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People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) appear to have lower levels of a specific kind of brain chemical known as serotonin 1B, and targeting this with drugs could lead to the first treatments specifically targeting the disorder, U.S. researchers said on Monday.
More elderly people in Chinese cities are suffering from feelings of depression, which are becoming almost as common in China as they are in developed countries, according to recent research.
The mind and the gut are tightly connected. Anyone who has had a stomachache accompany a bout of nervousness can testify to the phenomenon. A study in rodents now suggests that digestive troubles early in life may even predispose people to developing anxiety and depression.
Incidences of autism may be much higher than previously thought in the United States and elsewhere in the world, according to a rigorous, comprehensive study of the condition conducted in South Korea, researchers reported Monday.
The evidence is piling up that parents who smoke really should quit -- or at least not smoke at home, a study said.
Nearly one in five Americans, or 45 million adults, experienced some form of mental illness last year, according to a major U.S. government survey published on Friday.
Around half of U.S. teens meet the criteria for a mental disorder and nearly one in four report having a mood, behavior or anxiety disorder that interferes with daily life, American researchers say.
Suicide has emerged as the second-largest cause of youth deaths in 2009, when 6.3 out of every 100,000 young people died of suicide, up 2.4 percent from 2008, according to statistics compiled by the National Suicide Prevention Center (NSPC) under the Cabinet-level Department of Health.
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Mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder alone do not make people more violent, but the tendency of people with psychiatric problems to abuse drugs or alcohol does, scientists said on Monday.
They say money can't buy happiness. They're wrong.
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