Psychology and Mental Health News

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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'

9/16/2015
Brain Scans May Take Guesswork Out of Schizophrenia Treatment

Goal is to help physicians make better drug choices for psychotic patients

9/14/2015
Jumbo Portions Lead to Overeating, Study Confirms

Researchers recommend curbs on size, availability of fattening foods

9/14/2015
Football Fans May Overestimate Chances of Favorite NFL Team

Study finds followers, dedicated sports reporters have 'optimism bias'

9/12/2015
Peer Pressure May Have a Silver Lining

Teens with close friends were more likely to be in good health by age 27, study found

9/11/2015
Constant Social Media Presence May Jeopardize Teens' Mental Health

Adolescents could be more vulnerable than adults, expert says

9/11/2015
Long Nursing Shifts Linked to Job Dissatisfaction

Greater burnout could lead to mistakes, poor care, researchers caution

9/11/2015
Money Doesn't Buy 'Tweeners' Self-Esteem

Study finds purchases of 'cool' things, nice clothing may actually increase bad feelings

9/11/2015
California Right-to-Die Measure Could Soon Become Law

If approved, it would let doctors prescribe life-ending drugs to patients expected to die within 6 months

9/10/2015
Soft Skin of Others May Be an Illusion, Study Says

Pleasant sensation through touch may help build social bonds, researchers suggest

9/9/2015
Could Young Men's Low Heart Rate Predict Violent Crime?

Researchers find a link but not cause-and-effect relationship

9/9/2015
Delirium in Older Surgical Patients Threatens Recovery

Sudden confusion is a postoperative complication linked to longer hospital stays, researchers say

9/8/2015
Forgiveness May Boost Older Women's Moods

But when apology is unrequited, older men are at greater risk of depression

9/8/2015
Think Genes Drive Obesity? You May Eat Less Healthy

In study, people who thought DNA dictated their body weight had worse diets and exercised less

9/8/2015
Could Psychedelic Drugs Be Good Medicine for Some?

Preliminary research suggests potential benefits for psychiatric disorders, substance abuse

9/4/2015
Psychopaths May Not Yawn Along With You

Not responding to this normally 'contagious' cue might signal a lack of empathy, researchers suggest

9/4/2015
Antipsychotic Drugs Will Become More Affordable, Study Predicts

With patents expiring, access for Medicaid patients will likely expand

9/4/2015
Go Ahead and Cry, You'll Feel Better

Release of emotions appears to lift mood later, study says

9/4/2015
People Perceive Tall Men in 30s as Most Dominant

Psychological trend may have bearing on politics, Hollywood, researchers said

9/4/2015
Seniors Getting Smarter, Research Shows

But mental and physical health is declining at the same time

9/3/2015
Mentally Ill Inmates Prone to Violence After Release: Study

Researchers also see trouble for those with substance-abuse problems; call for social support plus psychiatric care

9/1/2015
Many Say Mental Health Care Is Vital, But Often Tough to Get

Survey of U.S. adults finds concerns about accessibility, expense