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  1. Genetic Overlap Seen in Five Mental Disorders

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Five major mental disorders share common inherited genetic variations, a new study finds. The overlap is highest between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (15 percent), moderate between bipolar disorder and depression and betwe

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  2. Urging Your Partner to Diet May Backfire

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Urging a partner to diet may seem like a supportive thing to do, but a new study finds it can trigger unhealthy habits such as fasting and taking diet pills -- measures that can then lead to severe eating disorders. Both wome

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  3. 'Retail Therapy' Might Not Be So Bad After All

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Those who love to shop are often painted as lonely souls, trying to fill a void by buying -- and becoming even more isolated in the process. Not always so, according to new Dutch research. The relationship of shopping and lonel

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  4. Coffee May Reduce Suicide Risk

    People who drank more than four cups of coffee a day were 53 percent less likely to commit suicide than those who drank less than one cup a day, a new study found. Those who drank two to three cups of coffee a day had a 45 percent lower risk of suicide, according to the analysis of data from more th

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  5. Saving Your Sex Life When You're Depressed

    Chronic depression affects every part of daily life, including sex. It curbs sex drive, yet sex can boost your mood and is important for relationships. And some depression medicines can curb your libido. Breaking this cycle can be hard. How to get out of this funk? There's no one-size-fits-all appro

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  6. Mental Illness Can Shorten Lives, Studies Show

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- While mental illness can bring great anguish to those who suffer from it, two new studies show it can also take a toll on life span. One study found that bipolar disorder boosted a person's odds of premature death, and the ot

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  7. Brain Scans Suggest 'Food Addiction' Might Be Real

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- New brain scan research supports the notion that some people have a food "addiction," with foods like white bread or potatoes helping to spur their craving to eat. Researchers used functional ("real time") MRI to observe the

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  8. Designated Drivers Often Drink Themselves: Study

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- Having a designated driver sounds like a great idea, but a new study found that more than one-third of those who were supposed to drive their pals home safely had been boozing it up themselves. And some were legally drunk. The s

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  9. Talk Therapy Can Ease Depression, But...

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- Various forms of "talk therapy" can help people with depression, but no single type stands out as better than the rest, according to a new analysis. Experts said the results confirm what is generally thought: Psychotherapy can help

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  10. Latest Edition of Psychiatry's 'Bible' Launched Amid Controversy

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- As the American Psychiatric Association unveiled last week the latest edition of what is considered the "bible" of modern psychiatry, the uproar over its many changes continues. "This is unprecedented, the amount of commentary

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