Mental Health


Aerobic-exercise-120116.jpg Older adults who suffer from dementia, or mild cognitive impairment, may benefit from aerobic exercise, according to a new study. The study, to be presented Wednesday at the Radiological Society of North America, included 16 people with an average age of 63, who did aerobic workouts on a treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical training. They worked out four times a week for six months.

PTSD-120116.jpg The Food and Drug Administration has given permission for large-scale, Phase 3 clinical trials of MDMA— a final step before the possible approval of ecstasy as a prescription drug to treat posttraumatic stress disorder. The New York Times uses the example of an American soldier, C.J. Hardin who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Hardin tried all available methods of treating PTSD.

A new study finds that men with sexist ideologies are more likely to suffer from psychological and mental health issues. The Washington Post reported on a study published November 21 in the Journal of Counseling Psychology. The report analyzes 78 case studies on masculinity and mental health between 2003 and 2013. The participants range from ages 12 to over 65.

The rates of dementia in the U.S. have fallen by 24 percent, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan. For the study the researchers collected data from more than 21,000 senior citizens over the last decade. They found that dementia rates in those over the age of 65 dropped for 11.6 percent in 2000 to 8.8 percent in 2012.

Migraine-110916.jpg The American Psychological Association reports "52 percent of American adults report that the 2016 election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress." With the election dominating all forms of media, it has become nearly impossible to ignore. Harris Poll on behalf of the American Psychological Association conducted an online survey.

Handweights-102616.jpg Those who maintain strong muscles into old age may also have a stronger memory, according to researchers from University of Sydney, Australia. For the study the researchers collected data from 100 people between the ages of 55 and 86. They found that those strength training twice a week for six months to at least 80 percent of their maximum strength showed significant improvements.

Two out of every ten Alzheimer's cases may be misdiagnosed, according to a new study from researchers at the Florida Mayo Clinic. For the study the researchers examined the brains of 1,600 former Alzheimer's candidates ranging from 37 to 102. The researchers discovered that despite the ever growing medical technology there is still a wide margin for error when diagnosing the cognitive illness.

TransGender-Symbol-080116.jpg Transgender identity is not, in fact, a mental illness, according to a new report from researchers at the Mexican National Institute of Psychiatry and the World Health Organization. Though the report confirms rationally self-evident data, the researchers discovered that any mental illness within their transgender test subjects was actually a byproduct of hatred and intolerance.

pokemonGo1-072116.jpg Use of the wildly popular new gaming app Pokemon Go may help people with mental illness feel better, according to a new study from researchers at Media Psychology Research Center in Newport Beach, California. According to the Center's report, users that are otherwise largely sedentary and bound to the indoors may be getting more exercise and social interaction than normal because of the game.

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