Topic: mental health

Take it to heart: Positive emotions may be good for health

August 15, 2011 Negative thinking or depression can adversely affect your health, according to a number of studies. But what about positive emotions? Can they actually make you healthier? Laura Kubzansky thinks they can. Kubzansky, associate professor of society, human development, and…

Secondhand smoke may cause mental health problems in children

Living in a household with secondhand smoke may increase children’s odds of developing certain neurobehavioral disorders, such as learning disabilities and conduct and behavior disorders, by 50%, according to Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) research reported in The Huffington Post. Research…

Panelists examine effects of stress on health at Forum talk

March 8, 2013 -- Most Americans say they have higher stress levels than they believe are healthy, according to the American Psychological Association’s recent Stress in America survey. One in three report living with extreme stress. Such stress can take a big toll…

Satisfaction with daily life may protect against heart disease

Being satisfied with everyday life is more than just a psychological state—it may also be good for the heart, according to a study led by Harvard School of Public Health researchers. The study appeared online July 5, 2011, in the European Heart…

Inflammatory dietary pattern linked to depression among women

November 7, 2013 – Women whose diet includes more foods that trigger inflammation—like sugar-sweetened or diet soft drinks, refined grains, red meat, and margarine—and fewer foods that restrain inflammation—like wine, coffee, olive oil, and green leafy and yellow vegetables—have up to a…

Depression in nursing home workers linked to work-family stress

December 5, 2011 Financial strain, insufficient food often to blame A study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers, published November 17, 2011, in the American Journal of Public Health, shows that symptoms of depression are common among low-wage nursing home employees.…

Improving access to psychotropic medicines in low- and middle-income countries

A new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers suggests certain changes to mental health systems in low- and middle-income countries may improve availability and affordability of psychotropic medicines. Those changes include broadening mental health legislation, increased financing, and…