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Women More Likely to Develop Mental Health Problems, According to Study

Women More Likely to Develop Mental Health Problems, According to Study

  Women are more likely to develop mental health problems, according to a study by Professor Daniel Freeman of Oxford University. The findings of the study, which is based on data from other epidemiological studies from the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, present significant ramifications for public health. According to Freeman’s study, women are almost 75% more likely than their male counterparts to report recent difficulties with depression and about 60% are more … Read entire article »

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Research links Casual Sex in College to Psychological Distress

 College offers an opportunity to further academic studies, but it’s also an environment where students can grow and learn about themselves outside the classroom. It can be a time of personal growth yet also a source of distress for many students. These young adults are learning who they are – they’re finding their path in life, they may be experimenting with drugs and alcohol – perhaps binge drinking, or engaging in casual sex. It’s an exciting time, but also one of hidden dangers; students can develop a substance abuse problem or may struggle with a mental health disorder. Not to mention, college students may also be practicing promiscuous or unsafe sex.  Although this aspect of college life may seem normal to many young students, a new study suggests there is … Read entire article »

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Poverty, Cigarettes, and Substance Abuse

Poverty, Cigarettes, and Substance Abuse

  There are several conceptions regarding poverty, childhood, and parenting that have been regarded as true for many years. One is that children who grow up in poverty are more likely to deal with substance abuse, poverty and poor parental interactions. However, in a new study conducted by Duke University, researchers found that some of these ideas are actually misconceptions. They found that, while children who grew up in poverty are more likely to smoke cigarettes and … Read entire article »

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Sad Songs Can Bring On Pleasant Emotions

Sad Songs Can Bring On Pleasant Emotions

  There are those days where we just want to curl up in a ball and listen to a playlist full of sad songs – after a relationship ends, when you lose a job, when your car breaks down, or maybe a trifecta of all three. Many people assume that sad songs make you feel sad, and that experience is why people turn to sad songs when they’re feeling distressed. However, a small study from the … Read entire article »

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New Clues About Alcoholism

New Clues About Alcoholism

  Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center looking into alcoholism have uncovered new studies that shed light on why some drinkers are more vulnerable to addiction than others. Jeff Weiner, Ph.D., professor of physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest Baptist, and colleagues used an animal model to look at the early stages of the addiction process and focused on how individual animals responded to alcohol. Their findings may lead not only to a better understanding of … Read entire article »

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The Science of Sleep

The Science of Sleep

  A new study conducted in the land down under suggests that a growing number of Americans are sleeping too long on a daily basis. Survey data was gathered from a period of 37 years between 1970 and 2007 from several countries across the globe. Survey participants were asked to report how much time they devoted to certain activities, such as sleep, during a 24-hour period. Those who reported sleeping 9 hours or more per-day increased from … Read entire article »

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Facebook Profiles May Reveal Signs of Mental Illness

  Graduate students at the University of Missouri have recently discovered correlations between Facebook profiles and mental illness. Their report shows that access to a patient’s Facebook profile will aid psychiatrists in detecting mental illness that would have otherwise gone unknown due to a patient’s lack of self-reporting. “Self-reporting can be an issue because a person’s recollection of experiences can be different depending on the time” said Dr. Christy Hutton, MU Counseling Center Outreach and Communications coordinator. The initial purpose of the study was to find signs of schizotypy amongst participants, but it revealed quite a bit more. The idea for this study was sparked by a conversation between Elizabeth Martin, a doctoral student of MU’s psychological science department, and Drew Bailey, also a graduate student at the school. The two got into a … Read entire article »

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Science and Bipolar Disorder: A Triple Threat

  Headlines shout out from the computer screen: “Identifying bipolar disorder before clinical signs”, “Study Tracks Bipolar Brain Activity in Response to Emotion”, and “Improving the Diagnoses of Bipolar Disorder in Children”. (foxnews.com) (Nauert) (Deibler). Given that bipolar disorder affects about 104,606,077 of the global population, it is no surprise that there is a constant flurry of scientific and psychological movement around this disorder. Three areas that are being addressed when it comes to bipolar disorder are the circuit dysfunctions in the brain, identifying potential individuals who are at risk before they develop clinical signs, and children and bipolar disorder. If these areas can be addressed simultaneously, although not instantly, the world of psychotherapy and mental health will make huge advances in the treatment and diagnoses of the bipolar spectrum. The bipolar spectrum, which … Read entire article »

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Coming Out of the Closet Has a Positive Impact on the Mental and Physical Health of LGBT People

  Whether it is being social ostracized, bullied or treated as a second class citizen, being Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Trangender can be very challenging and lead to a lot of mental stress.  All of this is exasperated when the individual denies their true sexuality.  Now there is research that verifies this. “Coming out” about their sexual orientation is beneficial for lesbians, gays, and bisexuals, according to researchers associated with the University of Montreal.  The reasons for this are that openness about one’s sexual orientation has been shown to lower stress hormone levels and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and burnout. The study wanted to prove whether or not it was beneficial for the LGBT person to come out of the closet and identify themselves as such, or keep it hidden.  This is an important question because, coming out means opening oneself … Read entire article »

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Wedding Bells Lead to More Drinking Among Women than Men

  Marriage is supposed to be a time for joyous and romantic moments being spent between both partners, but living in “holy” matrimony is not all that it’s cracked up to be sometimes.  It can be stressful and lead partners to try to find ways to relieve themselves of this stress. In a study led by assistant professor of sociology at the University of Cincinnati (UC), Corinne Reczek, it has been found that married women consume more alcohol beverages than married men do. The results of previous studies and a long-term survey, which interviewed the marital statuses of both men and women, were used by Reczek and her colleagues to support their claim. According to Medical News Today, “The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study survey provided long-term data on 10,317 men and women who graduated high … Read entire article »

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