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Feeling depressed? Mahjong might be the answer
When it comes to boosting mental health among older Chinese, it might be as simple as a game of mahjong, according to a new study from the University of Georgia. (2019-09-17)
Suicide risk factors vary by ethnic group
A University of Houston professor of psychology is reporting that suicide risk factors vary by ethnic group. (2019-09-17)
For kids who face trauma, good neighbors or teachers can save their longterm health
New research shows just how important positive childhood experiences are for long-term health, especially for those who experience significant adversity as a child. (2019-09-16)
Academics call for structured drug monitoring in care homes
Swansea University academics call for policy makers, regulators and healthcare professionals to adopt a structured medicine monitoring system after research showed a positive impact on the care of people living in care homes and taking mental health medicines. (2019-09-12)
Opioid treatment for teens? Medications can help
Teens who misuse prescription or illicit opioids might benefit from opioid treatment medications, according to a new study led by a Yale researcher. (2019-09-11)
Social media use by adolescents linked to internalizing behaviors
A new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that adolescents who spend more than three hours a day on social media are more likely to report high levels of internalizing behaviors compared to adolescents who do not use social media at all. (2019-09-11)
Is time spent using social media associated with mental health problems among adolescents?
Adolescents who spend more than three hours a day using social media may be at higher risk for mental health problems. (2019-09-11)
Increasing number of adolescents receive depression diagnosis
The proportion of young people in Finland diagnosed with depression in specialised services is increasing, showed a study based on an extensive set of national data. (2019-09-11)
World's largest evidence review: Nutritional supplements for mental health
We've all heard that 'food is good for your mood'. (2019-09-09)
For better adult mental and relational health, boost positive childhood experiences
Positive childhood experiences, such as supportive family interactions, caring relationships with friends, and connections in the community, are associated with reductions in chances of adult depression and poor mental health, and increases in the chances of having healthy relationships in adulthood, a new study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers suggests. (2019-09-09)
Association of positive childhood experiences and adult mental health, depression
Reporting more positive childhood experiences was associated with a lower likelihood of adult depression or poor mental heath, or both, and a greater likelihood of adults reporting social and emotional support even after accounting for adverse childhood experiences in this observational study based on survey data representative of the entire population of adults in Wisconsin in 2015. (2019-09-09)
How the justice system can affect physical, mental health
New research finds that being convicted of a crime is associated with a decline in one's physical health, even if the conviction doesn't lead to jail time. (2019-09-09)
Experience of being a minority puts US teens at higher risk of anxiety, depression
Puerto Rican teens growing up as minorities in the South Bronx are more likely to experience anxiety and depression than their peers growing up as a majority in Puerto Rico, even under similar conditions of poverty. (2019-09-09)
South African study highlights links between low language ability and poor mental health
A new study from our researchers at the universities of Bath (UK) and Stellenbosch (South Africa) focuses on language acquisition for young people in Khayelitsha near Cape Town. (2019-09-06)
Students who do not date are not social misfits
Prior research identified four distinct dating trajectories from 6th to 12th grade: Low, Increasing, High Middle School, and Frequent. (2019-09-05)
Study reveals links between extreme weather events and poor mental health
People with homes damaged by extreme weather events are more likely to experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety even when the damage is relatively minor and does not force them to leave their homes, a new study suggests. (2019-09-05)
Study finds women at greater risk of depression, anxiety after hysterectomy
Hysterectomy is associated with an increased risk of long-term mental health issues, especially depression and anxiety, according to a cohort study by Mayo Clinic researchers involving nearly 2,100 women. (2019-09-04)
Psychiatric disorders may be linked to unnecessary oophorectomies
Undergoing a hysterectomy, especially in conjunction with removal of the ovaries, can take a major toll on a woman's mental health. (2019-09-04)
Young adults exposed to incarceration as children prone to depression
Young adults with childhood history of both parental incarceration and juvenile justice involvement were nearly three times more likely to have depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compared to peers without any experience with the criminal justice system, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. (2019-09-04)
Is childhood criminal justice exposure associated with risk of poor adult mental health?
A childhood history of both personal involvement in the juvenile justice system and parental incarceration was associated with a greater likelihood of depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder in young adulthood compared to peers without those experiences in this observational study. (2019-09-04)
Hardship during the Great Recession linked with lasting mental health declines
People who suffered a financial, housing-related, or job-related hardship as a result of the Great Recession were more likely to show increases in symptoms of depression, anxiety, and problematic drug use, research shows. (2019-09-03)
Changing treatment practices for alcohol use disorder could save lives
Treatment practices in Canada and abroad need to change in order to help more people with alcohol use disorder, according to a CAMH-led article just published in The Lancet. (2019-08-29)
'Mental rigidity' at root of intense political partisanship on both left and right -- study
Latest research shows that reduced cognitive flexibility is associated with more 'extreme' beliefs and identities at both ends of the political spectrum. (2019-08-29)
Depression, anxiety linked to opioid use and reduced survival in women with breast cancer
The findings should encourage doctors to better manage mental health in patients with breast cancer and spur care providers to consider alternative pain management such as physical therapy, massage and acupuncture, the researchers say. (2019-08-26)
Tech time not to blame for teens' mental health problems
A new study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, suggests that the time adolescents are spending on their phones and online is not that bad. (2019-08-23)
A serious mental disorder in one's youth can have a lasting impact on employment prospects
Mental disorders experienced in adolescence and early adulthood that require hospital care are connected with low income, poor education and unemployment over the life span of individuals. (2019-08-21)
Machine learning models help clinicians identify people who need advanced depression care
Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University researchers have created decision models capable of predicting which patients might need more treatment for their depression than what their primary care provider can offer. (2019-08-20)
Green space is good for your mental health -- the nearer the better!
Living within 300m of urban green space such as parks, nature reserves or play areas is associated with greater happiness, sense of worth, and life satisfaction -- according to a new study by researchers at the University of Warwick, Newcastle University and the University of Sheffield. (2019-08-20)
Study identifies possible genetic link between children's language and mental health
University of York-led study has examined genetic variants in six genes that are thought to contribute to language development in children. (2019-08-19)
Increased risk of psychiatric disorders in children with IBD
Children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) run a greater risk of psychiatric disorders, according to a new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in JAMA Pediatrics. (2019-08-19)
Gastroesophageal reflux associated with chronic pain in temporomandibular joint
Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is associated with chronic, painful temporomandibular disorder -- pain in the temporomandibular joint -- and anxiety and poor sleep contribute to this association, according to a study in CMAJ. (2019-08-19)
UMN researcher decodes the brain to help patients with mental illnesses
Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience mental illness in a given year. (2019-08-16)
Transgender college students four times as likely to experience mental health problems
In the largest mental health survey of gender minority college students, BU researchers Sarah Lipson and Julia Raifman find that transgender, gender-nonconforming, genderqueer, and nonbinary college students face enormous mental health disparities. (2019-08-16)
The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health: Mental health harms related to very frequent social media use in girls might be due to exposure to cyberbullying, loss of sleep or reduced physical activity
Very frequent use of social media may compromise teenage girls' mental health by increasing exposure to bullying and reducing sleep and physical exercise, according to an observational study of almost 10,000 adolescents aged 13-16 years studied over three years in England between 2013-2015, published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal. (2019-08-13)
Study: 'Conversation-based' activities reduce mental illness stigma among college students
The first study to systematically survey a single graduating class on the effect of a multi-year campaign against mental illness has found that college students exposed to certain anti-stigma messages and activities are significantly less likely to stigmatize people with these conditions. (2019-08-13)
Mental health specialists boost vets' access to outpatient services
A Veterans Health Administration program that added mental health specialists, care managers or both in primary care clinics significantly improved access to mental health and primary care services to veterans with behavioral health needs. (2019-08-09)
Depression is the single largest predictor of substance use during pregnancy
Researchers studied health and geographical data from 25,000 pregnant women in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, and have shown that depression is the largest driver of substance use during pregnancy. (2019-08-08)
Adults with cerebral palsy at increased risk for mental health conditions
A new study finds that adults with cerebral palsy are at an increased risk of experiencing a mental health disorder compared to adults without the condition. (2019-08-07)
The growing trend of emotional support animals
Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are showing up in places previously understood to be animal-free. (2019-08-06)
Young teens of color more likely to avoid peers with mental illness
Students identifying as black or Latino are more likely to say they would socially distance themselves from peers with a mental illness, a key indicator of mental illness stigma, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. (2019-08-05)
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