Psychology and Mental Health News

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3/16/2012
Stressed Parents May Affect Preemie Behavior Later

Aggression, distraction more likely at 3 if mom, dad seemed troubled when child turns 2, researchers report

3/15/2012
Many Alcoholics Suffered Childhood Trauma: Study

Physical, sexual, emotional abuse reported by many people in detox

3/15/2012
Deeper Voices Win Over Voters, Study Finds

It may not be what candidates say, but how they sound when they say it that matters

3/15/2012
Could Trans Fats Make You Cranky?

The more of the unhealthy dietary fat people ate, the greater their irritability, aggression, study shows

3/14/2012
Watching Movie Stars Light Up May Spur Kids to Smoke

Kids who saw more tobacco use on film from ages 9 to 14 tended to become regular smokers

3/12/2012
Married Heart Surgery Patients Live Longer

Single patients' odds of dying are twice as high over five years, study says

3/9/2012
Kids Who Bully May Be More Likely to Smoke, Drink

Bullying behavior more common in middle school, substance use greater in high school, study finds

3/8/2012
U.S. Army Suicides Rising Sharply, Study Finds

Service in Iraq and Afghanistan appears to be the cause of increasing mental-health problems

3/7/2012
Hope and Optimism May Cloud Judgment in ICUs

Family members tend to put good spin on bad news, which may lead to poor decisions, researchers say

3/6/2012
Narcotic Painkillers Another Threat to Traumatized War Vets: Study

Those with mental health issues more likely to be prescribed highly addictive meds, research shows

3/5/2012
Severe PMS May Last Longer Than Thought

Psychiatric changes persist after period starts for women with condition known as PMDD, study says

3/5/2012
Moms' Antidepressants May Affect Babies' Head Size: Study

Pregnant women may want to try alternatives to treat depression, experts say

3/2/2012
Bullying May Raise Risk of Suicidal Thoughts: Study

Both victims, bullies more likely to consider taking own life by age 11

2/29/2012
Job Loss Fears Sow Unhappiness in Work, Family Life

Blue-collar workers take unemployment worries the hardest, research finds

2/27/2012
Are the Rich Really Different From You and Me?

They're likelier to cut you off on the road, be dishonest during negotiations, study claims

2/26/2012
Video Games, Impulsivity Seem to Go Hand-in-Hand

Attention problems and more time spent gaming occur in both directions, study suggests

2/24/2012
Young Blacks Less Likely to Seek Mental Health Care: Study

Practitioners need to address their concerns, researchers say

2/24/2012
Phobia Makes Spiders Appear Larger Than They Are: Study

Warped perception of size of feared objects may foster avoidance

2/22/2012
Migraines May Raise a Woman's Odds of Depression

Link seen with any history of the debilitating headaches, study says

2/21/2012
Booze in Movies May Fuel Teenage Drinking

Watching films featuring alcohol seems to lead to drinking, then binge-drinking in kids, study finds

2/20/2012
National Guard Deployment May Sometimes Trigger Alcohol Abuse

Soldiers with post-traumatic stress, depression might self-medicate, research suggests

2/20/2012
Gender Identity Issues Can Harm Kids' Mental Health: Study

Feeling they're the wrong sex may lead to depression, abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder

2/18/2012
Disabled Elderly Say They Want Dignity, Control

For most, quality of life rates fair to very good, small study finds

2/17/2012
Parents' Strict Rules Could Curb Kids' Drinking

Researchers say this is the first study to look at how tight parental control helps teens avoid booze

2/15/2012
Stop-Smoking Drug May Also Curb Problem Drinking

Small study found Chantix heightened alcohol's unpleasant aspects

2/15/2012
Psychotherapy May Ease Hot Flashes After Breast Cancer

'Talk therapy' cut symptoms by 52 percent in small British study

2/14/2012
Lost Love Often the Biggest Source of Regret, Study Shows

Work choices had less impact in study than love gone wrong

2/11/2012
John, Mary, Joe: Simpler Names May Help You Get Ahead

Study suggests easy moniker can help people win promotions, make friends

2/10/2012
Most Teens Who Self-Harm Are Not Evaluated for Mental Health in ER

Researchers say suicide risk is highest soon after such an incident

2/10/2012
HIV Severity, Treatment Unrelated to Kids' Mental Woes: Study

No evidence found to link antiretroviral therapy with severity of psychiatric symptoms

2/8/2012
Obesity Linked to Worse Fibromyalgia Symptoms

As weight increases, so do patient reports of greater pain, poor quality of life, researchers say

2/8/2012
Depressed Kids May Be Targets for Bullying, Study Suggests

New research challenges notion that bullying leads to mental health woes

2/7/2012
Moving Homes Often in Childhood Might Affect Long-Term Health

Frequently uprooted kids were more likely to drink heavily, smoke as adults, study says

2/6/2012
Does Abortion in First Trimester Raise Risk of Mental Ills' Return?

Danish study found women who gave birth were more likely to be readmitted in the month afterwards

2/6/2012
Antidepressants May Not Raise Suicide Risk in Youth: Study

Despite 'black box warning' for drugs such as Prozac, no increase -- or decrease -- was found

2/6/2012
College Degree Lowers Marriage Odds for Those From Disadvantaged Backgrounds

Education can bridge the income gap, but not social or cultural differences, study says

2/3/2012
Smaller Plate Won't Help Your Diet, Research Shows

People eat until full regardless of the dinnerware, researcher says

2/3/2012
Questionnaire Could Help Predict Alzheimer's: Study

21 simple questions may help docs determine which patients need more testing, researchers say

2/3/2012
Could a Blood Test Help Spot Depression?

Small study suggests 'biomarker' levels might help support a diagnosis, but more research needed

2/2/2012
Pleasure in Scratching an Itch May Depend on Location

Sensation is especially intense in ankles, researchers say

2/2/2012
'People Pleasers' More Prone to Overeating: Study

They often yield to pressure to indulge more in social situations, researchers say

2/2/2012
If Your Dining Partner Overeats, So May You

In study, women mimicked eating behavior of new acquaintances, matching them bite for bite

2/1/2012
Worrying Too Much Might Raise Your Risk for Stroke

Study found a personality trait called 'harm avoidance' also marked by self-doubt, fatigue

1/30/2012
Even Strangers Can Make You Feel Left Out

Eye contact conveys a sense of belonging -- or not, researchers say

1/30/2012
Nurturing Moms May Help Their Child's Brain Develop

Study found toddlers with loving mothers had more growth in key brain area

1/30/2012
What Would Jesus Do? Maybe Not What I'd Do, Survey of Christians Finds

Liberals and conservatives say they have views on morality, fellowship that might not mesh with teachings

1/28/2012
Winter Doldrums Got You Down? Here's How to Bounce Back

Adding lights, exercise can help people battling seasonal affective disorder, doctor says

1/27/2012
Discrimination Seems to Harm Health Regardless of Race

Unfair treatment that is race-based linked to reports of poor health in both blacks and whites

1/27/2012
Positive Reinforcement May Help Patients Take Their Meds

Upbeat thoughts plus education boosted adherence among blacks with high blood pressure, study found

1/27/2012
People May Lie More When Texting: Study

Researchers suggest it's easier to deceive than when in person or during video chat