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Newswise: Google search data reveals major panic attack issue, Tulane study shows
Released: 22-Sep-2020 12:30 PM EDT
Google search data reveals major panic attack issue, Tulane study shows
Tulane University

A team of researchers at Tulane University used Google search data to determine the extent of panic attacks related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newswise: Story Tips From Johns Hopkins Experts On COVID-19
Released: 22-Sep-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Story Tips From Johns Hopkins Experts On COVID-19
Johns Hopkins Medicine

During the lockdown with COVID-19 restrictions in place, an interactive gaming room built to accelerate stroke patient recovery in The Johns Hopkins Hospital wasn’t getting much use. The therapists and neurologists running the gaming room decided to make the room available to staff treating COVID-19 patients to allow them to decompress.

Released: 22-Sep-2020 10:35 AM EDT
ADHD Study Reveals Unique Genetic Differences in African American Patients with the Condition
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Researchers have shown there may be key genetic differences in the causes of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) between African Americans and people of European ancestry, which may play an important part in how patients of different ethnic backgrounds respond to treatments for this condition.

Released: 22-Sep-2020 8:55 AM EDT
For Black Girls, Attitudes About Being Black Affect Risk of Depression
North Carolina State University

A new study suggests that the messages Black girls hear at home about being Black, and about being Black women in particular, can increase or decrease their risk of exhibiting the symptoms of depression.

Released: 22-Sep-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Childhood sexual abuse: mental and physical after-effects closely linked
Universite de Montreal

A new study has uncovered a correlation between psychological distress and genital and urinary health problems in female survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

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Released: 18-Sep-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Study links rising stress, depression in U.S. to pandemic-related losses, media consumption
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Sept. 18, 2020 – Experiencing multiple stressors triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic – such as unemployment – and COVID-19-related media consumption are directly linked to rising acute stress and depressive symptoms across the U.S., according to a groundbreaking University of California, Irvine study. The report appears in Science Advances, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Newswise: Researchers to use wearable device to measure resident wellness, prevent burnout
Released: 18-Sep-2020 8:35 AM EDT
Researchers to use wearable device to measure resident wellness, prevent burnout
Penn State College of Medicine

Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine are conducting a study to determine if a wearable device can measure wellness and predict burnout among resident physicians. The results from the clinical trial could be used to develop targeted interventions for depression and burnout in graduate medical education.

Released: 17-Sep-2020 4:35 PM EDT
The key to happiness: Friends or family?
Southern Methodist University

Think spending time with your kids and spouse is the key to your happiness? You may actually be happier getting together with your friends, said SMU psychology professor Nathan Hudson.

Released: 17-Sep-2020 10:20 AM EDT
Violence Risk Assessment in Mental Health Care – Journal of Psychiatric Practice Outlines a Therapeutic Risk Management Approach
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

Assessing the potential for violent behavior by patients with psychiatric disorders is an essential but challenging responsibility for mental health professionals. A five-part series currently being published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice summarizes an expert approach to screening, assessment, and management of the risk of “other-directed violence.” The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Preventing suicide during COVID-19
Released: 16-Sep-2020 7:05 PM EDT
The Medical Minute: Preventing suicide during COVID-19
Penn State Health

People contemplating suicide want help. As the COVID-19 pandemic raises the overall level of anxiety, a Penn State Health expert explains how you can help people in crisis in this week’s Medical Minute.

Released: 16-Sep-2020 12:50 PM EDT
The unintended consequence of becoming an empathetic person
Michigan State University

People generally want to improve on things like being more emotionally connected to others, but researchers found that this leads to changes in their political souls as well.

Newswise: Devi mangiare! Why culture may be contributing to 
disordered eating among Italian-Australian women
Released: 15-Sep-2020 9:05 PM EDT
Devi mangiare! Why culture may be contributing to disordered eating among Italian-Australian women
University of South Australia

“You have to eat!” It’s a sentiment that illustrates how central food is to Italian culture, but the woman who uttered these words also happens to be struggling with bulimia nervosa.

Released: 15-Sep-2020 5:55 PM EDT
Loneliness predicts development of type 2 diabetes
King's College London

Published in the journal Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]), the study shows that it is the absence of quality connections with people and not the lack of contact that predicts the onset of type 2 diabetes, suggesting that helping people form and experience positive relationships could be a useful tool in prevention strategies for type 2 diabetes.

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Released: 15-Sep-2020 5:35 PM EDT
Teacher stress linked with higher risk of student suspensions
University of Missouri, Columbia

Just how stressed are teachers? A recent Gallup poll found teachers are tied with nurses for the most stressful occupation in America today.

Newswise: Scientists awarded $52M NIH grant to study schizophrenia cause and effect
Released: 15-Sep-2020 5:25 PM EDT
Scientists awarded $52M NIH grant to study schizophrenia cause and effect
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

UCLA researchers and their colleagues from two other institutions have been awarded a $52 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to lead an international study to better understand the cause and effect of schizophrenia in high-risk youth.

Released: 15-Sep-2020 4:00 PM EDT
An effective way to increase capacity for mental health
University of Washington School of Medicine

Researchers at UW Medicine found that primary-care physicians and rural clinic staff felt more skilled in delivering mental health care if they used a model known as collaborative care. In the model, primary-care physicians retain primary responsibility to treat behavioral health disorders with the support of two team members: a care manager (e.g., social workers, therapists, nurses) and a consulting psychiatrist. Consulting psychiatrists provide recommendations on patient care through weekly caseload reviews conducted online.

Released: 15-Sep-2020 3:25 PM EDT
UIC researcher to test voice-activated AI to manage mental health symptoms
University of Illinois at Chicago

Researchers at University of Illinois Chicago are studying a novel approach to delivering care to those with moderate depression and anxiety: through artificial intelligence, or AI. The first part of the two-phase, five-year project will develop and test a voice-enabled, AI virtual agent named Lumen, trained to deliver Problem Solving Therapy (PST), for patients with moderate, untreated depressive and/or anxiety symptoms. This first phase is awarded for two years.

Released: 15-Sep-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Telehealth supports collaborative mental health care in the needs of rural patients
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

Traditionally, primary care clinics connect patients who have mental health care needs to specialists like psychiatrists in a collaborative care model.

Released: 15-Sep-2020 1:00 PM EDT
With Digital Phenotyping, Smartphones May Play a Role in Assessing Severe Mental Illness
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

Digital phenotyping approaches that collect and analyze Smartphone-user data on locations, activities, and even feelings – combined with machine learning to recognize patterns and make predictions from the data – have emerged as promising tools for monitoring patients with psychosis spectrum illnesses, according to a report in the September/October issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Newswise: “Be Sensitive, Be Brave,” A New Culturally Sensitive Suicide Prevention Program, Now Underway in Santa Clara County, CA
Released: 15-Sep-2020 7:30 AM EDT
“Be Sensitive, Be Brave,” A New Culturally Sensitive Suicide Prevention Program, Now Underway in Santa Clara County, CA
Palo Alto University

A new suicide prevention training program developed by a team from Palo Alto University and the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services Department aims to better prevent suicide by being more culturally aware of the populations it serves.

Newswise: Loneliness doubled among older adults in first months of COVID-19, poll shows
10-Sep-2020 7:05 AM EDT
Loneliness doubled among older adults in first months of COVID-19, poll shows
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Staying close to home can help older adults reduce their risk of COVID-19. But a new national poll suggests it comes with a cost. In June of this year, 56% of people over the age of 50 said they sometimes or often felt isolated from others – more than double the 27% who felt that way in a similar poll in 2018.

Released: 11-Sep-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Ingalls Memorial Behavioral Health Services Expand to Calumet City
University of Chicago Medical Center

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital will expand its behavioral health services to Calumet City, Illinois in September 2020, providing essential outpatient mental healthcare to Southland residents.

Released: 10-Sep-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Colors evoke similar feelings around the world
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

People all over the world associate colors with emotions. In fact, people from different parts of the world often associate the same colors with the same emotions.

Released: 10-Sep-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Children Will Wait to Impress Others—Another Twist on the Classic Marshmallow Test
Association for Psychological Science

When it comes to self-control, young children are better able to resist temptation and wait for greater rewards if they take into consideration the opinions of others

Newswise: Johns Hopkins Hosts Webinar Series About Gynecologic Cancers and Survivorship
Released: 9-Sep-2020 1:00 PM EDT
Johns Hopkins Hosts Webinar Series About Gynecologic Cancers and Survivorship
Johns Hopkins Medicine

In honor of Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, the Johns Hopkins Medicine Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service is hosting a series of 60-minute webinars during which top experts will address important issues related to gynecologic cancers and survivorship.

Released: 9-Sep-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Penn Medicine Receives $3.6 Million National Institute of Mental Health Grant for Firearm Safety Research
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

A $3.6 million NIMH grant awarded to the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will help improve the implementation of an evidence-based firearm safety program and identify the best approach for deploying this program as a suicide prevention strategy.

Newswise: Mindfulness with Paced Breathing and Lowering Blood Pressure
Released: 9-Sep-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Mindfulness with Paced Breathing and Lowering Blood Pressure
Florida Atlantic University

Now more than ever, Americans and people all over the world are under increased stress, which may adversely affect their health and well-being. Researchers explore the possibility that mindfulness with paced breathing reduces blood pressure. One of the most plausible mechanisms is that paced breathing stimulates the vagus nerve and parasympathetic nervous system, which reduce stress chemicals in the brain and increase vascular relaxation that may lead to lowering of blood pressure.

Released: 9-Sep-2020 1:05 AM EDT
Sexual Minority Men Who Smoke Report Worse Mental Health and More Frequent Substance Use
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Cigarette smoking is associated with frequent substance use and poor behavioral and physical health in sexual and gender minority populations, according to Rutgers researchers.

Released: 8-Sep-2020 6:35 PM EDT
COVID-stress may be hard to beat even with exercise
Washington State University

Exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress, but it may not be enough for the levels caused by COVID-19.

Newswise: People Who Experienced Parental Divorce as Children Have Lower ‘Love Hormone’ Levels than Those Who Did Not
Released: 8-Sep-2020 6:05 PM EDT
People Who Experienced Parental Divorce as Children Have Lower ‘Love Hormone’ Levels than Those Who Did Not
Baylor University

People who were children when their parents were divorced showed lower levels of oxytocin — the so-called “love hormone” — when they were adults than those whose parents remained married, according to a study led by Baylor University. That lower level may play a role in having trouble forming attachments when they are grown.

Newswise: People with Anorexia Nervosa and Body Dysmorphic Disorder Show Similarities and Differences in Brain Function
Released: 8-Sep-2020 2:50 PM EDT
People with Anorexia Nervosa and Body Dysmorphic Disorder Show Similarities and Differences in Brain Function
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A new UCLA study shows partially overlapping patterns of brain function in people with anorexia nervosa and those with body dysmorphic disorder, a related psychiatric condition characterized by misperception that particular physical characteristics are defective.

Released: 8-Sep-2020 8:05 AM EDT
An Early Effect of COVID-19 Disruption: Drinking to Cope with Distress
Research Society on Alcoholism

Using alcohol to cope with distress was associated with increased drinking during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study. Adults experiencing greater depression or lower social connectedness, and those with children under age 18, were among those at risk for drinking to cope. The COVID-19 pandemic brought extensive disruptions to daily life, involving elevated stress among the general public. This increased the likelihood of people using alcohol to cope, a motive linked to solitary drinking, heavier drinking, and alcohol-related problems. At the same time, social distancing and closures meant that access to healthier supports, such as counseling and recreation, was reduced. The study in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research explored adult drinkers’ use of alcohol to cope with distress during the early pandemic, with the goal of informing interventions to address long-term alcohol-related harms.

Released: 8-Sep-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Suicide on screen: getting the message right can support better mental health outcomes
University of South Australia

University of South Australia researchers have confirmed that portrayals of suicide in moving-image fiction and non-fiction media, such as television and web series, films, and documentaries, has the potential to increase suicidal ideation and behaviour.

Newswise: Preventing Firearm Suicide During the Pandemic and Social Unrest
Released: 7-Sep-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Preventing Firearm Suicide During the Pandemic and Social Unrest
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

During the pandemic and nationwide protests firearm purchases have soared — a concern for suicide prevention specialists, says a Rutgers expert

Newswise: UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative launches COVID-19 survey
Released: 3-Sep-2020 7:05 PM EDT
UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative launches COVID-19 survey
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

To better understand the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on cannabis and CBD use, the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative has launched the Cannabis, CBD and COVID Survey.

Released: 3-Sep-2020 5:05 PM EDT
COVID-19 sparks 12-fold increase in remote delivery of mental health care across the US
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a remarkable number of psychologists across the United States to shift to delivering mental health care to patients remotely, according to a national study led by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Released: 3-Sep-2020 3:10 PM EDT
Anxiety and depression are associated with medical care avoidance during the pandemic
University of Toronto

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been empirical and anecdotal reports of declines in both emergency and ambulatory medical visits.

Released: 3-Sep-2020 12:50 PM EDT
COVID has likely tripled depression rate: BU study
Boston University School of Medicine

A first-of-its-kind study from the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) finds 27.8% of U.S. adults had depression symptoms as of mid-April, compared to 8.5% before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 3-Sep-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Children with social anxiety, maternal history of depression more likely to develop depression
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Although researchers have known for decades that depression runs in families, new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York, suggests that children suffering from social anxiety may be at particular risk for depression in the future.

1-Sep-2020 12:25 PM EDT
When Doing Good Boosts Health, Well-Being
American Psychological Association (APA)

Performing acts of kindness and helping other people can be good for people’s health and well-being, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. But not all good-hearted behavior is equally beneficial to the giver. The strength of the link depends on many factors, including the type of kindness, the definition of well-being, and the giver’s age, gender and other demographic factors.

Released: 2-Sep-2020 2:10 PM EDT
Depression worsens over time for older caregivers of newly diagnosed dementia patients
University of Michigan

Caring for a partner or spouse with a new diagnosis of Alzheimer's or related dementia is associated with a 30% increase in depressive symptoms, compared to older adults who don't have a spouse with dementia—and these symptoms are sustained over time, a new University of Michigan study found.

Newswise: How screen time and green time may affect youth psychological outcomes
27-Aug-2020 10:40 AM EDT
How screen time and green time may affect youth psychological outcomes
PLOS

Less screen time and more green time are associated with better psychological outcomes among children and adolescents, according to a study published September 2 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Tassia Oswald of the University of Adelaide, and colleagues.

Newswise: Brain Cell Death in ALS, Dementia Tied to Loss of Key Biochemical Transport Structure in Nucleus
Released: 2-Sep-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Brain Cell Death in ALS, Dementia Tied to Loss of Key Biochemical Transport Structure in Nucleus
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Researchers have long sought to explain precisely how the most common genetic mutation linked to both amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia causes the death of nerve cells.


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