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Faced with a rat trapped in a restrainer, a free rat opens the trap's door to liberate the trapped animal (while stepping on its head — "very rat-ish behavior," says University of Chicago neurobiologist Peggy Mason). David Christopher/University of Chicago hide caption

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To Come To The Rescue Or Not? Rats, Like People, Take Cues From Bystanders

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Communication skills used to negotiate safe sex are also useful for setting boundaries while socializing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Above, circles drawn in the grass encourage social distancing at Dolores Park in San Francisco. Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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This light micrograph from the brain of someone who died with Alzheimer's disease shows the plaques and neurofibrillary tangles that are typical of the disease. A glitch that prevents healthy cell structures from transitioning from one phase to the next might contribute to the tangles, researchers say. Jose Luis Calvo/ Science Source hide caption

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In 2009, Australia's deadliest bushfires on record destroyed Kinglake, a town just over an hour's drive northeast of Melbourne. The disaster had long-term effects on families. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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Peet Sapsin directs clients inside custom built "Gainz Pods", during his HIIT class, (high intensity interval training), at Sapsins Inspire South Bay Fitness, Redondo Beach, California, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Recent protests in Philadelphia and across the country have drawn young people. But for most of the pandemic, youth have been quarantined and away from their social circles, which could make depression and other mental illness worse. Cory Clark/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Why Some Young People Fear Social Isolation More Than COVID-19

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Dr. Danielle Hairston, a psychiatry residency director at Howard University in Washington, D.C., trains and mentors young black doctors. Quraishia Ford hide caption

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To Be Young, A Doctor And Black: Overcoming Racial Barriers In Medical Training

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Kai Koerber, a rising sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley, is a survivor of the 2018 mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Since then, he says, he's made promoting a mental health curriculum in high schools and colleges a personal priority. Brittany Hosea-Small hide caption

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'Bear Our Pain': The Plea For More Black Mental Health Workers

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Author Susan Burton struggled with disordered eating for decades. "Hunger was something that I believed protected me and gave me power," she says. Anna Kurzaeva/Getty Images hide caption

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From 'Empty' To 'Satisfied': Author Traces A Hunger That Food Can't Fix

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Dr. Julie Holland, author of the new book, Good Chemistry, says that when patients taking antidepressants have stopped experiencing relief, psychedelic drugs might be used in conjunction with talk therapy to help some work through past traumas. Milos Zivkovic/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Psychiatrist Explores Possible Benefits Of Treating PTSD With Ecstasy Or Cannabis

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Suchart Prasomsu, 53, leads a rescue team of 30 volunteers in Bangkok, using his motorcycle to get to car crashes and crime scenes. Since the start of the pandemic, they've also been called on to try and keep people from killing themselves. Patrick Brown for NPR hide caption

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Costs have gone up for addiction treatment centers in recent months, as they have had to invest in teletherapy and personal protective gear. "We are at risk for not having the funding that we need to keep our doors open," says one medical director. Maskot/Getty Images hide caption

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A New Addiction Crisis: Treatment Centers Face Financial Collapse

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The artist Celos paints a mural in downtown Los Angeles on May 30, 2020 in protest against the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Beyond Protests: 5 More Ways To Channel Anger Into Action To Fight Racism

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Insomnia has become even more common, sleep specialists say, with the rise of "collective social anxiety." Aaron McCoy/Getty Images hide caption

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How To Get Sleep In Uneasy Times

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The pandemic and its economic fallout have made it harder for those who experience domestic violence to escape their abuser, say crisis teams, but the National Domestic Violence Hotline is one place to get quick help. Text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-9474 if speaking by phone feels too risky. Roos Koole/Getty Images hide caption

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Domestic Abuse Can Escalate In Pandemic And Continue Even If You Get Away

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Rosalind Pichardo advertises a daily food giveaway service in the heart of Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood, where more people die of opioid overdoses than any other area in the city. Nina Feldman/ WHYY hide caption

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For Opioid Users, Pandemic Means New Dangers, But Also New Treatment Options

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Breathing slowly and deeply through the nose is associated with a relaxation response, says James Nestor, author of Breath. As the diaphragm lowers, you're allowing more air into your lungs and your body switches to a more relaxed state. Sebastian Laulitzki/ Science Photo Library hide caption

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How The 'Lost Art' Of Breathing Can Impact Sleep And Resilience

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