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ψ Medical News Today Psychiatry is the medical treatment of the psyche, and psychology is the science of the psyche. This category includes news on psychiatric treatments, rehabilitation and medications, forensic psychiatry, cognitive behavioral therapy and the functioning of the mind. Link to the source
  • Fears erased with pulses of light
    Scientists investigate a method of removing learned fear responses using pulses of light to weaken synaptic connections to the amygdala. link to source

  • Why the definition of polycystic ovary syndrome harms women
    The changed definition of polycystic ovary syndrome harms women and brings no clear benefit, say Australian scientists in the British Medical Journal. link to source

  • White matter: The brain's flexible but underrated superhighway
    Once considered little more than tightly packed cabling, white matter is now known to be as important as gray matter. We explain why white matter matters. link to source

  • Brain's 'fear hub' generates neurons in adulthood
    A new mouse study finds that the adult brain generates new neurons in a previously unknown area: the amygdala, also known as the brain's fear center. link to source

  • Mental health programs in schools - growing body of evidence supports effectiveness
    School-based mental health programs can reach large numbers of children, with increasing evidence of effectiveness in improving mental health and related outcomes, according to a research review in... link to source

  • Stress heightens fear of threats from the past
    Recognizing threats is an essential function of the human mind - think "fight or flight" - one that is aided by past negative experiences. link to source

  • Embracing negative emotions could boost psychological well-being
    In a bad mood? Researchers suggest that it might be worth embracing those negative emotions; it could benefit your psychological health. link to source

  • Do pets really benefit children's health? Large study investigates
    Using advanced statistical tools, the largest study of its kind investigates the supposed link between children's health and household pet ownership. link to source

  • Death anxiety: The fear that drives us?
    Death anxiety is something that many of us may have felt to some degree, but how is it defined, what are its causes, and how is best to deal with it? link to source

  • 'Hearing voices' and the role of expectation
    Hearing voices is scary for some and a glimpse into the afterlife for others. A recent study looks at the role of expectation in auditory hallucinations. link to source

  • How sleep helps us to remember and forget at the same time
    New evidence shows how, during different phases of sleep, the brain clears out unwanted information and consolidates new memories simultaneously. link to source

  • Brain activity higher in women than men, study finds
    A new study finds that women have higher activity in more regions of the brain than men, a discovery that may explain sex differences in brain disorders. link to source

  • Surprising ways your partner can affect your health
    Your choice of a partner could impact more than just your relationship status; research shows that your partner could both benefit and harm your health. link to source

  • Dopamine neurons may regulate our biological clock
    A new mouse study finds that dopamine-producing neurons communicate with the brain area responsible for regulating circadian rhythms. link to source

  • Loneliness a bigger killer than obesity, say researchers
    Two new meta-analyses suggest that loneliness and social isolation are greater risk factors for early death than obesity and other public health threats. link to source

  • Marital bliss short-lived for spouses with younger partners
    Researchers have found that for spouses who have significantly younger partners, marital satisfaction may fall in as few as 6 years. link to source

  • How can PTSD trigger Alzheimer's disease? Study sheds light
    A new study finds a molecular link between early life post-traumatic stress disorder and the risk of Alzheimer's disease in old age. link to source

  • Psychological marks of spanking may last 10 years
    A long-term investigation into the effects of physical punishment and parental attitudes on children uncovers intriguing racial differences. link to source

  • Faster-acting antidepressants may soon be a reality
    Serotonin reuptake inhibitors are used to treat depression, but their exact mechanism is unknown. New research lifts the lid and may lead to improvements. link to source

  • Popular Netflix show may increase suicidal tendencies
    New research finds a link between the premiere of the show '13 Reasons Why' and the volume of Internet searches for suicide-related terms and queries. link to source

  • Alcohol improves memory of previous learning
    Consuming alcohol appears to improve recall of information learned before a drinking session, but not of learning that occurs after a drinking session. link to source

  • Ketamine for depression encouraging, but questions remain around long-term use
    A world-first systematic review into the safety of ketamine as a treatment for depression, published in the prestigious Lancet Psychiatry, shows the risks of long-term ketamine treatment remain... link to source

  • Having depression and heart disease could double death risk
    A new study finds a strong correlation between the risk of premature death and developing depression after being diagnosed with coronary artery disease. link to source

  • Can we buy happiness? New research weighs in
    New research suggests that regularly investing money in buying more time for ourselves - by hiring household help, for example - can make us happier. link to source

  • Stressed out? Try talking to yourself in the third person
    Two neuroscience experiments show that talking to yourself in the third person may help you to regain control of your emotions, with little cognitive cost. link to source

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