Psychology and Mental Health News

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7/10/2015
For Those With Social Anxiety, Acts of Kindness May Be Therapeutic

Study found doing good deeds can promote positive feelings, enabling easier interactions

7/10/2015
Marijuana Study Counters 'Gateway' Theory

It says specific reasons teens try pot are better predictors of future drug use

7/9/2015
Many Overweight or Obese Teens Don't See the Problem

Around 40 percent thought their weight was about right, British study finds

7/9/2015
Newly Enlisted Army Soldiers at Risk of Attempted Suicide: Study

And women, whether officers or enlisted, were at twice the risk of men

7/8/2015
Early Intervention Shows Promise in Treating Schizophrenia

Programs that emphasize resiliency, education and job support are helpful, study finds

7/7/2015
Good at Imagining Aromas? You May Be Prone to Weight Gain

Ability to conjure up odors in the mind might lead to food cravings, research suggests

7/7/2015
Brain Chemical Dopamine May Boost Risk-Taking in Healthy People

Study findings echo those of Parkinson's patients taking meds to increase dopamine levels

7/6/2015
Attraction Can Grow With Time Spent Together

Couples who were friends first often find beauty's in the eye of the beholder, study says

7/6/2015
Best Friends May Help Poor Kids Succeed

Study found having just one confidant helped teens find ways to cope with problems

7/4/2015
Plane Passengers' Near-Death Experience Gives Clues to Trauma's Effect on Brain

Interviews, brain scans of people who thought they might die in crash show impact lasts for years

7/2/2015
Mass Killings, School Shootings in U.S. May Be 'Contagious'

These events appear to inspire similar tragedies afterward, study suggests

7/1/2015
Are Too Many Young Americans Getting Antipsychotics for ADHD?

Study shows rise in prescriptions for the powerful medications, even though they're not OK'd for this use

7/1/2015
Do Cholesterol Drugs Affect Aggression?

Study finds it's possible, but more research is suggested

6/30/2015
Beats Common to All Music May Bring People Together

Study suggests a few basic rhythms underlie music from around the world, pulling groups closer

6/30/2015
Scans Suggest Recurrent Depression May Take Toll on the Brain

Shrinkage seen in region where new memories are made

6/30/2015
1 in 3 American Adults Owns a Gun, Survey Finds

Most are older white men rooted in a social gun culture

6/29/2015
Trauma, PTSD May Raise Women's Odds of Heart Attack, Stroke: Study

But the research didn't establish a cause-and-effect relationship

6/29/2015
Millennials More Accepting of Working Moms Than Past Generations

Survey responses reveal growing gender equality in U.S.

6/26/2015
'Overwhelming' Evidence That Same-Sex Parenting Won't Harm Kids

Review of thousands of studies on the issue finds broad consensus among experts

6/26/2015
Supreme Court's Nod to Gay Marriage a Psychological Boost to Couples: Experts

5-4 decision should help bring acceptance, respect for these committed relationships

6/26/2015
Could Brain Scans Help Guide Treatment for OCD?

Small study suggests neural activity can point to patients who'll benefit most from psychotherapy

6/25/2015
Small Talk Can Boost Business Deals for Men, Study Says

Women get fewer bonus points from chatting because it's expected of them, researcher suggests

6/25/2015
Same-Sex Marriage Offers Couples Psychological Benefits, Experts Say

Supreme Court decision to support it would also boost well-being of couples, according to social scientists

6/23/2015
Evidence Supports Medical Pot for Some Conditions, Not Others

Review of 79 studies suggests states may have put cart before the horse, experts say

6/22/2015
1 in 5 Teens May Be Bullied on Social Media

Review found wide variations in prevalence, but victims were often females who were depressed

6/22/2015
Poor Health as Teen, Poor Job Prospects Later, Study Suggests

Chronic mental or physical problems were tied to worse education, employment goals in adult life

6/19/2015
Daily Weigh-Ins Keep Dieters on Track

Approach works especially well for men, study says

6/17/2015
Too Much 'Feel Good' Brain Chemical May Trigger Social Phobia

Serotonin finding conflicts with conventional wisdom, researchers say

6/15/2015
Which Candidate? Study Examines the Voter's Brain

One neurological area seems key to making complex decisions at the ballot box

6/15/2015
'Green Space' at School May Help Kids Learn, Study Suggests

Expert says findings bolster the case for parks, playgrounds

6/12/2015
Psychosis Rarely Linked to Violent Crime, Study Says

Findings counter common belief about mental illness

6/12/2015
Bragging Can Backfire, Study Shows

Too much self-promotion can offend others, researchers note

6/12/2015
Adults Can Pick Up Perfect Pitch, Study Shows

With training, people may be able to identify notes they hear

6/11/2015
Graphic Warnings May Work Best to Keep Women From Tanning Beds

In study, labels with pictures of skin cancer's grim toll worked better than printed cautions alone

6/10/2015
Smiling Can Lead to New Relationships

But, study authors say grin has to be genuine

6/9/2015
Brains of Teens With Bipolar Disorder Develop Differently: Study

MRI scans suggest changes in areas that regulate emotions, researchers note

6/8/2015
'Talk Therapy' May Help Persistent Sleeplessness

Relaxation techniques and sleep education safer than pills, researchers say

6/8/2015
World's Population Is Getting Sicker, Study Shows

People lose more 'years of healthy life' to illness now than they did in the 1990s, global survey reports

6/5/2015
Special Diets, Supplements Not Always Helpful for Kids With Autism

These interventions are often tied to too little, or too much of certain nutrients, study finds

6/5/2015
Funny Thing About Humor: It May Be in Your Genes

Researchers find genetic coding boosts response to emotional stimuli

6/4/2015
Study Shows Arthritis' Toll on Work, Social Life

Joint disease plus other chronic health conditions may keep up to one-third affected out of workplace

6/3/2015
Scientists Explore Morality's Home in the Brain

People with higher levels of 'moral reasoning' have more gray matter in key brain areas, study finds

6/3/2015
3 in 10 Americans Have Drinking Problem at Some Point in Their Lives

Effective treatments are available, but fewer than 20 percent get help, study finds

6/3/2015
Bullied Teens at Risk for Later Depression, Study Finds

Getting picked on at age 13 tied to raised odds of poor mental health at 18, U.K. researchers report

6/3/2015
Chantix Study Finds Little Evidence to Support Suicidal, Criminal Warnings

But quit-smoking drug may be linked to other adverse effects

6/1/2015
Money-Dependent Spouse May Be More Likely to Cheat

Threat to their masculinity explains why men might stray, researcher says

6/1/2015
Cancer Patient's Health Affected by Spouse's Mood

A depressed caregiver raises odds of depression in ill loved one, too, study shows

6/1/2015
ICU Delirium Tied to Higher Death Risk, Study Says

Researchers recommend monitoring patients' mental state

5/28/2015
Women, Poor, Uninsured Face Higher Risk of Psychological Distress: CDC

Better access to mental health care is needed, expert says

5/28/2015
Demi Lovato Gets Vocal About Mental Illness

Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011, pop singer is spearheading new awareness campaign