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Depression is probably not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain – new study

TanyaJoy/Shutterstock Joanna Moncrieff, UCL and Mark Horowitz, UCL For three decades, people have been deluged with information suggesting that depression is caused by a “chemical imbalance” in the brain – namely an imbalance of a brain chemical called serotonin. However, our latest research review shows that the evidence does not support it. Although first proposed in the 1960s, the serotonin …

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Psychedelics: how they act on the brain to relieve depression

The evidence is mounting for the effectiveness of psilocybin in treating depression. Cannabis_Pic/Shutterstock Clare Tweedy, University of Leeds Up to 30% of people with depression don’t respond to treatment with antidepressants. This may be down to differences in biology between patients and the fact that it often takes a long time to respond to the drugs – with some people …

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Psychedelics: how they act on the brain to relieve depression

The evidence is mounting for the effectiveness of psilocybin in treating depression. Cannabis_Pic/Shutterstock Clare Tweedy, University of Leeds Up to 30% of people with depression don’t respond to treatment with antidepressants. This may be down to differences in biology between patients and the fact that it often takes a long time to respond to the drugs – with some people …

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Junk food and the brain: How modern diets lacking in micronutrients may contribute to angry rhetoric

Research reveals links between the irritability, explosive rage and unstable moods that have grown more common in recent years, and a lack of micronutrients that are important for brain function. (Shutterstock) Bonnie Kaplan, University of Calgary and Julia J Rucklidge, University of Canterbury Emotional, non-rational, even explosive remarks in public discourse have escalated in recent years. Politicians endure insults during …

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When you eat matters: How your eating rhythms impact your mental health

When the main circadian clock in the brain is out of sync with eating rhythms, it impacts the brain’s ability to function fully. (Shutterstock) Elena Koning, Queen’s University, Ontario and Elisa Brietzke, Queen’s University, Ontario Eating is an essential part of human life and it turns out that not only what we eat but when we eat can impact our …

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Languishing: what to do if you’re feeling restless, apathetic or empty

Many people may have experienced languishing without even knowing what it was. New Africa/ Shutterstock Jolanta Burke, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences If you’ve been feeling restless, apathetic or even emotionally empty since the pandemic began, you may be “languishing”. Languishing is described as an emotional state of limbo, aimlessness and low mood, which can last for a …

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Does sugar make you sad? New science suggests so

Ruth Black/Shutterstock Anika Knüppel, UCL The thought of a cupcake, skillfully frosted with fluffy vanilla icing, may put a smile on your face, but research suggests that, in the long term, a sweet tooth may turn that smile into a frown – but not for the reasons you think. In a new study, published in Scientific Reports, my colleagues and …

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