Psychology and Mental Health News

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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

4/19/2012
After Hospitalization, Men More Likely to Show Up in ER

They also had more readmissions within a month than women, study found

4/19/2012
Genes Associated With Autism Also Related to Schizophrenia

Researchers also identified 22 new genes connected to autism

4/19/2012
Online Dating Scams Can Take Emotional, Financial Toll

British researchers believe 'romantic' fraud often goes unreported

4/18/2012
Anxiety Linked to Smarts in Brain Study

Tendency to worry may have evolved along with intelligence in humans, researchers say

4/18/2012
Optimism Might Cut Your Risk for Heart Attack

Large review also found positive people less likely to suffer stroke

4/17/2012
Brain Changes May Hamper Decision-Making in Old Age

But special training may slow the decline, researcher says

4/17/2012
Brain Surgery Might Ease Tough-to-Treat OCD

Long-term study shows cingulotomy helped improve severe obsessive-compulsive symptoms

4/17/2012
Researchers Develop Blood Test for Depression

Group of biomarkers accurately identified teens with mood disorder in small study

4/16/2012
Researchers ID Genes That May Determine Mental Illness

Genetic links to brain size, intelligence also examined in study

4/15/2012
Study Probes How Sad Movies Make Viewers Happy

Tearjerkers prompt people to think about loved ones, boosting mood, researchers say

4/13/2012
Substance Abusers, Even Recovering Ones, May Face Stigma

Scenarios of obese people, smokers drew less negative reaction in study

4/13/2012
Gay Adults Rejected by Parents Have Worse Health, Study Finds

Massachusetts survey found most lesbians, gays, bisexuals received emotional support from parents

4/12/2012
Politics May Get in the Way of Empathy, Research Shows

Study participants were less likely to feel for people who held different beliefs

4/11/2012
People Carrying Guns May Appear Bigger Than They Are

'Threat perception' could magnify size in mind's eye, experiments show

4/11/2012
Spouses of Cancer Patients May Have Raised Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke

Stress could take a toll on caregiver's health, researchers say

4/11/2012
Some Folks Just Can't Help Being Nice, Study Suggests

Kindness may be in your genetic makeup, researchers say

4/10/2012
Online Tool Could Diagnose Autism Quickly, Developers Say

Simple questionnaire and short video could help patients get treatment sooner, research suggests

4/9/2012
Being Ignored Feels Just as Bad Online

Whether on social networking sites or face-to-face, exclusion stings, researchers report

4/9/2012
Feeling 'Trapped,' Obligated Raises Odds of Job Burnout: Study

Lack of options at work can be emotionally draining, researchers say

4/9/2012
Minorities, Medicare Recipients Less Likely to Get Antidepressants

When these patients did get them, physicians were more likely to prescribe older medications

4/6/2012
Anxiety Might Help People Sniff Out Threats

Small study finds feeling anxious heightens the ability to detect potentially threatening odors

4/6/2012
Resolutions Revisited

Experts offer advice on what to do if you're backsliding on those New Year's vows

4/4/2012
Cancer Diagnosis May Raise Odds for Suicide, Heart Attack Death

Risk appears greater for hard-to-treat disease, Swedish researchers say

4/4/2012
Narcissists Often Ace Job Interviews, Study Finds

That's because they can comfortably sell themselves to convince the interviewers, researchers report

4/3/2012
For Many Girls, Slimming Down Doesn't Help Self-Esteem

Teens who were formerly obese often still view themselves as fat, study finds

4/3/2012
Prenatal Antipsychotic Drugs Linked to Motor Delays: Study

Movement, posture, reflexes below normal for many exposed infants