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1 in 3 College Freshman Develop Anxiety/Depression, Study Finds

About one-third of college freshmen have or will develop anxiety and/or depression, researchers say, but being involved in university life appears to lower the risk and help with recovery.

Adults with ADHD Face Higher Risk for Anxiety Disorder, Study Finds

Young adults with ADHD are four times more likely to develop generalized anxiety disorder sometime in their lives, researchers say

Too Much Sitting May Be Bad for Your Mental Health, Studies Find

Sitting too much during the COVID-19 pandemic increased depression and anxiety in physically active people, researchers say.

Regular Exercise Can Lower Anxiety Risk by More than 60 Percent, Study Finds.

Staying physically active helps both men and women avoid anxiety, but exercise intensity may matter more for one gender.

Anxious Humans Often Have Anxious Dogs, Study Finds

Dog owners who see themselves as anxious and easily upset have dogs that exhibit more bad behaviors, researchers say

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07 Jan
Will Reading Books Make You Any Happier?

Will Reading Books Make You Any Happier?

When it comes to what makes us happy, is reading or listening to music any better than spending hours playing video games?

Not really, says a team of researchers from the United Kingdom and Austria.

"Many people believe traditional media, like reading books or list...

04 Jan
Zoom Meeting Anxiety Doesn't Strike Everyone

Zoom Meeting Anxiety Doesn't Strike Everyone

The pandemic has made Zoom meetings a daily reality for millions. For many, having to watch their own face in a meeting is the worst part.

But that's not true for everyone, new research shows.

"Most people believe that seeing yourself during virtual meetings contr...

03 Jan
Do You Have 'COVID-somnia'? These Sleep Tips Might Help

Do You Have 'COVID-somnia'? These Sleep Tips Might Help

If the pandemic is causing you to lose sleep at night, you’re not alone.

About 56% of Americans say they have what experts have dubbed “COVID-somnia,” an increase in sleep disturbances.

29 Dec
Weak Action on Climate Change Is Stressing Young People Worldwide

Weak Action on Climate Change Is Stressing Young People Worldwide

While climate change calls to mind extreme weather and melting polar ice caps, government officials' inaction to stop it is also affecting the mental health of young people, new research reveals.

"This

18 Dec
Don't Let Heartburn Ruin Your Holiday Feast

Don't Let Heartburn Ruin Your Holiday Feast

Like Mr. Grinch, heartburn can crush your holiday, but there are easy ways to prevent it.

"Heartburn is caused by acidic stomach content moving into the esophagus, or gullet, which is much less resistant to acid," said Dr. James East, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic ...

14 Dec
Logic's Hit '1-800-273-8255' May Have Saved American Lives

Logic's Hit '1-800-273-8255' May Have Saved American Lives

"I been on a low; I been taking my time; I feel like I'm out of my mind; I feel like my life ain't mine; who can relate?"

New research suggests many Americans did relate to the opening lyrics of "1-800-273-8255," a 2017 hit song from U.S. hip hop artist Logic. T...

14 Dec
For Many, Holiday Joy Is Shadowed by COVID Fears: Poll

For Many, Holiday Joy Is Shadowed by COVID Fears: Poll

Stress about the COVID-19 pandemic may be eclipsing holiday joy for many older Americans, a new poll reveals.

About half (47%) of 50- to 80-year-olds polled reported a mixed experience of joy and

13 Dec
Certain Meds Raise Odds for Delirium After Surgery

Certain Meds Raise Odds for Delirium After Surgery

Older adults have a higher risk of delirium after hip and knee surgery if they're taking anxiety, depression or insomnia drugs, researchers say.

"Our findings show that different classes of medicine are riskier than others when it comes to causing delirium after surgery,...

08 Dec
Omicron Latest Mental Blow to Americans Exhausted by Pandemic

Omicron Latest Mental Blow to Americans Exhausted by Pandemic

First, the COVID-19 pandemic brought panic, with successive waves of infection and death, including the emergence this year of the Delta variant.

Then vaccines offered the promise of a recovery, with a speed -- and on a scale -- never before seen.

But now, the Omi...

08 Dec
US Surgeon General Report Warns of Mental Health Crisis Hitting Youth

US Surgeon General Report Warns of Mental Health Crisis Hitting Youth

The pandemic has intensified mental health struggles that were already widespread among American teens, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy warned Tuesday.

The pandemic and other major issues faced by their generation are causing "devastating" mental health effects in ...

06 Dec
1 in 3 College Freshmen Has Depression, Anxiety

1 in 3 College Freshmen Has Depression, Anxiety

Starting college can be a time of fun, new experiences and growth. Yet it can also be a rough transition for many students who struggle with mental health issues.

A new study from researchers in the United Kingdom and Canada found about one-third of first-year students h...

06 Dec
'Magic Mushroom' Drug Edges Toward Mainstream Therapy

'Magic Mushroom' Drug Edges Toward Mainstream Therapy

Tony Head was depressed and fearing death from stage 4 prostate cancer when, as part of a supervised scientific trial, he took a large dose of the psychedelic agent in "magic mushrooms," psilocybin.

Head donned a mask and headphones to shut out the world around him, and...

02 Dec
Pandemic Stress, Exhaustion Weigh on Health Care Workers

Pandemic Stress, Exhaustion Weigh on Health Care Workers

The pandemic is taking a toll on health care workers' sleep, which can put both their mental health and patient care at risk, researchers warn.

Their study of more than 800 New York City health care workers found that compared to those with no sleep problems, those with...

24 Nov
Adults With ADHD Face 4 Times the Odds for Anxiety Disorder

Adults With ADHD Face 4 Times the Odds for Anxiety Disorder

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is not just a childhood disorder, and new research shows that adults with ADHD are four times more likely to have anxiety disorder.

"These findings underline how vulnerable adults with ADHD are to generalized anxiety disord...

22 Nov
Many Psychiatric Patients Are Getting Risky Drug Gabapentin 'Off-Label'

Many Psychiatric Patients Are Getting Risky Drug Gabapentin 'Off-Label'

Most prescriptions for the medication gabapentin are for unapproved uses -- and many patients end up taking it along with drugs that create potentially dangerous interactions.

That's the conclusion of a new study that looked at "off-label" use of gabapentin. In the Unite...

18 Nov
Many Kids Separated From Families at U.S. Border Suffer PTSD

Many Kids Separated From Families at U.S. Border Suffer PTSD

Parents and children who were separated under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy have shown lasting psychological trauma -- even after being reunited, a new study finds.

Between 2017 and 2018, more than 5,000 children were separated from their...

17 Nov
Everyday Household Noise Is Stressing Out Your Dog: Study

Everyday Household Noise Is Stressing Out Your Dog: Study

If your pooch often seems anxious, it could be due to common household noises such as from a vacuum or microwave oven, researchers say.

It's well known that a sudden loud racket such as fireworks or thunderstorms can spark anxiety in dogs, but this new study shows that e...

16 Nov
Pot Use in Pregnancy May Harm the Fetus

Pot Use in Pregnancy May Harm the Fetus

Marijuana use in pregnancy may increase your child's risk for stress and anxiety, a new study suggests.

Although some moms-to-be use pot hoping to relieve morning sickness and anxiety, they should know it may cause genetic changes in the uterus that result in children be...

15 Nov
Knowing Your A-Fib Triggers Could Help You Avoid It: Study

Knowing Your A-Fib Triggers Could Help You Avoid It: Study

People suffering from dangerous abnormal heart rhythms can take matters into their own hands and figure out what is triggering their episodes, researchers report.

Folks with atrial fibrillation (a-fib) were able to reduce their episodes of the irregular heartbeat by 40% ...

11 Nov
Too Much Sitting May Be Bad for Your Mental Health

Too Much Sitting May Be Bad for Your Mental Health

Call it the great pandemic sit-down.

As COVID-19 turned daily commutes into shuffles between rooms at home, and Netflix replaced time spent at the gym or playing sports, Americans have been sitting a lot more. Now a new study suggests it may be putting their mental healt...

10 Nov
Placebo Effect Plays Big Role in Antidepressant's Impact on Anxiety: Study

Placebo Effect Plays Big Role in Antidepressant's Impact on Anxiety: Study

Illustrating the power of the mind to heal itself, new research suggests that the placebo effect could help drive antidepressants' effects against anxiety disorders.

The placebo effect refers to an increase in the success of a treatment when a patient expects a benefit.<...

10 Nov
Mindfulness Can Boost Your Mindset After Cardiac Arrest

Mindfulness Can Boost Your Mindset After Cardiac Arrest

Shining a light on the powerful link between the mind and body, a new study suggests that cardiac arrest survivors who learn to focus their thoughts on the here and now during recovery are less likely to become depressed or anxious.

The finding centers on a mental h...

08 Nov
Discrimination Takes Toll on Mental Health of Young Adults

Discrimination Takes Toll on Mental Health of Young Adults

Young adults who face discrimination about their bodies, race, age or sex are at increased risk for mental health issues, researchers report.

They analyzed data gathered from more than 1,800 U.S. participants who provided details about their mental health, behavior and e...

03 Nov
Women Less Likely to Ask for More Time When Deadlines Loom

Women Less Likely to Ask for More Time When Deadlines Loom

It's a case of being your own worst enemy: New research shows that women are more reluctant to ask for deadline extensions at work than their male colleagues are, in part because they worry about being seen as incompetent.

In a series of studies, researchers found that o...

03 Nov
Pandemic Has Stressed Out Doctors

Pandemic Has Stressed Out Doctors

It's a finding that stands to reason: A new study shows the pandemic has triggered anxiety and depression in many doctors.

Researchers used surveys to assess the mental health of more than 5,000 doctors in Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom at two points during the pand...

01 Nov
Purrfect Pal: Robotic Cats May Help People With Dementia

Purrfect Pal: Robotic Cats May Help People With Dementia

If you have a pet, you know that the excited wag of your dog's tail or the satisfied purr of your cat curling up on your lap can be a mood booster.

But what if that pet is a robot? And what if its owner has dementia?

In a small study, researchers at Florida Atlanti...

27 Oct
How Folks Are Coping With Post-COVID Loss of Smell, Taste

How Folks Are Coping With Post-COVID Loss of Smell, Taste

People who've lost their ability to smell and taste due to COVID-19 have significant struggles, but they can find ways to cope with their situation, a new study shows.

One of the most common side effects of COVID-19 is the loss of the sense of smell, which severely affec...

26 Oct
Pandemic Uncertainty Keeping Americans in Limbo: Poll

Pandemic Uncertainty Keeping Americans in Limbo: Poll

One-third of Americans are struggling to make basic decisions due to ongoing stress about the pandemic, and younger adults and parents are having the most difficulty of all, a new survey reveals.

"The pandemic has imposed a regimen of constant risk assessment upon many. ...

25 Oct
People With Autism at Higher Risk for Suicide, Self-Harm: Study

People With Autism at Higher Risk for Suicide, Self-Harm: Study

A significantly increased risk of self-harm and suicide among people with autism shows the need for programs to reduce that risk, researchers say.

For their study, the investigators analyzed 31 studies on the link between autism and self-harm/suicide that were posted to ...

22 Oct
Depression, Anxiety Could Raise a Pregnant Woman's Odds for C-Section

Depression, Anxiety Could Raise a Pregnant Woman's Odds for C-Section

While anxiety and depression in pregnant women have already been linked to low birth weight and preterm birth, they may also contribute to higher rates of cesarean deliveries.

Researchers called the study among the largest to document a link between mood and anxiety diso...

20 Oct
Little Change Seen in Americans' Use of Mental Health Services During Pandemic

Little Change Seen in Americans' Use of Mental Health Services During Pandemic

With all of the fear, grief and isolation the pandemic has brought, it would stand to reason that there would be a big jump in the number of Americans seeking treatment for anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.

But that doesn't seem to be the case, accordin...

20 Oct
Many Parents Worry That Kids Fell Behind in Schooling During Pandemic

Many Parents Worry That Kids Fell Behind in Schooling During Pandemic

It is a fear that millions of parents have been harboring since the pandemic began: Will their children fall behind in school due to disruptions caused by lockdowns, closings and social distancing?

A new U.S. poll finds that fear is widespread, with just over half of mor...

20 Oct
U.S. Psychologists See Big Spike in Demand for Mental Health Care

U.S. Psychologists See Big Spike in Demand for Mental Health Care

The number of Americans seeking treatment for anxiety and depression has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating what a leading medical association terms a "mental health tsunami."

That's the key takeaway from a nationwide survey of psychologists by the American Ps...

19 Oct
U.S. Pediatricians, Psychiatrists Declare 'Emergency' in Child Mental Health

U.S. Pediatricians, Psychiatrists Declare 'Emergency' in Child Mental Health

Fear, grief, uncertainty and isolation during the pandemic have triggered a national state of emergency in the mental health of America's youth, leading child health care groups warned Tuesday.

Youngsters already faced significant mental health challenges, and the pandem...

15 Oct
Nature Helped Many Kids Cope During Lockdown: Study

Nature Helped Many Kids Cope During Lockdown: Study

Children who spent more time in nature during pandemic lockdowns suffered fewer behavioral and emotional problems, British researchers say.

The investigators also found that children in wealthier families tended to increase their connection to nature during the pandemic ...

07 Oct
Picky Eating, Social Phobia Often Linked in College Students

Picky Eating, Social Phobia Often Linked in College Students

Parents frazzled by their little ones' finicky food choices often sigh in exasperation, thinking: "They'll grow out of it by college."

Maybe not, suggests a new study from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Some young people continue their picky eating into early ad...

06 Oct
1 in 10 People Have Gastro Issues After a Meal

1 in 10 People Have Gastro Issues After a Meal

If you often have a stomachache after eating, you're not alone, a new survey finds. One in 10 people experience frequent meal-related pain.

This includes 13% of women and 9% of men, and is most common in 18- to 28-year-olds (15%), according to an online survey of more th...

04 Oct
Pandemic Stress Altered Many Women's Menstrual Cycles

Pandemic Stress Altered Many Women's Menstrual Cycles

From the fear of getting sick to lockdown isolation, the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically increased stress levels, and for many women, the uptick led to changes in their monthly periods.

More than half of respondents to

27 Sep
For Boys, Sports Key to Mental Health

For Boys, Sports Key to Mental Health

Trying to fit soccer or Little League into your son's busy schedule? Canadian researchers offer some compelling reasons to do so.

Little boys who play sports are less apt to be anxious or depressed later in childhood and more likely to be active in their early teens, acc...

22 Sep
More Women Turning to Marijuana Products to Help With Menopause

More Women Turning to Marijuana Products to Help With Menopause

Sleeplessness. Night sweats. Anxiety. Irritability. Aches and pains.

Would smoking a little pot help women deal with these common symptoms of menopause?

A good number of middle-aged women apparently think so, because they've been turning to marijuana to help handle...

22 Sep
Witnessing Abuse of a Sibling Can Traumatize a Child

Witnessing Abuse of a Sibling Can Traumatize a Child

Seeing a parent abuse a sibling can be as traumatizing as watching a parent hurt another parent, a new study finds.

And it can lead to depression, anxiety and anger, researchers say.

"When we hear about exposure to family violence, we usually think about someone be...

13 Sep
Anxious? Maybe You Can Exercise It Away

Anxious? Maybe You Can Exercise It Away

Anxiety prevention may be just a snowy trail away.

New research suggests cross-country skiers -- and perhaps others who also exercise vigorously -- are less prone to develop anxiety disorders than less active folks.

Researchers in Sweden spent roughly two decades t...

12 Sep
Could You Help Prevent a Suicide? Know the Warning Signs

Could You Help Prevent a Suicide? Know the Warning Signs

Knowing the warning signs of suicide can save a life, experts say.

Suicide is the 10th leading overall cause of death in the United States, and number two among people between the ages of 10 and 34.

Most suicides result from depression. It can cause someone to feel...

10 Sep
Getting Your First COVID Shot Can Boost Mental Health: Study

Getting Your First COVID Shot Can Boost Mental Health: Study

When you got your first COVID-19 jab, did you breathe a sigh of relief? If so, you're not alone.

U.S. adults who got the vaccine between December 2020 and March 2021 experienced a 4% reduction in their risk of being mildly depressed and a 15% drop in their risk of severe...

10 Sep
It's a Win-Win When a Child With Autism Gets a Shelter Cat

It's a Win-Win When a Child With Autism Gets a Shelter Cat

Parents of a child with autism might wonder if a pet cat would be a good fit for the family. Now, research suggests both children with autism and cats benefit when a feline joins the household.

Gretchen Carlisle, a research scientist at the Missouri University Research C...

09 Sep
Would More Free Time Really Make You Happier?

Would More Free Time Really Make You Happier?

Many people feel their to-do list is overloaded, but there is also such a thing as too much free time, a new study suggests.

In a series of studies, researchers found that having either too little or too much free time seemed to drain people's sense of well-being.

...

08 Sep
Eczema Can Take Toll on Child's Mental Health

Eczema Can Take Toll on Child's Mental Health

Eczema doesn't just irritate kids' skin. The often disfiguring condition may also be tied to depression, anxiety and sleep difficulties, new research warns.

A study of more than 11,000 British children and teens found that those with severe eczema were twice as likely t...

03 Sep
Annoyed When Watching Others Fidget? You're Not Alone

Annoyed When Watching Others Fidget? You're Not Alone

If other people's fidgeting drives you nuts, you may be one of many people with a condition called misokinesia, which means "hatred of movements," Canadian researchers report.

They conducted experiments with more than 4,100 people and found that about one-third have the ...

30 Aug
Cluster of Symptoms Common in People First Diagnosed With MS

Cluster of Symptoms Common in People First Diagnosed With MS

A number of symptoms are common among people who are newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a patient survey shows.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an incurable disease in which the nerves' protective layers are damaged,

26 Aug
Fatal ODs From Illicit Tranquilizers Jumped 6-Fold During Pandemic

Fatal ODs From Illicit Tranquilizers Jumped 6-Fold During Pandemic

Overdose deaths linked to illicit "designer" benzodiazepines have surged in the United States, as underground labs crank out new synthetic variations on prescription tranquilizers like Valium, Xanax and Ativan.

Overdose deaths involving illicit benzos increased more than...

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