Mental Health

1:20pm

Wed May 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

Mate Doesn't Have Your Back? That Boosts Depression Risk

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 7:21 am

Having a special someone won't fend off depression if that person doesn't have your back.
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Having a mate is supposed to be good for your mental health.

But if that mate is critical or can't be counted on when the going gets tough, that's worse than having no mate at all, researchers say.

"The quality of your relationships matters more than quantity when it comes to depression," says Dr. Alan Teo, a psychiatrist at the University of Michigan who led the study.

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1:26am

Mon April 22, 2013
Shots - Health News

Young Adults With Autism Can Thrive In High-Tech Jobs

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 1:07 pm

Amelia Schabel, 23, works with art director Andrew LaBounty at the nonPareil Institute in Plano, Texas.
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The job hunt is complicated enough for most high school and college graduates — and even tougher for the growing number of young people on the autism spectrum. Despite the obstacles that people with autism face trying to find work, there's a natural landing place: the tech industry.

Amelia Schabel graduated from high school five years ago. She had good grades and enrolled in community college. But it was too stressful. After less than a month she was back at home, doing nothing.

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11:41am

Fri April 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

What David Lynch And Tylenol Can Tell You About The Brain

Researchers used a clip from the David Lynch film Rabbits to make volunteers uneasy. Afterward some people got Tylenol, which appeared to help them cope.
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Even for a hardcore David Lynch fan, the idea that a film of his would be used to weird people out in a psychology experiment is a tad weird.

But it gets much stranger than that — fast.

Imagine the experiment involved testing whether Tylenol could help people overcome the angst triggered by a four-minute dose of Lynch. A related experiment tested Tylenol's effect on people asked to write about what happens to their bodies after they die.

At the University of British Columbia, psychologists went both places.

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6:00am

Tue April 16, 2013
Politics

Mental Health Bills To Be Debated at State Capitol

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Last December Governor Hickenlooper made a plea for more money and additional resources to strengthen mental health services in Colorado following the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

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1:05am

Mon April 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

Inside The Brains Of People Over 80 With Exceptional Memory

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 6:45 am

Lou Ann Schachner, 84, and Jay Schachner, 81, are volunteers with the Northwestern University SuperAging Project. They keep track of all their plans in a shared calendar. She loves to cook and study French and he is a part-time tax lawyer.
Samantha Murphy for NPR

Most research on memory loss in the elderly focuses on dementia, Alzheimer's disease or other brain diseases.

But neuroscientist Emily Rogalski from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine knew there is great variation in how good memory is in older people. Most have memory loss to varying degrees, but some have strong memories, even well into old age.

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