Ketamine infusions show growing promise for treating anxiety and depression
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(Brian Mastroianni/ Health) — Ketamine, a substance traditionally used as an anesthetic, has been found to be beneficial for treating mental health issues including depression and anxiety.

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Pyschiatry revealed that people who received intravenous  …

Feeling anxious or blue? Ultra-processed foods may be to blame
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(Science Daily) — Do you love those sugary-sweet beverages, reconstituted meat products and packaged snacks? You may want to reconsider based on a new study that explored whether individuals who consume higher amounts of ultra-processed food have more adverse mental health symptoms.

Although ultra-processed foods  …

People are ‘Quiet Quitting’ and it could be great for mental health
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(Adam England/ Very Well Mind) — If you’ve been on TikTok in the past month or so, you might have heard of ‘quiet quitting’, something that’s rising in popularity among Gen Z and millennial professionals in particular. With 11.3 million views across all videos with the #quietquitting hashtag, it’s erupted  …

Children’s mental health is in crisis
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(Katie Whitney/ Michigan Health) “People are calling me, saying, ‘I and my child have been in the ER for a couple of days now, waiting for a bed. My child is suicidal. We can’t go home … and I’m terrified. What do I do? How can you help?’” said Donna Martin, M.D., Ph.D., chair of pediatrics, the Ravitz Foundation Endowed Professor  …

Warnings of mental health crisis among ‘Covid generation’ of students
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(Rachel Hall/ The Guardian) — The pandemic has had a lasting legacy on the mental health of the “Covid generation” of students, exacerbating rates of anxiety, depression and self-harm and resulting in a “significant rise” in young people struggling at university, experts have said.

UK universities have reported that  …

Moderate time online may be ‘just right’ for teen mental health, study finds
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(Michael Lee/ CTV News) — Not too little, not too much, but just right.

That middle ground is what researchers say offers adolescents the most optimal well-being when it comes to time spent online.

A recent study of thousands of Irish teenagers found both low and high engagement with digital media compared to their peers   …

Canada took a step toward decriminalizing hard drugs to fight overdose crisis
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(Laura McQuillan/ CBC News) — When British Columbia decriminalizes small amounts of some illicit drugs next year, Canada will join a growing number of countries that have taken strides toward removing penalties for drug use.

But as many Canadian public health experts call on lawmakers to go a step further — and replace  …

Hang in there, parents: Brain science shows teen annoyance part of normal development
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(Michelle Ward/ Toronto Star) — As many mothers of young children are celebrated with homemade cards and sticky kisses for Mother’s Day, moms of teens may be wondering why their kids just seem irritated by their presence.

“My daughter is the best eye roller in the world. I think most things I do annoy her,” says Katherine Henderson,  …

Racialized women face significant barriers when seeking mental health care
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(Clara Pasieka/ CBC News) — Poor access to mental health supports and cultural stigmas are holding many racialized women back from healing during the pandemic, a new study has found.

The research found the majority of respondents were already struggling with mental health before COVID-19 struck and service  …

The Wordle craze: Why do we love puzzles, and are they good for our brains?
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(Penny Pexman/ The Conversation) — In recent weeks, a web-based word puzzle called Wordle has become a popular daily distraction. Suddenly, millions of people are focused on their vocabulary of five-letter words, and are newly aware of concepts like letter frequency and letter position as they strategize about the best  …

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