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American rates of positive mental health have sunk to a 2-decade low

The percentage of Americans who rate their mental health positively is much lower this year than it’s been in the past two decades, according to a Gallup poll. Certain populations, like Republicans and high-income Americans, saw the largest declines in rates of self-reported excellent mental health. Still, about 3 in […]
American rates of positive mental health have sunk to a 2-decade low
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Earwax could be a cheap way to diagnose depression because it can harbour high concentrations of the stress hormone cortisol, scientists say

A team of international researchers says a new earwax collection device may be a simple, cheap, painless, and effective way of measuring cortisol levels, and in turn, risk for stress-related conditions like depression. The small study found that earwax contains more highly concentrated cortisol that hair samples, a more traditional […]
Earwax could be a cheap way to diagnose depression because it can harbour high concentrations of the stress hormone cortisol, scientists say
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Negative thinking linked to dementia later in life, study finds

A study found a link between repetitive negative thinking and dementia. The study, conducted on 360 people, found negative thinkers had increased deposits of two proteins responsible with Alzheimer’s disease. One of the authors said the results suggest meditation could hold more clinical benefits than we realise. The study had […]
Negative thinking linked to dementia later in life, study finds
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5 ways your body is showing you you’re in the wrong relationship

The connection between our mind and body is strong, and sometimes physical symptoms can be a sign our emotional environment is toxic. For example, people in unhealthy relationships may experience pains, anxiety, and memory and speech problems. This is because their body is sent on a hormonal rollercoaster of cortisol […]
5 ways your body is showing you you’re in the wrong relationship
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7 myths about ‘multiple personalities’ you need to stop believing

Dissociative identity disorder, previously known as “multiple personality disorder,” is a popular mental health condition to depict on TV and in film, but its media representation tends to be off-base. The condition may affect up to 1.5% of the population and isn’t necessarily obvious to outside observers, or even clinicians. […]
7 myths about ‘multiple personalities’ you need to stop believing
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The surprisingly positive impact OCD can have on your life

OCD affects about 1.2% of the population. People with the disorder have high levels of anxiety and obsessive thoughts. Stephen Smith, the founder of nOCD, says conquering OCD can teach people some valuable lessons. In fact, people who get treatment can live more successfully than they did prior to the […]
The surprisingly positive impact OCD can have on your life