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Conflict between divorced parents can lead to mental health problems in children
Conflict between divorced or separated parents increases the risk of children developing physical and mental health problems. A new study from the Arizona State University Research and Education Advancing Children's Health (REACH) Institute has found that children experience fear of being abandoned when their divorced or separated parents engage in conflict. Worrying about being abandoned predicted future mental health problems in children. The work will be published in Child ...
Arizona State University - 1/12/2021


More than half of COVID-19 health care workers at risk for mental health problems
The daily toll of COVID-19, as measured by new cases and the growing number of deaths, overlooks a shadowy set of casualties: the rising risk of mental health problems among health care professionals working on the frontlines of the pandemic. A new study, led by University of Utah Health scientists, suggests more than half of doctors, nurses, and emergency responders involved in COVID-19 care could be at risk for one or more mental health problems, including acute traumatic ...
University of Utah Health - 1/12/2021


Study finds risk factors linked to COVID-19 mental health impacts for college students
A study of students at seven public universities across the United States has identified risk factors that may place students at higher risk for negative psychological impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Factors associated with greater risk of negative impacts include the amount of time students spend on screens each day, their gender, age and other characteristics. Research has shown many college students faced significant mental health challenges going into the COVID-19 ...
North Carolina State University - 1/12/2021


Gut microbes may antagonize or assist in anorexia: Review highlights evidence that the microbial community in our gut may significantly contribute to anorexia and represents a new way to treat it
You are likely familiar with the serious consequences of anorexia for those who experience it, but you might not be aware that the disorder may not be purely psychological. A recent review from researchers at the University of Oxford in the open-access journal Frontiers in Psychiatry examines the evidence that gut microbes could play a significant role in anorexia by affecting appetite, weight, and psychiatric issues such as anxiety and compulsive behavior, among others. Intriguingly, the ...
Frontiers - 1/12/2021


Mindfulness can improve mental health and wellbeing -- but unlikely to work for everyone
Mindfulness courses can reduce anxiety, depression and stress and increase mental wellbeing within most but not all non-clinical settings, say a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge. They also found that mindfulness may be no better than other practices aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing. Mindfulness is typically defined as 'the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of ...
University of Cambridge - 1/11/2021


How to mitigate the impact of a lockdown on mental health
The Covid-19 pandemic is impacting people's mental health. But what helps and hinders people in getting through a lockdown? A new study led by researchers at the University of Basel addressed this question using data from 78 countries across the world. The results hint at the pivots and hinges on which the individual's psyche rests in the pandemic. At the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, little was known about the impact of population-wide governmental lockdowns.
University of Basel - 1/7/2021


Heading outdoors keeps lockdown blues at bay: Study finds time spent outdoors is associated with higher levels of happiness
A new study has found that spending time outdoors and switching off our devices is associated with higher levels of happiness during a period of COVID-19 restrictions. Previous academic studies have indicated how being outdoors, particularly in green spaces, can improve mental health by promoting more positive body image, and lowering levels of depression and anxiety. Jointly led by academics from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in the UK, the Karl Landsteiner University of ...
Anglia Ruskin University - 1/7/2021


Brain imaging predicts PTSD after brain injury: Brain volume measurement may provide early biomarker
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a complex psychiatric disorder brought on by physical and/or psychological trauma. How its symptoms, including anxiety, depression and cognitive disturbances arise remains incompletely understood and unpredictable. Treatments and outcomes could potentially be improved if doctors could better predict who would develop PTSD. Now, researchers using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have found potential brain biomarkers of PTSD in ...
Elsevier - 12/29/2020


In shaky times, focus on past successes, if overly anxious, depressed
The more chaotic things get, the harder it is for people with clinical anxiety and/or depression to make sound decisions and to learn from their mistakes. On a positive note, overly anxious and depressed people's judgment can improve if they focus on what they get right, instead of what they get wrong, suggests a new UC Berkeley study. The findings, published today, Dec. 22, in the journal eLife, are particularly salient in the face of a COVID-19 surge that demands tactical and ...
University of California - Berkeley - 12/22/2020


COVID-19 isolation hurting women more than men: Researchers publish study showing differences in sleep quality, empathy and mood
A study by University of Calgary researchers with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute examining sex and gender differences on sleep, empathy and mood during months of isolation due to COVID-19 has found that women are suffering more than men with poorer sleep and more anxiety, depression and trauma, while also feeling more empathetic than men. The findings published in Frontiers in Global Women's Health is one of the first studies to look at changes in mood and sleep quality during ...
University of Calgary - 12/22/2020


How to be happier in 2021: Toss out your usual list of New Year's resolutions and do things that make the world a better place
So you want to look trimmer, be smarter, and successful next year? You strive to exercise and call your friends more, and spend less? You are not alone. New Year's resolutions are as ubiquitous as they are difficult to keep. Does it even make sense to set such lofty goals for the new year, hoping anew each January first that this time really is the charm? Any motivational researcher would have "ambivalent feelings" about New Year's resolutions, says Richard Ryan, an international expert ...
University of Rochester - 12/21/2020


Healthcare workers have increased insomnia, risk of severe mental health problems: COVID-19 study
Researchers at the University of Ottawa have found the mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have particularly impacted healthcare professionals and their sleep, putting these frontline workers at risk of severe future mental health problems. Jude Mary Cénat, an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences' School of Psychology, and his team conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of 55 global studies involving nearly 190,000 participants for 'Prevalence of ...
University of Ottawa - 12/17/2020


Researchers discover brain pattern that could improve mental health disorder diagnosis
A pattern in how the brain breaks down tryptophan, a common amino acid consumed through food, was discovered by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The finding, which could help physicians more accurately diagnose and treat several major mental health disorders, was recently published in Molecular Psychiatry. "Tryptophan can be metabolized to either a route where serotonin is produced, or to the kynurenine pathway," said ...
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston - 12/17/2020


Neurotic people feel worse emotionally during the corona crisis: Psychologists study personality and well-being during the pandemic
When the corona pandemic began in March, it fundamentally changed many people's everyday lives. A normal working day, vibrant public life, carefree social contacts - all these things now seem like a memory from another age. In order to find out what effects these restrictions are having on people's emotional well-being, the researchers carried out a survey on how people dealt with the pandemic. "Our analyses showed that most people have been doing relatively well during these times," ...
University of Münster - 12/17/2020


UC Study: Suicide watch more important now than ever: Researchers show that self-harm was on the rise, even without the added stressors of a pandemic
A recent study by a team of University of Cincinnati researchers shows that suicide planning, attempts and completions were already on the rise pre-COVID-19. Add a pandemic to a holiday season, when depression and suicide are typically higher among both adolescents and adults, and the last couple of weeks of 2020 may be a time to be on even higher alert. According to health data, nearly 1.5 million Americans attempt suicide each year. "It's just unbelievable to me how we are not ...
University of Cincinnati - 12/16/2020


Career thoughts and parental relationships in adolescents with ADHD
A new study published in The Career Development Quarterly looked for potential links between negative or dysfunctional career thoughts and the quality of parental relationships in high school students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In the study of 102 adolescents (76 boys, 26 girls) with ADHD, male participants' dysfunctional career thoughts were related to their relationships with their mothers. Those who had positive relationships with their mothers exhibited less ...
Wiley - 12/7/2020


Building resiliency in children as the COVID-19 pandemic continues through the holidays
Seasons of change can be difficult to navigate emotionally, not only for adults, but also for children. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly impacted children's mental health, and as families start planning for the holidays that may look very different this year, it's important to build resilience in kids to prepare them for what's ahead during these winter months. A new survey by Nationwide Children's Hospital found two-thirds of parents worry the effects of the pandemic on ...
Nationwide Children's Hospital - 12/2/2020


Major depressive disorder may be defined by a distinct gut microbiome: Landscapes of bacterial and metabolic signatures and their interaction in major depressive disorders
Scientists have identified 3 bacteriophages, 47 bacterial species, and 50 fecal metabolites that were significantly more or less abundant in people with major depressive disorder (MDD) compared with healthy controls, according to a study in 311 individuals. The findings provide evidence that MDD may be characterized by gut microbiome disturbances. Jian Yang and colleagues also developed a marker panel based on the bacterial, viral, and metabolic MDD signatures they uncovered, ...
American Association for the Advancement of Science - 12/2/2020


How Are Older Adults Coping With the Mental Health Effects of COVID-19? Analysis reveals resilience in many individuals and what factors may be driving it
Older adults are especially vulnerable to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic—with higher risks of severe complications and death, and potentially greater difficulties accessing care and adapting to technologies such as telemedicine. A viewpoint article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association notes that there’s also a concern that isolation during the pandemic could be more difficult for older individuals, which could exacerbate existing mental health conditions.
McLean Hospital - 12/1/2020


In a holiday season unlike any other, avoid unfounded claims about suicide: The suicide rate usually drops at holiday time
The holiday season usually has the lowest monthly suicide rates. And while the COVID-19 pandemic has increased risk factors associated with suicide, the media and the public should be careful this holiday season not to make unfounded claims about suicide trends. Last year, during the holidays and before the pandemic, about half of the newspaper stories that connected the holidays and suicide contained misinformation falsely perpetuating the myth that suicide increases over the holidays, ...
Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania - 12/1/2020


Pets, touch and COVID-19: why our furry friends are lifesavers
Lockdowns, job losses and social isolation have been the hallmarks of 2020 as COVID-19 tightens its grip on the world, not only infecting millions and leaving a mounting death toll, but also denying humans the most basic sense - touch. In the absence of human-to-human contact, in millions of households worldwide, animals have stepped into the breach for many people, providing much-needed comfort via cuddles, pats and a constant physical presence. A new study published by University of ...
University of South Australia - 12/1/2020


Mothers' stress may lead to preterm births, faster aging in children: Two UCLA studies reveal how stress before and during pregnancy may adversely affect offspring
Why do some people age faster than others? One potential answer, a new UCLA-led study indicates, is that a mother's stress prior to giving birth may accelerate her child's biological aging. The researchers found evidence that maternal stress adversely affects the length of a baby's telomeres -- the small pieces of DNA at the ends of chromosomes that act as protective caps, like the plastic tips on shoelaces. Shortened telomeres have been linked to a higher risk of cancers, cardiovascular and ...
University of California - Los Angeles - 11/30/2020


Measuring broken hearts: divorce has negative effects on physical and mental health: Study measures effects immediately after divorce and is the first to show that higher conflict levels predict worse mental health regardless of other factors
Going through a divorce is extremely challenging and previous research has highlighted the adverse effects that it can have on divorcees. A recent study in open-access journal Frontiers in Psychology is the first to examine health impacts immediately after a divorce. The study found that the mental and physical health of recent divorcees was worse than that of the background population and that higher levels of conflict predicted worse mental health, regardless of other factors.
Frontiers - 11/30/2020


Loneliness in youth could impact mental health over the long term: Children and adolescents more likely to experience higher rates of depression and anxiety during and after enforced isolation ends
The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated widespread social isolation, affecting all ages of global society. A new rapid review in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), published by Elsevier, reports on the available evidence about children and young people specifically, stating that loneliness is associated with mental health problems, including depression and anxiety-potentially affecting them years later.
Elsevier - 11/19/2020


Being alone and socializing with others each contributes differently to personal growth
How do people experience time alone and time with others? Findings from a new Bar-Ilan University study reveal the intricacies of people's experiences in these basic social conditions. The study used a unique approach of analyzing self-generated text from more than 1,700 participants who performed a sentence-completion task regarding their experience alone and their social experience when in the company of others. This approach shed light on people's perceptions when free to express ...
Bar-Ilan University - 11/19/2020


Suicidal risk during pregnancy, after childbirth on the rise
Pregnancy and the period after delivering a baby can be one of the riskiest times for depressive symptoms, with suicide among the leading causes of death among new moms. And now a new study suggests that suicide "near misses" during pregnancy and after childbirth are increasing. The prevalence of suicidal thoughts and self-harm in the year before and after giving birth nearly tripled among childbearing people between 2006 and 2017, according to the findings in JAMA Psychiatry.
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan - 11/18/2020


'Alarming' COVID-19 study shows 80% of respondents report significant symptoms of depression: Young adults across the US took part in loneliness study
A new national survey, looking at how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted young US adults' loneliness, reveals "significant depressive symptoms" in 80% of participants. Over 1,000 Americans aged 18-35 took part in the online anonymous questionnaire, which also asked the subjects to report on their anxiety and substance use. The analysed findings, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, show that "alarming" levels of loneliness are associated with ...
Taylor & Francis Group - 11/16/2020


Suffering in silence: two-thirds of older adults say they won't treat their depression: New nationwide poll shows 1 in 3 respondents age 65+ think they can just "snap out of it"
A new nationwide poll, the GeneSight Mental Health Monitor, shows that nearly two-thirds (61%) of Americans age 65 or older who have concerns about having depression will not seek treatment. In fact, nearly 1 in 3 (33%) seniors who are concerned they might be suffering from depression believe they can "snap out" of it on their own. "The 'pull yourself up by your bootstraps' mindset of some seniors and reluctance to talk about mental health are hindering them from getting the help they need ...
GeneSight Mental Health Monitor - 11/16/2020


Burnout can exacerbate work stress, further promoting a vicious circle: Work stress and burnout are mutually reinforcing; surprisingly, the effect of work stress on burnout is much smaller than the effect of burnout on work stress
Stress and overload in the workplace are increasing worldwide and are often considered a cause of burnout. Indeed, a new study shows that work stress and burnout are mutually reinforcing. However, contrary to popular belief, burnout has a much greater impact on work stress than vice versa. "This means that the more severe a person's burnout becomes, the more stressed they will feel at work, such as being under time pressure, for example," said Professor Christian Dormann of ...
Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz - 11/10/2020


Loneliness a leading cause of depression in older adults
Loneliness is responsible for 18% of depression among people over 50 in England, according to a new study led by UCL researchers. The findings, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, suggest that almost one in five depression cases among older adults could be prevented if loneliness were eliminated. The researchers found that people's subjective experiences of loneliness contributed to depression up to 12 years later, independent of more objective measures of social isolation.
University College London - 11/9/2020


COVID-19 triggers OCD in children and young people: Many children and young people with obsessive thoughts and compulsions experience that their OCD, anxiety and depressive symptoms worsen during a crisis such as COVID-19
Trauma and stress can trigger or worsen OCD. Researchers already know this. They have also shown us that COVID-19 may be associated with adults developing psychiatric disorders. But we do not know much about what the corona crisis means for children and young people. A team of researchers from Aarhus University and the Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Central Denmark Region, therefore decided to examine how children and young people with OCD experience the crisis.
Aarhus University - 11/9/2020


Depression, social anxiety, and use of mobile dating apps
Depression symptoms and social anxiety are associated with greater use of mobile dating applications among women. The extent to which these are associated with dating app use is reported in the peer-reviewed journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. Click here to read the article now. "With increased symptoms of social anxiety and depression, women may be even more likely to turn to technology for social connection, especially if alternative forms of social contact are ...
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News - 11/2/2020


Good mental health and better sleep for the physically active: Active individuals have exercised more during the coronavirus pandemic, with positive results
In the middle of the pandemic this spring, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) conducted a survey among members of Kondis, a Norwegian fitness training organization. Since this survey was sent out in the middle of the lockdown in Norway, participants were asked whether they had changed their exercise habits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of these initial analyses was to map mental health and sleep problems, and to investigate ...
Norwegian University of Science and Technology - 10/28/2020


Postpartum depression may persist three years after giving birth: NIH study suggests women with mood disorders, gestational diabetes may have a higher risk
A National Institutes of Health study of 5,000 women has found that approximately 1 in 4 experienced high levels of depressive symptoms at some point in the three years after giving birth. The rest of the women experienced low levels of depression throughout the three-year span. The study was conducted by researchers at NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). It appears in the journal Pediatrics.
NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development - 10/27/2020


PTSD and alcohol abuse go hand-in-hand, but males and females exhibit symptoms differently
Through intricate experiments designed to account for sex-specific differences, scientists at Scripps Research have collaborated to zero in on certain changes in the brain that may be responsible for driving alcohol abuse among people with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. In studies with rodents, researchers found that males and females exhibit their own distinct symptoms and brain features of PTSD and alcohol use disorder. Such differences are not typically accounted for in ...
Scripps Research Institute - 10/23/2020


Increasing sleep time after trauma could ease ill effects, study says
Increasing the amount of time spent asleep immediately after a traumatic experience may ease any negative consequences, suggests a new study conducted by researchers at Washington State University's Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. Published today in Scientific Reports, the study helps build a case for the use of sleep therapeutics following trauma exposure, said William Vanderheyden, an assistant research professor and the lead author on the study. "Basically, our study has ...
Washington State University - 10/22/2020


COVID-19 anxiety linked to body image issues: Study finds association between stress and anxiety, and negative body image
A new study has found that anxiety and stress directly linked to COVID-19 could be causing a number of body image issues amongst women and men. The research, led by Professor Viren Swami of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, involved 506 UK adults with an average age of 34. Amongst women, the study found that feelings of anxiety and stress caused by COVID-19 were associated with a greater desire for thinness. It also ...
Anglia Ruskin University - 10/22/2020


The mental health impact of pandemics for front line health care staff
Mental health problems such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and depression are common among healthcare staff during and immediately after pandemics - according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Researchers investigated how treating patients in past pandemics such as SARS and MERS affected the mental health of front-line staff. They found that almost a quarter of health-care workers (23.4 per cent) experienced PTSD symptoms during the most intense ...
University of East Anglia - 10/16/2020


High fructose intake may drive aggressive behaviors, ADHD, bipolar: New peer-review paper looks at evolution and current Western diet to help explain manic behaviors
New research suggests that conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity syndrome (ADHD), bipolar disorder, and even aggressive behaviors may be linked with sugar intake, and that it may have an evolutionary basis. The research, out today from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and published in Evolution and Human Behavior, presents a hypothesis supporting a role for fructose, a component of sugar and high fructose corn syrup, and uric acid (a fructose metabolite), in ...
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - 10/16/2020


Study links eating disorders with body dysmorphia: Research finds rate of body dysmorphia is 12 times higher among gymgoers with eating issues
People with eating disorders are 12 times more likely to be preoccupied with perceived flaws in their physical appearance than those without, according to new research published in the journal Eating and Weight Disorders. Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) surveyed more than 1,600 health club members recruited via social media. They found the number of people with body dysmorphic disorder - a mental condition marked by obsession with perceived flaws in appearance ...
Anglia Ruskin University - 10/13/2020



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