Mind

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Relax, your cat isn’t a mental health risk

Is having a cat bad for your mental health? It’s not as ridiculous a question as it might sound. For…

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Women who suffer an intense form of PMS can now blame their genes

A severe form of premenstrual syndrome known as PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) has a specific biological cause, according to research…

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A hotel retreat aims to nurture your brain. Here’s what that feels like

Hotels and neuroscience aren’t two spheres that have either natural or immediate overlap. In fact, I have confidence in asserting…

Fewer illnesses, less stress: how cold water swimming can change your life

I have always swum regularly but, one summer when the pool was closed for a couple of weeks, a friend…

Poor mental health raises risk of physical diseases in later life

New research published in the online journal PLOS ONE suggests that depression raises the risk of arthritis and digestive diseases,…

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A nasal spray for depression? It doesn’t pass the sniff test just yet

A nasal spray can ‘rapidly and significantly’ improve the symptoms of depression in patients who do not respond to other…

One step closer to finding the root of depression

New research has revealed the physical root of depression, according to a study published in the journal Brain. The study,…

I couldn’t escape anxiety — then I learned to run from it

Last year I went through a rough patch. I felt constantly anxious and despondent. I struggled to see the point…

Yet more reasons not to plonk your child in front of the telly

Young children who watch too much television are at risk of social isolation and violent behaviour at the age of…

We ought to be sceptical about the pill’s apparent link with depression

Women who take hormonal contraceptives including the pill have an increased risk of depression, according to research published in the…