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Suicide is a public health issue, but it’s often discussed in whispers. (Shutterstock)

Language matters in preventing suicide

Our society needs to talk more openly about suicide. However, public discussion of suicide carries risks, and it’s crucial that such discussion be informed, sensitive and alert to potential harm.
The experimental methods available today allow us to break the brain down into its elementary components in order to understand its functions and dysfunctions. (Shutterstock)

The Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank: a goldmine for research on brain diseases

Montréal is home to one of the world’s largest brain banks, the Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank, where discoveries about different neurological and psychiatric diseases are made.
Deep brain stimulation can alleviate treatment-resistant depression for some patients. PM Images/Digital Vision via Getty Images

Depression recovery can be hard to measure − new research on deep brain stimulation shows how objective biomarkers could help make treatment more precise

Deep brain stimulation can help some people with treatment-resistant depression feel better, but it can be unclear whether a bout of low mood is a relapse or a bad day.
It estimated one out of ten of us will hear voices at some point in our lives. Keyut Subiyanto/Pexels

Hearing voices? You’re not alone

The international Hearing Voices Movement has spent the past decades campaigning to destigmatise a surprisingly common phenomenon.
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Obsessive compulsive disorder is more common than you think. But it can take 9 years for an OCD diagnosis

People can be reluctant to discuss symptoms with their doctor. When they do, their symptoms can be mistaken for other illnesses. Even when people are diagnosed, they don’t always get the right treatment.

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