Psychology and Mental Health News

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9/6/2012
Kids Develop Sense of Humor by Age 1, Study Finds

At 6 months, babies watched closely as their parents laughed at absurd events, researchers say

9/6/2012
Vets' Readjustment Issues May Spur PTSD Treatment

Family stressors -- not psychiatric symptoms -- lead some to seek help, study says

9/4/2012
Combat Stress Linked to Brain Changes in Study

Some problems resolve with time, but others persist, researchers say

9/4/2012
People More Likely to Guzzle Beer Served in Curved Glasses

Study finds 'beer flutes' make it harder for drinkers to pace themselves

8/31/2012
Diners Eat Less When Restaurant Has Soft Lighting, Music

Calorie counts per meal dropped but customers' satisfaction rose, study found

8/30/2012
Stress, a 'Type A' Personality May Boost Stroke Risk

Experts suggest the anger and hostility of a hard-driven personality could be to blame

8/29/2012
Scientists ID 'Happy' Gene in Women

One version of the 'MAOA' gene may boost levels of feel-good chemicals in brain

8/29/2012
Daily Temper Tantrums Not the Norm for Preschoolers: Study

Fewer than 1 in 10 'melt down' that often; finding helps define when parents should be concerned

8/28/2012
Little Evidence on Value of Treatments for Autism: Report

Whether it's drug therapy or vocational training, more study needed to clarify benefits

8/23/2012
Spirituality May Boost Mental Health: Study

Forgiveness emerged as the most telling trait among people in five religions

8/23/2012
Anorexics Can't Judge Own Body Size: Study

But they can size up others accurately, researchers noted

8/23/2012
Many Obese Americans Struggle With Stigma, Discrimination, Poll Finds

As levels of overweight rise, more say they've been left out of gatherings or passed over for jobs

8/23/2012
More Friends, Greater Well-Being at Midlife?

Many friends help men and women, family contacts help men, study found

8/23/2012
Study of Brain-Injured Man Sheds Light on Self-Awareness

Sense of self not confined to specific region, as previously thought

8/22/2012
Spouses of Heart Attack Victims May Face Heightened Depression Risk

And men more susceptible than women to psychological problems, study finds

8/21/2012
Unhappy Kids Are More Materialistic, Study Finds

Research with children ages 8 to 10 says TV ads play big part in 'spoiling' those who aren't content

8/21/2012
Popular Characters Can Help Kids Eat Healthy Foods Too

Branding tactics used to sell junk food also may be used to promote better nutrition, research shows

8/21/2012
Teens Benefit by Spending More Time With Parents

Encounters with Dad may boost self-worth and social skills the most, research suggests

8/20/2012
Many U.S. Doctors Have Symptoms of Burnout: Survey

Emotional exhaustion, cynicism in physicians may affect patient care, expert says

8/20/2012
College Students Who Binge Drink Say They're Happier

Study found richer, 'high-status' students more likely to overindulge, while others may do so to fit in

8/20/2012
Working Moms Report Better Health Than Those Who Stay Home

Mothers who work full time seem to benefit more than those who work part time, researchers say

8/20/2012
Health, Social Life Improve After Weight-Loss Surgery: Study

Patients sought better condition, self-esteem, activity levels

8/20/2012
Could Food Flavors Act Like Mood-Stabilizing Drugs?

Early study suggests chemical similarities between prescription meds and certain foods

8/17/2012
Teens With ADHD May Need Help Making Transition to College

Experts offer suggestions for students on how to compensate for their disorder

8/16/2012
Kids Who Can Resist Sweets Might Be Slimmer as Adults

Decades-long research shows self-control as tot may mean an obesity-free maturity

8/15/2012
Poor Economy Tied to Rise in Suicides, British Study Finds

Researchers estimate recession spurred about 1,000 cases in 2008-2010

8/14/2012
Couples Therapy May Help Combat PTSD

Study finds reduction in symptoms, greater relationship satisfaction

8/14/2012
Older Antipsychotics May Work as Well as Newer Ones: Review

First-generation medications are also much cheaper, researchers note

8/14/2012
Parents' Religious Beliefs Can Complicate Kids' End-of-Life Care

Hoping for a miracle might lead them to request futile treatments for their children, researchers say

8/14/2012
Genetic Studies Give Clues to Tourette Syndrome, OCD

But specific genes for the mental health conditions have yet to be pinpointed

8/12/2012
Parents Can Adapt, Thrive After 'Empty Nest'

The parent-child relationship evolves, but doesn't end when kids leave for college, expert explains

8/10/2012
Pay Attention in Preschool, Graduate From College: Study

Certain social, behavioral skills at young age key to later academic success, researchers found

8/10/2012
The 'Nocebo' Effect: If You Think You'll Get Sick, You Will

Study author suggests doctors give patients less info on potential drug side effects, but is that ethical?

8/10/2012
Childhood Friendships May Be Key to Adult Happiness

Quality of relationships has more effect than intelligence or academic record, study finds

8/9/2012
Male Diners Tip Better When Waitress Wears Red: Study

Men gave up to 26% more to waitresses in red, but color didn't effect female customers, researchers say

8/9/2012
When Partner Has Breast Cancer, Men Find Their Own Ways to Cope

Support groups don't meet their emotional needs, study finds

8/7/2012
Playfulness May Be Nature's Way of Helping Romance Bloom: Study

Trait could signal nonaggression in men, youth and fertility in women, researchers say

8/6/2012
Tourette Patients Benefit From Behavioral Therapy: Study

Adults with condition learned to better prevent, manage symptoms like tics

8/6/2012
Brain Scans of 'Hoarders' Show Unique Abnormalities

Researchers say finding shows behavior is different from other obsessive-compulsive disorders

8/6/2012
Eyes May Be Key to Spotting Who's Straight, Gay

Study suggests pupil dilation points to sexual orientation when viewing erotic imagery

8/6/2012
Living Without Lies Might Make You Healthier

Study found those who fibbed less had fewer headaches, less anxiety

8/6/2012
Grateful Teens May Have Less Risk for Depression, Other Problems

Parents, teachers can help kids learn to identify good things in their lives, study says

8/3/2012
'Virtual' Patients New Addition to Psychiatry?

Researcher sees future for his characters in training sessions

8/1/2012
Depression Could Shorten Cancer Survival, Study Suggests

Screening for mental health should be part of standard care, experts say

8/1/2012
Even Mild Depression, Anxiety Hurts the Heart: Study

The risk rises as chronic mental distress becomes more intense, study says

7/31/2012
Menstrual Cycles May Affect Women's Shopping Patterns

Study found they were more likely to buy clothes, focus on their appearance on fertile days

7/31/2012
Smile! It Might Lower Your Stress Level, Study Shows

People placed in anxious situations felt better with grins in place

7/30/2012
Alcohol Is a Social Lubricant, Study Confirms

Moderate boozing encourages 'true smiles' and group engagement

7/30/2012
Humans Might Be Hard-Wired to 'Love Thy Neighbor'

Researchers report people were less likely to punish those standing closer to them

7/30/2012
Mental Abuse of Kids Leaves Lifelong Scars

Frequent put-downs, tirades, threats may constitute psychological maltreatment