Cross-border schoolchildren could face mental health issues

Two in every five children born in Hong Kong to mainland parents may grow up maladjusted if they are made to cross the border daily for classes or live away from their parents, a research specialist in youth development has warned. The risk of ...

Oct 25

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development

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Theatre offers promise for youth with autism


A novel autism intervention program using theatre to teach reciprocal communication skills is improving social deficits in ...

Oct 25

Categories: Autism spectrum disorders, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child ...

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A New Map of How We Think: Top Brain/Bottom Brain

Who hasn't heard that people are either left-brained or right-brained—either analytical and logical or artistic and intuitive, based on the relative "strengths" of the brain's two hemispheres? How often do we hear someone remark about thinking ...

Oct 24

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Learning New Skills Keeps an Aging Mind Sharp

Older adults are often encouraged to stay active and engaged to keep their minds sharp, that they have to “use it or lose it.” But new research indicates that only certain activities — learning a mentally demanding skill like photography, for ...

Oct 24

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues

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Do Sunny Climates Reduce ADHD?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is the most common childhood psychiatric disorder. Scientists do not know what causes it, but genetics play a clear role. Other risk factors have also been identified, including premature birth, low ...

Oct 23

Categories: Adult ADHD

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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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