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Biomarkers may hold key to precision mental health diagnosis, care
The study of biomarkers in the brain—powered by cutting-edge machine learning techniques—could redefine the way mental health conditions are categorized and diagnosed and lead to more effective, personalized treatments. That’s the goal of Yu Zhang, an assistant professor of bioengineering and electrical and computer engineering in Lehigh University’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science who recently landed major support from the National Institute of Mental Health ...
Lehigh University - 7/10/2023

Depression after traumatic brain injury could represent a new, distinct disease
A new study led by Shan Siddiqi, MD, from Brigham and Women's Hospital, a founding member of the Mass General Brigham healthcare system, suggests that depression after traumatic brain injury (TBI) could be a clinically distinct disorder rather than traditional major depressive disorder, with implications for patient treatment. The findings are published in Science Translational Medicine. "Our findings help explain how the physical trauma to specific brain circuits can lead to ...
Brigham and Women's Hospital - 7/5/2023

Memories of childhood abuse and neglect has greater impact on mental health than the experience itself
New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London and City University New York, published today (Wednesday 5 July) in JAMA Psychiatry, has found that the way childhood abuse and/or neglect is remembered and processed has a greater impact on later mental health than the experience itself. The authors suggest that, even in the absence of documented evidence, clinicians can use patients' self-reported experiences of abuse and ...
King's College London - 7/5/2023

Treating childhood ADHD with stimulant meds not associated with increased substance use later in life, study finds
Children taking a prescription stimulant to manage symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) do not have more substance use or substance use disorder (SUD) as adolescents or young adults, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Published today in JAMA Psychiatry, the study may provide some reassurance to parents and clinicians who may be hesitant to prescribe ADHD stimulant medications for fear that they ...
University of Pittsburgh - 7/5/2023

New review finds the benefits of a widely-used treatment for gambling problems may be overstated
A new meta-analysis (an analysis of past research) published by the scientific journal Addiction presents important findings that shed light on the effectiveness of psychological treatments for gambling problems. The analysis provides both positive and negative insights, including uncovering potential overstatements of the benefits associated with using cognitive-behavioural techniques (CBTs). Significantly more funds are essential to increase the rigor of studies and to improve ...
Society for the Study of Addiction - 6/29/2023

Kindness meditation helps people with depression recall positive memories, study finds: The new approach builds off previous research linking depression to the retrieval of autobiographical memories
A meditation that guides people to practice unconditional kindness to themselves and others helps people with a history of depression recall specific personal memories, according to a new study published this week in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Amanda Lathan and Barbara Dritschel of the University of St. Andrews, UK. Autobiographic memory is essential to human functioning in areas such as self-concept, emotion regulation and problem-solving. Research has suggested that, ...
PLOS - 6/28/2023

Chemical imbalance in the forebrain discovered in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have used powerful new brain imaging techniques to reveal a neurochemical imbalance within regions of the frontal lobes in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The study shows that the balance between glutamate and GABA – two major neurotransmitter chemicals – is “disrupted” in OCD patients in two frontal regions of the brain. Researchers also found that people who do not have OCD but are prone to habitual and compulsive behaviour ...
University of Cambridge - 6/27/2023

Our mind in the pandemic’s grip: How has COVID-19 shaped our daydreams and nighttime dreams?
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental well-being of individuals worldwide. A recent study examines the relationship between COVID-19-related concerns, anxiety, and worry, and the emotional quality of daydreaming and nighttime dreaming during these challenging times. We spend a large part of our days immersed in our inner experiences – daydreaming during the day and dreaming during the night. While there has been a lot of research on the effects of ...
University of Turku - 6/27/2023

Poor sense of smell linked to increased risk of depression in older adults
In a study that followed more than 2,000 community-dwelling older adults over eight years, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine say they have significant new evidence of a link between decreased sense of smell and risk of developing late-life depression. Their findings, published June 26 in Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, do not demonstrate that loss of smell causes depression, but suggests that it may serve as a potent indicator of overall health and well-being.
Johns Hopkins Medicine - 6/26/2023

Stanford Medicine-led research identifies a subtype of depression: Using surveys, cognitive tests and brain imaging, researchers have identified a type of depression that affects about a quarter of patients
Scientists at Stanford Medicine conducted a study describing a new category of depression — labeled the cognitive biotype — which accounts for 27% of depressed patients and is not effectively treated by commonly prescribed antidepressants. Cognitive tasks showed that these patients have difficulty with the ability to plan ahead, display self-control, sustain focus despite distractions and suppress inappropriate behavior; imaging showed decreased activity in two brain regions responsible for ...
Stanford Medicine - 6/23/2023

Can humor help treat depression and anxiety?
An analysis of published studies suggests that humor therapy may lessen symptoms of depression and anxiety. For the analysis, which is published in Brain and Behavior, investigators identified 29 relevant studies that included a total of 2,964 participants and were conducted in nine different countries. Participants had depression or anxiety and included children undergoing surgery or anesthesia; older people in nursing homes; patients with Parkinson's disease, cancer, mental illness, or ...
Wiley - 6/21/2023

Women without children at age 35 are at highest risk of binge drinking, alcohol use disorder
Excessive drinking and alcohol-related deaths are increasing at an alarming rate among women, particularly among reproductive-aged women in their late 20’s and 30’s. Traditionally, women tend to reduce their alcohol consumption once they have children, but in recent years, more middle-aged women have delayed or skipped motherhood. This growing trend in women who are delaying or foregoing parenting is contributing to an increase in women at highest risk for excessive alcohol use, ...
Boston University School of Public Health - 6/20/2023

Cognitive behavioural therapy for mothers may improve future mental health for infants: study
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) delivered to new mothers by individuals who previously recovered from post-partum depression (PPD) may help prevent future psychiatric illness in their children, finds new research led by McMaster University. The findings, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders on June 9, examined the effects of group CBT – a form of psychological treatment – on infant emotion regulation. PPD and its associated symptoms affect up to one in five new mothers and ...
McMaster University - 6/19/2023

Prompt testosterone treatment improves mental health of transgender, gender-diverse people
Receiving rapid access to testosterone therapy reduced feelings of gender dysphoria and led to a clinically significant reduction in depression as well as a 50% reduction in suicidality among transgender and gender diverse adults, according to research being presented Sunday at ENDO 2023, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in Chicago, Ill. “This is the world-first randomized clinical trial supporting the significant benefits of testosterone in reducing gender dysphoria, depression ...
The Endocrine Society - 6/18/2023

Conflict in marriage less harmful for kids when dad keeps it constructive
Conflict is unavoidable in all marriages. When it erupts in families with children, stressed or angry parents may take their pain out on the kids, projecting their anger or withdrawing emotionally or physically. In the worst cases, children’s socioemotional development can suffer. But the way parents, especially fathers, deal with marital conflict can make a difference to kids, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences - 6/14/2023

Cutting back on social media reduces anxiety, depression, loneliness
Last month, the American Psychological Association and the U.S. Surgeon General both issued health advisories. Their concerns and recommendations for teens, parents and policymakers addressed a mounting body of research that shows two trends are intertwined. Young people are using social media more, and their mental health is suffering. Researchers at Iowa State University found a simple intervention could help. During a two-week experiment with 230 college students, half were asked ...
Iowa State University - 6/14/2023

New data demonstrates potential role of probiotic supplementation in adults with Major Depressive Disorder
A new study published today (14 June) in JAMA Psychiatry has found evidence that supplementing the diet with a probiotic blend containing 14 strains of bacteria can help individuals who are being treated for major depressive disorder with antidepressants. The research, led by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London and in partnership with ADM Protexin, part of ADM, demonstrated the potential of probiotic supplementation to support ...
King's College London - 6/14/2023

New study links contraceptive pills and depression
Women who used combined contraceptive pills were at greater risk of developing depression than women who did not, according to a new study from Uppsala University. Contraceptive pills increased women’s risk by 73 per cent during the first two years of use. In a global perspective, depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability. More than 264 million people are affected and at least 25 per cent of all women and 15 per cent of all men experience a depression that requires ...
Uppsala University - 6/13/2023

Positive parenting buffers stress’s effects on the brain
Positive parenting—as reported by children and teenagers— protects young people from the deleterious effects of stressors like financial hardship or serious illness, according to a study. Jamie Hanson and colleagues examined magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data along with survey data for 482 participants in an ongoing study, the Healthy Brain Network, who were between the ages of 10–17 at the time of data collection. Previous work has found associations between stress and ...
PNAS Nexus - 6/13/2023

Loneliness, insomnia linked to work with AI systems: After-work drinking also associated with AI work, study finds
Employees who frequently interact with artificial intelligence systems are more likely to experience loneliness that can lead to insomnia and increased after-work drinking, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. Researchers conducted four experiments in the U.S., Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia. Findings were consistent across cultures. The research was published online in the Journal of Applied Psychology. In a prior career, lead researcher ...
American Psychological Association - 6/12/2023

LGB adults at higher risk of suicidal thoughts and self-harm
Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people are more than twice as likely than their straight peers to experience suicidal thoughts or self-harming behaviours, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. The study, published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, is the first ever to analyse nationally representative data on sexual orientation and suicidality in England whilst being able to compare individual sexual minority groups. The researchers analysed data combined from ...
University College London - 6/8/2023

Why some military veterans may be more at-risk of PTSD symptoms
Service members deployed to conflict zones may be at greater risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder if they were physically, emotionally or sexually abused in childhood. This, along with other findings from a new study, help clarify how adverse experiences early in life can make people more vulnerable to trauma later on. One of the co-authors, Marcus Credé, is an industrial psychologist and associate professor at Iowa State University. He studies how people behave in high-stress ...
Iowa State University - 6/7/2023

Study identifies two aspects of sleep related to depression in college student athletes: Results highlight potential treatment targets for depression and sleep interventions
A new study to be presented at the SLEEP 2023 annual meeting identified two specific facets of sleep that mediate the relationship between general sleep disturbances and depression severity in college student athletes. Results show that perceived sleep quality and difficulty maintaining sleep were significant mediators of this relationship. Surprisingly, neither sleep duration nor the time it takes to fall asleep was a significant mediator. “These results shed light on which exact sleep ...
American Academy of Sleep Medicine - 6/5/2023

Newly discovered brain mechanism linked to anxiety, OCD
The pandemic and its aftermath have raised anxiety to new levels. But the roots of anxiety-related conditions, including obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder (OCSD), are still unclear. In a new study, University of Utah Health scientists discovered insights into the importance of a minor cell type in the brain—microglia—in controlling anxiety-related behaviors in laboratory mice. Traditionally, neurons—the predominant brain cell type—are thought to control behavior.
University of Utah - 6/5/2023

Alcohol dependency in adolescence, but not consumption, linked with later depression risk
Adolescents who show signs of alcohol dependence are more likely to develop depression by their mid-20s, according to a new study led by UCL (University College London) and University of Bristol researchers. Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly, but with no signs of dependency, did not predict depression risk, according to the findings published in The Lancet Psychiatry. Co-lead author Dr Gemma Lewis (UCL Psychiatry) said: “By using a large, longitudinal dataset, we have found ...
University College London - 6/1/2023

Grief can increase risk of heart problems, study finds: People who lost loved ones were asked in a study to recall moments of grief. Their blood pressure escalated as a result.
Losing loved ones can take a major toll not just on psychological well-being but also on physical health. Researchers at the University of Arizona studied the impact of grief on heart function and found that severe grief can cause a marked rise in blood pressure. The findings suggest that grief could be a risk factor for cardiac events. The study, published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, demonstrates an association between grief severity and elevated systolic blood pressure response.
University of Arizona - 6/1/2023

Obesity increases risk of mental disorders throughout life
Being obese significantly increases the chances of also developing mental disorders. This applies to all age groups, with women at higher risk than men for most diseases, as a recent study of the Complexity Science Hub and the Medical University of Vienna shows. The results were published in the specialist journal Translational Psychiatry. "We analyzed a population-wide national registry of inpatient hospitalizations in Austria from 1997 to 2014 in order to determine the relative risks of ...
Complexity Science Hub Vienna - 5/30/2023

Social stress, problem-solving deficits contribute to suicide risk for teen girls: Adolescents who have trouble solving interpersonal problems and experience greater interpersonal stress may be at elevated risk for suicidal behavior, study suggests
Teen girls who have greater difficulty effectively solving interpersonal problems when they experience social stress, and who experience more interpersonal stress in their lives, are at greater risk of suicidal behavior, suggests research published by the American Psychological Association. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among teens, and rates of suicidal behavior are particularly high among girls. Previous research has found that interpersonal stressors – such as conflict ...
American Psychological Association - 5/25/2023

Researchers treat depression by reversing brain signals traveling the wrong way
Powerful magnetic pulses applied to the scalp to stimulate the brain can bring fast relief to many severely depressed patients for whom standard treatments have failed. Yet it's been a mystery exactly how transcranial magnetic stimulation, as the treatment is known, changes the brain to dissipate depression. Now, research led by Stanford Medicine scientists has found that the treatment works by reversing the direction of abnormal brain signals. The findings also suggest that backward streams ...
Stanford Medicine - 5/23/2023

Data from wearables could be a boon to mental health diagnosis: WashU team uses Fitbit data, deep learning to detect depression, anxiety
Depression and anxiety are among the most common mental health disorders in the United States, but more than half of people struggling with the conditions are not diagnosed and treated. Hoping to find simple ways to detect such disorders, mental health professionals are considering the role of popular wearable fitness monitors in providing data that could alert wearers to potential health risks. While the long-term feasibility of detecting such disorders with wearable technology is an open ...
Washington University in St. Louis - 5/22/2023

Is there a link between depression and inflammation of the brain?
People with depression have fewer active microglial cells, according to a new study by the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience. What does that mean? Depression is a significant contributor to the global burden of disease and a leading cause of disability worldwide. Insight into disease pathophysiology and novel therapeutics are urgently needed, as treatment resistance is common and occurs in up to 30% of the patients. Previous research showed that patients with depression have ...
Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience - KNAW - 5/22/2023

New research finds mechanism that regulates PTSD in the female brain
From humans to plants to single-cell organisms, there’s a protein that rules them all. This protein does general housekeeping of the cells, regulating them through normal daily functions. Virginia Tech researchers found that one specific form of this ubiquitous protein has a different function in the female brains – it helps regulate events in the memory that cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “The protein is primarily thought of as a protein that marks other proteins to be ...
Virginia Tech - 5/19/2023

Did hormonal birth control make you depressed? If so, you may be at higher risk of postpartum depression
Inability to feel happy, low spirits, fatigue, and loss of appetite. These are common symptoms of postpartum depression. When left untreated, postpartum depression can affect infant development or in worst case result in the mother committing suicide. New research from the University of Copenhagen shows that we may be able to help some of the mothers at risk of developing postpartum depression by knowing if hormonal birth control had affected their mental health in the past.
University of Copenhagen - The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences - 5/17/2023

Evidence of ‘pandemic brain’ in college students: Decision making was less consistent compared to pre-2020 data
Decision-making capabilities of college students – including some graduating this spring – were likely negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, new research suggests. Students in the small study conducted by researchers at The Ohio State University were less consistent in their decision making during the 2020 fall semester compared to students who had participated in similar research over several previous years. The researchers compared responses to a hypothetical situation ...
Ohio State University - 5/17/2023

Addiction scientists seek to better understand cocaine use disorder: ‘Stimulants are coming back’
Nearly 2 percent of the U.S. population reported cocaine use in 2020, and the highly addictive substance was involved in nearly one in five overdose deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In Virginia, the number of cocaine-related overdoses has been increasing since 2013, with 968 fatal overdoses in 2022, according to preliminary data from the Virginia Department of Health, a 20 percent increase over 2021. Of those, four in five included fentanyl — prescription, illicit or ...
Virginia Tech - 5/14/2023

Therapy sessions benefit mothers, children in homeless shelter: Pilot study shows reductions in stress symptoms
Short-term therapy sessions with parents and their children in homeless shelters could help improve parenting skills and reduce parental stress and children’s post-traumatic stress symptoms, according to a pilot study published by the American Psychological Association. Researchers from Florida International University partnered with Lotus House in Miami, one of the largest women’s homeless shelters in the U.S. The study included 144 families (mother and one child) with children from ...
American Psychological Association - 5/11/2023

Anti-depressant agent KNT-127 reduces stress as well as depression: Scientists have developed a potential anti-depressant that exhibits anti-stressing as well as anti-depressant effects with minimal side effects
Depression is a condition affecting millions across the globe. However, efficient drugs with minimal adverse effects are scarce. Now, researchers have reported how KNT-127, a delta opioid receptor agonist, quickly and efficiently reduces classic parameters of depression in a mouse model. This anti-depressant agent exhibits the dual nature of being a stress reliever and an anti-depressant and could broaden the potential of existing treatments.
Tokyo University of Science - 5/8/2023

Covid-19 pandemic has had long-term impact on families, LMU study shows
In retrospect, the Covid-19 pandemic seems to consist of an ebb and flow of lockdowns and periods of loosened restrictions. But for children and families, the long-term effects have been predominantly negative since the first lockdown in the spring of 2020. A team at the Chair of Developmental Psychology and Educational Psychology at LMU, led by Professor Markus Paulus, has shown that although the well-being of children temporarily recovered after the first lockdown was over, the ...
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München - 5/8/2023

Casual cannabis use by adolescents raises risk of depression, suicidality: Recreational users are two to four times as likely to develop psychiatric disorders than teens who don’t use cannabis at all
A Columbia University study has found that teens who use cannabis recreationally are two to four times as likely to develop psychiatric disorders, such as depression and suicidality, than teens who don’t use cannabis at all. The research, published in JAMA Network Open May 3, also finds that casual cannabis use puts teens at risk for problem behaviors, including poor academic performance, truancy, and trouble with the law, which can have long-term negative consequences that may ...
Columbia University Irving Medical Center - 5/6/2023

Married couples who merge finances may be happier, stay together longer
The Beatles famously sang, "Money can't buy me love," but married couples who manage their finances together may love each other longer, according to research from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Prior research suggests a correlation that couples who merge finances tend to be happier than those who do not. But this is the first research to show a causal relationship -- that married couples who have joint bank accounts not only have better relationships, but ...
Indiana University - 5/4/2023

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