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Shooting, gang violence exposure leads to PTSD: Strong correlation between PTSD symptoms and severe depression
The violence that women in disadvantaged neighborhoods experience and witness can result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and full diagnoses, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study that examined a disadvantaged Chicago neighborhood. Also noteworthy, women with PTSD diagnosis or sub-threshold PTSD had significantly more severe depression symptoms than women in the study who didn’t report experiencing trauma. Every woman who ...
Northwestern University - 12/8/2016


Drug Use Strong Predictor for Postpartum Mental Health Problems
New research from North Carolina State University and the University of British Columbia finds that a woman’s lifetime history of drug use can help predict whether the woman will suffer from problems with stress and anxiety after childbirth. The finding could help health-care providers screen pregnant women for mental health problems and provide relevant treatment. “There’s been a lot of attention recently on the need to incorporate mental health screening into prenatal care, and it ...
North Carolina State University - 12/8/2016


Comparing yourself with others on Facebook is more likely to lead to feelings of depression than making social comparisons offline, investigators report
Comparing yourself with others on Facebook is more likely to lead to feelings of depression than making social comparisons offline. That's one of the findings from a review of all the research on the links between social networking and depression by David Baker and Dr Guillermo Perez Algorta from Lancaster University. They examined studies from 14 countries with 35,000 participants aged between 15 and 88. There are among 1.8 billion people on online social networking sites ...
ScienceDaily - 11/28/2016


Depression in young people affects the stomach, anxiety the skin
Mental disorders and physical diseases frequently go hand in hand. For the first time, psychologists at the University of Basel and Ruhr University Bochum have identified temporal patterns in young people: arthritis and diseases of the digestive system are more common after depression, while anxiety disorders tend to be followed by skin diseases. Physical diseases and mental disorders affect a person's quality of life and present a huge challenge for the healthcare system.
EurekAlert - 11/24/2016


Active-duty military find PTSD relief through individual cognitive therapy: One-on-one therapy eliminated PTSD diagnoses for almost half of trial participants
Although both group and individual therapy can ease post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in active-duty military service members, individual therapy relieved PTSD symptoms better and quicker, according to a study led by a Duke University School of Medicine researcher. The randomized clinical trial is the largest to date to examine an evidence-based treatment for active-duty military service members, with 268 participants from the U.S. Army's Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.
EurekAlert - 11/23/2016


Everyday creative activity may lead to an "upward spiral" of increased wellbeing and creativity in young adults, new research suggests
In their study, Department of Psychology researchers asked 658 university students to keep a daily diary of their experiences and emotional states over 13 days. After analysing the diaries the researchers, led by Dr Tamlin Conner, found a pattern of the participants feeling more enthusiasm and higher "flourishing" than usual following days when they were more creative. Flourishing is a psychological concept that can be described as increasing positive growth in oneself.
ScienceDaily - 11/23/2016


Fear of the unknown common to many anxiety disorders
Several anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and specific phobias, share a common underlying trait: increased sensitivity to uncertain threat, or fear of the unknown, report researchers. The finding could help steer treatment of these disorders away from diagnosis-based therapies to treating their common characteristics.
ScienceDaily - 11/18/2016


Neighborhoods May Be Key to Teens' Mental Well-Being: When neighbors look out for others' kids, children have better emotional health, study finds
Teenagers living in cohesive neighborhoods -- where trusted neighbors get involved in monitoring each other's children -- experience fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety, a new study suggests. The researchers also found consistent results across different cities regardless of family composition and neighborhood income, indicating strong neighborhoods help teen mental health across various populations.
HealthDay - 11/18/2016


The key to a better mood for young men is a nut: Professor says nutrient-dense walnut a must for disposition
College can be a stressful time for young adults as they figure out how to manage intense daily routines that include work, study and play. Eat well, exercise and get plenty of sleep is a familiar mantra to alleviate this stress, but now with the results of his latest study, UNM Nutrition Professor Peter Pribis is able to tell college students that walnuts could be a key to a happier state-of-mind. In this first intervention study in humans, Pribis measured the effect of walnut consumption ...
University of New Mexico - 11/18/2016


Scientists Explore How Nutrition May Feed Mental Health
Good nutrition has long been viewed as a cornerstone of physical health, but research is increasingly showing diet’s effect on mental health, as well. A special section in Clinical Psychological Science highlights the different approaches that psychology researchers are taking to understand the many ways in which nutrition and mental health intersect.
Association for Psychological Science - 11/17/2016


Marijuana could help treat drug addiction, mental health
Using marijuana could help some alcoholics and people addicted to opioids kick their habits, a UBC study has found. "Research suggests that people may be using cannabis as an exit drug to reduce the use of substances that are potentially more harmful, such as opioid pain medication," says the study's lead investigator Zach Walsh, an associate professor of psychology at UBC's Okanagan campus.
EurekAlert - 11/16/2016


Depression rates growing among adolescents, particularly girls: Study shows 1 in 6 girls report experiencing an episode of clinical depression over previous year
The rate of adolescents reporting a recent bout of clinical depression grew by 37 percent over the decade ending in 2014, with one in six girls reporting an episode in the past year, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests. The findings, published online Nov. 14 in the journal Pediatrics, highlight a need to focus on the mental well-being of young people and match those in peril with mental health professionals.
EurekAlert - 11/15/2016


Self-Harm a Cause of Death During Pregnancy and for New Moms: Suicide, overdoses are occurring when expecting and in first year of motherhood; depression a likely factor, study finds
In the past decade, "self-harm" has been the leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths in Colorado, a new study finds. Of all 211 maternal deaths in Colorado between 2004 and 2012, 30 percent were attributed to self-harm. That included suicides and drug overdoses -- most often in the year after a woman gave birth. Self-harm was the most common cause of maternal deaths -- ahead of car accidents, medical conditions and homicide, the researchers said.
HealthDay - 11/8/2016


Cannabis abuse possible cause of psychosis: The risk of developing psychosis is more than tripled for those who abuse cannabis, according to results from a new twin study
Researchers from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), together with colleagues from Virginia Commonwealth University, examined the relationship between cannabis and psychosis using psychiatric interviews of Norwegian twins. The interviews reveal whether the twins had symptoms of psychosis and cannabis abuse. "Previous research has shown that patients with psychotic disorders use cannabis more often than the general population. However research has been divided ...
ScienceDaily - 11/8/2016


Parents Often Miss Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Kids: Signs may include nightmares, avoiding reminders of the trauma, feeling unsafe, researchers find
Parents often fail to recognize post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) in young children, a new British study says. "When people talk about PTSD they often think about soldiers returning from war zones. But children who experience traumatic events such as car accidents, assaults and natural disasters are also at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder," said lead researcher Richard Meiser-Stedman, from Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia.
HealthDay - 11/8/2016


Brains of those with anorexia and bulimia can override urge to eat
Scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered the neurological reasons why those with anorexia and bulimia nervosa are able to override the urge to eat. In a study published last week in the journal Translational Psychiatry, the researchers showed that normal patterns of appetite stimulation in the brain are effectively reversed in those with eating disorders.
EurekAlert - 11/7/2016


Individuals’ Well-Being Linked With When and How They Manage Emotions
Reframing how we think about a situation is a common strategy for managing our emotions, but a new study suggests that using this reappraisal strategy in situations we actually have control over may be associated with lower well-being. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “Our results caution against a ‘one strategy fits all’ approach, which may be tempting to recommend based on many previous findings regarding ...
Association for Psychological Science - 11/2/2016


Sunshine matters a lot to mental health; temperature, pollution, rain not so much
Sunshine matters. A lot. The idea isn’t exactly new, but according to a recent BYU study, when it comes to your mental and emotional health, the amount of time between sunrise and sunset is the weather variable that matters most. Your day might be filled with irritatingly hot temperatures, thick air pollution and maybe even pockets of rainclouds, but that won’t necessarily get you down. If you’re able to soak up enough sun, your level of emotional distress should remain stable.
Brigham Young University - 11/2/2016


Less Labor Pain, Lower Postpartum Depression Risk? Reduced inflammation one possible reason for the association, researcher says
Women who obtain good pain relief during labor may have to worry less about postpartum depression later, new research suggests. "Reducing pain during labor is associated with a reduced risk for postpartum depression," said study leader Dr. Grace Lim, director of obstetric anesthesiology at Magee-Women's Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
HealthDay - 10/26/2016


More than 50% of Americans now have at least one chronic health condition, mental disorder or substance-use issue
With the future of US healthcare likely to rest on the next presidency, a new study from Psychology, Health & Medicine highlights just how complex the medical needs of many Americans now are. As the authors of the study, Elizabeth Lee Reisinger Walker and Benjamin G. Druss, observe: "The health of individuals in the U.S.A. is increasingly being defined by complexity and multimorbidity, the co-occurrence of two or more chronic medical conditions." Given the medical and socio-economic ...
ScienceDaily - 10/25/2016


Suicide prevention: Reacting to the tell-tale signs
Can search engines save lives? LMU researchers are working on an approach which would enable search engines to more effectively identify users who are at risk of suicide and provide them with information on where to find help. Search engine queries not only reveal a lot about the user’s interests and predilections, they also contain information relating to their mood or state of health. In response to recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO), search engines like Google are ...
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München - 10/24/2016


People with bipolar disorder more than twice as likely to have suffered childhood adversity
A University of Manchester study which looked at more than thirty years of research into bipolar, found that people with the disorder are 2.63 times more likely to have suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse as children than the general population. In the study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, the researchers identified 19 studies from hundreds published between 1980 and 2014 which gathered data from millions of patient records, interviews and assessments.
University of Manchester - 10/12/2016


Mom-to-Be's Antidepressant Use May Be Tied to Speech Issues in Child: Study shows a link but can't prove cause and effect, and experts stress that overall risk is small
Children whose mothers used an often-prescribed type of antidepressant during pregnancy may be more likely to develop speech and language disorders, a new study suggests. Researchers found that mothers who bought selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drugs at least twice during pregnancy were 37 percent more likely to have a child with a speech and/or language disorder than those who did not take the antidepressants. SSRIs include medicines such as Celexa, Lexapro, ...
HealthDay - 10/12/2016


Childhood Family Environment Linked With Relationship Quality 60 Years Later
Growing up in a warm family environment in childhood is associated with feeling more secure in romantic relationships in one’s 80s, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings show that men who grew up in caring homes were more adept at managing stressful emotions when assessed as middle-aged adults, which helps to explain why they had more secure marriages late in life.
Association for Psychological Science - 10/11/2016


Why Parenting May Be More Stressful for Mom: Mothers are often doing household chores, but dads get more play time with the kids, study finds
Being a parent is more stressful for moms than dads, a new study suggests. "It's not that moms are so stressed out with their kids, but relative to fathers, they're experiencing more strain," said study co-author Kelly Musick. She's an associate professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. The likely reason: Moms spend more time with their kids while doing tedious chores like cooking, cleaning and child care, while dads spend more play and leisure time ...
HealthDay - 10/11/2016


Could mental math boost emotional health? New study could inform brain training for better mental health
Engaging a specific part of the brain during mental math exercises is connected with better emotional health, according to a new brain-scanning study published by Duke researchers in the journal Clinical Psychological Science. The research takes a preliminary step toward informing new brain training strategies to stave off depression and anxiety. Although the relationship between math and emotion needs further study, the new findings may also lead to new tests gauging the effectiveness of ...
Duke University - 10/10/2016


What’s really going on in PTSD brains? U-M experts suggest new theory
For decades, neuroscientists and physicians have tried to get to the bottom of the age-old mystery of post-traumatic stress disorder, to explain why only some people are vulnerable and why they experience so many symptoms and so much disability. All experts in the field now agree that PTSD indeed has its roots in very real, physical processes within the brain – and not in some sort of psychological “weakness”. But no clear consensus has emerged about what exactly has gone “wrong” in ...
University of Michigan Health System - 10/7/2016


Psychotherapy sessions are best in the morning when levels of helpful hormone are high
The study found that morning sessions helped psychotherapy patients overcome their panic and anxiety and phobic avoidance better, in part, because levels of cortisol -- a naturally occurring hormone -- are at their highest then, said clinical psychologist Alicia E. Meuret, Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
ScienceDaily - 10/4/2016


Can Childhood Traumas Make You Old Before Your Time? Study suggests link between family stress and potential damage to DNA
Childhood trauma might promote faster cellular aging in people, a new study suggests. Adults who had experienced stress as kids appeared to have an increased risk of shorter telomeres, which are found at the ends of a person's chromosomes. And that might increase the risk of illness and early death in adulthood, said lead researcher Eli Puterman. He is director of the Fitness, Aging & Stress Lab at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
HealthDay - 10/3/2016


Fish oil may help improve mood in veterans
Low concentration of fish oil in the blood and lack of physical activity may contribute to the high levels of depressed mood among soldiers returning from combat, according to researchers, including a Texas A&M University professor and his former doctoral student.
ScienceDaily - 9/22/2016


Loneliness Could Be Built Into Your DNA: Scientists conducted the largest ever study of the trait’s heritability
Genetics are at least partly to blame for life-long loneliness, according to the largest ever study of the personality trait’s heritability. American researchers found that the tendency to feel left out, isolated and lacking companionship over a lifetime is between 14-27% genetic. Scientists described the trait as “mildly heritable”, but said environmental factors were still more likely to be responsible for a recurring sense of isolation.
The Huffington Post UK - 9/22/2016


Fear of stigma or sanction keeps many doctors from revealing mental health issues, study finds
Even as doctors across America encourage their patients to share concerns about depression, anxiety and other concerns, a new study suggests the doctors may be less likely to seek help for those same concerns about themselves. Part of the reason lies in concern that due to stigma, others may doubt their ability to keep up with a demanding profession.
ScienceDaily - 9/22/2016


Why don't antidepressants work in some patients? Mouse study shows it may be down to your environment
SSRI antidepressants (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, the best known being Prozactm) are amongst the most commonly taken medicines. However, there seems to be no way of knowing in advance whether or not SSRIs will work effectively. Now a group of researchers has developed a new theory of SSRI action, and tested it in stressed mice. The results show why the circumstances we find ourselves in may influence whether an antidepressant works or not.
ScienceDaily - 9/20/2016


Entitlement -- a damning recipe for happiness
Entitlement--a personality trait driven by exaggerated feelings of deservingness and superiority--may lead to chronic disappointment, unmet expectations and a habitual, self-reinforcing cycle of behavior with dire psychological and social costs, according to new research by Case Western Reserve University. In a new theoretical model, researchers have mapped how entitled personality traits may lead to a perpetual loop of distress, in a literature review published in the Psychological Bulletin.
Case Western Reserve University - 9/13/2016


Discrimination toward overweight adolescents predictive of emotional problems
Discrimination and bullying experienced by sixth graders who are overweight leads to increased emotional problems by the end of eighth grade, according to new research published in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, a journal of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. The results suggest that to reduce the emotional problems, efforts must not only focus on children and adolescents' weight-loss, but must address the alarmingly disrespectful and ...
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America - 9/13/2016


Chronic stress increases level of a protein that decreases availability of mood-regulating chemical
One way chronic stress appears to cause depression is by increasing levels of a protein in the brain that decreases the availability of an important chemical that regulates our mood, scientists report. They have found elevated levels of transglutaminase 2, or TG2, in the brains of mice experiencing chronic stress – an animal model of depression – as well as the prefrontal cortex of depressed people who committed suicide.
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University - 9/13/2016


Risks of Postpartum Depression Higher in Mothers of Preemies
Postpartum depression is the most common complication of pregnancy and childbirth, affecting up to 15 percent of all women within the first three months following delivery. Research has shown that mothers of infants born prematurely have almost double the rates of postpartum depression, particularly during their time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Care New England - 9/13/2016


Know the Warning Signs of Suicidal Thoughts: Family members, friends often in the best position to save a life, mental health expert says
Family, friends and acquaintances can play a key role in suicide prevention by being alert for signs and taking action to help someone who may be struggling, a mental health expert says. Nearly 43,000 Americans commit suicide each year, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For the past two decades, suicide rates have been rising in the United States, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
HealthDay - 9/12/2016


Postpartum psychosis big risk for mothers with bipolar disorder: Disorder often missed, physicians reluctant to prescribe most effective medication for mothers
Pregnant women with bipolar disorder and their families and physicians should be aware of a significantly higher risk for developing postpartum psychosis, according to a new Northwestern Medicine review of literature on the rare and under-researched disorder. Postpartum psychosis almost always stems from bipolar disorder but is often missed because of its rarity and lack of research on the subject, according to the review from Northwestern Medicine, Stanford University and Erasmus ...
Northwestern University - 9/9/2016


Community matters in suicide prevention, study finds: Risks arise from culture, social connectedness in town with suicide clusters
Community characteristics play an important role in perpetuating teen suicide clusters and thwarting prevention efforts, according to a new study by sociologists at the University of Chicago and University of Memphis who examined clusters in a single town. The study, published in the American Sociological Review, illustrates how the homogeneous culture and high degree of social connectedness of a community can increase suicide risk, particularly among teenagers. Such conditions ...
University of Chicago - 9/9/2016



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