Dark Chocolate Tied to Better Mood, Fewer Depressive Symptoms

Dark Chocolate Tied to Better Mood, Fewer Depressive Symptoms

Eating dark chocolate may ease depressive symptoms and have a positive effect on mood, according to a new study led by University College London (UCL). The study, published in the journal Depression and Anxiety, looked at whether different types of chocolate might be...
Smartphone Games May Ease Work Stress Better Than Mindfulness Apps

Smartphone Games May Ease Work Stress Better Than Mindfulness Apps

A new U.K. study finds that digital games, typical of those used on smartphones, may outperform mindfulness apps when it comes to relieving work-related stress. Researchers from University College London (UCL) and the University of Bath gave a 15-minute math test to...
Early Life Adversity Can Affect Kids’ Brain Chemistry

Early Life Adversity Can Affect Kids’ Brain Chemistry

A new study shows that adversity early in life affects a child’s executive function skills, such as their ability to focus or organize tasks. Experiences such as poverty, residential instability, parental divorce, or substance abuse can lead to changes in a child’s...

Parents of Depressed Teens May Benefit From Treatment Too

Teen depression can have a significant impact on the whole family, and now a new study suggests that parents of depressed teens may also benefit from seeking treatment. “Families are interactive, fragile ecosystems, and a shift in a teenager’s mood can undoubtedly...

Parents Don’t Have to Be Perfect, Just ‘Good Enough’

New research finds that caregivers need only “get it right” 50 percent of the time when responding to babies’ need for attachment to have a positive impact on a baby. For the new study, Dr. Susan S. Woodhouse, an associate professor of counseling...