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Seasonal affective disorder: your eye color might be why you have the ‘winter blues’

You're not alone if colder weather and longer nights make you feel down. This well-known phenomenon, called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), might explain why people...

Depression and obesity together linked to higher risk of hip pain

In a representative sample of the German population, researchers found older age, obesity, and depressive disorder were associated with experiencing chronic hip pain. In the...

Obsessive-compulsive disorder may help prevent obesity

In a new study, researchers found that people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are significantly less likely to become overweight or obese. The research examined the...

PTSD linked to high risks of heart disease, cancer

In a new study, researchers found post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was linked to cardiovascular disease and cancer, as well as the metabolic syndrome. In the...

People with depression need to boost levels of this substance in blood

In a recent study, Stanford researchers found that people with depression have low blood levels of a substance called acetyl-L-carnitine. Acetyl-L-carnitine can be naturally produced...

Playing Tetris may benefit people with PTSD

A behavioral intervention including the computer game Tetris could help people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to alleviate involuntarily recurring visual memories of traumatic...

Many psychiatric diseases share the same genetic basis

Psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder often run in families. In a recent study, researchers explored the genetic connections between these and other...

Don’t let depression prevent you from exercising

Exercise may be just as crucial to a depression patient’s good health as finding an effective antidepressant. A study of nearly 18,000 participants found that...

Common high blood pressure drugs may help treat serious mental illness

In a large new study led by UCL, researchers found drugs commonly used to combat physical health diseases, such as high blood pressure, could...

Easy treatments can help reduce winter blues

For many people, the winter months bring a form of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is characterized by symptoms such as daily feelings...

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