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Health News - Mental Health

Depression After Abortion: Understanding and Coping
Having an abortion may be followed by feelings of grief, loss, or regret, which could lead to a type of depression. Learn about the symptoms and treatment. (Medical News Today)

Antidepressant success affected by environmental conditions
Researchers reveal why antidepressants work in some patients but not others. Their findings show antidepressant effectiveness may depend on environment. (Medical News Today)

How frequent are mental disorders in cancer patients?
In an investigation published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics a group of German investigators provides the largest survey of mental disorders in cancer. (Medical News Today)

A common genetic variant regulates the mental health benefits of exercise
A new study revealed that a common genetic variant in the brain-derived neurotrophic factor gene reduces the neurobiological benefits induced by physical exercise in mice. (Medical News Today)

Study quantifies risks of developing mental health problems if brother or sister affected
What is the risk of developing a mental disorder if a brother or sister has the condition? (Medical News Today)

High status job means you are less likely to respond to treatment for depression
An international study has found that having a high status job means that you are less likely to respond to standard treatment with medications for depression. (Medical News Today)

Laughter may boost physical activity, mental health for seniors
A program that combines exercise and laughter may motivate older adults to get active, improving their physical and mental health. (Medical News Today)

Study shows internet addiction may indicate other mental health problems problem in college-aged students
A new survey of internet users suggests that people who use the internet excessively may have more mental health problems. (Medical News Today)

Walking style may indicate aggressive personality
Researchers have identified that the way people walk can determine how aggressive they are. More exaggerated body rotation indicates more aggression. (Medical News Today)

More positive words in discharge summaries associated with reduced suicide risk
Words in narrative hospital discharge notes may help to identify patients at high risk for suicide, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. (Medical News Today)

The prevalence of mental disorders among older people is greater than previously assumed
Previous studies have largely assumed that the prevalence of mental disorders declines with old age. (Medical News Today)

9/11 caused mental illness far beyond US borders
This is the conclusion of a recent population-wide study from Denmark, which demonstrates a "significant and immediate" spike in the diagnoses of trauma and stressor related disorders (e.g. (Medical News Today)

Esketamine produces rapid effects in treatment-resistant depression
A new study in Biological Psychiatry reports that esketamine, a component of the general anesthetic ketamine, shows rapid and significant improvement in depressive symptoms in patients who do not... (Medical News Today)

New suicide prevention strategies for homosexual and transgender youth
Homosexual, bisexual, and transgender youth tend to have a higher risk for suicide-related thoughts and behaviors, but research on interventions to prevent suicide among sexual and gender minority... (Medical News Today)

What the pursuit of well-being means for our brain
In Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Gregor Hasler (University of Bern) analyzes the neuroscientific implications of the pursuit of well-being. (Medical News Today)

Study examines risk, risk factors for depression after stroke
During the first three months after stroke, the risk for depression was eight times higher than in a reference population of people without stroke, according to an article published online by JAMA... (Medical News Today)

Brain peptide research may lead to promising new treatments for mental illnesses
Recent research points to the importance of a molecule called relaxin-3 in the brain, with effects on various processes and behaviors such as mood, stress, and cognition. (Medical News Today)

People in unhappy relationships more likely to have suicidal thoughts
Being in a relationship does not necessarily, in itself, protect people from having suicidal thoughts. (Medical News Today)

Maternal smoking could lead to an increased risk for tourette syndrome and tic disorders
A study published in the September 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) found an association between maternal smoking during pregnancy and... (Medical News Today)

Screening for suicidal thoughts and behaviors declines with patient age
In a recent analysis of patient charts from eight different emergency departments, documented screening for self-harm, suicide ideation, or suicide attempts declined with age, from approximately 81... (Medical News Today)

Reward-related brain circuit is vital for sleep, researchers discover
Researchers find a brain circuit involved in reward response - the ventral segmental area - also plays a key role in sleep preparation. (Medical News Today)

Adapting to stress: Understanding the neurobiology of resilience
Adapting to Stress: Understanding the Neurobiology of Resilience, an articlepublished in Behavioral Medicine, examines the way our bodies, specifically our brains, become "stress-resilient. (Medical News Today)

EEG recordings prove learning foreign languages can sharpen our minds
Scientists from the Higher School of Economics (HSE) together with colleagues from the University of Helsinki have discovered that learning foreign languages enhances the our brain's elasticity and... (Medical News Today)

Parents' psychiatric disease linked to kids' risk of suicide attempt, violent offending
Risk for suicide attempts and violent offending by children appears to be associated with their parents' psychiatric disorders, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. (Medical News Today)

New study links mental health and slow heart failure recovery
Research presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ECS) Conference in Rome, Italy shows that heart failure patients who also suffer from mental health conditions are more likely to face an... (Medical News Today)

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