People who suffer from sleep disruptions are at greater risk of developing complicated grief following the loss of a loved one.
Neuroscientists present six scientifically proven ways to help improve brain and mental health.
Children who experience the death of a pet may experience long-lasting and profound grief, which could lead to subsequent mental health problems. Researchers found strong emotional attachment to a pet may result in measurable psychological distress that serves as an indicator of depression in children and adolescents for three years or more after their animal dies.
Ectopic pregnancy and early miscarriage can trigger lasting PTSD in one in six women. A month after pregnancy loss, 29% of women reported PTSD symptoms. 24% of women suffered moderate to severe anxiety, and 11% of women reported moderate to severe depression. Following up after nine months, 18% reported continuing PTSD symptoms, 17% reported severe anxiety, and 6% of women said they still experienced severe depression as a result of the loss of pregnancy.
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Using machine learning to analyze fMRI brain scans of grieving people, researchers shed light on how unconscious suppression occurs.
More than 80% of patients nearing the end of life reported experiencing dreams that were vivid, meaningful, and transformative. Patients reported the dreams made them feel supported, reassured and helped them to accept their impending death.
In fiction, people are more likely to recall the deaths of characters perceived as "meaningful", rather than ones they considered to be "pleasurable".
Bereavement is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attack. However, a low daily dose of a beta-blocker combined with aspirin can help to reduce the risk of a heart attack.
Despite widespread propaganda, people with mental illnesses only commit 3-4% of all violent acts within the U.S in any given year. Mental health conditions are more strongly associated with suicide, not homicide. Restricting access to guns for those with mental health issues does not take into account those who already own guns and develop mental health conditions over their lifetime. Researchers say, given the climate of blame, people with severe mental health disorders may be dissuaded from seeking treatment.
A new study reports acute loss of normal activity in serotonin producing neurons blunts the body's ability to recover from interrupted breathing. Researchers say this could provide an explanation to why some infants die from SIDs, and could someday help with the development of therapies to prevent sudden infant death.