Psychology and Mental Health News

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6/12/2012
Noisy Wards Could Threaten Hospital Patients' Health

Study simulating the inpatient environment finds frequent sleep disturbances from machines, people

6/11/2012
Fear of Dark Keeps Some Adults Awake at Night: Study

Sleep researchers say phobia may call for alternative treatment

6/11/2012
Self-Harm Showing Up in Elementary Schools: Study

Children as young as 7 injured themselves in a variety of ways

6/7/2012
Most 'Extreme Preemies' Grow Into Happy, Healthy Teens

These children, born at less than 2.2 pounds, tended to fare well by adolescence, study found

6/6/2012
Financial Worries Add to Cancer Patients' Burden

Caregivers also affected by concerns over bills, possible bankruptcy, study finds

6/5/2012
Study Supports Guilt's Role in Depression

MRI scans buttress Freudian theory, researchers say

6/5/2012
Therapy Done Over the Phone May Help Depressed Patients

Study found early drop-out rate significantly lower than during in-person treatment

6/4/2012
Who's Touching You Affects How It Feels: Study

Brain's response to a caress appears less objective than previously thought

6/4/2012
Parental Abuse, Neglect Linked to Increased Skin Cancer Risk

Study found those who suffered it were more likely to get second skin cancer later in life

5/30/2012
Once-Obese Women Still Face Stigma, Study Finds

'Fat bias' may linger even after weight loss

5/30/2012
FDA Warns of Fake Version of ADHD Drug Adderall

Counterfeit drug lacks active ingredient; real medicine is currently in short supply

5/29/2012
Surly People Tend to Like Fierce Dogs, Study Shows

Younger, more disagreeable folks seem to prefer breeds that are typically seen as aggressive

5/29/2012
Emotional Woes May Last for Childhood Cancer Survivors

Treatment effects are long-lasting, researchers say

5/29/2012
Optimism, Laughter May Bring Long Life

Study found centenarians were often extroverts who embraced the world

5/25/2012
More Mental Health Care Urged for Kids Who Self-Harm

Parents, ER docs need to be alert for signs of behavior such as cutting, experts say

5/25/2012
Combo Therapy May Help Ease 'Ringing in the Ears'

Tinnitus can be frustrating for patients, hard to treat, researchers say

5/24/2012
Autism Often Not Diagnosed Until Age 5 or Older: U.S. Report

But earlier interventions make a big difference, experts say

5/23/2012
Cancer Docs Often Deal With Own Grief, Doubts When Patients Die

Study found some cope through physical, emotional distance as sadness becomes too much

5/22/2012
Spider-Phobes May Get Quick Relief

Single therapy session produced significant benefits, study says

5/17/2012
Looking Away As You Get Needle Does Lower Pain, Study Shows

'See no needle' may be good advice, researchers say

5/17/2012
Study Explores Distraction's Role in Pain Relief

It found mental focus, bodily reactions work together

5/16/2012
Some People Really Might Have 'Gaydar'

If so, recognition of gay women is more accurate, study suggests

5/11/2012
'Email Vacations' Boost Job Productivity, Lower Stress: Study

Workplace break made difference in heart rate, ability to focus attention

5/9/2012
Evolution May Explain 'Runner's High,' Study Says

Brain reward center boost seems to spur humans, dogs to run long distances

5/8/2012
Exercise May Boost Survival in Breast, Colon Cancer Patients

Review looked at six decades of studies on cancer, physical activity

5/7/2012
Depression in Mid-Life Linked to Higher Odds for Later Dementia

Risks were greatest for those whose depression stretched from middle- to old age, study found

5/7/2012
Having a 'Purpose in Life' May Help Shield You From Dementia

Study suggests, but doesn't prove, a link between the two

5/7/2012
People Love Talking About Themselves, Brain Scans Show

Self-disclosure on social media might serve evolutionary purpose, researcher says

5/7/2012
Using Earplugs Eases ICU Patients' Confusion: Study

Hustle and bustle at hospital can lead to delirium and lack of sleep

5/4/2012
Psychiatric Patients Often Wait Nearly 12 Hours in ER

Older, uninsured and intoxicated patients wait even longer, study finds

5/4/2012
Attitude May Be Key to Overweight Girls' Risk of Depression

Unhappiness, unhealthy dieting less likely when girls were OK with their size, researchers found

5/4/2012
Positive Thinking, Persistence Pay Off in Job Search: Study

Staying focused on finding employment is most important factor, researchers say

5/3/2012
Antipsychotics Do Help Many With Schizophrenia, Study Finds

More than 50 years of data shows the drugs cut relapse rates, although side effects common

5/2/2012
Clues to 'Slacker' Behavior Found in Brain, Study Says

Levels of the chemical dopamine in key regions of the brain may influence motivation

4/29/2012
Study Recommends Putting Your Left Face Forward

This half of the face is more expressive, making it more attractive, researchers say

4/28/2012
Taking Away Car Keys Can Be Tough for Older Drivers

For some, the end of driving triggers depression, anxiety, loneliness, expert says

4/27/2012
Adjusting Your Attitude About Chronic Pain May Help You Sleep

Small study found ruminating on face and jaw pain made it worse

4/27/2012
Animals More Interesting to Kids Than Toys, Study Shows

Children even prefer spiders and snakes over inanimate objects, researchers say

4/27/2012
Bullied Children at Greater Risk for Self-Harm, Study Finds

Family history or maltreatment further increase likelihood of injuring oneself

4/26/2012
Analytical Thinkers Seem to Be Less Religious, Study Suggests

But coaxing participants to think analytically had only a subtle impact on religious belief

4/25/2012
Poor Sleep Heightens 'Ringing Ear' Disease Symptoms: Study

Patients with both tinnitus and insomnia have more emotional distress, researchers say

4/25/2012
Life Transitions May Trigger Eating Disorders

People with anorexia, bulimia pinpoint break-ups, the death of loved ones as triggers

4/24/2012
Many First-Graders Shun Overweight, Obese Kids

In survey, most preferred to play with slimmer classmates, study finds

4/24/2012
Impulsive Tots at Risk for Gambling Problems Later: Study

Self-control in preschool years may improve life outcomes in adulthood

4/23/2012
Cyberbullying May Call for New Prevention Tactics

Existing anti-bully programs won't get through to online aggressors, researcher says

4/23/2012
Wartime Killing May Raise Veterans' Thoughts of Suicide

Impact of deadly combat on mental health receives too little attention, study indicates

4/20/2012
Could Your Personality Be Reflected in Your Pooch?

Online study suggests owners prefer breeds that mimic their personal traits

4/20/2012
Depression Linked to Higher Odds for Poor Leg Circulation

In study, depressed patients were more apt to develop peripheral artery disease

4/20/2012
Talking to Yourself Could Have Mental Benefits

People who name objects as they look for them seem to find them faster, study suggests

4/19/2012
'No Regrets' Outlook May Make for Sunnier Old Age

Study suggests letting go of missed opportunities is linked to healthy mental aging