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Binge-Watching TV May Be Sign of Depression, Loneliness

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THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 – Binge-watching television is linked with feeling lonely and depressed, a new study suggests. "Even though some people argue that binge-watching is a harmless addiction, findings from our study suggest that binge-watching should no longer be viewed this way," study author Yoon Hi Sung said in a news release from the International Communication Association. The study included more than 300 people. They were between the ages of 18 and 29. The researchers asked about their TV viewing habits and their moods. The more lonely and depressed people were, the more likely they were to binge-watch TV. And, people binge-watched in an attempt to distract themselves from their negative feelings, according to the University of Texas at Austin researchers. The researchers also found that people who lacked self-control were more likely to binge-watch TV. They were unable to ... Read more

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Depression, Anxiety Can Precede Memory Loss in Alzheimer's, Study Finds

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 – Depression, sleep problems and behavioral changes can show up before signs of memory loss in people who go on to develop Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. "I wouldn't worry at this point if you're feeling anxious, depressed or tired that you have underlying Alzheimer's, because in most cases it has nothing to do with an underlying Alzheimer's process," said study author Catherine Roe, an assistant professor of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. "We're just trying to get a better idea of what Alzheimer's looks like before people are even diagnosed with dementia," Roe added. "We're becoming more interested in symptoms occurring with Alzheimer's, but not what people typically think of." Tracking more than 2,400 middle-aged people for up to seven years, the researchers found that those who developed dementia were more ... Read more

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Spending on Medical Research Falls in U.S. While Growing Globally

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TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 – Spending on medical research is waning in the United States, and this trend could have dire consequences for patients, physicians and the health care industry as a whole, a new analysis reveals. America is losing ground to Asia, the research shows. And if left unaddressed, this decline in spending could rob the world of cures and treatments for Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, depression and other conditions that plague the human race, said lead author Dr. Hamilton Moses III, founder and chairman of the Alerion Institute, a Virginia-based think tank. Moses noted that a great expansion in medical research that began in the 1980s helped revolutionize cancer prevention and treatment, and turned HIV/AIDS from a fatal illness to a chronic condition. But between 2004 and 2012, the rate of investment growth declined to 0.8 percent a year in the United States, compared ... Read more

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Health Tip: Is It Grief or Depression?

Posted 8 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

-- A major loss, such as the death of a family member, can trigger feelings of grief. But being clinically depressed is different. So, how can you tell which is which? The American Academy of Family Physicians explains: Grief can last from six weeks to eight weeks before you begin to feel better. Depression typically doesn't improve with time. Feelings of depression can begin to interfere with daily responsibilities and life. Feelings of wanting to hurt yourself or someone else are serious signs of depression. If you have these feelings, you should see your doctor. Read more

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Bullies and Their Victims May Be at Higher Risk of Suicide

Posted 8 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 – A new analysis of research from around the world suggests that kids involved in bullying are at higher risk of suicidal thoughts and actions. Kids who bullied others and were victims themselves were the most troubled of all, the report found. "Our study highlights the significant impact bullying involvement can have on mental health for some youth," said study lead author Melissa Holt, an assistant professor of counseling psychology at Boston University. Researchers already know that there's a connection between bullying – being a victim, a bully, or both at different times – and suicidal thoughts, said Robert Faris, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Davis, who studies bullying. It's also clear that the link is stronger for the victims of bullying, he said. However, "we also know that bullying alone does not directly cause ... Read more

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Bullies and Their Victims May Be at Higher Risk of Suicide

Posted 8 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 – A new analysis of research from around the world suggests that kids involved in bullying are at higher risk of suicidal thoughts and actions. Kids who bullied others and were victims themselves were the most troubled of all, the report found. "Our study highlights the significant impact bullying involvement can have on mental health for some youth," said study lead author Melissa Holt, an assistant professor of counseling psychology at Boston University. Researchers already know that there's a connection between bullying – being a victim, a bully, or both at different times – and suicidal thoughts, said Robert Faris, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Davis, who studies bullying. It's also clear that the link is stronger for the victims of bullying, he said. However, "we also know that bullying alone does not directly cause ... Read more

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Mother's Depression Tied to Later Delinquency in Kids

Posted 22 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 – Teens are more likely to smoke, drink and use marijuana – and to do so at an earlier age – if their mothers were depressed when the kids were in grade school, a new study says. These same teens are also more likely to engage in violence and other delinquent behaviors, according to the study, published online Dec. 22 in Pediatrics. The researchers expected that teens of mothers who were currently depressed would be most likely to engage in risky behaviors "since those children may be missing both the supervision and support that a parent can offer during an emotional time," said study co-author Ian Colman. He is an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Ottawa in Canada. "So we were surprised to see that maternal depression when the child was aged 6 to 10 was actually more strongly associated with those risky health behaviors," Colman said. ... Read more

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Nearly 1 in 12 Americans Struggles With Depression, Study Finds

Posted 3 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 – Almost 8 percent of Americans aged 12 and older were moderately to severely depressed during 2009 to 2012, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday. But, only slightly more than one-third of those suffering from severe depression sought help from a mental health professional in the previous year, according to study lead author Laura Pratt. "Not enough people are getting appropriate treatment for depression," said Pratt, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). "People with severe depression should be getting psychotherapy. Some might need complicated medication regimens, which psychiatrists are better equipped to do, which makes it even more concerning that only 35 percent of people with severe depression have seen a mental health professional," she said. Simon Rego, director of ... Read more

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Early Puberty Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Teens

Posted 25 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 – Youngsters who enter puberty early are at increased risk for depression, a new study suggests. Early puberty was linked with a number of factors associated with depression, such as poor self-image and high anxiety levels, according to the researchers. Early puberty was also linked to social problems, such as conflict with family and peers, and having friends who were prone to getting into trouble, the study found. Although the study found an association between early puberty and these factors, it's important to note that the study wasn't designed to show that early puberty was the cause of these issues. "Only some teens are vulnerable to the effects of early maturation, particularly those with more disruption in their families and less support in their peer relationships," study leader Karen Rudolph, a psychology professor at the University of Illinois, said in ... Read more

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Talk Therapy Linked To Lower Suicide Risk

Posted 24 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 – Talk therapy significantly reduces suicide attempts and deaths among people who have previously attempted suicide, a new study finds. The new research included more than 5,600 people in Denmark who underwent six to 10 talk therapy sessions after they attempted suicide. The study also included more than 17,000 people who attempted suicide but received no treatment afterward. After one year, those who received talk therapy were 27 percent less likely to attempt suicide again. They were also 38 percent less likely to die of any cause than those who didn't receive treatment, the researchers found. After five years, there were 26 percent fewer suicides in the talk therapy group than in the non-treatment group. After 10 years, the suicide rate in the talk therapy group was 229 per 100,000 compared to 314 per 100,000 in the non-treatment group, according to the study. ... Read more

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Pain, Depression Tied to Delirium Risk After Surgery for Seniors

Posted 11 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 – Pain and depression before an operation may increase seniors' risk for delirium after surgery, a new study suggests. Rates of delirium after surgery are highest among older patients, occurring in up to 51 percent of those aged 65 and older. Previous research has also shown that depression is a major risk factor for delirium, which is a disoriented state marked by a sharp decrease in attention and mental abilities. This study included 459 patients without dementia, aged 70 and older, who had orthopedic surgery. The patients' pain and depression levels were assessed before surgery. Twenty-three percent of the patients experienced delirium after surgery, the investigators found. Delirium occurred much more often in patients who had depression and pain before surgery, according to the study published recently in The Lancet Psychiatry. Further analyses found that ... Read more

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After Breast Cancer, Depression Risk Lingers

Posted 28 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 – Women who survive breast cancer face a higher risk of depression that can linger and require antidepressants, a new study finds. Researchers in Copenhagen looked at data on nearly 2 million Danish women between 1998 and 2011, all of whom were initially free of cancer. During the study period, they found nearly 45,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. The risk of having to check into a hospital for severe depression was 70 percent higher for the breast cancer patients in the first year after diagnosis than their cancer-free peers. The breast cancer patients were also three times more likely to use antidepressants during the first year after diagnosis. And that depression did not go away quickly, said lead researcher Dr. Christoffer Johansen, a professor of oncology at the Danish Cancer Society Research Center. The women diagnosed with breast cancer used ... Read more

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Even Depression May Not Dim Thoughts of Bright Future

Posted 27 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 – Even adults with depression are generally optimistic about the future, a new study shows. But that finding carries its own caveat, the researchers added. "It turns out that even clinically depressed individuals are also characterized by the belief that one's life in the future will be more satisfying than one's past and current life," lead researcher Michael Busseri, a psychological scientist at Brock University in Canada, said in an Association for Psychological Science news release. "And this pattern of beliefs appears to be a risk factor for future depression, even over a 10-year period," he said. But psychologists and counselors could possibly turn that into a positive, Busseri added. "The fact that even depressed individuals can envision their lives being more satisfying in the future may provide clinicians and mental health workers with a valuable new ... Read more

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Colleges Could Do More for Students With Chronic Ills, Study Finds

Posted 27 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 – Many college health centers may lack the resources to fully care for students with chronic health conditions, a new study suggests. The research, published online Oct. 27 in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed health center directors at 153 U.S. colleges. It found that while most felt their center could care for students with asthma or depression, only half thought they could manage diabetes. And despite the confidence in their asthma and depression care, most centers did not actively identify incoming students with chronic health problems. Only one-quarter contacted those students to encourage them to make an first-time appointment. Often, college health centers are limited in what they can do, due to tight budgets, experts said. "Many have seen their funding cut significantly, and some colleges are now 'outsourcing' health services," said Dr. Terrill Bravender, a ... Read more

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'Exposure Therapy' May Relieve Prolonged Grief Disorder

Posted 23 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 – Reliving the death of a loved one may help people with prolonged grief disorder, a new study suggests. Exposure therapy, as this approach is called, appears to help survivors struggling with prolonged grief better than another type of therapy alone, the study found. Prolonged grief disorder, also called complicated grief, is an ongoing yearning for a dead loved one. It's associated with emotional pain, difficulty accepting the death, a sense of meaninglessness and bitterness, and difficulty engaging in new activities. "Prolonged grief disorder is a big public health issue," said lead researcher Richard Bryant, a professor of psychology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. "We know that 7 to 10 percent of all bereaved people will develop prolonged grief disorder," he said. Prolonged grief disorder leads to mental health problems, suicidal ... Read more

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