Does High Blood Pressure Influence Bipolar Disorder?

Almost half of patients hospitalized with bipolar disorder may also suffer from hypertension, according to a new study. The younger a person is diagnosed with the psychiatric condition, the more likely they are to develop high blood pressure. The study assessed 99 patients hospitalized for bipolar disorder, a condition sometimes called manic-depressive disorder and characterized…

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Amnesia Patients Still Feel Emotions Despite Memory Loss

For caregivers and loved ones of individuals suffering from dementia, a new University of Iowa study offers some hope. Patients might forget a fact or a meaningful conversation, but even so, the warm feelings associated with the experience can stick around and boost their mood. In the study, researchers showed individuals with memory loss clips…

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Violence And Empathy Have Similar Brain Circuits, Research Says

A scientific review of the brain structures involved with empathy, the ability to put oneself in another person’s position has been carried out by esearchers from the University of Valencia (UV). They conclude that the brain circuits responsible for empathy are in part the same as those involved with violence. Said Luis Moya Albiol, lead…

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What is Psychopathology?

Psychopathology is the scientific study of mental disorders, including efforts to understand their genetic, biological, psychological, and social causes; effective classification schemes (nosology); course across all stages of development; manifestations; and treatment. Psychopathology is defined as the origin of mental disorders, how they develop, and the symptoms they might produce in a person. The word…

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Blocking Conditioned Fear Memory with Behavioral Therapy

For the first time, scientists have selectively blocked a conditioned fear memory in humans with a behavioral manipulation. Participants remained free of the fear memory for at least a year. The research builds on emerging evidence from animal studies that reactivating an emotional memory opens a 6-hour window of opportunity in which a training procedure…

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Crying Can Strengthen Relationships, Study Shows

Physically, crying is known to be a symptom of pain or stress. But a Tel Aviv University evolutionary biologist points to empirical evidence showing that tears have emotional benefits and can make interpersonal relationships stronger. New analysis shows that tears still signal physiological distress, but they also function as an evolution-based mechanism to bring people…

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Variety Amnesia And The Solution To Satiation

A sleeping cupid (ca. 1630–1645) by Bartolomeo Coriolano. Original from The MET Museum

Have you ever gotten sick of playing the same computer game, eating pepperoni pizza, or had a silly song stuck in your head for so long you never wanted to hear it again? If you have, you may suffer from variety amnesia. And it just so happens, that in new research, Joseph Redden, professor of…

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Schizophrenia and Diabetes Linked

A Medical College of Georgia study has shown that individuals with schizophrenia are at high risk for type 2 diabetes. In the study, 50 people newly-diagnosed with schizophrenia or related psychotic disorders with no other known risk factors were looked at. 16 percent either had diabetes or an abnormal rate of glucose metabolism, says Dr.…

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Phobias and Stress

A phobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by a recurring, excessive fear of a thing or circumstance. Typically, phobias cause a sudden onset of fear and last for longer than six months. Phobias often start in childhood. A phobia could be anything you were frightened of when you were little, whether it was a real…

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