Tag Archives: depression

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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How the media may be making the COVID-19 mental health epidemic worse

Watching too much COVID-19 coverage can make your fear and worry even worse. seb_ra via Getty Images J. Brian Houston, University of Missouri-Columbia and Jennifer M. First, University of Tennessee Since the pandemic began, anxiety rates in the U.S. have tripled; the rate of depression has quadrupled. Now research is suggesting the media is part of the problem. Constantly watching …

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People with depression can sometimes experience memory problems – here’s why

Depression affects our short-term memory. Lightspring/ Shutterstock Cynthia Fu, University of East London While we often associate depression with low mood, tiredness and feelings of hopelessness, less well known is that some people with depression may experience problems with their memory – such as feeling more forgetful than usual. Though memory problems aren’t discussed as widely as other symptoms, we …

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Lockdown study finds undiagnosed mental health crisis among new mothers

Shutterstock Vicky Fallon, University of Liverpool; Sergio A. Silverio, King’s College London, and Siân Macleod Davies, Liverpool John Moores University New mothers experienced worryingly high rates of depression and anxiety during the first lockdown, our new research has revealed. One of the major contributing factors to them feeling this way was the psychological impact of social distancing measures. Our study …

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La conexión entre la microbiota y la depresión

Shutterstock / Anatomy Image José Ramón Alonso Peña, Universidad de Salamanca La microbiota del tubo digestivo, lo que antes llamábamos flora intestinal, tiene una importancia sorprendente en procesos relacionados con el sistema nervioso, con su funcionamiento y con la psicología y el comportamiento, tanto en personas como en animales. Por una parte, los microorganismos producen sustancias que tras atravesar el …

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Winter exercise is important for maintaining physical and mental health

Exercise improves physical health, immunity, and can reduce fatigue. Maridav/ Shutterstock Ruth Lowry, University of Essex and Jo Barton, University of Essex As winter descends on the northern hemisphere and the temperature drops and daylight hours shorten, many people may want to spend more time indoors. And those of us under lockdown for the second time may feel even less …

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COVID stress syndrome: 5 ways the pandemic is affecting mental health

The network of interconnected mental health symptoms associated with COVID-19 is best understood as a multi-faceted syndrome. (Pixabay/Canva) Gordon J. G. Asmundson, University of Regina In addition to its staggering impact on physical well-being and mortality, COVID-19 is also taking an unprecedented toll on our mental health. Numerous recent studies have shown global increases in the prevalence and severity of …

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Antibiotics could be repurposed as a treatment for depression

People with depression have higher levels of inflammation in their brains – which antibiotics might be able to treat. tadamichi/ Shutterstock Eleftheria Kodosaki, Cardiff Metropolitan University Depression is common, affecting an estimated 264 million people of all ages worldwide. While the causes of depression are varied and complex, genetics, changes in brain chemistry, and environmental factors (such as stress or …

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