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June 4, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Whether Metabolites Play A Role In Bipolar Disorder

June 4, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Biological Psychiatry looked at a potential causal risk factor for bipolar disorder. “We sought to identify specific metabolites that may play a causal role in bipolar disorder,” study author David Stacey told us. “We hoped that would tell us something about the underlying aetiology while potentially highlighting new lifestyle interventions or drug targets. [More]

May 28, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Helping Cancer Patients Through Writing

May 28, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine looks at a novel intervention to reduce fear of progression and trauma symptoms in advanced cancer using written exposure to worst-case scenarios. “My study is about developing and testing a wholly novel intervention to reduce cancer-related trauma progression and fear of cancer progression (FoP) among adults with later-stage cancer,” study author Joanna J. Arch told us. “Specifically, we adapted a cutting-edge treatment for trauma in general populations to reduce cancer-related trauma symptoms and FoP in adults with advanced cancer.” [More]

April 30, 2024
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Wording On Social Media Can Influence Views On Mental Health

April 30, 2024 23:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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The wording of social media posts and messages can be enough to influence how people feel about mental illness and mental health treatment. Research published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that students in college felt more optimistic about the chances of successfully treating mental health issues after they read social media posts that showed a “growth mindset”. [More]

April 2, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can Physical Touch Help With Mental Well-Being?

April 2, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new systemic review and multivariate meta-analysis published in the Journal of Nature Human Behaviour looked at the physical and mental health benefits of touch interventions. “Our study is a meta-analysis, meaning that we collected data from all available studies and merged it together, on the effects of touch interventions on health benefits,” study author Julian Packheiser told us. [More]

February 13, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At How Smartphones Can Detect Depression

February 13, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A recently published study looked at depression detection using in-the-wild smartphone images. “Our study, MoodCapture, explores the innovative use of smartphone technology to detect signs of depression through ‘in-the-wild’ facial expressions captured by the front-facing camera during routine phone unlocks or app use,” co-first author Subigya Nepal told us. “We aimed to assess whether these spontaneous images, which reflect authentic emotions free from the biases of self-presentation, could serve as reliable indicators for depression." [More]

February 6, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can Mindfulness Protect Worker Well-Being In A Digital Workplace?

February 6, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in PLOS ONE looked at personal resources to mitigate the dark side of digital working. “The study focused on the personal resources of mindfulness and digital confidence and ways in which these resources can help to reduce negative well-being impacts from working digitally,” study author Elizabeth Marash told us. “We aimed to understand how experiences such as technology-related stress, anxiety and overload might manifest in higher burnout and poorer health.” [More]

December 12, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Benzodiazepine Prescribing Patters For Homeless Veterans

December 12, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A recently published study looked at benzodiazepine prescriptions for homeless veterans affairs service users with mental illness. “People experiencing homelessness are at high risk for substance use disorders, overdose, and death,” study author Dr. Katherine A. Koh told us. “Benzodiazepines are medications that are known to increase risk of overdose particularly when combined with other sedating medications. [More]

December 5, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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Exploring The Brain For More Clues In The Treatment Of Depression

December 5, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A recent review in the Journal of Trends in Pharmacological Sciences was written by four scientists from different universities -- Dr. Bernhard Luscher from Penn State University, Dr. Jamie Maguire from Tufts University, Dr. Uwe Rudolph from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Dr. Etienne Sibille from the University of Toronto -- who have a longstanding interest in the role that GABAA receptors play in the brain, specifically for the development and therapy of depression. [More]

November 21, 2023
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can Depression Treatment Reduce Cardiovascular Risks?

November 21, 2023 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Brain, Behavior, and Immunity looked at the effect of modernized collaborative care for depression on depressive symptoms and cardiovascular disease risk biomarkers. “We set out to determine whether treating depression, a psychological risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), could reduce the risk of developing CVD in the future, like treating high blood pressure and high cholesterol,” study author Jesse C. Stewart told us. “Our study, the eIMPACT trial, was based on more than three decades of research showing that people with depression are at elevated risk of developing CVD, similar to people with traditional CVD risk factors.” [More]

October 31, 2023
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Pandemic Firearm Buyers Have Higher Rates Of Mental Health Problems

October 31, 2023 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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People who bought firearms at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic have higher rates of mental health problems and political extremism. Research published in PLOS One found those who bought firearms during the pandemic had higher rates of self harm, suicidal thoughts and intimate partner violence when compared with those who don’t own firearms or other firearms owners who bought firearms outside the height of the pandemic. [More]