For up to 7 years following the death of a grandmother, adolescent males show a 50% increase in depression symptoms than their non-grieving peers. Mothers of girls were also at increased risk of depression.
Due to advances in resuscitation and critical care, many people are surviving near-death experiences. Survivors' recalled experiences are not consistent with hallucinations, but instead, follow a specific narrative arc involving perception.
Researchers explore what happens in the brain in the moments before death and question whether our lives flash before our eyes during the final seconds of life.
Bodily inflammation following the death of a spouse can predict future depression risk in the surviving spouse, a new study reports.
More than 80% of patients nearing the end of life reported experiencing dreams that were vivid, meaningful, and transformative. Patients reported the dreams made them feel supported, reassured and helped them to accept their impending death.
Sleep duration of five hours or less was associated with double the risk of dementia in older adults. Sleep disruptions also increased death risk in those in their seventies.
In fiction, people are more likely to recall the deaths of characters perceived as "meaningful", rather than ones they considered to be "pleasurable".
Children who experience the death of a pet may experience long-lasting and profound grief, which could lead to subsequent mental health problems. Researchers found strong emotional attachment to a pet may result in measurable psychological distress that serves as an indicator of depression in children and adolescents for three years or more after their animal dies.