Category Archives: Mental Health

Mental Health

Time to winterize your body for the season ahead

Turning back your clocks and with temperatures dropping and sunlight fading, your system already is starting to adapt. But hibernation is not the answer.   WARREN WOLFE , Star Tribune With shorter days and falling temperatures, Mother Earth is sending out a blunt, tough-love message: Time to grow more hair, bulk up with fat and […]

Self-Compassion Fosters Mental Health

Research shows how to reap the benefits of self-compassion By Marina Krakovsky    Monday, July 16, 2012 – Being kind to yourself is a surefire way to improve your mental health and reach your goals, a growing body of work suggests. Now research has revealed an easy way to boost this self-compassion—by showing kindness to others. […]

New Study Reveals That Levels of a Brain Neurotransmitter May Be Key in ADHD

By Faith Brynie, Ph.D.Created Jul 8 2012 – 11:17am       Findings from the first study directly examining gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) concentrations in the brains of children with ADHD were published last week in the Archives of General Psychiatry. In this new article researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center report finding significantly lower concentrations […]

Sleep Apnea Tied to Depression

      Action Points A diagnosis of sleep apnea was associated with depression in both men and women in a study using National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data. Note that self-report of snorting and stopping breathing, but not snoring, also were associated with risk of depression, but the cross-sectional design precluded assigning causality. […]

Helping Substance-Using Pregnant and Postpartum Women

Helping Substance-Using Pregnant and Postpartum Women In situations involving substance use by expectant women and postpartum mothers, there is often a sense that the interests of the mother are not aligned with the interests of the child. As a result, unfortunately, clinicians sometimes focus solely on the child and neglect the importance of the mother’s […]

The Neglect of Mental Illness Exacts a Huge Toll, Human and Economic

The Neglect of Mental Illness Exacts a Huge Toll, Human and Economic By letting mental afflictions go untreated, we consign millions of Americans to misery and put a drag on our economy Mental health care is one of the biggest unmet needs of our time. Nearly one in two people in the U.S. will suffer […]

In Those Who Drink More, The Brain’s Caudate Nucleus And Frontal Cortex Are Less Active

  Alcohol abuse and dependence are common problems in the United States due to a number of factors, two of which may be social drinking by college students and young adults, and risk taking that may lead to heavier drinking later in life. A study of the neural underpinnings of risk-taking in young, non-dependent social […]

1 In 5 Americans With Mental Illness, National Survey

Some 45.9 million, or around 1 in 5 American adults (age 18 and over) experienced a mental illness in the past year, according to the US government’s latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health, released this month. The survey, published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), finds that the rate […]

Discrimination Seems to Harm Health Regardless of Race

Unfair treatment that is race-based linked to reports of poor health in both blacks and whites Discrimination can be a threat to health, according to a new study that included both blacks and whites. The analysis of 2004 data from the ongoing U.S. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System project found that about 18 percent of […]

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