Psychiatry

Researchers have identified five new categories of mental illness that span across current diagnoses of anxiety and depression. The five categories, which researchers define by their specific symptoms and areas of brain activation, are: tension, anxious arousal, general anxiety, anhedonia (the inability to feel pleasure), and melancholia. “We are trying to disentangle the symptom overlap… Read more

Schizophrenia symptoms may be reduced by a new experimental therapy that uses face-to-face discussion between a person with schizophrenia and an avatar representing their auditory hallucination. More research into the treatment’s effectiveness in other healthcare settings will be needed, so the treatment is not yet widely available. One of the most common symptoms for people… Read more

For people with bipolar disorder, regular exposure to bright white light in the middle of the day significantly reduces symptoms of depression and increases functioning, a new study shows. Previous studies found morning bright light therapy reduced symptoms of depression in patients with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). But that form of depression treatment can cause… Read more

Strong evidence that exposure to bullying causes mental health issues such as anxiety years later is coming from a recent University College London-led study. Researchers found that the detrimental effects of bullying decreased over time, which the authors say shows the potential for resilience in children exposed to bullying. “Previous studies have shown that bullied… Read more

People who could not tell at least four out of five common odours had more than double the risk as those with a normal sense of smell to develop dementia within five years, a long-term study of nearly 3,000 adults, aged 57 to 85, reports. Even though 78 percent of individuals tested were normal –… Read more