Psychology and Mental Health News

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11/11/2015
Losing a Parent in Childhood May Raise Suicide Risk Decades Later

Rate of suicide for people who'd suffered such an early loss was double that of those who hadn't, study found

11/10/2015
Many Americans 30 and Older Find Happiness Elusive

But younger people more satisfied with their lives than ever, surveys find

11/10/2015
Heart Transplant Mental Toll May Be Greater for Women

Men less depressed, anxious 100 days after procedure, study finds

11/6/2015
Gratitude May Be Key to Wedded Bliss

How you feel about your marriage hinges on whether you feel appreciated by your spouse, study finds

11/6/2015
Talk Therapy May Beat Light Treatment for SAD: Study

Seasonal affective disorder is form of depression tied to winter's shorter days

11/5/2015
People Have Less Faith in Generic Drugs, Study Suggests

Brand names perceived more effective, even if they're placebos

11/3/2015
Online Psychotherapy May Help Some With Emotional Problems

But remote counseling is not suited to people with severe mental illness, researchers add

10/30/2015
Interrupted Sleep Not Good for Your Mood, Study Suggests

Those who slept fewer hours, but without disruptions, felt more positive the next day

10/30/2015
'Green' Office May Boost Brainpower

Small study finds gains in employee productivity

10/29/2015
Group Singalongs Could Be a Quick Icebreaker

Researchers looked at bonding of adult-ed students

10/29/2015
Face-lifts Seem to Do Little to Boost Self-Esteem: Study

Researchers note that sense of self-worth is more complicated than appearance alone

10/28/2015
People With Schizophrenia Face Much Higher Risk of Early Death

Lifestyle habits such as smoking greatly up the odds for heart disease, cancer and COPD, study finds

10/28/2015
Surgeon's Calming Words May Ease Stress of Surgery

Study found reassuring voice might even beat anti-anxiety meds in lowering pre-op distress

10/27/2015
Oxytocin 'Love Hormone' Nasal Spray Shows Promise in Kids With Autism

Small Australian trial suggests it could boost social skills; larger U.S. trials are planned, expert says

10/27/2015
Secret to Staying Slim May Be as Close as Your Fruit Bowl

Women who keep produce on their kitchen counters weigh about 13 pounds less than those who don't, study finds

10/26/2015
Scientists Explore Role of 'Love Hormone' in Boosting Social Ties

Oxytocin linked to marijuana-like molecule in the brain, study says

10/26/2015
Wielding Power May Spur Testosterone Surges: Study

Women see greater increase in levels of this 'male' hormone in competitive situations

10/24/2015
Kids in Foster Care Have Tripled Rates of ADHD, Study Finds

However, most do tend to get treatment, CDC researchers report

10/23/2015
Furry Friends May Be Stress Relievers for Kids With Cancer

'Therapy dogs' appear to help ease heart rate, anxiety in children fighting the disease

10/21/2015
Many Seniors Given Antipsychotic Meds, Despite Potential Problems

Risks include kidney damage, stroke and even death, researchers note

10/20/2015
Stereotypes Can Hurt a Patient's Care

People who fear being judged might avoid preventive services, study says

10/19/2015
Study Challenges Theory That Birth Order Determines Personality

Adult traits may not be preordained by place in the family heirarchy, researchers say

10/16/2015
Big Brain Doesn't Mean Big Smarts

Researchers say brain structure plays more of a role in intelligence

10/16/2015
Positive Outlook May Help Heart Disease Patients Heal

Study found optimists more likely to take meds, exercise and eat healthy

10/15/2015
U.S. Report Urges End to 'Conversion' Therapy for LGBT Youth

Mental health experts say the practice is ineffective, potentially harmful

10/15/2015
Relax, Parents, Your Teen's Moodiness Should Subside, Study Finds

Early adolescence is stormiest period, Dutch researchers say

10/12/2015
Standby Drug for Adult Bipolar Disorder May Be Safe, Effective in Children

Study finds lithium can benefit pediatric patients, at least for the short term

10/9/2015
Telecommuting Isn't Always a Win-Win Situation

Employees and employers have to plan for potential problems, researchers say

10/8/2015
Research May Help Spot Soldiers at Risk for Workplace Violence

Scientists say they can help predict which personnel may need intensive intervention

10/7/2015
Bedtime Texting May Be Hazardous to Teens' Health

Researcher suggests placing limits on technology use

10/7/2015
Cigarettes May Sabotage Alcoholics' Recovery

Smokers were twice as likely as nonsmokers to resume drinking, study finds

10/7/2015
PTSD Can Affect Female Vietnam War Vets, Too: Study

They're at higher risk than women stationed in U.S. during the same time

10/7/2015
Suicide Risk May Rise for Some After Weight-Loss Surgery

Expert says that the life changes that follow can make it hard for these patients to cope

10/6/2015
Face-to-Face Contact May Beat Email, Phone for Staving Off Depression

Older people who spent more time communicating in person showed fewer symptoms of mood disorder

10/5/2015
Making Sense of the Email Avalanche

Researchers examine who responds to whom, how quickly, when and why

10/2/2015
Transgender Discrimination Linked to Risky Health Behaviors

Prejudice may make smoking, alcohol abuse, drugs, suicide attempts more likely, study finds

10/2/2015
Do You Blame a Higher Power When You Get Sick?

'Negative spiritual beliefs' may lead to worse health, compared to positive beliefs, study suggests

10/1/2015
Sender Often Focus of Mobile Tweets, Study Says

Social media posts from stationary devices appear less egocentric

10/1/2015
Psoriasis, Depression Often Go Hand in Hand: Study

But research doesn't prove one causes the other

9/28/2015
Children in Foster Homes Need Better Health Care

American Academy of Pediatrics says kids may be traumatized and require more consistent treatment

9/23/2015
ERs Often 'Safety Net' Care for People With Schizophrenia: CDC

Report finds more than 380,000 ER visits over 2 years for adults under 65

9/23/2015
Antidepressants Top Treatment Choice for Severe PMS: Researchers

Other options include birth control pills, calcium, study says

9/23/2015
Suicides Decline With Prevention Measures at Known 'Hotspots': Study

Safety nets, video surveillance and signs with crisis-line info can reduce attempts, researchers say

9/20/2015
Natural Surroundings May Promote Sound Sleep

Study found seniors, men reported better rest when they had access to beaches, parks

9/19/2015
Kicking the Nail-Biting Habit

Keep nails short, use bitter nail polish and squeeze a stress ball instead, dermatologist suggests

9/18/2015
FDA Approves New Drug for Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder

Vraylar is an atypical antipsychotic taken once a day

9/18/2015
Parents Should Be Involved in Teen's Bulimia Treatment: Study

Recovery is faster when family is part of therapy, researchers find

9/18/2015
Workday Breaks Help Employees Reboot, Researchers Say

Brief time away from work seems to improve energy and well-being

9/17/2015
Antidepressant Paxil Isn't Safe for Teens, New Analysis Says

Review of study data contradicts findings reported in 2001

9/16/2015
Dog Owners Help Scientists Get Inside Pooches' Minds

Playing games with their pets yields 'quality data'