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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

Researchers examine the relationship between loneliness and being alone
In a world filled with endless connections and constant communication, the relationship between loneliness and aloneness is not always clear. Now, University of Arizona researchers have analyzed that relationship -- and found that they are two different things that are not closely correlated. People don't feel lonely until they spend three-quarters of their time alone, the study found. However, when their alone time goes beyond 75%, it becomes difficult for them to avoid feelings of loneliness.
University of Arizona - 11/1/2023

Outlook on exercise may curb aging anxiety
Since 2011, roughly 10,000 people in the U.S. have turned 65 every day. The Baby Boomer generation and those born before 1946 make up the country’s fastest growing age group, which is on track to outnumber children by 2035. “As this large demographic ages, it’s really important to support health promoting behaviors and have an approach that focuses on prevention — not just treatment — when it comes to chronic diseases. To do that, we need to know what their needs are and how best to ...
Iowa State University - 10/31/2023

Want to achieve your goals? Get angry: Anger can be useful when facing a challenge, study says
While often perceived as a negative emotion, anger can also be a powerful motivator for people to achieve challenging goals in their lives, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. "People often believe that a state of happiness is ideal, and the majority of people consider the pursuit of happiness a major life goal," said lead author Heather Lench, PhD, a professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences at Texas A&M University. "The view that ...
American Psychological Association - 10/30/2023

Childhood trauma linked to headaches in adulthood: New study finds one or more traumatic childhood experiences linked to headaches
People who have experienced traumatic events in childhood such as abuse, neglect or household dysfunction may be more likely to experience headache disorders as adults, according to a meta-analysis published in the October 25, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. This research does not prove that such experiences cause headaches; it only shows an association. "Traumatic events in childhood can have serious health ...
American Academy of Neurology - 10/25/2023

Simple blood test can help diagnose bipolar disorder
Researchers have developed a new way of improving diagnosis of bipolar disorder that uses a simple blood test to identify biomarkers associated with the condition. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, used a combination of an online psychiatric assessment and a blood test to diagnose patients with bipolar disorder, many of whom had been misdiagnosed with major depressive disorder. The researchers say the blood test on its own could diagnose up to 30% of patients with ...
University of Cambridge - 10/25/2023

Genetic risks of autism and ADHD may be related to more screen time in children
A team led by Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan has investigated screen time in autistic (ASD) and ADHD children. Screen time refers to the amount of time a person spends on a device with a screen, such as a smartphone, computer, television, or video game system. The researchers found that children with a genetic predisposition to ASD were more likely to use screens for longer periods. Meanwhile, children with ADHD gradually increased their screen time as they ...
Nagoya University - 10/25/2023

Heated yoga may reduce depression symptoms, according to recent clinical trial: Findings suggest that sessions of just once a week may provide benefits
In a randomized controlled clinical trial of adults with moderate-to-severe depression, those who participated in heated yoga sessions experienced significantly greater reductions in depressive symptoms compared with a control group. The results of the trial, which was led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a founding member of Mass General Brigham (MGB), and was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, indicate that heated yoga could be a viable ...
Massachusetts General Hospital - 10/23/2023

For relationship maintenance, accurate perception of partner's behavior is key
Married couples and long-term romantic partners typically engage in a variety of behaviors that sustain and nourish the relationship. These actions promote higher levels of commitment, which benefits couples' physical and psychological health. A new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign looks at how such relationship maintenance behaviors interact with satisfaction and commitment. "Relationship maintenance is a well-established measure of couple behavior.
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences - 10/20/2023

Consistent lack of sleep is related to future depressive symptoms
Consistently sleeping less than five hours a night might raise the risk of developing depressive symptoms, according to a new genetic study led by UCL (University College London) researchers. Historically, poor sleep has been seen as a side effect of mental ill health, but this study found that the link between sleep and mental illness is more complex. The study, published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, analysed data from people with an average age of 65 and found short sleep was ...
University College London - 10/20/2023

Social media contributing to poor body image among teenaged athletes, associated with dropping high school sports: Surveys show teenaged girls are quitting at higher rates
High school sports participation sets boys and girls up with healthy habits that can lead to healthier lives, and body image issues caused by social media may be contributing to teenagers making the decision to quit, according to research presented during the 2023 AAP National Conference & Exhibition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  Researchers who wrote the abstract, “The Effects of Body Image, Social Media and Gender Roles on Sports Attrition,” surveyed 70 ...
American Academy of Pediatrics - 10/20/2023

Women at much higher risk of depression after traumatic brain injury, analysis finds
Women are nearly 50% more likely than men to develop depression after suffering a concussion or other traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to an analysis of nine studies and nearly 700,000 people presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2023 annual meeting. “Most studies showing the link between TBI and depression have focused on men,” said Isaac G. Freedman, M.D., MPH, lead author of the study and an anesthesiology resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical ...
American Society of Anesthesiologists - 10/16/2023

Sexism and poorer parenting: New Zealand study suggests a link: Researchers observed parents in the lab in first study of its kind
Fathers and mothers who believe men should hold the power and authority in society and the family were less responsive to their children during family interactions, according to University of Auckland research. The study was the first of its type. “For decades, sexism has been known to predict negative behaviours toward women, from discrimination to violence,” says lead author Professor Nickola Overall, of Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland. “Our study suggests ...
University of Auckland - 10/15/2023

Study explores how changing autism traits are linked to mental health conditions: Findings suggest that some restrictive and repetitive behaviors may help reduce anxiety for autistic individuals
A long-term study by UC Davis Health researchers sheds new light on the relationship between autism traits and mental health in middle childhood. The paper, published in the journal Autism, finds that changes in core autism characteristics are related to whether children develop additional mental health challenges during their elementary school years. “Our findings suggest that different aspects of a child’s development may affect each other over time,” explained Einat Waizbard-Bartov, a ...
University of California - Davis Health - 10/13/2023

Caution: Content warnings do not reduce stress, study shows
Advocates for the use of trigger warnings suggest that they can help people avoid or emotionally prepare for encountering content related to a past trauma. But trigger warnings may not fulfill either of these functions, according to an analysis published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Instead, warnings appear to heighten the anticipatory anxiety a person may feel prior to viewing sensitive material while making them no less ...
Association for Psychological Science - 10/12/2023

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