Psychology and Mental Health News

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4/8/2009
Doctors Urged to Get Aggressive to Help Smokers

Multiple approaches are found to boost success of people trying to quit

4/7/2009
Cognitive Behavior Therapy Eases Anxiety for Older People

The technique lessens worries more than usual care, study finds

4/7/2009
Pathway to Wisdom May Be Found in Brain Circuitry

The common traits of wisdom appear to follow a universal path in the brain

4/6/2009
Psychotherapy Can Ease Post-Surgical Depression

Two techniques worked for patients after heart bypass procedures, study finds

4/6/2009
Early Psychiatric Issues May Predict Suicide in Boys

Study finds a 'pathway of persistence' throughout life

4/6/2009
Kids Who Lack Self-Control May Be Prone to Weight Gain

New research finds that need for instant gratification might play a part

4/3/2009
TV Time May Not Be Benign

Behavioral problems, obesity more likely in kids who watch 2 hours-plus a day

4/3/2009
Brain Scans Might Help Spot PTSD

Study of US veterans shows key differences in neural activity

4/1/2009
An Online Guide to Cope With Recession-Related Stress

U.S.-supported site offers advice, referrals to help protect your health

3/27/2009
Health-Care Costs Go Up, and Stay Up, for Abused Women

Domestic violence carries 'substantial financial price,' study finds

3/26/2009
U.S. Asked to Do More for Kids' Mental Health

Report urges new role in coordinating, funding local prevention efforts

3/25/2009
Romantic Love Can Last

Study disputes notion that passion can't be part of long-term relationships

3/25/2009
Brain 'Thinning' May Indicate Susceptibility to Depression

Cognitive problems also might be linked to right hemisphere thickness, study finds

3/24/2009
Gulf War Syndrome May Stem From Chemical Exposure

U.S. researchers find brain function problems in ill veterans

3/19/2009
Trying to Decide? Forget the Facts and Phone a Friend

Others' opinions prove better in predicting satisfaction with a choice, study finds

3/19/2009
Emotions of Music Touch Universal Chord

No matter the culture, people recognize most basic feelings in unfamiliar tunes

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