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Nebulous Goals Set By Depressed People Fuel Illness

Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness in the U.S. and across large sections of the world. Among its many symptoms, the disorder can trigger a loss of the normal ability to feel motivated or pursue pleasurable or fulfilling activities. According to the results of a new study released in July …

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What Is the Difference Between Malingering vs Factitious Disorder?

Factitious disorder and malingering are two variations on a similar theme. Both involve people who exaggerate or make up symptoms of an illness. But in malingering vs. factitious disorder, the reasons why are very different. This also means that treatment is different, too. What Is Factitious Disorder? Factitious disorder is a mental illness, classified as …

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iPhone App Helps Schizophrenics Block Voices

Auditory hallucinations are sound-based hallucinations that frequently occur inside the minds of people with the mental disorder schizophrenia, and also occur inside the minds of some psychologically healthy people. In schizophrenic individuals, the presence of these hallucinations can effectively block genuine sound input from the outside world and contribute significantly to the break with reality …

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Depressed People Develop Hyperactive Brain, UCLA Researchers Say

Major depression (major depressive disorder) is a severe condition that centers on an inability to properly regulate mood and emotion. For a long time, doctors and scientists have believed that the condition produces its effects by altering the normal function of several areas of the brain. However, according to the results of a study published …

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Dad’s Stress Damages Sperm, Affects Baby, Study Finds

We have long known that a pregnant woman’s actions impact her unborn child. These impacts can even ripple outward into the child’s life many years later. Bad habits like drinking and smoking can cause birth defects that last a lifetime and good habits like eating well can give a child a leg up in life. …

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‘Extremely Important’ Blood Test Could Predict Postpartum Depression

Postnatal blood test developed by British doctors deemed breakthrough in treatment for new mothers. Having a baby should be a joyful time and a reason for celebration. Unfortunately, many women struggle with a mix of emotions—not all happiness and rainbows—after giving birth. If you have experienced childbirth, you know the feeling of delight, terror, anxiety …

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Contemplating Your Great Escape After Rehab

If you have struggled with drug or alcohol addiction, going through treatment and rehabilitation can be the beginning of a whole new life. But, not necessarily. In reality the relapse rate following rehab is disturbingly high for recovering addicts and alcoholics, proving that treatment is by no means a panacea or a miracle cure for …

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‘Winner’ of Beer Contest Dies After Guzzling 13 Pints

Joaquín Alcaraz Gracia had just won the annual drinking contest in the Spanish region of Murcia. He triumphantly raised the trophy—but then started to vomit. Well, drinking six liters (1.58 gallons) of beer in 20 minutes will do that to you. Sadly, it can also do a lot more to you, and Gracia learned this …

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