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Personality and mood affect brain response to personal choice

Personality traits and mental health affect how people value personal control in decision making, according to a new study in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. Our brain’s reward and motivation systems show higher activity when we feel personal control in a situation and when we receive rewards that we’ve earned, rather than been given […]

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Can Being Left-Handed Really Affect Mental Health?

Only about 10 percent is predominantly left-handed.(Getty Images) Kevin Denny, an economics professor at University College Dublin in Ireland, is not left-handed. Many years ago, though, he was staying with a friend in Kansas City, Missouri, who is left-handed. “He had a book on the subject. I got fascinated,” Denny says. “I eventually realized I […]

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Effective ketamine doses for treatment-resistant depression

A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators identifies two subanesthetic dosage levels of the anesthetic drug ketamine that appear to provide significant symptom relief to patients with treatment-resistant depression. In the October 2018 issue of Molecular Psychiatry they describe finding that single intravenous doses of 0.5 mg/kg and 1.0 mg/kg were more effective […]

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Link between childhood adversity, burnout and depression

A study on childhood adversity at The University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing found that undergraduate nursing students who were exposed to a higher number of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) — such as abuse, neglect or family dysfunction — encountered higher levels of burnout and depression. ACEs can have negative, lasting effects […]

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Mediterranean diet tied to lower risk of depression

The purpose of the study, which was led by University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom, was to inform the development of recommendations for professionals giving advice to people with depression. Most people get sad and low at times, particularly in reaction to distressing events. Depression, however, goes beyond this; it is a psychiatric […]

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Junk Food Consumption Increases The Risk Of Depression, Study Finds

Multi-country study calls for GPs to give dietary advice as part of depression treatment An analysis of 41 multi-country studies has found that a diet high in junk food raises the risk of developing depression, reports The Guardian. The study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, took place in Britain, Spain, and Australia. Researchers examined […]

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AHA: Common Treatment for AFib May Also Lower Anxiety, Depression

TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Levels of anxiety and depression seen in people who have a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation may be affected by how the heart condition is treated, a new study suggests. Past studies have shown that anxiety, distress and depression are common among people with AFib. […]

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Brain function impacts how experiences contribute to depression

A study in adolescent girls reports that recent life events impact depressive symptoms differently, depending on how the brain responds to winning and losing. A strong brain response to winning boosted the beneficial impact of positive experiences on symptoms, whereas a strong response to losing enhanced the detrimental impact of negative experiences on symptoms. The […]