Certain Antidepressants Change Personality

A new study suggests that antidepressants like Paxil do more than just make people feel less sad and stressed. Such drugs may alter two key personality traits linked to depression—neuroticism and extraversion—independently of their effect on depression symptoms. “Medication can definitely change people’s personalities, and change them quite substantially,” says the lead author of the…

Insecure Relationships can Lead to Pain and Depression in Teens

Researchers from the Université de Montréal, Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center, and McGill University have discovered that insecure adolescents experience more intense pain in the form of frequent headaches, abdominal pain, and joint pain. According to the study, published in the Journal of Pain, these teens are also more likely to be depressed than peers with…

Are Rats Risk-Averse?

Rats are often studied to determine how humans might behave in a similar situation or react to a medication. Though rats have been known to understand simple reward and punishment responses, it has not been explored whether rats could understand the concept of “playing the odds.” A recent study by Zeeb, Robbins, & Winstanley in…