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What doctors think about antidepressants and the ‘serotonin


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Two GPs and two psychiatrists provide reactions from the mental health coalface to a new systematic umbrella review that questions the role ‘chemical imbalance’ plays in depression.

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Experts are concerned a recent study could cause doctors and patients to question SSRIs unnecessarily.

Last week, psychiatrists published a piece in the aftermath of their study, questioning the role of a

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What dog owners can do about separation anxiety

Pandemic-related shutdowns in 2020 gave many people who believed they didn’t have time for pets the push they needed to adopt.

But with many offices haltingly bringing employees back and vacations in full swing, pet owners and people who work with dogs are starting to grapple with animals’ separation anxiety and other problems.

Nihcole Adams, a dog walker and sitter

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Prevalence and risk factors for depressive and anxiety

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    ‘These work requirements harm people with no measurable

    Being exposed to work requirements in order to receive nutrition benefits from the U.S. government significantly increased mental health care use for depression and anxiety, a new Northwestern University study has found. The policy’s negative effects occurred much sooner for women than men.

    This is the first study to look at how work requirements associated with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

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    8 of the best supplements for anxiety 2022

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    There is slight evidence that having low amounts of certain vitamins and minerals may increase anxiety. While supplements are not a replacement for medication and other professional help, some people may find that

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    Can antidepressants cause weight loss? Types and side

    Antidepressants are effective for treating mental health conditions, but they can affect body weight. Although most antidepressants can cause weight gain, a few may lead to weight loss.

    Doctors commonly prescribe antidepressants to treat mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

    Serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are second-generation antidepressants. They generally have fewer

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    Food stamp work requirements increase mental health care

    • Food insecurity is associated with poor mental health care outcomes
    • For women, work requirements increased visits for depression and anxiety by 26% and 12%, respectively. Increase was slower for men.
    • Findings add to evidence that work requirements to receive food stamps do not improve employment rates, but do negatively impact food stamp participants 

    CHICAGO — Being exposed to work requirements

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    Exposure to SNAP work requirements associated with increase

    Being exposed to work requirements in order to receive nutrition benefits from the U.S. government significantly increased mental health care use for depression and anxiety, a new Northwestern University study has found. The policy’s negative effects occurred much sooner for women than men.

    This is the first study to look at how work requirements associated with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

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    Study suggests B6 supplements could ease anxiety and

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    Considering one in four UK adults experiences mental illness at some point during their lifetimes, you’d have thought we’d have a more robust knowledge of prevention and treatment methods. But, despite the best efforts of many to make mental illness more mainstream and high-priority where research is concerned, its intricacies – causations, and so on

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