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Internet offers relief of holiday blues

Internet offers relief of holiday blues (Reuters via USA Today)

When the going gets tough at the stores this holiday season, the tough go shopping online. When life gets really tough, there's online therapy.

"I think it's invaluable this time of the year," said John Grohol, spokesman for International Society for Mental Health Online, which promotes the development of Web technology for the mental health...

Rise in antidepressants for children

According to a recent Reuters news story, doctors are prescribing more antidepressants for children and adolescents although there is little evidence about their safety or efficacy in youngsters, researchers say. This represents a significant rise in antidepressant prescriptions in children.

Prescription rates for young patients...

Good Intentions Versus Bad Habits: Why the Old Ways Win Out

Good Intentions Versus Bad Habits: Why the Old Ways Win Out

Why are old habits so hard to break? A new study suggests that over time, our bad habits (such as smoking cigarettes or over eating) become automatic, learned behaviors. Even if we consciously try to put new good intentions into place, those previously learned habits remain stronger in more automatic, unconscious forms of memory.

This research may help explain why when we're under stress we fall back into old habits, such as cheating on...

Psychological and social adjustment in teens with same-sex parents

Psychological and social adjustment in teens with same-sex parents

This is the first study to collect multiple measures of adjustment from adolescent offspring of same-sex parents drawn from a large, diverse national sample. We found no significant differences in adolescents' school achievement, psychological well-being, romantic relationships or sexual history when compared to their peers with male/female parents. Instead, adolescent adjustment was related to the qualities of parent-adolescent...

Scholarship Available for Those Battling Severe Mental Illness

The Center for Reintegration, a nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of persons with mental illness, is accepting applications for the 2005-2006 Lilly Moving Lives Forward Reintegration Scholarship.

Sponsored by pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company, the program is designed to help persons with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or related schizophrenia-spectrum disorders acquire the educational and vocational skills necessary to move their lives forward and reintegrate into society. For the 2004-05 school year, fifty students were awarded scholarships.

An independent judging panel made up...
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Study shows inadequate psychiatric care in assisted living facilities

Study shows inadequate psychiatric care in assisted living facilities

Research conducted among elderly persons residing in assisted living (AL) facilities in Maryland reveal high prevalence of dementia and other psychiatric disorders, but a lack of recognition and treatment by caregivers.

According to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, dementia is a mental disorder affecting an individual's ability to think, speak, reason, remember and move. Many types of this disorder exist, with the most common cause being Alzheimer's Disease. Of the 198 randomly selected...
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Regular family meals promote healthy eating habits

Regular family meals promote healthy eating habits

It's not only the routine of sitting down to dinner as a family, but the importance, structure, and atmosphere of family meals that may help steer adolescent girls from eating disorders. University of Minnesota researchers found that girls who ate regular family meals in a structured and positive environment were less likely to exhibit extreme weight control behaviors such as diet pill use, vomiting, and chronic dieting. Their research was published in the November issue of the...
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Counseling Can Prevent Depression Recurrence

Counseling Can Prevent Depression Recurrence

After being treated with standard medications, patients who undergo a type of counseling called cognitive behavior therapy have a much lower rate of relapse compared with those who receive standard follow-up care, new research shows.

Cognitive behavior therapy or CBT involves learning to recognize distorted thoughts that lead to emotional distress. Instead of attacking the emotion, the patient is taught to address the distorted thought that lead to the emotion. By treating the thought, the emotion often...
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