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Parents’ mental health impaired when children are seriously ill

Parents whose children need intensive care treatment suffer clinically significant impairment of their mental health, researchers say

Alcohol use disorders a major risk for dementia, especially early-onset

Alcohol use disorders are a major risk factor for all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia, study shows

Learning, memory problems seen in adolescents with OCD

Adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder have learning and memory problems that could affect their self-esteem, researchers say

Women prone to mood swings prompted by season, daylight

Women experience seasonal changes in their mood across the year, including more depression in winter, regardless of social and lifestyle factors, a study shows

Singing in groups shown to promote recovery, improve mental health

Singing in groups could help improve patients’ mental health, promoting a feeling of belonging and improved social skills and confidence, researchers say

Young show perfectionism more than past generations

Young people display greater perfectionist tendencies today than 30 years ago due to the increasing demands of society and competitive individualism, a study shows

Depression linked to genes associated with mood, anxiety

People affected by depression may have genes associated with anxiety, worry and low mood, a study suggests

Emotional distress

Self-harm a sign of emotional pain rather than cry for help

Most people who self-harm do so as a way to deal with emotional distress rather than as a cry for help, research suggests

Higher rates of psychosis linked to areas with social deprivation

Rates of psychosis can be nearly eight times higher in some areas such as inner cities, according to researchers who say it may be due to social deprivation

Prolonged childhood seizures linked to other brain problems

Prolonged convulsive seizures in childhood could be linked to the development of other brain conditions, a study suggests

Married people less at risk of developing dementia

Being married may help stave off dementia, while those who lose their partner or remain single are at greater risk of developing symptoms, researchers say

Sharp rise in self-harm among teenage girls

Teenage girls are more likely to self-harm than boys, possibly due to factors such as puberty and the onset of sexual activity, researchers say.

Severe deprivation in early childhood can affect mental health in adulthood

Severe deprivation and neglect in childhood can have a psychological impact on early...

Hallucinations experienced by more than one million people in England

Hallucinations are more common than previously thought, with more than one million people in...

Cognitive behavioural therapy equally effective in treating all severities of...

Patients with severe depression can get as much benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy (...

Psychological distress linked to increased risk of death from some cancers

Higher levels of anxiety and depression may be associated with an increased risk of death...

Stop smoking services can boost mental health in people with depression

People with depression who successfully quit smoking using smoking cessation services can...

Cognitive therapy effective for children and adolescents with PTSD

Cognitive therapy can be an effective treatment for children and adolescents with post...