Social Rejection Triggers Release of Natural Painkillers in the Brain

Being rejected by other people is no fun. Contrary to the old ‘sticks and stones’ saying, it seems words can and do hurt, and the brain responds accordingly. A new study from the University of Michigan Medical School has found that the body ...

Oct 23

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Largest therapy trial worldwide: Psychotherapy treats anorexia ...

A large-scale study has now shown that adult women with anorexia whose disorder is not too severe can be treated successfully on an out-patient basis. Even after conclusion of therapy, they continue to make significant weight gains. Two new ...

Oct 23

Categories: Eating Disorders

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34,000 seek mental health treatment yearly in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: Annually, there are about 32,000 to 34,000 mental health patients seeking treatment at various facilities offering psychiatric services in Sabah, according to Sabah Mental Association president Rizal Osoi. Stigma remains a challenge ...

Oct 23

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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The Genetic Predisposition to Focus on the Negative

Some people are genetically predisposed to spot negative events automatically, according to a new study published in Psychological Science (Todd et al., 2013). A gene called ADRA2b seems to cause people to take particular note of negative emotional ...

Oct 23

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UCLA psychologists report new insights on human consciousness

"In terms of brain function, the difference between being conscious and unconscious is a bit like the difference between driving from Los Angeles to New York in a straight line versus having to cover the same route hopping on and off several buses ...

Oct 22

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Costumed heroes compete for Mental Health charity

Hong Kong - Halloween is yet to arrive, but the costumes were out in full force yesterday as the Central Rat Race brought fundraisers dressed as Batman, pharaohs, pirates and more onto the streets. More than 460 employees of 52 companies turned out ...

Oct 22

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Why You're Able to Spot a Friend in a Crowd, Even When You Can't See ...

Have you ever surprised yourself by correctly recognizing a friend in a crowd, far, far away? Even if her face isn’t at all visible, there’s something about the way she’s standing or walking that gives her away instantly. New research by ...

Oct 21

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Study Shows How Infections in Newborns are Linked to Later Behavior ...

Researchers exploring the link between newborn infections and later behavior and movement problems have found that inflammation in the brain keeps cells from accessing iron that they need to perform a critical role in brain development.

Oct 21

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Pregnancy & Birthing

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Understanding depression in later life

Louise Sharpe, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sydney, is examining the role of late onset depression in Australian adults over 65 years, in a study part funded by beyondblue. Professor Sharpe said that depression was not a ...

Oct 21

Categories: Depression

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Love Makes Everything Taste Sweeter

Seeing the world through rose-colored glasses isn't the only side effect of love. Scientists recently discovered that being in love alters taste by sweetening the flavor of what we eat and drink. Scientists at the University of Singapore conducted ...

Oct 19

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Research finds brain scans may aid in diagnosis of autism

Joint research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Psychology and Auburn University indicates that brain scans show signs of autism that could eventually support behavior-based diagnosis of autism and effective early ...

Oct 19

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders

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As elderly population grows, so does mental illness

Jakarta - As the country’s population of older people grows, the government is being pushed to provide better mental health facilities for the elderly, who are at higher risk of developing mental disorders. The head of the Health Ministry’s ...

Oct 19

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Mental Health in Asia

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How Music Convinces People to Buy Products

People are more likely to buy products when pleasant sounds draw them to the items, a new study reveals. "Suppose that you are standing in a supermarket aisle, choosing between two packets of cookies, one placed nearer your right side and the other ...

Oct 18

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Social Psychologists Say War is Not Inevitable, Psychology Research ...

In a new review of how psychology research has illuminated the causes of war and violence, three political psychologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst say this understanding can and should be used to promote peace and overturn the ...

Oct 18

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'Mental health stigma a burden'

Malaysia - The impact of mental health problems on patients, their families and society is immense and needs to be addressed, said National Institute of Occupation Safety and Health chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. He said stigma was a major issue in ...

Oct 18

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