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Tracking mental health over the COVID-19 pandemic
When the world shut down in March of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, people the world over experienced profound psychological stress to varying degrees. Now, a new study takes advantage of the unique situation and longitudinally studied the demographic, neurobiological, and psychological factors that contributed to individuals' risk or resilience to mental health disruptions related to the stress.
Elsevier - 10/26/2022

Most people feel socially connected as Covid-19 precautions ease, but many still need support, survey finds
For nearly two decades, Kristin Friberg has been a librarian with the Princeton Public Library in New Jersey, where one of her many roles is to lead local book groups. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, she worried about the book club participants who had become friends over the years and the library regulars who would often stop in just to talk. “It was sad for all of us thinking, like, ‘What’s everybody doing?’ and ‘Hope everybody’s OK,’ ” she said. The library “feels to me like a very ...
CNN - 10/25/2022

Video gaming may be associated with better cognitive performance in children, study suggests: Additional research necessary to parse potential benefits and harms of video games on the developing brain
A study of nearly 2,000 children found that those who reported playing video games for three hours per day or more performed better on cognitive skills tests involving impulse control and working memory compared to children who had never played video games. Published today in JAMA Network Open, this study analyzed data from the ongoing Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, which is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and other ...
NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse - 10/24/2022

Anxiety disorders had no effect on vaccine hesitancy
Individuals who deal with anxiety are no less hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine compared to those without anxiety, according to new research. The new study led by the University of Waterloo aimed to investigate the relationship between vaccine hesitancy, psychological factors associated with anxiety, and individuals’ reasoning for and against getting the COVID-19 vaccine. To conduct the study, the researchers surveyed 148 participants with and without anxiety disorders.
University of Waterloo - 10/24/2022

Study finds caregiver-child relationships improved after seven-session intervention: Challenging behaviors improved, communication increased after PC-CARE
Only about 25 percent of children with challenging behaviors receive mental health treatment, and dropout rates are high for those who do. This makes brief and effective intervention programs to improve relationships between children and their caregivers needed. A growing number of open trials (clinical trials in which both the researchers and participants know which treatment is being administered) and comparison studies have supported the use of Parent-Child Care (PC-CARE), a ...
University of California - Davis Health - 10/19/2022

Timely interventions for depression might lower the future risk of dementia: Depression, treatment, and risk of dementia explored in a new study
Depression has long been associated with an increased risk of dementia, and now a new study provides evidence that timely treatment of depression could lower the risk of dementia in specific groups of patients. Over 55 million people worldwide live with dementia, a disabling neurocognitive condition that mainly affects older adults. No effective treatment for dementia exists but identifying ways to help minimize or prevent dementia would help to lessen the burden of the disease.
Elsevier - 10/17/2022

Talk therapy could improve mental health of people with dementia
People living with dementia may benefit from talking therapies available on the NHS, if they suffer from anxiety or depression, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. Mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are very common in people with dementia, and previous studies estimate that 38% of people with mild dementia are affected by the conditions. However, the new study, published in eClinicalMedicine, is the first to assess whether talking therapies that are routinely ...
University College London - 10/14/2022

New study finds distinct brain networks associated with risk and resilience in depression
A new study that links the location of brain injury to levels of depression in patients following the injury has identified two distinct brain networks; one associated with increased depression symptoms and one associated with decreased depression symptoms. The large-scale study led by researchers with University of Iowa Health Care expands on previous findings and suggests that these brain networks might be potential targets for neuromodulation therapies to treat depression.
University of Iowa Health Care - 10/13/2022

Clinical psychologists and their patients need new ways to understand and confront the fear of losing control, says Concordia researcher
Control is an important construct in the fields of psychology and psychopathology, particularly as it relates to anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD). Losing control, however, is a fear clinical psychologists observe in many patients but one that remains understudied and little understood. A new paper published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry presents a new perspective on this fear, with rich implications for future treatment and research.
Concordia University - 10/11/2022

Positive childhood experiences of blue spaces linked to better adult well-being
New research based on data from 18 countries concludes that adults with better mental health are more likely to report having spent time playing in and around coastal and inland waters, such as rivers and lakes (also known collectively as blue spaces) as children. The finding was replicated in each of the countries studied. Mounting evidence shows that spending time in and around green spaces such as parks and woodlands in adulthood is associated with stress reduction and better ...
University of Exeter - 10/10/2022

New survey: 91% of parents say their family is less stressed when they eat together
Chronic, constant stress can increase lifetime risk of heart disease and stroke, but a new survey from the American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives for all, reveals regular mealtime with others could be a simple solution to help manage stress. Of the 1,000 U.S. adults nationwide surveyed in September 2022 for the American Heart Association's Healthy for GoodTM movement by Wakefield Research, the vast majority (84%) say they wish they could share a meal ...
American Heart Association - 10/10/2022

How the mother's mood influences her baby's ability to speak
Communicating with babies in infant-directed-speech is considered an essential prerequisite for successful language development of the little ones. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences have now investigated how the mood of mothers in the postpartum period affects their child's development. They found that even children whose mothers suffer from mild depressive mood that do not yet require medical treatment show early signs of delayed ...
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences - 10/7/2022

Parenting practices in teen years set the stage for closeness, warmth later on
High-quality parenting practices in adolescence lay the foundation for close parent-child relationships when the children become young adults, according to new research from Penn State. The study is one of the first to examine how changes in parental involvement, parental warmth, and effective discipline during adolescence predict the quality of the relationships between parents and their young adult children, said Greg Fosco, professor of human development and family studies and ...
Penn State - 10/4/2022

Prenatal acetaminophen use linked to sleep, attention problems in preschoolers
Acetaminophen use during pregnancy is associated with sleep and behavior problems consistent with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study by Penn State College of Medicine researchers. Acetaminophen is a common drug used to treat a variety of issues, including fever, infection, muscle pain, headache, migraine, colds and allergies. Traditionally, the medication has been considered by medical professionals to be safe for use during pregnancy. However, ...
Penn State - 10/4/2022

Discovery of potential biological cause for postpartum depression opens door to new treatments
Newly discovered biological changes in mothers who suffer postpartum depression may help explain the condition, yield long-sought treatments and let doctors identify those at risk even before their babies are born. Postpartum depression strikes up to 20% of new moms and can have terrible consequences for both mother and child. Roughly 20% of maternal deaths after childbirth are from suicide. Postpartum depression can cause new moms to feel anxious and irritable, suffer self-doubt and ...
University of Virginia Health System - 10/4/2022

Children with food allergy-related anxiety can benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy: Study shows exposure-based interventions helps both food allergic children and their parents
Children with food allergies, along with their parents, often experience heightened anxiety over risks of casual contact with food allergens. They also wonder whether they should avoid social situations involving food and whether medical interventions such as oral food challenges and oral immunotherapy are safe. A new study in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), shows that targeted cognitive ...
American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology - 10/4/2022

Social media use linked to developing depression regardless of personality
Researchers in public policy and education recently found that young adults who use more social media are significantly more likely to develop depression within six months, regardless of personality type. Published in the Journal of Affective Disorders Reports, the study, "Associations between social media use, personality structure, and development of depression," was co-authored by Renae Merrill, a doctoral student in the Public Policy Program at the University of Arkansas.
University of Arkansas - 10/3/2022

Unlocking the power of our emotional memory: Neuroscientists show that it's possible to turn the volume down on a negative memory by stimulating other, happier ones
You may not realize it, but each time you recall a memory -- like your first time riding a bike or walking into your high school prom -- your brain changes the memory ever so slightly. It's almost like adding an Instagram filter, with details being filled in and information being updated or lost with each recall. "We're inadvertently applying filters to our past experiences," says Steve Ramirez (CAS'10), a Boston University neuroscientist. Even though a filtered memory is different from ...
Boston University - 10/3/2022

The pros and cons of telemental health
New research led by the National Institute for Health & Care Research (NIHR) Mental Health Policy Research Unit (MHPRU) at King's College London and University College London (UCL), has shown that certain groups of people benefit from the freedom of choice that telemental health provides, but this is not true for all. The research, published today in the Interactive Journal of Medical Research, investigates which telemental health approaches work (or do not work) for whom, in ...
King's College London - 9/29/2022

Not pursuing your goals during the pandemic is good for your mental health
People who shelved their long-term goals during the pandemic were better able to avoid anxiety and depression, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Waterloo aimed to investigate the relationship between what they call COVID-frozen goals – goals for which progress has been disrupted due to COVID-19 – and psychological well-being. “Typically, when we think about how to increase goal success and well-being, we focus on how to be more committed and ...
University of Waterloo - 9/28/2022

Life’s stresses can make people focus more on their romantic partner’s negative behavior
Stressful life circumstances can affect how married couples interact, but can they affect how partners see each other? A person experiencing stress is more likely to notice their spouse’s negative behavior than positive, according to a new study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science. Prior research has focused on how stress influences behavior, but this study suggests that stress could affect what actions partners notice in the first place. The negative actions being ...
Society for Personality and Social Psychology - 9/26/2022

Anxiety during pregnancy can lead to earlier births, study finds: Results suggest doctors should screen for anxiety during first and third trimesters
Women who experience anxiety about their pregnancies give birth earlier on average than those who don’t, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. The study, which examined the relationship between pregnancy length and different measures of anxiety, could help doctors understand when and how best to screen for anxiety during pregnancy to help prevent preterm birth. “Anxiety about a current pregnancy is a potent psychosocial state that may affect ...
American Psychological Association - 9/26/2022

New study identifies cortisol level as indicator of addiction recovery success
A new study by researchers at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine found that lower initial cortisol levels may serve as a predictor for retention in treatment programs for substance use disorder. The prospective observational study examined the salivary cortisol, stress exposure, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and treatment retention of males enrolled in abstinence-based, residential alcohol and drug recovery programs. Their findings were published last ...
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine - 9/23/2022

Motherhood at work: Exploring maternal mental health: Postpartum is affecting mental health at work. What can companies do about it?
Up to 1 in 5 women in the postpartum period will experience a mental health disorder like postpartum depression or generalized anxiety disorder. How an organization handles a mother's return to work can have a significant impact on her mental health, according to new research from the University of Georgia. Organizations control the majority of work-related factors that predict better mental health outcomes. This can include access to paid maternity leave, total workload, and ...
University of Georgia - 9/22/2022

A new understanding of the neurobiology of impulsivity: Novel genetically based impulsivity score may help identify children who are especially vulnerable
While not all impulsive behaviour speaks of mental illness, a wide range of mental health disorders which often emerge in adolescence, including depression and substance abuse, have been linked to impulsivity. So, finding a way to identify and treat those who may be particularly vulnerable to impulsivity early in life is especially important. A group of researchers, led by scholars at McGill University, have developed a genetically based score which could help identify, with a high degree of ...
McGill University - 9/22/2022

Newly discovered protein connected to Alzheimer’s disease risk: A mutation in the small protein is associated with Alzheimer’s risk and highlights a possible target for treatment
A mutation in a newly discovered small protein is connected to a significant increase in the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, expanding the known gene targets for the disease and presenting a new potential avenue for treatment, according to a new USC study. The protein, called SHMOOSE, is a tiny “microprotein” encoded by a newly discovered gene within the cell’s energy-producing mitochondria. A mutation within this gene partially inactivates the SHMOOSE microprotein and is associated with ...
University of Southern California - 9/20/2022

Nearly one in 10 in the US reports having depression: Prevalence is particularly high among adolescents and young adults
Increases in depression without commensurate increases in treatment are widespread, reports a study conducted at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and City University of New York. In 2020, past 12‒month depression was prevalent among nearly 1 in 10 Americans and almost 1 in 5 adolescents and young adults. The embargoed findings will be published online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Data were drawn from the 2015−2020 National Survey ...
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health - 9/19/2022

Educators need mental health support following hurricanes, research finds
After Hurricanes Harvey and Matthew hit Texas and North Carolina, it was the custodians who removed debris and damaged supplies from the athletic fields. It was the principals who stayed in the building for 24 hours while their schools operated as shelters. It was the teachers who ran to the local pharmacy to retrieve students' lifesaving medicine while communication was limited. When hurricanes strike, educators turn into first responders for their communities and students ...
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - 9/19/2022

Adult ADHD linked to elevated risk of cardiovascular diseases
Adults with ADHD are at greater risk of developing a range of cardiovascular diseases than those without the condition, according to a large observational study led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Örebro University in Sweden. The researchers say the findings, published in the journal World Psychiatry, underscore the need to monitor cardiovascular health in people with ADHD. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental ...
Karolinska Institutet - 9/15/2022

Mild traumatic brain injury increases risk of behavioral and emotional problems in kids
University of Rochester researchers have been at the forefront of efforts to understand how blows to the head impact the brain, including how concussions change brain structure . Now researchers at the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience have found that kids who experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI), even a mild one, have more emotional and behavioral problems than kids who do not.
University of Rochester Medical Center - 9/13/2022

Daytime eating may benefit mental health: A study on meal timing found that eating at night increased depression and anxiety-related mood levels among participants
Investigators have designed a study that simulated night work and then tested the effects of daytime and nighttime eating versus daytime eating only. The team found that, among participants in the daytime and nighttime eating group, depression-like mood levels increased by 26 percent and anxiety-like mood levels by 16 percent. Participants in the daytime-only eating group did not experience this increase, suggesting that meal timing may influence mood vulnerability.
Brigham and Women's Hospital - 9/12/2022

Pregnant women with obesity and diabetes may be more likely to have a child with ADHD: Study only finds this association in women with excessive weight gain during pregnancy
Children of women with gestational diabetes and obesity may be twice as likely to develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) compared to those whose mothers did not have obesity, according to new research published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The estimated number of children aged 3-17 years ever diagnosed with ADHD is 6 million, according to data from 2016-2019. A major risk factor for ADHD in children is maternal obesity.
The Endocrine Society - 9/8/2022

Mothers' stress rollercoaster while pregnant linked to negative emotions in babies
Pregnant people who had bigger fluctuations in stress from one moment to the next -- also called lability -- had infants with more fear, sadness and distress at three months old than mothers with less stress variability, reports a new Northwestern University study that examined how a child's developmental trajectory begins even before birth. Prior research has found that mothers' distress during pregnancy has been related to infant temperament and behavior, but this is one of ...
Northwestern University - 9/7/2022

Eating behaviors of parents play a role in teens' emotional eating
Emotional eating, or eating as a coping mechanism for negative, positive, or stress-driven emotions, is associated with unhealthy dietary patterns and weight gain. A research article featured in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by Elsevier, discusses adolescent vulnerability to emotional eating and how various feeding practices used by parents, such as restriction, food as reward, and child involvement, influence eating behavior. "Emotional eating was previously ...
Elsevier - 9/7/2022

Psychological distress before COVID-19 infection increases risk of long COVID
Psychological distress, including depression, anxiety, worry, perceived stress, and loneliness, before COVID-19 infection was associated with an increased risk of long COVID, according to researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The increased risk was independent of smoking, asthma, and other health behaviors or physical health conditions. "We were surprised by how strongly psychological distress before a COVID-19 infection was associated with an increased ...
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - 9/7/2022

Replacing social media use with physical activity can do a lot to improve your mental health, according to a new study
If you spend 30 minutes less on social media every day and engage in physical activity instead, you do a lot to improve your mental health. This is shown in a study conducted by a team from the Mental Health Research and Treatment Center at Ruhr-Universität Bochum headed by assistant professor Dr. Julia Brailovskaia. Participants who followed this advice for two weeks felt happier, more satisfied, less stressed by the Covid-19 pandemic and less depressed than a control group.
Ruhr-University Bochum - 9/7/2022

Robots can be better at detecting mental wellbeing issues in children than parent-reported or self-reported testing, a new study suggests
A team of roboticists, computer scientists and psychiatrists from the University of Cambridge carried out a study with 28 children between the ages of eight and 13, and had a child-sized humanoid robot administer a series of standard psychological questionnaires to assess the mental wellbeing of each participant. The children were willing to confide in the robot, in some cases sharing information with the robot that they had not yet shared via the standard assessment method of …
University of Cambridge - 9/1/2022

Increased use of telehealth for opioid use disorder services during COVID-19 pandemic associated with reduced risk of overdose: Study findings support value of expanding use of telehealth services for opioid use disorder-related care
The expansion of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with individuals staying in treatment longer and reducing their risk of medically treated overdose, according to a new study. Published today in JAMA Psychiatry, this study was a collaborative effort led by researchers at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National ...
NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse - 8/31/2022

Feeling anxious or blue? Ultra-processed foods may be to blame: Researchers find U.S. adults who consume more ultra-processed food report more adverse mental symptoms
Do you love those sugary-sweet beverages, reconstituted meat products and packaged snacks? You may want to reconsider based on a new study that explored whether individuals who consume higher amounts of ultra-processed food have more adverse mental health symptoms. Although ultra-processed foods are convenient, low cost, quick to prepare or ready-to-eat, these industrial formulations of processed food substances (oils, fats, sugars, starch, protein isolates) contain little or no ...
Florida Atlantic University - 8/25/2022

Family and social support may influence caregiver stress and depression
A new study from Weill Cornell Medicine investigators shows that cultural values and social support may influence a caregiver’s burden, self-efficacy and depressive symptoms. These findings suggest interventions aimed at buffering the negative effects of care-related stress should reinforce the importance of social connections. In a study reported in the July 2022 issue of the Journals of Gerontology: Series B, a team led by first author Dr. Francesca Falzarano, a postdoctoral fellow, ...
Weill Cornell Medicine - 8/25/2022

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