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Did Depression Offer an Evolutionary Advantage?

March 2nd, 2012
Did Depression Offer an Evolutionary Advantage?A provocative new theory explores the possibility that depression is an evolutionary condition that protected our ancestors — from infection. Such a theory could explain the ...

Harnessing Smartphones, Apps to Beat Depression

February 8th, 2012
Harnessing Smartphones, Apps to Beat DepressionA new smartphone that can determine when you are depressed and urge you to reach out to friends is in development at Northwestern University. Researchers ...

Computer Program Can Help Relieve Anxiety

September 15th, 2011
Computer Program Helps to Relieve Anxiety While computers are not capable of replacing human therapists, a new pilot study finds that a software program can help to relieve social anxiety. The new therapy application is called ...

PTSD Impairs Detection of Emotional Cues

August 18th, 2011
PTSD Impairs Detection of Emotional CuesA new European study suggests post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) impairs an individual’s ability to detect facial expressions. This limitation is significant as facial expressions convey strong cues for someone's ...

Cultural Messages Lead to Fat Stigma

August 18th, 2011
Cultural Messages Lead to Fat Stigma  A new study finds that mass media conveys a powerful societal pressure to be thin – a message that has led to a fat-stigma ...

May is Mental Health Month

May 14th, 2011
May is Mental Health MonthMay is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time for people to learn more about mental health conditions and seek out help for them. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, mental ...

Exercise Lessens Anxiety In the Short Run

March 19th, 2011
Exercise Lessens Anxiety In the Short RunThe next time you're nervously prepping for an exam or a crucial job interview, consider this: taking a break to exercise may help you stay calm and focused ...

Therapy Helps Mend Brain in Social Anxiety Disorder

February 15th, 2011
Therapy Helps Mend Brain in Social Anxiety Disorder For many mental conditions, treatment options include medications or psychotherapy, or a combination of the two. Despite the frequently comparable benefits of either of the modalities, and ...

Defects in Brain Pathways Linked to Anxiety

February 11th, 2011
Defects in Brain Pathways Linked to Anxiety Researchers believe they have discovered a neural explanation for why some individuals are more anxiety-prone than others. University of California, Berkeley scientists believe chinks in ...

Video Game ‘Addiction’ Spans the Globe

January 20th, 2011
Video Game Addiction Spans the GlobeA new study demonstrates that parents may have good reason to be concerned about how much time their kids play video games. Investigators found evidence that video game "addiction" ...

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