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What your hair and saliva say about your risk for depression and cognitive shortfalls during menopause: New study suggests hair and salivary cortisol levels may be correlated with depression symptom severity and cognitive performance
Stress affects the body and brain in many ways by causing the endocrine system to increase cortisol levels. These spiked levels can be found throughout the body. A new study suggests that elevated cortisol levels in the hair and saliva may affect cognitive and mental health in late peri/early postmenopausal women. Study results will be presented during the 2023 Annual Meeting of The Menopause Society in Philadelphia September 27-30. It’s no secret that stress can take a major toll on ...
The Menopause Society - 9/27/2023

Post-traumatic stress symptoms can cause problems in the bedroom for midlife women: New study suggests association between PTSD and poor sexual functioning
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been associated with a number of adverse mental and physical health outcomes. Little is known, however, regarding its impact on sexual functioning among midlife women. A new study is shedding light on the topic, suggesting that greater PTSD symptoms lead to worse sexual functioning. Study results will be presented during the 2023 Annual Meeting of The Menopause Society in Philadelphia, September 27-30. PTSD is more common among ...
The Menopause Society - 9/27/2023

Common brain network detected among people with substance use disorder
A new study by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a founding member of the Mass General Brigham healthcare system, suggests a common brain network exists among people with substance use disorder. By evaluating data from across more than 144 studies of addiction, the team found abnormalities across substance use disorders mapped to a common brain network across substances and lesion locations, suggesting a potential brain circuit to target with neurostimulation therapies.
Brigham and Women's Hospital - 9/25/2023

Posttraumatic brain activity predicts resilience to PTSD
After a traumatic experience, most people recover without incident, but some people – between 2% and 10%– develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition that can cause debilitating symptoms of anxiety due to emotional dysregulation. PTSD symptoms are present in up to 40% of trauma survivors in the acute aftermath of trauma, but full-blown PTSD develops in only a small subset of cases. Early identification of those at risk is critical for both early treatment and ...
Elsevier - 9/21/2023

Suppressing negative thoughts may be good for mental health after all, study suggests
The commonly-held belief that attempting to suppress negative thoughts is bad for our mental health could be wrong, a new study from scientists at the University of Cambridge suggests. Researchers at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit trained 120 volunteers worldwide to suppress thoughts about negative events that worried them, and found that not only did these become less vivid, but that the participants’ mental health also improved.
University of Cambridge - 9/20/2023

Calm and hope as medicine during stress
Periods of collective stress, such as a pandemic or climate crisis, have a major impact on our psychological wellbeing. What role do emotions play in helping us cope during tough times? In a worldwide study by sixty-two scientists among more than 24,000 participants in fifty-one countries, a relationship was established for the first time between specific emotions and wellbeing during a period of collective stress. Calm and hope appear to be promising routes to psychological wellbeing.
Universiteit van Amsterdam - 9/20/2023

Consumption of ultraprocessed food and risk of depression
The findings of this study suggest that greater ultraprocessed food (UPF; i.e., energy-dense, palatable, and ready-to-eat items) intake, particularly artificial sweeteners and artificially sweetened beverages, is associated with increased risk of depression. Although the mechanism associating UPF to depression is unknown, recent experimental data suggests that artificial sweeteners elicit purinergic transmission in the brain, which may be involved in the etiopathogenesis of depression.
JAMA Network - 9/20/2023

Over 50s with ADHD ‘overlooked’ for diagnosis and treatment, say experts
Doctors urgently need better international guidance on treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the over 50s, conclude world-leading experts reviewing current research on this increasing issue globally. Published in the peer-reviewed journal Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, the team’s findings highlight a ‘striking’ gap in knowledge about older people as existing guidelines focus on children and young adults. “Our analysis concludes that better approaches are urgently ...
Taylor & Francis Group - 9/20/2023

Sexsomnia and sleep eating don’t have treatment guidelines: Arousal disorders can be dangerous, but study shows no consensus on best treatment
If you have sleep apnea or insomnia, sleep specialists have well-vetted guidelines for the best evidence-based treatments. Not so if you have arousal disorders, which include sexsomnia (engaging in sexual activity during sleep), sleep “walking” (walking or running around the house or even doing complex behaviors like driving a car), sleep terrors (screaming and intense fear while asleep), or sleep eating. Unlike nearly every other type of sleep disorder, there are no consensus treatment ...
Northwestern University - 9/14/2023

LSU Health New Orleans study identifies a potential new approach to PTSD treatment
An LSU Health New Orleans research study led by Siqiong June Liu, PhD, Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy, has found that cerebellar inhibitory interneurons are essential for fear memory, a type of emotional memory formation. Inhibitory interneurons within the cerebellar circuitry act as gatekeepers and control the output of the cerebellar cortex. The formation of fear memory requires the activity of these interneurons. The findings, which may lead to a novel treatment approach for ...
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - 9/13/2023

Inflammatory signs for adolescent depression differ between boys and girls
New research led by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London has found that depression and the risk of depression are linked to different inflammatory proteins in boys and girls. When inflammation occurs in the body a host of proteins are released into the blood called cytokines. Previous research has shown that higher levels of cytokines are associated with depression in adults, but little is known about this relationship in adolescence.
King's College London - 9/13/2023

High rates of depression and anxiety in people who use both tobacco and cannabis
People who use both tobacco and cannabis are more likely to report anxiety and depression than those who used tobacco only or those who used neither substance, according to a new study published this week in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Nhung Nguyen of the University of California, San Francisco, USA, and colleagues. Tobacco and cannabis are among the most commonly used substances worldwide, and their co-use has been on the rise amid the expanding legalization of cannabis.
PLOS - 9/13/2023

Healthy lifestyle can help prevent depression – and new research may explain why
A healthy lifestyle that involves moderate alcohol consumption, a healthy diet, regular physical activity, healthy sleep and frequent social connection, while avoiding smoking and too much sedentary behaviour, reduces the risk of depression, new research has found. In research published today in Nature Mental Health, an international team of researchers, including from the University of Cambridge and Fudan University, looked at a combination of factors including lifestyle factors, genetics, ...
University of Cambridge - 9/11/2023

Study sheds light on increased reports of suicidal behavior in teens
Reports of increasing suicidal behaviors in children in the decade leading up to the COVID pandemic suggest there was already a mental health crisis among teens and children. However, a new analysis of data from one state suggests some of this increase is due to changes in how health professionals screen for and report on suicidal thoughts or ideas in young people. “One reason we did this study was to better understand what was happening with regard to the reported increase in suicidal ...
North Carolina State University - 9/11/2023

Sleep-wake therapy gives new hope for teens with depression
Promoting healthy sleep in teen night owls brings adolescents’ biology and school demands in alignment. School systems aren’t built for kids who fall asleep and wake up late, the so-called “night owls,” which may help explain why this group of teens is more prone to depression. Now, researchers at UC San Francisco have found a way to help these kids adjust to their natural sleep-cycle rhythms while still fulfilling their school responsibilities. The findings are a welcome sign for ...
University of California - San Francisco - 9/8/2023

Intellectual disability more common in families with substance use disorder
Children of a parent with alcohol or drug use disorder have a greater risk of intellectual disability, even if the problem only lies with the father, researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden report. According to the study, which is published in the journal eClinicalMedicine, preventive measures should be directed at both parents. It is well known that a woman's alcohol consumption during pregnancy can increase the risk of her child developing an intellectual disability.
Karolinska Institutet - 9/7/2023

Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) risk factor for serious mental health issues: Linked to major depression, post-traumatic stress, anorexia nervosa, suicide attempts; vigilance required for those affected to ward off psychiatric problems, say researchers
The hyperactivity disorder, usually referred to as ADHD, is an independent risk factor for several common and serious mental health issues, finds research published in the open access journal BMJ Mental Health. It is associated with major depression, post traumatic stress disorder, the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, and suicide attempts, the findings show, prompting the researchers to recommend vigilance by health professionals in a bid to ward off these disorders later on.
BMJ - 9/5/2023

Study confirms it: Opposites don't actually attract: A sweeping new analysis including data from millions of couples shows that birds of a feather flock together
Opposites don’t actually attract. That’s the takeaway from a sweeping CU Boulder analysis of more than 130 traits and including millions of couples over more than a century. “Our findings demonstrate that birds of a feather are indeed more likely to flock together,” said first author Tanya Horwitz, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and the Institute for Behavioral Genetics (IBG). The study, published Aug. 31 in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, confirms ...
University of Colorado at Boulder - 9/5/2023

Active children are more resilient
The school year has hardly begun and the first exams are already approaching. According to findings by researchers from the University of Basel, school children cope better with the stress if they get plenty of daily exercise. “Get some exercise!” It’s one suggestion adults frequently hear when they complain about stress in their lives. Exercise helps relieve stress. But does this also apply to children? Does exercise help them manage the pressures to achieve at school?
University of Basel - 9/5/2023

Positive body image linked to better life satisfaction: Largest study of its kind also finds people in rural areas appreciate their bodies more
Having more positive body image is strongly associated with better psychological wellbeing and life satisfaction, according to a new study led by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in England. Published in the journal Body Image, the research is one of the largest studies ever conducted on the topic of body image, involving 56,968 participants in 65 nations. The research was focused on ‘body appreciation’, defined as “accepting, holding favourable opinions toward, and respecting the body, ...
Anglia Ruskin University - 9/5/2023

Children with higher BMI at increased risk of developing depression
Children between ages 12 and 16 with a higher body mass index (BMI) are at an increased risk of developing depression symptoms, new research has found. Associations between a higher BMI and depression were weaker between ages 16 and 21 indicating ages 12-16 is a sensitive point where preventative methods could be beneficial. The study, published recently in Psychological Medicine by researchers from King’s College London, analysed data from more than 10,000 twins in the ...
King's College London - 9/4/2023

Talk therapy with other moms an effective treatment for postpartum depression, McMaster research shows
An innovative model of care that offers new mothers psychotherapy delivered by other mothers who have also experienced post-partum depression (PPD) should be implemented in clinical practice, according to researchers at McMaster University. Researchers worked with nearly 200 mothers over a year and a half, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and found those receiving treatment from their peers were 11 times more likely to experience remission of their major depressive disorder.
McMaster University - 8/31/2023

Is digital media use a risk factor for psychosis in young adults? Young adults who have more frequent psychotic experiences also tend to spend more time on digital media, study finds
On average, young adults in Canada spend several hours on their smartphones every day. Many jump from TikTok to Netflix to Instagram, putting their phone down only to pick up a video game controller. A growing body of research is looking into the potential dangers of digital media overuse, as well as potential benefits of moderate digital media use, from a mental health standpoint. A recent McGill University study of 425 Quebecers between the ages of 18 and 25 has found that young adults who ...
McGill University - 8/31/2023

Your genes influence whether depression leads to other diseases
Almost one in five Danes experiences depression during their lives. A new study from Aarhus University now shows that the genetic risk of depression can be linked to an increased genetic risk of other psychiatric diagnoses. The study has just been published in Nature Medicine. Through a detailed genetic scan, the researchers studied the genome of 1.3 million people, where more than 370,000 of them suffered from depression. This is the largest genetic study of depression to date, ...
Aarhus University - 8/29/2023

Innovative therapy for anorexia nervosa shows promise
A trailblazing study conducted by researchers at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) in Tulsa, Okla., has made significant strides with a novel technique for treating anorexia nervosa (AN), an eating disorder characterized by low body weight, body image abnormalities, and anxiety. The study, “The impact of floatation therapy on body image and anxiety in anorexia nervosa: a randomized clinical efficacy trial,” appears in the peer-reviewed scientific journal eClinicalMedicine, ...
Laureate Institute for Brain Research - 8/29/2023

More sleep could reduce impulsive behavior in children: Study finds that improved sleep can reduce environmental stressors’ negative influence on behavior
Sleep is a critical part of a child's overall health, but it can also be an important factor in the way they behave. According to a new study from the Youth Development Institute at University of Georgia, getting enough sleep can help children combat the effects of stressful environments. "Stressful environments are shown to make adolescents seek immediate rewards rather than delayed rewards, but there are also adolescents who are in stressful environments who are not impulsive," ...
University of Georgia - 8/29/2023

Overlooked part of brain could play critical role in addiction recovery
Researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine have discovered a neglected brain region that could play a critical role in how likely a person with drug use disorders is to relapse, even after a long withdrawal period. Their findings were published recently in Biological Psychiatry. “Past studies in the field of addiction research have focused on the medial prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain that controls decision making, but no effective prevention or treatment for ...
Indiana University School of Medicine - 8/24/2023

Social media does not cause depression in children and young people: Yes, kids spend a lot of time on social media. And the prevalence of depression in youths has increased. But there's no evidence of a causal link
“The prevalence of anxiety and depression has increased. As has the use of social media. Many people therefore believe that there has to be a correlation,” says Silje Steinsbekk, a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's (NTNU) Department of Psychology. But that is not the case if we are to believe the results of the study “Social media behaviours and symptoms of anxiety and depression. A four-wave cohort study from age 10-16 years”.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology - 8/24/2023

Formerly depressed patients continue to focus on negative: Attending to positives may be as important as minimizing negatives to prevent relapse, study says
People who have recovered from a major depressive episode, when compared with individuals who have never experienced one, tend to spend more time processing negative information and less time processing positive information, putting them at risk for a relapse, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “Our findings suggest that people who have a history of depression spend more time processing negative information, such as sad faces, than positive ...
American Psychological Association - 8/21/2023

Overuse of social media and devices top parent concerns as kids head back to school: Over half of parents worried about mental health issues; children's health concerns greater among parents in low-income households
As children head back to school, two issues have climbed higher on their parents' list of concerns: the role of social media and the internet in kids' lives. Over half of parents also rate mental health issues as leading health concerns for children and teens, according to the University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. Overall, emotional health and technology use dominated this year's top 10 list of parent concerns about health-related ...
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan - 8/21/2023

Anxious people use less suitable section of brain to control emotions
When choosing their behaviour in socially difficult situations, anxious people use a less suitable section of the forebrain than people who are not anxious. This can be seen in brain scans, as shown by the research of Bob Bramson and Sjoerd Meijer at the Donders Institute of Radboud University. For example, an anxious and a non-anxious person both run into someone whom they've been in love with for quite some time. Both of them find this tense and both would like to ask the person out on ...
Radboud University Nijmegen - 8/17/2023

Why parental pressures are taking the fun out of children’s play
Modern day parenting pressures and expectations are leading to the death knell for children enjoying spontaneous play, according to a new study from the University of Essex. Whilst parents have always felt some responsibility for their children's development, the heightened intensity of parenting in recent years now means parents are expected to spend more time exhaustively watching, noticing and responding to their children's desires and behaviours. This, the research suggests, is leaving ...
University of Essex - 8/15/2023

Positive “resilience factors” can help older adults mitigate negative effects of loneliness, study finds: Positive factors include engaging in activities, expanding one’s social network, and using technology
“Resilience factors”, such as engaging in more activities, expanding one’s social network, and increasing the use of technology, can lower the risk of loneliness among the elderly, new research finds. These “resilience factors” help decrease the negative physical and mental health consequences that are associated with loneliness, said lead author Julianna Liu, Medical Student Training in Aging Research Scholar, Aging Brain Center, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, ...
Hebrew SeniorLife Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research - 8/15/2023

Social media use interventions alleviate symptoms of depression
Receiving therapy for problematic social media use can be effective in improving the mental wellbeing of people with depression, finds a new study by UCL researchers. The research, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, found that social media use interventions could help adults for whom social media use has become problematic or interferes with their mental health. Problematic use is when a person’s pre-occupation with social media results in a distraction from their primary ...
University College London - 8/11/2023

Mothers experiencing depression can still thrive as parents: UBC Okanagan researcher explores how external supports offset the risks to children’s health posed by maternal depression
The proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” takes on new significance when a mother of a child is experiencing depression. “Being a mother with depression carries increased risks for a child’s physical and psychological health,” says Dr. Sarah Dow-Fleisner, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and Director of the Centre for the Study of Services to Children and Families at UBC Okanagan. “But it’s not fated to be, especially if mothers have external supports.”
University of British Columbia Okanagan campus - 8/8/2023

Symptoms of the body and the mind are frequent fellow travelers: JAMA Network Open commentary focuses on the relationship of pain, depression and anxiety
Chronic pain is often accompanied by depression and anxiety. In an invited commentary published in JAMA Network Open, Kurt Kroenke, M.D., of Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine, discusses the relationship between pain, the most common symptom for which individuals visit a physician, and depression and anxiety, the two most prevalent mental health conditions worldwide. He highlights the importance of not neglecting psychological symptoms in patients experiencing pain.
Regenstrief Institute - 8/7/2023

Robust analysis challenges theory that depression and anxiety increase cancer risk
Depression and anxiety are thought to increase a person’s risk of developing cancer, but research results have been inconclusive. In an analysis of multiple studies from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Norway, and Canada, investigators found that depression and anxiety are not linked to higher risks for most types of cancer among this population. The analysis is published by Wiley online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Experts have suspected that ...
Wiley - 8/7/2023

Better coaching to promote a person's growth: New research suggests more effective approach -- for managers, therapists, teachers and parents
What if there was a more effective way to coach and inspire your employees? Athletes? Students? Even your kids? A new study by a team of researchers from Case Western Reserve University suggests there is. Their newly published work used neuroimaging to peer into the brains of participants as they responded to two different styles of coaching. The researchers wanted to see what happens in the brain that either helps people grow or causes them to resist change.
Case Western Reserve University - 8/3/2023

Childhood trauma may heighten subsequent risk of pregnancy complications: Pregnancy related diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, low birthweight/premature babies more likely
Childhood trauma, such as abuse, emotional neglect, and exposure to domestic violence, may heighten a woman’s subsequent risk of pregnancy complications, and of giving birth to a low birthweight or premature baby, finds a pooled data analysis of the available evidence, published in the open access journal BMJ Open. The risks of pregnancy related diabetes, high blood pressure, depression/anxiety and of giving birth to underweight and or premature babies may all be significantly higher, ...
BMJ - 8/3/2023

Modern antidepressants may reduce risk of relapse for patients with bipolar depression
Treatment with modern antidepressants may help prevent patients with bipolar disorder from relapsing into a depressive episode, according to an international clinical trial led by researchers at the University of British Columbia. The findings, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, challenge current clinical practice guidelines and could change how bipolar depression is managed globally. “Treating depression in bipolar disorder is challenging and the depressive episodes can ...
University of British Columbia - 8/2/2023

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