Mind

We shouldn’t teach children about mental health

Is it necessary for children as young as eight to understand mental health? I’m not convinced, having worked with children…

Can probiotics treat depression? This study suggests yes

Probiotics could relieve the symptoms of depression, according to research published in the journal Gastroenterology. The study, at McMaster University…

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Depression, a disease of the mind? Actually our immune system could be the culprit

When the journalist Bryony Gordon wrote about her struggle with depression she was taken aback by her readers’ reaction. In…

The joy of giving up the internet for Lent

Like many great love stories, ours ended on a train. A stranger tapped me on the shoulder to ask if…

Are gambling addictions more common than previously thought?

Around 1 in 20 people waiting to see their GP in Bristol report having a gambling problem, according to a…

Worried that violent video games might affect your brain? Don’t be too concerned

A major new study has found that playing violent video games does not make people any more aggressive or less…

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Adding good bacteria to the gut lifts mice out of depression

‘How YOGURT can treat depression,’ ran the headline at Mail Online. Similar stories popped up elsewhere. Most readers no doubt…

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Robust evidence is in: this herbal remedy is as effective as antidepressants

People tend to like good news, and I am not much different. I am constantly searching the recent medical literature…

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Exercise wards off heart disease whatever your weight

Overweight or obese people with low levels of physical activity are a third more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, according…

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Just looking at birds may help to keep you happier

The more birds you see on any given afternoon, the less likely you are to be stressed and anxious, according…

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Relax, your cat won’t make you mentally ill

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…