Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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The hunt for evolutionary solutions to contemporary mental health problems.
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Psychosis that appears alongside COVID-19 is a rare but scary occurrence—one that will likely become more prevalent as cases pile up. Here's what we know.
While it sounds preposterous, enriching oxygen levels or using a century-old anesthetic might be future treatments for clinical depression.
The true mental health cost of the pandemic is hard to gauge. In the U.S., the early data are troubling.
Learning about the effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection on the brain and nervous system.
The link between the gut and the brain is a two-way street with populations, rules, and directions we are only just figuring out.
The roots of anxiety and depression are complicated, but perhaps we've found guidance for diagnosis and treatment in the future.
Answering questions about COVID-19.
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Adapting to our new circumstances is necessary, and the earlier we start, the better off we are. There is a lot of reason for hope, but be prepared for the bad news as well.
The pandemic is here. What is in store for us, and how do we move forward as soon as possible?
Pandemics offer us little choice.
Epidemics define modern human populations. We're facing a test now, and it's important to separate fear from facts.
A few easy, specific changes for your doable New Year's Resolution list.
Big data combined with microscopic-level insight and clinical wisdom could help us cure or prevent many diseases.
Some 60 percent of the average diet in the United States is now highly processed food. Changing our diets can lead to significant benefits.
With new technology, the long-standing dream of understanding the genetics of psychiatric disorders is finally coming into its own.
Esketamine works quickly, but is it worth the side effects? For treatment-resistant depression, it adds to the limited choices, but we should stay cautious.
A few small studies have shown CBD to help some symptoms of schizophrenia. Can the promise of the supplement live up to the hype?
Looking for another way to treat anxiety? Think about the option of cranial electrostimulation.
Could alterations in the gut microbiome predispose someone to schizophrenia? New research raises startling questions.
It's not necessarily in the microbes themselves, but in what they make.
The system that regulates blood pressure could have more in common with the system that regulates depression than we suspected. New papers show some interesting links.
Better understanding lithium mechanisms could help us establish appropriate treatments and doses for many conditions beyond bipolar disorder.
Botulinum toxin administered to the forehead doesn't just clear away wrinkles. Evidence suggests it can soothe bad feelings as well.
Striking the right balance between "fight or flight" and "rest and digest" for optimal health means strengthening our recovery and improving our response to stress.
Probiotics have been recommended for symptoms like irritable bowel syndrome, but in a subset of patients, they may make symptoms worse.
Traumatic brain injury can lead to increased risk of suicide. How do you spot a subtle presentation, and what do you do about it?
An inexpensive supplement could be useful to help alleviate depression.
Doctors in the '50s and '60s used psychedelics in clinical research until their use was banned and discredited. For some conditions, however, hallucinogens are staging a comeback.
Links between extraordinary mobility and anxiety lead to interesting avenues for research of both conditions.
Emily Deans, M.D., is a psychiatrist with a practice in Massachusetts.