clinical psychology

Brain Enlargement More Apparent In Males With Regressive Autism

Brain Enlargement More Apparent In Males With Regressive Autism

In the largest study of brain development in preschoolers with autism to date, a study by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers has found that 3-year-old boys with regressive autism, but not early onset autism, have larger brains than their healthy counterparts.

Partner’s Support During Pregnancy Is Key To Emotional Wellbeing Of Mother And Baby

Partner’s Support During Pregnancy Is Key To Emotional Wellbeing Of Mother And Baby

For most women, pregnancy is the most joyous experience of their lives. However, for some women, pregnancy can bring with it feelings of intense anxiety and depression, especially if they feel little support from their partner. Depression, stress and anxiety during pregnancy can lead to premature births or low birth weights. These can impact children’s health well into their early school years.

Incidence Of Eating Disorders Twice As Likely In Muslim Teens Than Christians

Incidence Of Eating Disorders Twice As Likely In Muslim Teens Than Christians

New research conducted by the University of Granada has discovered eating disorders and body dissatisfaction are almost twice as prevalent in Muslim teenagers than their Christian contemporaries. Researchers believe the findings could be beneficial in a preventative medicine perspective.

Difference In Reporting Physical Symptoms Between Anxiety And Depression

Difference In Reporting Physical Symptoms Between Anxiety And Depression

A new study performed by researchers at the University of Iowa suggests a difference in the reporting of physical symptoms between people who suffer from depression or anxiety. The study points out people with depression are more likely to report past physical symptoms, while people suffering from anxiety are more inclined to report present symptoms. Additionally, the research suggests people who suffered from depressive moods were more inclined to recall more physical problems than they actually experienced after the fact.

Study Considers How HIV Patients Perceive Hidden Prejudice In Community

Study Considers How HIV Patients Perceive Hidden Prejudice In Community

People living with HIV/AIDS often feel stigmatized when nobody blatantly discriminates them, according to a new report to be released in Psychological Science. The new study into perceived prejudice against HIV positive people suggests few individuals experienced overt acts of discrimination. Despite this, many were reluctant to reveal their condition to others. The report also suggests people living with HIV/AIDS felt the most need to hide their condition in more social communities where people had less personal pressure to avoid expressing their prejudices.

Research Investigates The Most Damaging Symptoms OF PTSD

Research Investigates The Most Damaging Symptoms OF PTSD

Sufferers of PTSD, on average, are willing to give up 13 years of their life and undergo life threatening treatments in order to reduce their symptoms, new research suggests. The new study on PTSD performed by USC also discovered that recollection of traumatic events and avoiding certain thoughts had minimal effect on the patients sense of well being. However, depression, insomnia and anxiety were associated with lower quality of life for patients.

Maternal Link To Alzheimer’s Disease?

Maternal Link To Alzheimer’s Disease?

New research published in the March edition of Neurology reflects on growing evidence that Alzheimer’s disease could be inherited from a patient’s mother. The study found that test subjects with mothers who suffered from Alzheimer’s had twice as much grey matter shrinkage as subjects with fathers who suffered from Alzheimer’s and those with no family history of the disease.

A Positive Mood Boost Creative Thinking

A Positive Mood Boost Creative Thinking

Does your boss get mad that you keep watching those funny viral videos during office hours? New research can finally back up your case. According to new research released by the APS, watching comical videos and listening to upbeat music can allow you to think more creatively by generating a positive mood. Researchers discovered that people who were exposed to positive stimuli, such as videos of laughing babies, performed better in learning tasks and creative problem solving than those exposed to negative stimuli.

Omega-3 Fatty Acid DHA Not As Effective In Slowing Alzheimer’s As Thought

Omega-3 Fatty Acid DHA Not As Effective In Slowing Alzheimer’s As Thought

New research suggests DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, does not appear to slow the progression of cognitive or functional decline in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

Link Between Heavy Smoking And Alzheimer’s Suggested

Link Between Heavy Smoking And Alzheimer’s Suggested

A new study released by Kaiser Permanente has linked heavy smoking during midlife to an increased risk in developing Alzheimer’s disease. Smokers who smoke more than two packs of cigarettes a day also had an increased risk of developing vascular dementia, the second most common form of dementia. Vascular dementia occurs as a result of compromised blood flow to the brain.