Psychology News and Research Briefs
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.
Study: Job Strain, Depression and Burnout
Finnish researchers have found a correlation between job strain and depression, says a study published in this month's Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Questioning 3,270 workers, researchers found that high job strain was the biggest ris...
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Study Probes 'Compulsive' Internet Use
A study by Stanford University School of Medicine researchers published in CNS Spectrums: The International Journal of Neuropsychiatric Medicine provides hard data showing how patterns of Internet use have come to resemble those associated with other compul...
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Marijuana-like Compound Found to Slow Alzheimer's
Marijuana may slow the brain inflamation believed to contribute to age-related degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, researchers said at the annual meeting of the Society of Neuroscience yesterday. Using rats with brain inflammation similar t...
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Genetic Variant Linked to Autism
Scientists have uncovered a genetic variant leading to increased risk for autism. Studying a sample of more than 1200 families with more than one child affected by autism, researchers found that children with autism spectrum disorders were more likely to h...
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Preventing Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome After Health Trauma
A study published in the journal Critical Care shows that support from loved ones and hospital staff decreases the risk of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in patients who have undergone a major intensive-care intervention. Researchers gave 65 survivo...
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exercise Prescribed for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
A British review of treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) published in the Journal for the Royal Society of Medicinehas found that cognitive behavior therapy and exercise are the most effective ways to treat the disease. In comparison, antidepressan...
Autistic Children Lag in Distinguishing Living vs. Non-Living Things
Researchers at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University have found that very young children with autism take longer to learn how to categorize objects and have particular difficulties learning to distinguish between living and non-li...
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Alzheimer's Drugs Found Ineffective, Dangerous
A large-scale clinical trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine and funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) shows that Zyprexa, Risperdal and Seroquel, antipsychotics prescribed to treat delusions and aggression associated wit...
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Mental Illness May Keep Pregnant Women Smoking
A study of 744 low-income women published in the American Journal of Public Health shows that women who continue to smoke during pregnancy are more likely to suffer from psychiatric disorders such as anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorde...
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Researchers Identify Traits Linked to Aggressive Behavior
University of Missouri researchers have found that people with certain personality traits need little provocation to cause them to act out aggressively. For their analysis, participants ranging from seven to 48 years old were monitored and exposed to varyi...
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