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Facebook users' wishful thinking: Cyberbullying, depression won't happen to me
Facebook users with so-called optimistic bias think they're less likely than other users to experience cyberbullying, depression and other negative social and psychological effects from using the site, a study finds. The study suggests that optimistic bias, or an intrinsic tendency to imagine future events in a favorable light that enhances positive self-regard -- in other words, wishful thinking -- leaves those Facebook users vulnerable to the negative realities of social media.
ScienceDaily - 4/16/2015


New review recognizes the importance of counselling in those affected by infertility
The psychological impact and private agony of infertility must be carefully considered by healthcare professionals, suggests a new review, published today (Friday 10 April) in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist (TOG). The review identifies infertility as a complex state and life crisis and sets out the dangers of neglecting the emotional impact of involuntary childlessness and viewing it solely in biological or medical terms.
EurekAlert - 4/16/2015


Substance Abuse Reported by About 1 in 10 American Workers: Government report detects uptick among hotel, food service employees
Nearly one in 10 full-time workers in the United States has had a recent substance abuse problem, a new government study reveals. Analysis of data gathered between 2008 and 2012 from more than 111,500 adults with full-time jobs revealed that 9.5 percent of them had an alcohol or illicit-drug disorder in the previous year. "Substance use issues pose an enormous risk to the health, safety and productivity of American workers," said Pamela Hyde, administrator of ...
HealthDay - 4/16/2015


One-third of women with ADHD report being sexually abused during childhood
Adults who have ADHD are much more likely to report they were sexually and physically abused before they turned 16 than their peers without ADHD, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto. Among women, 34 per cent of those with ADHD reported they were sexually abused before they turned 18. In contrast, 14 per cent of women without ADHD reported that they had experienced childhood sexual abuse. Twice as many women with ADHD ...
ScienceDaily - 4/15/2015


Family Stress May Figure in Soldiers' Suicide Risk: Findings suggest need to support those at home, expert says
Service members who have to deal with trouble at home when they're deployed may be at increased risk of suicidal thoughts, a study of U.S. veterans suggests. In a survey of more than 1,000 Iraq and Afghanistan vets, researchers found that about 14 percent said they'd had suicidal thoughts in recent months. And the odds were greater for those who'd dealt with family stress or felt unsupported by family members during their deployment.
HealthDay - 4/10/2015


Patient-Therapist relationship most important issue when it comes to psychosis patients, experts say
A study by researchers at The University of Manchester and the University of Liverpool has examined the psychological treatment of more than 300 people suffering from psychosis, showing that, whatever the therapy, it is the relationship between the patient and therapist which either improves or damages wellbeing. The research relates to one of the more controversial ideas in psychotherapy research -- the Dodo bird conjecture. Named after a bird in ...
ScienceDaily - 4/10/2015


Mental Disorders and Physical Diseases Co-occur in Teenagers
Every third teenager has suffered from one mental disorder and one physical disease. These co-occurrences come in specific associations: More often than average, depression occurs together with diseases of the digestive system, eating disorders with seizures and anxiety disorders together with arthritis, heart disease as well as diseases of the digestives system. These findings were reported by researchers from the University of Basel and the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
University of Basel - 4/8/2015


Facebook use linked to depressive symptoms
The social media site, Facebook, can be an effective tool for connecting with new and old friends. However, some users may find themselves spending quite a bit of time viewing Facebook and may inevitably begin comparing what's happening in their lives to the activities and accomplishments of their friends.
ScienceDaily - 4/6/2015


Extraversion May Be Less Common Than We Think
Social scientists have long known that, statistically speaking, our friends are more popular than we are. It’s a simple matter of math: Because popular people have more friends, they are disproportionately represented in social networks—which guarantees that on average, our friends have more friends than we do. New research by researchers Daniel C. Feiler and Adam M. Kleinbaum of Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College extends this so-called ...
Association for Psychological Science - 4/6/2015


Can light therapy help the brain? VA study with 160 Gulf War veterans will test red, near-infrared light
Following up on promising results from pilot work, researchers at the VA Boston Healthcare System are testing the effects of light therapy on brain function in veterans with Gulf War Illness. Veterans in the study wear a helmet lined with light-emitting diodes that apply red and near-infrared light to the scalp. They also have diodes placed in their nostrils, to deliver photons to the deeper parts of the brain. The light is painless and generates no heat. A treatment takes ...
EurekAlert - 4/6/2015


Depression, insomnia are strongest risk factors for frequent nightmares
Symptoms of depression and insomnia are the strongest predictors of having frequent nightmares, a new study concludes. "Our study shows a clear connection between well-being and nightmares," reports the lead author.
ScienceDaily - 4/2/2015


Age matters: Discovering why antidepressants don't work well for kids
A new study had researchers seeking answers to why the therapeutic benefit afforded by SSRIs was so limited in children and teenagers. If researchers can uncover the biological mechanisms preventing available treatments from producing antidepressant effects, scientists can then target those mechanisms to develop new antidepressants that will treat childhood and adolescent depression more effectively.
ScienceDaily - 3/31/2015


Shift to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Identities in Early Adulthood Tied to Depressive Symptoms
People whose sexual identities changed toward same-sex attraction in early adulthood reported more symptoms of depression in a nationwide survey than those whose sexual orientations did not change or changed in the opposite direction, according to a new study by a University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) sociologist.
American Sociological Association - 3/31/2015


Poor behavior linked to time spent playing video games, not the games played
Children who play video games for more than three hours a day are more likely to be hyperactive, get involved in fights and not be interested in school, says a new study. It examined the effects of different types of games and time spent playing on children's social and academic behavior.
ScienceDaily - 3/31/2015


'Religiously integrated' psychotherapy is effective for depression
For chronically ill patients with major depression, an approach to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that incorporates patients' religious beliefs is at least as effective as conventional CBT, suggests a study in the April issue of The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. "Integrating religious clients' beliefs into CBT does not appear to significantly reduce its effectiveness, especially in religious clients," ...
EurekAlert - 3/31/2015


Sleep loss tied to emotional reactions
A person's loss of sleep can be connected to their likelihood of reacting emotionally to a stressful situation. That is one of the recent findings included in a new book, Sleep and Affect: Assessment, Theory and Clinical Implications, co-edited by a University of Arkansas psychology professor and his former doctoral student. Affect is a term in psychology that describes a broad range of emotional experiences. "In our study, we wanted to find out if there was a link between the ...
ScienceDaily - 3/25/2015


Suicide risk: Variety of dialectical behavior therapy interventions with therapists effective
A variety of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) interventions helped to reduce suicide attempts and nonsuicidal self-injury acts in a randomized clinical trial of women with borderline personality disorder who were highly suicidal, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. DBT is a multicomponent therapy for individuals at high risk for suicide and for those with multiple severe mental disorders, particularly those who have marked impulsivity and ...
ScienceDaily - 3/25/2015


Could Smoggy Air Raise Your Anxiety Level? Possibly, one study suggests, while another links pollution to increased stroke risk
Air pollution may take a toll not only on physical health, but mental well-being as well, two new studies suggest. In one, researchers confirmed a long-studied connection between air pollution and cardiovascular health -- finding evidence that dirty air may help trigger strokes in vulnerable people. The other study looked at a newer question: Could air pollution also affect mental health? The answer, it found, is "possibly." Among over 70,000 U.S. women in the study, ...
HealthDay - 3/25/2015


Joblessness Triples Odds for Depression in Young Adults: But researchers don't know if unemployment contributes to depression or depression contributes to unemployment
Unemployed young adults have three times the risk of depression compared to their employed peers, a new study finds. "Unemployment and depression are significantly related among emerging adults," said lead author Robin McGee, from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. What isn't clear from this study: which problem causes the other? This study was only designed to tease out an association between these issues.
HealthDay - 3/19/2015


Can Fish Oil Help Boys With ADHD Pay Attention? Perhaps, but it won't take the place of medication, expert says
Boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may benefit from the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and some vegetable oils, a small European study suggests. Those who regularly ate an omega-3-loaded margarine experienced an improvement in their ability to pay attention, compared with boys who did not, researchers report in the March 19 issue of Neuropsychopharmacology.
HealthDay - 3/19/2015


Yoga May Help Ease Depression in Pregnant Women: Finding suggests it might sometimes be alternative to antidepressants, talk therapy
New research suggests that yoga may help ease depression in pregnant women. "This is really about trying to develop a wider range of options that suit women who are experiencing these kind of symptoms during pregnancy," lead author Cynthia Battle, an associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, said in a university news release. In the study, 34 pregnant women with depression attended yoga classes for 10 weeks. The women were ...
HealthDay - 3/19/2015


Low vitamin D levels and depression linked in young women, new OSU study shows
A new study from Oregon State University suggests there is a relationship between low levels of vitamin D and depression in otherwise healthy young women. OSU researchers found that young women with lower levels of vitamin D were more likely to have clinically significant depressive symptoms over the course of a five-week study, lead author David Kerr said. The results were consistent even when researchers took into account other possible explanations, such as ..
Oregon State University - 3/18/2015


Risk patterns identified that make people more vulnerable to PTSD
Researchers have built a new computational tool that identifies 800 different ways people are at increased risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), permitting for the first time a personalized prediction guide. Results from the study out of NYU Langone Medical Center are published online (date) in the journal BMC Psychiatry. "Our study shows that high-risk individuals who have experienced a traumatic event can be identified less than two weeks after they are first seen ...
EurekAlert - 3/16/2015


How cannabis use affects people with Bipolar Disorder
The first study to examine the use of cannabis in the context of daily life among people with Bipolar Disorder has shown how the drug is linked to increases in both manic and depressive symptoms. Around 2% of the UK population has Bipolar Disorder, with up to 60% using cannabis at some point in their lives, but research in this area is limited and reasons for high levels of use are unclear.
ScienceDaily - 3/13/2015


Understanding Loneliness Through Science
Loneliness may be a fundamental part of the human condition, but scientists have only recently begun exploring its causes, consequences, and potential interventions. A special section in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, aims to bring these strands of inquiry together, presenting a series of articles that review the current state of scientific research on loneliness.
Association for Psychological Science - 3/12/2015


Could yoga lessen prenatal depression?
A community-based prenatal yoga program may be an acceptable, safe, and effective intervention to reduce the symptoms of depression among pregnant women, according to initial results from a small pilot study. The results suggest that further research is warranted, the authors said.
Brown University - 3/11/2015


Some Emotions May Spur Urge to Pick or Pull at Skin, Hair, Nails: Study finds boredom, frustration, impatience fuel repetitive, body-focused behaviors in certain people
Boredom, frustration and impatience can trigger chronic skin-picking, nail-biting, hair-pulling and other repetitive behaviors in some people, a new study suggests. The University of Montreal researchers conducted experiments with 24 people who had these types of behaviors and a "control group" of 24 people without any of the behaviors.
HealthDay - 3/11/2015


Experience of time is altered in depression, meta-study shows
Patients suffering from depression appear to experience time differently than healthy individuals. Statements made by patients in a recent study indicate that for them time seems to pass extremely slowly or even stands still. Psychologists have collated relevant studies on the subject to analyze them in a meta-study.
ScienceDaily - 3/11/2015


Can Intensive Mindfulness Training Improve Depression?
Depression affects about 350 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of disability. Mindfulness training is a promising approach to decreasing depressive symptoms. The success of an intensive mindfulness meditation program on reducing depression, and how factors such as age, gender, and spirituality affect an individual’s response to training are presented in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a peer-reviewed ...
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers - 3/10/2015


Depression May Worsen Problem of Obesity Among the Poor: Study found link between mental disorder, unhealthy nutritional choices in this high-risk population
Depression may increase the risk of poor nutrition and obesity among Americans receiving food assistance, a new study suggests. The researchers looked at more than 600 people who were the main food shoppers in low-income families living in "food deserts" in Pittsburgh. The term refers to neighborhoods with limited access to healthy foods, such as fresh produce. All of the participants were enrolled in a food assistance program.
HealthDay - 3/10/2015


Most men with borderline testosterone levels may have depression
Men with borderline testosterone levels have higher rates of depression and depressive symptoms than the general population, new research finds. The results will be presented Saturday, March 7, at ENDO 2015, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego.
ScienceDaily - 3/6/2015


People with anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder have similar brain anomalies
People with anorexia nervosa and with body dysmorphic disorder have similar abnormalities in their brains that affect their ability to process visual information, a new UCLA study reveals. People with anorexia have such an intense fear of gaining weight that they starve themselves even when they are dangerously thin. Body dysmorphic disorder is a psychiatric condition characterized by an obsessive preoccupation with a perceived flaw in physical appearance.
EurekAlert - 3/6/2015


Teen Suicides by Hanging on the Rise Across U.S.: CDC urges doctors, others to look for warning signs
Doctors and parents should be aware of the increased use of hanging as a means of teen suicide and take preventive measures, U.S. health officials say. Among 10- to 24-year-olds, suicide rates by hanging increased, on average, 6.7 percent for females and 2.2 percent for males between 1994 and 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in the March 6 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
HealthDay - 3/5/2015


Easing Depression May Boost Heart Health, Study Finds: People with moderate to severe depression saw improved circulatory outcomes with antidepressants
A new study finds that treating depression with antidepressants may have an added bonus: reducing heart risks. "Screening and treatment of depressive symptoms should be a high priority" in heart patients, lead author Heidi May, a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, said in a news release from the American College of Cardiology (ACC).
HealthDay - 3/5/2015


ADHD plus childhood trauma heightens risk for self-harm, suicide
Young women with ADHD who have been exposed to abuse, neglect or other traumas in childhood and adolescence are at greater risk for self-injury, eating disorders and suicide than those with ADHD who were not mistreated in early youth, according to new research.
ScienceDaily - 3/3/2015


High school athletes need more help with mental health issues
While concussions and physical injuries in high school sports are commanding more attention, young athletes still aren't getting enough help with mental health issues such as depression, bullying, substance abuse, and eating disorders, experts say. New guidelines released this morning at the sixth Youth Sports Safety Summit in Dallas, hosted by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Youth Sports Safety Alliance, urge coaches and parents to be more vigilant ...
Reuters - 3/2/2015


1 in 5 U.S. Teen Girls Physically or Sexually Abused While Dating: National survey finds one in 10 teen boys also experiences dating violence
Many American teens -- both boys and girls -- fall prey to physical and sexual abuse while dating, a new survey finds. Among teens who said they dated, one in five girls and one in 10 boys said they'd been abused at least once during the past year. Most teens who reported physical or sexual abuse experienced more than one incident of abuse, according to the study. Victims -- some of whom could also be perpetrators -- were at higher risk of problems such as suicidal ...
HealthDay - 3/2/2015


What makes some women able to resist or recover psychologically from assault-related trauma?
In a study of 159 women who had been exposed to at least one assault-related potentially traumatic event, 30% developed major depressive disorder, which may be attributed to self-blame common to survivors of assault. Fewer women (21%) developed chronic posttraumatic stress disorder. Mastery--the degree to which an individual perceives control and influence over life circumstances--and social support were most prevalent in women who did not develop a ...
EurekAlert - 3/2/2015


BPA exposure linked to autism spectrum disorder, study reports
A newly published study is the first to report an association between bisphenol-A (BPA), a common plasticizer used in a variety of consumer food and beverage containers, with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children. The study, by researchers at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), shows that BPA is not metabolized well in children with ASD.
ScienceDaily - 3/2/2015


Insulin resistance in the brain, behavioral disorders: Direct link found
People with diabetes are more prone to anxiety and depression than those with other chronic diseases that require similar levels of management. Genetically modifying mice to make their brains resistant to insulin, scientists first found that the animals exhibited behaviors that suggest anxiety and depression, and then pinpointed a mechanism that lowers levels of the key neurotransmitter dopamine in areas of the brain associated with those conditions.
ScienceDaily - 3/2/2015



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