Phobias News

Overcoming Fear With Oxytocin

November 15th, 2014
Researchers at the University of Bonn Hospital have demonstrated that the bonding hormone oxytocin inhibits the fear center in the brain, allowing fear to subside more easily. The study, which appears in the journal Biological Psychiatry, could usher in a new era in ...

Panic Attacks Linked to Fear of Bright Light

October 21st, 2014
A new European study suggests that panic attacks may be associated with an aversion to bright light. Although the finding does not imply a cause-and-effect relationship, the discovery of an association may lead to development of new therapies for panic disorder. Panic attacks occur ...

How You Think of God Impacts Prayer’s Effect on Mental Health

August 14th, 2014
New research suggests that individual expectations appear to influence how prayer impacts mental health. For example, when it comes to easing symptoms of anxiety-related disorders, prayer doesn't have the same effect for everybody. Baylor University researchers found that what seemed to matter more ...

More Benefits Found In Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s

June 26th, 2014
While it is well-recognized that deep brain stimulation (DBS) improves motor symptoms of patients with early and advanced Parkinson's disease (PD), new research finds that DBS also reduces the number and severity of non motor symptoms. "Non-motor features are common in PD patients, ...

Sudden Death of Loved One Can Trigger Psychiatric Disorders

May 31st, 2014
Sudden Death of Loved One Can Trigger Psychiatric DisordersThe sudden loss of a loved one can trigger a variety of psychiatric disorders in people with no history of mental illness, according to a new ...

Study Finds Most People Have Obsessive Behaviors or Thoughts

April 9th, 2014
Study Finds Most People Have Obsessive Behaviors or Thoughts A new study finds that most people experience unwanted, intrusive thoughts, and that the behaviors are not isolated to people diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In ...

Risk for Mental Illness Linked to Age of Father

January 24th, 2014
older man with infant SSWhile most understand that a woman's biological clock may influence the mental health of children, many are unaware that men also have aging changes that can influence an offspring's health. To ...

Mid-Life Mental Health Issues May Be More Common than Reported

January 9th, 2014
Mid-Life Mental Health Issues May Be More Common than Reported A new study finds a flaw in the method by which mental health disorders have been tracked, leading to a miscalculation of the prevalence ...

Genes + Environmental Stress = Panic Disorder

December 2nd, 2013
Genes + Environmental Stress = Panic Disorder New research from Spain suggests that the gene NTRK3 may be a factor in panic disorder, which is often accompanied by other conditions such as depression or ...

Most Teen Mental Health Problems Go Untreated

November 19th, 2013
Most Teen Mental Health Problems Go Untreated A Duke University review of a survey involving more than 10,000 American teenagers reveals that more than half of adolescents with psychiatric disorders receive no treatment of any ...