Psychology News

Physical Activity May Not Protect Teens from Depression

October 14th, 2014
Although evidence suggests physical activity can help adults relieve depression and suppress depression relapse, a new study finds that physical activity is not associated with a reduction in adolescent depression. Prior studies have shown that major depressive disorder is the second leading cause ...

Study Finds Chemical in Broccoli Sprouts Eases Autism Symptoms

October 14th, 2014
A small clinical trial provides tantalizing evidence that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts may mitigate behavioral symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, studied 40 teenage boys ...

Role of Stress in Heart Disease Varies by Gender

October 14th, 2014
New research suggests we still have a lot to learn on the way mental stress influences heart disease. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, was a part of a larger review on the impact of escitalopram (Lexapro) ...

For Some, Multitasking May Not Hinder Performance

October 13th, 2014
Although scientists and educators recommend focusing on a single task to aid retention and improve task proficiency, new research suggest some teen digital natives may be an exception. Presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition, researchers caution that ...

Nerve Block Eases Worst PTSD in Vets

October 13th, 2014
A small pilot study demonstrated that a common anesthetic procedure significantly helped veterans suffering from chronic, extreme post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting, researchers followed 12 patients with PTSD who had undergone a simple anesthetic procedure called ...

Suicidal Thoughts 10 Times More Likely in Adults With Asperger’s

October 13th, 2014
Recent findings highlight a staggering rate of suicidal thoughts among adults with Asperger's syndrome. "Depression is an important potential risk factor for suicidal thoughts in people with this condition," said psychologist and study author Dr. Sarah Cassidy,  a researcher at the Autism ...

Despite Benefits, Gender Equality May Not Carry Over to Next Generation

October 13th, 2014
A study of two generations suggests improving equality within a marriage benefits family life and male careers. The Swedish study, initiated in the 1970s, emphasized share responsibility among couples for home, family, and work. A recent follow-up shows that the couples' strive for equality ...

Caregiving Kids May Be at Risk

October 12th, 2014
While most preteens and adolescents play sports or video games after school, new research has found that more than 1.3 million kids spend their free time caring for a family member who suffers from a physical or mental illness or substance misuse. These ...

Increased Health Risks Linked to First Psychotic Episode

October 12th, 2014
New research has found that many patients experiencing their first psychotic episode have other health risks that could lead to premature death. The study found that increased risks of heart disease and metabolic issues, such as high blood sugar, in people with first episode ...

Home Visits Decrease Drug Use, Depression in Pregnant Teens

October 12th, 2014
New research has found that parenting and health education provided in the homes of pregnant American Indian teens reduced the girls' illegal drug use, depression, and behavior problems. Researchers at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said they also found that ...