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Bullying Can Turn Victims Into Bullies

Posted 7 hours ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 – A combination of face-to-face taunting and cyberbullying may greatly increase the risk that victims will become bullies themselves, a new study suggests. "Students who are victimized are more likely to exhibit aggressive behaviors towards others," said study principal investigator Alexandra Hua, from Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York. "This phenomenon may lead to a vicious cycle whereby bullies create bullies out of those they victimize." In the study, researchers analyzed data from U.S. students aged 10 to 17. The investigators found that 43 percent of the children had experienced face-to-face bullying and 7 percent had been subjected to some form of cyberbullying through text messages, social media and other means. Kids who experienced either in-person or online bullying were more likely to display aggressive behaviors, such as physical fighting, ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Agitated State

More U.S. Kids Have Chronic Health Problems: Study

Posted 7 hours ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 – The number of American kids suffering from asthma and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the increase, with poor children being hit the hardest, researchers report. Children living in extreme poverty who had asthma and ADHD were nearly twice as likely to have at least one other chronic medical condition. These conditions included developmental delays, autism, depression, anxiety, behavioral or conduct issues, speech and language problems, epilepsy and other seizure disorders, and learning disabilities. "These findings emphasize the importance of studying poverty and its impact on child health, as well as confirm the need for increased awareness to inform child health policy," said lead researcher Dr. Christian Pulcini, a resident at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. The reasons for the increase in chronic conditions aren't clear, but ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Asthma, Major Depressive Disorder, Asthma - Maintenance, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Autism, Asthma - Acute, Dysthymia

Link Between Money Woes, Domestic Abuse Tough to Untangle

Posted 2 days 6 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 – Money problems and domestic violence appear to be linked, but it's not clear whether one leads to the other, researchers report. "What we don't know yet is whether financial stress makes a violent couple more violent, or is financial stress enough of a disruption in a relationship that violence begins? Both are plausible," said study corresponding author Corinne Peek-Asa. She is the director of the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of Iowa. Peek-Asa and her colleagues analyzed data collected from nearly 11,500 Americans, aged 24 to 32, in 2008 – the middle of the Great Recession. They then examined the association between financial issues and three levels of domestic violence: making threats/minor physical abuse; severe physical abuse; and physical abuse causing injury. More women (about 28 percent) than men (almost 23 percent) reported money ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Agitation, Agitated State

'You've Got Cancer' Can Take Devastating Mental Toll

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 – A cancer diagnosis is dreaded by all, and a new study details the psychological damage it often leaves in its wake for patients. The Swedish study found much higher rates of anxiety, depression and even drug and alcohol abuse for those who've been told "you have cancer," compared to healthier people. Cancer doctors weren't surprised, and noted that some patients are more prone to this type of distress than others. "For people that are barely keeping their lives in order, a cancer diagnosis can tip them over the edge," said Dr. Stephanie Bernik, chief of surgical oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. In the study, a team led by Dr. Donghao Lu, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, compared outcomes for more than 304,000 cancer patients against more than 3 million cancer-free people in Sweden. The investigators found that risks of anxiety, ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Cancer, Major Depressive Disorder, Breast Cancer, Paranoid Disorder, Prostate Cancer, Agitation, Psychosis, Lung Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Agitated State, Dysthymia, Skin Cancer, Depressive Psychosis

Early Emotional Support May Help Kids Manage Feelings Later

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 – Preschoolers given higher levels of emotional support from moms, dads or other caregivers tend to have better emotional health during their childhood and teen years, a new study suggests. The researchers saw increased growth in a brain region known as the hippocampus in children who were highly supported at preschool age. The hippocampus is involved in emotion, learning and memory formation. Reductions in hippocampus volume have been linked with worse emotional health and unhealthy coping, the study authors said. "Support during the preschool period seems critical to healthy brain development, and healthy brain development is important for healthy emotional functioning," said study leader Dr. Joan Luby. She's a professor of child psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. The researchers reported that they didn't see changes in the volume of the ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Agitation, Psychosis, Agitated State, Psychiatric Disorders, Dysthymia, Executive Function Disorder

No Link Between Anti-Smoking Drugs, Mental Health Issues: Study

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 – The anti-smoking drugs Chantix (varenicline) and Wellbutrin (bupropion) don't appear to raise the risk of serious mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests. "Clinical guidelines recommend that the most effective way to give up smoking is smoking cessation medication and counseling. However, smokers do not use these services enough, in part due to concerns that the medications may not be safe," said lead author Dr. Robert Anthenelli, professor of psychiatry at University of California, San Diego. The new study, published April 22 in The Lancet, should help ease those concerns for patients, the researchers said. The study was requested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration due to concerns about the safety of the drugs used to help people quit smoking. Funding was provided by drug makers Pfizer (which makes ... Read more

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Eating Disorders Seem More Common in Schools Where Girls Predominate

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WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – Eating disorders may be more prevalent at schools where a greater portion of the student body is female, a new study suggests. British and Swedish researchers analyzed data from Sweden, and also found the risk increased when more of the students' parents had a university education. "Eating disorders have an enormous effect on the lives of young people who suffer from them – it is important to understand the risk factors so that we can address them," said study leader Dr. Helen Bould. Bould is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Oxford in England. "For a long time, clinicians in the field have noted that they seem to see more young people with eating disorders from some schools than others, but this is the first empirical evidence that this is the case," she said in a university news release. However, the study did not prove that these ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders, Anorexia, Bulimia, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

Previous Mental Distress May Slow Concussion Recovery

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – Athletes may take longer to recover after a concussion if they had psychosomatic symptoms – aches and pains caused by mental distress – before their head injury, new research suggests. The study included 127 high school and college athletes who had concussions; 80 percent of the athletes were male. About two-thirds of the head injuries occurred during football. About one-quarter of the concussions happened during soccer. The remaining concussions occurred during lacrosse, wrestling, hockey, rugby and field hockey. Concussion symptoms lasted an average of five days. But athletes with psychosomatic symptoms prior to their concussion took longer to recover, the study authors said. The majority of those with concussion and previous psychosomatic symptoms recovered within about 20 days. In comparison, most of those with concussion and no previous psychosomatic ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Head Injury, Psychiatric Disorders, Head Injury with Intracranial Hemorrhage, Head Injury w/ Intracranial Hemorrhage and Loss of Consciousness, Head Injury with Loss of Consciousness

Sexual Trauma in Military May Lead to Homelessness: Study

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – U.S. veterans have a higher risk of homelessness if they suffered sexual trauma while in the service, and the odds are worse for men than women, a new study finds. Military sexual trauma is the name for psychological trauma resulting "from a physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment which occurred while the veteran was serving on active duty or active duty for training," according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Since 2004, VA medical facilities have screened for it in all veterans seeking care. About one-quarter of female veterans and 1 percent of male veterans report being victims of military sexual trauma during their military service, according to background notes with the study. Researchers analyzed data from more than 603,000 veterans, average age 39, who left the military between 2001 and 2011 ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Psychiatric Disorders, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Sexual Deviations or Disorders

More Evidence Gay Parents Raise Well-Adjusted Kids

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 – Straight parents or same-sex parents – what's the difference to kids' well-being? Nothing, as long as the parents have a stable relationship, new research finds. Matching 95 same-sex and 95 different-sex parent households, researchers found that children raised by homosexual parents showed no differences in general health, emotional difficulties, coping or learning behavior compared to children of heterosexual parents. While the results are consistent with prior research, study co-author Dr. Nanette Gartrell said the new findings also stand out. "No prior study using a population-based survey has compared family relationships and child outcomes in stable, continuously coupled same-sex and different-sex parent households in which the studied [parents] were with their own biological offspring," said Gartrell. She is a visiting scholar at the Williams Institute ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress

Doctors Issue Call to Combat Climate Change

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 18, 2016 – Climate change is already harming people's health by promoting illnesses linked to warmer temperatures and changing weather patterns, a leading group of U.S. doctors says in a new position paper. As a result, the American College of Physicians (ACP) is calling for "aggressive, concerted" action to fight climate change by curbing man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Respiratory illnesses, heat stroke and infectious diseases like Zika virus, dengue fever and cholera are flourishing as global temperatures rise, said Dr. Wayne Riley, president of the college. "Our climate is already changing and people are already being harmed. If we don't begin to address climate change, we're going to see more and more manifestations of these health problems," Riley said. "There is clear, compelling scientific consensus that climate change is real," he added. "There is no dispute." ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Migraine, Allergies, Asthma, Major Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sinusitis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Migraine Prevention, Pneumonia, Asthma - Maintenance, Cold Symptoms, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Maintenance, Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, Migraine Prophylaxis, Dyspnea, Psychiatric Disorders, Asthma - Acute

Many U.S. Adults Think Kids' Health Is Worse Today

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 18, 2016 – More than half of American adults believe children have worse emotional and mental health than children in previous generations, a new survey shows. Many of the nearly 2,700 respondents also believe youngsters today have higher stress levels, less quality family time, and poorer coping skills and personal friendships, according to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. Mott is part of the University of Michigan. The survey, published April 18, also found that 42 percent of the adults believe children today have worse physical health than when the adults were children. Respondents aged 18 to 69 were more likely to think that than respondents 70 and older. "We have seen major advances in medicine and public health over the last century that have greatly reduced children's illness and death. On the other hand, conditions like ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders, Dysthymia

Depression Common for Heart Attack Survivors, And More May Need Help

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 16, 2016 – Although depression, stress and exhaustion are known to increase heart attack risk, people who've already had a heart attack may not be getting the treatment they need for these conditions, new research suggests. The Swedish study included more than 800 people younger than 75. Their average age was 62. All had suffered one heart attack. The researchers compared this group to an equal number of similarly aged people who never had a heart attack. Fourteen percent of those in the heart attack group had symptoms of depression, compared with 7 percent of those in the control group, the study found. Symptoms of depression or exhaustion were associated with a doubled risk of heart attack, though the study did not prove they actually caused the heart attacks. However, only 16 percent of heart attack patients with depression were prescribed antidepressants, compared ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Heart Attack, Dysthymia, Myocardial Infarction, Myocardial Infarction - Prophylaxis

Pair Gamblers Anonymous With Other Treatments for Best Results

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 – Gamblers Anonymous helps people with gambling problems, and it's even more effective when used along with other treatments, researchers report. In a new review, investigators analyzed data from 17 studies published between 2002 and 2015 that examined problem gambling. The research included data on various aspects of problem gambling, and on treatments such as Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-step program based on peer support and shared desire to stop gambling. "Gamblers Anonymous is one of the most cost-effective and easily accessible resources for individuals living with problem gambling issues," said study author Flora Matheson. She is a medical sociologist at the Center for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada. "However, despite the widespread use of Gamblers Anonymous, there has been little research exploring its effectiveness ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Smoking, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse

Besides Your Lungs, Smoking May Harm Your Job Prospects, Paycheck

Posted 11 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 11, 2016 – The "Mad Men" glory days of smoking at work are long gone. Today, smokers have a harder time finding jobs, and earn less than nonsmokers when they do get work, a new study suggests. "When we studied a sample of 251 [unemployed] job seekers over a 12-month period, smokers relative to nonsmokers were at a serious disadvantage for finding re-employment," said study lead author Judith Prochaska. "When they did secure jobs, they were paid significantly less than nonsmokers," said Prochaska, an associate professor with Stanford University's Prevention Research Center in California. That difference was about $5 an hour on average – or more than $8,300 annually, the researchers found. It's unclear why smokers might face a penalty on the job front, and factors other than smoking could explain the difference, the study authors said. However, smoking is tied to higher ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Nicotine, Nicorette, Nicoderm CQ, Nicotrol Inhaler, Commit, Habitrol, Nicotrol NS, ProStep, Nicotrol TD, Nicorelief, Nicorette DS

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