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Childhood Trauma Linked To Adult Female Smoking

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can stay with us for life. New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy explains how these events can be tied up with adult smoking patterns, especially for women, and suggests that treatment and strategies to stop smoking need to take into account the psychological effects of childhood trauma.

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Researcher Megan Moreno, MD

Amount Of Time Spent On Facebook Does Not Increase Odds Of Depression

A study of university students is the first evidence to refute the supposed link between depression and the amount of time spent on Facebook and other social-media sites. The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health study suggests that it may be unnecessarily alarming to advise patients and parents on the risk of “Facebook Depression” based solely on the amount of Internet use.

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Exposure Therapy For PTSD Is Enhanced With Common Antibiotic

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is among the most common, distressing, and disabling medical consequences of combat or other extremely stressful life events. The first-line treatment for PTSD is exposure therapy, a type of behavioral therapy where patients confront their fears in a safe environment. Although it is an effective treatment, many patients still experience symptoms after treatment and there is a relatively high drop-out rate.

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Professor Sian E Harding

“Broken Heart Syndrome” Protects The Heart From Adrenaline Overload, Suggests Animal Model

A condition that temporarily causes heart failure in people who experience severe stress might actually protect the heart from very high levels of adrenaline, according to a new study published in the journal Circulation. The research provides the first physiological explanation for Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also called “broken heart syndrome” because it affects people who suffer severe emotional stress after bereavement, and suggests guidance for treatment.

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a women in psychological treatment

Exposure-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Panic Disorder And Agoraphobia Is Effective Even With Co-Morbid Depression

A new study that is published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics examines the role of a specific form of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), for patients with panic disorder and agoraphobia and co-morbid depression. Controversy surrounds the questions whether co-occurring depression has negative effects on CBT outcomes in patients with panic disorder and agoraphobia and whether treatment for panic disorder and agoraphobia also reduces co-morbid depressive symptomatology.

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Researcher Anna Forsman

Psychosocial Interventions Reduce Mental Illness In Older People Who Have Limited Social Resources

Older people who have limited social resources are more likely to suffer from mental illness. Researcher Anna Forsman at the Nordic School of Public Health NHV examined how mental health can be promoted and mental health problems be prevented among older adults by using psychosocial initiatives. Forsman believed that this group at risk for mental illness should have access to initiatives that empower social networking and a maintained rich social life.

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