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Fat shaming linked to greater health risks

Body shaming is a pervasive form of prejudice, found in cyber bullying, critiques of celebrities’ appearances, at work and school, and in public places for everyday Americans. People who are battling obesity face being stereotyped as lazy, incompetent, unattractive, lacking willpower, and to blame for their excess weight. The pain of these messages may take a toll on health and increase risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease, according to a new study.

By | January 26th, 2017|Mental Health News|Comments Off on Fat shaming linked to greater health risks

Area of brain linked to bipolar disorder pinpointed

A volume decrease in specific parts of the brain's hippocampus -- long identified as a hub of mood and memory processing -- was linked to bipolar disorder in a new study.

By | January 24th, 2017|Mental Health News|Comments Off on Area of brain linked to bipolar disorder pinpointed

Postpartum depression and anxiety distinct from other mood disorders, brain studies suggest

On the surface, postpartum depression looks much like other forms of depression. New mothers struggling with it often withdraw from family and friends, lose their appetites, and of course, feel sad and irritable much of the time. However, many clinicia...

By | January 24th, 2017|Mental Health News|Comments Off on Postpartum depression and anxiety distinct from other mood disorders, brain studies suggest

Lung cancer patients with anxiety, depression die sooner

Patients who experience anxiety and depression after being diagnosed with advanced lung cancer are more likely to die sooner, according to new research.

By | January 24th, 2017|Mental Health News|Comments Off on Lung cancer patients with anxiety, depression die sooner

Mindfulness meditation training lowers biomarkers of stress response in anxiety disorder

Mindfulness meditation is an increasingly popular treatment for anxiety, but testing its effectiveness in a convincing way has been difficult. Now a rigorously designed, clinical trial has found objective physiological evidence that mindfulness meditat...

By | January 24th, 2017|Mental Health News|Comments Off on Mindfulness meditation training lowers biomarkers of stress response in anxiety disorder

Novel underlying mechanism involved in PTSD and other anxiety disorders described

A novel mechanism has been identified for how stress-induced anxiety -- which can produce post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD -- affects circuit function in the hippocampus, the area of the brain where aversive memories are formed. These studies fi...

By | January 23rd, 2017|Mental Health News|Comments Off on Novel underlying mechanism involved in PTSD and other anxiety disorders described

Emotional security system

A security system that analyses a user's brainwaves could determine whether the user is in a fit mental state to be granted access to resources, suggests new research.

By | January 20th, 2017|Mental Health News|Comments Off on Emotional security system

Stop smoking services may boost mental health of people with depression

Smokers with depression who successfully quit smoking using stop smoking services may see an improvement in their mental health, according to new research.

By | January 20th, 2017|Mental Health News|Comments Off on Stop smoking services may boost mental health of people with depression

Teenagers who access mental health services see significant improvements, study shows

Young people with mental health problems who have contact with mental health services are significantly less likely to suffer from clinical depression later in their adolescence than those with equivalent difficulties who do not receive treatment, acco...

By | January 19th, 2017|Mental Health News|Comments Off on Teenagers who access mental health services see significant improvements, study shows

Trapped by the game: Why professional soccer players don’t talk about their mental health

Professional soccer players do not feel it is safe to show vulnerability or admit to experiencing emotional struggles, suggests a new report.

By | January 19th, 2017|Mental Health News|Comments Off on Trapped by the game: Why professional soccer players don’t talk about their mental health