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Have we got the cause of depression all wrong?

Have we got the cause of depression all wrong?

For years, doctors have attributed depression to an imbalance of serotonin, a chemical messenger that is thought to keep our moods balanced.
Free time helps kids' brain function

Free time helps kids' brain function

Forget structured homework and play times for kids – children who have more time to do what they like are better able to set and meet their goals, according to...
Watching violent TV alters your brain: study

Watching violent TV alters your brain: study

If you were one of 1.5 million people who streamed the final episode of the notoriously bloody blockbuster series Game of Thrones earlier this week, be...
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No shame in seeking help: top psychologist

No shame in seeking help: top psychologist

A patient needs to trust their psychologist on a similar level to a child's trust for a parent, says a visiting professor.
What do I do if I'm considering suicide?

What do I do if I'm considering suicide?

In the wake of media personality Charlotte Dawson taking her own life, psychotherapist Tracie O’Keefe examines what brings people to this point, using her...
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Quitting smoking makes you happier

Quitting smoking makes you happier

People who quit smoking have reduced depression, anxiety and stress and a more positive outlook on life, busting the myth that smoking relaxes you.
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Inactivity changes the brain

Inactivity changes the brain

It's no secret that lounging on the couch all day changes our physical appearance, turning firm muscles into jelly, but now scientists think a similar thing...
Brain study shows gender difference

Brain study shows gender difference

Men's and women's brains are wired differently, according to a new study in the US.
'Resilient' people get high naturally

'Resilient' people get high naturally

When naturally resilient people are rejected, their brains release a powerful drug-like natural painkiller that eases their discomfort, according to US...
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Do you need a digital detox?

Do you need a digital detox?

‘Switching off’ from technology every so often can offer myriad health benefits. Here’s what you’ll gain if you power down.
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For body and soul, say yes to less stress

For body and soul, say yes to less stress

Many adults suffer from the adverse effects of stress, and exercise in almost any form helps in the production of the "feel-good" endorphins.
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The power of writing it down

The power of writing it down

Whether it’s a journal, food diary or to-do list, writing things down can have both physical and emotional benefits.
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Mindfulness – how living in the moment makes everything sweeter

Mindfulness – how living in the moment makes everything sweeter

Learning the art of mindfulness can help you lose weight, handle stress and relate to your partner. Here's how.
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Winter blues identified as health issue

Winter blues identified as health issue

A team of researchers has used the internet to identify a significant increase in mental health issues in winter compared with summer.
Optimism can be hazardous to health

Optimism can be hazardous to health

Pessimists rejoice. A long-term study shows older people with negative future expectations tend to live longer than optimists.
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Improve brain function with lifetime exercise

Improve brain function with lifetime exercise

People who exercise regularly from childhood have better brain function in their 50s, according to UK research.
Trying to be happy could make you lonely

Trying to be happy could make you lonely

Reading self-help books, seeing psychologists and going to seminars might seem to hold the key for long-lasting happiness, but a new study suggests it could...
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How do you cope with stress?

How do you cope with stress?

According to clinical and family psychologist Dr Sandra E. Neil, there are four major coping mechanisms that we adopt to protect us from stress – placating,...
Five ways to train your brain

Five ways to train your brain

Forgotten where you left your car keys, again? Some simple tricks can improve your memory in the short term and protect it for the future.
What causes depression?

What causes depression?

No-one really knows what causes depression. Most likely it is caused by a combination of factors including your genes, brain chemistry, certain medical...

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