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Children born addicted have lower academic performance
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Substance abuse has escalated to such levels in the United States that it is affecting even the infants. Children born to mothers who abused drugs during pregnancy are at risk of being born addicted. Such children get afflicted with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) or fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). NAS refers to problems that affect a […]

Depression that increases over time may indicate dementia risk in older adults
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Researchers at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands, have conducted the first long-term study to investigate the link between dementia and the course of depression. Although other researchers have looked for links between dementia and depression, they only focused on single episodes of depression rather than the pattern of depressive symptoms over a person’s lifetime. […]

Oxytocin has different effects on stress in male and female mice

It’s often called the “cuddle hormone,” the “hug hormone” and the “love hormone.” Not only are these easier names to say than “oxytocin,” but they also describe what this chemical messenger produced by the brain’s pituitary gland does: Oxytocin makes social bonding feel good. Oxytocin seems to play a role in our relationship with animals: […]

The importance of emotional hygiene

Emotional hygiene is the practice of sustaining mental health in the face of emotional wear and tear. It is a vital component of mental health self-care, yet all too often it gets ignored. Without it, certain mental illnesses, such as depression or drug addiction, can set in and make life much more difficult. A neglected […]

Brain changes before and after pregnancy
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Research is continuing to uncover some interesting information about what happens to a woman’s brain during and after pregnancy that motivates her to nurture and protect a newborn baby. Dr. Lane Strathearn, a developmental pediatrician at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas reports that recent research into brain activity in pregnant women can, in […]

A look at psychotherapy strategies
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“Getting your head shrunk” at the therapist’s office is sometimes reduced to a universal experience, but, in reality, different clinicians use various strategies for patients in their care. Lynn Margolies, Ph.D., notes the strategies of psychotherapy constantly overlap and evolve as the patient goes through the treatment process. Attachment theories – This strategy was first […]

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