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Watching New Love as It Sears the Brain – New York Times

Watching New Love as It Sears the Brain - New York Times (Free reg. req'd)


New love can look for all the world like mental illness, a blend of mania, dementia and obsession that cuts people off from friends and family and prompts out-of-character behavior - compulsive phone calling, serenades, yelling from rooftops - that could almost be mistaken for psychosis.

Now for the first time, neuroscientists have produced brain scan images of this fevered activity, before it settles into...
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For some depressed kids, therapy may rival pills

For some depressed kids, therapy may rival pills

Cognitive-behavioral therapy may be just as effective as antidepressants for depressed teenagers in more affluent families, a government scientist reported Thursday.

But children with severe depression, regardless of family income, appear to need the medication to recover, said Benedetto Vitiello, chief of the child and adolescent psychiatry branch at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
The issue of pills vs. therapy has taken on added urgency since the Food and Drug Administration ordered "black box labels" —...
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Teen girls with ADHD at higher risk of mental illness

Teen girls with ADHD at higher risk of mental illness

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a serious problem for teenage girls, and those who have it appear to be at much higher risk for mental illness by age 17, a Harvard Medical School researcher reported Tuesday.

The largest, most thorough study so far comparing girls with ADHD with peers who don't have it underscores the importance of early diagnosis and treatment, says study leader Joseph Biederman, a child psychiatrist. He spoke at the American Psychiatric...
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Sleeping on the job

Sleeping on the job


Most of us come up with our best ideas when we are about to nod off, says a study. So is it time the boss put beds in the workplace?

With longer working hours and shrinking lunch breaks, is it any surprise that stressed British workers find their bed a more creative space than the office?

Some 30% of people have their best ideas in bed compared to just 11% who have them at their desk, according to research by...
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Share now, pay later

Share now, pay later
Many people take pills prescribed for others; they save money but risk their health.

Family physician Mary Frank couldn't understand why one elderly patient with high-blood pressure wasn't responding to his medication. She had been steadily increasing his dose, but his blood pressure remained unstable.

Finally, the man admitted he had been sharing his pills with his wife. He also would stop taking his medication a few days before his appointment hoping his blood pressure would be higher so that he and...
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Natural-Born Liars — Why do we lie, and why are we so good at it? Because it works

Natural-Born Liars -- Why do we lie, and why are we so good at it? Because it works

Deception runs like a red thread throughout all of human history. It sustains literature, from Homer's wily Odysseus to the biggest pop novels of today. Go to a movie, and odds are that the plot will revolve around deceit in some shape or form. Perhaps we find such stories so enthralling because lying pervades human life. Lying is a skill that wells up from deep within...
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11 Steps to a Better Brain

11 Steps to a Better Brain

It doesn't matter how brainy you are or how much education you've had - you can still improve and expand your mind. Boosting your mental faculties doesn't have to mean studying hard or becoming a reclusive book worm. There are lots of tricks, techniques and habits, as well as changes to your lifestyle, diet and behaviour that can help you flex your grey matter and get the best out of your brain cells. And here are 11 of...
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Suicide hotline only open from 9 to 5

Suicide hotline only open from 9 to 5

A Canadian province will shut its 24-hour suicide hotline and replace it with one that operates only during business hours.

Prince Edward Island, a small province on Canada’s East Coast, says it is too expensive to operate the hotline around the clock. Starting June 1, it will be open only between 9 and 5 , Monday through Friday.

The plan drew protest from mental health groups across the country Wednesday.

Even though it's just PEI, still. This story...
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$77 billion in lost income is attributed to ADHD annually in USA

$77 billion in lost income is attributed to ADHD annually in USA

US household income losses due to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) total nearly $77 billion each year, according to a new analysis of the national large-scale survey, "Capturing America's Attention," presented today at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting in Atlanta.

"ADHD, a life-long disorder, may be one of the costliest medical conditions in the United States," said Joseph Biederman, , Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Chief of Pediatric Psychopharmacology at...
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Female Drinking and Brain Damage

Female Drinking and Brain Damage

Women Face Greater Memory Loss Than Men
Medical research continues to reveal greater health risks for women who drink compared to men. The latest studies show that females, even young women, face more brain damage than men who drink the same amount for the same period of time.

Previous studies have found that women who drink face a greater risk of developing diseases related to alcohol abuse -- such as liver disease, heart disease, cancer and particularly breast cancer -- than...
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