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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
  • Brain scans may help clinicians choose talk therapy or medication treatment for depression
    Researchers from Emory University have found that specific patterns of activity on brain scans may help clinicians identify whether psychotherapy or antidepressant medication is more likely to help... link to source

  • How children's temperament and environment shape their problem-solving abilities
    A new study indicates that early experiences of environmental harshness, in combination with a child's temperament, can influence later problem-solving abilities. link to source

  • Weight-loss drug shows potential to treat opioid abuse
    A new study shows the prescription weight-loss drug lorcaserin has potential to treat opioid abuse - it reduced oxycodone seeking and craving in rats. link to source

  • How the word 'you' helps us deal with negative experiences
    'You' is one of the most commonly used words in the English language. New research examines its psychological importance and how it helps us cope. link to source

  • Sex may be key to a happy marriage, study finds
    A study in newlyweds finds that sex leads to an 'afterglow' that lasts for 2 days, and the stronger the afterglow, the greater the marital satisfaction. link to source

  • Hangover memories more likely with a family history of drinking problems
    Researchers have found that people with a family history of alcoholism are more likely to have lucid memories of hangover symptoms. link to source

  • Spiritual retreats alter brain's reward, emotion centers
    New study sheds light on the psychological effects of spiritual retreats, after finding they alter chemical systems in the brain associated with emotion. link to source

  • Boosting natural brain opioids may be a better way to treat anxiety: Research
    Published in Nature Communications by University of Sydney scholars, the findings suggest medications that boost the effect of natural brain opioids might be a better way to reduce anxiety than... link to source

  • Appetite-controlling brain circuits in mice may explain stress eating
    A new study examines how two opposing neural pathways in the brain's amygdala are responsible for promoting and suppressing appetite. link to source

  • Poor sense of smell may hinder women's social lives
    Researchers have found that older women with a loss in sense of smell tend to have less active social lives than those with a good sense of smell. link to source

  • Deep brain stimulation provides long-term relief from severe depressions
    Treatment with deep brain stimulation can provide lasting relief to patients suffering from previously non-treatable, severe forms of depression several years into the therapy or even eliminate... link to source

  • Mouse study paves way for more effective antidepressant
    A new mouse study tests the effect of an enzyme inhibitor on depression-like symptoms, and finds it to act more quickly than traditional antidepressants. link to source

  • Happiness declining in U.S. due to 'social crisis'
    Today is the International Day of Happiness. A new report, however, finds that happiness levels in America are falling, largely due to a 'social crisis.' link to source

  • Young survivors have social difficulties years after cancer diagnosis
    New research reveals that adolescent and young adult cancer survivors report low social functioning years after receiving their diagnosis. link to source

  • Better sleep can make us feel like a million bucks
    New research examines the impact of improving sleep quality and finds the effects comparable with a lottery win of a quarter of a million dollars. link to source

  • Eating fruits and vegetables may lower women's stress risk
    New research finds that eating five to servings of fruits and vegetables daily may lower women's risk of stress by more than a fifth. link to source

  • Six of the best pregnancy blogs for parents-to-be
    Pregnancy can be an exciting yet daunting time. Medical News Today take a look at six of the best pregnancy blogs that help inform parents what to expect. link to source

  • Major research project provides new clues to schizophrenia
    Researchers at Karolinska Institutet collaborating in the large-scale Karolinska Schizophrenia Project are taking an integrative approach to unravel the disease mechanisms of schizophrenia. link to source

  • Craving chocolate? Psychological technique could help you resist
    Researchers suggest that a psychological method involving cognitive defusion and guided imagery could help stave off chocolate cravings. link to source

  • Defect in non-coding DNA could cause brain disorders like severe language impairment
    Genetic variation in the non-coding DNA may contribute to language impairments in children and other neurodevelopmental disorders including schizophrenia, autism, and bipolar disorder, scientists... link to source

  • Having children may increase lifespan
    People who have children may live up to 2 years longer than those who do not have children, and it may be down to increased social support in old age. link to source

  • Childhood bullying may lead to increased chronic disease risk in adulthood
    Being bullied during childhood might have lifelong health effects related to chronic stress exposure - including an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes in adulthood, according to a... link to source

  • Wired Health 2017: Best of consumer innovations
    Wired Health focuses on innovation and invention within the spheres of medical science and health. This year's event did not disappoint. link to source

  • Social phobia: Indication of a genetic cause
    People with social anxiety avoid situations in which they are exposed to judgment by others. Those affected also lead a withdrawn life and maintain contact above all on the Internet. link to source

  • Why do we feel itchy when seeing others scratch?
    It can be hard to resist scratching when seeing another person do it. New research finds that this is because our brain is hardwired to do so. link to source

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