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Psychopathology

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Psychopathology is a term which refers to either the study of mental illness or mental distress or the manifestation of behaviours and experiences which may be indicative of mental illness or psychological impairment. Psychopathology is not the same as psychopathy, which has to do with antisocial personality disorders and criminality.
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‘Ego-dissolving’ psychedelic drugs could assist with mental health

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The altered state of consciousness and temporary lack of ego that results from using psychedelic drugs could help some mental health patients recover from their symptoms, according to academics.

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Surprising new link between inflammation and mental illness

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Up to 75 percent of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus — an incurable autoimmune disease commonly known as lupus — experience neuropsychiatric symptoms. But so far, our understanding of the mechanisms underlying lupus’ effects on the brain has remained murky.
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Talking to yourself in the third person can help you control emotions

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The simple act of silently talking to yourself in the third person during stressful times may help you control emotions without any additional mental effort than what you would use for first-person self-talk — the way people normally talk to themselves.  Say a man named John is upset about recently being dumped. By simply reflecting on his feelings in the third person (“Why is John upset?”), John is less emotionally reactive than when he addresses himself in the first person (“Why am I upset?”).

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Married people have lower levels of stress hormone

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The researchers found that married individuals had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who never married or were previously married. These findings support the belief that unmarried people face more psychological stress than married individuals. Prolonged stress is associated with increased levels of cortisol which can interfere with the body’s ability to regulate inflammation, which in turn promotes the development and progression of many diseases.

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Our senses can’t learn under stress

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Stress is part of our everyday lives. While some thrive on it, it makes others sick. But what does stress do to our senses?

When we train them, we can sharpen our senses thereby improve our perceptual performance. The stress hormone cortisol completely blocks this important ability. In the current issue of Psychoneuroendocrinology neuroscientists of the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) report on this finding.

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Fighting the stigma of albinism

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People with albinism face major health problems, including skin cancer, involuntary eye movements, and poor eyesight. According to a new study, many of them also suffer severe discrimination and social stigmatization.

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