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US adults in counseling are feeling stressed, fearful, depressed, and hopeless about the presidential election, according to survey of mental health professionals

Fredericksburg, VA. 10/20/2020 — Amid a jarring presidential election and an overall difficult year, US adults in counseling are feeling stressed, fearful, depressed, and/or hopeless about the election. This, according to a survey conducted by Thriveworks Counseling and completed by 275 mental health professionals. Read: Back to Basics, Depression 101…

A new study finds that levels of oxytocin, “the love hormone,” are significantly lower in adults who were children when their parents divorced

Quick Summary A new study from Baylor University “Parental divorce in childhood is related to lower urinary oxytocin concentrations in adulthood” finds that oxytocin levels are significantly lower in adults whose parents divorced when they were children. Researchers say that this might help to explain the difficulty that many children…

Study says early cannabis use in teens can have negative effects on their cognitive functioning

A new study says that using cannabis as a teen or adolescent can have negative impacts on cognitive functioning, especially verbal memory. Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine tested and analyzed siblings (unlike other similar studies) to rule out familial factors. The study used interviews and neuropsychological…

Study suggests that researching your symptoms online almost always delivers inaccurate diagnoses and medical advice

A new study published in The Medical Journal of Australia suggests that online symptom checkers only provide accurate diagnoses 1/3 of the time. A team of researchers from Edith Cowan University (ECU) evaluated the accuracy of 36 different symptom checkers, inputting symptoms of 48 different “patients.” They pulled clinical information…

Binge drinking is dropping significantly among college students in states where marijuana is legalized

A new study says binge drinking rates among college students are dropping significantly in states where marijuana is legalized. Researchers looked at data from seven different states and 135 colleges where marijuana was legalized by the year 2018 as well as 41 states and 454 colleges where recreational marijuana use…

MDMA could strengthen the bond between patient and therapist, thereby improving therapy as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder

New research suggests that MDMA (ecstasy) could improve trust and enhance the bond between patient and therapist, thereby enhancing treatment for PTSD. The team experimented with mice: They analyzed the effects of a low dose of MDMA versus saline solution and found that MDMA led to the mice being more…

Women select lower paying majors than men, despite both sex’s desire to pursue a major with the highest potential earnings

Male students select higher paying majors than female students, even when both sexes report wanting to pursue a major with the highest potential earnings. The research team says that this might be due in part to women feeling that certain fields, like STEM, are not open or accessible to them….

Construction workers are the most likely out of all workforces to use cocaine and opioids; they are the second most likely to use marijuana, after those in the service industry

New research says that construction workers are more likely to use cocaine and opioids than workers in other industries; they are the second most likely to use marijuana. Researchers used the National Survey on Drug Use and Health to analyze a dataset of 293,492 adults, including 16,610 construction workers, from…

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