Psychology and Mental Health News

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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

1/26/2012
Working Too Much Can Give You the Blues

Staying on the job 11 hours or more each day doubles the risk for depression, study shows

1/23/2012
Living Together May Be Mentally Healthier Than Marriage: Study

Once the honeymoon's over, wedded couples grow less happy and social, research claims

1/23/2012
Narcissism Especially Bad for Men's Health, Study Says

Traits such as entitlement, exploitativeness may raise levels of stress hormone

1/23/2012
Parents May Hold Key to Treating Kids' Obesity

Heart association identifies successful strategies for helping children to achieve weight loss

1/23/2012
Study Shows How Stress Triggers Immune System

Conflict fires up molecules related to inflammation, researchers report

1/23/2012
Bosses Have Big Impact on Workplace Well-Being

Treating employees badly can backfire as productivity drops, researchers say

1/20/2012
Treating Diabetes, Depression Together May Make Sense

Study found both conditions improved when addressed simultaneously

1/19/2012
1 in 5 U.S. Adults Suffers Mental Ills: Report

But, lack of insurance blocks many from treatment, experts say

1/18/2012
Gossiping Might Be Good for You

Telling others when you see someone behaving badly makes you feel better, study suggests

1/18/2012
Sleep Might Help Deepen Traumatic Memories

Staying awake after disturbing event weakened emotional response upon recall, study found

1/15/2012
Do Men Flash Cash to Find a Mate?

Guys may subconsciously flaunt wealth in situations where males outnumber females, study suggests

1/13/2012
Weight Gain Often Unrecognized by Young Women

Those on birth control shots and young black women more alert to added pounds, study finds

1/13/2012
Bored Workers Often Turn to Chocolate, Booze, Study Finds

These unhealthy treats are common ways of dealing with office ennui, research shows

1/13/2012
Work-Life Balance Tougher for Couples With Similar Jobs

They work longer hours, are more committed to their jobs than others, study finds

1/12/2012
Music May Ease Anxiety, Pain in Prostate Biopsy Patients

Men who listened to Bach with headphones during procedure seemed less stressed, study says

1/5/2012
Missed Naps Could Put Toddlers at Risk for Mood Disorders

Study found lack of sleep hampers ability to express feelings

1/4/2012
Need Help? Seek Out the Humble

They're more likely to offer assistance without being pressured, research shows

1/3/2012
Most Adults With Facial Disfigurement Adapt Psychologically

Study found some depression, anxiety in those with congenital disfigurement

1/2/2012
With Depression, Helping Others May in Turn Help You

Random acts of kindness can snowball into more positive mood overall, experts say

12/30/2011
PTSD, Respiratory Problems May Be Linked in 9/11 Responders

Study found connection was stronger in nontraditional responders than police

12/29/2011
Music May Help Ease Pain for Anxious People

By engaging the mind, melodies compete with pain pathways, researchers say

12/29/2011
Even Today, the Stigma of Mental Illness Won't Fade

And that can cause people to feel isolated, afraid -- and even forgo treatments

12/29/2011
Virginia Man Won't Let His Mental Illness Define Him

He overcomes decades-long struggle with paranoid schizophrenia, and is now helping others

12/28/2011
Eating Disorders Can Last Well Beyond Teen Years

Experts are finding that adult stresses often trigger lingering problems

12/28/2011
In High-Tech Age, the Good Old Letter Still Holds Sway

Soldiers found lasting comfort, solace and a shield against PTSD from such personal notes

12/27/2011
Adversity, Trauma May Boost Mental Toughness

Living through difficulty -- up to a point -- can build resiliency, study shows

12/27/2011
Poor People May Be Quicker to Be Kind

Study suggests the more affluent face fewer obstacles, slower to recognize suffering of others

12/25/2011
A Visit Can Bring Holiday Cheer to Hospitalized Patients

Time with family, friends is the best gift, expert says

12/23/2011
Cancer Survivors Should Take Steps to Keep Healthy During Holidays

Avoid stress and try to relax, expert urges

12/22/2011
Chorus Gives Voice to Those With Alzheimer's

In New York City, people with dementia and their caregivers come together in song

12/21/2011
Widowers Who Stay Single Might Face More Mental Health Woes

But it's unclear why some men find new relationships and others don't, researchers say

12/21/2011
Move to Hospital Isolation Unit Linked to Raised Delirium Risk

Mental status can deteriorate after patients moved from regular room, study finds

12/19/2011
Study Suggests Most Would Sacrifice One Life to Save Many

When faced with a life or death moral dilemma, few people fail to choose 'the greater good'

12/16/2011
Spouse's Reaction May Affect Pain Management

Husbands appear more sensitive than wives, study says

12/16/2011
Men Often Misread Women's Sexual Cues: Study

But ignorance might work in favor of males who overestimate their attractiveness

12/16/2011
Life After Cigarettes Is Happier: Study

Three years later, quitters report less stress, better mood compared to smokers

12/16/2011
Recession Hurt Parent-Child Ties, Survey Finds

Seattle families reported less connectedness, social generosity, researchers say

12/15/2011
Legalized Same-Sex Marriage May Boost Gay Men's Health

Gay, bisexual men in Massachusetts had fewer doctor visits after law changed, study says