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Q:Certain things you eat or drink can affect your mood. True or false?
Q:What are the most common mood disorders?
A:Depression, bipolar disorder, self-harm, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) are the most common mood disorders.
Q:What is serotonin?
A:Serotonin is a neurotransmitter.
Q:What mood disorder is also known as manic depression?
A:Bipolar disorder is sometimes referred to as manic depressive illness (manic depression).
Q:What chemicals in the body can relieve pain and give a feeling of well-being?
Q:Moods are contagious. True or false?
Q:What is the almond-shaped part of the temporal lobe that's associated with emotion?
A: The amygdala (uh-MIG-duh-luh) is a part of the brain that is involved with regulation of emotions, motivation, and fear.
Q:What is the optimal temperature suitable for mood for most Americans?
A: Room temperature (around 72 degrees Fahrenheit) is the optimal temperature for mood for most people, according to researchers.
Q:If you live in an industrialized country, how much time are you likely to spend indoors?
A:People in industrialized countries spend about 93% of their time indoors, on average.
Q:What can reduces stress, lower blood pressure, and improve mood?
A:Whether looking at trees or strolling through the woods, exposure to trees has been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and elevate mood.
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