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Brief summaries of the latest news related to mental health and mental illness, as well as brief abstracts of the latest research in anxiety, depression, ADHD, learning disabilities, and more.

Thinking About God Calms Theist Brain Waves, Distresses Atheists'
August 05, 2010 10:03 PM
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Researchers have found that thinking religious thoughts causes disparate changes in the brain waves of both believers and non-believers.

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Thoughts on Happiness & Having Kids
July 30, 2010 10:52 PM
Posted by Paula Sejut-Dvorak

A study shows having children doesn't make parents happier. But is being happy all that matters?

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Social Relationships Key To Long Life
July 28, 2010 08:44 PM
Posted by FindCounseling.com Staff

The size of your social network may play a key role in determining how long you'll live shows a meta-analysis published in the journal PLoS Medicine this week. Researchers combined the results of 148 studies spanning four continents and covering mortality and social relationships. They found a "50% increased likelihood of survival for participants with stronger social relationships."

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Perfectionist Moms At Risk For Postpartum Depression
July 21, 2010 06:35 PM
Posted by FindCounseling.com Staff

In the first study examining the link between perfectionism and post-partum depression (PPD), researchers have discovered that women who try hard to be perfect face an increased risk for depression following the birth of a child. Those with "socially prescribed perfectionism," perfectionism motivated by the idea that other people expected them to be perfect, were especially susceptible to PPD.

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In Politics, Facts Fail To Change Minds
July 19, 2010 09:37 PM
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Challenging political beliefs with factual statements rarely causes people to change their minds--and may even cause them to become more confident in misinformation.

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Most Psych Research Totally WEIRD
July 09, 2010 12:38 PM
Posted by FindCounseling.com Staff

Chances are if you're reading this, you're WEIRD. That is, an individual from one of the Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic populations that make up a whopping 96 percent of social science research subjects.

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Twitter Triggers Bonding Hormone
July 08, 2010 04:09 AM
Posted by Paula Sejut-Dvorak

Using sites like Facebook and Twitter may lead to an increase in the hormone responsible for human bonding, suggests new research.

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Science Shows Couples Really Do Start To Look Alike
July 02, 2010 12:38 AM
Posted by FindCounseling.com Staff

Do couples really start to look alike the longer they are together? Scientists say yes. A 2006 study found that the longer a couple had been together, the more likely it was that others perceived similarities in appearance and personality. Now new research by University of Michigan psychologist Robert Zajonc confirms these surprising findings.

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Botox Side Effect: Emotional Paralysis
June 30, 2010 10:50 AM
Posted by FindCounseling.com Staff

The sting of Botox jokes can really get to anyone who's had the procedure done--or can it? Two studies published this month suggest a surprising side effect of the filler: emotional numbness.

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Anxiety Puts Young Men At Risk For Heart Attack
June 23, 2010 10:49 PM
Posted by Paula Sejut-Dvorak

A new Swedish study shows that men diagnosed with anxiety in their teens or twenties are more then twice as likely to be diagnosed with heart disease or have a heart attack later in life.

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