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Sleep phase can reduce anxiety in people with PTSD
A new study shows that sleep spindles, brief bursts of brain activity occurring during one phase of sleep and captured by EEG, may regulate anxiety in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study shines a light on the role of spindles in alleviating anxiety in PTSD as well as confirms their established role in the transfer of new information to longer-term memory storage. The findings challenge recent work by other researchers that has indicated spindles may heighten ...
University of California - San Francisco - 5/3/2023

Sounds from nature: A soothing remedy for gambling addiction - Researchers explore the benefits of using calming sounds from nature to lower the stress levels of individuals with gambling addiction
Gambling addiction, also called “pathological gambling” and “gambling disorder (GD),” is known to have severe economic, social, mental, and physical consequences on those affected. One of the major factors contributing to the development and relapse of this disorder is stress. However, studies show that replacing gambling with alternative leisure activities may reduce the likelihood of developing the disorder. In recent years, forest bathing, or “shinrin-yoku,” a form of nature therapy, ...
Chiba University - 4/27/2023

Mental imagery a helpful way to distract teens from negative thought patterns, OSU study finds
For adolescents who may get stuck in negative thought spirals, refocusing on mental imagery is a more effective distraction than verbal thoughts, a recent study from Oregon State University found. A short-term distraction can break up the thought spiral, which makes room for that person to then seek help from a therapist, friend or parent, said study author Hannah Lawrence, an assistant professor of psychology in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. “When we get stuck thinking about negative ...
Oregon State University - 4/27/2023

Higher rates of autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in American children: Are food quality issues impacting epigenetic inheritance?
In a recent publication released by PubMed, American scientists led by Dr. Dufault at the Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute, reported alarming increases in the numbers of children requiring special education services. While student enrollment in US schools remained stable from 2006-2021, the percentage of children receiving special education services increased 10.4%. Of the three disability categories under which children with autism may receive services, autism caseload ...
Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute - 4/27/2023

Music therapy significantly reduces pain, stress, and anxiety in community hospitals
A new study from University Hospitals (UH) Connor Whole Health found patients with moderate-to-severe pain, stress, or anxiety treated at UH community hospitals reported clinically significant reductions in pain, stress, and anxiety in response to a single session of music therapy. Furthermore, the clinically significant effect on pain was not influenced by patients’ demographic or clinical characteristics, suggesting that music therapy can be effective for acute pain management across ...
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center - 4/26/2023

Adults with accelerated biological aging are more likely to experience depression and anxiety
A study just released by Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and Peking University School of Public Health provides some of the first, large-scale evidence that processes of biological aging may contribute to risk of depression and anxiety. Until now nearly all work to date had focused on poor mental health as a risk factor for accelerated aging. A complementary, but less-studied hypothesis is that the reverse process may also occur and accelerated processes of biological aging ...
Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health - 4/25/2023

Signs you could be suffering from racial trauma – and tools for healing, according to therapists
In the United States, depression and anxiety are on the rise in African Americans and the evidence suggests that racism is a contributing factor, creating a ripple effect on mental health. Janeé M. Steele Ph.D. and Charmeka S. Newton, Ph.D. are licensed mental health professionals and scholars who specialize in culturally responsive therapy. They say: “In the Black community there can be a real resistance to our own trauma – for example, if I wasn’t exposed to physical abuse, is it really ...
Taylor & Francis Group - 4/25/2023

Biological age is increased by stress and restored upon recovery
The biological age of humans and mice undergoes a rapid increase in response to diverse forms of stress, which is reversed following recovery from stress, according to a study publishing on April 21 in the journal Cell Metabolism. These changes occur over relatively short time periods of days or months, according to multiple independent epigenetic aging clocks. “This finding of fluid, fluctuating, malleable age challenges the longstanding conception of a unidirectional upward trajectory of ...
Cell Press - 4/21/2023

Impact of maternal stress during pregnancy on child's health: First-of-its-kind research could provide key insight to fetal neurodevelopment
New research out of the University of Cincinnati examines the impact that maternal stress during pregnancy has on the neurodevelopment of babies. The study was published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. Prenatal maternal stress life events are associated with adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes in offspring. Biological mechanisms underlying these associations are largely unknown, but a chemical reaction in the body in which a small molecule known as a methyl group gets added ...
University of Cincinnati - 4/20/2023

UMD Psychologist Finds Daily Occurrences’ Impact on Suicide, Self-Harm Ideation in LGBTQ+ Teens
Since the start of 2023, a record number of anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been introduced into state legislatures. According to University of Maryland Associate Professor Ethan Mereish, such current events add to the list of daily thoughts and experiences that lead LGBTQ+ teens to report having suicidal and non-suicidal self-harm thoughts. Mereish recently led a first-of-its-kind study, published in the Journal of Psychopathology and Clinical Science, that asked 12-19 year-old LGBTQ+ teens ...
University of Maryland - 4/18/2023

Managing stress with food and alcohol consumption connected with faster lifelong weight gain
Food and alcohol consumption as means of easing stress are linked with body weight in both the long, and short terms. These are among the results of Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare's (THL) follow-up study examining how common eating and alcohol use are as stress management methods for men and women, and their connections with body weight and how it develops over a 30-year period. Eating as a means of stress management correlates with higher body weight, and as a ...
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare - 4/17/2023

Researchers find earlier intervention leads to greater improvements in young children on the autism spectrum
Researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Florida State University (FSU), and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have demonstrated that starting intervention coaching parents of autistic toddlers as early as 18 months leads to better gains in language, social communication, and daily living skills. Their findings were recently published in the journal Autism. While prior studies provided strong evidence for the benefits of early intervention in autism, many ...
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - 4/13/2023

The brain's support cells may play a key role in OCD: An effort to map complex and understudied cells leads to a surprise discovery
A type of cell usually characterized as the brain's support system appears to play an important role in obsessive-compulsive disorder-related behaviors, according to new UCLA Health research published April 12in Nature. The new clue about the brain mechanisms behind OCD, a disorder that is incompletely understood, came as a surprise to researchers. They originally sought to study how neurons interact with star-shaped "helper" cells known as astrocytes, which are known to ...
University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences - 4/12/2023

Poor family cohesion is associated with long-term psychological impacts in bereaved teenagers
The death of a parent can affect the health and well-being of children and adolescents, including higher risk of depression. A study published in PLOS ONE by Dröfn Birgisdóttir at Lund University, Lund, Sweden and colleagues suggests poor family cohesion is associated with long-term psychological symptoms among bereaved youth. Parentally bereaved children are at increased risk for mental illness including depression, anxiety, suicide attempts, and self-injurious behaviors.
PLOS - 4/12/2023

Scientists create model to predict depression and anxiety using artificial intelligence and social media
Researchers at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil are using artificial intelligence (AI) and Twitter, one of the world’s largest social media platforms, to try to create anxiety and depression prediction models that could in future provide signs of these disorders before clinical diagnosis. The study is reported in an article published in the journal Language Resources and Evaluation. Construction of a database, called SetembroBR, was the first step in the study. The name is a ...
Agência FAPESP - 4/10/2023

New genetic finding provides clue for personalizing depression treatment
A team of scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has identified a stress-regulated gene that plays a role in the link between long-term stress and a common type of depressive behavior in mice. Specifically, this gene was needed for long-term stress to produce a loss of interest in activities that were once rewarding or pleasurable – often called anhedonia. However, the gene did not play a role in other common depressive-like symptoms, such as social avoidance and ...
Medical University of South Carolina - 4/7/2023

Exposure therapy to feared foods may help kids with eating disorders
Whether you're afraid of dogs, needles or enclosed spaces, one of the most effective interventions for this type of anxiety disorder is exposure therapy in which you confront your fear in a safe environment. A new study led by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine finds that exposure therapy is also a promising treatment for adolescents with eating disorders. They found that exposure to feared foods -- such as candy bars and pizza -- helped kids who were in a partial hospitalization ...
Penn State - 4/5/2023

Study reveals insights on pandemic-related drinking and mental health: People who maintained their drinking habits had lower prevalence of mental health issues compared to those who abstained or whose drinking patterns changed
New research from the University at Buffalo provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of drinking patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic and their association with four clinically prevalent mental health disorders in the U.S. The study, published in March in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, looked at alcohol consumption among more than 3,600 U.S. residents, and examined associations between drinking patterns and anxiety, depression, stress and post-traumatic stress disorder ...
University at Buffalo - 4/3/2023

Newly discovered trigger for major depression opens new possibilities for treatments
A common amino acid, glycine, can deliver a “slow-down” signal to the brain, likely contributing to major depression, anxiety and other mood disorders in some people, scientists at the Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology have found. The discovery, outlined Thursday in the journal Science, improves understanding of the biological causes of major depression and could accelerate efforts to develop new, faster-acting medications for such hard-to-treat mood ...
University of Florida - 3/30/2023

Binge eating brain circuits similar to those associated with drug use, other habit-forming behaviors: Study could lead to new ways to treat eating disorders
Scientists have uncovered the brain circuits that may underlie binge eating disorder and related conditions. The neural wiring is the same as that tied to psychiatric conditions such as drug addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The work could lead to new ways to understand and treat eating disorders, says Rebecca Boswell, a clinical psychologist at Princeton University who was not involved with the study. Indeed, she says, some of the same drugs and strategies that seek to reverse ...
American Association for the Advancement of Science - 3/29/2023

The more traumatic the childhood, the angrier the adult: Childhood trauma linked with greater tendency to anger in anxious or depressed patients
Scientists have found that depression and anxiety sufferers who have had a traumatic childhood tend to grow up as angry adults, and the worse the trauma, the angrier the adult. This can affect personal mental health and social interaction, but also makes it more difficult to treat the depression and anxiety. This work is presented at the European Congress of Psychiatry in Paris. Previously, the researchers had found that more than 40% of patients with both anxiety and depression had ...
European Psychiatric Association - 3/25/2023

Use of melatonin linked to decreased self-harm in young people
Medical sleep treatment may reduce self-harm in young people with anxiety and depression, an observational study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden suggests. The risk of self-harm increased in the months preceding melatonin prescription and decreased thereafter, especially in girls. The study is published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Melatonin is a hormone that controls the sleep-wake cycle and is the most commonly prescribed drug for sleep disturbances in ...
Karolinska Institutet - 3/23/2023

Depressed, and aging fast: Older adults with late-in-life-depression age biologically older than their chronological peers
Older adults with depression are actually aging faster than their peers, UConn Center on Aging researchers report. “These patients show evidence of accelerated biological aging, and poor physical and brain health,” which are the main drivers of this association, says Breno Diniz, a UConn School of Medicine geriatric psychiatrist and author of the study, which appears in Nature Mental Health on March 22. Diniz and colleagues from several other institutions looked at 426 people with ...
University of Connecticut - 3/22/2023

Researchers find strong adolescent-parent relationships lead to better long-term health outcomes in young adults
Researchers from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have found that adolescents who report strong relationships with their parents have better long-term health outcomes. Study findings, published today in JAMA Network Open, suggest that investments in improving parent-adolescent relationships could help improve general health, mental health and sexual, health while also reducing substance use in young adulthood. Prior research shows that positive characteristics of ...
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - 3/21/2023

New evidence: Immune system cells in the gut linked to stress-induced depression
In experiments with mice and humans, a team led by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers says it has identified a particular intestinal immune cell that impacts the gut microbiome, which in turn may affect brain functions linked to stress-induced disorders such as depression. Targeting changes mediated by these immune cells in the gut, with drugs or other therapies, could potentially bring about new ways to treat depression.
Johns Hopkins Medicine - 3/20/2023

Attending live sport improves wellbeing – study: Research is first to demonstrate major benefits across large adult population
New scientific research has found that attending live sporting events improves levels of wellbeing and reduces feelings of loneliness. Published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health, the research is the first large-scale study to examine the benefits of attending any type of live sporting event. The study, carried out by academics from Anglia Ruskin University’s School of Psychology and Sport Science, used data from 7,209 adults, aged 16-85, living in England who participated in the ...
Anglia Ruskin University - 3/17/2023

Progress in unlocking the brain's "code" for depression
Clinical depression is a common psychiatric condition with often devastating consequences. A new study in Biological Psychiatry, published by Elsevier, advances our fundamental understanding of the neural circuitry of depression in the human brain. Treatment of depression is complicated by the disease’s high heterogeneity and notable complexity. Medication to treat depression is available, but one third of patients do not respond to these first-line drug treatments. Other treatments ...
Elsevier - 3/16/2023

How moms and dads view each other as co-parents affects kids: Poor outcomes when dads unhappy with co-parenting relationship
How mothers and fathers see each other as co-parents of their children plays a key role in how well-adjusted their kids become, a new study suggests. Researchers found that, in a sample of low-income couples, children have the best outcomes when both parents saw their co-parenting relationship as highly positive and worst when both parents viewed their relationship as poor. However, child outcomes diverged when couples saw their co-parenting relationship as moderately good, ...
Ohio State University - 3/15/2023

On pandemic’s third anniversary, loneliness and isolation are down, but still high, among older adults
After three years of pandemic living, loneliness, isolation and lack of social contact have finally started to decline among older adults, a new poll shows. But one in three people between the ages of 50 and 80 still say they sometimes or often experienced these feelings, or sometimes go a week or longer without social contact with someone from outside their home. That’s down from about half of older adults in June 2020. The percentages who currently feel lonely, isolated or lacking ...
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan - 3/13/2023

'All work, no independent play' cause of children's declining mental health
Anxiety and depression among school-aged children and teens in the United States are at an all-time high. Sadly, in 2021, child and adolescent mental health was declared a national emergency. Although a variety of causes are thought to contribute to this decline in mental health, a new study by three prominent researchers specializing in child development points to independent "child's play." Findings, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, suggest that the rise in mental health disorders ...
Florida Atlantic University - 3/9/2023

MIND and Mediterranean diets associated with fewer Alzheimer's plaques and tangles
People who eat diets rich in green leafy vegetables as well as other vegetables, fruits, whole grains, olive oil, beans, nuts and fish may have fewer amyloid plaques and tau tangles in their brain -- signs of Alzheimer's disease -- than people who do not consume such diets, according to a study published in the March 8, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study examined how closely people followed the MIND and Mediterranean ...
American Academy of Neurology - 3/8/2023

Are you chasing your dreams or running from your fears? A new study, the first of its kind, has shown that when it comes to pursuing personal goals and protecting your mental wellbeing it pays to understand your underlying motives
A new Edith Cowan University (ECU) study, the first of its kind, has shown that when it comes to pursuing personal goals and protecting your mental wellbeing it pays to understand your underlying motives. ECU researchers Bridget Robson and Professor Joanne Dickson surveyed 210 participants to investigate the relationship between underlying goal motives, emotion regulation, and anxiety and depression. The research examined two types of motives that underpin personal goal pursuit ...
Edith Cowan University - 3/6/2023

COVID-19 pandemic increased rates and severity of depression, whether people were infected or not
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted just about every part of people’s lives. Quarantining, social distancing, societal disruptions and an ever-shifting, uncertain landscape of rules and restrictions and variants created stress and isolation that impacted the mental health of millions of Americans. Now, in a new study of nearly 136,000 patients from Intermountain Health in Salt Lake City, researchers found that depressive symptoms and severity of depression was significant among ...
Intermountain Healthcare - 3/4/2023

Pregnant patients with anxiety have altered immune systems
The immune system of pregnant women with anxiety is biologically different from that of pregnant women without anxiety, according to new research from Weill Cornell Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Columbia University Irving Medical Center investigators. The study, published Sept. 14 in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, demonstrates that pregnant women with anxiety have higher levels of certain immune cells known as cytotoxic T cells; these cells attack ...
Weill Cornell Medicine - 3/2/2023

Social workers experienced depression, PTSD, and anxiety at alarming rates during pandemic
A new study published in the journal International Social Work has uncovered concerning rates of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety among social workers. Stressors related to COVID-19 were the strongest factors associated with the negative mental health outcomes. Those who experienced a higher number of pandemic-related stressors — such as health concerns, increased caregiving responsibilities, violence in the home, family stress due to confinement, ...
University of Toronto - 3/1/2023

Regular physical activity can improve adolescents’ mental health and help with behavioural difficulties, research suggests
Regular physical activity can improve adolescents' mental health and help with behavioural difficulties, research suggests. Engaging in regular moderate to vigorous physical activity at age 11 was associated with better mental health between the ages of 11 and 13, the study found. Physical activity was also associated with reduced hyperactivity and behavioural problems, such as loss of temper, fighting with other children, lying, and stealing, in young people.
University of Edinburgh - 3/1/2023

Lending a paw for defense veterans: 'Clear evidence' that assistance dogs help improve mental health
A new Australian study focused on defence veterans' mental health has found strong evidence that assistance dogs used in conjunction with traditional therapies provide the most effective treatment outcomes. Almost 90 per cent of veterans reported improvements in their post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety 12 months after being matched to an assistance dog, according to researchers from the University of South Australia (UniSA), University of Adelaide, and Military and ...
University of South Australia - 3/1/2023

Being flexible is key to protecting mental wellbeing in people with chronic pain
Chronic pain impacts around 20 per cent of the population. Along with the medical and physical effects it can have far-reaching consequences for employment, lifestyle and mental health. A new Edith Cowan University (ECU) study has found that for people living with chronic pain it's not necessarily how intense their pain is, but the extent to which it interferes with their daily life that can pose the biggest threat to their mental health. ECU researchers Tara Swindells and Professor ...
Edith Cowan University - 2/27/2023

Excessive screen time linked to suicidal behaviors in US preteens: Watching videos, playing video games, texting, and video chatting tied to suicidal behaviors
Amidst the worsening teen mental health crisis and new legislation proposing to ban children under 16 from using social media, a new study finds that greater screen time among children 9-11 is associated with a higher risk of developing suicidal behaviors two years later. The study, published in Preventive Medicine, finds that each additional hour of screen time is associated with a 9% higher risk of reporting suicidal behavior two years later. In particular, each extra hour spent watching ...
University of Toronto - 2/27/2023

Time in nature may help older adults with improved health, purpose in life
Over time, research has demonstrated that spending time in nature confers psychological, emotional and physical benefits. To maximize benefits of spending time in nature for people over the age of 65, researchers from Penn State; National Open University, Taiwan; and Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, studied the attitudes, beliefs and actions of a group of elders -- people over the age of 65 -- who regularly spent time in a natural area. The researchers found ...
Penn State - 2/24/2023

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