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Research on stress hormone effects on the brain reveals unexpected findings

Stress is a common problem often resulting in poor health and mental disorders. New research has revealed that current concepts on how ...

Fear of stigma or sanction keeps many doctors from revealing mental health issues, study finds

Anonymous survey suggests need for better support and state licensing standards ...

Do These Genes Make Me Lonely? Study Finds Loneliness is a Heritable Trait

Large human genetics study finds loneliness is a heritable trait associated with neuroticism and depressive symptoms, but no one gene is responsible ... Full story

Psychotropic drugs are no solution

Many patients suffering from mental illness are treated with psychotropic drugs rather than psychotherapy. The results may be disastrous for them, claim psychologists from Bochum. ... Full story

‘Connect. Communicate. Care.’on World Suicide Prevention Day

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is using the opportunity of World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) to highlight the importance of checking in with someone if you are concerned about them and asking them how they are feeling. ... Full story

Gamblers more prone to violent behaviour, research shows

Men who gamble are more likely to act violently towards others, with the most addicted gamblers the most prone to serious violence, new research has shown. ... Full story

People in unhappy relationships more likely to have suicidal thoughts

Vienna - Being in a relationship does not necessarily, in itself, protect people from having suicidal thoughts. This is the finding of a recent study into the correlation between relationship status and suicidal thoughts conducted by scientists from MedUni Vienna's Institute of Social Medicine and the Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods at the Psychology Faculty of Vienna University. In the general population, those who are young and middle-aged, and particularly those who are in a happy relationship, have a low risk of having suicidal thoughts. This is emphasised by the researchers, speaking on the occasion of the upcoming World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September. ... Full story

How do antidepressants trigger fear and anxiety?

UNC School of Medicine researchers map the anxiety circuit in the brain and use a compound to limit fearful behavior – an acute side effect of commonly prescribed SSRI antidepressants. ... Full story

Psychosis associated with low levels of physical activity

A large international study of more than 200,000 people in nearly 50 countries has revealed that people with psychosis engage in low levels of physical activity, and men with psychosis are over two times more likely to miss global activity targets compared to people without the illness. ... Full story

Chimpanzees choose cooperation over competition

When given a choice between cooperating or competing, chimpanzees choose to cooperate five times more frequently, Yerkes National Primate Research Center researchers have found. This, the researchers say, challenges the perceptions humans are unique in our ability to cooperate and chimpanzees are overly competitive, and suggests the roots of human cooperation are shared with other primates. ... Full story

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