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  • Stress reduction benefits from petting dogs, cats July 15, 2019
    Just 10 minutes of interacting with cats and dogs produced a significant reduction in students' cortisol, a major stress hormone.
  • REM sleep silences the siren of the brain July 11, 2019
    Something frightening or unpleasant does not go unnoticed. In our brain, the so-called limbic circuit of cells and connections immediately becomes active. First and foremost, such experiences activate the amygdala. In order for the brain to function properly, the siren must also be switched off again. For this, a restful REM sleep, the part of […]
  • Early life stress plus overexpressed FKBP5 protein increases anxiety behavior June 11, 2019
    A new preclinical study finds that anxiety-like behavior increases when early life adversity combines with high levels of FKBP5 -- a protein capable of modifying hormonal stress response. Moreover, the researchers demonstrate this genetic-early life stress interaction amplifies anxiety by selectively altering signaling of the enzyme AKT in the dorsal hippocampus, a portion of the […]
  • Disturbed sleep linked to mental health problems in natural disaster survivors June 7, 2019
    Preliminary results from a new study suggest that sleep disturbances are associated with mental health problems among survivors of a natural disaster even two years after the event.
  • Predicting post-injury depression and PTSD risk June 5, 2019
    Addressing the psychological effects of injury can improve health and reduce the negative outcomes of injury. Yet, in a national survey, only 7% of trauma centers incorporate routine screening for PTSD symptoms.
  • 'Ecstasy' shows promise for post-traumatic stress treatment May 30, 2019
    An international study has shown that MDMA, also known as ecstasy, may be a valuable tool for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study demonstrated substantial improvements in individuals who had not responded to prior treatments. This is also, he adds, the most comprehensive evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD.
  • How stress leads to Facebook addiction May 28, 2019
    Friends on social media such as Facebook can be a great source of comfort during periods of stress. However, if they don't receive any support offline, stressed users are at risk of developing a pathological dependence on the social networking site -- the so-called Facebook addiction.
  • People fail to recognize male postnatal depression May 13, 2019
    A new study shows that people are almost twice as likely to correctly identify signs of postnatal depression in women than in men.
  • Unpacking the links: Chronic stress, fertility and the 'hunger hormone' May 10, 2019
    A new study suggests high levels of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates appetite and is also released during stress, could be harmful to some aspects of reproductive function.
  • Transplanting gut bacteria alters depression-related behavior, brain inflammation in animals May 6, 2019
    Scientists have shown that transplanting gut bacteria, from an animal that is vulnerable to social stress to a non-stressed animal, can cause vulnerable behavior in the recipient. The research reveals details of biological interactions between the brain and gut that may someday lead to probiotic treatments for human psychiatric disorders such as depression.