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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


Shake it off? Not so easy for people with depression, new brain research suggests
Rejected by a person you like? Just "shake it off" and move on, as music star Taylor Swift says. But while that might work for many people, it may not be so easy for those with untreated depression, a new brain study finds. The pain of social rejection lasts longer for them -- and their brain cells release less of a natural pain and stress-reducing chemical called natural opioids, researchers report in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. The findings were made in depressed ...
EurekAlert - 2/27/2015


Teen girls from rural areas more likely to have undiagnosed asthma, be depressed
Teen girls who live in rural areas are more likely than their male counterparts to have undiagnosed asthma, and they often are at a higher risk of depression, according to researchers. "There's a lot of speculation about why females are more likely to be undiagnosed," says the lead researcher. "Maybe it's because boys are more likely to get a sports physical for athletics and they catch it then. Or maybe it's because girls attribute asthma symptoms to something else, like ...
ScienceDaily - 2/24/2015


Patients with mental illness less likely to receive diet, exercise advice: Health care providers may miss opportunities to counsel high-risk patients
More than half of patients with symptoms of mental illness - and nearly one-third of those who also had diabetes - said their health care providers had never told them to exercise or reduce their intake of dietary fat, according to a new study published in Diabetes Educator. The American Diabetes Association recommends that health care providers counsel all patients with diabetes or at high risk of diabetes about physical activity and healthy dietary choices.
EurekAlert - 2/24/2015


When Kids Think Parents Play Favorites, It Can Spell Trouble
If you have siblings, you probably think that your parents liked one kid best — and you're probably right. Scientists say the family pecking order does affect children, but not always in the way you might think. The vast majority of parents do have favorite child, according to research — about 80 percent. But that number sounds pretty darned high. So I decided to ask some kids in my neighborhood in Bethesda, Md., what they think happens in their families.
NPR - 2/23/2015


Sibling Bullying More Common Than Schoolyard Torment, Study Shows
The biggest bullies might not be in the playground, but in the top bunk. That's the takeaway from a new study that says sibling torment could be more common than aggression at school or in the neighborhood — and the perpetrators and victims don't even see it as bullying. "Rivalry is one word that they used," said Lori Hoetger, one of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers who authored the study published in the Journal of Family Violence.
NBC News - 2/20/2015


Cyberbullying linked to 6-fold increase in depression among female college students
More than 1 in 4 females have experienced cyberbullying in college, increasing their risk for depression. Female college students who acted as cyberbullies were also more likely to report problem alcohol use, according to a new study published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.
EurekAlert - 2/19/2015


Methamphetamine May be More Harmful to Teen Brains: MRI-based study finds illicit drug causes more damage in adolescents
Long-term use of methamphetamine causes more brain damage in teens than adults, a new study finds. Researchers conducted MRI brain scans of 51 teen and 54 adult chronic methamphetamine abusers. They compared those scans to those of 60 teens and 60 adults who didn't use the drug. The study participants were all from South Korea. Compared to the adult methamphetamine users, the teen methamphetamine users had greater and more widespread ...
HealthDay - 2/17/2015


Shy babies need secure parent bond to help prevent potential teen anxiety
Shy babies need to have a strong bond with their parents to avoid developing anxiety disorders in their teens, according to a new study. Attachment is especially vital, the researchers found, when a baby shows behavioral inhibition or shyness to new situations or people.
ScienceDaily - 2/17/2015


Mindfulness meditation may help older people sleep
Reuters Health - Engaging in mindfulness awareness practices may be more helpful for older people who have trouble sleeping than just learning about how to make their bedrooms more conducive to sleep, according to a small new study. “These simple yet challenging meditation practices provide the opportunity for people to expand their nonjudgmental awareness of sensory experiences arising in each moment,” said David Black, the study’s lead author from ...
Reuters - 2/17/2015


Can virtual reality help treat anxiety in older people?
Up to 25% of people aged 65 and over experience varying degrees of anxiety. Although cognitive behavioral therapy is a preferred treatment approach, it has limitations as people age (decreased mobility and visualization skills). Could virtual reality be an effective therapy for anxiety in older people? Some researchers say yes.
ScienceDaily - 2/17/2015


Eating disorders linked with financial difficulties in female students
Experiencing financial difficulties at university may increase the risk of female students developing an eating disorder, according to new research from the University of Southampton and Solent NHS Trust. Conversely, the study also found that having extreme attitudes to food and eating predicted short-term financial difficulties for female students, suggesting the possibility of a 'vicious cycle' occurring.
EurekAlert - 2/16/2015


How to Survive Valentine's Day Without Romance: Expert offers tips to those who don't have a partner or spouse
Valentine's Day can be difficult for some people, but it's important to keep things in perspective, an expert says. People who don't have a spouse or romantic partner may feel lonely, sad or left out while those around them plan special events and gifts, said Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, president and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in New York City. However, there are practical tips for those who might be going solo this weekend.
HealthDay - 2/13/2015


Study finds short-term psychological therapy reduces suicide attempts in at-risk soldiers
Short-term cognitive behavioral therapy dramatically reduces suicide attempts among at-risk military personnel, according to findings from a research study that included investigators from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The two-year study, funded by the Army's Military Operational Medicine Research Program, was conducted at Fort Carson, Colo. It involved 152 active-duty soldiers who had either attempted suicide or had been ...
EurekAlert - 2/13/2015


Depression: A barrier to communication in couples?
A massive 6.7% of the US population are affected by depressive disorders. As well as pessimism, irritability, pain and exhaustion, depression is also proven to affect communication and ability to maintain relationships. A new article explores depression and relational uncertainty within couples and the causal effect on communication behaviors.
ScienceDaily - 2/12/2015


Significant link between cannabis use and onset of mania symptoms
Researchers from the University of Warwick have found evidence to suggest a significant relationship between cannabis use and the onset and exacerbation of mania symptoms. The researchers looked at a number of previous studies and concluded that cannabis use preceded the onset of mania symptoms.
ScienceDaily - 2/10/2015


1 in 5 suicides is associated with unemployment
Unemployment can drive people to suicide. Numerous studies have demonstrated that there is a relationship between unemployment and poor health and that (the threat of) losing a job and prolonged unemployment can constitute a serious situation for those affected as well as their relatives. The debate on this fateful association was reignited by the 2008 economic crisis and the subsequent austerity policies in many countries. While many studies have merely focused on ...
EurekAlert - 2/10/2015


Preemies may have psychiatric problems as adults
The study found that extremely low birth weight babies whose mothers received a full course of steroids prior to giving birth are at even greater risk for psychiatric disorders. The good news is that people born as extremely low birth weight babies are less likely than others to have alcohol or substance use disorders as adults. The less encouraging news is that they may have a higher risk of other types of psychiatric problems.
ScienceDaily - 2/9/2015


LGBT teens who come out at school have better self-esteem, study finds
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adolescents who come out at school have higher self-esteem and lower levels of depression as young adults, compared to LGBT youth who don't disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity at school, according to a new study led by University of Arizona researcher Stephen Russell.
EurekAlert - 2/9/2015


Parenting and depression study - Fathers are at risk, too: Multiple roles that come with step-parenting associated with higher depression risk
In stressful family circumstances, parenthood sometimes take a bigger toll on fathers' mental health. Scholars at Brigham Young University and Princeton conducted research that gives a better look at how various types of parents experience stress. One finding of the study is that some stepfathers - those with multiple family roles - experience the highest stress levels.
EurekAlert - 2/5/2015


Brain scans predict effectiveness of talk therapy to treat depression: UNC researchers lead first brain connectivity study pointing toward a new image-based diagnostic model
UNC School of Medicine researchers have shown that brain scans can predict which patients with clinical depression are most likely to benefit from a specific kind of talk therapy. The study, which was published today in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, is the first to use a technique known as resting-state functional brain connectivity MRI to identify differences in brain wiring that predict therapeutic responses to talk therapy. The research shows that ...
EurekAlert - 2/4/2015


If Facebook use causes envy, depression could follow
Facebook use can lead to symptoms of depression if the social networking site triggers feelings of envy among its users, research shows. "Facebook can be a fun and healthy activity if users take advantage of the site to stay connected with family and old friends and to share interesting and important aspects of their lives," an author said. "However, if Facebook is used to see how well an acquaintance is doing financially or how happy an old friend is in his relationship ...
ScienceDaily - 2/3/2015


Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia reduces suicidal thoughts in veterans
The treatment of insomnia in veterans is associated with a significant reduction in suicidal ideation, researchers say. Results show that suicidal ideation decreased by 33 percent following up to six sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). Further analysis found that the reduction in insomnia severity achieved during CBT-I was associated with a concurrent decrease in the odds of suicidal ideation. This relationship remained significant after ...
ScienceDaily - 2/2/2015


Stress shared by same-sex couples can have unique health impacts
Minority stress -- which results from being stigmatized and disadvantaged in society -- affects same-sex couples' stress levels and overall health, research indicates. Authors of a new study state that the health effects of minority stress shared by a couple can be understood as distinct from individual stress, a new framework in the field.
ScienceDaily - 1/30/2015



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