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Health Tip: Focus on the Positive

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-- Dwelling on your problems and getting stuck on negative emotions can worsen depression and anxiety. The American Psychological Association offers these suggestions: Pray or meditate to block out negative thoughts. When negative emotions arise, think about eliminating their causes in a more positive way. If your goals aren't realistic, set more attainable goals. Find new ways to boost your self-esteem. Read more

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Even Non-Obese Report Better Mood, Sex Drive After Dieting

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MONDAY, May 2, 2016 – Dieting might help improve your health, mood, sex drive and stress levels even if you're not obese, a new clinical trial reports. A group of either healthy weight or mildly overweight people who followed a calorie-restricted diet for two years lost nearly 17 pounds on average and enjoyed significant quality-of-life improvement, said lead author Corby Martin. He is director for behavioral sciences and epidemiology with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La. "Even among people who are relatively healthy, you see these positive biological and physiological changes occurring with calorie restriction," Martin said. Participants felt better and lost weight even though they fell short by half of their original calorie-cutting goal, Martin noted. Researchers had asked study participants to restrict their calorie intake by 25 percent, but over two ... Read more

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Bullying Can Turn Victims Into Bullies

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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Early Emotional Support May Help Kids Manage Feelings Later

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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

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

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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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Previous Mental Distress May Slow Concussion Recovery

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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

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Sexual Trauma in Military May Lead to Homelessness: Study

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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

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

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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

Health Tip: Your Extracurricular Teen

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by

-- After-school activities generally are good for your teen, except when the added stress outweighs any benefit. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests teens should: Ask questions before committing. Find out how much time the activity requires, and consider whether it fits it in with school and homework. Consider if the activity could cause school performance to suffer. Think about whether there will still be time for fun and relaxation. Pay attention after joining. If there's too much stress, have a conversation with the activity leader. There may be time to rejoin later. Read more

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

Pediatricians Vary Widely in Diagnosing ADHD, Depression

Posted 1 Apr 2016 by

FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 – There is a large variation in how often U.S. pediatricians diagnose and prescribe drugs for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other mental health conditions, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among children seen at pediatricians' offices in over a dozen U.S. states, 15 percent were diagnosed with a mental health condition over five years. Most often, that meant ADHD – which accounted for close to two-thirds of all of those cases. Just over 3 percent of kids were diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, and 2 percent with depression, the findings showed. However, there were large differences from one pediatrician's office to the next, the study found. The proportion of kids diagnosed with ADHD at each practice ran anywhere from 1 percent to 16 percent – making it the disorder with the greatest variability. For other conditions, the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Watch for Mental Health 'Red Flags' in Kids

Posted 30 Mar 2016 by

-- Children and teens aren't immune to stress and mental health issues, and parents should be aware of potential warning signs. The American Academy of Pediatrics says don't ignore these behaviors from your children: Changes in sleep habits, whether sleeping excessively or not getting enough. Low self-esteem. Losing interest in once-enjoyed hobbies. In a sudden reversal, doing poorly in school. Losing appetite, or significant weight loss. Unusual changes in behavior, such as unexplained aggression or anger. Read more

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How to Tell If Your Teen Has a Mental Health Problem

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 – Mood swings and other challenging behaviors are normal in teens, which can make it difficult for parents to spot serious mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, an expert says. One in five teens will develop a serious mental health disorder, with most beginning by age 15. In many cases, however, they don't receive treatment until years later, according to Dr. Aaron Krasner, an adolescent psychiatrist and Transitional Living Service chief at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn. "Only 20 percent of children with mental disorders are identified and receive necessary mental health services. As a society, we have to do a lot better than that," he said in a hospital news release. A number of signs can alert parents to problems, Krasner said. These include significant changes in behavior at home or school, an unexpected decline in school ... Read more

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Health Tip: Fighting Stress

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by

-- When you're super stressed, exercise is a great way to blow off steam, do a good deed for your body and distract yourself. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America suggests: Get exercise five days per week for 30 minutes each day. Focus on getting frequent workouts, even in short bursts, rather than waiting for a long period of free time. Enjoy walking, jogging or biking. Decide what's most enjoyable, whether a group fitness class or a workout by yourself. Download music, audiobooks or podcasts to listen to while you exercise. Ask a friend to exercise with you. Give yourself time to adjust to a new exercise routine. It often takes four-to-eight weeks to adjust and feel fitter. Read more

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

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