Psychology and Mental Health News

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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

7/27/2012
'Macho' Men Do Worse in Couples When the Woman Earns More

Small study found men with less-traditional mindset had better-quality relationships

7/27/2012
Women May Fare Worse Than Men After Stroke

Female patients report more problems with their physical and emotional health, study finds

7/27/2012
What's That Symptom? Experts Warn of Self-Diagnosis Via the Web

Many people prone to leap to worst-case conclusions when investigating own ailments, study finds

7/26/2012
Body Language of Triumph Will Be on Display at Olympics

At the moment of victory, athletes raise their arms and grimace or yell, study shows

7/24/2012
Physical Ailments Take Toll on Mental Health: Study

People with severe or chronic illness have much higher odds of needing psychiatric care

7/23/2012
Young Cancer Patients Often Lack Support: Study

Those aged 14 to 39 are more likely to report unmet social, psychological and informational needs

7/20/2012
Talk to Your Kids About the Colorado Killings

Mental health experts say children and teens need reassurance at times like this

7/20/2012
Childhood Abuse Linked to Diabetes, Heart Disease in Middle-Aged Women

Study found victims twice as likely to have high blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol

7/19/2012
Kids' Sexual Behavior Influenced by Movie Scenes: Study

Watching films with sexual content at 12 to 14 linked to risky 'sensation-seeking' personality

7/16/2012
Large Breasts Can Take Mental, Physical Toll on Teens

Research shows some girls with the condition have physical pain, lower self-esteem

7/16/2012
Child Abuse Rises When Economy Sags: Study

Risk is highest in families losing their homes

7/13/2012
Schizophrenia in Movies: Don't Believe Everything You See

Hollywood portrayals are often inaccurate, misleading, study shows

7/13/2012
Improve Care for Veterans With PTSD: Report

'Treatment isn't reaching everyone who needs it,' Institute of Medicine says

7/13/2012
Phobic Anxiety May Link to Premature Aging

But the association doesn't prove that stress causes your chromosomes to deteriorate, researchers say

7/13/2012
Police Work Takes Heavy Health Toll: Study

Daily stress, night shift contribute to officers' increased risk for chronic illnesses

7/12/2012
Heavier Friends Might Widen Your Waistline: Study

Research with high school students suggests overweight pals influence weight gain

7/11/2012
Does Stress Management Slow MS?

Therapy seems to stop new brain lesions but only for duration of treatment, study finds

7/10/2012
Selflessness Can Threaten Clergy Members' Health

Ministering to others linked to above-average rates of depression, chronic diseases, study shows

7/10/2012
Aging Boomers' Mental Health Woes Will Swamp Health System: Report

U.S. not equipped to handle growing number of seniors with mental health, substance use issues, researchers say

7/9/2012
What Makes the End-of-Life Experience Peaceful?

Prayer, meditation and a caring doctor, not hospitals and treatments, survey of dying patients finds

7/6/2012
Report Calls for Counseling Guidelines for Treating Transgender People

Those with diagnosis believe their body doesn't reflect their true gender

7/6/2012
Meditation Method a Matter of Taste

Study finds choosing a technique you're comfortable with makes you less likely to quit

7/3/2012
Special-Ed Students at Greater Risk of Bullying, Being Bullied: Study

Students with visible disabilities are victimized most often, researchers say

7/2/2012
Family History of Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder May Up Kids' Risk for Autism

The three conditions might share similar underlying risk factors, study authors say

7/2/2012
Antipsychotic Drugs Linked to Higher Odds for Diabetes in Pregnancy

Many women may rely on meds to function properly, so decisions must be weighed carefully

7/2/2012
Dangerous Rage May Be Common Among U.S. Teens

Condition called intermittent explosive disorder is underdiagnosed, undertreated, experts say