Mental Health and Wellness News

Survey Finds Promise in Yoga for Bipolar Disorder

September 18th, 2014
A new survey takes the first steps toward assessing the value of yoga for people with bipolar disorder (BD). As reported in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice,  the survey finds generally positive results, with a few exceptions. “There is no scientific literature on hatha yoga ...

More Features for Fitness Apps Not Necessarily Better

September 18th, 2014
Wearable electronic activity monitors hold promise in helping people to improve their fitness by constantly monitoring their activities and bodily responses. This information is organized into companion computer programs and mobile apps. But thus far, few studies have looked at whether fitness monitors actually ...

Smart Teen Peers May Make College More Likely

September 18th, 2014
Hanging out, playing sports, or joining clubs with smart friends, intelligent teammates, or brainy group members can double a high school student’s odds of going to college, according to new research. The new study of high school activities bears this message for incoming high ...

Blood Tests Can ID Depression, Predict Best Therapy Approach

September 18th, 2014
For years, researchers have been trying to find a reliable "biomarker" for diagnosing depression. That quest may now be a reality, with the development of a blood test that provides the first objective, scientific diagnosis for depression -- and who may benefit from a ...

Childhood Trauma May Activate Gene Leading to PTSD

September 17th, 2014
New research suggests childhood adversity may influence genotypes which, in turn, can affect a person’s nervous system, placing the individual at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder. Specialists have known that abnormalities in a person’s nervous system, especially in the fight-or flight- response, are ...

Brain Scans to Screen for Potential Reading Problems

September 17th, 2014
Reading problems are slow to detect often setting children back and placing them at a disadvantaged position during critical school years. In a new study, University of California, San Francisco researchers have used brain scans to predict how young children learn to read. The tactic ...

Early Intervention Can Curb Aggression in Kids

September 17th, 2014
Timely new research discovers aggressive children are less likely to become violent criminals or psychiatrically troubled adults if they receive early school and home-based interventions. The Fast-Track Project study, by researchers at Duke, Pennsylvania State, Vanderbilt universities and the University of Washington, began ...

Job Stress Only One Issue Contributing to Work Burnout

September 17th, 2014
In today’s faced-paced economic environment, worker burnout is a relatively common occurrence as nearly 50 percent of all U.S. workers feel overwhelmed by job demands. New research suggests burnout is often a combined function of job stressors and an absence of support ...

Youth May Use Marijuana to Self-Medicate Negative Moods

September 16th, 2014
A new study finds that adolescents and young adults who smoke marijuana frequently may be attempting to manage negative moods by using the drug. Researchers say users may feel better temporarily, but then they tend to feel worse. Also, using marijuana as a ...

1 in 5 Men Admit to Intimate Partner Violence

September 16th, 2014
Male aggression toward their partners is not so rare, it turns out. In a new study, University of Michigan (UM) researchers discovered one in five men in the U.S. report violence towards their spouse or significant other. Warning signs for the violent behavior ...