Psychology and Mental Health News

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2/5/2013
Drinking Imbalance Could Put Marriage on the Rocks

When one spouse imbibes and one doesn't, odds of divorce go up, study finds

2/5/2013
Smoking Rates Much Higher Among the Mentally Ill: CDC

On average, more than a third of people with psychiatric woes smoke, and they're less likely to quit

2/4/2013
Girls' Peers, Not Media, May Exert Most Pressure to Be Thin

Study looked at unhappiness with body image, feelings of inferiority

2/4/2013
A Good Mood May Boost Seniors' Brain Power

Positive feelings enhance decision-making and memory skills, study suggests

2/4/2013
For Most Bullied Gay Kids, Things Do 'Get Better,' Study Finds

While gay British teens more likely to be bullied in school, situation improved by young adulthood

2/3/2013
On Game Day, Sometimes Winning Isn't Everything

Study finds fans love a close contest with clearly defined good guys and bad guys

2/3/2013
Stressed-Out Women May Be More Sensitive to Sounds

Day-to-day noises like rattling cutlery can seem ear-piercing, study finds

2/1/2013
Psychiatric Drugs More Often Prescribed in the South

Study looked at stimulant, antipsychotic and antidepressant use across U.S.

1/31/2013
Sunshine Might Help Love Bloom, Study Suggests

French women seemed more responsive to flirting on bright days than on cloudy ones

1/30/2013
Antidepressants Celexa, Lexapro Tied to Irregular Heartbeat: Study

But the occurrence is rare, and alternatives exist, experts say

1/29/2013
For Some, Views on Global Warming Change With the Weather

In survey, Independent voters in the U.S. often switched opinions as thermometer rose and fell

1/29/2013
Good 'First-Time' Sex May Set Stage for Future Enjoyment

Whether loss of virginity was a positive experience or not linked to later sexual satisfaction, study finds

1/29/2013
Brain Scan Study Suggests Docs 'Feel' Your Pain

When presented with what seemed to be patients in discomfort, physicians' own pain centers reacted

1/29/2013
'Coming Out' Can Bring Health Benefits, Study Says

Openness about sexual orientation may reduce stress for lesbians, gays and bisexuals

1/28/2013
Scientists Complete 1st Map of 'Emotional Intelligence' in the Brain

Scans of injured Vietnam vets show overlap of these skills with general intelligence

1/28/2013
'Sex With an Ex' Common Among Teens, Young Adults

About half of young couples reunite after a breakup, and half of those have sex, researchers say

1/25/2013
People Overestimate the Happiness New Purchases Will Bring

'Retail therapy' doesn't work for long, even among the most materialistic, study suggests

1/25/2013
People May Eat More When Headlines Bear Bad News

Study suggests stressing about tough times unleashes craving for calories

1/24/2013
Acts of Kindness Can Make You Happier

Researcher says frequency, variety play a key role

1/23/2013
Eat Too Much While Watching TV? Try Taking Smaller Bites

In study, people given preset 'sips' of soup consumed less

1/23/2013
Drivers Who Multitask Often Overestimate Their Skills

Those who do it most are least capable, study suggests

1/23/2013
Jaw Pain Disorder Tied to Anxiety, Depression

German study of TMJ patients didn't pin down how body-mind connection works

1/23/2013
U.S. Vets With Gulf War Syndrome Need Individualized Treatment: Report

The Institute of Medicine calls the syndrome a 'very real, highly diverse' condition

1/23/2013
Condoms Don't Diminish Sexual Pleasure, Study Finds

Misperceptions can raise risk for STDs, HIV and unintended pregnancy

1/22/2013
Physical, Sexual Assault May Raise Soldiers' Suicide Risk

Identifying pertinent experiences could lead to preventive care, researcher says

1/22/2013
Happy in Marriage, Heavier on the Scale?

Study found satisfied newlyweds gained more weight than less satisfied ones

1/21/2013
Loneliness May Take a Physical Toll

Feelings of social isolation linked to poorer immunity, more inflammation in study patients

1/21/2013
Give Away Your Money, Feel Happier?

Even on a small scale, being generous creates a sense of wealth, study finds

1/21/2013
Tired Couples May Take Each Other For Granted

Less gratitude seen among those with sleep problems, researchers say

1/16/2013
Multiple Concussions Could Up Depression Risk in Former NFL Players

Small studies found more psychological symptoms, brain changes in older ex-athletes with head trauma

1/16/2013
Top Road Rage Triggers: Cutting In, Weaving

Anger involved in nearly half of all collisions, researchers say

1/14/2013
Chimpanzees, Like Humans, Seem to Have Sense of Fairness

Study pitted chimps against children in 'Ultimatum Game'

1/11/2013
Depressed Stroke Survivors May Face Higher Early Death Risk

Researchers recommend assessing stroke patients for mood problems

1/10/2013
Texts, Other Distractions Tied to Errors at Work

In certain jobs, these distractions can have disastrous results, study says

1/10/2013
Survey Refutes 'Loner' Stereotype of Video Gamers

Many play to boost their social lives, research suggests

1/10/2013
Brown Eyes Beat Blue Ones for 'Trustworthiness': Study

Features associated with having brown eyes, such as a round face, seem to signal reliability

1/9/2013
Many U.S. Teens at Risk for Suicide Despite Treatment: Study

About 1 in every 20 teens attempts suicide, often when already being treated for mental health woes

1/8/2013
Diet Drinks Tied to Depression Risk in Older Adults: Study

Higher odds also seen for regular soda drinkers

1/7/2013
Meds May Spur Compulsive Behaviors in Some Parkinson's Patients: Study

Some indulge in gambling or other troublesome activities, but research suggests drugs are cause

1/7/2013
Psychological Woes Could Arise During Interplanetary Spaceflight: Study

Healthy sleep duration and timing essential for astronauts, researchers say

1/7/2013
Strange Food Pairings May Signal Binge Eating: Study

Many with eating disorder prepare mixtures like cookies and mashed potatoes in secret

1/7/2013
Color of Your Cup Might Influence Drink's Taste

Serving hot chocolate in an orange or cream-colored cup will make it more enticing, study found

1/7/2013
Mental Health of Dads-to-Be May Influence Toddler's Behavior

During pregnancy appointments, ask about father's state of mind, experts say

1/4/2013
Dementia, Late-Life Depression May Be Linked

Mild mental impairment also prevalent in those with the mood disorder, study says

1/4/2013
Keeping Sexuality Secret Takes Mental Toll on Bisexual Men

Those who concealed their same-sex relationships had higher rates of depression and anxiety, study found

1/3/2013
People Underestimate How Much They Might Change in the Future

No matter the age, folks thought they were already the person they'd remain for rest of their lives, study finds

1/3/2013
Health Tip: Dealing With Grief

Suggestions to help you cope with loss

1/3/2013
1/2/2013
Mental Disorders Linked With Domestic Violence, Study Says

Women with anxiety disorders 3.5 times more likely to report abuse

1/2/2013
Prenatal Antidepressants Don't Raise Fetal, Infant Death Risk: Study

But doctors, moms-to-be should still approach drugs known as SSRIs with caution, researchers say