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February 19, 2017

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February 19, 2017

Mental Shortcuts: Many Physicians Choose Insomnia Meds Based on Habit

Feb. 15, 2017 — Clinical decision-making and treatment choice is a complex cognitive process influenced by multiple variables, report ... read more

Caregivers Should Be Screened Early, Often to Prevent Depression, Anxiety

Feb. 10, 2017 — Currently, more than 34 million people in the U.S. care for terminally ill love ones, but few resources are available to help them navigate the challenges they encounter. A study has found that ... read more

Making Strides in Schizophrenia Diagnosis Research

Feb. 9, 2017 — Researchers have developed a blood test that could help doctors more quickly diagnose schizophrenia and other ... read more

Want to Help Your Mate Beat the Blues? Show Them the Love

Feb. 8, 2017 — The more depressed your romantic partner may be, the more love you should give them, according to new ... read more

PTSD Symptoms May Be Prevented With Ketamine

Feb. 8, 2017 — Researchers have evidence that giving a small dose of ketamine one week before a psychologically traumatic event may help prevent PTSD. The study, in mice, may have implications for soldiers who are ... read more

Depressed Patients With Earlier and More Severe Symptoms Have High Genetic Risk for Major Psychiatric Disorders

Feb. 7, 2017 — Clinical features of major depressive disorder (MDD) may help identify specific subgroups of depressed patients based on associations with genetic risk for major psychiatric disorders, reports a ... read more

Ground-Breaking Research on the Side Effects of Therapy

Feb. 7, 2017 — While many people who suffer from depression and anxiety are helped by seeing a psychologist, others don't get better or actually get worse. Psychological treatment can have negative side ... read more

Rewards Treat Alcohol Abuse in Those With Mental Illness

Feb. 7, 2017 — Offering prizes- - from simple shampoo to DVD players -- can be an effective, low-cost treatment for alcohol abuse, the nation's third leading preventable cause of death, suggests a new ... read more

Feb. 2, 2017 — The first peer-reviewed and published national study of civic service among U.S. vets who served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan found volunteering improved their health and social ... read more

Antidepressants Induce Resilience and Reverse Susceptibility

Feb. 2, 2017 — When they work, antidepressant medications may take weeks or months to alleviate symptoms of depression. Progress in developing new and more effective antidepressant treatments has been limited, ... read more

Feb. 2, 2017 — Patients with depression find it easier to abandon unattainable goals, a psychological study has ... read more

Stress Hormones Underlie Indigenous Health Gap in Australia

Feb. 2, 2017 — Scientists have made a disturbing finding about some young Indigenous people's biological reaction to stress, but one that could help close the health gap for indigenous ... read more

Parents of Children With Serious Heart Defects May Be at Risk of PTSD

Feb. 1, 2017 — Many parents -- particularly mothers -- of children born with serious heart defects have symptoms of post-traumatic stress, anxiety or depression. Since compromised parental mental health can lead to ... read more

'Mirror Game' Test Could Secure Early Detection of Schizophrenia, Study Shows

Feb. 1, 2017 — A pioneering new study has developed a new, 'mirror game' test using computer avatars to accurately detect specific variations in how patients move and interact socially -- well-documented ... read more

Mediterranean Diet Linked to a Lower Risk of Attention-Deficit/hyperactivity Disorder

Feb. 1, 2017 — Dietary patterns of the Mediterranean diet can be related to a lower diagnose of the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a ... read more

Early Signs of Anxiety, Depression May Be Evident in the Brains of Newborns

Feb. 1, 2017 — Early predictors of anxiety and depression may be evident in the brain even at birth, suggests a new ... read more

Physically Active Children Are Less Depressed

Jan. 31, 2017 — Being active, getting sweaty and roughhousing offer more than just physical health benefits for young children. A new study shows this kind of physical activity also protects against ... read more

Acupuncture Boosts Effectiveness of Standard Medical Care for Chronic Pain, Depression

Jan. 30, 2017 — Acupuncture treatment can boost the effectiveness of standard medical care, lessening the severity of chronic pain and depression, health specialists have ... read more

Fat Shaming Linked to Greater Health Risks

Jan. 26, 2017 — Body shaming is a pervasive form of prejudice, found in cyber bullying, critiques of celebrities’ appearances, at work and school, and in public places for everyday Americans. People who are ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — A volume decrease in specific parts of the brain's hippocampus -- long identified as a hub of mood and memory processing -- was linked to bipolar disorder in a new ... read more

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