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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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Lack of sleep affecting students’ mental health especially women

Lack of sleep affecting students’ mental health especially women

More than two thirds (65.5%) of students are experiencing poor sleep quality and this is linked to mental health problems, new research suggests.
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Researchers boost human mental function with brain stimulation

Researchers boost human mental function with brain stimulation

Researchers show it is possible to improve specific human brain functions related to self-control and mental flexibility by merging artificial intelligence with targeted electrical brain stimulation.
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Brain monitoring suggests common link between electrical tremors and mental health disorders

Brain monitoring suggests common link between electrical tremors and mental health disorders

A new review of current literature has found that irregular responses in the brain to challenging tasks and mistakes could be key to understanding common links between abnormal behaviors in a range of mental illness and cognitive disorders.
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PTSD symptoms vary over course of menstrual cycle, research finds

PTSD symptoms vary over course of menstrual cycle, research finds

In women who have experienced trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may vary over the course of the menstrual cycle, with more symptoms during the first few days of the cycle when the hormone estradiol is low, and fewer symptoms close to ovulation, when estradiol is high, new research finds.
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Cat’s meow: Robotic pet boosts mood, behavior and cognition in adults with dementia

Cat’s meow: Robotic pet boosts mood, behavior and cognition in adults with dementia

Researchers tested the effectiveness of affordable, interactive robotic pet cats to improve mood, behavior and cognition in older adults with mild to moderate dementia. Mood and behavioral symptoms were measured along with cognition using the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE). Intervention with this robotic cat improved all mood scores over time, with significant improvements in mood and depression. More than half of the participants scored higher on the MMSE post-test than pretest, with slight to moderate improvement in attention/calculation, language, and registration. The robotic cats also provided participants with an alternative way to express themselves.
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Genetic risk of mental health conditions may influence where people choose to live, study suggests

Genetic risk of mental health conditions may influence where people choose to live, study suggests

Research on around 386,000 UK adults has found that a high genetic risk for schizophrenia and other mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder, anorexia and autism, is associated with living in and moving to urban areas. In contrast, people with low genetic risk of ADHD preferentially moved from rural/suburban environments to cities.
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Brain circuitry for both positive and negative 'valence' affected by trauma

Brain circuitry for both positive and negative 'valence' affected by trauma

Research has revealed that the brain employs distinct circuitries that mediate positive, or rewarding, behaviors and negative, or aversive, ones. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has long been thought to arise from overactivity in the negative valence system, however a new study shows that people with PTSD also displayed a deficit in activation of positive valence processing soon after the trauma, suggesting it plays a role in resilience to PTSD.
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Depression: Magnetic seizure therapy may be attractive alternative to electricity

Depression: Magnetic seizure therapy may be attractive alternative to electricity

An international research team investigated whether continued magnetic seizure therapy might effectively prevent the relapse of treatment-resistant depression, compared to what is known about electroconvulsive therapy, the current standard of care.
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Depression, anxiety may be linked to c-section risk among pregnant women

Depression, anxiety may be linked to c-section risk among pregnant women

Depression and anxiety in pregnant women may be connected to the type of delivery they have, new research suggests.
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Mammalian motivation circuits: Maybe they’re born with it

Mammalian motivation circuits: Maybe they’re born with it

Are animals born to seek rewards or avoid punishment? Researchers found that mice have pre-programmed neurons and circuits that process 'positive' and 'negative' stimuli. Their findings may be useful for studying neurological and psychiatric disorders in humans.
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