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1 in 3 Teen Boys Sexually Assaulted Tries Suicide, Study Finds

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FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 – Teen boys who have been a victim of sexual assault are likelier to attempt suicide, a new study says. University at Buffalo researchers analyzed data from more than 31,000 American teens, aged 14 to 18, who took part in surveys in 2009 and 2011. Among healthy-weight boys, 3.5 percent of those with no history of sexual assault attempted suicide within the past year, compared with more than 33 percent of those who had been sexually assaulted, the investigators found. The percentage was also about 33 percent for overweight boys who had been sexually assaulted, which shows that weight alone is not a significant risk factor for suicide attempts among teen boys, the researchers said. Stigma, shame and lack of support are among the possible reasons for the higher rate of attempted suicides among teen boys who are sexually assaulted, said study author Laura Anderson, a ... Read more

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Depression Plus Diabetes May Boost Dementia Risk

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WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 – Depression and diabetes are each hard on the brain, and having both conditions may significantly raise the risk of dementia, according to new research. "What this argues for is, we need to do a better job of both identifying diabetes and depression and then really treating them once identified," said study researcher Dr. Dimitry Davydow, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. His team looked at dementia risk among 2.4 million people in Denmark, age 50 and older, who had depression, type 2 diabetes or both, and compared them with people who had neither condition. The researchers also took into account pre-existing medical conditions, such as cerebral vascular problems, complications such as kidney problems and other ailments. "Even after taking those into account, diabetes ... Read more

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Depression, Insomnia, Fatigue Are the Stuff of Nightmares

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TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 – Depression, insomnia and exhaustion may be major risk factors for frequent nightmares, new research suggests. "Our study shows a clear connection between well-being and nightmares," lead author Nils Sandman, a researcher in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Turku in Finland, said in an American Academy of Sleep Medicine news release. However, the study did not prove that depression, insomnia and fatigue caused nightmares. The study included nearly 14,000 adults, aged 25 to 74, in Finland who were surveyed in 2007 and 2012. Fifty-three percent were women. About 45 percent of the participants said they had occasional nightmares in the past 30 days, while just over 50 percent said they had no nightmares. Nearly 4 percent said they had frequent nightmares in the past 30 days, including nearly 5 percent of women and about 3 percent of men, ... Read more

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Family Stress May Figure in Soldiers' Suicide Risk

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FRIDAY, April 10, 2015 – Service members who have to deal with trouble at home when they're deployed may be at increased risk of suicidal thoughts, a study of U.S. veterans suggests. In a survey of more than 1,000 Iraq and Afghanistan vets, researchers found that about 14 percent said they'd had suicidal thoughts in recent months. And the odds were greater for those who'd dealt with family stress or felt unsupported by family members during their deployment. The findings, reported recently in the journal Anxiety, Stress & Coping, show only a correlation. They don't necessarily mean that family problems caused service members to contemplate suicide, said lead researcher Jaimie Gradus, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. "This is just one study, and it surveyed veterans at one point in time," Gradus said. "I think we need further research – and, ... Read more

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Stroke Patients May Face Increased Risk of Suicide

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WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015 – Stroke patients are at significantly increased risk of suicide, especially during the first two years following the brain attack, a new Swedish study shows. Researchers analyzed data from more than 220,000 people in Sweden who suffered a stroke between 2001 and 2012. They found that stroke patients were up to twice as likely to commit suicide as people in the general population, and the risk of attempted suicide was highest in the first two years after a stroke. Among stroke patients younger than 55, the risk of suicide was five times higher than in the general population. And stroke patients with lower income or education levels were 37 percent more likely to try to take their lives than those with a university education. The Umea University researchers also found that stroke patients who lived alone were 72 percent more likely to attempt suicide than those ... Read more

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Black Women Less Likely to Struggle With Depression Than Whites: Survey

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WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015 – Black women are much less likely to report suffering from depression than white women are, a new study suggests. Researchers culled responses from more than 1,400 black women and more than 340 white women who took part in a national survey, and found that only 10 percent of black women reported struggling with the mental health disorder at some point in their lives, compared with 21 percent of white women. White women were also much more likely than black women to say they'd had major depression within the past 12 months (almost 9 percent versus 5.5 percent, respectively), and to have had a mood disorder at some point in their life (about 22 percent versus nearly 14 percent, respectively). Where women lived also played a part in depression rates, the investigators found. Among black women, 4 percent of those in rural areas and 10 percent of those in cities ... Read more

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Lonely Seniors Visit Doctors More Often

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TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 – Older adults who are chronically lonely visit the doctor more often than those who feel more socially connected, according to a new study. The findings suggest that taking steps to reduce loneliness among older adults may lead to significantly fewer doctor visits and lower health care costs, the University of Georgia researchers said. They looked at the responses of more than 3,500 American adults 60 and older who were living independently and took part in national surveys in 2008 and 2012. Those who said they were lonely in both surveys were considered to be chronically lonely. There was a significant association between being chronically lonely and an increased number of doctor visits, but not with a higher number of hospitalizations, according to the study. "This finding made sense to us. You build a relationship with your physician over the years, so a ... Read more

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Serving in Iraq, Afghanistan Not Behind Rising Suicide Rates in Military: Study

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WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 – In a study of almost 4 million American military personnel, serving in Iraq or Afghanistan was not associated with suicide risk, a new study finds. The suicide rate among members of the military has increased over the past decade and seeing action in Iraq and Afghanistan seemed a likely culprit. But that appears not to be the case, said lead researcher Mark Reger, a clinical psychologist at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash. Rather, it is the separation from the service and readjustment to civilian life that plays a greater role, he said. "Everyone wants a simple answer to the suicide problem in the military," Reger said. "As the suicide rate started increasing, we were also deploying people to Iraq and Afghanistan, so it was reasonable to assume deployment was causing the increase in the suicide rate." But there is no data to support that assumption, ... Read more

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Obesity, Smoking, Drinking, Depression: All Linked to Low Back Pain

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WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 – People suffering from lower back pain who smoke, drink, are depressed or are obese may be able to ease their agony by making some lifestyle changes, a new study suggests. "If you have lower back pain that is not explained by a spinal problem but is more of a muscle pain, things like obesity, alcohol abuse, smoking and depression, factors that you can affect, can be contributing to it," explained lead researcher Dr. Scott Shemory, an orthopedic surgeon with Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio. Of all these risks, obesity is most obviously associated with back pain, he said. "It puts stress on all the joints and the lower back as well," he said. Also, smoking can decrease blood flow, which can also contribute to pain, he said. As for depression, it might contribute to the pain. On the other hand, lower back pain might contribute to depression, Shemory said. The ... Read more

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Health Tip: Caregiver Stress Can Harm Your Health

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-- Caregiving often is emotionally and physically challenging, and it can harm your health if you become too stressed. The website mentions these potential side effects of caregiver stress: Increased likelihood of anxiety and depression. Increased risk of a chronic health problems, such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer or heart disease. Greater risk of a weaker immune system, leading to more sick time. Slower healing from wounds. Greater risk of obesity. Read more

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Joblessness Triples Odds for Depression in Young Adults

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THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 – Unemployed young adults have three times the risk of depression compared to their employed peers, a new study finds. "Unemployment and depression are significantly related among emerging adults," said lead author Robin McGee, from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. What isn't clear from this study: which problem causes the other? This study was only designed to tease out an association between these issues. "Based on these results, we do not know whether unemployment contributes to depression or depression contributes to unemployment," McGee said. "Unemployed emerging adults are a population that may benefit from mental health and employment-focused interventions. If these interventions are provided early, then we may be able to teach people skills that could have an impact over a lifetime." The report was published in the ... Read more

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Yoga May Help Ease Depression in Pregnant Women

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THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 – New research suggests that yoga may help ease depression in pregnant women. "This is really about trying to develop a wider range of options that suit women who are experiencing these kind of symptoms during pregnancy," lead author Cynthia Battle, an associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, said in a university news release. In the study, 34 pregnant women with depression attended yoga classes for 10 weeks. The women were also encouraged to do yoga at home. The yoga program did not include any type of counseling or other therapy to deal with depression. Only four of the women received outside treatment for depression, the study authors said. The women's levels of depression fell during the study, and the more yoga they did, the better their mental health, the researchers reported. There were also significant changes in the ... Read more

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Dad's Depression Affects Toddler's Behavior, Too

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WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 – Depression in fathers may be linked to anxiety and bad behavior in toddlers, a new study suggests. "Fathers' emotions affect their children," study author Sheehan Fisher, an instructor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, said in a university news release. Researchers looked at 200 couples with 3-year-olds and found that depression in either the mother or father during the first years of parenting increased a toddler's risk of anxiety, sadness, hitting and lying. Previous studies have focused mostly on mothers with depression during their children's early years. "New fathers should be screened and treated for postpartum depression, just as we do for mothers," added Fisher, who conducted the study while at the University of Iowa. Though the study only found an association between parents' ... Read more

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Could Loneliness Shorten a Life?

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TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 – Loneliness has long been associated with poor mental health, including depression. But a new study suggests social isolation may harm physical health, too, and even hasten death. The findings are based on a review of data from dozens of studies involving more than 3 million people. "People don't commonly think of social factors when they think of health," said study co-author Timothy B. Smith, a professor in the department of psychology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. "We think of things like exercise, blood pressure and taking cholesterol medication. But it turns out that social isolation is actually more predictive of death than any of those three things." Smith and his colleagues published their findings this month in Perspectives on Psychological Science. One expert noted that loneliness is an emotional state, first and foremost. "Loneliness is ... Read more

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Workplace Suicides on the Rise, Study Finds

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TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 – Workplace suicides are on the rise in the United States, and people in protective services jobs – such as police and firefighters – are at the greatest risk, a new study found. "Occupation can largely define a person's identity, and psychological risk factors for suicide, such as depression and stress, can be affected by the workplace," said lead investigator Hope Tiesman. She is an epidemiologist with the division of safety research at the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The researchers analyzed national data from 2003 to 2010 and identified slightly more than 1,700 suicides that occurred in the workplace – or 1.5 per one million workers. People in protective services jobs had the highest workplace suicide rate at 5.3 per million workers. That's more than three times the national workplace suicide rate of 1.5 per million, the ... Read more

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