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How moms and dads view each other as co-parents affects kids: Poor outcomes when dads unhappy with co-parenting relationship
How mothers and fathers see each other as co-parents of their children plays a key role in how well-adjusted their kids become, a new study suggests. Researchers found that, in a sample of low-income couples, children have the best outcomes when both parents saw their co-parenting relationship as highly positive and worst when both parents viewed their relationship as poor. However, child outcomes diverged when couples saw their co-parenting relationship as moderately good, ...
Ohio State University - 3/15/2023

On pandemic’s third anniversary, loneliness and isolation are down, but still high, among older adults
After three years of pandemic living, loneliness, isolation and lack of social contact have finally started to decline among older adults, a new poll shows. But one in three people between the ages of 50 and 80 still say they sometimes or often experienced these feelings, or sometimes go a week or longer without social contact with someone from outside their home. That’s down from about half of older adults in June 2020. The percentages who currently feel lonely, isolated or lacking ...
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan - 3/13/2023

'All work, no independent play' cause of children's declining mental health
Anxiety and depression among school-aged children and teens in the United States are at an all-time high. Sadly, in 2021, child and adolescent mental health was declared a national emergency. Although a variety of causes are thought to contribute to this decline in mental health, a new study by three prominent researchers specializing in child development points to independent "child's play." Findings, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, suggest that the rise in mental health disorders ...
Florida Atlantic University - 3/9/2023

MIND and Mediterranean diets associated with fewer Alzheimer's plaques and tangles
People who eat diets rich in green leafy vegetables as well as other vegetables, fruits, whole grains, olive oil, beans, nuts and fish may have fewer amyloid plaques and tau tangles in their brain -- signs of Alzheimer's disease -- than people who do not consume such diets, according to a study published in the March 8, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study examined how closely people followed the MIND and Mediterranean ...
American Academy of Neurology - 3/8/2023

Are you chasing your dreams or running from your fears? A new study, the first of its kind, has shown that when it comes to pursuing personal goals and protecting your mental wellbeing it pays to understand your underlying motives
A new Edith Cowan University (ECU) study, the first of its kind, has shown that when it comes to pursuing personal goals and protecting your mental wellbeing it pays to understand your underlying motives. ECU researchers Bridget Robson and Professor Joanne Dickson surveyed 210 participants to investigate the relationship between underlying goal motives, emotion regulation, and anxiety and depression. The research examined two types of motives that underpin personal goal pursuit ...
Edith Cowan University - 3/6/2023

COVID-19 pandemic increased rates and severity of depression, whether people were infected or not
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted just about every part of people’s lives. Quarantining, social distancing, societal disruptions and an ever-shifting, uncertain landscape of rules and restrictions and variants created stress and isolation that impacted the mental health of millions of Americans. Now, in a new study of nearly 136,000 patients from Intermountain Health in Salt Lake City, researchers found that depressive symptoms and severity of depression was significant among ...
Intermountain Healthcare - 3/4/2023

Pregnant patients with anxiety have altered immune systems
The immune system of pregnant women with anxiety is biologically different from that of pregnant women without anxiety, according to new research from Weill Cornell Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Columbia University Irving Medical Center investigators. The study, published Sept. 14 in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, demonstrates that pregnant women with anxiety have higher levels of certain immune cells known as cytotoxic T cells; these cells attack ...
Weill Cornell Medicine - 3/2/2023

Social workers experienced depression, PTSD, and anxiety at alarming rates during pandemic
A new study published in the journal International Social Work has uncovered concerning rates of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety among social workers. Stressors related to COVID-19 were the strongest factors associated with the negative mental health outcomes. Those who experienced a higher number of pandemic-related stressors — such as health concerns, increased caregiving responsibilities, violence in the home, family stress due to confinement, ...
University of Toronto - 3/1/2023

Regular physical activity can improve adolescents’ mental health and help with behavioural difficulties, research suggests
Regular physical activity can improve adolescents' mental health and help with behavioural difficulties, research suggests. Engaging in regular moderate to vigorous physical activity at age 11 was associated with better mental health between the ages of 11 and 13, the study found. Physical activity was also associated with reduced hyperactivity and behavioural problems, such as loss of temper, fighting with other children, lying, and stealing, in young people.
University of Edinburgh - 3/1/2023

Lending a paw for defense veterans: 'Clear evidence' that assistance dogs help improve mental health
A new Australian study focused on defence veterans' mental health has found strong evidence that assistance dogs used in conjunction with traditional therapies provide the most effective treatment outcomes. Almost 90 per cent of veterans reported improvements in their post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety 12 months after being matched to an assistance dog, according to researchers from the University of South Australia (UniSA), University of Adelaide, and Military and ...
University of South Australia - 3/1/2023

Being flexible is key to protecting mental wellbeing in people with chronic pain
Chronic pain impacts around 20 per cent of the population. Along with the medical and physical effects it can have far-reaching consequences for employment, lifestyle and mental health. A new Edith Cowan University (ECU) study has found that for people living with chronic pain it's not necessarily how intense their pain is, but the extent to which it interferes with their daily life that can pose the biggest threat to their mental health. ECU researchers Tara Swindells and Professor ...
Edith Cowan University - 2/27/2023

Excessive screen time linked to suicidal behaviors in US preteens: Watching videos, playing video games, texting, and video chatting tied to suicidal behaviors
Amidst the worsening teen mental health crisis and new legislation proposing to ban children under 16 from using social media, a new study finds that greater screen time among children 9-11 is associated with a higher risk of developing suicidal behaviors two years later. The study, published in Preventive Medicine, finds that each additional hour of screen time is associated with a 9% higher risk of reporting suicidal behavior two years later. In particular, each extra hour spent watching ...
University of Toronto - 2/27/2023

Time in nature may help older adults with improved health, purpose in life
Over time, research has demonstrated that spending time in nature confers psychological, emotional and physical benefits. To maximize benefits of spending time in nature for people over the age of 65, researchers from Penn State; National Open University, Taiwan; and Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, studied the attitudes, beliefs and actions of a group of elders -- people over the age of 65 -- who regularly spent time in a natural area. The researchers found ...
Penn State - 2/24/2023

Exercise more effective than medicines to manage mental health
University of South Australia researchers are calling for exercise to be a mainstay approach for managing depression as a new study shows that physical activity is 1.5 times more effective than counselling or the leading medications. Published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the review is the most comprehensive to date, encompassing 97 reviews, 1039 trials and 128,119 participants. It shows that physical activity is extremely beneficial for improving symptoms of depression, ...
University of South Australia - 2/23/2023

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients suffer significantly higher rates of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation than those without IBS
New research from the University of Missouri School of Medicine has established a link between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and mental health challenges, such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. The research highlights the need for health professionals to evaluate and treat associated psychiatric co-morbidities in IBS patients to improve their overall health and quality of life. IBS is a chronic disorder of the stomach and intestines affecting up to 15 percent of the population.
University of Missouri-Columbia - 2/22/2023

Can the lingering effects of a mild case of COVID-19 change your brain? Study finds brain changes in people with anxiety, depression symptoms
People with long COVID who experience anxiety and depression months after a mild case of COVID-19 may have brain changes that affect the function and structure of the brain, according to a preliminary study released today, February 20, 2023, that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 75th Annual Meeting being held in person in Boston and live online from April 22-27, 2023. “There is still much to learn about long COVID, which includes a wide range of health ...
American Academy of Neurology - 2/20/2023

Psychological stress impedes performance, even for Olympic athletes
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were unique not just for taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic but for being the first athletic event to measure and broadcast competitors' heart rates as world-class archers took a shot at Olympic gold. Analysis of these biometric data by Yunfeng Lu (Nanjing University) and Songfa Zhong (National University of Singapore, New York University Abu Dhabi) in Psychological Science provides empirical support for something sports fans have long suspected: When ...
Association for Psychological Science - 2/16/2023

The relationship between ghosting and closure: Study shows need for closure can magnify emotional effect of ghosting
Odds are, you know someone who has been ghosted. And according to a new study from the University of Georgia, it can be a haunting experience. A recent study conducted by researcher and corresponding author Christina Leckfor and University of Mississippi researcher Natasha Wood found nearly two-thirds of participants have ghosted -- ended a relationship by ignoring the other person, without offering a clear explanation -- and have been ghosted. And as online dating, ...
University of Georgia - 2/13/2023

A sense of purpose may have significant impact on teens' emotional well-being
Adolescents who feel a greater sense of purpose may be happier and more satisfied with life than peers who feel less purposeful, suggests a recent study of more than 200 teens. Studies with adults have suggested that a sense of purpose in life is an integral component of well-being that fuels hope and optimism and has a variety of positive effects on individuals' physical and mental health. However, less is known about the effects of purposefulness in adolescents, who, while ...
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau - 2/13/2023

Warning signs of poor mental health in athletes: ‘Put down’ language is a key indicator of poor mental health in athletes, recent research shows
More than 400 athletes across a variety of sports, ages and levels of experience were questioned for the study by sports psychology experts from Staffordshire University and Manchester Metropolitan University. The findings reveal that athletes' belief systems -- specifically irrational beliefs -- are related to poorer self-confidence, and in turn, greater competitive anxiety and depressive symptoms. Phrases that reflect self-depreciating beliefs such as "if I lose, I'm a failure" or "If I ...
Staffordshire University - 2/8/2023

Video game playing causes no harm to young children's cognitive abilities, study finds
Parents: It might be time to rethink your family’s video-gaming rules. New research findings challenge the fears parents have been hearing for years that children who spend hour after hour playing video games, or choose games of certain genres, would manifest unhealthy results in their cognitive ability. “Our studies turned up no such links, regardless of how long the children played and what types of games they chose,” said Jie Zhang, associate professor of curriculum and instruction at ...
University of Houston - 2/7/2023

Brain structural differences observed in children with conduct disorder with and without childhood maltreatment
Characterized by antisocial behaviors and low academic achievement, conduct disorder (CD) impacts an estimated 9.5% of individuals in the United States. Childhood maltreatment is a major risk factor for CD. Past CD studies have identified structural alterations in various brain regions, such as those implicated in emotion processing, learning, and social cognition. A new study appearing in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, published by Elsevier, has ...
Elsevier - 2/7/2023

Just one quality conversation with a friend boosts daily well-being: In-person beats online, but a phone call will do
Conversing with a friend just once during the day to catch up, joke around or tell them you're thinking of them can increase your happiness and lower your stress level by day's end. These are among the results of a new study co-authored by University of Kansas professor of Communication Studies and friendship expert Jeffrey Hall. "Quality Conversation Can Increase Daily Well-Being" was published in the journal Communication Research by Hall and co-authors Amanda Holmstrom, ...
University of Kansas - 2/2/2023

Study finds new association between social isolation and dementia risk factors
Social lifestyle determinants, including social isolation, are associated with neurodegeneration risk factors, according to a new study published this week in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Kimia Shafighi of McGill University, Canada, and colleagues. Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) is a growing public health crisis, with an annual global cost of more than $1 trillion US. There has been increasing evidence that social isolation is associated with an increased risk of ...
PLOS - 2/1/2023

Shining a light on the biological origins of PTSD: A Tufts-led team finds a brain marker that indicates vulnerability to developing post-traumatic stress disorder
Understanding one’s susceptibility to developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is important. If you knew you were at risk, for example, you might steer clear of jobs that carry more likelihood of high stress and potential trauma or seek treatment as soon as you experienced a potentially triggering event. Now a research team has found a marker that indicates vulnerability to the disorder. They discovered that heightened activation in one particular brain region in response to ...
Tufts University - 2/1/2023

Moderate and intense physical activity favors good sleep: New study conducted in Japan emphasizes the importance of physical activity in improving sleep quality in middle-aged Japanese women
Proper sleep is critical for the maintenance of good health, and vice versa -- a healthy lifestyle has been found to improve sleep quality. To better examine the relationship between physical activity and sleep, a team of researchers conducted a comprehensive study among middle-aged Japanese people. By outlining the factors improving sleep quality, this line of research can hopefully help in preventing sleep-related disorders. An adequate amount of good-quality sleep is essential for the ...
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology - 1/31/2023

Poor coparenting linked to depression in dads
Dads are more likely to feel depressed when their kids are toddlers if their coparenting relationships are poor in the months after birth, a new study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows. The findings are published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. “We have a lot to gain as a society if we support coparenting relationships more during the early stages of parenthood,” says Michael Wells, associate professor at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, ...
Karolinska Institutet - 1/24/2023

When chronic stress activates these neurons, behavioral problems like loss of pleasure, depression result
It's clear that chronic stress can impact our behavior, leading to problems like depression, reduced interest in things that previously brought us pleasure, even PTSD. Now scientists have evidence that a group of neurons in a bow-shaped portion of the brain become hyperactive after chronic exposure to stress. When these POMC neurons become super active, these sort of behavioral problems result and when scientists reduce their activity, it reduces the behaviors, they report in the ...
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University - 1/24/2023

Scientists explain emotional 'blunting' caused by common antidepressants
Scientists have worked out why common anti-depressants cause around a half of users to feel emotionally 'blunted'. In a study published today, they show that the drugs affect reinforcement learning, an important behavioural process that allows us to learn from our environment. According to the NHS, more than 8.3 million patients in England received an antidepressant drug in 2021/22. A widely-used class of antidepressants, particularly for persistent or severe cases, is selective ...
University of Cambridge - 1/22/2023

Older adults with asthma at high risk for depression during the COVID-19 pandemic
A recent, prospective study of approximately 2,000 older adults in Canada published online this month in the journal Respiratory Medicine found that older adults with asthma were at high risk of depression during the COVID-19 pandemic. For older adults with asthma who had experienced depression in the past, the numbers were extremely worrying, with approximately one-half experiencing a recurrence of depression during the autumn of 2020, which was significantly higher than ...
University of Toronto - 1/19/2023

Body Dissatisfaction Can Lead to Eating Disorders at Any Age: New study suggests that perimenopause may be an especially risky time for women who are trying to overcome a poor body image
Eating disorders are stereotypically associated with adolescents and young adults. Growing evidence, however, suggests that these conditions can occur at any time during a woman’s lifespan, including at midlife. A new study finds that body dissatisfaction is a primary cause of eating disorders, especially during perimenopause. Study results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).
The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) - 1/18/2023

Study: Gender-affirming hormones improve mental health in transgender and nonbinary youth: Evidence from largest study in U.S. on the impact of gender-affirming hormones, with longest follow-up
Transgender and nonbinary youth experienced significant improvement in appearance congruence (or the degree to which physical characteristics align with gender) and sustained improvements in depression and anxiety over two years after starting treatment with gender-affirming hormones, according to a multicenter U.S. study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. “Our results provide robust scientific evidence that ...
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago - 1/18/2023

New research shows pandemic's toll on frontline healthcare workers
For frontline healthcare workers, the mental health impact from the pandemic is extending beyond career burnout. Much of the attention on the mental toll suffered by frontline workers has focused on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). New research from a collaboration between Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh reveals that even those who are not formally diagnosed as suffering from PTSD still experience critical health symptoms that could lead to other overall health ...
Syracuse University - 1/17/2023

Childhood maltreatment linked with multiple mental health problems
Experiencing abuse or neglect as a child can cause multiple mental health problems, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. The research, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, seeks to examine the causal effects of childhood maltreatment on mental health by accounting for other genetic and environmental risk factors, such as a family history of mental illness and socioeconomic disadvantage. The first-of-its-kind research analysed 34 quasi-experimental studies, involving ...
University College London - 1/17/2023

The link between mental health and ADHD is strong -- so why aren't we paying attention?
Adults with high levels of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms are more likely to experience anxiety and depression than adults with high levels of autistic traits, according to new research led by psychologists at the University of Bath in the UK. This study is the first to show that ADHD is more predictive of poor mental health outcomes in adults than other neurodevelopmental conditions, like autism. Until now, there has been a dearth of information on the effects of ...
University of Bath - 1/16/2023

Support from others in stressful times can ease impact of genetic depression risk, study suggests
Reaching out to support a person when they’re under stress is always a good idea. But a new study suggests that support could be especially important for someone whose genetic makeup makes them more likely to develop depression. The study shows the importance of social support in buffering the risk of developing depression symptoms in general, using data from two very different groups of people under stress: new doctors in the most intense year of training, and older adults whose ...
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan - 1/13/2023

Managing emotions better could prevent pathological aging
Negative emotions, anxiety and depression are thought to promote the onset of neurodegenerative diseases and dementia. But what is their impact on the brain and can their deleterious effects be limited? Neuroscientists at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) observed the activation of the brains of young and older adults when confronted with the psychological suffering of others. The neuronal connections of the older adults show significant emotional inertia: negative emotions ...
Université de Genève - 1/13/2023

Feeling depressed? Performing acts of kindness may help: Study finds helping others reduces focus on your own symptoms
People suffering from symptoms of depression or anxiety may help heal themselves by doing good deeds for others, new research shows. The study found that performing acts of kindness led to improvements not seen in two other therapeutic techniques used to treat depression or anxiety. Most importantly, the acts of kindness technique was the only intervention tested that helped people feel more connected to others, said study co-author David Cregg, who led the work as ...
Ohio State University - 1/10/2023

How we learn from being wrong can lead to anxiety: A new study looks at how student expectations of exam grades can exhibit which individuals have an optimistic or pessimistic outlook on life
How we learn from erroneous expectations that we face in the real world differ from person to person. While some may develop an optimistic viewpoint towards life, others may take on a more pessimistic outlook. Psychology researchers have analyzed how predictions and expectations can affect individuals’ moods and outlooks in a controlled lab setting, but University of Miami researchers decided to investigate the ups and downs of human expectations using what matters most to ...
University of Miami - 1/10/2023

Treatment for combat-related PTSD advances with method shown to be fast, effective
Study findings out today in JAMA Network Open show an important step forward in treating the psychological injuries of war. Researchers report that treatment for combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which affects hundreds of thousands of U.S. military personnel and veterans, can be both fast and effective for a majority of patients. Their study showed clinically significant reductions in PTSD symptoms in more than 60 percent of patients and long-term remission of the ...
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio - 1/5/2023

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