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Antidepressant use in pregnancy linked to autism in children

Children exposed to antidepressants during pregnancy seem to be at a slightly higher risk of autism than children of mothers with psychiatric disorders who were not treated with antidepressants during pregnancy, finds a study.

Gene variant increases risk for depression, study finds

A gene variant, thought to be carried by nearly 25 percent of the population, increases the odds of developing depression, finds a new study. People with apolipoprotein-E4, called ApoE4 for short, have a 20 percent greater chance of developing clinically significant depressive symptoms later in life compared to those who don't have the gene variant, report the investigators.

Cognitive DISSONANCE: For a good shot at FEELING BETTER, read this.

This mood and anxiety disorder business can be absolutely brutal. And until there's a cure, we have to find, and try on for size, as many psychological and biological insights and interventions as possible - and roll with those that fit. Put cognitive dissonance at the top of your list. Come on in and find out why...

Is Authentic Suffering the Missing Link?

Authentic suffering is that which is obscured by what she wants us to know and what she will let us see.

Depression among young teens linked to cannabis use at 18

Young people with chronic or severe forms of depression were at elevated risk for developing a problem with cannabis in later adolescence, found a study looking at the cumulative effects of depression in youth.

You're not yourself when you're sleepy

More than a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep, and growing evidence suggests it’s not only taking a toll on their physical health through heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and/or other conditions, but hurting their mental health as well.

Five Tools That Help Women Accept a Mental Health Problem

Wondering what tools help women accept a mental health problem? Women's resilience is manifold.

Will Social Prescribing Be the Next Wellness Phenomenon?

"Social prescribing" is a relatively new non-medical approach to psychological, physical, and financial well-being that has the potential to dramatically improve people's lives.

Happiness can affect physical health

A new review indicates that subjective well-being -- factors such as life satisfaction and enjoyment of life -- can influence physical health.

New study of brain circuits finds key links to symptoms of depression

Scientists have linked specific wiring in the brain to distinct behavioral symptoms of depression. In a new study, researchers found brain circuits tied to feelings of despair and helplessness and were able to alleviate and even reverse such symptoms in mice studies. Show More Summary

Have You Been Infected by Other People's Emotions?

Are other people's emotions contagious? The powerful effect of social contagion.

Anxious? Worry A Lot? Here’s How It can be good for you!

What would you think to discover that feeling anxious and worried can increase your motivation and action for dealing with problems and decisions? Research shows how.

Yoga Can Slow Effects of Stress and Aging, Studies Suggest

New research suggest that doing yoga regularly can help reduce the harmful effects of stress and aging on the body.

The Optimism Challenge: Specific Strategies

Here are a few strategies for moving into a more optimistic frame of mind.

How social rank can trigger vulnerability to stress

Rank in social hierarchies has been identified by researchers as a major determining factor for vulnerability to chronic stress. They also show that energy metabolism in the brain is a predictive biomarker for social status as well as stress vulnerability and resilience.

Suicide: Pacts Versus Clusters

Suicide pacts are agreements; suicide clusters are reactions. But clusters can result from publicized pacts.

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