Psychology and Mental Health News

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11/26/2012
Reading, Games May Help Aging Brains Stay Sharp

MRI scans reveal better white matter structure in brains of seniors who enjoy mental activities

11/24/2012
Healthy Neurotic? Being Conscientious May Help

Study found people with both personality traits had lower levels of inflammation

11/23/2012
With Bullying, What's a Parent to Do?

What to look for and how to help if your child is being victimized

11/22/2012
Dial Down Your Holiday Stress

Start by setting realistic expectations, experts advise

11/20/2012
Pot Psychosis May Be Gene-Related

Scientists identify genetic variant that could explain mental impairment in marijuana users

11/19/2012
Middle Age Can Be a Bummer for Great Apes, Too

Midlife crisis seems to have a basis in evolution, not modern human lifestyles, research suggests

11/19/2012
Unemployed at Higher Risk for Heart Attack?

Multiple job losses are as harmful as smoking and chronic disease, study finds

11/19/2012
Happier Childhoods Tied to More Wealth as Adults: Study

Cause-and-effect link isn't proven, but it's possible sunnier folk get promoted more, experts say

11/19/2012
Adoption Can Boost Quality of Life for Infertile Couples, Study Finds

Improved well-being reported among those whose in-vitro fertilization therapy was unsuccessful

11/19/2012
Muscle-Building Teens May Go to Extremes, Study Finds

Desire for toned physique sometimes leads to harmful behaviors, research shows

11/16/2012
Cartoons May Ease Anxiety for Kids Facing Surgery

Study also found bringing a favorite toy from home can help

11/16/2012
Speed-Dating Lights Up Key Brain Areas

MRI study found one region is activated by looks, another by compatibility

11/15/2012
Old Money Gets Spent More Quickly, Study Finds

When given new and worn bills to shop with, people tended to hold on to the crisp, clean ones longer

11/14/2012
Study Reveals Gender Gap in Spotting Depression

People, especially males, more likely to identify poor mental health in women than in men

11/13/2012
Family's Questions About Alzheimer's Patients Can Put Nurses in a Bind

They often struggle to be honest but upbeat when answering inquiries, study says

11/12/2012
Undiagnosed Eye Problems Plague Some U.S. Veterans

Those with brain injury, PTSD often have chronic vision troubles, studies say

11/12/2012
Study: Rheumatoid Arthritis Plus Depression May Be Deadly

Risk of mood-related mortality greater for men

11/11/2012
Don't Turn to Holiday Food as a Way to Deal With Stress: Expert

Instead of eating, cope with problems by taking a walk, calling a friend or reading a book

11/9/2012
Good Feelings About Ex-Employer May Boost Self-Esteem in Jobless

The increased confidence, in turn, might assist workers in their job search, researchers said

11/8/2012
Impulsive College Women at Risk of Drinking Problems: Study

Female students who act rashly when distressed may turn to alcohol to change emotional state

11/8/2012
Alcoholism Linked to Poor Sense of Empathy, Irony in Men

Study suggests difficulty with complex forms of verbal communication may be tied to alcohol abuse

11/8/2012
Common Antidepressants Tied to Higher Bleeding Risk in Warfarin Users: Study

SSRIs include Prozac, Paxil, but experts say findings aren't reason for patients to drop medications

11/7/2012
Parents' Social Anxiety May Raise Kids' Risk for Anxiety Disorder

Parental behaviors linked to risk include a lack of affection and too much criticism, study shows

11/6/2012
Brain Anatomy May Play Role in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

MRI scans found veterans with the disorder had a smaller amygdala, the brain area that controls fear, anxiety

11/2/2012
Handshakes Matter for First Impressions, Brain Study Confirms

An effective grip is firm, confident, friendly

11/1/2012
Liberal or Conservative: Study Finds Childhood Influence

Did you talk back to your parents? Were you fearful or focused?

11/1/2012
For Many, 'Superstorm' Sandy Could Take Toll on Mental Health

People who were impacted by the event will have symptoms, but they should fade, experts say

10/31/2012
Poor Reading Skills Linked to Teen Pregnancy Risk

Preteen girls with below-average literacy twice as likely to give birth in teen years, study finds

10/31/2012
Common Antidepressants Too Risky During Pregnancy, Researchers Say

But another expert disagrees, saying all options must be open to women faced with this situation

10/30/2012
Flirting Works as Negotiation Tactic for Women: Study

It's not unprofessional if it remains playful and friendly, researcher says

10/30/2012
Quality of Life After Cancer May Depend on Tumor Type

Certain types leave survivors with worse mental and physical well-being, study finds

10/30/2012
Autism Tough to Spot Before 6 Months of Age, Study Suggests

Signs didn't typically emerge until later, and early diagnosis didn't mean case was more severe

10/26/2012
Is 'Sex Addiction' Real? Some Experts Say So

Proposed criteria focus on behaviors so uncontrolled they are causing real harm

10/25/2012
Foster Kids Adopted by Same-Sex Parents Make Big Gains, Study Says

Children progressed as quickly as those placed in heterosexual homes

10/24/2012
Many Terminal Cancer Patients Put False Hope in Chemo, Study Finds

Doctors must improve their message, researchers say

10/24/2012
Can Your Body 'Sense' the Future?

Evidence review suggests body may anticipate what's coming better than the conscious brain

10/24/2012
Tired? Your Dog Is Yawning Right Along With You

Yawn contagion is a sign of animal empathy, study finds, except for youngest puppies

10/23/2012
Powerful People Tend Not to Return Smiles, Study Says

They're less inclined to mimic others' expressions, researchers contend

10/23/2012
10-Minute 'Tension Tamer' at Bedtime May Help You Sleep: Study

Nightly routine uses positive mental imagery, slow deep breathing

10/22/2012
More Evidence Links Bullying, Abuse to Suicidal Thoughts in Youth

Study found sharp rise in risk when kids face 7 or more types of victimization

10/22/2012
Bullying May Be Linked to Mental Disorders

Depression triples the odds of becoming a bully, study says

10/22/2012
Cyberbullying Rarely Single Factor in Teen Suicides: Study

Researcher says anonymity may encourage online bullying

10/18/2012
Depression Brings Worries About Discrimination, Study Finds

This may keep many people from seeking needed treatment, researchers note

10/17/2012
Common Antidepressants May Raise Stroke Risk a Bit, Study Finds

But individual risk posed by SSRIs remains extremely low, experts noted

10/17/2012
More Evidence Linking Creativity, Mental Illness

Are new approaches needed to safeguard benefits of psychiatric disorders?

10/17/2012
Brain Scans Suggest Downside to Skipping Breakfast

Small study found fasting prompts people to seek out high-calorie foods

10/16/2012
Parents' Love in Infancy Pays Off Later, Study Finds

School-age kids had fewer psychological woes if even one parent formed a strong bond early on

10/16/2012
More Testosterone, Less Deceit?

Men with higher levels of the hormone cheated less in a game of chance, study found

10/15/2012
Kids Who Sleep a Bit Longer Behave Better in School, Study Finds

Extra half-hour a night made a difference in alertness, attention

10/12/2012
Study Reveals the Many Ways Sexual Assault Harms Women

A wide range of social and psychological effects often go undiagnosed in victims, experts say