Depression can start as young as preschool

07 August 2014
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Depression can strike at any age, even among preschoolers, researchers report. And if it does strike, the odds are that the disorder will recur throughout childhood, a new study shows. The study found that preschoolers who are depressed are two and a half times more likely to continue to experience symptoms in elementary and middle school, a research team from Washington University in St. Louis said. However, spotting depression in kids early on could make treatment more effective, they added. “It’s the same old bad news about depression; it is a chronic and recurrent disorder,”...

Scientists say child’s play helps build a better brain

07 August 2014
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i i Deion Jefferson, 10, and Samuel Jefferson, 7, take turns climbing and jumping off a stack of old tires at the Berkeley Adventure Playground in California. The playground is a half-acre park with a junkyard feel where kids are encouraged to “play wild.” David Gilkey/NPR hide caption itoggle caption David Gilkey/NPR Deion Jefferson, 10, and Samuel Jefferson, 7, take turns climbing and jumping off a stack of old tires at the Berkeley Adventure Playground in California. The playground is a half-acre park with a junkyard feel where kids are encouraged to “play wild.” David...

Obamacare helping more youth to get mental health treatment

07 August 2014
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Young adults have a higher risk of mental health problems and substance abuse – both issues that the U.S. health care system traditionally has struggled to treat. But according to a new study, the number of high-risk youth seeking and receiving affordable care is on the rise, thanks to an Obamacare provision that allows young people to stay on their parents’ health plan until they turn 26. Two million young people now have health care coverage because of the provision, the study notes, but the biggest shift has been with youth demographics that are most at risk. Among 18-25 year olds exhibiting...

One question reveals: Are you a narcissist?

07 August 2014
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When narcissists look at themselves in the mirror, they see a narcissist, a new study suggests.(Photo: Thinkstock) If you are a narcissist, you probably think this story is about you, and you are correct (as you so often are – right?). That kind of thinking makes it quite easy for researchers to identify the most self-involved among us: They just ask people if they are narcissists. The real narcissists speak right up, a new study shows. “People who are not narcissists would never say that they are,” because of the negative traits – such as vanity and selfishness – associated with...

How virtual therapy could help the military fight PTSD

01 August 2014
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In Afghanistan, a new therapist is talking with soldiers. Her name is Ellie, she is the face of a computer program and she could be the key to identifying PTSD in America’s military. Equipped with a Microsoft Kinect motion sensor, she nods at the right time, urges patients on with a well-timed “uh-huh,” and knows when to stop talking. A study released earlier this month found that patients were more willing to open up to Ellie than to a human therapist, mostly because they felt like they were not being judged by the computer program. Sign up for top Technology news delivered direct...

Study finds humble bosses are best

01 August 2014
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Mary Barra , CEO of General Motors, speaks at the 2014 Automotive Forum in New York(Photo: Mark Lennihan AP) Bosses who yell, threaten and micromanage their way to the top, often at the expense of miserable underlings are all too common in today’s workplaces. But the Tony Sopranos and Darth Vaders of popular culture are not the most effective CEOs in the real world, according to a new study from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. The best bosses are humble bosses, those who empower and appreciate their employees, are open to feedback and care about the greater...

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