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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
Suicide Risk Especially High for U.S. Farmers
Two decades after the U.S. farm crisis, the suicide rate among American farmers remains much higher than among other workers, a new study finds. Occupational factors such as poor access to quality health care, isolation and financial stress interact with life factors to continue to place farmers at a disproportionately high risk for suicide, said study co-author Corinne Peek-Asa. She is a professor of occupational and environmental health at the University ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Suicide Often Leaves Mental, Physical Woes in Surviving Spouse
The loss of a spouse is never easy, but the loss of a spouse to suicide may be even more devastating, leading to a greater risk of a host of mental and physical problems, Danish researchers suggest. Surviving partners are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD , depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. Surviving spouses are also at higher risk for suicide themselves, the study said. It s a really distressing event for people, said ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Suicide a Danger for Some Women During Pregnancy: Study
Pregnancy isn t always a happy time. Suicide is a leading cause of death among pregnant and recently pregnant women, a new study finds. Suicide is up there with causes of death like bleeding and high blood pressure, said Dr. Richard Silver, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Chicago. There s no question that pregnancy is a time when mental health issues like depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts manifest them ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
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