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Meet a new disorder “Orthosomnia,” wherein someone is so obsessed with getting good sleep that they actually lose sleep over it.

What Is Orthosomnia? All About the New Sleep Disorder You’ve Never Heard Of Thanks to digital sleep trackers, doctors are seeing more people who have an unhealthy obsession with getting a “healthy” amount of shuteye. Sabra Abbott, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of neurology at Northwestern University, has been treating people with sleep disorders for …

Meet a new disorder “Orthosomnia,” wherein someone is so obsessed with getting good sleep that they actually lose sleep over it. Read More »

A key symptom of depression is anhedonia, typically defined as the loss of ability to experience pleasure. It is a core feature of depression, but it is also one of the most treatment-resistant symptoms. Using ketomine, researchers found over-activity in the brain blunting reward seeking

Marmoset study gives insights into loss of pleasure in depression ‘Anhedonia’ (the loss of pleasure) is one of the key symptoms of depression. An important component of this symptom is an inability to feel excitement in anticipation of events; however the brain mechanisms underlying this phenomenon are poorly understood. Now, in a study involving marmosets, …

A key symptom of depression is anhedonia, typically defined as the loss of ability to experience pleasure. It is a core feature of depression, but it is also one of the most treatment-resistant symptoms. Using ketomine, researchers found over-activity in the brain blunting reward seeking Read More »

In 1988, a man with OCD and extreme germophobia tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head with a rifle. However, he survived, and the bullet completely eliminated his mental disorder without causing any other damage to his brain.

Brain Wound Eliminates Man’s Mental Illness A mentally ill young man who shot himself in the head in a suicide attempt suffered a brain injury that apparently eliminated his phobia of germs and his obsession with washing his hands, doctors say. The .22-caliber slug destroyed the section of the brain responsible for his disabling obsessive-compulsive …

In 1988, a man with OCD and extreme germophobia tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head with a rifle. However, he survived, and the bullet completely eliminated his mental disorder without causing any other damage to his brain. Read More »

Depression actually alters vision, making the world appear far more dull and monochrome. This is due to lower Retinal activity in comparison to someone that doesn’t suffer from Depression.

How depression makes the world seem gray, from the Harvard Mental Health Letter Depression is often referred to as “the blues.” New research suggests it should actually be called “the grays.” To someone who is depressed, the world can seem flat or dull. This was long thought to be purely psychological. It turns out, though, …

Depression actually alters vision, making the world appear far more dull and monochrome. This is due to lower Retinal activity in comparison to someone that doesn’t suffer from Depression. Read More »

To determine which movie characters best embodied psychopathic traits, forensic psychiatrist Samuel Leistedt and ten colleagues watched 400 movies over 3 years. Their winner: Anton Chigurh from “No Country for Old Men.”

Psychiatrists studied 400 movies to find the most realistic psychopath — here are their 6 key takeaways Two angles facing left, which often indicate, “return to the beginning.” Two angles facing right, which often indicate, “advance to the end.” Orion Pictures Psychopathy, loosely defined, is a combination of cold-heartedness and violence. The most extreme psychopaths …

To determine which movie characters best embodied psychopathic traits, forensic psychiatrist Samuel Leistedt and ten colleagues watched 400 movies over 3 years. Their winner: Anton Chigurh from “No Country for Old Men.” Read More »