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Drug Reverses Schizophrenia in Mice by Curbing Synaptic Pruning — PsyBlog

Drug Reverses Schizophrenia in Mice by Curbing Synaptic Pruning — PsyBlog | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Experimental chemical restores some lost brain cell function in schizophrenia.

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Validates one key neural model of schizophrenia.

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6 Things Recovery From an Eating Disorder Gave Me

6 Things Recovery From an Eating Disorder Gave Me | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
An eating disorder is so terribly miserable, I would not even wish it on my worst enemy's cousin's tarantula. But over half of my life has been defined and ruled by this insidious illness, and as devastating as it has been, it has ultimately changed ...
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The Connection Between OCD & Psychosis - PsychCentral.com

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The Connection Between OCD and Psychosis When my son Dan's obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) became severe, he was in college, fifteen hundred miles away from home.
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Connection Between Mindfulness and Body Image | Eating Disorder Hope

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What comes to thought when you hear the word “Mindfulness”?  Many may connect this with the idea of mediation or finding a state of mental peace, but there is m

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This brief article outlines how mindfulness could be used with ED sufferers, i'm looking forward to reading this study in more detail.

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Eating disorders not just about food - myfox8.com

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Eating disorders can be extremely serious, life-threatening conditions, and unfortunately, they often coexist with underlying mental health issues.

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This is a really good article covering some of the factors that can contribute to EDs - from a biological predisposition to traumatic experiences- It's worth a read!

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What Neuroscience Says About The Link Between Creativity And Madness

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New research sheds more light on the strong ties between an original mind and a troubled one.

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Switching to Tea May Ease Psychological Stress Like Depression

Switching to Tea May Ease Psychological Stress Like Depression | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Sodas and some coffees have pretty obvious negative health effects compared to tea, but if you're looking for one more reason to switch, how about this: drinking tea may ease the effects of stressful psychological conditions like depression.

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Video of man's poem about OCD and love goes viral

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Neil Hilborn, like many poets, is a troubled soul.

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Maternal Depression May Affect Infant Development | Psych Central ...

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New research finds that depression among pregnant women may have an impact on their developing babies. Experts have observed that children of depressed.
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Childhood Abuse May Impair Weight-Regulating Hormones

Childhood Abuse May Impair Weight-Regulating Hormones | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Childhood abuse or neglect can lead to long-term hormone impairment that raises the risk of developing obesity, diabetes or other metabolic disorders in adulthood, says study.
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What is Compulsive Overeating?

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A person with symptoms of compulsive overeating is characterized as having an addiction to food.
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Networks of Genes Respond to Social Experiences

Networks of Genes Respond to Social Experiences | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it

"...Social connectivity has powerful effects on genes. The gene networks of social experience are consistent through many animals.


- Studies show human loneliness predicted less immune response to microbes. HIV patients who were hiding their sexual orientation had greater amount of cancers and infections.


- People with more friends have fewer colds.


- Stress has major effects on the immune system. Monkeys with SIV (simian HIV) who were moved constantly into new social groups became ill more frequently. The immune system did not respond to the stress signal.


- Another study showed that lonely and engaged people had dramatic differences in hundreds their genes.


The immune system sends both inflammatory and anti-inflammatory responses at the same time to make sure that the inflammation doesn’t get out of control. In lonely people, the 130 genes that keep inflammation in check were not functioning, but the 80 causing inflammation were very active. These imbalances of the immune functioning operate also in people in poverty as well as people with cancer, depression, and those caring for the ill.

Social isolation is much more devastating than stress—the best-known disease risk factor. Isolated poor people do very poorly, while high pressure stressed people in good networks do well. The diseases of isolation are obesity, diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, and strokes.


- Poor children showed more active inflammatory genes. Ambiguous social situations are threatening and affect immune genes. If the social scene is frightening then it affected gene networks, not just poverty.


- In abused children where negative gene changes occurred, those children who had one adult support experience monthly did not have this gene effect. The lack of connection was more damaging than the abuse. Isolation was the most damaging.


- With ovarian cancer 220 genes were activated for those women with less support and depression..."

 

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Does Vitamin D Help Depression?

Does Vitamin D Help Depression? | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it

"Vitamin D is considered as one of the many types of vitamins that can help provide relief to depressive symptoms. In this article, you’ll learn more about how Vitamin D can help with your depression..."


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Weight stigmatization decreases self-control and increases stress

Weight stigmatization decreases self-control and increases stress | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
More research on the concept of "fat-shaming" suggests that women who are exposed to situations or messages where they might feel stigmatized for their weight are more likely to experience str
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Could Facebook trigger eating disorders?

Could Facebook trigger eating disorders? | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Researchers at the American University, in Washington, found using the site in general is not a problem - it's the pictures that can cause body image issues.

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Interesting story, Facebook and other media could definitely trigger disordered body image but I think there has to be underlying issues there first. 

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Eight reasons why depression is so common today - Natural News

Eight reasons why depression is so common today - Natural News | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Eight reasons why depression is so common today.
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Emotions can trigger eating disorders | SC Update

It's how they dealt with difficulty, and they will never be fully recovered. The most important thing they have learned from having an eating disorder is that they have a voice and can use it. Here are their stories.
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