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Anxiety May Affect Kids' Brains

Posted 17 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 – Children with anxiety problems actually have a bigger "fear center" in their brain, researchers report. The study included 76 children aged 7 to 9, which is when anxiety-related traits and symptoms can first be reliably detected, according to the Stanford University School of Medicine researchers. The parents provided information about their youngsters' anxiety levels, and the children also underwent MRI scans of their brain structure and function. The investigators focused on an area of the brain called the amygdala, which is a person's "fear center," and found that kids with high anxiety levels had a larger amygdala compared to children with low anxiety levels. This part of the brain, the researchers noted, had more connections to other brain regions involved in attention, emotion perception and regulation. The researchers also developed a way to predict ... Read more

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Treatment Often Inadequate for Children With Anxiety Disorders, Study Finds

Posted 29 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 – Less than half of children and young adults who undergo treatment for anxiety get long-term relief from their symptoms, a new study finds. The study "suggests the need for more intensive or continued treatment for a sizable proportion of youth with anxiety disorders," said Dr. Victor Fornari, director of the division of child/adolescent psychiatry at North Shore-LIJ Health System in New Hyde Park, N.Y. He was not connected to the study. The research was led by psychologist Golda Ginsburg of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore. Her team tracked 288 patients, aged 11 to 26, who were diagnosed with anxiety and underwent treatment for three months. Treatment included drugs, cognitive behavioral therapy or a combination of the two. After treatment, the patients were followed for an average of six years. Only 47 percent of the patients were ... Read more

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Could Ecstasy Help People With Anxiety, PTSD?

Posted 17 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 – Researchers say they've discovered how the club drug Ecstasy acts on the brain, and their findings suggest the drug might be useful in treating anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. The study included 25 volunteers who underwent two functional MRI brain scans – one after taking Ecstasy (MDMA) and one after taking a placebo. Both times, the participants did not know which substance they had been given. Ecstasy decreased activity in the brain's limbic system, which is involved in emotional responses. The drug also reduced communication between the brain's medial temporal lobe and medial prefrontal cortex, which is involved in emotional control, according to the study, which was published online Jan. 13 in the journal Biological Psychiatry. These effects are the opposite of brain patterns that occur in people with anxiety, said the researchers, from Imperial ... Read more

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Meditation May Reduce Mild Depression, Anxiety

Posted 6 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 6 – Daily meditation might help some people relieve anxiety, depression and pain, Johns Hopkins University researchers report. Many people meditate in an attempt to reduce stress and stress-related health problems. But whether this centuries-old approach to greater self-awareness has actual medical benefits isn't really known. For this study, published online Jan. 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers reviewed 47 prior studies that looked at meditation's effect on various conditions that included substance abuse, eating habits, sleep, pain and weight in addition to depression and anxiety. "The maximum strength of evidence we found was moderate for anxiety, depression and pain; low for some others and insufficient for the bulk of outcomes we evaluated," said lead researcher Dr. Madhav Goyal, an assistant professor of medicine. He noted, however, that few trials included ... Read more

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Anxiety Tied to Stroke Risk in Study

Posted 19 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 19, 2013 – Could anxiety boost the risk for stroke? A new long-term study suggests just that – the greater the anxiety, the greater the risk for stroke. Study participants who suffered the most anxiety had a 33 percent higher risk for stroke compared to those with the lowest anxiety levels, the researchers found. This is thought to be one of the first studies to show an association between anxiety and stroke. But not everyone is convinced the connection is real. "I am a little skeptical about the results," said Dr. Aviva Lubin, associate stroke director at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, who had no part in the study. The researchers pointed out that anxiety can be related to smoking and increased pulse and blood pressure, which are known risk factors for stroke. However, Lubin still has her doubts. "It still seems a little hard to fully buy into the fact that ... Read more

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Childhood Tummy Aches May Be Tied to Adult Anxiety, Depression

Posted 12 Aug 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 12 – Stomach pain is a common childhood complaint, and now a new study suggests it may place some kids at higher risk for anxiety disorders or depression as adults. The researchers compared 332 young adults, aged around 20, who had abdominal pain as children to 147 participants who did not. Of those who had suffered from stomach pain, 51 percent had an anxiety disorder during their lifetime, and 30 percent had one currently. By contrast, only 20 percent of adults without stomach pain as children had an anxiety disorder. "A decade later, individuals who had stomach pain continued to have high rates of anxiety disorders, even if they no longer had stomach pain," said study author Lynn Walker, a professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Moreover, 40 percent of young men and women who had abdominal pain as children had depression during their ... Read more

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Two-Pronged Anxiety Treatment Aids Older Adults

Posted 27 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 27 – A combination of antidepressant therapy and counseling is an effective way to treat anxiety in older adults, a new study finds. Together, these treatments keep seniors anxiety-free for a longer time than either medication or counseling alone, according to the researchers. The investigators studied 73 people, aged 60 and older, with generalized anxiety disorder, a problem that affects about 5 percent of seniors. All the patients began the study by taking the antidepressant escitalopram (Lexapro) for three months. After that time, the patients were randomly assigned to one of two groups. The first group simply continued taking the antidepressant for another 16 weeks, while the second group continued taking the drug but also received 16 weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy. During cognitive behavioral therapy, patients learned about the nature of anxiety, worked on ... Read more

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Sibling Bullying Can Lead to Depression, Anxiety in Victims

Posted 17 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 17 – Being picked on by your brother or sister may seem like a normal part of growing up, but for some kids the bullying may be a source of depression and anxiety, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among 3,600 kids in a U.S. survey, those who were pushed around by a sibling – physically or verbally – had higher scores on a measure of depression and anxiety symptoms. "Historically, sibling aggression has been dismissed as normal," said lead researcher Corinna Jenkins Tucker, an associate professor of family studies at the University of New Hampshire. "It's been seen as benign, or even good for kids because it teaches them something about dealing with the world." In general, parents and other adults tend to be more tolerant when siblings smack or taunt each other – even if they would never condone it among peers. But Tucker said her findings suggest that ... Read more

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Anxiety Often Plagues Cancer Survivors and Their Loved Ones

Posted 5 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 4 – Cancer survivors and their partners have an increased long-term risk of anxiety but not depression, researchers have found. For the new study, investigators analyzed data from 27 publications that reported on a total of 43 comparison studies and found that levels of depression were similar among adults without cancer and adult cancer survivors two or more years after diagnosis, 10.2 percent and 11.6 percent, respectively. However, cancer survivors were 27 percent more likely to report anxiety two or more years after their diagnosis and 50 percent more likely to experience anxiety 10 or more years after diagnosis, the findings indicated. The researchers also found that cancer survivors' partners were even more likely than survivors to experience anxiety over the long term (40 percent versus 28 percent). Depression rates were similar among cancer survivors and their ... Read more

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Bullied Kids More Likely to Self-Harm as Teens

Posted 31 May 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 31 – Children who are bullied in elementary school are almost five times more likely to engage in self-harm by the time they are teenagers, according to a new study. Based on their findings, the British researchers behind the study concluded that no form of bullying – from name-calling to physical abuse – should be viewed as a harmless rite of passage. Doctors should routinely ask children if they have been the victim of a bully, the researchers said. "The importance of this early intervention should not be understated," study co-author Dieter Wolke, a professor at the University of Warwick, said in a school news release. "If we were able to eliminate bullying, while other exposures remained constant, there would be a potential to prevent 20 percent of all self-harm cases." The researchers examined information on nearly 5,000 children who participated in a study based at ... Read more

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Favorite Music May Ease Anxiety in ICU Patients

Posted 20 May 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 20 – Music can help soothe the fear and anxiety of critically ill patients who have been placed on ventilators, reducing both their stress and their need for sedatives, according to a new study. Intensive care unit (ICU) patients allowed to listen to music of their choice whenever they liked enjoyed a 36 percent reduction in their anxiety levels compared to patients not offered music, researchers found. The ICU patients who were provided music also needed less sedation, with their sedative intake dropping 38 percent compared to other patients, the findings showed. "They had significantly less anxiety, and they also received less frequent and less intense sedatives and medication," said lead author Linda Chlan, of Ohio State University. "We can use music to reduce the common symptom of anxiety along with less medicine to promote patient comfort." The study, published online ... Read more

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Latest Edition of Psychiatry's 'Bible' Launched Amid Controversy

Posted 20 May 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 20 – As the American Psychiatric Association unveiled last week the latest edition of what is considered the "bible" of modern psychiatry, the uproar over its many changes continues. "This is unprecedented, the amount of commentary and debate and criticism," said Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). "It's been an interesting phenomenon, but the evidence is what it is. You have to evaluate it and then make your own determination of how compelling it is, and what would be best clinical practice." The APA believes that changes made in this fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) will allow for more precise diagnoses of mental illnesses in patients, because this edition better characterizes and categorizes disorders. But it has drawn fire from critics who are concerned that the revised ... Read more

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Many U.S. Teens Struggle With Extreme Fatigue: Survey

Posted 1 May 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 1 – Extreme fatigue is common in U.S. teens and often goes untreated, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed more than 10,000 teens, aged 13 to 18, and found that 3 percent reported having extreme fatigue that had lasted at least three months and was not relieved by rest. Half of the teens with extreme fatigue also had depression or an anxiety disorder. More than half of those with long-term fatigue said they experienced severe or very severe problems in school, family or social situations, according to the study, which was published in the May issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. Only 14 percent of teens with long-term fatigue alone received any type of treatment for emotional or behavioral symptoms in the previous year, the survey found. Those with depression or an anxiety disorder in addition to long-term fatigue were more likely to have received care than ... Read more

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Anxiety, Depression May Triple Risk of Death for Heart Patients: Study

Posted 19 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 19 – Anxiety and depression coupled with heart disease triples the risk of death compared to cardiac trouble alone, researchers have found. Among heart patients, anxiety can double the risk of dying from any cause, the study authors noted, and depression further raises those odds. "Patients with heart disease who experience high anxiety during the stressors of everyday life may benefit from treatments designed to reduce anxiety, such as medications targeting anxiety or stress management," said lead researcher Lana Watkins, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. "Benefits from stress-reducing interventions would potentially be greatest in patients where anxiety is found in combination with depression," she added. Previous studies have shown that depression is about three times more common in heart ... Read more

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Anxiety May Be More Common Than Depression After Pregnancy

Posted 4 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 4 – Anxiety is far more common in the days after childbirth than depression, with nearly one in five new mothers reporting acute mental stress surrounding delivery and the transition to a larger family, a new study suggests. Researchers also found that anxious new mothers were more likely to cut short breast-feeding efforts and seek out additional medical care for themselves within two weeks of delivery. "Postpartum depression has gotten a lot more attention than anxiety ... but it's anxiety that's an acute concern and affects so many aspects of the hospital stay and postpartum course," said study author Dr. Ian Paul, a professor of pediatrics and public health sciences at the Penn State College of Medicine, in Hershey, Penn. "Childbirth tends not to be a depressing situation for a majority of women, but it is anxiety-provoking, especially for first-time moms." The study ... Read more

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