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Depression May Intensify Anger in Veterans With PTSD: Study

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FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 – Anger often escalates quickly in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when they're depressed, a new study reveals. "Our study findings should draw attention to anger as a major treatment need when military service members screen positive for PTSD or for depression, and especially when they screen positive for both," lead researcher Raymond Novaco said in a news release from the American Psychological Association. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops after living through or witnessing a dangerous event. People with the disorder may feel intense stress, suffer from flashbacks or experience a "fight or flight" response when there's no apparent danger. In the study, Novaco's team examined the mental-health records of almost 2,100 soldiers – mostly men – who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and later sought treatment. Those who showed signs of ... Read more

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More U.S. Kids Getting Mental Health Treatment

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WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – The number of U.S. children and teens being treated for mental health issues has risen by about 50 percent in the past 20 years – with most of those kids having relatively mild symptoms, a new study finds. The research, published in the May 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, comes at a time of growing concern over young people's mental health treatment. In particular, some worry that kids with milder issues are being overtreated with antidepressants, stimulants (such as those used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and antipsychotic drugs, said lead researcher Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City. According to Olfson, his findings suggest that kids with less serious symptoms account for a large share of young people getting mental health care – whether that means medication or ... Read more

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Depression Tied to Some Risk of Parkinson's Disease

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WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – People with a history of depression seem to have a higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a large new study reports, adding to the growing body of research linking the two conditions. The Swedish study found that people diagnosed with depression were more than three times as likely as people without a history of the mood disorder to develop Parkinson's disease within the first year of depression. By 15 to 25 years later, those with depression were about 50 percent more likely to develop Parkinson's disease. "There's substantial evidence of an association with depression in the last years before a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease," said study author Peter Nordstrom, professor and chief physician in the department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation at Umea University in Sweden. But Parkinson's experts warned that the study does not prove a ... Read more

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Antidepressants Ease Postpartum Depression, Study Finds

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TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – Antidepressants seem to help women deal with postpartum depression after childbirth, according to a new review. "Our findings are important due to the limited research exploring the use of antidepressants to treat postnatal depression," study first author Emma Molyneaux, of King's College London in England, said in a college news release. "We would urge that treatment decisions during the postnatal period consider the potential benefits as well as risks of medication, as well as the risks of untreated depression for both mother and baby," Molyneaux added. More than 10 percent of mothers develop depression during the first year after childbirth. For the study, the researchers reviewed six studies that included nearly 600 women with postpartum depression. The investigators focused their analysis on 72 women with postpartum depression from three of the studies. ... Read more

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The Plight of America's 'Elder Orphans'

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TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – Dr. Maria Torroella Carney grew increasingly distressed as she watched how emergency response teams had to help older, frail people who were living alone evacuate their homes in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Then, the sad story of a suicidal 76-year-old man in the Queens borough of New York City convinced Carney, an expert in elderly health care, to take a closer look at the plight of this vulnerable population. She tells the man's story in her new report on the growing number of "elder orphans" in the United States, a phenomenon that's largely the byproduct of the aging Baby Boomer generation. The Queens man lived by himself and tried to slit his wrists with a razor. "He was an independent individual, never married, and over the month or two months prior had become more isolated and was unable to access care in the community," Carney said. Fortunately, a ... Read more

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Sleep Apnea May Boost Depression Risk in Men, Study Finds

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MONDAY, May 18, 2015 – Men who have the sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea appear to have a higher risk of depression, new research suggests. Men with undiagnosed, severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) had more than double the risk of depression compared to those without sleep apnea, said study researcher Carol Lang, a research fellow in the department of medicine at the University of Adelaide in Australia. Men who had both undiagnosed, severe apnea and excessive daytime sleepiness had an even greater risk of depression. Their risk of depression was up to five times greater, the study said. Lang said she can't explain why these conditions seem to be linked. "Many of the symptoms of OSA and depression overlap, such as tiredness, fatigue, daytime sleepiness, low vitality and poor concentration," she said. The two conditions also share some common risk factors, such as ... Read more

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Suicide Rate Up Among Young Black Children in U.S.

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MONDAY, May 18, 2015 – Suicides among black American children have increased in recent years, while fewer white children are killing themselves, a new analysis finds. The odds of any children in the age group 5 to 11 taking their own life remain small. But young black children are three times as likely to do so as whites, the researchers said. "While overall suicide rates in children younger than 12 years in the United States remained steady from 1993 to 2012, there was a significant increase in suicide rates among black children and a significant decrease in suicide in white children," said Jeffrey Bridge, of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. "Many factors affecting black youth, including increased exposure to violence and traumatic stress, early onset of puberty, and lower likelihood to seek help for depression, suicidal thoughts and suicide ... Read more

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Even Treated Depression May Raise Stroke Risk

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WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 – Depression in older adults appears to significantly increase the risk of a stroke, even after depression symptoms have gotten better, a new study suggests. The researchers found that people who had severe symptoms of depression were more than twice as likely to have a stroke as those with no symptoms. People who had symptoms at the first interview, but had gotten better by the second interview still had a 66 percent higher stroke risk, the study authors said. "The surprising finding that stroke risk remains elevated even if symptoms seem to have gone away make replicating this study urgent," said lead researcher Paola Gilsanz, a research fellow at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. "If replicated, these findings suggest that doctors should seek to identify and treat depressive symptoms before harmful effects on stroke risk start ... Read more

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Study Links Sleep Troubles to Children's Mental Health

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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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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder May Be Linked to Accelerated Aging

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FRIDAY, May 8, 2015 – Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may cause accelerated aging, a new study suggests. Previous research has linked PTSD with mental health disorders such as depression, insomnia, anger, eating disorders and substance abuse. But, this is the first time PTSD has been potentially linked to a number of biological processes that could lead to faster aging, the University of California, San Diego investigators said. The researchers reviewed 64 studies. Six of the studies found that people with PTSD had reduced telomere length. Telomeres – which are protective caps on the end of DNA strands on chromosomes – become shorter as people age. Other studies reviewed found a link between PTSD and higher levels of signs of inflammation, and that people with PTSD have higher rates of aging-related conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and ulcers. Several ... Read more

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Mice May Yield Clues to Winter Depression

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FRIDAY, May 8, 2015 – Researchers believe they've pinpointed the part of the brain responsible for seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD – which affects 4 to 6 percent of Americans – is a type of depression that occurs during winter. It's thought to be caused by the lack of sunlight during that season. In experiments with mice, Vanderbilt University biologists say they traced SAD to a small region of the mid-brain called the dorsal raphe nucleus. Mice are often used to study depression in humans. In mice and humans, the dorsal raphe nucleus contains many of the neurons that control brain levels of serotonin, a mood-related chemical. High levels of serotonin are associated with feeling happy while low levels are associated with depression. The researchers also found evidence that the season in which people are born may affect activity levels of the neurons in the dorsal raphe ... Read more

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Want to Stay Slim? Keep Food Out of Sight

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THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 – With food, seeing it is eating it, a new study suggests. People who keep food in plain sight around the house are more likely to be obese, researchers report, while low self-esteem is another risk factor. "Self-esteem is important because when adults don't feel good about themselves, there may be less incentive for implementing behavioral changes in the home environment," study author Charles Emery, a professor of psychology at Ohio State, said in a university news release. The study, published April 28 in the International Journal of Obesity, involved 100 volunteers aged 20 to 78. Of these participants, half were obese and the other half were normal weight. Researchers completed a two-hour home visit with each participant. During this time, they asked each person about eating habits and examined where food was stored in the home, along with the home's ... Read more

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Bullying May Take Bigger Toll Than Child Abuse, Neglect

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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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Depression, Weapons May Be More Common for Bullied Teens

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MONDAY, April 27, 2015 – Bullied high school students have greater odds for depression and suicidal thoughts than others, and they're also more likely to take weapons to school, according to three new studies. "Teens can be the victim of face-to-face bullying in school, electronic bullying outside of the classroom and dating violence," said Dr. Andrew Adesman, senior investigator of the studies. Each experience is associated with a range of serious adverse consequences, he added. Researchers analyzed data from a 2013 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of teens in grades 9-12, and found that depression and suicidal thoughts are much more common among teens who have been bullied electronically or at school. Those risks were highest among teens who experienced both forms of bullying, according to one of the three studies. All are scheduled for presentation Monday at ... Read more

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Teens With History of Self-Poisoning Face Greater Suicide Risk

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SATURDAY, April 25, 2015 – Teens who survive self-poisoning with drugs are at a significantly increased risk for suicide over the following decade, a new study shows. "Self-poisoning in adolescence is a strong predictor of suicide and premature death in the ensuing decade, and identifies a high-risk group for targeted prevention," study co-leader Dr. Yaron Finkelstein said in an American Academy of Pediatrics news release. "Suicide risk is markedly increased for many years after the first hospital presentation, emphasizing the importance of sustained prevention efforts in this vulnerable population," added Finkelstein, a staff physician in the divisions of emergency medicine and clinical pharmacology and toxicology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. The new study included more than 20,000 teens in the province of Ontario who were treated at hospital emergency rooms for ... Read more

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