Psychology and Mental Health News

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12/11/2012
Loneliness May Boost Odds of Dementia

Lack of social support also raises risk of memory decline, study finds

12/11/2012
Common Heart Drug Might Dampen Some Autism Symptoms

Study found benefit most pronounced in those with milder forms of developmental disorder

12/10/2012
ADHD Can Cause Lifelong Problems, Study Finds

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder that persists into adulthood may affect physical and mental health

12/8/2012
Give Your Heart the Gift of a Stress-Free Holiday

Learn how to handle emotional, financial and physical pressures of the season, cardiologist suggests

12/7/2012
Kids With Autism Common Users of ERs, Study Says

Findings suggest need for better outpatient psychiatric care

12/7/2012
'Chemo Brain' May Occur Before Treatment Even Starts

Study suggests mental fog, fatigue tied to chemotherapy may be partly due to stress

12/7/2012
When Antidepressants Don't Work, Give Counseling a Try

Study found that patients were three times likelier to benefit from the addition of cognitive behavioral therapy

12/6/2012
Thinking You Ate a Lot May Help You Feel Full

Study could point to new directions in weight control

12/6/2012
Childless People Die Sooner, Study Says

After infertility treatment, death rates were two to four times higher among couples without kids

12/4/2012
Is Childhood Intelligence Linked to Pain Problems in Adulthood?

Kids who do worse in school more likely to have manual jobs, smoke and be overweight, study suggests

12/4/2012
Can Excessive Cellphone Use Become an Addiction?

New study suggests potential harm, but one expert says jury is still out on the issue

12/3/2012
Under Similar Stress, Rich Live Longer Than Poor: Study

People with money have more methods for coping, one expert says

12/3/2012
Psychiatry Gets Revised Diagnostic Manual

One of the biggest changes: 'autistic disorder' will now be known as 'autism spectrum disorder'

12/3/2012
Antidepressants May Lead to Fewer Seizures in People With Epilepsy

Research is preliminary, but could encourage more people with depression and epilepsy to try meds

12/1/2012
What Do Eye Movement Differences in Men and Women Mean?

Study compared reactions to images of faces, bodies by gender

11/30/2012
Rats May Also Feel 'Placebo Effect,' Study Suggests

Animals that expected pain relief got it from an injection of salt water, researchers say

11/30/2012
Mental Illness Affects 1 in 5 U.S. Adults, Survey Finds

The rate is twice as high among people aged 18 to 25 than among those over 50, report indicates

11/29/2012
Violence in a Soldier's Past May Up PTSD Risk

Study found those abused as kids, attacked by spouses were more likely to develop the condition

11/28/2012
Depression a Key Factor in Health of Parkinson's Patients: Study

Researchers add that it is difficult to diagnose because movement disorder masks symptoms

11/26/2012
Parents' Fear of Dentist May Get Passed On to Kids

Fathers seem to play the greatest role in how their children feel about dental visits, study finds

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