The study followed participants in a three-month intensive yoga and meditation retreat. Participants showed improvements in biological markers of stress and inflammation. Participants also reported lower levels of anxiety and depression.
Participants in the study experienced increases in the so-called cortisol awakening process (CAR). CAR is a measure of how and when the body releases the stress hormone cortisol. This is one way to measure resilience to stress.
This strengthens evidence for a link between mental and physical health, suggesting improvements in mental health could alter some risk factors for disease.
People experiencing mental health crises and serious mental health diagnoses in New York City are increasingly likely to seek care at the city’s public hospitals. The number of inpatients at private hospitals declined from 2009-2014, just as public hospital admissions for mental health issues increased. The poor and uninsured often seek care at emergency rooms, where they usually receive stabilizing treatment but not comprehensive mental health care.friendships can have long-lasting effects on mental health. Researchers followed 169 adolescents for 10 years, beginning at age 15. Teens with quality friendships tended to experience improvements in mental health over time. Teens who were popular, however, were more vulnerable to social anxiety in adulthood.
Authoritative mothers and mothers who display high levels of warmth may help their children cope with the trauma of war, according to a study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. As defined in the study, authoritative parents are warmer and more affectionate, but also exhibit higher levels of control over their children’s behavior than permissive mothers. Mothers who adopted this parenting style had children with fewer mental health difficulties and fewer externalizing symptoms, such as aggression.
Many people who struggle with sticking to a diet may binge eat. Binge eating is an eating disorder that causes people to eat large quantities of food in a short period. It’s treatable with the help of a therapist, suggesting therapy might be the missing component of some diet or nutrition plans.
People with low incomes who score higher on measures of extroversion may be more likely to spend more money on status-related purchases, according to research published in the journal Psychological Science. The study’s authors theorize that people who are more focused on their relative economic status may spend more to compensate for perceived shortcomings.
A $700 million Powerball jackpot has everyone talking about how they’d use lottery winnings to improve their quality of life. But research suggests winning the lottery may not lead to greater happiness. Winners usually report being about as happy as they were before. Among people who don’t win—the overwhelming majority of lottery players—the psychology of the lottery is complex. People in desperate situations may be more likely to play the lottery, to overestimate their odds of winning, and to lose money seeking a jackpot.
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