Psychology and Mental Health News

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9/17/2010
Discrimination Can Hurt Teens, Body and Soul

Study finds minority kids especially vulnerable, with effects both physical and mental

9/17/2010
Aggressive Kids With ADHD May Not Need Antipsychotic Meds

Study suggests judicious tweaking of stimulant drugs, plus psychotherapy, may be enough

9/16/2010
Multitasking Either Makes or Breaks Job Satisfaction: Study

New tool aims to help employers determine if worker will suffer burnout, researcher says

9/16/2010
Feeling Introspective? Your Brain Structure May Be Key

Those good at 'thinking about thinking' have more gray matter in certain area of the brain, scans show

9/16/2010
Brain Anomalies Found in Moms With Postpartum Depression

Differences make it hard for them to connect with their own emotions and their babies, study shows

9/16/2010
Severe Acne May Increase Suicidal Thoughts in Teens

Researchers in Norway say depression seems to stem from skin problem itself, not acne meds

9/16/2010
Depression, Heart Disease Combo May Up Odds of Death

Together, they quadruple risk of dying from heart attack, stroke, study finds

9/15/2010
Mental Illness Stigma Hard to Shake, Survey Finds

Awareness campaigns have helped educate public, but discrimination continues, experts say

9/14/2010
'Type D' Personality Linked to Increased Risk for Heart Problems

Negative traits including pessimism, social inhibition appear to threaten long-term health, study finds

9/14/2010
Notions of Personal 'Sacrifice' Help Docs Take Gifts From Industry

Study suggests drug/device companies can play to physicians' need for 'appreciation'

9/14/2010
Action-Packed Video Games May Be Good for You After All

Decision-making improves with frequent shoot-'em-up play, study finds

9/13/2010
Dying at Home Often Easier on Cancer Patients, Caregivers

Those left behind more likely to develop psychiatric problems if loved one dies in hospital, study finds

9/12/2010
Gossiping May Do a Gossiper Good

Talking positively about others gives short-lived boost to self-esteem, study finds

9/10/2010
Heavy Drinking Part of Social Acceptance for Young: Study

This process needs to be considered when creating anti-drinking campaigns, researcher says

9/9/2010
Brain Scans Could Spot Developmental Problems in Kids

Researcher suggests tests may give warning if child's brain growth is behind schedule

9/8/2010
Repeat DUI Offenders Have Reasoning Deficits: Study

Subtle decision-making problems may not show up on conventional tests, researchers say

9/7/2010
In Cities, Weak Social Ties May Boost Mental Illness

Swedish study finds urban dwellers more prone to disorders such as schizophrenia

9/7/2010
'Self-Embedding' Takes Teen Self-Injury to the Extreme

Radiologists recommend minimally invasive procedure to remove staples, paper clips and more

9/7/2010
Autistic Toddlers Prefer to Gaze at Geometric Patterns: Study

Finding could help spot the disorder early, when treatments are most effective, researchers say

9/7/2010
After $75,000, Money Can't Buy Day-to-Day Happiness

But the more people make, the better they feel about their lives overall, study found

9/3/2010
Life's Key Moments Occur Within Relationships, Study Finds

Personal highs, lows less important than events shared with others, researchers say

9/2/2010
Seniors Get Boost From Bad News About the Young

Study found older people preferred negative stories about younger folks

9/2/2010
Study Identifies Risks for Painkiller Addiction

Greater odds if you're younger than 65, have a history of drug abuse and depression, and use psychiatric meds

9/2/2010
Vets With Stress Disorder More Likely to Develop Dementia

Those with PTSD at greater risk than peers with combat injuries but no stress disorder, study found

9/1/2010
Elective Surgery Patients Often Report Poor Recovery

1 year after procedure, 17% have more pain and 24% have less vitality than before, study finds

8/31/2010
Dementia Patients, Caregivers May Benefit From Home-Based Program

Professional evaluation, education over 4 months seems especially helpful for caregivers, study finds

8/31/2010
Casual Sex Can Lead to Long-Term Relationships: Study

It depends mostly on whether couple is open to a serious relationship, study shows

8/29/2010
New College Students Urged to Confront Their Social Anxiety

Understanding fears is the first step in conquering them, expert advises

8/28/2010
Oxytocin Increases Trust, Not Gullibility

Those with higher levels not more naive about people, researchers find

8/26/2010
Preexisting Health Issues Add to Problems for Disaster Survivors

People with disabilities, mental woes have toughest time recovering from hurricanes, bombings: analysis

8/26/2010
Does Hope Have a Dark Side?

Some see yearning for a cure for a chronic illness as counterproductive

8/24/2010
Cognitive Therapy Helps Adults With ADHD

Study found adding it to medications lessened symptoms

8/23/2010
Parents Who Clash More Likely to Spank Kids

Corporal punishment of 3-years-old twice as likely in these homes, study says

8/21/2010
Parenting 101: How to Let Go as Your Child Heads Off to College

Keep in touch, but give them independence and privacy, expert recommends

8/20/2010
Judging When Alcohol's Effects Wear Off Not Easy, Study Finds

Driving skills still impaired after drinkers think they're sober, research shows

8/19/2010
Out of Work May Mean Out of Sorts

Mental health takes a beating with economic downturn

8/19/2010
Jobless and Stressed but Holding Out Hope

People struggle to cope with unemployment

8/19/2010
Kids Seem More Likely to Reject Those Whose Eyes Cross

Study suggests children over 6 with misaligned eye may be at social disadvantage

8/18/2010
Palliative Care May Boost Mood, Survival

Lung cancer patients had better quality of life, longer survival, study finds

8/18/2010
Stressful Social Situations May Be Physically Harmful in Some

If immune system reacts with inflammation, repeated stress can lead to chronic disease, study finds

8/17/2010
Many Depressed People Have Mild, Brief Episodes of Mania

Researchers say these individuals might be at raised risk for bipolar disorder

8/17/2010
Cosmetic Surgery Not a Help for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Psychiatric condition drives desire for procedures but patients often remain unsatisfied, study finds

8/16/2010
Hostile, Competitive Types May Be Harming Their Hearts

Italian study finds personality linked to a thickening of neck artery wall

8/16/2010
Fido's Family Status May Depend on Where You Live

People who view pets as 'children' tend to have city background, study finds

8/16/2010
Being an Only Child Won't Harm Social Skills: Study

Kids without siblings just as popular as others, U.S. research shows

8/14/2010
Tough Childhoods May Contribute to Adult Heart Disease

Abuse, poverty or social isolation can have longer-term consequences for health, expert says

8/13/2010
Culture a Big Influence on Suicidal Behavior: Expert

Efforts at prevention should take societal patterns into account, research suggests

8/13/2010
Anger Focuses Attention on Rewards, Not Threats: Study

How a person's emotions motivate them seems to influence behavior, researchers say

8/12/2010
Bond With Dad May Play Role in Whether Men 'Stress Out'

Daily annoyances more apt to irk those who didn't get along with father, researchers say

8/12/2010
One Troubled Adult Child a Drag on Parents' Mental Health

And other children's successes don't outweigh the negative, study finds