Smoking Does Not Relieve Stress
Sunday, August 16, 2009 By editor
Category: Stress

A new report gives lie to a classic pro-smoking argument: cigarettes help an anxious smoker relax. 47% of those polled in a recent British survey claimed not to enjoy the physical act but named its ... more


Multiple Disorders Raise Suicide Risk
Thursday, August 13, 2009 By editor
Category: Depression

Depression has long been the prime suspect in cases of suicidal behavior, but a new study implies that many mental illnesses contribute to the risk of suicide and self-harm and that impulsive beh... more


Combination Therapy Better for Psychosis
Sunday, August 09, 2009 By editor
Category: Medication Info

Treatment for severe recurring disorders like psychotic depression often proves ineffective and facilitates side effects bad enough to nearly match those of the disorder itself, with extreme weight ga... more


Can Depression Affect Preschoolers?
Thursday, August 06, 2009 By editor
Category: Depression

Treatment rates for depression have doubled in this country over the past ten years, and with millions on antidepressants a disturbing question was bound to come up at some point: can the disorder a... more


Study Considers Stimulant Meds and Sudden Death
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 By editor
Category: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

New research sponsored by the FDA and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reinforces the severe side effects that may affect children medicated for ADHD. In some rare cases, the most popu... more


Creativity, Schizophrenia Linked by a Gene
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 By editor
Category: Schizophrenia

The "terminally tortured artist" cliche, long a staple of stage and screen, may have some basis in scientific reality. A Hungarian research team examined a specific and surprisingly comm... more


Family History Predicts Depression Levels
Sunday, July 12, 2009 By editor
Category: Depression

A new report provides a more detailed picture of depression’s genetic influence. Observers long ago noted that individuals whose immediate family had an abnormally high instance of mental il... more


Stress Inoculation Hypothesis Finds Support
Wednesday, July 08, 2009 By editor
Category: Stress

It may seem counterintuitive, but the stress inoculation hypothesis proposes that moderate stress can sometimes protect against extreme stress. Previous work with primates found that brief intermitten... more


Nitrates in Food Linked to Alzheimer's & Diabetes
Wednesday, July 08, 2009 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

An elite team of researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health has released a report on degenerative diseases and the American diet that leaves no doubt about the importance of the things we... more


FDA Suicide Warnings For Anti-Smoking Drug
Sunday, July 05, 2009 By editor
Category:

In an unfortunate development for the anti-smoking pharmaceutical market, the FDA will now require manufacturers to add severe side-effect warnings to the packaging of two of the industry's most pop... more


Obesity Linked to Nervous System Gene
Wednesday, July 01, 2009 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

Quite a few variables can lead to obesity: overeating, lack of exercise, blood sugar and metabolic problems caused by poor diet, etc. But genetics has long been seen to play a central role. A recent s... more


CBT Less Effective for Schizophrenia
Sunday, June 28, 2009 By editor
Category: Schizophrenia

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a finite treatment model that’s grown extremely popular due to its recognized success in treating various behavioral disorders. It’s been touted as a ... more


Depression May Speed Alzheimer's Onset
Thursday, June 25, 2009 By editor
Category: Depression

In a report strengthening the connection between mood disorders, dementia and Alzheimer's disease, researchers found that depressed individuals who'd begun to experience cognitive decline progressed i... more


Parkinsonís Treated Over Internet
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 By editor
Category: Our Psychology

At the Presbyterian Home nursing home in upstate New York, the many elderly patients with Parkinson’s Disease had to travel 10 times a year to see movement disorder specialists. Tony Joseph, the... more


"Depression Gene" Less Influential Than Thought
Friday, June 19, 2009 By editor
Category: Depression

Genetics may play a smaller role in the depression equation than we've been led to believe. The influence of one particular gene that was long believed to be the most powerful inherited ment... more


More Mental Illness in China Uncovered
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 By editor
Category: Our Stories

Many researchers within the World Health Organization suspect that estimates of mental disorders in middle-income countries are too low. A new WHO study of China supports this by finding that 17.5% of... more


Online Depression Treatments Test Well
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 By editor
Category: Depression

Evidence continues to build in support of the online mental health treatment model. In the wake of a recent small-scale study noting the success of web-based CBT treatments for insomnia comes an even ... more


Antidepressants May Relieve Diabetic Symptoms
Thursday, June 11, 2009 By editor
Category: Depression

Depression and diabetes are two common conditions that do not resemble each other but appear to be inextricably linked. Type II diabetes, the variation largely blamed on poor lifestyle and dietary pra... more


Online CBT Treatment Plans Show Promise
Friday, June 05, 2009 By editor
Category: Our Psychology

  Clinical support for online treatment models takes a step forward with a new and encouraging study on the effectiveness of online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatments for chronic in... more


Popular Autism Drug Is Ineffective
Tuesday, June 02, 2009 By editor
Category: Medication Info

Clinical trials have proven popular SSRI antidepressant Celexa (Citalopram) ineffective for the treatment of autistic spectrum disorders. In keeping with the frustrations that continue to plague the s... more


College Depression Headlines Misleading
Monday, June 01, 2009 By editor
Category: Depression

  Most American health news outlets have recently run stories revolving around a survey in which 85% of college students reported high stress in their daily lives and a near majority supposedl... more


Bullying Correlated With Higher Risk of Psychosis
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 By editor
Category: Parenting

School can be a dangerous place when bullies stalk the playground. The damage bullies inflict may go far beyond scrapes and soon-dried tears, according to a study by Dr. Andrea Schreier published this... more


Study Claims That Some Autistic Kids Can "Recover"
Monday, May 25, 2009 By editor
Category: Parenting

Is it true that some kids can “recover from autism?” The study behind that provocative headline will certainly draw attention from concerned quarters. It will probably not change the publi... more


Delayed Retirement May Postpone Dementia
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 By editor
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

Clinical evidence continues to support the theory that elderly, dementia-prone individuals can delay the condition’s worst symptoms by maintaining active lifestyles. A small British study in... more


Drinking In Down Times Does Not Improve Depression
Sunday, May 17, 2009 By editor
Category: Depression

Alcohol is a common coping partner in times of distress, but a new behavioral study confirms what common sense assumes: the act of drinking to self-medicate is an inherited trait that does not amoun... more


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