

Depression: a disease that causes serious pain for those who suffer from it as well as those who love them. Depression consists of more than feeling down or blue. It interferes with one’s daily life. Here are some signs and symptoms, as identified by the National Institute of Mental Health.

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Understanding Autism: How life on the spectrum fosters brilliance and limitations

Feb 20, 15 Understanding Autism: How life on the spectrum fosters brilliance and limitations

Posted by in Mental Health

Incredibly gifted or intelligent people portrayed in movies often have a mental illness to accompany their talent, or at least some form of social or intellectual impairment. There’s Raymond from Rain Man, for example, who is autistic but able to memorize ball player statistics and parts of the telephone book with ease.

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Kate Middleton supports Children’s Mental Health Week in PSA

Feb 20, 15 Kate Middleton supports Children’s Mental Health Week in PSA

Posted by in Mental Health

With the UK kicking off its inaugural Children’s Mental Health Week, people all around the country are standing up in support of children everywhere. The Duchess of Cambridge recorded this two-minute clip for Place2Be, a national charity providing emotional support to children in schools.

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Unemployment alters our personalities

Feb 17, 15 Unemployment alters our personalities

Posted by in Mental Health, Science

It’s well known that being unemployed for a significant amount of time can have a negative effect on your physical and emotional wellbeing. It’s likely to raise your risk of depression and suicide. But according to a new study, being unemployed can actually alter your personality, too.

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Having a mental disorder can strip 10 years off your life

Feb 15, 15 Having a mental disorder can strip 10 years off your life

Posted by in Health, Mental Health

Having a mental-health disorder raises one's risk of dying young, as people with such disorders are more likely to die from treatable conditions than are those without them, according to a new study published by the journal JAMA Psychiatry. For individuals afflicted by mental-health disorders, mental illness is not necessarily their direct cause of death.

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Marijuana may be an effective depression treatment

Feb 09, 15 Marijuana may be an effective depression treatment

Posted by in Mental Health

A preliminary rat study points to the possibility that certain components in marijuana might be helpful in treating chronic stress-related depression. The study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, focused primarily on endocannabinoids — chemicals in the brain that are quite similar to the chemicals known as cannabinoids in marijuana.

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Planting false memories fairly easy, psychologists find

Feb 09, 15 Planting false memories fairly easy, psychologists find

Posted by in Mental Health, Science

A person is confessing on videotape to a serious crime — throwing a rock so hard at a girl’s head that it left her bleeding and unconscious. But the assault in this story never happened. The interviewee was the unknowing subject of an experiment showing that innocent people can be led to falsely remember having committed crimes as severe as assault with a weapon.

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Surprise: Student loans cause poorer mental health

Feb 07, 15 Surprise: Student loans cause poorer mental health

Posted by in Education, Mental Health

As young adults in our 20s, we face a very tumultuous period of serious highs and all-time lows. While college proved to be a never-ending binge of self-exploration, asserting independence, and bad decision-making, the postgraduate life seems only to be a ceaseless, rude awakening to the cost of our growth in wisdom and individuality.

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Exposure to common pesticide doubles risk of ADHD in kids

Feb 04, 15 Exposure to common pesticide doubles risk of ADHD in kids

Posted by in Mental Health

When it comes to what causes some mental health disorders, like autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), scientists are still in the dark. However, they do know conditions like these are caused in part by genetics, and in other parts, by the environment. A new study shows how the environment can cause ADHD.

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