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Editor's Choice Main Category: Mental Health Also Included In: Psychology / Psychiatry Article Date: 12 Apr 2012 - 13:00 PST Current ratings for: Mental Illness Linked To Chronic Physical Illness Risk A study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reveals that individuals aged 18 and older who had any mental illness , major depressive episodes or serious mental illness in the past year, are more likely to develop diabetes , high blood pressure , asthma , cardiovascular disease, or have a stroke , than those not experiencing mental illness. For example, 18.3% of adults who have not experienced any mental illness in the past year had high blood pressure, compared to 21.9% of those experiencing any mental illness. In addition, 10.6% of adults without mental illness in the past year also had asthma, compared to 15.7% of adults who had any mental illness.
In the smart restaurant of a very smart hotel in the West End of London, Roy F Baumeister , eminent American social psychology professor, orders a lunch of fish and chips, and then decides not to eat the chips. "I won't eat something that's not good for me unless it's absolutely perfect, and it's going to give me real pleasure," he says. "I'm afraid ... Well, it just didn't look like these were going to do either."
By Daily Mail Reporter UPDATED: 12:09 GMT, 1 August 2011 It's news that might surprise foul-mouthed celebrities such as Gordon Ramsay and Wayne Rooney. But scientists now believe that swearing actually increases, not decreases, our stress levels.
A new study confirms that childhood wounds don't always heal--and explains why some challenges reopen them and others don't The brain does something weird when confronted with stress: It kills off neurons that could help it defend itself, and prevents new brain cells from forming in the hippocampus, a region associated with healthful stress responses. For years, mental health experts have tracked how this biological chain of events plays out in real life. Numerous studies on victims of childhood abuse, loss, or parental separation have documented how such woes make them more vulnerable to stress and, consequently, depression in a process called stress sensitization. They tend to go through more depressive episodes and get depressed following relatively minor problems. They're wounded indefinitely.
Alcoholism may not necessarily be a life-long disease. In fact, a myriad of scenarios can affect an individual's recovery. By Willow Lawson , published on May 01, 2005 - last reviewed on September 29, 2008 Once an alcoholic, forever an alcoholic, right?
Change is natural. You no doubt act very differently in many areas of your life now compared with how you did when you were a teenager. Likewise, over time you will probably overcome or ameliorate certain behaviors: a short temper, crippling insecurity. For some reason, we exempt addiction from our beliefs about change. In both popular and scientific models, addiction is seen as locking you into an inescapable pattern of behavior.
Here are some quotes we have all heard (or said ourselves) on the golf course or at the ball diamond. On a good day: "It was like putting into the Grand Canyon" "The baseball looked like a beach ball up there today" On a bad day: "The hole was as small as a thimble" "I don't know, it looked like he was throwing marbles" The baseball and the golf hole are the same size every day, so are these comments meaningless or do we really perceive these objects differently depending on the day's performance? And, does our performance influence our perception or does our perception help our performance?
We assume that we see things as they really are. But according to a new report in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, if we really want something, that desire may influence how we view our surroundings. Psychological scientists Emily Balcetis from New York University and David Dunning from Cornell University conducted a set of studies to see how our desires affect perception . In the first experiment, participants had to estimate how far a water bottle was from where they were sitting.
PHILADELPHIA -- Cognitive therapy to treat moderate to severe depression works just as well as antidepressants, according to an authoritative report appearing today in the Archives of General Psychiatry. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University, challenges the American Psychiatric Association guidelines that antidepressant medications are the only effective treatment for moderately to severely depressed patients. Either form of treatment worked significantly better than a placebo, but the researchers demonstrated that cognitive therapy was more effective than medication at preventing relapses after the end of treatment. "We believe that cognitive therapy might have more lasting effects because it equips patients with the tools they need to learn how to manage their problems and emotions," said Robert DeRubeis, professor and chair of Penn's Department of Psychology.
—Robin Fox I recently prepared a lecture on parenting from a positive psychology perspective. Although psychologists have had much to say about parenting, often the focus has been on eliminating undesirable actions on the part of kids, like talking back, tantrums, and tattling. These behaviors are of course annoying, but what about encouraging desirable actions?
<img src="http://timeopinions.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/ideas_adhd.jpg?w=480&h=320&crop=1" alt="ADHD and Diet" title="ADHD and Diet"/> “The Diet Factor in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder,” the much-cited study released by the journal Pediatrics this week, did not make much of a case for using dietary change to treat Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). But it did make an interesting case for using food control to treat parents’ angst about their kids’ ADHD.