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New insights into OCD: Understanding the role of insight in treatment and neuroimaging
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD),affecting 2-3% of the global population, manifests through distressing obsessions and compulsions. Its onset is typically around puberty or early adulthood, with variable incidence between genders. Despite treatments involving selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), outcomes are inconsistent due to OCD's multifaceted nature and frequent co-occurrence with other conditions. A critical challenge is ...
West China Hospital of Sichuan University - 1/9/2024

For Black adolescents, feeling connected to school has long-lasting mental health benefits
School connectedness – the degree to which students feel part of their school community – influences more than grades. For Black students, it’s a protective factor against depression and aggressive behavior later in life, according to a Rutgers University-New Brunswick study. “Our data provide fairly strong evidence for the idea that the experiences Black adolescents have in their school impacts their long-term mental health,” said Adrian Gale, an assistant professor in the Rutgers ...
Rutgers University - 1/8/2024

Bipolar disorder linked to early death more than smoking: Large study shows having bipolar disorder is associated with a four- to six-fold risk of dying prematurely, suggesting more preventive efforts needed
Having bipolar disorder – a serious mental illness that can cause both manic and depressed moods – can make life more challenging. It also comes with a higher risk of dying early. Now, a study puts into perspective just how large that risk is, and how it compares with other factors that can shorten life. In two different groups, people with bipolar disorder were four to six times more likely as people without the condition to die prematurely, the study finds. By contrast, people who had ...
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan - 1/4/2024

Study reveals new genetic link between anorexia nervosa and being an early riser; Individuals with the eating disorder often wake early and experience insomnia
New research indicates that the eating disorder anorexia nervosa is associated with being an early riser, unlike many other disorders that tend to be evening-based such as depression, binge eating disorder and schizophrenia. The study, which is published in JAMA Network Open and led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), in collaboration with University College London and the University of the Republic in Uruguay, also revealed a link between anorexia nervosa and insomnia ...
Massachusetts General Hospital - 1/4/2024

Memory, brain function, and behavior: exploring the intricate connection through fear memories
In a world grappling with the complexities of mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, and PTSD, new research from Boston University neuroscientist Dr. Steve Ramirez and collaborators offers a unique perspective. The study, recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience, delves into the intricate relationship between fear memories, brain function, and behavioral responses. Dr. Ramirez, along with his co-authors Kaitlyn Dorst, Ryan Senne, Anh Diep, Antje de Boer, ...
Boston University - 1/2/2024

Enlarged Spaces in Infant Brains Linked to Higher Risk of Autism, Sleep Problems
Throughout the day and night, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pulses through small fluid-filled channels surrounding blood vessels in the brain, called perivascular spaces, to flush out neuroinflammation and other neurological waste. A disruption to this vital process can lead to neurological dysfunction, cognitive decline, or developmental delays. For the first time, researchers Dea Garic, PhD, and Mark Shen, PhD, both at the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, discovered that ...
University of North Carolina Health Care - 1/2/2024

Sleep deprivation makes us less happy, more anxious: People’s emotional functioning suffers when their sleep is disrupted, study finds
Sleep loss does more than just make us tired. It can undermine our emotional functioning, decrease positive moods and put us at higher risk for anxiety symptoms, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association that synthesized more than 50 years of research on sleep deprivation and mood. “In our largely sleep-deprived society, quantifying the effects of sleep loss on emotion is critical for promoting psychological health,” said study lead author ...
American Psychological Association - 12/21/2023

Connection between light levels and mental health – climate change could also have an impact in the future
In Finland, there is a clear increase in the number of sick days taken due to depression, anxiety and sleep disorders in October and November, whereas the number of absences is lower than expected between June and September. In late autumn, the number of sick days taken is almost twice as high as in the summer and about a quarter higher than in early autumn. On the other hand, manic episodes related to bipolar disorder occur more frequently than expected during the spring and summer, ...
University of Eastern Finland - 12/20/2023

Does losing a parent during childhood contribute to separation anxiety and anxious attachment in women?
Women who lost a parent early in life may be more likely to experience separation anxiety with romantic partners during adulthood, according to a study published in Stress and Health. In addition to feeling distressed when separated from their partners, these women may also experience anxious attachment, or worry that significant others will not be available at times of need. The study included 60 women who lost one or both parents in their youth and 60 who had living parents. Based on ...
Wiley - 12/20/2023

Less social media makes you happier and more efficient at work
If you feel overworked and stressed, you’ll be less committed to your job and perform less well. Many companies are aware of this problem and, therefore, spend money on professionals to look after the mental health of their employees. And yet there’s a much simpler and more cost-effective way to increase satisfaction and efficiency: In a one-week study, just 30 minutes less social media use per day improved the mental health, job satisfaction and commitment of the participants.
Ruhr-University Bochum - 12/15/2023

How stress activates neurons that disrupt sleep: Suppressing these neurons may be a promising target for therapies to treat stress-related sleep disorders, like insomnia and PTSD
New research reveals that neurons in the preoptic hypothalamus -- the region of the brain that regulates sleep and body temperature -- are rhythmically activated during non-rapid eye movement sleep (NREM). Stress activates these brain cells out of turn, causing "microarousals," that interrupt sleep cycles and decrease the duration of sleep episodes, according to research from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, published today in Current Biology.
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine - 12/13/2023

Caregiving can be stressful, but it could also lower risk of depression
Becoming a caregiver to an aging parent or spouse can be stressful, but a new study from a researcher at The University of Texas at Austin is questioning the idea that family caregiving is also a risk factor for depression. The study, published in the journal Advances in Life Course Research, found that depression in adult caregivers is mostly driven by having a loved one experiencing serious health problems, while becoming a caregiver is associated with fewer symptoms of depression.
University of Texas at Austin - 12/12/2023

Genetic “protection” against depression was no match for pandemic stress
Living through a historic pandemic while handling the stress of the first year of college sent one-third of students in a new study into clinical depression. That’s double the percentage seen in previous years of the same study. And while certain genetic factors appeared to shield first-year students in pre-pandemic years from depression, even students with these protective factors found themselves developing symptoms in the pandemic years. In fact, much of the overall rise in ...
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan - 12/11/2023

Light therapy may improve symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
Light therapy leads to significant improvements in sleep and psycho-behavioral symptoms for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study published this week in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Qinghui Meng of Weifang Medical University, China, and colleagues. The cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease is often accompanied by sleep disturbances and psycho-behavioral symptoms including apathetic and depressive behavior, agitation and aggression.
PLOS - 12/6/2023

More than 4 hours of daily smartphone use associated with health risks for adolescents: However, for lighter users, rates of adverse health measures were no greater than for nonusers
In a new study of more than 50,000 Korean adolescents, those who used a smartphone for more than 4 hours per day had higher rates of adverse mental health and substance use. Jin-Hwa Moon and Jong Ho Cha of Hanyang University Medical Center, Korea, and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on December 6, 2023. Prior research has shown that smartphone use among adolescents has increased in recent years, and that this usage may be ...
PLOS - 12/6/2023

Addicted to your phone? New tool identifies overuse of digital media
The rapidly evolving nature of digital media presents a challenge for those who study digital addiction -- social networks like TikTok and video games like Fortnite might be popular now, but they could be irrelevant in a matter of years. A new tool developed by researchers from Binghamton University, State University of New York will make it easier for clinicians and researchers to measure digital media addiction as new technologies emerge. "We wanted to create a tool that was immediately ...
Binghamton University - 12/5/2023

Meditation training can support wellbeing in older adults
Following an 18-month meditation programme can improve the wellbeing of older adults, finds a new randomised controlled trial by an international team co-led by UCL. The findings, published in PLOS ONE, show that meditation can improve people's awareness, connection to others, and insight. While the meditation training did not confer significant benefits on two commonly used measures of psychological wellbeing and quality of life, the researchers say their findings may reveal ...
University College London - 12/1/2023

Traumatic memories are represented differently than regular sad memories in the brains of people with PTSD, new research shows
A new analysis of the brain activity of people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the first to reveal that traumatic memories are represented in the brain in an entirely different way than sad autobiographical memories. This finding supports the notion that traumatic memories in PTSD are an alternate cognitive entity that deviates from regular memory, and may provide a biological explanation for why the recall of traumatic memories often displays as intrusions that differ ...
The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine - 11/30/2023

OCD therapy retrains the brain: Neuroimaging reveals connectivity changes, according to new study in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
A first-line therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) reshapes connectivity of the brain, according to a new study in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, published by Elsevier. OCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by repetitive thoughts and behaviors that can be disruptive and even disabling. The first-line treatment for OCD, a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy called exposure and response prevention (EX/RP), is effective for many people with OCD, ...
Elsevier - 11/29/2023

Understanding subjective beliefs could be vital to tailoring more effective treatments for depression and ADHD
Taking into account whether people believe they are receiving a real treatment or a fake one (placebo) could provide better insights that could help improve interventions for conditions such as depression and ADHD. A team of psychologists, led by Professor Roi Cohen Kadosh from the University of Surrey, analysed five independent studies that covered different types of neurostimulation treatments to understand the role of patients' subjective beliefs. These patients included both clinical ...
University of Surrey - 11/28/2023

Most unmarried, low-income couples show positive co-parenting: Study shows how parenting teamwork helps child development
Despite the many challenges they face, slightly more than half of unmarried low-income couples with children have positive co-parenting relationships, a new study found. And those supportive relationships were linked to their children showing more empathy, less emotional insecurity and fewer behavior problems. Parents who are good co-parents work together as a team, provide support to each other and back up each other’s parenting decisions, said Susan Yoon, lead author of the study ...
Ohio State University - 11/27/2023

Virginia Tech scientist discovers potential brain link between stress, emotional eating
If you’ve had a near miss accident in your car or suffered the intimidation of a menacing person, you’ve probably felt it — a psychological reaction to a threat called a fight or flight response. Your heart rate climbs, anxiety washes over you, you might shake or sweat. But hours after that stress passes, you may feel another response — a powerful desire for comfort food, that highly processed, high-fat stuff you know isn’t good for you. It can relieve stress and tension and provide a ...
Virginia Tech - 11/27/2023

Survey finds patients’ coping styles changed during COVID-19 and that stable coping styles can reduce anxiety and depression
Researchers assessed Veterans Affairs participants’ patterns of coping strategies, as well as the stability and change in strategies, at three timepoints (December 2020-March 2021) when COVID-19 vaccines became widely available. Two thousand and eighty-five participants completed surveys at any time point during the specified time frame and 930 participants completed all three surveys. Researchers identified three distinct coping styles: Adaptive, Distressed, and Disengaged. They then ...
American Academy of Family Physicians - 11/27/2023

Video games may make it easier for teens to discuss mental health
Depression is common among young people, but this target group often does not get the help they need. Books, exercise, and other depression prevention programmes do not achieve the envisioned results for everyone. Video games might help reach another part of this target group. Anouk Tuijnman co-developed two applied video games to target depression in adolescents and will defend her PhD at Radboud University on 28 November. Previous research revealed limitations in ...
Radboud University Nijmegen - 11/22/2023

People struggling with work addiction feel unwell even when they are working
The mood of workaholics - individuals who suffer from work addiction - is on average worse than that of other people, even when engaged in the activity they are most passionate about: their work. Workaholism shares many similarities with other addictions, such as gambling or alcoholism. This is what emerges from a study published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, conducted by Cristian Balducci, a professor at the Department for Life Quality Studies at the University of ...
Università di Bologna - 11/22/2023

Depression, anxiety, and stress frequently co-occur in Black pregnant individuals: In a study of 452 patients, 62% reported depression in combination with anxiety or stress
Black pregnant individuals frequently experience more than one mental health concern, according to findings published by Susan Gennaro, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor in the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College, and colleagues in The Nurse Practitioner. They say prenatal screening and treatment for stress is warranted in addition to care of depression and anxiety. The Nurse Practitioner is part of the Lippincott portfolio of Wolters Kluwer. "Prenatal interventions for Black ...
Wolters Kluwer Health - 11/22/2023

New study on experience of adopted people as they become parents
Parenting is always challenging, but for adopted people becoming a mum or dad can be extra demanding, as well as extra special – according to research from the University of East Anglia. A new study is the first in to investigate the lived experiences of adopted people in the UK as they become parents. It finds that they are affected by issues that link back to their adoption and to difficult experiences in their past – related to loss, rejection, abuse and neglect. Because of these ...
University of East Anglia - 11/22/2023

Why emotions stirred by music create such powerful memories: Study shows the dynamics of people’s emotions mold otherwise neutral experiences into memorable events
Time flows in a continuous stream — yet our memories are divided into separate episodes, all of which become part of our personal narrative. How emotions shape this memory formation process is a mystery that science has only recently begun to unravel. The latest clue comes from UCLA psychologists, who have discovered that fluctuating emotions elicited by music helps form separate and durable memories. The study, published in Nature Communications, used music to manipulate the ...
University of California - Los Angeles - 11/20/2023

Older adults with alcohol use disorder experience improved quality of life through alcohol treatment
Recent research from the University of Southern Denmark suggests that even a modest reduction in alcohol consumption and participation in a treatment program can make a significant difference for individuals aged 60 and older with a notable alcohol intake. A long life with alcohol abuse may seem impossible to change. The question arises: Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Concerning older adults with alcohol use disorder, researchers often harbor the prejudice that attempting ...
University of Southern Denmark Faculty of Health Sciences - 11/17/2023

High levels of maternal stress during pregnancy linked to children’s behavior problems: Pregnancy a critical time for mental health care and support, study suggests
Children whose mothers are highly stressed, anxious or depressed during pregnancy may be at higher risk for mental health and behavior issues during their childhood and teen years, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “Our research suggests that psychological distress during the pregnancy period has a small but persistent effect on children’s risk for aggressive, disinhibited and impulsive behaviors,” said study author Irene Tung, PhD, of ...
American Psychological Association - 11/16/2023

Study reduces ‘vivid imagery’ that fuels addiction cravings: Researchers test EMDR in adults with substance use disorder
In 2021, 61.2 million Americans ages 12 and older used illicit drugs and more than 106,000 died from drug-involved overuse. Florida ranks second to California, with 5,300 annual overdose deaths, outpacing the national average by about 23 percent. Excessive alcohol use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and is associated with numerous health issues, including heart disease, cancer and poor mental health. Although individuals with substance use disorder ...
Florida Atlantic University - 11/14/2023

Early-life stress changes more genes in brain than a head injury: In animal study, childhood stress linked to adult risk-taking
A surprising thing happened when researchers began exploring whether early-life stress compounds the effects of a childhood head injury on health and behavior later in life: In an animal study, stress changed the activation level of many more genes in the brain than were changed by a bump to the head. It’s already known that head injuries are common in young kids, especially from falling, and can be linked to mood disorders and social difficulties that emerge later in life. Adverse childhood ...
Ohio State University - 11/12/2023

Bullying victims who perceive they’re targeted due to social characteristics feel the effects worse, new research suggests
Students who feel they have been victimized because of social characteristics such as their ethnicity or their sexuality are at additional risk of trauma, a new national US study has revealed. Published in the peer-reviewed Journal of School Violence, the research, of more than 2,200 young victims of bullying, found students reported that their physical health; self-esteem; social relationships, and schoolwork suffered more if they felt bias was behind the perpetrators’ actions.
Taylor & Francis Group - 11/10/2023

Are some children genetically predisposed to poor sleep?
Previous research has identified genetic variants associated with insomnia and sleep duration in adults. Now a study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry has found that these variants also likely affect sleep quality and quantity in children. In the study of 2,458 children of European ancestry, children who were genetically predisposed to insomnia (based on a polygenic risk score developed for adults) had more insomnia-like sleep problems such as frequent awakenings ...
Wiley - 11/8/2023

Why we don’t all develop posttraumatic stress disorder
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating condition that arises after experiencing traumatic events. While many people experience trauma, only about 25-35% develop PTSD. Understanding the factors that make certain individuals more susceptible is crucial for both prevention and treatment. A new study led by Carmen Sandi and Simone Astori at EPFL now reveals how the development of PTSD is influenced by glucocorticoids, hormones that our body releases ...
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - 11/7/2023

Depression, anxiety and stress linked to poor heart health in two new studies
he heart and mind are strongly connected, with depression, anxiety and chronic stress all increasing the risk for heart and brain health complications, according to two preliminary studies to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2023. The meeting, to be held Nov. 11-13, in Philadelphia, is a premier global exchange of the latest scientific advancements, research and evidence-based clinical practice updates in cardiovascular science.
American Heart Association - 11/6/2023

Higher parenting stress for dads working from home during pandemic: Fathers who worked remotely were more than twice as likely to report higher parenting stress compared to fathers who worked onsite
A survey from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago found that 40 percent of parents who worked remotely during the pandemic reported higher parenting stress compared with only 27 percent of parents who worked onsite. Results revealed a gender difference – fathers who worked from home were twice as likely to report that parenting was stressful all or most of the time compared to fathers who worked onsite. Parenting stress for mothers who worked at home was slightly ...
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago - 11/3/2023

Teenagers are most likely to seek help for anxiety or depression at the start of the school year, says new study
Teenagers are more likely to visit their GP about depression and anxiety at the start of the school year in the autumn, according to new research led by experts from the University of Nottingham. In recent years there has been an increase in mental health issues and antidepressant prescribing in children and young people, however specialist mental health services in the UK are currently struggling to meet these increased demands. Members of a Young Person’s Advisory Group asked whether ...
University of Nottingham - 11/2/2023

One sleepless night can rapidly reverse depression for several days: Acute sleep loss increases dopamine release and rewires the brain, new study finds
Most people who have pulled an all-nighter are all too familiar with that “tired and wired” feeling. Although the body is physically exhausted, the brain feels slap-happy, loopy and almost giddy. Now, Northwestern University neurobiologists are the first to uncover what produces this punch-drunk effect. In a new study, researchers induced mild, acute sleep deprivation in mice and then examined their behaviors and brain activity. Not only did dopamine release increase during the acute sleep ...
Northwestern University - 11/2/2023

Do mild depressive and anxiety symptoms in fathers predict behavioral and cognitive problems in their children?
While the role of mothers’ stress, anxiety and depression on children’s behavioral and cognitive development is well established, less is known about the connection between fathers’ mental health and children’s development. Now, a team of researchers affiliated to different institutions across Quebec, Canada has examined if paternal anxious and depressive symptoms, measured during their partner’s pregnancy, and again six to eight years later, are associated with children’s cognitive function ...
Frontiers - 11/1/2023

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