Mental Health


fastingandprayer-100215.jpg Medical literature has overstated the benefits of talk therapy for depression, in part because studies with poor results have rarely made it into journals, according to a new study. "This study shows that publication bias occurs in psychotherapy, mirroring what we've seen previously with antidepressants and other drugs," said co-author Erick Turner, associate professor of psychiatry and pharmacol

Prozacpills-092815.jpg Antidepressants are the first choice of treatment for a severe types of premenstrual syndrome associated with suicidal thoughts, according to a review. The review, published in the September issue of the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, shows that up to eight percent of women with PMS have this condition, called premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, according to researchers.

brain-240915.jpeg A drug that combines a cough suppressant with a heart medication might calm the agitation in those suffering from Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, of 220 Alzheimer's patients, found that the drug, called Nuedexta, generally eased agitation symptoms over 10 weeks.

depressed-230915.jpeg Sleep apnea patients who also suffer from depression may find some relief from their symptoms if they undergo CPAP treatment, according to a new study from researchers at University of Western Australia. For the study the researchers examined the health records of nearly 300 sleep apnea patients, finding that 73 in total suffered from depression.

As many as one in three British citizens born in 2015 are likely to develop dementia, according to a new study from researchers at Alzheimer's Research UK. The organization commissioned a data review from the British Office of Health Economics for the study. The office formed the prediction that roughly 32 percent of all U.K. citizens born in 2015 will form some sort of dementia.

Prozacpills-091715.jpg Young people who are taking antidepressants may be more likely to commit crimes than those who are not, according to a new study from researchers at Oxford University. For the study the researchers pulled data from the Swedish national health registers. They found that about roughly ten percent of the entire Swedish population was prescribed serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Resveratrol, a compound found in red grapes, red wine and dark chocolate, may help treat Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Neurology, was conducted with 119 participants, all with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's, ranging from age 50 to 90. The mean age for the resveratrol group was 70; the mean age for the placebo group was 73.

Homophobic people tend to suffer from psychological issues, according to a new study. In the study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers asked 551 Italian university students, ranging in age from 18 to 30, to fill out questionnaires on their levels of homophobia as well as their psychopathology, including levels of depression, anxiety and psychoticism.

brain-100915.jpeg Alzheimer's disease can likely be transferred from one body to another through surgery, according to a news study from researchers at the Medical Research Council Prion Unit at University College London. The new study has shown that "seeds" of the illness in the form of microscopic protein fibers could be transferred via surgical tools.

One on one math tutoring can help to relieve anxiety over math problems in children, according to a new study. The study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, included 46 children in third grade. Before receiving tutoring, each child took a test that assessed his or her level of math anxiety.

More cases of ADHD are being diagnosed at younger ages, according to a new study from researchers at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the CDC. The researchers have collected data about the condition from medical institutions nationwide over the last several decades. They found that the overall rates of ADHD diagnosis are increasing by roughly five percent.

Depressed-090215.jpg Those who display impulsive and agitated behavior may be at an increased risk of committing suicide, according to a new study from researchers at the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona, in Spain. For the study the researchers examined 2,800 depression patients, 630 of which had attempted suicide. The researchers conducted detailed interviews with each of the patients.

Brain-083115.jpg A new study has found that people with dementia tended to lose awareness of memory problems two to three years before the condition developed. A study, published in the journal Neurology, tracked the progress of more than 2,000 older individuals with an average age of 76 who were free of dementia at the start of the study.

Marijuana-082715.jpg While marijuana doesn't necessarily shrink your brain cells, it does change them, according to a pair of new studies. The studies were both published in the Journal of the American Medical Association's JAMA Psychiatry. In the first study, researchers used magnetic resonance imaging to compare the brains of marijuana users to non-users.

Autismawarenessribbon-082615.jpg People with autism might be more creative problem solvers and divergent thinkers, according to a new study. The British study, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, involved the analysis of data from 312 people who took part in a series of tests on creativity. Researchers of the study found that those who had autistic traits offered fewer responses to problems.

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