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Face-to-Face Contact May Beat Email, Phone for Staving Off Depression

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TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 – While your days may be filled with electronic communications, a new study suggests that face-to-face contact may have more power to keep depression at bay, at least if you are older. The research doesn't prove that personal conversations are more valuable than email and phone calls. Still, study author Dr. Alan Teo, a staff psychiatrist at VA Portland Health Care System, is convinced there's a connection. "Meeting friends and family face-to-face is strong preventive medicine for depression," said Teo, who's also an assistant professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University. "Think of it like taking your vitamins, and make sure you get a regular dose of it," he said. It may seem obvious that interacting with other people – in a positive way – is good for your health. Indeed, "from prior studies we know that having social support and staying ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Lexapro, Cymbalta, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Effexor, Prozac, Celexa, Paxil, Citalopram, Pristiq, Trazodone, Social Anxiety Disorder, Sertraline, Effexor XR, Viibryd, Major Depressive Disorder, Amitriptyline

Parents Can Take Steps to Help Make Homework Less Stressful

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MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 – Homework may be stressful for kids and parents alike, and it can be especially difficult for children with learning and behavior challenges, experts say. Parents can take steps, however, to make homework less of a burden for the entire family, said education specialist Barbara Resnick, of the Family Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. "Establish a routine for homework, and dedicate a set time for it to get done," she suggested in a university news release. "Check the nightly planner with your child when they come home, and clarify assignment expectations by reading and highlighting instructions." Parents should also monitor the amount of time younger kids need to complete their assignments, Resnick added. If homework time seems excessive or if children clearly don't understand their homework and need total supervision to complete it, parents ... Read more

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State Anti-Bullying Laws May Lead to Fewer Bullied Kids

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MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 – States that get tough on bullies by enacting anti-bullying laws appear to reduce bullying and cyberbullying among high school students, a new study suggests. Among 25 states that adopted at least one component of the U.S. Department of Education guidelines on bullying in their anti-bullying laws, 24 percent saw lower odds of bullying, the researchers found. In addition, these states saw 20 percent lower odds of cyberbullying, the study revealed. "This research is important because it gives us a sense that anti-bullying legislation works," said lead researcher Mark Hatzenbuehler, co-director of the Center for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health at Columbia University in New York City. While this study found a link between lower rates of bullying and cyberbullying in states with anti-bullying laws, the study's design doesn't allow it to prove a ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder

Abused Women Struggle With More Severe Menopause Symptoms: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – Older women who suffer abuse may have more severe menopause symptoms, a new Mayo Clinic study suggests. In particular, researchers found a strong correlation with verbal and emotional abuse and menopause-related problems. The study included more than 3,700 women who provided information about symptoms they experienced when their monthly periods ended. These included hot flashes and night sweats, sleep problems, sexual dysfunction, bowel/bladder problems, and thinking and memory problems. The women also reported any physical, sexual and emotional/verbal abuse. About 7 percent had suffered at least one form of abuse within the previous year. Of those, verbal/emotional abuse was reported most often (97 percent), followed by physical abuse (13 percent) and sexual abuse (4 percent), the researchers say. Compared to those who did not suffer abuse, women who ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Hot Flashes, Menopausal Disorders, Postmenopausal Symptoms, Atrophic Vaginitis, Perimenopausal Symptoms, Dyspareunia, Vaginal Dryness

Childhood Trauma May Boost Heart Disease Risk for a Lifetime

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MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 – Experiencing high levels of mental stress at any point in life – even if only in childhood – may raise the risk for heart disease, stroke or diabetes in adulthood, a new study suggests. "The most striking and perhaps sobering finding in our study is that high levels of childhood distress predicted heightened adult disease risk, even when there was no evidence that these high levels of distress persisted into adulthood," said study author Ashley Winning, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. "Greater attention must be paid to psychological distress in childhood," Winning said. "It is an important issue in its own right and may also set up a trajectory of risk of poor health as people age." The findings were reported online Sept. 28 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers tracked ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Metabolic Disorder Including Congenital

Health Tip: Keep a Stress Journal

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-- Keeping a journal of stressful situations and your responses may help you better cope with the next stressful problem that comes along. The website recommends logging this information: Possible triggers for your stress. That way you felt, both physically and emotionally, while you were stressed. Your response to each stressful situation. Steps you took to improve each situation. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Performance Anxiety

Kicking the Nail-Biting Habit

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SATURDAY, Sept. 19, 2015 – Maybe it's time to listen to your mother's words and stop biting your nails. That's because nail-biting isn't just an unattractive habit, it can also lead to strange-looking nails and even skin infections, a dermatologist warns. "Chronic nail-biting can cause serious problems," dermatologist Dr. Margaret Parsons, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, Davis, said in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology. "In addition to making the skin around your nails feel sore, repeated nail-biting can damage the tissue that makes nails grow, resulting in abnormal-looking nails," she said. "It can also leave you vulnerable to infection as you pass harmful bacteria and viruses from your mouth to your fingers and from your nails to your face and mouth." To cut down on the problem, Parsons suggested avoiding ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Anxiety and Stress, Onychomycosis - Fingernail, Paronychia

More Cavities Seen in Kids of Chronically Stressed Mothers

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FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2015 – Dental cavities are more common among kids whose mothers suffer from chronic stress, according to a new study. A mother's chronic stress is also associated with lower odds of breast-feeding and fewer dental visits for their children, the researchers found. "Policy that aims to improve dental health, particularly the prevalence of cavities among children, should include interventions to improve the quality of life of mothers," said the study's co-author, Dr. Wael Sabbah, from the Dental Institute at King's College London. "Chronic maternal stress as a potential risk factor is something we need to consider, in addition to the wider implications of maternal well-being, social and psychological environment on dental health," Sabbah added in a college news release. However, the researchers cautioned that the study doesn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Oral and Dental Conditions, Toothache, Prevention of Dental Caries

Workday Breaks Help Employees Reboot, Researchers Say

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FRIDAY, Sept. 18, 2015 – Good news for the office coffee klatch: Office workers who take short, frequent breaks during the workday have more stamina and fewer aches and pains when they return to work, a new study suggests. Breaks are particularly re-energizing if workers spend the time doing something they enjoy, the study found. Unlike cellphones that run optimally until their batteries die, people "have to charge more frequently before we deplete all the way," explained Emily Hunter, associate professor of management at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business in Waco, Texas, and the study's lead author. The study doesn't directly show that worker breaks cause more productivity on the job, but it does show a link between taking breaks and other important outcomes that employers may care about: higher job satisfaction; reduced emotional exhaustion; and greater efforts by ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress

Constant Social Media Presence May Jeopardize Teens' Mental Health

Posted 11 Sep 2015 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2015 – Teens who feel a round-the-clock compulsion to participate on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter may pay a price in lost sleep. They may also face a higher risk for depression and anxiety, new research suggests. British researchers surveyed nearly 470 teens to explore how 24/7 social media participation might affect their emotional health. "Adolescence can be a period of increased vulnerability for the onset of depression and anxiety, and poor sleep quality may contribute to this," said study co-author Heather Cleland Woods, a psychology administration teacher at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. "It is important that we understand how social media use relates to these." The findings are scheduled for presentation Friday in Manchester, England, at a British Psychological Society meeting. However, until the data and conclusions are published in a ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Fatigue, Social Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder

Long Nursing Shifts Linked to Job Dissatisfaction

Posted 11 Sep 2015 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2015 – Long work shifts for nurses may lead to job dissatisfaction and a risk of burnout, a new study finds. Compared with shifts that were 8 hours or less, shifts that last 12 hours or more were linked with a 40 percent higher level of job discontentment and a 31 percent higher risk of planning to quit, the study found. "Current literature tends to report that 12-hour shifts represent a way to retain nurses in hospital clinical practice because it is believed to be the preferred shift length and that nurses are more satisfied with their jobs: our results suggest the opposite," study author Chiara Dall'Ora, from the University of Southampton, in the United Kingdom, and her colleagues wrote. "Therefore, our findings pose substantial questions for managers, most notably because job satisfaction is a consistent and robust predictor of remaining in a job," the study ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders

Money Doesn't Buy 'Tweeners' Self-Esteem

Posted 11 Sep 2015 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2015 – Children who struggle with low self-esteem sometimes believe that they can buy their way out of feeling bad by acquiring "cool" things and striving to look good, experts say. But new research finds the opposite may be true, with materialistic behavior actually aggravating already-existing depressive tendencies. "Consumer culture may be perceived as a coping mechanism by vulnerable children, but it is one that is detrimental to their well-being," study author Matthew Easterbrook, a psychology professor at the University of Sussex in England, said in a university news release. Easterbrook and his colleagues are scheduled to present their findings Friday at a meeting of the British Psychological Society in Manchester, England. Research presented at meetings should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. The findings are based on the ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Performance Anxiety

Could Young Men's Low Heart Rate Predict Violent Crime?

Posted 9 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015 – Some young men who have a low resting heart rate may be more likely to engage in violent criminal behavior later on, a new study suggests. The finding comes from researchers who tracked criminal activity among more than 700,000 Swedish men whose resting heart rate was recorded at age 18. "It is important to stress that the vast majority of men who have low resting heart rates do not commit crimes," said study author Antti Latvala, a postdoctoral researcher in the department of public health at the University of Helsinki in Finland. But, the study only found an association rather than a cause-and-effect link. Nevertheless, Latvala added, "it can be observed that those with a lower heart rate tend to be more likely in the future to commit crimes and engage in other risky behaviors." This study isn't the first to explore the biological roots of aggression. ... Read more

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

Could Psychedelic Drugs Be Good Medicine for Some?

Posted 8 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2015 – In a carefully controlled setting, psychedelic drugs such as LSD or "magic mushrooms" may benefit patients with hard-to-treat anxiety, addiction or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research suggests. The finding comes from a review of small-scale and preliminary studies conducted recently in the United States, Canada and Europe, all of which await follow-up. These preliminary results show that "in the right context, these drugs can help people a lot, especially people who have disorders that we generally treat poorly, such as end-of-life distress, PTSD, and addiction issues involving tobacco or alcohol," said study co-author Matthew Johnson. Johnson is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. The research Johnson and his colleagues point to includes ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Opiate Dependence, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Drug Dependence, Alcohol Dependence, Substance Abuse, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse

Many Say Mental Health Care Is Vital, But Often Tough to Get

Posted 1 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 – Although most Americans think mental health care is important, they often believe it's expensive and hard to get, a new survey shows. In questioning more than 2,000 adults, nearly 90 percent said they place equal value on mental and physical health. But one-third said mental health care is inaccessible. And 40 percent said cost is a barrier to treatment for many people, the survey found. Forty-seven percent of respondents thought they have had a mental health condition, but only 38 percent of them had received treatment. Of those who were treated, most thought it was helpful, including 82 percent who got psychotherapy and 78 percent who received medications. The survey also found that 86 percent of participants knew that mental health disorders such as depression are risk factors for suicide. Only 47 percent knew that anxiety disorders also increase suicide ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Social Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Schizophrenia, Mania, Paranoid Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Autism, Agitation

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