Pandemic tougher on mental health for women than men

(Robert Preidt/ Health Day News) — The COVID-19 pandemic may be taking a bigger toll on women’s mental health than on men’s, new research suggests. For the study, researchers examined the results of an online survey of 112 men and 459 women in Canada. The survey took place between March 23 and June 7, 2020. During that time, schools […]

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Curfew to curtail COVID-19 might worsen public mental health, morale

(Sharon Kirkey/ National Post) — Putting people under curfew, prohibiting them from leaving their homes without a defensible reason, doesn’t do a lot to brighten their sense of solidarity — that “all in this together” spirit, says clinical psychologist Steven Taylor. While they sang out from balconies and rooftops during Italy’s springtime COVID-19 quarantine as […]

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Dealing With Loneliness During the Holiday Season

(Elizabeth Scott, MS / Very Well Mind) — The holiday season is generally thought of as a time of joy and love, but for many people, it’s a time of loneliness. Some people live far from family and miss seeing their loved ones this time of year; others dread going to holiday parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations […]

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Gut Bacteria’s Role in Anxiety and Depression: It’s Not Just In Your Head

(Elizabeth Svoboda/ Discover Magazine) — Every muscle fiber in Tom Peters’ body seemed to be conspiring to keep him in bed. His depression — an occasional visitor for more than a decade — had reemerged in the summer of 2019, and his legs and arms felt like concrete. The thought of spending another 12-hour day […]

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Social isolation negatively affects mental and physical health

(Kelly Burch/ Insider) — More than three in five Americans report feeling lonely, and that number has been rising. And now, the coronavirus outbreak has led even more of us to experience some level of social isolation.  It’s widely recommended that everyone practice social distancing, which means staying six feet away from others and keeping trips to public […]

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The Mental Health Toll of a Pandemic Winter

(Gabrielle Drolet/ The Walrus) — Every year, when the days get shorter, the temperatures drop, and the snow starts to fall, Maya becomes exhausted. Her fatigue creeps in gradually: she feels it coming as early as September, and by November, she’s spending days in bed, unable to get up. Her productivity dwindles, making it a […]

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Depression has strong ties to stroke, study finds

(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay News) — The more symptoms of depression people have, the higher their risk of stroke, researchers say. “There are a number of well-known risk factors for stroke, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease; but we are beginning to understand that there are nontraditional risk factors as well, and having […]

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New study confirms strong connection between menopause and depression

(Beth Levine/ Everyday Health) — Studies have shown that the menopausal transition, particularly perimenopause and early post-menopause, is correlated with an increased risk of depression due to changing hormone levels. Indeed, the 2018 guidelines for perimenopausal depression, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), state that: Perimenopause is a vulnerable […]

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Being an optimist may help people live past 85

(Jacquelyn Corley/ Scientific American) — Humans have been searching for centuries for the secret to living longer, but the answer may be as simple as maintaining a positive state of mind. A new study published Monday by researchers at Boston University adds to the evidence that optimistic men and women may live longer than those […]

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Breakups really suck, even if you’re a fish

(Sigal Samuel / Vox) — We humans like to think we’re special creatures. We have rich emotional landscapes that are far more complex than those of, say, fish. Right? A recent study shows that fish are more emotionally complex than we give them credit for. Scientists at the University of Burgundy in France studied one […]

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