Can't stop unwanted thoughts? Poor sleep may be to blame, study says

The study sheds new light on the relationship between sleep and mental health.

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  • Poor sleep has been linked to many health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and a shortened lifespan.
  • A new study suggests that poor sleep also impairs the brain's ability to suppress unwanted thoughts.
  • The researchers suspect this is because not getting enough sleep disrupts the brain's executive control functions.
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Why mothers of tweens – not babies – are the most depressed

'Little kids, little problems; big kids, big problems.'

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The joys of motherhood quite literally wax and wane over time.
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FDA requires new addiction warning on benzodiazepines

There has been a dramatic increase in abuse and misuse.

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  • Benzodiazepine usage has increased in 2020 due to the pandemic.
  • The FDA is requiring new label warnings due to increased abuse and misuse of benzos.
  • Drugs like Valium and Xanax are approved for short-term use only, yet many are on them for years and even decades.
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Teen popularity linked to increased depression in adolescence, decreased depression in adulthood

The results of this study showed depressive symptoms being highest in adolescence, declining in early adulthood and then climbing back up again into one's early 30s.

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  • A 2020 Michigan State University study examined the link between teen social networks and the levels of depression later in life.
  • This study used data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, specifically targeting social network data. The results showed depressive symptoms being highest in adolescence and declining in early adulthood, then climbing back up again into one's early 30s.
  • There are several ways you can attempt to stay active and socially connected while battling depression, according to experts.
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6 books to help you through anxious times

Americans lose an estimated 321 million work days every year due to anxiety and depression.

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  • Anxiety levels are increasing due to the pandemic and political uncertainty right now.
  • Anxiety and depression cost the economy $50 billion in health care costs and lost work every year.
  • These six books cover anxiety's physiology, environmental factors, and potential treatments.
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