Wednesday, December 31, 2003

KIDS EXPOSED TO VIOLENCE HAVE MORE BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS: "“There is a relationship between the physical proximity of exposure to violence and psychosocial maladjustment among urban school-aged children,” say Oscar H. Purugganan, M.D., M.P.H., and colleagues from Albert Einstein College... "

Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Medication with Counseling May Improve Heroin Treatment: "A University of Buffalo (UB) study finds that a combination of medication and family treatment could improve the success rate for individuals addicted to heroin..."

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

News - Lexapro (Escitalopram Oxalate) Starting Dose Appears As Effective As Optimally Dosed Zoloft (Sertraline) In Treatment Of Major Depressive Disorder: "In this study, most patients experienced relief from depressive symptoms. Patients treated with Lexapro received 10 mg throughout the study period, while patients treated with Zoloft received dosages based on depressive symptoms and the development of side effects"

Friday, December 12, 2003

A little stress may be good for you: "Sustained stress definitely is not good for you, but it appears that an occasional burst of stress or low levels of stress can be very protective..."

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Seniors more susceptible to holiday depression: "The demands of shopping, parties, family reunions and house guests, can all contribute to feelings of tension and, according to the National Mental Health Association (NMHA), trigger depression or stress responses, such as headaches, excessive drinking, over-eating and difficulty sleeping."

Friday, December 05, 2003

Ivanhoe's Medical Breakthroughs - Vitamins Beneficial in Depression Treatment: "New research finds vitamin B supplements may be key to helping people overcome depression. The research reports patients who were treated for depression responded better if they had a higher level of vitamin B12 in their blood"

Monday, December 01, 2003

The PermaParent Trap: "...a rising chorus of psychologists and sociologists says parents simply aren't letting go when they ought to--not only impeding their children's adult independence but also hampering their own post-parenting lives."

Monday, November 24, 2003

TheStar.com - Girls' low self-esteem linked to depression: "'Girls who have a weak self-concept during adolescence have a higher chance of being depressed in the next six years,' said the study's author... "

Friday, November 21, 2003

Combining Medication and Family Counseling Improves Treatment Outcome for Men Who Abuse Heroin: "A study led by a University at Buffalo researcher has shown that combining medication and family treatment leads to improved outcomes in male heroin abusers."

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

PTSD is controllable with drugs and counseling: "The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder estimates that 7.8 percent of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives, with women twice as likely as men to develop it..."

Monday, November 17, 2003

Depression's Bottom Line: "People with depression are often able to get to work, but fatigue, irritability, loss of concentration and trouble relating to people can make it difficult for them to work well..."

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Bullied Children Suffer Behavioral Problems: "...boys who suffered increasing harassment were more likely to demonstrate antisocial and depressive behaviors. In turn, boys who were antisocial or depressed seemed to attract more bullying"

Friday, November 14, 2003

Depression treatments best varied: "...in the group with trauma history, those on psychotherapy alone were twice as likely to recover from their depression."

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Is Obesity A Disease? (washingtonpost.com): "The rising number of Americans who are seriously overweight has triggered intense debate among scientists, advocacy groups, federal agencies, insurance companies and drug makers about whether obesity should be declared a 'disease,' a move that could open up insurance coverage to millions who need treatment for weight problems... "

Thursday, November 06, 2003

03-049 Children less likely to be delinquent if supervised ...: "Children between the ages of 10 and 14 who are supervised after school are less likely than those who are home alone to engage in risky or anti-social behavior such as skipping school, using alcohol or drugs..."

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Psychology Today: Do Sad Moms Make Angry Kids?: "Mothers who suffered postpartum depression are more likely to see their children turn violent as they grow up."

Friday, October 31, 2003

Blues Buster Newsletter: Anxiety and Depression Together: "...clinicians and researchers alike have been moving towards a new conclusion: Depression and anxiety are not two disorders that coexist. They are two faces of one disorder."

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Want to Quit Smoking? SRI International-Led Study Says Success Can Improve Significantly When Drug Therapy is Combined with Behavioral Counseling: "Smokers who want to quit by taking the drug bupropion SR ... could see a substantial increase in their chances for quitting when the drug is taken in combination with a moderate level of behavioral modification counseling..."

Monday, October 27, 2003

Psychology Today: The Science of Scrumptious: "The psychology of pleasure and of food choice has been largely overlooked in the massive scientific effort to combat obesity and other food-related health problems..."

Friday, October 24, 2003

Discovery Health :: Testing for Depression: "A Mayo Clinic self-screening test can help you determine whether you may be suffering from depression."

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Better Days Ahead: Depression In The Elderly Doesn't Have To Be A Given: "Among the 35 million Americans over the age of 65, an estimated 2 million suffer from a clinical form of depression and another 5 million report depressive symptoms"

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

NHLBI study finds hostility, impatience increase hypertension risk: "Impatience and hostility--two hallmarks of the 'type A' behavior pattern--increase young adults' long-term risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a study... "
ALTRUISTIC ACTIONS MAY RESULT IN BETTER MENTAL HEALTH: "People who offer love, listening and help to others may be rewarded with better mental health themselves..."

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Patterns of brain activity differ with musical training, not cultural familarity: "...they found differences in people's ability to remember if they had heard a musical excerpt based on the style of music..."

Monday, October 13, 2003

ScienceDaily News Release: Sleep Boosts Ability To Learn Language, University Of Chicago Researchers Find: "Researchers find that ability of students to retain knowledge about words is improved by sleep, even when the students seemed to forget some of what they learned during the day before the next night's sleep."

Sunday, October 12, 2003

PARENTS FAVOR COUNSELING OVER MEDS FOR KIDS’ ANXIETY: Parents “may be particularly concerned about medication side effects,”

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

What It Takes To Make Us Happy: "A person's genetic makeup - and how it affects behavior - is the most important factor contributing to happiness" There are plenty of psychosocial factors that also contribute to one's mood.

Monday, October 06, 2003

ScienceDaily Scientists Find More Efficient Way To 'Unlearn' Fear: "It's part of a recent wave of important discoveries about fear extinction"
U.S. Newswire - First National Campaign on Parental Depression on National Depression Screening Day, Oct. 9: "National Depression Screening Day will break the silence about parental depression and introduce the first national awareness campaign on the impact of depression on families and children"

Saturday, October 04, 2003

Research breakthrough in understanding treatment resistant depression: "While a number of successful treatments, both pharmacological and psychotherapeutic, are available and many people make a full recovery about 30 – 40% of people are resistant to conventional therapies"

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Obesity can be harmful to your child's mental health: "Children who are obese are at increased risk for emotional problems that last well into adulthood, according to... "
Though on the Rise, Depression Remains Undertreated: "More than 30 million adults in the United States have major depressive disorder (MDD), but most patients still receive inadequate treatment..."

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

USATODAY Hypertension tied to memory lapses: "...this study, and others like it, raises the concern that hypertension could cause subtle problems with short-term memory..."

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Yale: Estrogen Improves Short Term Memory and Oral Reading in Midlife Postmenopausal Women: "...postmenopausal women who received daily treatment with estrogen showed improved oral reading and verbal memory performance..."

Saturday, September 20, 2003

ScienceDaily News Release: Screening For Depression At Primary Level Could Be Next Trend In Healthcare: "a brief, self-administered screening tool consisting of five questions can efficiently and effectively screen for depression and panic disorders "
Childhood abuse related to alcoholism in Native Americans: "Men were almost twice as likely to abuse alcohol if they had experienced a combination of physical and sexual abuse as children"

Monday, September 15, 2003

Blues Busters: Where Clues Lie Sleeping: "...there is increasing evidence that people who experience chronic insomnia are likely to develop major depression in the future."

Saturday, September 13, 2003

Comfort-food cravings may be body's attempt to put brake on chronic stress: "UCSF researchers have identified a biochemical feedback system in rats that could explain why some people crave comfort foods - such as chocolate chip cookies and greasy cheeseburgers - when they are chronically stressed, and why such people are apt to gain weight in the abdomen"

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Yours, mine, ours: "Three decades after The Brady Bunch idealized the blended family, stepfamilies still struggle to merge two sets of customs and habits and parenting styles - and armloads of baggage"

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Omega-3 Fats Might Protect Your Heart, Brain | theledger.com: "...psychiatrists are also taking a closer look. Omega-3s, dubbed the 'happy' fats in some quarters, are under investigation for treating depression, bipolar disease, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, alcoholism, Alzheimer's disease and even the socalled baby blues, or postpartum depression"

Sunday, September 07, 2003

People keep their distinctive patterns of cognitive ability as they age: "New research reveals that, contrary to prior thinking, even the very old retain their distinctive patterns of cognitive strengths and weakness. The findings are published in the September issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology"

This means you will retain the mental skills you have.

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Study: Sleep loss connected to depression, irritability: "The study prompted medical professionals in the country to re-evaluate the connection between depression and sleep deprivation"
Peaceful Schools Project Tackles Bullies: "Bullying is a pervasive behavior problem with profound and long-range consequences that can influence and shape the lives of young children. Bullies have been linked with school shootings and child and adolescent suicides"

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

New Scientist: "The youngest children in a school year group have a higher risk of developing mental health problems than the oldest children, according to a new study"

This shows the importance of making sure that your child is correctly placed in a class.

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

intervention helps binge eaters: "Motivational interviewing is a style of therapy that is non-judgmental, empathetic, non-confrontational and 'meets the client where they are at in a collaborative effort"

An interesting approach for treating eating disorders.
Sage improves memory, study shows: "NEW research has proved that sage can improve memory, confirming centuries-old theories. British scientists have carried out the first clinical trials with healthy, young adults and found that those who had taken sage oil capsules performed significantly better in a word recall test"

This is interesting research, but it would be wise to wait on other studies to reproduce these results.

Monday, September 01, 2003

Joyce Brothers: How well informed are you about marriage?

A useful little test for couples to evaluate.
Shopaholics Need Therapy
Evening Standard - ...those who take it too far and become real shopaholics have a serious psychiatric disorder

Adolescent Depression Leads to Adult Problems
Dr. Koop - Young adults who experienced an episode of major depression in adolescence may be more vulnerable to a relapse in adulthood that could significantly affect their quality of life.

New principle guides Memory Dynamics
Eureka alert - Is it possible to intentionally forget specific memories, without affecting other memories?

When Depression Hurts the Body as Well as the Mind
Psychology Today -...major depressive disorder has physical as well as emotional symptoms.