The Long Reach of Childhood By Ditta M. Oliker, Ph.D. It’s easy to lose yourself in the whirlwind of the holidays. Getting caught in the pressure of so much to do and so little time is common, particularly as each year seems to rush by even more quickly than the last one. The celebration of […]
Helping Others Helps Teens Stay on the Road to Addiction Recovery A new study of teens undergoing substance abuse treatment finds helping others helps the adolescent helper by reducing cravings for alcohol and drugs, a major precipitator of relapse. These novel findings stem from the “Helping Others” study (http://helpingotherslivesober.org) led by Maria Pagano, PhD, associate […]
Too Much Undeserved Self-Praise Can Lead To Depression People who try to boost their self-esteem by telling themselves they've done a great job when they haven't could end up feeling dejected instead, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. High and low performers felt fine when they assessed themselves accurately, probably because […]
Finally, there’s some good news for people with a sweet tooth, and it comes in time for that sweet-gathering holiday, Halloween. People who prefer sweeter tastes seem to have sweeter dispositions, a new study suggests. So grab your favorite candy and read on.
The personal and societal costs of depression are significant. They include higher rates of death, serious complications for chronic disease patients, significantly higher health care costs for employers, added family caregiver burden and associated substance abuse problems.
How to Fight Mental Illness Stigma One of the greatest ways to improve self-confidence when living with a chronic illness is with education. Learning what causes depression and the treatments available out there are great starting points. However, there’s one aspect of education that gets overlooked — and is the basis for this article. […]
The potentially lasting implications of day-to-day couple conflict on physical and mental well-being are revealed in a study published today in the journal Personal Relationships. Until now research has concentrated on the immediate effects of romantic conflict, typically in controlled laboratory settings. In one of the first studies to look at the longer […]
Six Common Depression Traps to Avoid Expert advice on how to sidestep pitfalls that often accompany depression. When Orion Lyonesse is getting depressed, she turns into a hermit. She doesn’t want to leave the house (not even to pick up the mail), and she cuts off contact with her friends and family. “The […]
This means less activity in areas used for planning and decision making, but the brain adapts, researchers find MONDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) — The brains of people with autism concentrate more resources in areas devoted to visual perception, resulting in less activity in areas used to plan and control thoughts and actions, says […]
Lifestyle changes—such as getting more exercise, time in nature, or helping others—can be as effective as drugs or counseling to treat an array of mental illnesses, according to a new paper published by the American Psychological Association. Multiple mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety, can be treated with certain lifestyle changes as successfully […]