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Do People Who Marry Late in Life Find Happiness?
There is no wrong time to do the right thing. Charles M. Blow Is there a right age to get married or to begin a long-term relationship A new research article published in the Journal of Family Psychology explores this question in depth. Matthew D. Johnson of the University of Alberta and a team of co-researchers specifically examined marital timing whether a person marries early, on time, or late compared with their age peers and how this can be linked to ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Aug 28
Yoga May Help Ease Depression
If you ve ever taken a yoga class, you probably know that it can help relax your body and your mind. Now, several new studies suggest that practicing yoga may also ease depression. But the leader of a session on yoga and depression held Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association APA in Washington, D.C., emphasized the research is preliminary. At this time, we can only recommend yoga as a complementary approach, likely most eff ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Women More Likely to Remember Plus-Size Models
If you re advertising to women, think beyond skinny minnies, a new study suggests. Young women are more likely to notice and remember average- and plus-size fashion models than thin ones, according to Florida State University researchers. Seeing plus-size models also gives a boost to many women s mental health, the researchers found. We found overwhelmingly that there is a clear psychological advantage when the media shows more realistic body types than th ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Women Denied an Abortion Endure Mental Health Toll: Study
Women who are denied an abortion may suffer anxiety and low self-esteem, a new analysis indicates. In contrast, the researchers found no indication that having an abortion increased the risk for near- or long-term psychological problems. Our study found that denying women an abortion has negative consequences to their mental health and well-being in the short-term, said study author M. Antonia Biggs, a social psychologist researcher at the University of Ca ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Why Teen Mental Ability Surges While Brain Shrinks
Scientists say they have an answer to a persistent and quirky puzzle about brain development. They ve long known that the brain s gray matter decreases in volume during adolescence -- even though mental performance improves dramatically from childhood to young adulthood. Gray matter is the tissue in brain areas involved in seeing and hearing, memory, speech, emotions, decision making and self-control, among other things. While it shrinks in volume during a ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
When Opinions Threaten Friendships
Friendships are supportive connections, and it s not always easy to make them in adulthood. So protecting them is important. People tend to pick friends and stay connected to those who have similar interests and beliefs. But what happens when you and a good friend disagree on an important issue Here are some tips on how to enjoy your friendship despite strong differences, whether they re over money, parenting techniques or even politics. One approach is to ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
When a Divorce Turns Bitter, Kids' Immune Systems May Pay a Price
An unfriendly divorce can raise a child s risk of colds in adulthood, a new study suggests. Early life stressful experiences do something to our physiology and inflammatory processes that increase risk for poorer health and chronic illness, explained researcher Michael Murphy of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. This work is a step forward in our understanding of how family stress during childhood may influence a child s susceptibility to disease 2 ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
U.S. Antidepressant Use Jumps 65 Percent in 15 Years
The number of Americans who say they ve taken an antidepressant over the past month rose by 65 percent between 1999 and 2014, a new government survey finds. By 2014, about one in every eight Americans over the age of 12 reported recent antidepressant use, according to a report released Tuesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Women are nearly twice as likely as men to be taking the medications, the report found, with antidepressant ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Too Soon to Widely Recommend Ketamine for Depression
The drug ketamine -- known as Special K on the party scene -- shows promise as a depression treatment. But researchers aren t ready to recommend it because its long-term effects remain unknown. That gap in knowledge must be filled before ketamine can be widely used to treat depression, said Colleen Loo, co-author of a new research review. She s a professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia. Ketamine, an anesthetic drug, is increasingly bein ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
This Common Email Move Could Be a Career Killer
Smile and the world smiles with you. But send a smiley emoji at work, and people might think you re incompetent. So suggests a new study that found the email use of emoticons such as the smiley face don t convey a positive impression and may even make it more difficult to share information in business documents. Our findings provide first-time evidence that, contrary to actual smiles, smileys do not increase perceptions of warmth and actually decrease perc ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
The Positive Side of Water-Cooler Gossip
Psychologists and sociologists call it reputational information sharing, but you know it better as gossip. You may not think of office chit-chat as a force for good. But research done at Stanford University and published in the journal Psychological Science found that, in office settings, gossip about worker performance can promote honest behavior and a better work ethic. The study was based on experiments involving more than 200 participants tasked with a ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Suicide Risk Is High for Psychiatric Patients Long After Discharge From Care
New research confirms that psychiatric patients are at high risk for suicide immediately after being discharged from a mental health care facility, and that risk can remain high for years. Discharged patients have suicide rates many times that in the general community, said a team led by Matthew Michael Large of the University of New South Wales in Australia. One psychiatrist in the United States said the study highlights the need to help patients long aft ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
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