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Mental health issues double the odds of dying with COVID-19, study finds

(HealthDay)—People suffering from a psychiatric disorder could be more than twice as likely to die if they become infected with COVID-19, a new study suggests.

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Cognitive flexibility training manages responses to social conflict

Scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research and Army Research Laboratory have developed a computer-based training to reduce anger, reactive aggression and hostile attribution bias—the tendency to attribute hostile intent to the actions of others—in ambiguous social conflict situations.

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Financial distress linked to suicide risk in people with ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is linked to higher levels of financial distress in adults—and a fourfold higher risk of suicide for those with the most debt, according to a large population study.

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Antipsychotics for treating adult depression linked with higher mortality

Rutgers researchers, together with colleagues at Columbia University, have reported an increased mortality risk in adults with depression who initiated augmentation with newer antipsychotic medications compared to a control group that initiated augmentation with a second antidepressant.

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Screen time can change visual perception—and that's not necessarily bad

The coronavirus pandemic has shifted many of our interactions online, with Zoom video calls replacing in-person classes, work meetings, conferences and other events. Will all that screen time damage our vision?

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Teen social networks linked to adult depression

Teens who have a larger number of friends may be less likely to suffer from depression later in life, especially women, a new MSU research study has found.

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Children hold leaders primarily responsible, not entitled

Important strides have been made in recent years in uncovering children's knowledge about hierarchical social relationships. Much of these have focused on dominance, a hierarchy in which individuals defer to others out of fear or intimidation.

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Study explores link between methamphetamine use and risky sexual behavior

Recreational use of the illicit drug methamphetamine has long been associated with increases in overall impatient and risky behavior. Now, a new study by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers affirms that meth use increases not only sexual desire but also, specifically and measurably, the risk of casual sex without a condom for those who have an increase in sexual desire.

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The urge to punish is not only about revenge – unfairness can unleash it, too

Imagine you and your friend are at a party and someone orders pizza. You're starving. You put a couple of slices on your plate and sit down at the table. Before you start eating, you excuse yourself to wash your hands.

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Researchers streamline PTSD diagnosis with machine learning

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects eight million adults in the US, including hundreds of thousands of veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. And as the COVID crisis continues to take its toll on everyone's mental health, PTSD symptoms are on the rise in the general population. But diagnosing PTSD is a time-consuming process, taking upwards of 30 minutes—too long for most clinical visits.

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