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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

Study finds parental stress as a contributing factor linking maternal depression to child anxiety and depressive symptoms
A secondary analysis of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (Fragile Families) found a bi-directional relationship where a mother’s mental health symptoms impacted the child’s mental health symptoms and vice versa, according to researchers with Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston). The analysis, published Dec. 1 in the print edition of the Journal of Affective Disorders, investigated mother and child mental ...
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston - 12/1/2021

Sick and tired: Study reveals toll of poor sleep among health care workers
In a pair of recent papers, Columbia researchers and their collaborators have quantified the effect of the COVID pandemic on health care workers' sleep patterns and the potentially damaging consequences of sleep disturbance on their mental health. The newest paper, published Nov. 24, finds that health care workers with poor sleep were twice as likely to report symptoms of depression than their better-rested colleagues and were 50% more likely to report psychological distress and 70% ...
Columbia University Irving Medical Center - 11/29/2021

CBT: A way to reshape your negative thinking and reduce stress
Wouldn't you like to stop your stressful, anxious thinking in its tracks? Turns out you can, and while you're at it, you can make yourself feel and act better too. That's the basis of cognitive behavioral therapy, which burst onto the psychological scene in the 1960s and has been gathering accolades ever since. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, CBT, as is it called, is designed to "uncover unhealthy patterns of thought and how they may be causing self-destructive ...
CNN - 11/27/2021

Pandemic depression persists among older adults: Study
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of older people living in the community, with those who are lonely faring far worse, according to new research from McMaster University. Using data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), a national team of researchers found that 43% of adults aged 50 or older experienced moderate or high levels of depressive symptoms at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that increased over time.
McMaster University - 11/25/2021

New study shows that treating insomnia with cognitive behavioral therapy can prevent major depression in older adults
A new study led by researchers at UCLA Health has found that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT-I) prevented major depression, decreasing the likelihood of depression by over 50% as compared to sleep education therapy in adults over the age of 60 with insomnia. Their findings, reported today in JAMA Psychiatry, could advance public health efforts to effectively treat insomnia and prevent major depression disorder (MDD) in older adults – a growing population that is projected to ...
University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences - 11/24/2021

Adults with ADHD four times more likely to have generalized anxiety disorder
A new nationally representative study published online in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that one in four adults aged 20-39 with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) had generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Those with ADHD were four times more likely to have GAD at some point in their life, when compared to those without ADHD. Even after controlling for other relevant factors, including sociodemographics, adverse childhood experiences, and a lifetime history of ...
University of Toronto - 11/18/2021

How have people’s daily activities affected mood during the COVID-19 pandemic?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a stable routine—including physical exercise, hobbies, regular sleep hours, and minimal time spent in front of the computer—has helped people maintain a good mood, according to results from a new study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Four times a day for two weeks in mid-2020, 91 young adults living in Poland were asked about their mood and the activities they engaged in. Seven individuals were selected for a follow-up, open-ended ...
Wiley - 11/17/2021

Anxiety effectively treated with exercise: Both moderate and strenuous exercise alleviate symptoms of anxiety, even when the disorder is chronic, study shows
Both moderate and strenuous exercise alleviate symptoms of anxiety, even when the disorder is chronic, a study led by researchers at the University of Gothenburg shows. The study, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, is based on 286 patients with anxiety syndrome, recruited from primary care services in Gothenburg and the northern part of Halland County. Half of the patients had lived with anxiety for at least ten years. Their average age was 39 years, and 70 percent were women.
University of Gothenburg - 11/9/2021

Sitting more linked to increased feelings of depression, anxiety
As people adhered to stay-at-home orders or self-isolated during the early months of the COVID-19 outbreak, daily commutes turned into shuffles between the bedroom and the living room. Clicking Zoom links erased time spent walking to meeting rooms, and Netflix spilled into time otherwise dedicated to the gym. In short, a lot of people suddenly became more sedentary during the onset of the pandemic. Recently published research found people who continued to spend a higher amount ...
Iowa State University - 11/8/2021

Despite understanding the concept of mindfulness, people are applying it incorrectly, research finds
Mindful awareness is about both accepting and engaging with life’s challenges, and that’s what popularized concepts of mindfulness tend to miss, new research has found. Studying popular concepts of mindfulness, the researchers found most laypeople are confusing the practice with passive acceptance of problems—a misconception scientists say ignores the important work of engaging with them. Originating in Buddhist religious practice, much of the mindfulness movement’s popularity grew ...
University of Waterloo - 11/8/2021

School-based screening increases identification of, treatment for depression
Students who participated in universal school-based depression screening were twice as likely to begin treatment compared to their peers who did not receive this screening, according to a new study by Penn State College of Medicine researchers. Dr. Deepa Sekhar, associate professor of pediatrics, who served as principal investigator, said the study provides important insights on how to tackle depression in youth. The next step will be to look for ways to break down barriers so that ...
Penn State - 11/5/2021

Just a game? Study shows no evidence that violent video games lead to real-life violence
Mass media and general public often link violent video games to real-life violence, although there is limited evidence to support the link. Debate on the topic generally intensifies after mass public shootings, with some commentators linking these violent acts to the perpetrators’ interests in violent video games. However, others have pointed out that different factors, such as mental health issues and/or easy access to guns, are more likely explanations.
City University London - 11/5/2021

Appearance fixation linked to dating anxiety: New study finds social physique concerns can affect dating for young adults
New research has discovered that young adults who are more focused on and concerned about their appearance are more likely to suffer from anxiety when dating. Led by Professor Viren Swami of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), the study is the largest ever undertaken into body image and dating anxiety, which is defined as distress associated with interactions with potential romantic partners. The research, published in the journal Body Image, found that people who are more ...
Anglia Ruskin University - 11/4/2021

Lack of sleep affecting students’ mental health especially women: Daytime tiredness and sleep deprivation put students at risk of depression and high stress
More than two thirds (65.5%) of students are experiencing poor sleep quality and this is linked to mental health problems, new research published in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of Human Biology suggests. The findings, based on more than 1,000 (1,113) men and women attending university full-time, also show those reporting depressive symptoms were almost four times as likely to suffer from inadequate sleep habits. Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) was a problem among over ...
Taylor & Francis Group - 11/2/2021

Many new college students report pet separation anxiety
Pets are not the only ones who experience separation anxiety; their people do too. Washington State University researchers surveyed a sample of new first-year college students leaving pets at home and found that 75% experienced some level of pet separation anxiety—with one in four reporting moderate to severe symptoms. “Students who are struggling with missing their pets should know that they're not alone,” said Alexa Carr, the lead author of the study which is part of ...
Washington State University - 10/26/2021

Nurses have higher rates of suicidal thoughts, compared to other workers
About 1 in 18 US nurses report considering suicide within the past year – a significantly higher proportion than for other occupational groups, reports a survey study in the August issue of the American Journal of Nursing (AJN). The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer. Burnout and depression symptoms are independent risk factors for suicidal ideation in nurses, according to the new research, led by Elizabeth A. Kelsey, DNP, APRN, CNP, of the Mayo Clinic, ...
Wolters Kluwer Health - 10/25/2021

Depression, anxiety may be linked to c-section risk among pregnant women
Depression and anxiety in pregnant women may be connected to the type of delivery they have, new research suggests. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders have already been associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes like low birth weight and preterm birth. And now, a new Michigan Medicine study finds that they may also be linked to significantly higher rates of first time cesarean deliveries among women who were otherwise at low risk of having one.
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan - 10/20/2021

Demand for mental health treatment continues to increase, say psychologists: Many psychologists have increased workloads, long waitlists, APA survey finds
As the impact of the pandemic on mental health continues, psychologists are reporting a large increase in demand for treatment of anxiety and depression compared with last year, according to a new survey by the American Psychological Association. Many psychologists also said they had increased workloads and longer waitlists than before the pandemic. “As more people seek treatment for mental health conditions, the demands on psychological practitioners have increased,” ...
American Psychological Association - 10/19/2021

Ground-breaking trial prevents loneliness among older people during Covid pandemic
A simple form of talking therapy, delivered by trained support workers over the telephone, reduced loneliness in older people left isolated during the pandemic, the initial results of a new study has revealed. People were contacted weekly and were encouraged to maintain their social contacts and to stick to a daily schedule, which included both routine and enjoyable activities. The intervention developed in the BASIL-C19 (Behavioural Activation in Social Isolation) study lasted for eight ...
University of York - 10/12/2021

Mental illness associated with poor sleep quality according to largest study of its kind
People who have been diagnosed with a mental illness are more likely to have poor sleep quality compared to the general population, according to the largest study of its kind ever conducted. The CAMH-led study, "Accelerometer-derived sleep measures and lifetime psychiatric diagnoses," has just been published in the journal PLOS Medicine. "The differences in sleep patterns indicated worse sleep quality for participants with a previous diagnosis of mental illness, including waking up more ...
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - 10/12/2021

COVID-19-Related Parenting Stress Impacted Eating Habits of Children: Study Finds ‘Negative Consequences’ for Parent-Child Feeding Interactions
The incredible stress parents experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic had a negative effect on the eating habits of their children, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Houston College of Education. When stay-at-home mandates were ordered and school went virtual at the onset of the pandemic, many parents suddenly had to juggle multiple roles such as caregiver, employee and educator. Leslie Frankel, associate professor of human development and family ...
University of Houston - 10/12/2021

The Lancet: COVID-19 pandemic led to stark rise in depressive and anxiety disorders globally in 2020, with women and younger people most affected
Cases of major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders increased by more than a quarter worldwide in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the first global estimates of impacts of the pandemic on mental health, published in The Lancet. In 2020, cases of major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders increased by 28% and 26%, respectively. Women were affected more than men, and younger people were more affected than older age groups. Countries with high COVID-19 ...
The Lancet - 10/8/2021

Clean air matters for a healthy brain: Research on air pollution and cognitive decline indicate cleaner air may reduce risk for Alzheimer’s and other dementias
Cars and factories produce a fine particulate known as PM2.5 that USC-led studies have linked to memory loss and Alzheimer's disease. Smaller than the width of a human hair, these tiny particles pose a big problem. Once inhaled, they pass directly from the nose up and into the brain, beyond the blood-brain barrier that normally protects the brain from dust or other invaders. In a research letter published today in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, the ...
University of Southern California - 10/7/2021

Nature-based activities can improve mood and reduce anxiety, new study shows
The research -- led by the University of York -- showed that taking part in outdoor, nature-based activities led to improved mood, less anxiety, and positive emotions. The study found that activities lasting for 20 to 90 minutes, sustained for over the course of 8 to 12 weeks, have the most positive outcomes for improving mood and reducing anxiety. Gardening and exercise were among the activities associated with mental health benefits. Engaging in conservation activities was also reported to ...
University of York - 10/7/2021

What Our Wandering Thoughts Can Teach Us About Mental Health
Where does your mind wander when you have idle time? A University of Arizona-led study published in Scientific Reports may offer some clues, and the findings reveal a surprising amount about our mental health. 78 participants were trained to voice their thoughts aloud for 10 minutes while sitting alone in a room without access to electronic devices. Researchers used audio equipment to record those thoughts, then transcribed the recordings and analyzed them for content. In total, more than ...
University of Arizona - 10/1/2021

Sibling bullying associated with poor mental health outcomes years later, new study finds
Young people who are repeatedly bullied by siblings are more likely to suffer from poor mental health and wellbeing issues later in adolescence, a new study has suggested. The new research, which analysed data from over 17,000 participants, found that as the frequency of bullying increased in early-to-middle adolescence, so did the severity of mental health outcomes in their late teens. The paper also found that sibling bullying in early adolescence, irrespective of whether the ...
University of York - 9/29/2021

Science backs nature as key to children’s health
The presence of greenspaces near homes and schools is strongly associated with improved physical activity and mental health outcomes in kids, according to a massive review of data from nearly 300 studies. Published online Sept. 29 in the journal Pediatrics, the review conducted by Washington State University and University of Washington scientists highlights the important role that exposure to nature plays in children’s health. Importantly, some of the data examined the effects for kids from ...
Washington State University - 9/29/2021

Children who eat more fruit and veggies have better mental health
Children who eat a better diet, packed with fruit and vegetables, have better mental wellbeing – according to new research from the University of East Anglia Health and Social Care Partners. A new study published today is the first to investigate the association between fruit and vegetable intakes, breakfast and lunch choices, and mental wellbeing in UK school children. It shows how eating more fruit and veg is linked with better wellbeing among secondary school pupils in particular.
University of East Anglia - 9/28/2021

Witnessing abuse of sibling can lead to mental health issues
A national study from the University of New Hampshire shows children who witness the abuse of a brother or sister by a parent can be just as traumatized as those witnessing violence by a parent against another parent. Such exposure is associated with mental health issues like depression, anxiety and anger. "When we hear about exposure to family violence, we usually think about someone being the victim of direct physical abuse or witnessing spousal assault," said Corinna Tucker, ...
University of New Hampshire - 9/16/2021

Likely cause of Alzheimer’s disease identified
Ground-breaking new Curtin University-led research has discovered a likely cause of Alzheimer’s disease, in a significant finding that offers potential new prevention and treatment opportunities for Australia’s second-leading cause of death. The study, published in the prestigious PLOS Biology journal and tested on mouse models, identified that a probable cause of Alzheimer’s disease was the leakage from blood into the brain of fat-carrying particles transporting toxic proteins.
Curtin University - 9/15/2021

Subthreshold depression in adolescents can be successfully treated with psychological interventions, study finds: Interventions, including CBT, are now shown to be effective in the treatment of these conditions
A new study investigates subthreshold depression, a more severe form of depression that includes not only sad mood, but also some of the other symptoms of depression, and reports that psychological interventions may have a modest, but significant effect on the treatment of this type of depression in adolescents. Characterized by clinically relevant symptoms that do not meet criteria for a depressive disorder, subthreshold depression can still have functionally impairing effects, leading to ...
Elsevier - 9/15/2021

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