Even though honesty felt like a struggle, I started to like how it felt. Research from the University of Notre Dame has shown that when people consciously stopped telling lies, including white lies, for 10 weeks, they had fewer physical ailments (like headaches) and fewer mental health complaints (like depression) than a control group that Read more
The mental health field is constantly changing. One major driver of these changes is the ever-evolving state of research on such topics as neuroscience, pharmacology, social psychology, the relationship between physical and mental health, substance use, and the social determinants of health (race, gender, class, national origin). Research and the endless search for evidence-based practices is at the heart of mental health, but sifting through the vast amounts being published is a daunting task. Nevertheless, we believe a public interest is served by giving readers a sampling of some of the current ideas, and controversies, in the area of mental health research.
Psychological trauma is associated with an increased risk for lupus, a new study reports. Researchers studied 54,763 civilian women enrolled in a larger health study. Compared to women without trauma, women with post-traumatic stress disorder were almost three times as likely to have lupus.
Today, the Center for Place-Based Initiatives, an innovative program of the Department of Population Health in the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, issued its second Call for Ideas — inviting people from every part of the community to offer ideas for improving health in tangible ways.
Imagine an injection that briefly gives you schizophrenia. Now imagine that this injection is all at once the same drug once abused by Steve-O of MTV’s Jackass, the same drug popped in karaoke bars in East Asia, the same drug given as anesthesia to animals and children, and the same drug that holds promise as Read more
We examine the impact of mental health based primary care on physical health treatment among community mental health center patients in New York State using propensity score adjusted difference in difference models.
Research shows that we can be more irritable and easily frustrated with lack of sleep. We may have a short-temper and perceive our experiences with increased fear and worry. We may also suffer cognitive deficits and memory problems.
Philanthropic foundations play a central and widely accepted role in informing the public about mental health; supporting research on mental health policies and treatment protocols; and collaborating with public and private actors in providing services. Hogg Foundation
The University of the Incarnate Word was one of two Texas universities to receive Hogg Foundation funding to address social determinants of health. Instead of treating a disease, osteopathic medicine aims to delve deeper, looking into family culture, background, living circumstances and work.
People with mental illness often experience difficulty getting the health care that they need, and available medications don’t always provide satisfactory effects. For this and other reasons, many individuals coping with mental health issues seek alternative approaches to healing, including yoga.
The clients I work with tend to have a few things in common: they are smart, ambitious, and highly motivated. From the outside, they appear powerful and poised. But on the inside, they worry about their ability to deal with the demands that come along with having a successful career. Statistics show pressure at work Read more
Earlier this year, when Emily Chodos was about 25 weeks into her pregnancy, she woke up one night feeling horrible. “My hands were tremoring, my heart racing,” recalls Chodos, who lives near New Haven, Conn. She couldn’t take a deep breath.”
If you are among those concerned about our city’s struggles with the homeless or think increasing jail populations and costs are issues that must be addressed, we direct your attention to a recent study on Northeast Texas mental health.
Vagus nerve stimulation is part of a burgeoning field called “bioelectronics” or “electroceuticals” that uses clinically-tested devices to “hack” into the body’s nervous system to improve psychological and physical well-being.
Genomewide association studies are the method of choice to identify genetic underpinnings of diseases that could make for new drug targets, which are a prerequisite for diagnostic tests. Depression, though, has been notoriously resistant to attempts to identify genetic risk factors.
Personal recovery—the process of developing a positive sense of self and achieving goals in spite of illness—appears to predict well-being in patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders six months later, according to a report in Schizophrenia Bulletin.
“This is something people choose, and we don’t know enough about it to help people,” says Laysha Ostrow, chief executive officer of a mental-health consultancy in California. “I feel that it’s important to bring those ideas into more of a mainstream conversation, given how many people decide to discontinue.”
Three UNT professors were recently given a $313,000 grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health for the Play for the Future project, which will help five elementary schools in the community.
As they investigated the reasons for this troubling rise, the team of American researchers uncovered new insights into the risk factors that put fellow citizens at a greater risk of suicide attempts.
Most people – including most physicians — think of pain as a physical symptom, but science reveals that emotions also play a big role. In other words – psychology is integral to the pain experience, and it can make it better or worse.
Hallucinating voices isn’t always distressing. While the experience is commonly associated with schizophrenia, some people hear voices that aren’t real without finding it upsetting or debilitating and in the absence of any of the other symptoms of psychosis, such as delusions or confusion.
When it comes to improving the quality of life for people with mental health and substance use disorders, improvisational comedy is no joke. Just ask Rutgers School of Public Health student Mark Lee, who teaches vulnerable populations to gain confidence, communicate better, be spontaneous and trust others through improvisational exercises.
Evidenced by elevated rates of depression and suicide, Northeast Texas residents generally have poorer mental health than elsewhere in the state, new research has found. A lack of treatment facilities is among the reasons. mental health in East Texas
“[Thriving] appears to come down to an individual experiencing a sense of development, of getting better at something, and succeeding at mastering something. In the simplest terms, what underpins it is feeling good about life and yourself and being good at something.”
For the first time since the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration began collecting data on the mental health and substance use of Americans, the percentage of younger adults (aged 18 to 25) in the country with severe mental illness (SMI) is greater than the percentage of SMI in adults aged 26 and older.
Significantly fewer mental health professionals participate in provider networks than do primary care providers, according to an analysis of Affordable Care Act (ACA) provider networks appearing in the September issue of Health Affairs.
The researchers believe their updated model could have implications for treating recalcitrant mental health conditions, including depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and addiction, and could exploit the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs.
Loneliness and depression are the new killers. In fact, recent studies show that either one (or both) can be more dangerous to your life than obesity or using tobacco products.
Ongoing advances in understanding the functional connections within the brain are producing exciting insights into how the brain circuits function together to support human behavior–and may lead to new discoveries in the development and treatment of psychiatric disorders.
It is thought to be the largest ever randomised controlled trial of a psychological treatment for mental health and the first study large enough to determine the effects of treating insomnia on psychotic experiences.