Psychology and Mental Health News

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3/17/2009
Narcolepsy Drug Might Be Addictive

Finding comes as use of stimulant for enhanced mental function is on the increase

3/13/2009
Mental Exhaustion Impedes Physical Performance

Researchers say finding could serve as model for diagnosing chronic fatigue

3/13/2009
Unconscious Learning: In the Eye of the Beholder?

Reward may keep brain visually on track without conscious attention, study finds

3/11/2009
Fear of Pain Drives Requests for Assisted Death

Symptom control is key, study says, as Washington becomes 2nd state to legalize procedure

3/9/2009
Dying Feel Abandoned by Docs in the End

Continuity of care, closure important for dying, families and docs, study finds

3/6/2009
Drinking May Trigger Genetic Marker for Depression

But it still hasn't been determined whether one disorder causes the other, study notes

3/6/2009
New Laser Combo Therapy Zaps Acne

Small study finds pulsed-dye beam with topical meds improved lesions in 1 to 2 weeks

3/5/2009
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome

Parents who are prepared for infant's crying bouts can maintain better control, studies say

3/5/2009
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image

Study finds they think they're better able to play sports, be accepted by peers

3/4/2009
Kids' Risks Increase When Parents Are Bipolar

Knowing that mood disorders are more common in offspring may aid in detection, experts say

3/4/2009
Gene Variant Tied to Cocaine-Induced Paranoia

Finding may shed light on physiology of paranoias in general, study suggests

3/2/2009
Post-Traumatic Stress Tied to Increased Suicide Risk

How young adults respond to early trauma seems to play a role, study finds

3/1/2009
Across All Cultures, Dreams Affect Behavior

They may rarely predict future events, but most people believe they are meaningful

2/27/2009
Take Note: Doodling Can Help Memory

It actually keeps us on track with boring tasks, study suggests

2/27/2009
Girls' Anti-Social Behavior Predictive of Later Depression

Early elementary school interventions could identify those most at risk, study says

2/27/2009
Views on Old Age May Become Reality Later

What you think now could determine your health as you age, study shows

2/26/2009
Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment

Women reported less stress, more peace after sessions, study finds

2/25/2009
Why Music Triggers a Walk Down Memory Lane

Discovery of brain area responsible for link could lead to Alzheimer's treatment, study says

2/24/2009
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning

Study finds better concentration, lowered stress after TM sessions

2/16/2009
Economic Bad Times Put Minorities at Higher Crime Risk

Blacks, Latinos more often victimized as recessions occur, study shows

2/16/2009
Beta Blocker Blocks Feelings of Bad Memories

Propranolol erases physiological effects of trauma, study finds

2/13/2009
Exercise Boosts Quality of Life in Postmenopausal Women

Study finds even without weight loss, general health, functioning improve

2/13/2009
Report Urges Broader Effort to Stem Emotional Disorders in Youth

Mental health tab costs U.S. about $247 billion a year, experts say

2/12/2009
Job Losses Carry High 'Stress Tag'

Battered economy exacts emotional toll on unemployed, families, even those still working

2/11/2009
'Near-Wins' Boost Desire to Keep Gambling

Brain sees these as special events, even though result is technically a loss

2/9/2009
Minority Clinics Tougher on Doctors

Physicians face more challenging cases with fewer resources, study suggests

2/9/2009
Experiences Bring More Joy Than Possessions Do

Buying an outing, like going to the beach, boosts well-being, study suggests

2/7/2009
Healthy Heart Tips for a Bad Economy

Don't let your body pay the price in uncertain times, experts say

2/6/2009
Imaging of Low Back Pain Fails to Change Outcomes

Study finds no real difference whether people were scanned or not

2/5/2009
What Moms Learned May Be Passed to Offspring

Mouse study concludes rich environmental memories can affect learning in children

2/5/2009
Color Can Affect How People Think and Act

Avoidance behavior, imagination and more take cues from hues, study finds

2/4/2009
Plan Hopes to ID Early Halt in Reproductive Function

Guidelines could diagnose primary ovarian insufficiency in women under 40

2/3/2009
SSRI Antidepressants May Lower Adult Suicide Risk

But their effect on depressed individuals under 25 remains unclear, researchers say

2/2/2009
Mental Illness Doesn't Predict Violent Behavior

Even when combined with substance abuse, psychiatric woes rank low as risk factor, study finds

2/2/2009
Education Doesn't Slow Alzheimer's Decline

Large, 14-year study finds no effect, contradicting previous research

2/2/2009
Teen TV Time Tied to Adult Depression

More exposure meant more symptoms, study found

2/2/2009
You Own It, You'll Eat It

Expired or slightly 'off' food? If it's in your fridge, chances are you'll try it, experts say

2/1/2009
A Checklist for Joint Replacement Surgery

Knowing what to expect before and after procedure aids healing, experts say

1/30/2009
Regular Church Attendance May Lower Suicide Risk

'Spirituality' has little effect, but active practice plays a role, study suggests

1/30/2009
Those Who Feel Rejected Direct Hostility Toward Others

Social exclusion linked to aggression found in school shootings, other tragedies

1/28/2009
Concussion's Effects May Linger for Decades

Attention, memory, physical processes affected 30 years later, study finds

1/28/2009
Health Tip: Traumatic Events May Affect Sleep

Suggestions to get a better night's rest

1/27/2009
Tweaking Hormones Might Ease Chronic Stress

New method could help treat depression, other disorders, researchers say

1/26/2009
Terror Fears Tougher on Minorities, Disabled

'Vulnerable' people tend to overestimate the dangers, study finds

1/24/2009
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins

Women can take steps to control pain and appearance of varicose veins, expert says

1/23/2009
Health Tip: Triggers for PTSD

Events that increase a person's risk

1/22/2009
Nurses Often Left Out of Medical Error Talks

Study finds excluding them from discussions impacts patients, families

1/20/2009
Simple Exercise Keeps Brain at Top of Its Game

In older women, being more fit helps cognitive function, study shows

1/19/2009
Positive Outlook Cuts Chances of Dementia

New research suggests relaxed, outgoing people less likely to get Alzheimer's

1/19/2009
Low-Cost Strategies to Maintain Health in Hard Times

Staying fit doesn't have to break the bank, experts say