Psychology and Mental Health News

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5/25/2010
As Autism Web Sites Boom, Experts Urge Caution

Too often 'treatments' turn out to be bogus, but simple guidelines can help

5/24/2010
Children With Epilepsy Feel on Par With Healthy Siblings

Parents disagree, may underestimate their quality of life, researchers say

5/24/2010
Choir Singing May Relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome

But improvement in symptoms fades after six months, researchers find

5/21/2010
Creativity, Schizophrenia Share Similarities in the Brain

Finding may explain why both groups tend toward unusual thoughts and concepts, researchers say

5/21/2010
Other People's Cell Phone Conversations Really Are Annoying

The brain finds hearing half a conversation more distracting, study shows

5/19/2010
For Depression, Phone Therapy May Be an Answer

It was nearly as effective as face-to-face sessions, researchers say

5/19/2010
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills

Give-and-take discussions help them gain skills needed for school success, study shows

5/19/2010
Alcohol Companies Use New Media to Lure Young Drinkers: Report

Spirits industry says it's committed to responsible online advertising

5/18/2010
A Mother's Love Overcomes Poverty's Effect on Health

Caring moms seem to boost child's immune response throughout life, study finds

5/18/2010
Major Depression Often Follows Brain Injury

Patients, including many veterans, are at 8 times the risk after head trauma, study finds

5/18/2010
Postpartum Depression Can Strike New Dads

1 in 10 men is affected, and a depressed partner can raise the risk, study finds

5/17/2010
Survey Finds Those Over 50 Are Less Stressed

Aging may actually help folks take it easier, be happier, researcher says

5/17/2010
Kids' Psychological Problems Have Long-Term Effects

Lower pay, fewer marriages among those who had depression, substance abuse in youth, study finds

5/17/2010
Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children

Organophosphates may alter chemistry of developing brain, researchers say

5/14/2010
Most Military Couples Satisfied With Their Relationships

Greater distress felt by soldiers whose families did not follow them to the base, study found

5/14/2010
Parent Involvement in Grade School Boosts Child's Social Skills

Research also shows students are less aggressive and disruptive

5/14/2010
Most High Schoolers Today Cheat

But they may not always realize they're cheating, researchers say

5/14/2010
A Woman's Touch Encourages Financial Risk-Taking

The same contact from a man had no effect, researchers found

5/14/2010
Listening to Mozart Won't Make Your Child Smarter

Studies show no evidence of the so-called 'Mozart Effect,' Austrian researchers say

5/13/2010
Suicide Leading Cause of Violent Death: CDC

Homicide was second-leading cause, 16-state survey found

5/13/2010
Women Who Marry Younger Men May Die Earlier

The reverse was true for males tying the knot with younger females, study found

5/12/2010
Brain Cell Study Explains 'Eureka' Moment

Neuron activity changed suddenly after rats figured out something new, researchers say

5/10/2010
Parkinson's Drugs Tied to Compulsive Behaviors

Impulse control disorders noted in patients include gambling and binge eating

5/7/2010
Depression After Heart Attack Tied to Brain Changes

Longer-term studies needed to see whether psychological or physical symptoms occur first

5/6/2010
Near-Wins May Trigger Problem Gamblers

Scans detect intense brain response in certain folks at slot machines

5/6/2010
Many Americans Say Stigma of Mental Illness Is Fading

New survey links this to an openness among friends, family members and celebrities about their own struggles

5/6/2010
When Your Mind Wanders, You Blink More

The body reflects what's happening in the brain, research suggests

5/4/2010
Smoking While Pregnant May Raise Psychiatric Risks in Kids

Study found the more cigarettes a woman smoked, the greater the chances

5/3/2010
Bullies Target Obese Kids

Being overweight is prime factor regardless of race, family income, study finds

5/3/2010
Kids Raised by Relatives Face Increased Health Risks

Extra support is needed when children don't live with a parent, expert says

4/30/2010
An Underlying Cause for Psychopaths?

Lack of empathy similar to those in people with frontal lobe damage, researchers find

4/26/2010
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed

Consumption rises alongside levels of depression, study finds

4/26/2010
Laughter Can Stimulate a Dull Appetite

Finding could help the elderly or sick who lose interest in food, researchers say

4/21/2010
Levels of Self-Esteem May Fluctuate Over Time

As people age, changing roles affect how they feel about themselves, research shows

4/18/2010
Smart Soccer Goalies Should Wear Red

Study found penalty kicks were missed more often when that color was worn

4/17/2010
Are Male Marathoners More Competitive Than Women?

Men cite faster times as the goal, while females hope to 'feel good,' study found

4/16/2010
Hospitalization Appears to Help Personality Disorder Patients

Most achieve long-term remission after in-patient treatment, study finds

4/16/2010
Robot-Aided Therapy Can Help Patients Years After Stroke

Adding 'power-steering' to exercises improved movement, quality of life, researchers say

4/15/2010
Brain Area That May Delay Need for Gratification Found

Vividly imagining the future helped people wait for rewards, study finds

4/15/2010
Friends, Not Grandkids, Key to Happy Retirement

Strong social network bodes well for golden years, study finds

4/14/2010
Test May Measure Suicidal Tendencies

'Implicit associations' might help mental health workers gauge patient's state of mind, researchers say

4/14/2010
Quantity, Not Quality, of Online Posts Builds Popularity

The more words a person contributes to a social network site, the more friends they make, study finds

4/13/2010
Kids With Rare Condition Lack Racial Prejudice

Children with Williams syndrome have no social fear and appear open, friendly to all, researchers say

4/12/2010
Many With Serious Eating Disorders Could Go Undiagnosed

Too-rigid guidelines miss urgent cases of anorexia, bulimia, researchers say

4/12/2010
Spanking May Make a Child More Aggressive

Corporal punishment at 3 linked to behavior changes at age 5, study suggests

4/11/2010
A Simple 'Thank You' Brings Rewards to All

Expressing gratitude benefits both you and the person being thanked, study finds

4/10/2010
Shyness May Be Rooted in Brain Processing

Scans show sensitive and non-sensitive folks process input differently

4/9/2010
Gulf War Syndrome Is Real, But Causes Unclear: Report

IOM panel believes genetic studies may reveal why soldiers from 1991 conflict suffer today

4/5/2010
Good Foster Care Helps Neglected Kids Thrive

Study of Romanian orphans shows that better diet, close attention makes all the difference

4/4/2010
Dealing With Those All-Too-Public Tantrums

Don't let glares, stares tempt you to give into your child's meltdowns, expert says