Psychology and Mental Health News

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2/8/2011
Study Links Brain Molecule to Risk of Major Depression

Researchers suggest connection between genes and stress response

2/8/2011
Bullying May Accompany Drive to Be Popular

Kids engage in teasing, aggression as they struggle to make it to the top, study finds

2/7/2011
Schizophrenia Drugs May Spur Subtle Brain Tissue Loss

Doctors should prescribe lowest effective dose of antipsychotic med, experts say

2/7/2011
Pot Use Might Speed Onset of Psychosis: Study

Analysis found those with illness who had smoked showed symptoms about 3 years sooner

2/7/2011
Too Many Hours on the Job May Put Teens at Risk

Schoolwork, behavior may suffer when high schoolers work more than 20 hours a week, study says

2/4/2011
Quality of Family Mealtimes May Affect Kids' Asthma

Keeping dinner conversation free from TV, disruptions linked to better health, study found

2/4/2011
U.S. Sees Slowdown in Spending on Mental Health

People who need help still aren't getting it, official says

2/4/2011
Video Suggests Mother Chimps May Grieve Death of an Infant

Study may improve understanding of how other primates respond to mortality, researchers say

2/4/2011
The More Mom Works, the Heavier Her Kids Get: Study

Changes in eating, sleeping habits might explain the trend, researcher says

2/4/2011
Hallucinogens Legally Sold as 'Bath Salts' a New Threat

These products can spur self-destructive 'highs' but are legal in most states, experts warn

2/2/2011
Adults With Autism May Not Understand Others' Intentions

They tend to judge other people's mistakes harshly, study finds

2/1/2011
Study Examines Reasons Some Black Men Avoid Doctors

Physicians reportedly don't provide practical advice on how to make needed lifestyle changes

2/1/2011
Girls Win When They Play Video Games With Parents: Study

Co-playing age-appropriate games can improve behavior, family connections, findings suggest

1/31/2011
Hands-On Training May Save Workers in Hazardous Jobs

Lectures, brochures less likely to promote safety in the workplace, study finds

1/31/2011
Boyfriend More Forgiving When Her Affair Is With a Woman

But study finds girlfriends more likely to forgive cheating with a woman than with a man

1/31/2011
Super Bowl Loss Really a Heart Stopper for Some Fans

Defeat raises hometown rates of cardiac-related deaths; win may have opposite effect, study finds

1/31/2011
FDA Panel Recommends Testing of Electroshock Devices

Experts decline to put controversial treatment into less strictly controlled classification

1/30/2011
Seafarers, Gaze at Horizon to Stay Steady

Study finds this trick reduces body sway, and possibly sea-sickness

1/28/2011
Depression in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Linked to Social Status

Race, income, education affect degree of suffering, study finds

1/28/2011
Docs Rate Almost 1 in 5 Patients as 'Difficult': Study

Younger, less communicative physicians report more of them

1/28/2011
Psychopaths' Lack of Empathy Mimics Brain Injury: Research

Treatment for frontal lobe damage may also help those with personality disorder

1/27/2011
FDA May Ease Up on Electroshock Devices

Thursday meeting could pave way for wider use in depression treatment

1/26/2011
Abortion Typically Doesn't Harm Mental Health: Study

Research included all women having abortions in Denmark from 1995 through 2007

1/26/2011
Fear of Vaccines Has a Long, Persistent History

Multiple factors may keep some people suspicious of even routine shots, experts say

1/25/2011
Meditation Appears to Cause Changes in Brain's Gray Matter

MRI scans show increased volume in parts of brain linked to empathy, awareness

1/25/2011
Elderly With Dementia, Delirium Confused by ER Visits: Study

Often unlikely to understand why they're at hospital or follow discharge instructions

1/25/2011
Stress-Reduction Therapy May Help Heart Disease Patients

Reducing anxiety cuts heart attacks, deaths and other cardiovascular events, research suggests

1/24/2011
Close Relationships Sometimes Mask Poor Communication

People may think loved ones understand them better than they actually do, research shows

1/24/2011
Brief Behavioral Counseling May Help Seniors Sleep

Insomnia improved for most after four sessions, study finds

1/24/2011
Stress of War Spurs Changes in Brain Activity, Study Finds

Scans show that regions that control fear, vigilance, emotion affected by deployment

1/24/2011
Study Finds Round Numbers Are Strong Motivators

Students more likely to retake SAT if they score just below a round number, researchers say

1/21/2011
Apology May Leave You Feeling Unsatisfied, Study Finds

Researchers explore the value of 'I'm sorry' for those who've been wronged

1/21/2011
Study Suggests How Music Fools the Ear

Many masterpieces sound complex but are reduced to simple, pleasurable patterns by the brain, researcher says

1/21/2011
Childhood Last Name Predicts Whether You Buy Early, Late: Study

Memories of always being last in line spur 'late alphabet consumers' to buy early

1/21/2011
People Appear to Use Senses to Keep Track of Time

Outside stimuli, rather than internal clock, seem to assist in judging passage of time, study suggests

1/21/2011
Pets May Pass Illnesses to Owners

Sleeping with or being licked by dogs or cats can be conduit for disease, experts warn

1/20/2011
Emotions May Sidetrack Use of Safety Devices

Consumers often overreact when learning of a product's potential risks, researchers find

1/20/2011
Good Bond Between Therapist, Depressed Patient Aids in Recovery

But success of alliance affected by other factors such as patients' job and marital status, study finds

1/20/2011
Parents' Divorce May Contribute to Suicidal Thoughts Years Later

For men, other childhood stressors increase risk even more, study finds

1/19/2011
High Altitude Linked to Higher Suicide Risk -- Again

Expert says it appears 'pernicious' for those who are depressed, but no one yet knows why

1/18/2011
Damage of 'False-Positive' Mammograms Overlooked: Study

Incorrect results may cause anxiety, undermine quality of life for up to a year, researchers say

1/18/2011
Smoking Scenes in Movies Light Up Smokers' Brains

MRI scans show that seeing cigarettes on-screen activates response to cravings

1/18/2011
Predeployment Mental Health Screening May Help Troops

Study found fewer problems among U.S. Army soldiers evaluated before leaving for Iraq

1/17/2011
Friends a Big Influence on Grades in Middle School: Study

'Pro-social' crowd does better, especially when avoiding troublemakers, findings show

1/17/2011
Video Game 'Addiction' Tied to Depression, Anxiety in Kids

Impulsive or socially inept children more likely to get hooked, study suggests

1/16/2011
Sense of Touch May Influence Gender Perception

Notions of tough, tender may have some bodily truth, researchers say

1/14/2011
Overweight Young Adults Often Have Overweight Friends, Sweethearts

But those who have friends trying to lose weight also more likely to try to shed pounds, researchers say

1/14/2011
To Nab That Job, Check Your Posture

Experiments find more abstract thinking, willingness to take action in people with 'expansive' posture

1/14/2011
Brain Scans Show Married Love Can Last

Imaging finds brains of longtime passionate couples light up just like newly in-love pairs

1/13/2011
Write Your Test Stress Away

Study found that putting fears, anxieties on paper improved student performance