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Participants wanted for new research study on antidepressants

Deciding when to prescribe antidepressants for a patient is tough. Choosing between the many antidepressant medications available, many of which affect brain chemistry in completely different ways, can be even tougher. What may work miraculously for one person, may be ineffective or even detrimental for another. Dr. Claire Gillan, a professor at Trinity College Dublin and an adviser…

Namaste: the benefits of yoga on mental health

**Inspired by the Yoga Quota x It Gets Brighter Yoga Brunch coming up on Friday, 4 May at 10am! ** “Namaste.” This mantra exchanged between students and teachers at the end of every yoga session roughly translates to “I bow to you.” It is a symbol of gratitude and respect towards one another. But yoga…

What is depression?

In the mental health arena, we talk about depression a lot. But what exactly is depression? Is it different from feeling sad? What are the causes? While everyone feels sadness from time to time, depression is more than that. It is both a mental and physical low. Beyond feeling sad, symptoms of depression include feelings…

Breathe in, breathe out

  We do it everyday without giving it any thought, but breathing is a tool that we all have to reset our minds. When our brains run on autopilot, they can often take us to places we do not want to go: worry, self-consciousness, and fear. Taking just a few slow breaths can bring our…

Mental illness: part of our evolution?

Evolution allows species to become increasingly well-adapted to their environments over time. The advantageous traits, and the gene variants that underlie them, become more common, while harmful characteristics become less frequent. When we consider mental illness, or any disorder for that matter, this view of evolution becomes confusing. Surely schizophrenia and chronic anxiety are not…

IGB welcomes new volunteers

Our team is growing! We are welcoming a number of new volunteers this year: Francesca Back is a second-year medical student. She is involved in student welfare at oxford and is passionate about raising awareness and ending stigma against mental health issues. She admires the work that It Gets Brighter do and is excited about…

Reasons to Move: Benefits of Exercise on Mental Health

You’ve probably heard of “runner’s high” or the feel-good “endorphins” that are released during exercise. Or maybe you’ve experienced the elevated mood yourself that occurs following a workout. Neuroscientists and psychologists have been studying the effects of exercise on the brain and on mental health for decades. There have been a number of studies on…

Mental Illness and Addiction: How to Cope When You Have Both

Addiction and mental illness tend to come hand in hand when one is left untreated. Many people struggling with mental illness will turn to substances in an attempt to control their symptoms while those with untreated addictions may find themselves developing a mental disorder. I’ve spoken to people who fell into both categories, and they…

Real Stories From Recovering Addicts Prove You Can Find A Happier Life

Rehab is a life-changing experience for drug and alcohol addicts — and that is not an exaggeration. Listen to the stories recovering addicts tell after they’ve spent some time in treatment, and it’s hard not to be a believer. I’ve been fortunate enough to hear many of these inspiring stories, and virtually all of them…

4 Key Aspects of Your Daily Routine That Help in Managing Bipolar Disorder

Last year, a friend of mine — and one of the most wonderful women I’ve ever known — was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Though Beth* and her doctor came up with a treatment plan, it took some time for her body to adjust and the medication to fully kick in. She told me some days…

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