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December 3, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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The Way A Parent Plays With Their Child Has The Potential To Impact Future Mental Health Outcomes

December 3, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A mother picks up her baby and shows her a stuffed giraffe toy. She tells her baby that giraffes have long necks and spots. The child feels her mother’s arms around her, hears her voice, and looks at the giraffe. The mother has provided tactile, auditory, and visual input, otherwise known as sensory signals. A new study has shown that when infants or young children experience unpredictable sensory signals from their parents, their brains, in particular their executive functioning, doesn’t develop properly and can contribute to mental health problems as they grow. [More]

October 29, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Finds Connection Between Sleep Problems In Children With ADHD And ASD And Parental Mental Health

October 29, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study, titled, Associations between parenting stress, parent mental health and child sleep problems for children with ADHD and ASD, looked at whether sleep problems experienced by children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) were connected to parenting stress. About one in 59 children in the U.S. has been diagnosed with ASD and like ADHD, and it’s more common in boys than girls, about four times more common. One in 37 boys and one in 151 girls were diagnosed with ASD in 2018. [More]

September 3, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Why Is It So Hard For Alcoholics To Stop Drinking?

September 3, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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While you may certainly have heard of alcoholism, perhaps less so about alcohol use disorder (AUD). According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, AUD is a relapsing brain disease that is chronic involving the loss of control of alcohol intake. Alcoholism is a non-medical term and what most people use to describe AUD. Knowing the detrimental effects of drinking can have on one’s life, what drives someone suffering from AUD to continue to drink? That’s what researchers of a new study published in eNeuro wanted to find out. [More]

June 25, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Finds High Rates Of Mental Health Problems Within Indigenous Peoples Living Off-Reserve

June 25, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal examined the impact of socioeconomic status on three mental health problems (physiological distress, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempt) within Indigenous peoples living off-reserve in Canada. “Current studies have provided evidence on the impact of socioeconomic status on different health outcomes," study author Mohammad Hajizadeh told us. "Based on the current studies, we were expecting to see more mental health problems among socioeconomically disadvantaged Indigenous peoples.” [More]

April 2, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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The Very Thought Of Coffee Can Perk You Up According To New Research

April 2, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Can’t get going without your cup of joe in the morning? You’re not alone. Among all beverages, coffee is the world’s 4th most popular. Many turn to coffee for a lift when feeling low but turns out, just thinking of coffee can give you the same mental and physical effects without ever having had coffee. This is according to a new study published in the Journal of Consciousness and Cognition which found that after thinking about coffee, people started planning to do tasks sooner, and in general thought about more specific, detailed aspects of their lives. [More]