Psychology and Mental Health News

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2/1/2016
Homeless Youth More Likely to Visit Drop-In Center Than Shelter

Services offered help teens find jobs and housing

2/1/2016
Many Depressed Teens Don't Get Follow-Up Care

Some receive initial treatment after diagnosis, but longer-term therapy often lacking, study finds

1/29/2016
Face-to-Face Still Trumps Texts for Social Closeness, Studies Find

In-person communication better at conveying emotions, and helps preteens read nonverbal cues, researchers say

1/29/2016
Study Confirms Eating Disorders' Deadly Toll

Those with anorexia 5 times more at risk of early death; bulimia also increases the risk, researchers say

1/29/2016
Boys Victims of Dating Violence, Too

Survey of 'at risk' teens finds males as likely as females to suffer abuse

1/28/2016
Mental Disorders Increasing for Younger Smokers

Psychiatric problems showing up in those who took up the habit from the 1980s onward, researchers find

1/28/2016
Study Finds No Proof of 'Seasonal' Depression

Rates of mood disorder don't vary by time of year or sunlight exposure, researchers say

1/28/2016
Wearable Electric Patch May Ease PTSD

Researchers found symptoms decreased in civilians who tried the device; vets are now being tested

1/27/2016
Scientists Uncover Clues to Origins of Schizophrenia

Analysis found gene variant prompts too much 'pruning' in brain during teen years

1/27/2016
Suicide Risk Rises Among Family, Friends of Suicide Victims: Study

Social stigma can isolate those who are grieving, researcher explains

1/26/2016
People Gamble More When They Think Things Are 'Going Their Way'

Unexpected sunny days, sports team wins tied to more lottery spending, study finds

1/26/2016
Depression Screening Should Include All Pregnant, Postpartum Women: Panel

As many as 1 in 10 shows signs of mood disorder after birth, says task force

1/25/2016
Free Nicotine Patches by Mail May Help Smokers Quit

Intervention helped boost success rates a bit, even when counseling wasn't included, study found

1/21/2016
Parental Debt May Affect Kids' Behavior

The key seems to be the reasons why they borrow, study suggests

1/20/2016
Breast Concerns May Sideline Many Teen Girls From Sports

Survey finds about half of British high school girls forgo activities

1/18/2016
Candy-Flavored E-Cigarette Ads Appeal to Young: Study

Though research did not show that kids became more interested in tobacco, experts still worry

1/18/2016
Could Genetics Be Key to a Nation's Happiness?

People in certain countries more likely to have a gene variant linked to sensory pleasure, study finds

1/15/2016
Trauma Care Workers at Risk for 'Compassion Fatigue'

Acknowledging it is a key to coping, researchers say

1/14/2016
Kindergartners With Traumatic Life Experiences Struggle More in School

Multiple adverse events linked to poorer concentration, more aggression, researchers find

1/14/2016
Stressed Teens May Face Higher Diabetes Risk as Adults: Study

They might be more likely to eat unhealthy foods, smoke, not exercise, researchers say

1/14/2016
Could Reducing Your Stress Levels Help You Lose Weight?

Lab study sheds light on how chronic stress may make it harder to burn off body fat

1/12/2016
Transcendental Meditation May Help Relieve PTSD

Military personnel who practiced the technique had reduced need for meds, study says

1/12/2016
Obesity Surgery Patients May Often Have Mental Health Disorders

But mood conditions don't seem to hinder post-op weight loss, study says

1/12/2016
Heavy Waiters, Waitresses May Prompt Bigger Orders: Study

Server's size found to influence dessert and alcohol choices

1/9/2016
Are We Programmed to Overeat in Winter?

Packing on body fat was an evolutionary survival strategy, researchers say

1/8/2016
Parents Can Play Big Role in Thwarting Teen Fights: Study

Changing mindset that fighting is sometimes OK could help avert violence, researchers say

1/8/2016
Palliative Care Cuts Costs for Cancer Patients With Other Health Problems

Relieving symptoms and stress helps families as well, study says

1/8/2016
Bonding With Others May Be Crucial for Long-Term Health

For young and old, strong social ties as important as diet and exercise, researchers say

1/6/2016
Psych Therapies May Have Long-Term Benefits for Irritable Bowel Patients

Treatments might help ease gastrointestinal symptoms for at least six months, study finds

1/6/2016
Mouse Study May Offer Clues to Mysteries of Schizophrenia

Loss of certain brain cells might help explain onset of symptoms, scientists say

1/6/2016
Financial Incentives Don't Spur Employee Weight Loss, Study Finds

Workplace wellness programs must get more creative, researchers say

1/5/2016
Talk Therapy to Tackle Fear of the Dentist

Study found this type of treatment helped many overcome phobias about dental visits

1/5/2016
Poor Circulation in Brain Linked to Psychosis in Alzheimer's Patients

Researchers find conditions such as high blood pressure, smoking may contribute to risk

1/5/2016
People May Eat More of a Food That's Labeled 'Healthy'

Many subconsciously seem to consider it less filling, potentially leading to weight gain, researchers say

1/4/2016
Men Have Greater Self-Esteem Than Women, Especially in Developed Nations

Study also finds that personal confidence grows with age

1/4/2016
Families Like Looser ICU Visitation Policies

Relatives, patients happier with less restrictions on time together, surveys show

12/30/2015
ADHD Meds May Raise Risk for Psychotic Side Effects in Some Kids: Study

Two-thirds of children with parental history of mental illness report 'funny feelings' when on the stimulants

12/29/2015
Thyroid Cancer Survivors: Good Prognosis, Gloomy Outlook?

Study finds quality of life may suffer, despite favorable odds

12/29/2015
Prescriptions Continue for Most Who Survive Painkiller ODs: Study

Often, prescribing doctors don't even know their patients have overdosed, researchers say

12/25/2015
Meals on Wheels Can Deliver Emotional Nourishment, Too

Recipients say they feel less lonely, study finds

12/21/2015
One-Third of Incurable Cancer Patients Keep Working, Study Finds

Tumor location, type of treatment unlikely to influence decision

12/18/2015
Pooches May Give Food to Their Pals, Study Shows

In experiments, dogs freely passed trays of treats to familiar, but not unfamiliar, canines

12/18/2015
Study Maps Areas of Brain Linked to PTSD

Findings could help improve treatments, researchers say

12/17/2015
Singing Hits a High Note for Folks With Early Dementia

Study finds that mood improves, too

12/17/2015
Horror Films Really Can Curdle Your Blood

Reaction to sudden fear might have had an evolutionary benefit, researchers say

12/17/2015
Are You a Secret Santa or a Grinch? Brain Scans May Tell

Research suggests a 'Christmas spirit' nerve network in certain areas of the brain

12/16/2015
ADHD May Hamper Social Relationships Early in Life

Study finds cycle of rejection by peers, worsening symptoms that may heighten difficulties

12/16/2015
Certain Antidepressants May Be Linked to Bipolar Disorder: Study

Patients, doctors should discuss possible risk factors, experts say

12/15/2015
Many Pet Owners Happy to Have Fido, Fluffy Share the Bed

In study, more people said pet's presence helped their sleep than hindered it

12/14/2015
Primary Care Docs the Leading Prescribers of Narcotic Painkillers: Study

More must be done to educate, monitor prescribing practices to curb drug abuse, researchers say