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Music Therapy Shown to Ease Depression in Kids, Teens

October 24th, 2014
A new study suggests music therapy may be used to reduce depression in children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems. Researchers at Queen's University Belfast found children who received music therapy had significantly improved self-esteem and significantly reduced depression compared with those ...

Teens’ School, Family Problems Tend to Spill Over for 2 Days

October 24th, 2014
A new study finds that teenagers can face negative mood and psychological issues for two days after a problematic incident at home or school. Researchers found family conflict and problems at school tend to occur together on the same day. Moreover, the aftermath of ...

Mindfulness Tied to Better Physical Health

October 24th, 2014
New research suggests being aware of and paying attention to what you are thinking and feeling in the moment is associated with better health. While the practice of mindfulness has received considerable attention for relieving stress and depression, the new study discovers physical ...

Kids’ Poor Decision-Making May Predict Teen Issues

October 23rd, 2014
A new study suggests a display of poor decision making during primary school increases the risk of interpersonal and behavioral difficulties during adolescence. However, experts view decision-making as a skill and something that can be taught during youth. Joshua Weller, Ph.D., an assistant professor ...

Animal Therapy Can Ease College Stress

October 23rd, 2014
Researchers found a 60 percent decrease in self-reported anxiety and loneliness symptoms among college students following animal-assisted therapy. The study by investigators at Georgia State University, Idaho State University and Savannah College of Art and Design is published in the Journal of Creativity ...

Marital Strife + Depression = Increased Obesity Risk

October 23rd, 2014
Researchers believe a combination of marital hostility and a history of depression increase the risk for obesity in adults. The provocative new research suggests social factors play a role in the way the body processes high-fat food. Investigators discovered that men and women with ...

Some OTC Meds May Help Reduce Depression Symptoms

October 22nd, 2014
A review of studies of more than 6,000 patients suggests ordinary over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs may aid in the treatment of depression, when taken in combination with antidepressants. The meta-analysis, recently published in JAMA Psychiatry, is the work of researchers from Aarhus University ...

Depressed People Believe in Better Life Ahead

October 22nd, 2014
A new study finds that even depressed people are optimistic about the future. However, researchers also discovered the positive outlook may not lead to better outcomes. Canadian researchers found that middle-aged adults with a history of depression typically evaluated their past and current lives ...

Mental Rest and Reflection Aid Learning

October 22nd, 2014
A new study suggests learning may be improved by the use of strategies that "prime" the brain to learn new content and allow time for the brain to rest and reflect. University of Texas at Austin researchers used brain imaging technology to show ...

Strong Vocabulary Protects Against Cognitive Decline

October 22nd, 2014
New research suggests a robust vocabulary may reduce mild cognitive impairment and lead to a lower risk of developing dementia. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or incipient dementia is a condition that some people develop as they age. Many experts believe it is an ...