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After breakups, people feel less in-control – but only at first: Study analyzed changes in sense of control after separation, divorce and death of a partner
A new analysis of people who underwent different types of relationship loss found that these experiences were linked with different patterns of short- and long-term sense of control following the loss. Previous research has shown that a greater perceived sense of personal control over one’s life is associated with better well-being and better health. Romantic relationships are closely linked to perceived control; for instance, evidence suggests a link between perceived control and ...
PLOS - 8/3/2022

Smells experienced in nature evoke positive wellbeing: Smells experienced in nature can make us feel relaxed, joyful, and healthy, according to new research
Smells experienced in nature can make us feel relaxed, joyful, and healthy, according to new research led by the University of Kent’s Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE). Smells were found to play an important role in delivering wellbeing benefits from interacting with nature, often with a strong link to people’s personal memories, and specific ecological characteristics and processes (e.g. fallen leaves rotting in the winter). Nature is known to play an integral role in ...
University of Kent - 8/3/2022

Regular enquiry about well-being vs. universal screening recommended to detect depression in pregnancy and after birth
Depression in pregnant and postpartum people is a serious problem. Rather than using a screening tool with a cut-off score to detect depression in every pregnant and postpartum patient, clinicians should ask patients about their well-being as part of usual care, recommends a new guideline from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)
Canadian Medical Association Journal - 7/25/2022

Dentists and dental hygienists on early front lines of COVID-19 report symptoms of anxiety, depression: First known U.S. study to examine mental health of dental professionals during pandemic, association between COVID-19 vaccine and mental health
The first known U.S. study to evaluate the mental health of frontline dentists and dental hygienists during the pandemic found that dental health care workers report anxiety and depression symptoms during peaks of transmission among the public. Published jointly in the August issues of The Journal of the American Dental Association and the Journal of Dental Hygiene and available online at, the study indicates between June 2020 and June 2021, 17.7% of dental health care ...
American Dental Association - 7/25/2022

A study links long covid-related fatigue to anxiety and depression for the first time
The most common symptoms of the post-COVID-19 condition known as long covid include fatigue, shortness of breath and cognitive dysfunction, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). To be considered symptoms of long COVID, they must be present for at least two months during the three months after the onset of the disease. A recent study in Brain and Behavior showed that the disease had a generalized impact on attention skills, executive functions, learning and ...
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) - 7/20/2022

No evidence that depression is caused by low serotonin levels, finds comprehensive review
After decades of study, there remains no clear evidence that serotonin levels or serotonin activity are responsible for depression, according to a major review of prior research led by UCL scientists. The new umbrella review – an overview of existing meta-analyses and systematic reviews – published in Molecular Psychiatry, suggests that depression is not likely caused by a chemical imbalance, and calls into question what antidepressants do. Most antidepressants are selective serotonin ...
University College London - 7/19/2022

Depression linked to consuming an inflammatory diet, increasing risk of frailty: Middle-aged and older adults with depression may be more vulnerable to the effects of dietary inflammation on the development of frailty and other health issues
A new study published in The Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences found a link between depression, diet, and the development of frailty. Frailty, defined as a recognizable state of increased vulnerability resulting from a decline in function across multiple physiological systems, affects 10-15% older adults and often co-occurs with other health conditions, like depression.Frailty, defined as a recognizable state of increased vulnerability resulting from a decline in function across ...
Hebrew SeniorLife Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research - 7/19/2022

Vitamin B6 supplements could reduce anxiety and depression
Taking high-dose Vitamin B6 tablets has been shown to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression by new research. Scientists at the University of Reading measured the impact of high doses of Vitamin B6 on young adults and found that they reported feeling less anxious and depressed after taking the supplements every day for a month. The study, published in the journal Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, provides valuable evidence to support the use of ...
University of Reading - 7/19/2022

Scientists pinpoint reason why women may not respond to depression treatments the same as men
Previous analyses within the nucleus accumbens showed that different genes were turned on or off in women, but not in men diagnosed with depression. These changes could have caused symptoms of depression, or alternatively, the experience of being depressed could have changed the brain -- a clue to why anti-depressants had not been successful for some women.
University of California - Davis - 7/13/2022

Friends enjoy being reached out to more than we think: The greater the surprise, the greater the appreciation, study says
People consistently underestimate how much others in their social circle might appreciate an unexpected phone call, text or email just to say hello, and the more surprising the connection, the greater the appreciation, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. "People are fundamentally social beings and enjoy connecting with others," said lead author Peggy Liu, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh. "There is much research showing that maintaining ...
American Psychological Association - 7/11/2022

Online art viewing can improve well-being: Effects are similar to those of visits to physical art galleries or even nature experiences
Viewing art while visiting galleries and museums can have powerful effects on an individual's mood, stress and well-being. But does the same hold true for viewing art in digital space? A new study investigated whether engaging with art online also has this effect. Their conclusion: a short three-minute visit to an online art or cultural exhibition also shows significant positive effects on subjective well-being.
University of Vienna - 7/8/2022

Depression in fathers and children linked, regardless of genetic relatedness
Adolescent depression and behavior problems are on the rise and paternal depression may be contributing to this increase, regardless of whether the fathers and children are genetically related, according to new research from Penn State and Michigan State. "A lot of research focuses on depression within biologically related families," said Jenae Neiderhiser, Social Science Research Institute cofunded faculty member and distinguished professor of psychology and human ...
Penn State - 7/6/2022

Gardening can cultivate better mental health
Many longtime gardeners will tell you that the garden is their happy place. New research suggests that many people may indeed reap mental health benefits from working with plants -- even if they've never gardened before. In a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, University of Florida scientists found that gardening activities lowered stress, anxiety and depression in healthy women who attended twice-weekly gardening classes. None of study participants had gardened before.
University of Florida - 7/6/2022

New sibling diagnosis for post-traumatic stress disorder
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently listed a new sibling diagnosis for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), termed complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD). An international team has now summarized the symptoms of the long-awaited new diagnosis and issued guidelines for clinical assessment and treatment.
University of Zurich - 7/1/2022

Study reveals the job problems contributing to physician suicide: Physical and mental health, substance use, relationships, legal matters and finances all contribute to physician suicide, UC San Diego study shows
Physician burnout and suicide are a growing public health concern, with 1 in 15 physicians experiencing suicidal ideation. Studies consistently show that physicians are more likely than non-physicians to experience work-related stressors prior to suicide. Still, the exact nature of these stressors was unknown. To better understand and characterize the job stressors that contribute to physician suicide, researchers at UC San Diego Health reviewed the death investigation narratives from 200 ...
University of California - San Diego - 6/29/2022

No more binge eating: Signal pathway in the brain that controls food intake discovered
Researchers have developed a novel approach to treating eating disorders. The scientists showed that a group of nerve cells in the hypothalamus (so-called AgRP, agouti-related peptide neurons) control the release of endogenous lysophospholipids, which in turn control the excitability of nerve cells in the cerebral cortex, which stimulates food intake.
University of Cologne - 6/28/2022

Study shows link between cyberbullying and suicidality in early adolescence
Young adolescents who are targets of cyberbullying are more likely to report suicidal thoughts and attempts, an association that goes above and beyond the link between suicidality and traditional offline bullying, according to new research from the Lifespan Brain Institute (LiBI) of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania. The findings were published today in JAMA Network Open. “At a time when young adolescents are spending more time online ...
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - 6/27/2022

Feelings of detachment predict worse mental health outcomes after trauma: Patients who experience this symptom may benefit from early interventions
Results from the largest prospective study of its kind indicate that for individuals who experience trauma, the presence of dissociation -- a profound feeling of detachment from one's sense of self or surroundings -- may indicate a high risk of later developing severe post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, physical pain, and social impairment. The research, which was led by investigators at McLean Hospital, is published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
McLean Hospital - 6/22/2022

Losing a grandmother may trigger rise in depression for some of her survivors: The study found adolescent boys experienced a 50% increase in depressive symptoms
Losing a beloved family member is never easy, but a new study suggests the loss of a grandmother in particular may have repercussions for the loved ones she leaves behind. The researchers found that for up to seven years after the death of their grandmother, adolescent boys had a 50% increase in depression symptoms compared to peers who were not grieving. Additionally, this loss also was associated with a higher chance of both adolescent boys' and girls' mothers also becoming depressed.
Penn State - 6/15/2022

Suicide rates didn't increase during pandemic, study finds
Many people, including mental health experts, anticipated a dramatic increase in suicide rates following the outbreak of Covid-19. But in fact, this has not been the case and most of the research published in scientific journals points to either no change or a decrease in rates of suicide following the pandemic. This is according to a new international study on the impact of Covid-19 on rates of suicide and self-harm in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Led by Dr Duleeka Knipe from ...
Stellenbosch University - 6/14/2022

Pre-school play with friends lowers risk of mental health problems later: Children who learn to play well with others at pre-school age tend to enjoy better mental health as they get older, new research shows
Children who learn to play well with others at pre-school age tend to enjoy better mental health as they get older, new research shows. The findings provide the first clear evidence that 'peer play ability', the capacity to play successfully with other children, has a protective effect on mental health. Researchers at the University of Cambridge analysed data from almost 1,700 children, collected when they were aged three and seven. Those with better peer play ability at age three ...
University of Cambridge - 6/14/2022

How mother-youth emotional climate helps adolescents cope with stress
Transition to middle school can be a stressful time for adolescents. They must adjust to a new peer group and social environment while going through the developmental changes of puberty. A recent University of Illinois study looks at how emotional aspects of parenting can help youth better cope with peer stressors during this transitional period. The researchers evaluated emotional closeness between fifth-graders and their mothers, gauging how it predicted the youths' ability to deal with ...
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences - 6/10/2022

Changing the channel: Study sheds new light on a promising antidepressant
Ketamine, a well-known anesthetic used in smaller doses as a party drug, was hailed as a "new hope for depression" in a Time magazine cover story in 2017. Two years later, the arrival of the first ketamine-based antidepressant -- the nasal spray esketamine, made by Johnson & Johnson -- was applauded as the most exciting development in the treatment of mood disorders in decades. Yet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration still limits the spray's use. It is mainly given to depressed patients ...
Weizmann Institute of Science - 6/7/2022

COVID-19 increases risk of psychiatric diagnoses in the months after infection, study finds
A recent Oregon State University study found that COVID-19 patients had a roughly 25% increased risk of developing a psychiatric disorder in the four months following their infection, compared with people who had other types of respiratory tract infections. The findings support previous research on psychiatric disorders among post-COVID patients, though the current study found a smaller effect than the earlier studies, said co-author Lauren Chan, a Ph.D. student in nutrition in OSU's College ...
Oregon State University - 6/6/2022

New study shows bidirectional link between inflammatory bowel disease and depression
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic condition involving inflammation of the digestive tract, affecting some 1.6 million Americans. Depression affects more than 16 million Americans. A new study from Keck Medicine of USC shows that patients diagnosed with IBD were nine times as likely to develop depression than the general population. In addition, their siblings who did not suffer from IBD were almost two times as likely to develop depression. Conversely, patients with depression ...
University of Southern California - Health Sciences - 6/2/2022

Team sports linked to fewer mental health difficulties for kids: However, kids who exclusively play individual sports more likely to face mental health challenges
A large-scale study of U.S. children and adolescents has found that participation in a team sport is associated with fewer mental health difficulties, but that kids who are exclusively involved in an individual sport—such as tennis or wrestling—may face greater mental health difficulties than kids who do no sports at all. Matt Hoffmann of California State University, U.S.A., and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on June 1, 2022.
PLOS - 6/1/2022

Pregnant moms and depression: Study links rising symptoms to kids’ behavioral issues
Children whose mothers experience rising levels of depression from the period before pregnancy until the months just after giving birth are at greater risk of developing emotional, social and academic problems during their youth, UCLA psychology researchers and colleagues report. Their recently published seven-year study, which tracked mothers and their offspring from preconception until the children were 5 years old, is the first to demonstrate how changes in mothers’ level of depression ...
University of California - Los Angeles - 5/31/2022

Large multi-hospital study: Adolescent females were especially vulnerable to mental health impact of pandemic-related school closings
Data from 44 hospitals in 26 states show that suicide or self-injury and depressive disorders were the primary mental health reasons children received emergency department (ED) or hospital inpatient care after statewide school closures were enacted during the first part of the COVID-19 pandemic. A study published in the May 25 issue of the journal Psychiatric Services validates findings from earlier public health surveillance data suggesting a disproportionate rise in ED visits for ...
University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences - 5/26/2022

Pandemic-related stressors in pregnant women may impact their babies before they’re born
Prolonged levels of stress and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to altering key features of fetal brain development — even if the mother was not infected by the virus. This is what a study published in Communications Medicine suggests after following more than 200 pregnant women. The study, led by Children’s National Hospital experts, emphasized the need for more scientific inquiry to shed light on the long-term neurodevelopmental consequences of their findings and ...
Children's National Hospital - 5/26/2022

Talking to kids about school shootings: Talking to your kids about school shootings can be hard, but it’s important to be open to discussion about tragic events
In the wake of the deadly school shooting in Texas, many parents are wondering how to explain the tragic event to their children. Talking to kids about school shootings can be hard, but it’s important to be open to discussion – and even to starting a conversation – about tragic events. A tragedy does not have to be a trauma if it’s buffered by good, strong and caring relationships. Have an age-appropriate conversation ...
Children's National Hospital - 5/25/2022

Children who play adventurously have better mental health, research finds: Children who spend more time playing adventurously have lower symptoms of anxiety and depression, and were happier over the first Covid-19 lockdown, according to new research
Children who spend more time playing adventurously have lower symptoms of anxiety and depression, and were happier over the first Covid-19 lockdown, according to new research. A study led by the University of Exeter asked parents how often their children engaged in play that was “thrilling and exciting”, where they might experience some fear and uncertainty. The study, published in Child Psychiatry and Human Development, comes at a time when today’s children have fewer ...
University of Exeter - 5/20/2022

Insomnia in midlife may manifest as cognitive problems in retirement age
The Helsinki Health Study at the University of Helsinki investigated the development of insomnia symptoms in midlife and their effects on memory, learning ability and concentration after retirement. The follow-up period was 15-17 years. According to the study, long-term insomnia symptoms and later poorer cognitive functioning have a clear connection. "The findings indicate that severe insomnia symptoms were associated with worse cognitive function among those who were on ...
University of Helsinki - 5/20/2022

Diet plays key role in ADHD symptoms in children: Study finds more fruits and veggies means less inattention
Here’s a good reason for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to eat their fruits and vegetables: It may help reduce inattention issues, a new study suggests. As part of a larger study, researchers asked parents of 134 kids with ADHD symptoms to complete a detailed questionnaire about the typical foods the children ate, including portion sizes, over a 90-day period. Another questionnaire asked parents to rate symptoms of inattention – a hallmark of ADHD – in their ...
Ohio State University - 5/19/2022

Kids can show anxiety symptoms early on. Here’s how to spot them
Your child doesn’t want to go to the playground to play with other kids. Or she doesn’t want to attend a friend’s birthday party or the class pool party. How do you know whether she’s just having a bad day or if it’s a sign of ongoing anxiety she might be experiencing? Anxiety disorders are marked by persistent and excessive worries. While someone with generalized anxiety might worry about various everyday things, someone with social anxiety typically has “intense or persisting fears ...
CNN - 5/16/2022

Early days of COVID-19 pandemic brought increased anxiety for some cancer survivors: In recently published research, Joanna Arch, PhD, found that previous therapy interventions did not spare cancer survivors the stresses of the pandemic
Among the many lessons collectively learned during the initial months of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic was this: The experience was uncharted psychological and emotional terrain. It wasn’t uncommon for people across the globe to express uncertainty about how to navigate new stresses and new emotions. For University of Colorado Cancer Center member Joanna Arch, PhD, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at CU Boulder, the early days of the pandemic ...
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - 5/16/2022

Six lithium dose predictors for patients with bipolar disorder
Six predictors could help determine the amount of lithium needed to treat patients with bipolar disorder, according to a large study led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. The study, published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry, also pinpoints genetic markers that seem to influence how quickly the body eliminates lithium from its system. “Our model could already now be used to predict how much lithium a patient with bipolar disorder will need. This could cut valuable time ...
Karolinska Institutet - 5/12/2022

Young adults’ reasons for not seeking treatment for depression
This survey study found that cost was the most common reason of young adults ages 18 to 25 for not seeking treatment for depression from 2011 to 2019. An increasing number reported inadequate insurance coverage for mental health treatment.
JAMA Network - 5/10/2022

Postpartum Depression Increased During Pandemic’s First Year, Study Finds
Postpartum depression symptoms increased among U.S. women during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new UVA Health study reveals. National rates of postpartum depression increased from 6.5% to 6.9% during that time. Interestingly, states with a greater increase in postpartum depression symptoms tended to have fewer deaths from COVID and lower unemployment rates among women, according to researchers from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, ...
University of Virginia Health System - 5/9/2022

A better diet helps beat depression in young men
Young men with a poor diet saw a significant improvement in their symptoms of depression when they switched to a healthy Mediterranean diet, a new study shows. Depression is a common mental health condition that affects approximately 1 million Australians each year. It is a significant risk factor for suicide, the leading cause of death in young adults. The 12-week randomised control trial, conducted by researchers from the University of Technology Sydney, was recently ...
University of Technology Sydney - 5/9/2022

Social media break improves mental health, study suggests
Asking people to stop using social media for just one week could lead to significant improvements in their wellbeing, depression and anxiety and could, in the future, be recommended as a way to help people manage their mental health say the authors of a new study. The study, carried out by a team of researchers at the University of Bath (UK), studied the mental health effects of a week-long social media break. For some participants in the study, this meant freeing-up around nine hours ...
University of Bath - 5/6/2022

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