Controversial Psychiatry Change Could See Bereavement as a Disease

Credit: allspice1/Flickr

A change in the official psychiatric guidelines for depression has raised fears that grief over the death of a loved one could to be classified as clinical depression.

Read more @ SciTechDaily

Depression is the Top Disability Among US & Canadian Teens

Depression is the Top Disability Among US & Canadian Teens

According to a new study led by researchers at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in Seattle, depression has surpassed asthma as the largest contributor to ‘years lived with disabilities’ for youths aged 10 -14.

Read more @ SciTechDaily

Why Narcissists Seem More Attractive

dark-shadows-johnny-depp

While most people don’t consider narcissism or psychopathy desirable qualities in their romantic partners, many are still drawn towards people with these traits, which have been immortalized in fiction as the mean girls, the dangerous boys, and arrogant jerks.

Read more @ SciTechDaily

Diuretic Drug Could Help Treat Autism

child-with-autism

The drug bumetanide, which has been used for decades to treat high blood pressure and other conditions, has now shown some promise in a small clinical trial for autism spectrum disorder. The drug reduced the overall severity of behavioral symptoms after 3 months of daily treatment.

Read more @ SciTechDaily

MDMA Provides Prolonged Relief from Severe Stress

ecstacy-pills

A new study indicates that the benefits of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) persist years after the first treatment of the drug.

Read more @ SciTechDaily

Study Suggests $31 Billion in Workplace Losses Due to Insomnia

insomnia-on-the-job

A new study indicates that insomnia lead to about 274,000 mistakes, which caused $31 billion in losses, due to accidents and workplace errors over a 12 month period.

Read more @ SciTechDaily

Humans Are Less in Control of Their Brains Than Previously Thought

figure-study-perception-haptic-information

Most of the actions that people take for granted are the result of a set of complex decisions that the brain deals with. The decisions about how to aim the body, how hard to hold handles, and how to raise cups are something that no one often consciously thinks of, yet the brain does all of these without missing a beat. A new Northwestern University study shows that not only does the brain handle such complex decisions, it also hides this information from the conscious mind.

Read more @ SciTechDaily

Optogenetics Allows Light to Control Brains

optogenetics-brain

In order to search for better cures for neurological and psychiatric diseases, researchers have had to tackle the mammalian brain and its intricate complexity of tens of billions of intertwined neurons. Since neuroscientists have yet to grasp a deeper understanding of what the brain is really doing, it has been hypothesized that light could serve as a control tool in stimulating the circuitry of the brain.

Read more @ SciTechDaily