Insomnia Patients show Altered Activity in Brain

Originally found on https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161019162505.htm Specific brain regions, including those involved in awareness of self and tendency to ruminate, show altered activity in patients with insomnia when compared to good sleepers, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine published this week in the journal SLEEP. In what is the largest…

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Depression affects the brains of males and females differently

Originally found on https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170711085522.htm When researchers in the UK exposed depressed adolescents to happy or sad words and imaged their brains, they found that depression has different effects on the brain activity of male and female patients in certain brain regions. The findings suggest that adolescent girls and boys might experience depression differently and that sex-specific…

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Neurofeedback holds potential to treat people suffering from treatment-resistant depression

Originally found on https://www.news-medical.net/news/20170904/Study-Neurofeedback-holds-potential-to-treat-people-suffering-from-treatment-resistant-depression.aspx A small pilot study has indicated that neurofeedback – where patients concentrate on modifying their own brainwave patterns – has potential to treat many of the 100m people worldwide who suffer from Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD). This is the first time that neurofeedback has been shown to improve both individual symptoms and overall…

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Mental Health in Older Adults

Originally found on https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/older-adults-and-mental-health/index.shtml It’s just as important for an older person with symptoms of depression to seek treatment as it is for someone younger. The impact of depression on health in older adults can be severe: much research has reported that depression is associated with worse health in people with conditions like heart disease,…

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Signs and Symptoms

Originally found on https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml PTSD is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a…

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Understanding Depression

Originally found on https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression-what-you-need-to-know/index.shtml#pub2 Sadness is something we all experience. It is a normal reaction to difficult times in life and usually passes with a little time. When a person has depression, it interferes with daily life and normal functioning. It can cause pain for both the person with depression and those who care about him…

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Why Is Sleep Important?

Originally found on https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why Why Is Sleep Important? Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while…

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The Benefits of Slumber: Why You Need a Good Night’s Sleep

Originally found on https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/apr2013/feature1 We have so many demands on our time—jobs, family, errands—not to mention finding some time to relax. To fit everything in, we often sacrifice sleep. But sleep affects both mental and physical health. It’s vital to your well-being. Understanding the importance of sleep can benefit everyone. Of course, sleep helps you feel…

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Research on neurofeedback training proves to improve attention, working memory performance

Originally found on https://www.news-medical.net/news/20131217/Research-on-neurofeedback-training-proves-to-improve-attention-working-memory-performance.aspx The Distinguished Professor Shu-Lan Hsieh’s research on neurofeedback training has proven to improve attention and working memory performance, National Cheng Kung University revealed recently. Hsieh’s training method had significantly improved brainwave and brain function and slowed down aging of the brain. Her research titled “Neurofeedback training improves attention and working memory performance”…

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