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Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.

Many people have mental health concerns from time to time. But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function.

A mental illness can make you miserable and can cause problems in your daily life, such as at school or work or in relationships. In most cases, symptoms can be managed with a combination of medications and talk therapy (psychotherapy). Please call us. We can help you live a better life.

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How college students perceive academic stress affects their mental well-being

How college students perceive academic stress affects their mental well-being

Students who are nonbinary, female or in their second year of college are most affected by academic stress, a new study finds.
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A brain mechanism underlying the evolution of anxiety

A brain mechanism underlying the evolution of anxiety

New research using genome editing technology has allowed scientists to create a model and assess a gene mutation associated with neuropsychiatric disorders in humans. The study has revealed how the mutation functions in the brain and affects anxiety and sociality.
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Children with rare genetic disorders more likely to be diagnosed with developmental, behavioral and mental health problems, study finds

Children with rare genetic disorders more likely to be diagnosed with developmental, behavioral and mental health problems, study finds

With the advent of rapid whole genome sequencing, children presenting with an intellectual disability or developmental delay are recommended to have their DNA sequenced to identify the underlying genetic cause. Researchers have now published the results of an analysis of data from almost 2,800 young people with rare genomic variants -- changes to their DNA -- that are associated with intellectual disability.
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Sound of music: Ultrasound exposure improves depressive behavior in rodents

Sound of music: Ultrasound exposure improves depressive behavior in rodents

It is well known that whole-body exposure to high frequency ultrasound increases brain activity in humans. However, little is known about its impact and associated mechanisms on emotional states like depression. Now researchers have recently demonstrated the anti-depressant effects of ultrasound exposure in a rodent model of depression. Their findings shed light on the potential of ultrasound exposure as a non-invasive treatment for mental disorders.
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Some types of stress could be good for brain functioning

Some types of stress could be good for brain functioning

It may feel like an anvil hanging over your head, but that looming deadline stressing you out at work may actually be beneficial for your brain, according to new research. The study found that low to moderate levels of stress can help individuals develop resilience and reduce the risk of developing mental health disorders, like depression and antisocial behaviors. Low to moderate stress can also help individuals to cope with future stressful encounters.
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Food stamp work requirements increase mental health care use

Food stamp work requirements increase mental health care use

Being exposed to work requirements in order to receive food stamps from the U.S. government significantly increased use of mental health care resources for depression and anxiety, a new study has found. The policy's negative effects occurred much sooner for women than men.
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Discrimination took a toll on the mental health of racial and ethnic minority groups during the COVID-19 pandemic, study finds

Discrimination took a toll on the mental health of racial and ethnic minority groups during the COVID-19 pandemic, study finds

People who reported experiencing discrimination more than once a week early in the pandemic had seventeen-fold increased odds of moderate to severe depressive symptoms and ten-fold increased odds of suicidal ideation, according to a new study.
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How service dogs reduce PTSD symptoms: factors and mechanisms

How service dogs reduce PTSD symptoms: factors and mechanisms

A new analysis dives into the use of service dogs by U.S. veterans who have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), illuminating factors and mechanisms that may underlie the mental health effects of these relationships.
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Losing spouse to COVID may be worse for mental health than other causes of death

Losing spouse to COVID may be worse for mental health than other causes of death

Researchers found that while there were strong associations between the recent death of a spouse and poorer mental health both before and during the pandemic, people who lost a spouse to COVID-19 were more likely to report symptoms of depression and loneliness than comparable people whose spouses died just before the pandemic began.
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Financial and sleeping difficulties are key mental health risk indicators in university students

Financial and sleeping difficulties are key mental health risk indicators in university students

A new study of student wellbeing during the pandemic has identified worsened financial situation and sleep difficulties as key indicators of individuals at higher risk of developing mental health issues.
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