Questions tagged [mental-health]

Mental health is also known as emotional health or well-being. Use the tag for stress, depression, anxiety, autism, ADHD and puzzling symptoms. Everyone experiences changes in mental health but not everyone has a diagnosable mental illness or disorder.

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Why actual happy experiences don't have some side effects like stimulant drugs? [migrated]

Science says that the mental side effects of stimulant drugs, like depression, are caused due to the overload of dopaminergic activity in the brain, but when people experience actual great things the ...
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Treatment of addiction

Substance addiction e.g. heroin is treated by gradually decreasing doses of a less potent substance other than heroin (if I am correct). Is this rule can be applied to any other addiction e.g ...
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What is wrong with taking coffee and methylphenidate together?

I think this question is related to my other question here Concerta or other kinds of methylphenidate can be and is seen by some to be several cups of a coffee in one pill. Provided my understanding ...
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Is IBS a psychosomatic disorder? [closed]

Is irritable bowel syndrome a psychosomatic disorder? Given that people with IBS often suffer from depression or anxiety and that the colon is partly controlled by the nervous system?
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Why can't I remember things? [closed]

I tend to very quickly forget things when I am worried or excited. For example, when my boss calls me in his office and tells me something, I forget it so quickly - in a few seconds - or when a ...
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Benefits of being relaxed after reading up on the morning [closed]

I want someone to help direct me to research (if there exists any) of the advantages both mental and physical of waking up in a relaxed manner. To contrast it we have scenario A where your alarm goes ...
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Does being transgender a mental health condition? If no, why not?

IMPORTANT NOTE: This question focuses on scientific aspects of gender dysphoria only. By no means I desire to disrespect anybody and will gladly have comments about any mistake I might have. My ...
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How to improve your short term memory?

When I check online for memory improvement, I mostly come across games. But I am a software developer, and my job is like solving puzzles all the time while debugging the codes for nearly 10 years. ...
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Can health be improved by viewing pictures or videos of nature on the computer?

This Is Your Brain on Nature by Florence Williams, January 2016, National Geographic Magazine (published online 2015/12/8) Measurements of stress hormones, respiration, heart rate, and sweating ...
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Is there a way to monitor the quality of healthcare and dental care I am receiving?

It could be a particular online website for reviews, a list of doctor's strength and weaknesses during some kind of an assessment, and or anything that can give consumers a greater capacity in gauging ...
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Are there side effects of listening to binaural sounds? [closed]

I have started listening to binaural sounds (left side wave of 89.75hz, right side wave of 85.25hz) for meditation every day for 10 to 15 mins in morning. I feel calm, relaxed and focused after that. ...
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How long do you have to take an SSRI for before PSSD becomes a risk?

PSSD or Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction really worries me. This is when you carry on experiencing the sexual side effects of an SSRI for years after stopping taking the medication. If you take a single ...
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Why is it a bad idea to use uppers and downers simulatenously?

In the Requiem For A Dream (2000) which is based on a novel written in '78, The grandma uses rainbow pills for weight loss and after overdosing on them. She loses Her sanity and ends up getting ECT. ...
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Why would ECT be done without anasthesia?

In the ending of Requiem For A Dream. The grandma gets ECT after using "Rainbow Pills" for weight loss. The most horrifiying part is. The whole procedure is done while She is awake. The original ...
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Is being "healthy" an actual, overall provable term? Or is "healthy" just a loose assumption?

Say you go to a doctor and they say -- more or less -- that you are "healthy." What does this mean? Under what circumstances does one fall within these supposed confines? And what would falling ...
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Difference between having severe social anxiety and Social Anxiety Disorder

I am sorry if this question seems offensive in any way: I am asking truthfully because I do not know the difference in diagnosis. My question is by which criteria social anxiety disorder is ...
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Does 'Stockholm Syndrome' really exist?

Stockholm syndrome describes the 'irrational' bond between a captor and captives. It has been more than four decades since the name, coined by Nils Bejerot, was formally accepted into medical ...
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Sertraline (Zoloft) safety?

Sertraline, is a very commonly prescribed medication for patients suffering with mental health conditions such as Depression. Overdose guidelines, however, are not firmly presented. What dosage of ...
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Difference between Caffeine high dosages (800mg) and Adderal for ADHD?

I have ADHD. I found that 800mg caffeine / day helps me stay alert and concentrated. I don't get jittery and I'm able to fall asleep normally. I have read that Adderall and Ritalin sometimes do ...
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Where can I find the original brand names of every psychotropic medication?

I'm looking for a place to find the original (initial) brand name of every psychotropic medication when it was first introduced (internationally, not necessarily in the US). I'm not interested in ...
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Is there a name for a phobia of certain textures?

I have a friend with the following undiagnosed condition. If she sees certain textures e.g.: honeycomb, skin with boils, (in a recent film) skin with dozens of teeth stuck into it, she just doesn't ...
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How do digital devices affect mood?

I'm particularly curious about research that's been done on smartphones. Please provide links to articles, books, research, etc...
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Fear of planets

When I was in preschool, I saw a 3D space adventure movie and almost cried. I don't know why but I get so scared when I see a planet. They are just very creepy to me. Even looking at a planet in a ...
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What evidence is there that not taking bipolar medications can damage your brain?

It is often stated serious metal illness if not treated can harm the brain development. What basis is there for this? Are there verifiable tests for such? Example for this: Usually, when we ...
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Can metabolism raising help us become thinner?

I saw a article about the metabolism in Chinese. It said that metabolism = 65% basal metabolic rate + 10% thermic effect of food + 25% daily activities, so I can write the math formula, X=65% X+10% ...
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Is Tourrettes considered a condition requiring medication?

Many mental disorders major depressive disorder, bipolar and/or schizophrenia borderline require and or recommend the use of medications. Is tourettes considered less severe such that you may go ...
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Is vitamin D a very passive xenogenic factor to major depressive disorder?

Are the biosynthesis, utilisation and catabolism systems of vitamin D, especially the pathways of neural cells' vitamin D response, altered by the pathophysiological condition of major depressive ...
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How much space should be in between taking an antidepressant and drinking coffee?

For stimulants such as Methylphenidate and coffee, it is at least an hour, so I read: Stimulant + Stimulant = Stimulated. Don't take your Concerta with coffee in future. Space them out at least ...
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What does it mean when a person loses her mind [closed]

In a lot of books/movies you see this scene, the latest example that I found was in "when we were orphans" book: A perfectly normal, healthy woman is kidnapped. After 20 years of abuse, physical ...
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Any drug interactions between Ginkgo Biloba and psychotropics?

What are the interactions, if any, and their effects to mood/health/wellness, between Ginkgo Biloba and psychotropics? I'm interested in answers covering at least these drug types: Selective ...
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Mental health and the work place

Is there a registered body in the UK to which companies can join to show their commitment to consideration of employees with mental health conditions? E.g. I think company's can join Stonewall, for ...
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Why do we sleep? [closed]

I was reading many things about sleep. But I am very curious about knowing why do we sleep. Is it only for trashing out toxic materials or is it anything else?
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Needing a resource for brain health [closed]

I've recently started to do some research about brain health (mentally and physically). I need some concise resources (hopefully a book) to have a general study about brain. Anything from brain ...
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Does melatonin supplementation affect depression?

Is there any evidence that melatonin supplementation contributes to, or reduces, depression? I have asked two experts about this, and got two different answers. One said that melatonin ...
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Is there a technical term for the phenomenon known as "brain zaps"?

Many people (especially those who take antidepressants), including myself, are familiar with the experience of what has been called "brain zaps". I was not aware that the sensation had a name or that ...
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What is the connection between health, exercise, and meditation? [closed]

I have heard that health, exercise and meditation have a connection. How do these three factors interact towards having a better or more relaxing life?
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Is Alzheimer's disease determined by genes or lifestyle and diet?

Dementia is very taxing on care-giver children. Many parents would rather die than burden their children and rob them of living their own life. I am one of the parents who hold this view strongly. Is ...
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Is there statistics on self-harm in France?

I'm having a hard time finding statistics related to self-harm in France (number of persons, sex, percentage related to other mental health issues, age,...). I only found a few old press articles with ...
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Mental health vs mental illness [closed]

What is the difference between mental health and mental illness? What are prime examples of each category and why is a disorder such as bipolar both classified under both mental health and mental ...
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Combined consumption of green tea and cheese / meat

If I drink green tea it happens that after 1-1.5h I feel very tired. I noticed that this does not happen if I consume cheese / meat while drinking green tea. If I eat vegetables or grains during the ...
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What effects can be expected for a 15-year old girl getting 4-5 hours of sleep per night? [closed]

Say a 15-year old girl on average falls asleep around 3am and wakes up around 7am, over a very long period of time. What short-term and future mental/physical effects can be expected?
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Foods that inhibit BACE1 protein

It is said that BACE1 causes mental illness such as alzheimers. What foods or drugs will inhibit the production of BACE1?
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Wishing to be dead without committing suicide

Trying to commit suicide is a mental disorder if it's due to depression and alike. But- Is there a medical disorder where one wishes to be dead, without ever taking action (i.e. doing harm to oneself)....
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Can individuals experience a 'pleasurable' form of psychosis?

From reading anecdotal stories of people with psychosis and schizophrenia online and meeting some people in real life suffering with them first hand, it seems that their experiences are always ...
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Can I keep thinking during meditation? [closed]

I mean, will it be still useful or useful to any degree if I think while meditating? What if there's a conversation going around inside my head? Please answer it specifically in the context of mental ...
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Are there any studies that suggest mental disorders can manifest physically?

For example, depression becoming so absolute to one mentally that their physical body suffers. Maybe through a lack of physical activity or something. If it helps, I am attempting to write an essay ...
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Research On Chinese Medicinal Treatment For Anxiety?

I have been searching for analysis & preferable scientific review of Chinese medicinal treatment of psychological disorders... in particular anxiety. Detail: Passing by, I walked into a Chinese ...
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What is the relationship between fluoride and IQ?

Have there been any studies that have investigated the effects of ingesting fluoridated drinking (esp. in high concentrations) on the intelligence (or IQ) of humans or animals? If so, have any such ...
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Should I see a psychologist or a psychiatrist?

I am 20 years old and at the uni now. I have never seen any kind of professional advisor, because I thought I could cope with my problems, until recently. I post it here, because somebody might be in ...
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Does hyperthyroidism affect serotonin levels?

I have read that hyperthyroidism can cause depression. Is this because of low serotonin levels or is there is another cause? Does this kind of depression need to be checked by a psychiatrist? Edit (...