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 Shows Virginity Pledges Prevent Precautions, Not Premarital Sex
A study has found that "virginity pledges," vows to abstain from sex until marriage, have no effect on whether teenagers have sex, but do decrease the use of precautions against pregnancy and STDs.
The Link Between Panic Attacks and Heart Danger
Health records reveal that older panic attack sufferers have greater risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular disease.
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One in Five Young Adults Has Mental Health Disorder
Almost one in five people between the ages of 19 and 25 suffers from a personality disorder such as social anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder, though few seek help.
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Brain Scans Show Sparks Don't Have To Fade
Both scientists and relationship experts say the rush of early love only lasts somewhere between three months and three years. However, new research finds that for some couples, this phase can last longer than 20 years.
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Most Children On Antidepressants Not Receiving Therapy
A large-scale study on children and teens on antidepressants shows that at least half do not receive therapy in conjunction with medication. The study used data from a database of 6.8 million youth with insurance claims for antidepressants. Data showed that only about 40 percent also received a referral for at least one therapy session.
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Teen Insomnia Increases Risk of Depression and Substance Abuse
Teens with sleeping troubles are vulnerable to depression, drug use, binge drinking and suicidal ideation later in life, shows new research published in the journal SLEEP.
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Findings Support Dedicated, Long-Term Psychotherapy
A meta-analysis of 48 years of research on long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy (LTPP) shows that dedicated psychotherapy continuing more than one year or 50 sessions is more effective than shorter term therapies at treating complex mental health problems such as personality disorders or complex depressive and anxiety disorders.
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Youth Suicides High For Second Year
After a decade of decline, youth suicides soared by 18 percent between 2003 and 2004. New figures from 2005, the most recent year available, show that teen suicide rates dropped slightly but remained significantly higher than expected, suggesting the spike is not an anomaly.
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Brain Scans Show Relationship Between Guilt, Depression
As if feeling guilty wasn't bad enough, a new study by the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has confirmed a deep, cognitive association between guilt and depression.
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Stress In Early Pregnancy Linked to Schizophrenia
Mothers who experience severely distressful events such as a natural disaster, war-related events or the loss of a loved one early in pregnancy may have offspring with increased predisposition to schizophrenia.
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