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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
  • What are the signs of a nervous breakdown?
    A look at nervous breakdown, a condition now known as mental breakdown and identified by emotional and physical stress. Included is detail on prevention. link to source

  • Schizophrenia: A byproduct of the brain's complex evolution?
    New research has found genetic evidence that might suggest that schizophrenia is a side effect of the development of the human brain. This discovery may lead to new drugs for the condition. link to source

  • Self-compassion may protect perfectionists from depression
    Previous studies have shown that perfectionism can lead to depression, but new research suggests that self-compassion might also play a crucial role in this relationship, offsetting the harms of the former. link to source

  • What are the health benefits of being social?
    A quick chat with a friend, a gym session with your colleagues, or a reading group that you attend — how do they impact your health? In this Spotlight, we look at the mental and physical health benefits that socializing can bring. link to source

  • The road to wisdom runs through hardship, study finds
    What makes us wiser? A new study set out to answer that question and found that several factors are involved — all to do with how we relate to hardships. link to source

  • How to cope with a breakup (the healthy way)
    We take a look at some helpful (and healthful) tips for coping with a breakup that will hopefully bring our heartbroken readers some much deserved comfort. link to source

  • Is social media ruining your social life?
    A new study tests the theory that the more time you spend on social media, the less time you spend socializing with people in real life. link to source

  • Marijuana: Good or bad?
    More and more, marijuana is being legalized for medicinal or recreational purposes, but what are the health benefits and risks of the drug? We investigate. link to source

  • Do sad children overeat?
    Many adults overeat when they feel low, and some binge when they are elated. A new study investigates whether children do the same. link to source

  • Music makes us enjoy exercise more, finds brain study
    If you find exercise dull, a new study suggests you might want to grab your headphones; listening to music can increase our enjoyment of physical activity. link to source

  • It's official: Pets benefit our mental health
    A systematic review of existing studies lists the many ways in which pets provide people with mental health issues some much-needed comfort. link to source

  • How making fun of yourself can make you happy
    A new study has examined the psychological benefits and disadvantages of self-deprecating humor. The findings may come as a surprise for many. link to source

  • Just 1 hour of gaming may improve attention
    Researchers found that playing a video game for just 1 hour led to an increase in brain activity and improved visual selective attention. link to source

  • What are the health benefits of being creative?
    From writing to dancing, creative activities can make our life more fun. Studies show that they can actually do wonders for our mental and physical health. link to source

  • Five health benefits of being single
    Several studies cite the health benefits of living together or getting married, but how might staying single positively affect our health? We find out. link to source

  • Brain activity explains drunken aggression
    A new study examines what goes on inside the brains of intoxicated young men. The findings may help to reduce alcohol-related crime. link to source

  • Will your partner cheat? Look out for these signs
    Is there a way to predict whether someone is likely to cheat on their romantic partner? New research says that there may be a few signs to look out for. link to source

  • What happens in the brain when habits form?
    Habits make our lives easier, since we don't have to think about every little action we perform. But how does the brain behave when a habit takes root? link to source

  • Can dim light make us...dim?
    Bad news for introverts and romantics everywhere: dim lighting seems to have...undesirable effects on our brains and cognitive skills, says a new study. link to source

  • How virtual reality may help to treat fear, paranoid thoughts
    People with psychotic disorder who received virtual reality-based therapy as well as usual treatment showed strong reductions in paranoia and anxiety. link to source

  • Psychotic disorders: Childhood IQ may predict onset
    Individuals with psychotic disorder display a range of cognitive deficits. A new study set out to understand how early in life these deficits appear. link to source

  • How to stay motivated
    Are you struggling to stay motivated? We've put together some information for you on how to maintain motivation and why it is so important to do so. link to source

  • How to stop catastrophizing
    A look at catastrophizing and how to stop it. Included is detail on the related psychiatric conditions, medical treatments, and the outlook. link to source

  • Does meditation really make us better people?
    A new study questions the popular assumption that meditation and mindfulness practices help us develop pro-social behavior and become kinder human beings. link to source

  • Trying to lose weight? Telling yourself it's hard might help
    A new study finds that reverse psychology might do wonders for your weight loss efforts. Remembering how immensely hard it is to lose weight might help. link to source

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