Early intervention key to getting a grip on mental health woes

The importance of funding comprehensive youth mental health services is self-evident. Experts consistently tell us that all adult mental health problems first appear in adolescence. Like many of those experts, headspace - Australia's National Youth ...

Oct 28

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Anxiety Increases With Online Health Searches

A hypochondriac can turn indigestion into a heart attack faster than you can say myocardial infarction. And thanks to the internet’s unlimited supply of medical information, there’s an online version of the condition—call it ...

Oct 28

Categories: Anxiety

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Substandard housing impact children's development

Sifting through a massive study of low-income children and their families, Lynch School of Education Professor Rebekah Levine Coley and colleagues have gleaned new insights into the harmful effects of substandard housing on families and ...

Oct 26

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development

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Data-Mining Our Dreams

ARE dreams really meaningful? Virtually every culture throughout history has developed methods to interpret dreams — most notably, in the modern era, the psychoanalytic approach. But today many people assume that this quest has failed. Science, ...

Oct 26

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What Makes Us Human?

One of the most enduring pursuits in cognitive science is identifying the factors that separate us from lower animals — and while it might at first seem like a trivial matter (“well, we’re just a lot smarter!”), it is actually very difficult ...

Oct 26

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Lower Blood Sugars May Be Good for the Brain

Even for people who don’t have diabetes or high blood sugar, those with higher blood sugar levels are more likely to have memory problems, according to a new study published in the October 23, 2013, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal ...

Oct 25

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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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