Society

Countries with more stringent lockdowns ‘had less mental-related illness’

By Emily Manis Many people feel their well-being and mental state suffered as a result of being locked inside during the early waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, but could stricter and longer lockdowns actually have positive effects on people’s mental health? A study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research suggests that countries with more …

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Laughter with friends differs from laughter with romantic partners, study finds

By Mane Kara-Yakoubian In humans, the ability to laugh emerges as early as four months of age, with laughter being the most recognizable expression of positive emotion across cultures. Laughter, a means of communicating social information (e.g., harmless intentions), is not unique to humans however, suggesting it dates back to a shared ancestor. But along …

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Bedtime TV associated with bad sleep quality in kids, and affects future behavior

By Beth Ellwood  A recent study has found that children who watch TV as part of their bedtime routine get less sleep, experience more sleep problems, and exhibit more attention problems and aggressive behavior six months later. The study, published in the journal Infant Behavior and Development, was conducted among a sample of mainly low-income …

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Economic hardship can take a heavy toll on fathers’ mental health, leading to family conflict

by Joyce Y. Lee For families on low incomes, difficulty paying utility bills, rent, mortgage or health care costs set the stage for parental mental health problems, especially for fathers, that then lead to potentially violent family conflict. These are the key findings of a study I led that was recently published in the journal Family …

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Adjustment disorder

  Adjustment disorder is a group of symptoms, such as stress, feeling sad or hopeless, and physical symptoms can occur after you go through a stressful event. Many different events may trigger symptoms of an adjustment disorder. Whatever the trigger is, the event may become too much for you. The symptoms occur because you are …

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