Depression in teens could affect love life later
New research published in the Journal of Family Psychology shows that depression and anger experienced at a young age affected people emotionally later in life, even having an impact on how they dealt with major life events, such as child-rearing, marriage, and careers.
The research, drawn from a larger study begun in 1985, surveyed 178 women and 163 men through their transition to adulthood from age 18 to 25, then on their perceived stress levels at age 32, and then again on the quality of their intimate relationships at age 43, And the researchers found that those whose lives as young adults were marked by negative emotions often had problems in their mid-life relationships.
The scientists said the findings show that early mental health issues don’t necessarily fade away and can have social costs later on, such as divorce and domestic violence.
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Published On: May 8, 2014
Impulsivity a risk factor for food addiction
People who impulsively scarf down whole bags of potato chips or bowls of candy could be at a higher risk of developing food addictions or eating disorders, according to researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine. And this type of impulsive behavior, they say, may be difficult to control because cellular activity in the part of the brain involved with reward may be to blame.
Previous research has shown that people with eating disorders and obesity are more impulsive than people without those conditions. For example, they may be more likely to blurt things out that they later regret or do something without thinking through the consequences. The research was unclear on whether the impulsivity existed before the disordered eating existed or was a result.
For the recent study, researchers measured the response of experimental models who were exposed to a high sugar diet for an hour every day. Models shown to be more impulsive rapidly developed binge eating habits and showed heightened cravings and the loss of control over the junk diet. This was measured as the inability to properly gauge negative consequences of eating sugary foods. By contrast the models shown to be less impulsive did not display abnormal eating behavior around the sugary foods.
The researchers said the study provides more evidence that similar mechanisms are involved in food addiction and drug addiction.
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Sourced from: ScienceDaily, Impulsivity is a risk factor for food addiction
Published On: May 8, 2014