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Mental Health News From Medical News Today
Mental health affects us all. How we think and feel about our lives and ourselves has an impact on our behavior and how we cope in tough times. Mental health problems are very common and include conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, anorexia, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, bulimia, depression, hyperactivity, insomnia, mania, narcolepsy, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic attacks, paranoia, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, stress, suicide and Tourette's.

  • Sleep-wake disruption strongly linked to mood disorders
    A large study that took objective measures of activity and rest patterns has found a strong link between disruption of circadian rhythm and mood disorders.

  • How do you know if you're having a panic or anxiety attack?
    Panic attacks and anxiety attacks share some symptoms, but they differ in intensity, duration, and whether or not there is a trigger. Some treatments are similar and include therapy, stress management, and breathing exercises. Learn more about the differences between a panic attack and an anxiety attack here.

  • Why does mental illness arise? Clues found in the visual brain
    A new study finds that the risk of mental illness rises with poor communication to and from the areas of the brain that process and make sense of vision.

  • Growing up with animals could make you more resilient as an adult
    A study finds that farm upbringings with animals build more resilience against stress-related physical and mental illness than pet-free city upbringings.

  • Is it possible to keep alert at night safely?
    Some people work strange hours, long hours, or have busy lives with a lot of stress. In all cases, it can mean they find themselves falling asleep at work. There are some simple lifestyle adjustments that can be made to keep you alert safely for productive tasks. Learn more about staying awake at work here.

  • Alzheimer's: 'Music may make symptoms more manageable'
    Alzheimer's disease can cause people living with it to experience severe anxiety as they try to navigate an unfamiliar world. Can music help them to cope?

  • What are delusions of grandeur?
    A delusion of grandeur is a false belief in one?s importance or greatness. A person may believe, for instance, that they are famous, can end world wars, or that they are immortal. Grandiose delusions are often caused by mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, but can also result from dementia or brain damage.

  • Depression: Pioneering study pinpoints 44 genetic culprits
    The authors of a large-scale new genome study have identified dozens of new genetic variants that can heighten the risk of major depression.

  • Causes and treatments for a nervous stomach
    A nervous stomach usually refers to stomach problems that are caused by stress and anxiety. Despite having some of the same symptoms as some chronic GI disorders, a nervous stomach is usually related to a person's "fight-or-flight" response. This article looks at what causes it, and how to stop it from happening.

  • Could 'one puff' of cannabis ease depression?
    Researchers found that users of medical cannabis reported a reduction in depressive symptoms after just one puff of a high-CBD, low-THC form of the drug.