How to best cope with death, according to science

How to best cope with death, according to science

It’s a natural part of life, yet death can still often leave us feeling confused, shocked, and deeply saddened. We all go through it at some point or another, and everyone handles grief differently — some falling into depression, and others remaining buoyant — but it is possible to get past it, according to research. For… (more…)

A mental health revolution is brewing — At the nation's largest jail

A mental health revolution is brewing — At the nation’s largest jail

One-third of the inmates at Cook County Jail in Chicago are mentally ill, branding it as one of the largest psychiatric facilities in the country. Cook County is also the biggest jail in the U.S., housing some 9,000 prisoners on a daily basis. Now, a clinical psychologist, Nneka Jones Tapia, will be taking over the jail… (more…)

Dear parents, temper tantrums could reveal much deeper issues

Dear parents, temper tantrums could reveal much deeper issues

Parents worry all day when their child’s temperature is too high, but they neglect certain behaviors that could point to more serious issues. A survey conducted by the University of Michigan Health System has revealed that a number of parents around the United States fail to discuss certain issues their children experience, such as temper tantrums,… (more…)

Interrupted sleep might be linked to depression in men

Interrupted sleep might be linked to depression in men

Your constant snoring might not only be bumming out your significant other, according to a study set to be presented at the American Thoratic Society 2015 International Conference. It may also be tied to your own depression. Analyzing the depression levels of 1875 Australian men through questionnaires taken five years apart, the authors examined the relationship,… (more…)

How victims beat their bullying: A profile

How victims beat their bullying: A profile

This month’s issue of the online journal of American Psychologist covers 40 years of comprehensive research on bullying. While the bulk of the issue focuses on the mentality and motivation of the bully, one particular study discusses the long-term implications bullying has on the victim. The collaborative study, conducted by researchers from both the University of… (more…)

The psychological effects of a year in space

The psychological effects of a year in space

On March 27, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko were launched into space, embarking on a mission at the International Space Station that will assess how a year in zero-gravity affects the human body. Scientists have already established that spending four to six months — the average duration of these expeditions — can… (more…)

3 possible causes of schizophrenia

3 possible causes of schizophrenia

People with schizophrenia lose their ability to interpret reality in a normal way. Often, they suffer delusions, hallucinations, chaotic thinking, and disturbed behavior. To explain the cause of this severe psychiatric disorder, a new Duke University study reconciles three seemingly unrelated theories based on brain irregularities. While schizophrenia clearly runs in families, the genetics are somewhat… (more…)

How family, neighborhood affect a person's mental health

How family, neighborhood affect a person’s mental health

Children’s mental health is strongly affected by their family and neighborhood, according to a new study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research. Researchers from the Lund University in Sweden, Stanford University School of Medicine in California, and Virginia Commonwealth University followed 542,195 children for 11 years in an effort to learn more about the “potential… (more…)

Parent training helps manage behavior in kids with autism

Parent training helps manage behavior in kids with autism

In April 2014, a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that one in every 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30 percent increase over the established rate of one in 88 found in 2012. The report explained that this increase reflects an improved awareness of the diagnosis rather than… (more…)

The science of amnesia

The science of amnesia

Amnesia has provided many a plot twist for soap operas and movies, yet few of us ever encounter a real life example of this syndrome. That said, anyone who has undergone a medical procedure involving certain kinds of anesthesia has experienced a temporary, drug-induced version of amnesia. We wake with no memory of the surgical team’s… (more…)