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Poor Health as Teen, Poor Job Prospects Later, Study Suggests

Posted 12 days ago by

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 – Mental or physical health problems during the teen years may make it harder to get a good job or to complete higher education later on, a new research review suggests. "Chronic health conditions and particularly mental health conditions contribute substantially to education and employment outcomes," said study co-author Leonardo Bevilacqua, a researcher at the University College London Institute of Child Health in England. "This is extremely important for developing and implementing policies in and outside schools that promote health and support those with health conditions," he said. Teens' health needs to be a core focus in school to improve their educational and employment success, Bevilacqua added. Although the review found an association between mental or physical health problems in teens and greater difficulty pursuing a higher education or getting work, ... Read more

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Too Much 'Feel Good' Brain Chemical May Trigger Social Phobia

Posted 17 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 – Levels of the brain chemical serotonin are too high in people with social phobia, rather than too low as previously believed, a new study says. Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden conducted brain scans on volunteers and found that those with social phobia – also called social anxiety disorder – produced too much serotonin in the amygdala, which is part of the brain's fear center. The more serotonin their brains produced, the more anxious they were in social situations, the investigators found. "Serotonin can increase anxiety, and not decrease it as was previously often assumed," researcher Andreas Frick, a doctoral student in the psychology department at Uppsala, said in a university news release. The study was published June 17 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. Serotonin, which is produced by nerve cells, helps to relay messages from one area of the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Dealing With a Disrespectful Child

Posted 18 days ago by

-- While occasionally acting out can be a normal part of growing up, frequent disobedience on the part of a child is a problem. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests parents evaluate: The level of respect that family members show toward each other, toward personal values, privacy and ideas. The way in which family conflicts are resolved, whether via arguments and violent behavior, or healthy discussion. How do you relate to your child? How do you discipline? Do you frequently yell and spank? The differences between you and your child and your personalities. Any difficulties your child has forming relationships or in school performance. Stressful situations at home. Read more

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Many U.S. Men With Depression, Anxiety Don't Get Treated, CDC Finds

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Close to one in 10 American men suffers from depression or anxiety, but fewer than half get treatment, a new survey reveals. The nationwide poll of more than 21,000 men also found that among younger males, blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to report mental health symptoms. And when they do acknowledge psychiatric troubles, they are less likely to seek professional help than whites, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. "We suspect that there are several social and cultural pressures that lead black and Hispanic men to be less likely than white men to seek mental health treatments," said report lead author Stephen Blumberg, an associate director for science with the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). "These pressures, which include ideas about masculinity and the stigma of mental illness, may be ... Read more

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Gun Violence Takes Toll on Kids' Mental Health, Study Finds

Posted 8 Jun 2015 by

MONDAY, June 8, 2015 – More than one in four children in the United States is exposed to weapon-related violence – as a victim or witness – which ups their risk for mental health problems, a new study says. Using 2011 data from a national survey of children and parents, researchers also estimated that one in 33 kids has been assaulted in incidents where lethal weapons – guns and knives – were used. Such lethal weapons exposure makes it more likely they will arm themselves, or associate with people carrying weapons. They are also more likely to suffer long-term psychiatric consequences, the study authors said. "Exposure to violence involving highly lethal weapons is associated with higher trauma symptoms, over and above exposure to all other types of violence, making it a strong contributor to adolescent depression, anxiety and aggression," said study co-author Kimberly Mitchell, a ... Read more

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Women, Poor, Uninsured Face Higher Risk of Psychological Distress: CDC

Posted 28 May 2015 by

THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 – Women, people with chronic medical conditions, the poor and those without health insurance are more likely to struggle with "serious psychological distress," U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Serious psychological distress is a term that identifies people who are likely to be diagnosed with a mental disorder that limits their lives, according to the researchers. Overall, they found that about 3 percent of Americans surveyed have serious psychological distress. "People with serious psychological distress have a lot of challenges," said report co-author Laura Pratt, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. "People with mental health problems have a lot of needs that aren't being met." In the report, the researchers used data from the National Health Interview Survey. The information ... Read more

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Animals May Ease Social Anxiety in Children With Autism

Posted 22 May 2015 by

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 – Being around animals may help reduce social anxiety in children with autism, new research suggests. The findings could lead to new treatment approaches that use pets such as dogs, cats and guinea pigs to help children with autism improve their social skills and interactions with other people, the researchers said. The study included 38 children with autism and 76 children without the disorder. All of the children wore special wrist devices designed to detect anxiety and other responses to social situations. The children first read a book by themselves. Then, they read a book to two other children and then had 10 minutes of group play. After that, the children were given 10 minutes of supervised play with guinea pigs. Researchers chose guinea pigs because of their small size and gentle nature. Compared to other children, those with autism had higher levels of ... Read more

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Over 4 Million Working Americans Suffer From Anxiety Disorders

Posted 21 May 2015 by

THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 – A new study finds that 4.3 million Americans with full-time jobs had an anxiety disorder in the past year. That number represents 3.7 percent of full-time workers aged 18 and older, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). As the agency explained, people with anxiety disorders experience overwhelming worry and fear. However, these conditions can be managed through counseling and/or medication. "People with anxiety disorders can have a hard time gaining employment and sometimes dealing with certain situations," SAMHSA administrator Pamela Hyde said in an agency news release. "But fortunately, with treatment and support they can make enormous contributions to the workplace and the community." Researchers analyzed data from 67,500 respondents aged 12 and older who took part in SAMHSA's annual National Survey on Drug ... Read more

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Study Links Sleep Troubles to Children's Mental Health

Posted 11 May 2015 by

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – There is a link between sleep and young children's mental health, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at sleep patterns and the mental health of 1,000 children starting when they were toddlers. They found that those with sleep disorders at age 4 were at increased risk for mental health problems – such as anxiety and depression – at age 6. They also discovered that children with mental health problems at age 4 were at increased risk for sleep disorders at age 6. Due to the study's design, however, it wasn't possible for the researchers to prove that sleep problems caused mental health issues or vice versa; the researchers could only show an association between these factors. Insomnia was the most common type of sleep disorder. Insomnia was diagnosed in nearly 17 percent of the children at age 4 and in 43 percent of them at age 6. Insomnia increased the risk ... Read more

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Bullying May Take Bigger Toll Than Child Abuse, Neglect

Posted 28 Apr 2015 by

TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 – Being bullied as a child may take a larger toll on a young adult's mental health than being abused or neglected at home, a new study suggests. Kids who are the victims of bullies are more likely to experience anxiety, depression and to try to hurt themselves as young adults than children who were mistreated by adults, British researchers found. "Until now, governments have focused their efforts and resources on family maltreatment rather than bullying," study author Dieter Wolke, from the University of Warwick, said in a journal news release. "Since one in three children worldwide report being bullied, and it is clear that bullied children have similar or worse mental health problems later in life to those who are maltreated, more needs to be done to address this imbalance. Moreover, it is vital that schools, health services, and other agencies work together ... Read more

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Health Tip: Dealing With Bedtime Anxiety

Posted 22 Apr 2015 by

-- Young children may have anxiety at bedtime that's triggered by separation from parents. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: If you're going out and there will be a sitter, be clear about when you are leaving and when you expect to return. With infants, play peek-a-boo to reassure them that even when parents go away, they come back. Find something to divert your child's attention when you leave, such as having a sitter introduce a fun toy or game. Say goodbye, and leave promptly. If you opt for a night out, use the same sitter. Ask the sitter to arrive before bed to help your child adjust. Read more

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Could Smoggy Air Raise Your Anxiety Level?

Posted 25 Mar 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 – Air pollution may take a toll not only on physical health, but mental well-being as well, two new studies suggest. In one, researchers confirmed a long-studied connection between air pollution and cardiovascular health – finding evidence that dirty air may help trigger strokes in vulnerable people. The other study looked at a newer question: Could air pollution also affect mental health? The answer, it found, is "possibly." Among over 70,000 U.S. women in the study, those who lived in relatively polluted areas were more likely to report multiple anxiety symptoms. The studies, published online March 24 in the BMJ, only link these factors; they do not prove that air pollution is the direct cause of either strokes or anxiety. There could be other explanations, said Melinda Power, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, who led the anxiety ... Read more

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Parents' Attitude May Be Key to Pre-Game Jitters in Kids

Posted 20 Mar 2015 by

FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 – Want your child to relax and perform well at that next school swim meet? Try not to raise the bar too high in terms of your own expectations, a new study suggests. "You might think that's a really positive thing for the child, but that's creating a lot of worry [for the kid] as well," study author Miranda Kaye, a professor in the exercise and sport sciences department at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y., said in a college news release. "I don't think parents are necessarily thinking about that kind of thing," she said. The study focused on athletes aged 6 to 18 involved in several types of individual events: gymnastics, tennis, wrestling, swimming, cross-country and indoor track. The athletes and their parents were surveyed a day before a meet to determine how they were feeling about the upcoming contest, how the youngsters wanted to perform, and how parents ... Read more

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Heart Valve Repair Surgery May Ease Mental Health Symptoms, Too

Posted 2 Mar 2015 by

MONDAY, March 2, 2015 – People with a serious heart valve defect have less depression and anxiety after they undergo surgery to repair the problem, a new study finds. The research included people with severe mitral regurgitation, which occurs when the heart's mitral valve doesn't close tightly and blood flows backward into the heart. Past research has shown that one-quarter of patients with this defect have elevated levels of anxiety and depression, according to the researchers. The study looked at 131 patients who had surgery to correct the problem and compared them to 62 patients who didn't have surgery. They also compared the findings to a control group of 36 people with healthy hearts. Six months after surgery, patients' levels of anxiety and depression and quality-of-life scores improved to the levels of people in the control group. There was no such improvement among those who ... Read more

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Mental Health Disorders May Shorten Life Span: Study

Posted 11 Feb 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 – People with mental health conditions such as depression, chronic anxiety and schizophrenia tend to die at younger ages than their peers without psychiatric disorders, a new research review says. In fact, the researchers estimated that mental health disorders typically rob people of nearly a decade of life, and account for 8 million deaths worldwide each year. The findings, published online Feb. 11 in JAMA Psychiatry, come from an analysis of over 200 international studies spanning several decades. Researchers said the studies help put the global toll of mental health disorders into perspective. Although the study found an association between mental health conditions and earlier death, it wasn't designed to prove that the disorders were a direct cause of the early deaths. When people think of lives lost to mental illness, they might automatically focus on one ... Read more

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