Archive for May, 2009

Optimism Rules

May 25th, 2009
Despite calamities from economic recessions, wars and famine to a worldwide flu epidemic, a new study from the University of Kansas and Gallup indicates that humans are by nature optimistic. The study, to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association for ...

Bipolar Disorder Linked to High Costs

May 22nd, 2009
Bipolar Disorder Linked to High CostsMayo Clinic researchers have found that bipolar disorder is a more costly chronic condition than diabetes, depression, asthma and coronary artery disease (CAD). The scientists reviewed health care claim costs ...

Lithium to Mitigate Suicide?

May 22nd, 2009
Lithium to Mitigate Suicide?As surprising as it may seem, very low levels of lithium in drinking water may help prevent suicide in the general population. The new study has prompted calls for further research ...

Mental Health After Child Abuse

May 22nd, 2009
Mental Health After Child AbuseAccording to a new study, a history of child abuse significantly impacts the wide range of challenges facing depressed inpatients. Included are an increase in suicide attempts, prevalence of substance ...

Depression Diagnosis Influenced by Ethnicity

May 22nd, 2009
Depression Diagnosis Influenced by Ethnicity Whites experiencing depression are far more likely to be diagnosed by a physician than other ethnic groups, according to a new study. The study reveals that 76 percent of whites ...

Are Dementia Tests Outdated?

May 21st, 2009
Are Dementia Tests Outdated?Several of the psychological instruments previously used to predict which elderly individuals risk developing dementia do not seem to work any longer, suggests a new report. The thesis shows that memory ...

Proteins Implicated in Brain Disease

May 21st, 2009
Proteins Implicated in Brain DiseaseScientists have discovered a set of brain proteins responsible for some of the most common and devastating brain diseases. The proteins underlie epilepsy, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disease, mental retardation and ...

Anatomy of a People Person

May 21st, 2009
Anatomy of a People PersonCambridge University researchers have discovered that whether someone is a 'people-person' may depend on the structure of their brain: the greater the concentration of brain tissue in certain parts of ...

Schizophrenia Does Not Influence Risk of Violent Crime

May 21st, 2009
Schizophrenia Does Not Influence Risk of Violent Crime A new study finds that the severe mental disorder schizophrenia only marginally increases the risk of committing violent crime. Rather, the overrepresentation of individuals with schizophrenia ...

Women at Higher Risk for Burnout in School

May 20th, 2009
The transition from basic education to high school is a challenge for many young people. According to a new Finnish study of school burnout at different stages, upper secondary school is a particularly challenging stage for many young people. Researchers discovered success-oriented ...