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Regular Cannabis Users May Need Twice the Amount of Sedation During Surgery

While many people sing the praises of marijuana and its benefits, the drug isn’t without its risks. And the latest may affect your sedation levels in the operating room.

By Lara DeSanto
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How Stress and Anxiety Impact Erectile Dysfunction

Some causes of ED can be related to feelings of guilt, shame, or worry. Here’s what you need to know.

By Jerry Kennard, Ph.D.
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How Poor Sleep Affects Your Mental Health

Studies suggest that not getting enough sleep can impact physical and mental wellbeing.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.
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The Surprising Reason to Marry an Optimist

Aside from the obvious (who doesn’t want to do life with a mostly positive person?), a happy partner may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

By Lara DeSanto
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Is Your City Raising Your Risk of Depression?

Could less air pollution in your town help lower the rates of depression? Maybe, say researchers.

By Lara DeSanto
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9 Facts You Should Know About Psychosis

We hear the term “psychotic” a lot. But what, exactly, is psychosis? Julie A. Fast highlights the symptoms and signs.

By Julie A. Fast
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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT): How It Saved My Life But Destroyed My Memory

Is ECT barbaric or life-saving? One woman explains how electroconvulsive therapy saved her life but left her with substantial memory loss.

By Rachel Star Withers
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Sleepless Nights Can Up Your Anxiety Levels

If your anxiety levels are through the roof, you may want to check your sleep quality.

By Lara DeSanto
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IBD: A Mental Health Risk for Kids?

New research shows an increase in psychiatric disorders amongst children with inflammatory bowel disease.

By Stephanie Stephens
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Depression and Creativity: Is There a Link?

Some of the world's most creative souls have died by suicide. Sloan Miller examines the relationship between depression and creativity and shares where to go for help.

By Sloane Miller