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By On December 3rd, 2018

Lack of insurance acceptance is driving America’s mental health problems

It is all but undeniable that America has a growing issue with mental health and lack of treatment. The latest estimates suggest that nearly one-in-five Americans live with some form of diagnosable mental illness, however, less than half receive regular treatment. There are a number of factors that contribute to the low rates of mental…

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By On November 28th, 2018

Brain scans reveal changes in teen girls who commit self-harm

Self-harm such as cutting is typically considered a sign of mental illnesses such as depression, social anxiety disorder, or bipolar disorder. But new findings suggest that self-harm may be linked to brain changes most similar to a different mental illness – borderline personality disorder. The report, published this month in the journal Development and Psychopathology,…

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By On November 26th, 2018

MRI scans reveal “hot spots” of activity in the brain of those with substance abuse issues

While we all understand the broad strokes of substance abuse, many of the finer details about how addiction forms and functions have escaped even the most talented researchers. However, new research published in the journal Translational Psychiatry could help us understand the mechanisms beneath substance dependence and find new targets for treatment. As the report…

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By On November 19th, 2018

Distinct brain patterns could help diagnose schizophrenia earlier

Schizophrenia is perhaps one of the most talked about mental illnesses, but it is also the most poorly understood. Rather than the multiple personalities many associate with schizophrenia, the brain disease is actually characterized by hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, and cognitive impairments. While research has helped uncover some factors that can help predict those at risk…

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By On November 6th, 2018

Do you know the difference between bipolar 1 and bipolar 2?

If you ask most people what bipolar disorder is, they are usually able to give you the broad strokes; bipolar disorder is a mental health issue characterized by extreme states of depression or mania. While this is technically correct, it also belies how little people truly understand the nuances that can make a serious health…

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By On November 5th, 2018

Seizure medication shows promise in treating drug-resistant depression

While antidepressants and similar medicines help many living with depression, a significant number of people with depression don’t respond to these medications. Now, a small new study suggests a drug originally intended to manage seizures may also be highly effective in treating depression in those who don’t get relief from antidepressants. According to the report…

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