Women with a history of miscarriage and women who are overweight or obese prior to pregnancy tend to have poorer psychological health and lower motivation to exercise during their next pregnancy compared to women without a history of miscarriage and those who are at a healthy weight before pregnancy, according to researchers in the Department of Kinesiology at Penn State.
New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics are designed to help pediatricians identify more serious depression and suicidal tendencies so teens get the help they need to climb out of any dark holes before they get stuck.
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has been named an associate member of the National Network of Depression Centers, a consortium of leading academic medical centers working to accelerate research, education and improved treatment options for people with depressive and bipolar illnesses.
Although many songs insist the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, it can be the worst for families grieving the loss of a child.
Obesity and depression -- not only lack of sleep -- are underlying causes for regular drowsiness, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. They say these findings could lead to more personalized sleep medicine for those with excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS).
Parents, teachers and others can find it hard to spot signs of depression and anxiety in children -- and struggle with how they can help. A Penn State Hershey Medical Center psychologist offers caretakers some behavioral symptoms to watch for and questions to ask to help determine the need for a professional's help.
While the holidays are a time of merriment and festivities for many, some people struggle with depression during this time of year. Dr. Erika Saunders, interim chair of psychiatry at Penn State Hershey, says there are some distinct warning signs to watch for.
People in the country's unhappiest communities spend about a quarter of the month so far down in the dumps that it can harm their productivity, according to economists.
Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), will discuss the non-profit and its mission when he kicks off the 2014-15 Speaker Series at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Monday, Nov. 17. The program, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the McGarvey Commons of the college’s Reed Union Building, is free and open to the public.
A new method for studying the role of a critical neurotransmitter in disorders such as epilepsy, anxiety, insomnia, depression, schizophrenia, and alcohol addiction could help create safer and more efficient drugs for treating those conditions. A group of scientists led by Gong Chen, associate professor of biology at Penn State, has created the new method by molecularly engineering a model synapse--a structure through which a nerve cell sends signals to another cell.
The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer "Counseling and Teaching Youth at Risk," a three-credit graduate class for teachers and counselors, 5-8:30 p.m., Thursdays, March 1 through May 3 at Lincoln Junior-Senior High School, Ellwood City, Pa.
Children who go through puberty at a faster rate are more likely to act out and to suffer from anxiety and depression, according to a study by researchers at Penn State, Duke University and the University of California, Davis. The results suggest that primary care providers, teachers and parents should look not only at the timing of puberty in relation to kids' behavior problems, but also at the tempo of puberty -- how fast or slow kids go through puberty.
For many, the topic of teen body image conjures thoughts of overweight adolescents battling the scale, peer separation and depression, but a recent study conducted by Michelle Frisco and Jason Houle of Penn State's Department of Sociology reveals that more and more teens are dealing with self-image anxiety. To view a video about the study, visit http://www.youtube.com/pennstate#p/a/u/0/FsN7HsGv31M online.
Celebrity moms Gwyneth Paltrow, Marie Osmond, and Brooke Shields have all opened up publicly about their battles with postpartum depression, or PPD. As their stories make clear, while bringing a new baby home is thought of as one of life's happiest times, some women struggle with symptoms of clinical depression—including sadness, anxiety, and irritability—after delivering a baby. Combined with the fatigue of parenting an infant, PPD can be a serious problem for moms—but what about the dads? Can men experience postpartum depression too?
Picture a crowded beach at the height of summer. Boys and girls of all shapes and sizes cavort in the waves and lounge on beach towels. It's the skin-baring season—and that can exacerbate body image woes for many teens. Who do you think is most unhappy with their bodies? Underweight or overweight? Girls or boys?