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Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy benefits people with depression through promoting self-kindness
New research shows that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) can help promote self-kindness in people with a history of depression, thereby putting their bodies in a state of safety and relaxation. The research, led by the University of Exeter with collaboration from the universities of Oxford and Magdeburg, indicates that MBCT may help break the cycle of highly critical thoughts and feelings of worthlessness, which often lead people with depression to relapse.
University of Exeter - 3/9/2022


Pregnant women have lingering depression despite antidepressant treatment: First study to show pregnant and postpartum women experience depression, anxiety even with medication
Despite using antidepressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), many pregnant women had lingering depression and anxiety symptoms throughout their pregnancy and postpartum, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. The study also found anxiety symptoms are common in treated depressed women, with symptoms worsening over time in some women. This is the first study to measure the different trajectories of depression and anxiety in pregnant and postpartum women.
Northwestern University - 3/4/2022


Exposure to great outdoors boosted mental health during pandemic: Study finds those who spent more time in green spaces reported less depression, anxiety
People exposed to more green space during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic reported significantly less depression and anxiety, according to new University of Colorado Boulder research published March 2 in the journal PLOS One. The study also found that, at a time when mental health problems soared due to financial woes, supply shortages and nonstop news coverage of the virus, people sought solace in the great outdoors, with one-third spending more time there than ...
University of Colorado at Boulder - 3/2/2022


Connecting stress, weight, and social anxiety in early adolescence
Between the end of childhood and the beginning of adolescence, there is a critical window of time referred to as “peripuberty”. This transitional period involves developmental changes in both fat tissue and in the brain in which both can be re-programmed by exposure to stress which can cause long-lasting changes in the size of fat cells (adipocytes) size and composition, as well as social behavior. In a new study, scientists led by Professor Carmen Sandi at EPFL, have found that stress ...
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - 3/2/2022


Mindfulness therapy reduces opioid misuse and chronic pain
Results from a new clinical trial demonstrate that an eight-week mindfulness-based therapy -- Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) -- decreased opioid use and misuse while reducing chronic pain symptoms, with effects lasting as long as nine months. This is the first large-scale clinical trial to demonstrate that a psychological intervention can simultaneously reduce opioid misuse and chronic pain among people who were prescribed opioid pain relievers.
University of Utah - 3/1/2022


ADHD linked to hoarding behaviour – new study: As many as 1 in 5 adults with ADHD could have significant hoarding symptoms
New research has found that people with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are significantly more likely to also exhibit hoarding behaviours, which can have a serious impact on their quality of life. The study, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research and funded by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust, found that almost one in five people with ADHD exhibited clinically significant levels of hoarding, indicating there could be a hidden population of adults ...
Anglia Ruskin University - 2/25/2022


Do pets have a positive effect on your brain health? Study shows long-term pet ownership linked to slower decline in cognition over time
Owning a pet, like a dog or cat, especially for five years or longer, may be linked to slower cognitive decline in older adults, according to a preliminary study released today, February 23, 2022. "Prior studies have suggested that the human-animal bond may have health benefits like decreasing blood pressure and stress," said study author Tiffany Braley, MD, MS, of the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. "Our results ...
American Academy of Neurology - 2/23/2022


One in three young people say their mental health and wellbeing improved during COVID-19 lockdown measures, with potential contributing factors including feeling less lonely, avoiding bullying and getting more sleep and exercise
As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, many countries imposed strict lockdown measures, with workplaces and businesses closing and people forced to remain at home. Measures also included school closures, with exceptions for young people whose parents were classified as essential workers and those considered ‘vulnerable’, for example children under the care of social services and those in families or social situations deemed by schools to be of concern. Several studies have ...
University of Cambridge - 2/22/2022


Children with insomnia likely to continue to suffer as adults, long-term study finds
Children with insomnia symptoms are likely to persist with them as young adults and are significantly more likely to develop an insomnia disorder in early adulthood compared to children who do not have difficulty sleeping, according to new research. The study describes the developmental trajectories of childhood insomnia symptoms through adolescence and into young adulthood.
Penn State - 2/17/2022


Study shows high prevalence of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder after COVID-19
In a study involving 425 patients who recovered from moderate and severe COVID-19, researchers at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil observed a high prevalence of cognitive deficits and psychiatric impairments. The assessments were conducted between six and nine months after discharge from Hospital das Clínicas (HC), the hospital complex run by the university’s Medical School (FM-USP). Half the participants (51.1%) reported memory decline after the infection.
Agência FAPESP - 2/15/2022


Study highlights worldwide disparities in treatment rates for major depressive disorder
A combined analysis of results from 149 earlier studies finds that treatment rates for major depressive disorder remain low worldwide, particularly for people living in low and lower-middle income countries. Alize Ferrari of the University of Queensland, Australia, Modhurima Moitra of the University of Washington, U.S., and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine. In recent years, national and global initiatives have made increasing efforts to address the ...
PLOS - 2/15/2022


COVID-19 vaccination boosts mental health along with immunity, study finds
Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 measurably improved the psychological well-being of participants in the Understanding Coronavirus in America study, a large longitudinal look at the impact of the pandemic on individuals in the United States. Vaccination was associated with declines in distress and perceived risks of infection, hospitalization, and death. The study, appearing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published by Elsevier, validates the intuitive but previously ...
Elsevier - 2/15/2022


Behavioral treatments for ADHD: For which children do they work? Children with more severe ADHD or conduct disorder symptoms, and children from single-parent families should be given priority when it comes to providing behavioral interventions
A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), published by Elsevier, reports that certain children with ADHD should be given priority when it comes to behavioral treatment. “Behavioral treatments are found to reduce symptoms of ADHD, tackle behavioral problems, and reduce functional impairment in children with ADHD. However, these treatments may not be equally effective for all children with ADHD, ...
Elsevier - 2/9/2022


Where mental health help is scarce, telehealth makes a big difference
When the nearest psychiatrist’s office is dozens or even hundreds of miles away, a virtual connection may be enough to help people living with serious mental health conditions get effective care through their local primary care clinic, a new study shows. The randomized study of just over 1,000 people with post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder or both conditions shows that most patients engaged with either of two types of telehealth. The study also gives insights into which ...
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan - 2/7/2022


The ‘silent epidemic’: Study reveals impact of loneliness among older American women during the pandemic
A University at Buffalo researcher is among the co-authors on a recent paper that reveals how loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic has affected American women over the age of 70. The study of more than 27,400 Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) participants ranging in age from 71 to 104 shows that loneliness increased among women when measured during the early months of the pandemic compared to when they were surveyed a few years before the pandemic began. This increase ...
University at Buffalo - 2/7/2022


Study finds high levels of depression, anxiety among disabled people during COVID-19 pandemic
A new study from Oregon State University confirms what many in the disabled community already know: People with disabilities have been experiencing high levels of depression and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social isolation was the main predictor for both depression and anxiety, said Kathleen Bogart, co-author on the study and an associate professor of psychology at OSU. "We know that people with disabilities were more socially isolated before the pandemic, so for a variety of ...
Oregon State University - 2/3/2022


Depression and anxiety spiked in pregnant women during COVID-19 pandemic, research shows
The COVID-19 pandemic caused a spike in depression and anxiety in expectant mums, a new study by the University of Essex has revealed. The research found social support protected against anxiety symptoms associated with the pandemic but highlighted changes to maternity services forced by lockdown and other restrictions likely hit mental health. It is speculated in the BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth-published paper that the removal of appointments and other changes to face-to-face ...
University of Essex - 1/31/2022


Another pandemic challenge for nurses: Sleep problems - Difficulty sleeping due to work stress and scheduling contributes to nurses' anxiety and depression
More than half of nurses had difficulty sleeping during the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic—and getting less sleep increased their odds of experiencing anxiety and depression, according to a new study led by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. “Nurses are already at risk for higher rates of depression and insufficient sleep compared to other professions, thanks to the stress of patient care and the nature of shift work. The pandemic seems to have further ...
New York University - 1/27/2022


Study reveals fourfold range in rates of mental health problems among US children based on relational and social risks
A large multi-year study based on 2016-2019 data found that children facing relational and social risks are more likely to have mental, emotional, or behavioral health problems, but the negative impact of these problems on child resilience, self-regulation and school engagement can be offset by protective factors such as strong caretaker-child connection and family resilience. The study, led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, also found that children who were ...
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health - 1/25/2022


The best way to fix a sad mood: Whatever you think works best: Study finds advantage to believing you’re using your strengths
What's the best way to improve a sad mood? It may be whatever skill you think you're best at, a new study suggests. Think you're good at mindfulness techniques? Then that may work best for you. Or do you believe a more cognitive approach is your strength? Then use that. Researchers found that people who were in a sad mood improved more quickly when they used a mood-improving method that they were told was their strongest skill. These participants improved more quickly than ...
Ohio State University - 1/20/2022


How do the effects of childhood abuse extend into middle age?
Childhood sexual abuse can lead to depression, anxiety, cardiovascular disease and other health problems later in life. Not all abused children experience these problems, however, and researchers are working to understand whose health is affected and why. In a new article in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, a team of researchers led by faculty in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development examined how the production of the stress hormone cortisol differs from childhood to ...
Penn State - 1/13/2022


Stress associated with an increased risk of getting Covid-19, study finds
A new study has found that people who experienced increased stress, anxiety and depression at the start of the pandemic, were at greater risk of getting Covid-19. The research, published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine, found that greater psychological distress during the early phase of the pandemic was significantly associated with participants later reporting SARS-CoV-2 infection, a greater number of symptoms and also more severe symptoms.
University of Nottingham - 1/12/2022


Could childhood inflammation or infection be a cause of depression and psychosis?
A growing body of research suggests that early-life infection, inflammation, and metabolic changes could contribute to psychiatric disorders – perhaps via effects during critical periods of brain development. New evidence on how "immunometabolic" risk factors in childhood may affect the development of depression and psychotic disorders in adulthood is presented in the January/February special issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry. If confirmed, this line of research might lead to ...
Wolters Kluwer Health - 1/11/2022


Scientists may have discovered why severe depression affects women and men differently
A team of Université Laval scientists may have discovered why severe depression affects women and men differently, according to a study published today in Nature Communications. The researchers examined the brains of people with depression at the time of death and discovered alterations located in different parts of the brain for each sex. They also identified a potential depression biomarker in women.
Université Laval - 1/10/2022


Abnormal thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy may increase the risk of preschool boys’ behavioral problems
Thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy may predict preschool boys' emotional and behavioral problems, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Thyroid hormones are crucial for normal development of a baby's brain and nervous system. During the first trimester -- the first three months of pregnancy -- a baby depends on its mother's supply of thyroid hormone, which comes through the placenta. Levels of maternal thyroid ...
The Endocrine Society - 1/6/2022


Findings open the way to more precise diagnoses and treatments of Alzheimer’s disease
An international team lead by Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine has made a significant breakthrough in understanding why Alzheimer's disease progresses so rapidly in some people that they die within three years. The researchers found a link between strains of misshapen and fast-replicating tau protein and accelerated cognitive decline -- a critical result that illuminates the variations in Alzheimer's disease and could help lead to more precise diagnoses ...
Case Western Reserve University - 1/5/2022


Study finds later school start times prevent sleep deprivation for parents of middle and high school students: Bedtimes remained constant while parents of adolescents slept later into the morning
A new study by researchers at National Jewish Health finds that parents of adolescents got more sleep when middle and high schools start about an hour later, while the sleep habits of parents of younger children were unaffected by earlier elementary school start times. The study is the first-ever to examine parent sleep as an outcome for changing school start times.
National Jewish Health - 1/4/2022


The connection between TikTok and teens struggling with mental health
Psychiatry professor Dr. Wizdom Powell discusses the issues with teens diagnosing themselves with mental illness on TikTok, and shares advice for parents.
Yahoo News - 12/29/2021


Clinical trial reveals that omega-3 fish oil supplements do not help prevent depression: Findings help clarify mixed results from previous studies
Results from the largest clinical trial of its kind do not support the use of fish oil supplements—a source of omega-3 fatty acid—to help prevent depression. The findings are published in JAMA by a team led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Experts have recommended omega-3 supplements for reducing the recurrence of depression in some high-risk patients, but there are no guidelines related to the use of these ...
Massachusetts General Hospital - 12/21/2021


Stigma surrounding depression drops for first time in US, but increases for other mental illnesses
For the first time since national data have been tracked in the United States, stigma toward people with depression has dropped significantly, according to a study by Indiana University researchers. However, stigma levels for other mental illnesses remained stagnant and, in some cases, have increased. The findings can help shape treatment of those with mental illness and have an impact on anti-stigma programs and policies to help people find support, the researchers said.
Indiana University - 12/21/2021


1 in 5 parents say their holiday stress level negatively affects their child’s enjoyment of the season
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – happy family gatherings, joyful reactions to gifts under the tree and carrying on cherished traditions. At least that’s the picture many parents imagine creating for their children during the holidays. But for many moms and dads, trying to live up to that ideal may bring stress and anxiety that takes away from the holiday magic for their kids, a new national poll suggests. One in five parents believe their child has unrealistic expectations for the ...
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan - 12/20/2021


Small measures can be a big help for children of mothers with depression
Several new studies among Syrian refugee families in Turkey and families with infants in Sweden and Bhutan show that children of mothers in poor mental health risk falling behind in their cognitive development. However, very small changes can suffice to break this correlation and enable the children to return to their normal developmental level. Having plenty of people around them and an available community are two of the most important factors for helping children, in all three countries.
Uppsala University - 12/20/2021


Prescribe fewer antidepressants, and for shorter periods, doctors advised: Trial data don’t often assess outcomes that matter most to patients
Doctors should prescribe fewer antidepressants and for shorter periods of time, because of the ongoing uncertainties about their effectiveness and the potential severity and durability of the withdrawal symptoms associated with them, suggests a review of the evidence on antidepressant use, published online in the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin. The use of antidepressants is also associated with a range of side effects, while the clinical trial data mostly don’t assess the outcomes that ...
BMJ - 12/20/2021


Virtually guided exposure therapy improves outcomes in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, preliminary study finds
Virtually guided prolonged exposure therapy reduced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms more effectively than prolonged exposure alone in a pilot study of 40 civilians and veterans. The study was conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and in partnership with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Given that up to 8% of the U.S. population and 20% of veterans are affected by PTSD, this study’s findings are important in expanding the reach of therapy for PTSD.
Medical University of South Carolina - 12/15/2021


Dog ownership was associated with fewer negative psychological impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a US survey
Major life events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, affect psychological and physiological health. Social support, or the lack thereof, can modulate these effects. The context of the COVID-19 pandemic offered a unique opportunity to better understand how dogs may provide social support for their owners and buffer heightened symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression and contribute to happiness during a major global crisis.
PLOS - 12/15/2021


Digital therapy for prenatal insomnia may prevent postpartum depression
A digital version of cognitive behavioral therapy, or dCBT, that previously had been shown to reduce insomnia during pregnancy may also prevent postpartum depression and reduce insomnia and anxiety in women up to six months after they give birth, according to a new study by researchers at UC San Francisco. The study, which appears in the current issue of the journal Sleep, is unique in showing that non-depressed women who received dCBT for insomnia during pregnancy also slept ...
University of California - San Francisco - 12/15/2021


What is treatment-resistant depression? New report calls for clearer definition to inform research and improve treatment
A group of mental health experts from research, industry, regulatory bodies and with lived experience have proposed new agreed criteria to define the type of depression that current medications and therapies cannot treat effectively. The report aims to provide consistent definitions for future research, and especially for designing clinical trials for new medications, with the aim of helping to develop more tailored and effective treatments for people experiencing this difficult condition.
King's College London - 12/14/2021


Researchers identify brain signals associated with OCD symptoms, paving way for adaptive treatment
In an effort to improve treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder, a team of researchers has for the first time recorded electrical signals in the human brain associated with ebbs and flows in OCD symptoms over an extended period in their homes as they went about daily living. The research could be an important step in making an emerging therapy called deep brain stimulation responsive to everyday changes in OCD symptoms.
Brown University - 12/9/2021


Stress makes life’s clock tick faster. Chilling out slows it down
Scientists in recent years have developed ways to measure biological age by tracking chemical changes in DNA that occur naturally as people age but occur at different times in different people. These so-called “epigenetic clocks” have proved to be better predictors of lifespan and health than chronological age. In a new study, Yale researchers used one such clock, appropriately named “GrimAge,” to ask two questions: How much does chronic stress accelerate that biological clock?
Yale University - 12/6/2021


Minimal Effort Required: A Ten-Minute Run Can Boost Brain Processing
Running may be a useful activity to undertake for better mental health. University of Tsukuba researchers have found that only ten minutes of moderate-intensity running increases local blood flow to the various loci in the bilateral prefrontal cortex—the part of the brain that plays an important role in controlling mood and executive functions. These findings may contribute to the development of a wider range of treatment recommendations to benefit mental health.
University of Tsukuba - 12/6/2021


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