Mental Health and Wellness News

Perception of Control Helps Women Rebound from Trauma

March 3rd, 2015
New research suggests women who believe they have control over life circumstances and have strong social support experience better psychological recovery after an assault. Investigators studied 159 women who had been exposed to at least one assault-related, potentially traumatic event. They found that ...

Anxious Folks Struggle with Decisions In Face of Uncertainty

March 3rd, 2015
New research finds that highly anxious people have more trouble deciding how best to handle life's uncertainties. Experts say the anxiety can lead to off-based or unfounded beliefs. For example, individuals may interpret a lovers' tiff as a doomed relationship or a workplace ...

Female Veteran Heart Patients Tend to Be Younger, Obese, More Depressed

March 2nd, 2015
Female veterans who have gone through the Veterans Administration (VA) system to receive cardiac catheterization tend to be younger, more obese, more depressed and more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than their male counterparts, according to a new study ...

Low Self-Esteem Hinders Intimate Partner Communication

March 2nd, 2015
New research from Canada suggests people with low self-esteem are more likely to stay in unhappy relationships. University of Waterloo investigators found that sufferers of low self-esteem tend not to voice relationship complaints with their partner because they fear rejection. This finding was somewhat contrary ...

New Suggestions to Encourage Healthy Eating

March 2nd, 2015
Emerging research challenges strategies that have historically been used to encourage healthy eating. Four new perspectives were presented in a symposium, “Challenging Misconceptions About the Psychology of Food Choice," presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Conference. To begin, a study ...

Social Media Fuels New Psychological Insights

March 2nd, 2015
Psychological research has never been the same after social media opened up a digital world of big data. During a recent conference, researchers discussed new methods of language analysis, and how social media can be leveraged to study personality, mental and physical health, ...

Does Money = Happiness ?

March 2nd, 2015
Emerging research looks at the relationship between money and well-being and finds conflicting evidence on the link between money and happiness. Research published in the journal Psychological Science has shown that experiential purchases -- money spent on doing -- may provide more enduring ...

After-Hours Work Email & Texts Bug Employees

March 1st, 2015
Employees who receive work-related emails and texts after hours become angry more often than not, which can interfere with their personal lives, according to a new study. For their study, researchers surveyed 341 working adults over a seven-day period to track their feelings ...

Great Recession Tied to More Older Adult Suicides

February 28th, 2015
Suicide rates for adults in the United States between the ages of 40 and 64 have risen about 40 percent since 1999, with a sharp rise since 2007, according to a new study. A possible explanation for the jump could be the detrimental ...

Study Finds Evidence Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is Biological

February 28th, 2015
New research has identified distinct immune changes in patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, providing evidence that the disabling disorder is a biological illness as opposed to a psychological disorder. According to researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University's ...