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August 16, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Reducing Immigrant Stress With Culturally-Tailored Preventative Behavior Intervention

August 16, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study in the works published in the BMJ Open is looking at community-engaged mental health promotion intervention with Bhutanese people resettled in Western Massachusetts. The current research project will be among the first to adapt and pilot test the feasibility and acceptability of a family-based, community-led, culturally tailored, integrated preventative behavior intervention to reduce immigrant stress. The study will lay the basis for a clinical trial with a large, adequately powered sample. If effective, this community-engaged intervention may be applied more widely to other immigrants and the general population. [More]

January 11, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At The Stigma Of Mental Illness

January 11, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in JAMA Network looked at trends in public stigma of mental illness in the United States. “The National Stigma Studies are designed to monitor the cultural climate surrounding mental illness and addiction,” study author Bernice A. Pescosolido told us. “This involves not only what people understand, what they can recognize as a problem, what they might do about it (or advise others to do), but also the prejudice and potential discrimination that individuals, families and certain groups face if they have mental health issues.” [More]

October 14, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Excess Deaths Among Those With Mental Health Conditions And Intellectual Disabilities Rises During COVID-19

October 14, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Excess deaths among those with mental health conditions and intellectual disabilities has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. A UK study of more than 160 thousand patients found that deaths from COVID-19 among people with learning disabilities were nine times higher than among the general population during the first UK lockdown and were five times higher among those with eating disorders. [More]

July 27, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Does Light Affect Our Brain?

July 27, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in PLOS Genetics looked at how light affects behavioral despair involving the clock gene Period 1 using mice. “The study is about how light may affect our brain,” study author, Dr. Urs Albrecht told us. “In particular, how light can influence our wellbeing and mood. We were wondering whether light really can affect the brain, because from personal experience life appears to be easier in summer when there is more light than in winter.” [More]

June 30, 2021
by Kimberly Lucey

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NFL Players Open Up About Mental Health Struggles

June 30, 2021 01:34 by Kimberly Lucey  [About the Author]

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Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard says he went into a dark blur after his death, the toll affecting him not just mentallly, but physically. He lost weight, and dealt with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. A Kicking the Stigma virtual fundraiser this Spring raised $4.5 million to distribute to Indiana-based nonprofits that either provide mental health treatment services, or raise awareness about mental health. [More]

June 29, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Shows Cognitive Reappraisal Potentially Helpful In Substance Abuse Treatment

June 29, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in PNAS looked at attention bias modification in drug addiction and enhancing control of subsequent habits. “In substance use disorder, cues and contexts that remind an individual of the experience of substance use start to habitually grab attention and elicit a physiological response (arousal) that is thought to result in craving and culminate in compulsive substance use,” study author Muhammad A. Parvaz told us. [More]

June 8, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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What Can Rats Tell Us About Cocaine Addiction?

June 8, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Neuropharmacology looked at whether a sensation-seeking trait confers a dormant susceptibility to addiction through intermittent cocaine self-administration in rats. The advantage of studying this phenomenon in rats is that researchers can examine what is different about the brains of high- versus low- sensation-seeking rats. This will help identify new targets for medications designed to treat cocaine use disorder. [More]

April 16, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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BPD diagnosis Is double for the LGB community

April 16, 2021 07:53 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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A recent study found that BPD diagnosis was higher for the LGB community than heterosexual individuals. “Health care professionals evaluating patients for factors linked to BPD might ignore environmental stressors that LGB persons face or be unable to competently assess the extent to which the behaviors signify BPD or normative reactions to stress.” [More]

April 6, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Finland Has Been The Most Physically Active During The Pandemic According To New Study

April 6, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Frontiers in Psychology looked at the cross-cultural health behaviors and wellbeing of people during COVID-19. “The purpose of the study was to examine the impact of the pandemic on perceived physical and mental health, changes in physical activity, sleep, eating, and wellbeing,” study author Montse Ruiz told us. [More]