Psychology and Mental Health News

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3/25/2010
Optimism May Boost Immune System

Small study found that attitude seems to affect health

3/25/2010
Teens Take Risks Just for Kicks

They may ignore safety for the thrill of a 'lucky' escape, experts say

3/24/2010
End-of-Life Care Planning Eases Stress for Relatives

Advance directive improves odds that wishes will be followed, study shows

3/23/2010
Weight Counseling Plus Drug Helps Women Quit Smoking

When shedding pounds is an issue, combo treatment found to boost success

3/22/2010
Motherhood a Buffer Against Suicide

Study shows that risk declines as number of children rises

3/18/2010
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue

Specially trained canines help those suffering aftermath of disaster, having daily struggles

3/16/2010
Psychopaths' Brains May Focus Solely on Reward

Scanning study suggests fixation on achieving goals, regardless of consequences

3/16/2010
Pain Relief Often Delayed for Cancer Patients

Referrals to palliative care programs come too late, survey finds

3/15/2010
Siblings of Kids With Autism May Be Prone to Hyperactivity

But it shouldn't affect mental health overall, study finds

3/15/2010
Many WTC Responders Show Signs of Heart Trouble

Another study suggests that stress weighs heavily on the hearts of police, firefighters

3/12/2010
Is Kindness Contagious?

Spirit of generosity multiplies and persists, researchers find

3/12/2010
Happy From Your Vacation? It Won't Last

Most travelers return to their normal state of mind soon after they get back, study finds

3/11/2010
Online Dating as Honest as Real Life

When fibs are told, men and women do so about equally, researchers say

3/9/2010
Do Liberals, Atheists Have Higher IQs?

Study links intelligence test scores with key beliefs and male monogamy

3/7/2010
Gene Variant May Help Some Overcome Adversity

It appears to disconnect the link between stress and death risk, researchers say

3/5/2010
Can You Talk Your Way to Happy?

Meaningful conversations more fulfilling than small talk, researchers find

3/4/2010
People With Asthma More Likely to Be Depressed

Study finds rates of psychological distress twice as high in those with airway disease

3/2/2010
Screen Time May Take a Toll on Kids' Relationships

More hours spent in front of TV, computer linked to less bonding with peers, parents, researchers say

3/2/2010
A Purposeful Life May Stave Off Alzheimer's

Feeling good about yourself can lower your risk more than twofold, study suggests

3/1/2010
It's Not Always Women and Children First

Comparison of Titanic and Lusitania found passengers' behavior was dictated by amount of time to cope

2/27/2010
Marijuana Use Can Up Psychosis Risk

Study found the longer teens smoked, the more their mental health suffered

2/24/2010
Happy Marriage Cuts Men's Risk for Stroke

Single men, unhappy husbands had higher incidence of dying in study

2/23/2010
Happy People More Likely to Try Something New

Familiar things may comfort those feeling blue, but are boring for those in a positive mood, study finds

2/22/2010
Doctors Have Many Ways to Say 'No'

Consideration of patient's needs and beliefs helps preserve relationship, study finds

2/21/2010
Realistic Physical Goals Can Make You a Winner

Activity plan based on enjoyment and fitness level works best, expert says

2/19/2010
Teens Might Exercise More If They Think It's Fun

Promoting joy of physical activity beats teaching health benefits, study finds

2/18/2010
Anxiety Disorder Patients Process Emotions Differently

MRI scans show abnormal brain activity, researchers say

2/18/2010
Happiness Protects Your Heart

Those most content reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease, researchers say

2/16/2010
PTSD Treatment Still Lacking for Veterans

Young, male and rural most likely to face obstacles, research shows

2/16/2010
Volunteering Can Bring Rewards Even in the Workplace

Giving your time may fulfill needs not met in your regular job, German research shows

2/15/2010
'Bonding' Hormone Might Help Some With Autism

High-functioning patients grasped interpersonal cues better after oxytocin treatment

2/13/2010
Witnessing Uplifting Behavior May Spur Good Deeds

Compassion appeared to be contagious in experiment using volunteers

2/12/2010
Gay Men's Evolutionary Role May Be to Help Protect Young Kin

Supporting nieces and nephews one way to perpetuate family genes, study suggests

2/12/2010
Wedding Band Makes Jealousy a Bigger Threat

Study found distrust much more damaging in marriage than in other relationships

2/12/2010
Want to Find Love? Be Giving

Study suggests helping others boosts attractiveness

2/10/2010
Voice Problems May Affect Social Life in Parkinson's

Patients perceived as 'negative' due to disease-related changes in their speech, study finds

2/10/2010
New Diagnostic Guidelines for Mental Illnesses Proposed

Suggested changes include not formally recognizing sex addiction, spotting those at risk for dementia

2/8/2010
Financial Woes Add Anxiety to Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Low- and middle-income women might benefit from psychosocial support, researchers say

2/8/2010
Older Moms More Apt to Have Autistic Child

Dad's age didn't matter unless father was older, mom much younger, study found

2/4/2010
Untreated, Mild May Become Major Depression

Early symptoms should not be seen as benign, experts say

2/3/2010
Visual Processing Plays Role in Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Brain area related to behavior also affects how patients see themselves, research finds

2/3/2010
Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Raises Suicide Risk

Patients' odds for cardiovascular death also go up after they get the news, study finds

2/2/2010
Fish Oil Helped Stave Off Psychosis in Study Patients

Supplements may benefit those at high risk of schizophrenia

2/1/2010
As Kids Age, Secondary Schools Offer Less Support

Elementary schools better with behavioral, emotional issues, survey found

1/31/2010
Laugh and the World Understands

Certain emotional expressions, like amusement, are universal, study finds

1/31/2010
Workers Fear Stigma of Seeking Mental Health Care

Employers urged to do more to remove barriers to treatment

1/29/2010
Men Likely to Research a Purchase, Not Ask for Advice

Women quicker to gather opinions from others, survey finds

1/29/2010
Tune Up Your Health

Scientists zero in on why listening to music seems so beneficial

1/29/2010
Insurers Must Offer Equal Coverage for Those With Emotional, Addiction Problems

Ruling by U.S. should address long-standing inequity, officials say

1/28/2010
'Mirror Therapy' Appears to Reduce Post-Amputation Pain

Technique tricks soldiers' brains into believing their limbs are intact, researchers say