Category Archives for Mental Health

Neurologic and Psychiatric Manifestations of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

Neurologic and Psychiatric Manifestations of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity Celiac Disease (CD) is an immune-mediated disease dependent on gluten (a protein present in wheat, rye or barley) that

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Depression and sickness behavior

Depression and sickness behavior are Janus-faced responses to shared inflammatory pathways. Prominent biological psychiatrist Michael Maes is one of the co-authors. It is of considerable translational

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Wake therapy in depression

A 9-week randomized trial comparing a chronotherapeutic intervention (wake and light therapy) to exercise in major depressive disorder patients treated with duloxetine. >Abstract OBJECTIVE: The onset

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Low serum cholesterol, suicide, and violence

Low serum cholesterol and suicide. Engelberg H.SourceDepartment of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California. AbstractPrimary prevention trials which have shown that the lowering of

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Alterations in mood after changing to a low-fat diet.

Alterations in mood after changing to a low-fat diet. The effects on mood of reducing dietary fat while keeping the energy constant were examined in ten male and ten female healthy volunteers aged between

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Fitness costs and benefits of personality disorder traits

Fitness costs and benefits of personality disorder traits Extreme personality traits in humans often have detrimental life consequences, so they have long been supposed to be diseases. However, many other

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Antidepressants and school shootings

David Healy, author of Pharmageddon, psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist, writes: In the case of violence, the published trials show antidepressants cause it, at a greater rate than alcohol, cannabis,

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Antidepressant effect of resveratrol

Antidepressant-like effect of trans-resveratrol: Involvement of serotonin and noradrenaline system. AbstractThe antidepressant-like effect of trans-resveratrol, a phenolic compound present in polygonum

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Low-dose lithium

Lithium: Occurrence, Dietary Intakes, Nutritional Essentiality Abstract Lithium is found in variable amounts in foods; primary food sources are grains and vegetables; in some areas, the drinking water

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The autism epidemic: Is diagnostic substitution the story?

http://deevybee.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/autism-epidemic-and-diagnostic.html Quote: It is becoming clear that changing diagnostic criteria, increased awareness of ASD, and strategic use of diagnosis to gain

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Obesity, dopamine-reward, and depression

Diet-induced obesity promotes depressive-like behaviour that is associated with neural adaptations in brain reward circuitry. BACKGROUND:The biological mechanisms that link the development of depression

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The purported link between depression and intelligence

JayMan left a comment in the last post which arguably reflects a common line of thought on this issue: But then, there is the link between IQ and mental illness (as seen from the now closed Secular Blood),

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Fitness costs and benefits of personality disorder traits

From Evolution and Human Behavior: Fitness costs and benefits of personality disorder traits Extreme personality traits in humans often have detrimental life consequences, so they have long been supposed

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Poor kids with ADHD

An article in the NY Times, Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School (via Seth Roberts), discusses the use of drugs like Ritalin and Adderall to help “poor” children do better in

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Use of n-acetylcysteine in mental illness

N-acetylcysteine as a potentially useful medication to prevent conversion to schizophrenia in at-risk individuals. Abstract Abstract Schizophrenia is a chronic and often severe psychotic disorder. Its

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids in the Prevention of Psychosis

Long-Chain ω-3 Fatty Acids for Indicated Prevention of Psychotic Disorders Context The use of antipsychotic medication for the prevention of psychotic disorders is controversial. Long-chain ω-3 (omega-3)

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Even if unscathed, combat is bad for health

Physical and mental health costs of traumatic war experiences among Civil War veterans. Pizarro J, Silver RC, Prause J.Source Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine,

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Toxoplasma Infection Doubles Suicide Risk

Toxoplasma gondii Infection and Self-directed Violence in Mothers Context  Two studies based on clinical samples have found an association between Toxoplasma gondii infection and

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