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Phobias Predict Mental Health Problems

Are you afraid of spiders? You aren't alone. (Well, except when it's just you and the spider.) Across the world, somewhere between 3% and 15% of the population is afraid of something. That's the headline finding in a new review published in The Lancet Psychiatry. But they found so much more. The authors, led by [...]

By |2018-08-06T11:18:37+00:00August 6th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Dislike And Dehumanization Are Two Different Psychological Processes, Study Shows

While some would believe dehumanizing someone is a way of expressing dislike, new findings suggest that the two may actually be different psychological processes. The study titled "Denying humanity: The distinct neural correlates of blatant dehumanization" was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology on May 31. "When people are dehumanizing others, they are mobilizing different brain regions than [...]

By |2018-07-09T10:54:04+00:00July 9th, 2018|Categories: Science & Research|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Obesity Link to Depression and Anxiety in University of Newcastle Research

The rise in cases of obesity and mental illness has coincided, suggesting the two may be linked, a University of Newcastle researcher says. “There is substantial overlap between addictive eating with mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression,” Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics Tracy Burrows said. Dr Burrows said mental-health disorders including depression [...]

By |2018-06-07T19:40:40+00:00June 7th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness, Obesity|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Childhood ‘Toxic Stress’ Leads to Parenting Challenges

Parents who endured “toxic stress” during childhood may be more likely to have kids with developmental delays and have a harder time coping with their children’s health issues, new research suggests. Adverse childhood experiences, commonly called ACEs, can include witnessing parents fight or go through a divorce, having a parent with a mental illness or [...]

Social Media More Harmful To Girls Than Boys

It’s no secret that social media isn’t great for mental health - studies have shown it again and again, and some of the developers of social media have sounded warnings about the addictiveness of certain features. Now, to add to the growing body of evidence on how it affects mental health, a new study finds a link between [...]

How Social Media Can Make Life Better for Young People in Care

When young people are “looked after” by the state, they can live in a variety of care placements including children’s homes, foster parents or with friends or birth family relatives. These young people are known to be especially vulnerable to poor mental health. Many share too much with people who may do them harm – [...]

By |2018-02-16T10:52:42+00:00February 15th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Do Western Societies Promote Narcissism?

Researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have been able to show that people who grew up in the former western states of Germany have higher levels of narcissism than those whose socialization took place in the former eastern states. Between 1949 and 1989/90, life in West Germany was characterized by a culture of individualism, with [...]

By |2018-01-29T16:22:00+00:00January 29th, 2018|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Improved Non-Stick Coatings Prevented Low-Weight Births and Brain Damage

Government and industry efforts since 2003 to phase out chemicals used to make non-stick coatings, such as Teflon, have prevented more than 118,000 low-weight births and related brain damage in the United States. This is the main finding of a new report - based on analysis of new mothers' blood samples gathered for a national [...]

Depression Not a Single Disease

A group of researchers say depression would be better treated if it was classified into 12 different disorders. There are calls for a major overhaul of the way depression is diagnosed and treated to better recognise its triggers. A group of international psychologists have challenged the classification of 'major depression' and argue it would be [...]

By |2017-11-13T09:26:47+00:00November 13th, 2017|Categories: Depression, Science & Research, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Twitter Posts May Reveal Onset of Depression

Here’s a phrase that psychiatrists will either love or hate: “State-space temporal analysis suggests that onset of depression may be detectable from Twitter data several months prior to diagnosis.” Indeed, a team of researchers from the University of Vermont, Stanford, and Harvard found that depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can often be detected by [...]

By |2017-11-13T09:26:45+00:00November 13th, 2017|Categories: Depression, Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments