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Postpartum mental health visits 30% higher during COVID-19 pandemic
Mental health visits for new mothers were 30% higher during the COVID-19 pandemic than before the pandemic, particularly in the first 3 months after giving birth, found new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). "Increased visit rates began in March 2020, although the state of emergency was declared only midway through the month, suggesting that distress related to the pandemic translated into an increased need for care very quickly," writes Dr. Simone Vigod, ...
Canadian Medical Association Journal - 6/7/2021


COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impact on the mental health of adolescents: While substance use declined, social isolation has especially affected the mental health of girls
A study of over 59,000 Icelandic adolescents by a team of Icelandic and North American behavioral and social scientists found that COVID-19 has had a significant, detrimental impact on adolescent mental health, especially in girls. The study is the first to investigate and document age- and gender-specific changes in adolescent mental health problems and substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic, while accounting for upward trends that were appearing before the pandemic.
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health - 6/6/2021


Study sheds new light on link between COVID pressures and suicidal thoughts: New research has revealed more about the impact COVID-19 and lockdown has had on the mental health and wellbeing of people in Wales
There has been concern at how the pandemic has not only hit physical health and the economy but has also impacted our mental health with the possibility of increased rates of suicide. Now a new study - a collaboration between Swansea University, Cardiff University, and the NHS in Wales - has investigated exactly which Covid-related stressors are most likely to trigger suicidal thoughts and behaviours. The researchers also discovered the important role that hope for the future can play ...
Taylor & Francis Group - 6/3/2021


Waking just one hour earlier cuts depression risk by double digits
Waking up just one hour earlier could reduce a person's risk of major depression by 23%, suggests a sweeping new genetic study published May 26 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. The study of 840,000 people, by researchers at University of Colorado Boulder and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, represents some of the strongest evidence yet that chronotype--a person's propensity to sleep at a certain time --influences depression risk. It's also among the first studies to quantify ...
University of Colorado at Boulder - 5/28/2021


Why is it so hard to withdraw from some antidepressants?
Researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago are a step closer to discovering why it is so difficult for people to withdraw from some antidepressant medications. The paper "Antidepressants produce persistent Gαs associated signaling changes in lipid rafts following drug withdrawal," published in the journal Molecular Pharmacology, addresses the molecular and cellular mechanisms that cause antidepressant withdrawal syndrome.
University of Illinois at Chicago - 5/27/2021


Roots of major depression revealed in all its genetic complexity
A massive genome-wide association study (GWAS) of genetic and health records of 1.2 million people from four separate data banks has identified 178 gene variants linked to major depression, a disorder that will affect one of every five people during their lifetimes. The results of the study, led by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) researchers at Yale University School of Medicine and University of California-San Diego (UCSD), may one day help identify people most at risk of ...
Yale University - 5/27/2021


Parents abused as children may pass on emotional issues: Study suggests boys more vulnerable when parents have poor coping mechanisms
Childhood abuse and trauma are linked to many health issues in adulthood. New research from the University of Georgia suggests that a history of childhood mistreatment could have negative ramifications for the children of people who experienced abuse or neglect in childhood. Teaching your children how to manage their emotions is an integral part of parenting. For people who experienced childhood abuse, that can become a difficult task. People who were frequently mistreated as ...
University of Georgia - 5/25/2021


Worrying about your heart increases risk for mental health disorders: Heart-focused anxiety a significant predictor of depression
or coffee drinkers, a common scenario might involve drinking an extra cup only to end up with a racing heart and a subtle reminder to themselves to cut down the caffeine. But for those who have a different thinking pattern, one that includes heart-focused anxiety, the racing heart might conclude with the fear of a heart attack and a trip to the emergency room. It turns out young Latinx adults who experience heart-focused anxiety could be at greater risk for mental health disorders.
University of Houston - 5/20/2021


Study finds evidence emotional support animals benefit those with chronic mental illness: Researchers documented lower anxiety, depression and loneliness, as well as changes in key stress and bonding biomarkers, in a first-of-its-kind pilot study
A team led by a social work researcher at The University of Toledo has published the first empirical evidence that emotional support animals can provide quantifiable benefits to individuals with serious mental illness who are experiencing depression, anxiety and loneliness. The research brings credence to the many anecdotal reports of emotional support animals having positive impacts on chronic mental health issues. "This is the first peer-reviewed, published scientific ...
University of Toledo - 5/20/2021


Yoga and Breathing Exercises Aid Children With ADHD Recover and Focus
Yoga and breathing exercises have a positive effect on children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). After special classes, children improve their attention, decrease hyperactivity, they do not get tired longer, they can engage in complex activities longer. This is the conclusion reached by psychologists at Ural Federal University who studied the effect of exercise on functions associated with voluntary regulation and control in 16 children with ADHD aged six to seven years.
Ural Federal University - 5/14/2021


Online CBT effective for social anxiety disorder in young people
Social anxiety disorder can cause considerable suffering in children and adolescents and, for many with the disorder, access to effective treatment is limited. Researchers at Centre for Psychiatry Research at Karolinska Institutet and Region Stockholm in Sweden have now shown that internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy is an efficacious and cost-effective treatment option. The study is published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. Social anxiety disorder (SAD, previously known as ...
Karolinska Institutet - 5/12/2021


Petting therapy dogs enhances thinking skills of stressed college students
For college students under pressure, a dog may be the best stress fighter around. Programs exclusively focused on petting therapy dogs improved stressed-out students' thinking and planning skills more effectively than programs that included traditional stress-management information, according to new Washington State University research.
Washington State University - 5/12/2021


Combination of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy more effective in treating depression
Most patients with depression are treated in primary care, however, relatively few clinical trials for treating depression have focused on primary care. Researchers at the Vrije University Amsterdam examined the effects of the two major approaches to treating depression: psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, as well as combined treatment and care-as-usual. The study integrated the results of 58 randomized controlled trials with a total of 9,301 patients. Results concluded that both ...
American Academy of Family Physicians - 5/11/2021


How bullying and obesity can affect girls' and boys' mental health
Depressive symptoms are more common in teenage girls than in their male peers. However, boys' mental health appears to be affected more if they suffer from obesity. Irrespective of gender, bullying is a considerably greater risk factor than overweight for developing depressive symptoms. These conclusions are drawn by researchers at Uppsala University who monitored adolescents for six years in a questionnaire study, now published in the Journal of Public Health.
Uppsala University - 5/7/2021


Partners of people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder have often a mental disorder: Almost half of the parents who have children together with a parent with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, are themselves burdened by psychological issues
Almost half of the parents who have children together with a parent with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, are themselves burdened by psychological issues. This can affect family life and the children. This is shown in the research result from the major Danish psychiatry project iPSYCH. We typically choose a partner who resembles us in relation to social status, education and, to some extent, also income. Research has previously established this. A new study now shows that almost half ...
Aarhus University - 5/4/2021


Health anxiety in childhood and adolescence can become chronic
Symptoms of health anxiety are common already during childhood and adolescence - and if the children do not receive the correct help, the anxiety can become a permanent problem with serious personal and socio-economic consequences. This is shown by a new research result from Aarhus University and the University of Copenhagen. Ida is 11 years old. Six months ago, her grandmother died of cancer after a long illness and since then Ida has become more and more anxious that she ...
Aarhus University - 5/3/2021


Childhood air pollution exposure linked to poor mental health at age 18: Risk factor is equivalent to lead exposure
A multidecade study of young adults living in the United Kingdom has found higher rates of mental illness symptoms among those exposed to higher levels of traffic-related air pollutants, particularly nitrogen oxides, during childhood and adolescence. Previous studies have identified a link between air pollution and the risk of specific mental disorders, including depression and anxiety, but this study looked at changes in mental health that span all forms of disorder and psychological ...
Duke University - 4/28/2021


Frequent internet use by older people during lockdown linked to mental health benefits
A new study from the University of Surrey has found that among people aged 55 to 75 more frequent use of the internet was beneficial for mental health and quality of life under lockdown. Those who used the internet more, particularly for staying in touch with friends and family, were at lower risk of depression and reported a higher quality of life. Loneliness and social isolation have been major problems for many under lockdown, and for older people in particular. Loneliness raises risk of ...
University of Surrey - 4/22/2021


During pandemic's first 9 months, depression and anxiety increased sharply among Americans
Confirming anecdotal evidence that the spread of the coronavirus has strained Americans' mental health, Boston College researchers found reports of anxiety increased to 50 percent and depression to 44 percent by November, 2020 - rates six times higher than 2019 - according to a new report in the journal Translational Behavioral Medicine. Among U.S. adults aged 18-29, the impact on mental health was even more severe. Rates of anxiety and depression increased to 65 percent and 61 ...
Boston College - 4/22/2021


Urgent shortage of evidence for safe withdrawal from antidepressants
A new study has highlighted that while much is known about the ever increasing uptake of antidepressant medications around the world, there is very little evidence on safe and effective approaches to discontinuing treatment. In 2020 there were 78 million prescriptions for antidepressants in England and about half of patients treated have taken them for at least two years. Guidelines typically recommend that antidepressants be taken for up to 6 to 12 months after improvement, or for up to two ...
University of Southampton - 4/22/2021


Pregnant and postpartum women report elevated depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress during COVID-19 pandemic
In a worldwide survey, pregnant and postpartum women reported high levels of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and post-traumatic stress during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Such high levels of distress may have potential implications for women and for fetal and child health and development, according to the study. The study was published online in PLOS One on April 21, 2021. “We expected to see an increase in the ...
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - 4/21/2021


Suicide among female nurses is double that of the general female population
Female nurses are roughly twice as likely to commit suicide than the general female population and 70% more likely than female physicians, according to a University of Michigan study examining suicide among physicians and nurses. "It's much higher than I expected," said study lead author Matthew Davis, associate professor at the U-M School of Nursing. "The takeaway for me is we've focused so much on physician welfare that, historically, we haven't paid enough attention to this huge ...
University of Michigan - 4/14/2021


People want to improve mental health by exercising, but stress and anxiety get in the way
New research from McMaster University suggests the pandemic has created a paradox where mental health has become both a motivator for and a barrier to physical activity. People want to be active to improve their mental health but find it difficult to exercise due to stress and anxiety, say the researchers who surveyed more than 1,600 subjects in an effort to understand how and why mental health, physical activity and sedentary behavior have changed throughout the course of the pandemic.
McMaster University - 4/12/2021


The COVID-19 pandemic has been linked with six unhealthy eating behaviors: Study shows a slight increase in eating disorders, one of the deadliest psychiatric health concerns
A new probe into the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic revealed correlations to six unhealthy eating behaviors, according to a study by the University of Minnesota Medical School and School of Public Health. Researchers say the most concerning finding indicates a slight increase or the re-emergence of eating disorders, which kill roughly 10,200 people every year -- about one person every 52 minutes.
University of Minnesota Medical School - 4/12/2021


Antidepressant use in pregnancy tied to affective disorders in offspring; no causal link
Major depressive disorder is highly prevalent, with one in five people experiencing an episode at some point in their life, and is almost twice as common in women than in men. Antidepressants are usually given as a first-line treatment, including during pregnancy, either to prevent the recurrence of depression, or as acute treatment in newly depressed patients. Antidepressant use during pregnancy is widespread and since antidepressants cross the placenta and the blood-brain barrier, ...
The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine - 4/12/2021


Stress does not lead to loss of self-control in eating disorders
A unique residential study has concluded that, contrary to perceived wisdom, people with eating disorders do not lose self-control - leading to binge-eating - in response to stress. The findings of the Cambridge-led research are published today in the Journal of Neuroscience. People who experience bulimia nervosa and a subset of those affected by anorexia nervosa share certain key symptoms, namely recurrent binge-eating and compensatory behaviours, such as vomiting. The two disorders ...
University of Cambridge - 4/12/2021


Frontline health workers across US faced unique stressors during COVID: Emergency staff report substantial anxiety, burnout and PTSD
During the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency department doctors, nurses and other frontline staff experienced unprecedented levels of stress and emotional exhaustion that included nightmares or insomnia, according to a UC San Francisco-led study of emergency departments across the country. The study, among the first to assess mental health effects of the pandemic at a geographically diverse sample of emergency rooms, found that nearly one-fifth of the ER staff were ...
University of California - San Francisco - 4/9/2021


Supportive partners protect relationship quality in people with depression or stress: New findings emerge from UMass Amherst newlyweds study
Having a responsive, supportive partner minimizes the negative impacts of an individual's depression or external stress on their romantic relationship, according to research by a University of Massachusetts Amherst social psychologist. Paula Pietromonaco, professor emerita of psychological and brain sciences, drew on data from her Growth in Early Marriage project (GEM) to investigate what she had discovered was an under-studied question.
University of Massachusetts Amherst - 4/8/2021


Anxiety among fathers is higher than recently reported, new study suggests: A new study explores the prevalence rate of anxiety for fathers during the perinatal period
New research suggests anxiety among men transitioning into parenthood is significantly higher than reported by the global World Health Organization (WHO) regional prevalence rates. In a new study published in The Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus studied the prevalence of anxiety among fathers during the perinatal period, which includes pregnancy through ...
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - 4/5/2021


Activity is good. Varied activity is better
The recommendations are clear: physical activity is good for mental health. But it also depends on how varied it is. That's what a new study by researchers at the University of Basel shows, pointing to one of the reasons why well-being suffers during the pandemic. A walk in the morning, a jog in the evening or even just going out to buy groceries: activity helps the psyche. Many are trying to stay active during the pandemic despite mandatory home office and limited leisure activities.
University of Basel - 3/29/2021


Want a longer, healthier life? Resolve your arguments by day's end, OSU study says
A recent Oregon State University study found that when people feel they have resolved an argument, the emotional response associated with that disagreement is significantly reduced and, in some situations, almost entirely erased. That reduction in stress may have a major impact on overall health, researchers say. "Everyone experiences stress in their daily lives. You aren't going to stop stressful things from happening. But the extent to which you can tie them off, bring them to an ...
Oregon State University - 3/24/2021


OCD among new mothers more prevalent than previously thought
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) among those who have recently given birth is more common than previously thought, and much of this can be attributed to thoughts of harm related to the baby, new UBC research has found. The researchers also learned that OCD can go undetected when new parents aren't asked specifically about infant-related harm. OCD is an anxiety-related condition characterized by the recurrence of unwanted, intrusive and distressing thoughts. If left ...
University of British Columbia - 3/23/2021


Don't let the small stuff get you down--your well-being may depend on it: A new study led by University of Miami psychologists suggests that the longer negativity lingers in your brain, the unhappier you may be
Suppose you drop your morning coffee and it splatters everywhere. Later a colleague drops by to say hello. Do you grumble a testy acknowledgment, or cheerfully greet her? In a new study on brain activity led by University of Miami psychologists, researchers found that how a person's brain evaluates fleeting negative stimuli--such as that dropped cup--may influence their long-term psychological well-being. "One way to think about it is the longer your brain holds on to a negative event, or ...
University of Miami - 3/22/2021


Want to improve your health? Head to a national park, and absorb the sounds
Wolves howling, birds singing, rain falling - natural sounds inspire us and connect us to nature. New research by a team of scientists shows that natural sounds are also good for our health. Researchers from Carleton University, Michigan State University, Colorado State University and the National Park Service analyzed studies on the outcomes of listening to natural sounds and found striking human health benefits. The team found people experienced decreased pain, lower stress, improved mood ...
Colorado State University - 3/22/2021


Self-compassion can lessen feelings of work-from-home loneliness, finds study
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is keeping millions of Americans from their usual offices, as they find themselves still working at home. Even with the vaccine now being distributed, working from home may still be the future for some, and new research suggests the resulting work loneliness negatively impacts employee well-being.
Indiana University - 3/18/2021


Sleep troubles may complicate the grieving process
Those who have persistent trouble sleeping may have an especially difficult grieving process after the death of a loved one, a new study co-authored by a University of Arizona researcher finds. Most people who lose a close friend or family member will experience sleep troubles as part of the grieving process, as the body and mind react to the stress of the event, said study co-author Mary-Frances O'Connor, a professor in the UArizona Department of Psychology.
University of Arizona - 3/16/2021


National poll: Pandemic has negatively impacted teens' mental health: Nearly half of parents have noticed a new or worsening mental health condition in their teen since the pandemic started
For teens, pandemic restrictions may have meant months of virtual school, less time with friends and canceling activities like sports, band concerts and prom. And for young people who rely heavily on social connections for emotional support, these adjustments may have taken a heavy toll on mental health, a new national poll suggests. Forty-six percent of parents say their teen has shown signs of a new or worsening mental health condition since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, ...
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan - 3/15/2021


Lab studies of emotion and well-being may be missing real-world anxiety: Test participants' natural level of anxiety may cloud findings of laboratory psychology studies
For decades, psychologists' study of emotional health and well-being has involved contrived laboratory experiments and self-report questionnaires to understand the emotional experiences and strategies study participants use to manage stress. But those hundreds of studies may have taken for granted a pretty big complicating factor, argues a new study from Duke University and Dartmouth College. The study, which appears March 12 in PLOS One, says the background level of anxiety ...
Duke University - 3/15/2021


High rates of mental health disorder among all health and social care groups
Almost 60% of frontline health and social care workers (HSCWs) experienced a mental health disorder during the first COVID-19 lockdown, with many suffering "very high rates of distress", suggests a new study led by researchers at UCL and the University of Haifa, Israel. Given the significantly high levels of mental health disorders across all HSCWs, the researchers (part of the UCL-led COVID Trauma Response Working Group*), are now calling for long-term planning to meet the ...
University College London - 3/10/2021


Lockdowns linked to rise in eating disorder symptoms
New research indicates that lockdowns to help tackle the spread of COVID-19 could be linked to an increase in symptoms associated with eating disorders. The longitudinal study, carried out by academics from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Cambridge, England, and published in the journal Psychiatry Research, examined the behaviour and attitudes of 319 health club members during the summer of 2020. The researchers followed up initial research into addictive or unhealthy behaviours, ...
Anglia Ruskin University - 3/10/2021



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