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Nearly 1 in 12 Americans Struggles With Depression, Study Finds

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Teen Conflicts Spill Over to Other Areas of Their Lives

Posted 23 Oct 2014 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 – Teens' conflicts at home increase the risk of problems at school for up to two days, according to a new study. The research also found that the reverse is true: school problems can create issues at home. Additionally, the study found that bad mood and mental health symptoms such as depression and anxiety are important factors in what's referred to as "spillover effect." Problems that can spill over between home and school include arguments between teens and their parents, skipping class, not completing assignments, difficulty understanding school work, and doing poorly on a quiz or test, the University of Southern California researchers explained. For example, failing a test could cause a teen to be irritable, which in turn could lead to an argument with parents. The researchers also found that teens with more symptoms of anxiety and depression were more ... Read more

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Depression After Heart Attack May Be More Common for Women

Posted 22 Oct 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 – Women are at greater risk for anxiety and depression after a heart attack than men, a new study finds. Researchers looked at 160 patients in Lithuania who were interviewed at least one month after suffering a heart attack. About one-quarter of the patients were depressed and 28 percent of those had been treated with antidepressants. Women were more likely than men to have depression and anxiety, and the conditions were more severe in women, according to the findings presented Sunday in Geneva at the annual meeting of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association of the European Society of Cardiology. Further research is needed to determine why women are more likely than men to develop anxiety and depression after a heart attack, study author Dr. Pranas Serpytis of Vilnius University in Lithuania said in an association news release. The study showed smokers were ... Read more

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Upbeat Walking Style Might Lift Your Mood

Posted 17 Oct 2014 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 – The way you walk can affect your mood, according to a new study. Previous research has shown that depressed people move differently from happy people, according to study co-author Nikolaus Troje, a senior fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. "It is not surprising that our mood, the way we feel, affects how we walk, but we want to see whether the way we move also affects how we feel," he said in an institute news release. For this study, participants were shown a list of positive and negative words – words like "pretty" and "afraid." They were then asked to walk on a treadmill in either a depressed style – with their shoulders rolled forward and limited arm movement – or in a bouncier, happier way. After they got off the treadmill, the volunteers were asked to recall the words they were shown before they began walking. Those who walked in a ... Read more

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Family Acceptance Key to Curbing Teen Suicides, Study Shows

Posted 17 Oct 2014 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 – Family rejection could be potentially deadly for teens already at risk for suicide, a new study has found. When teens were followed six months after discharge from a psychiatric unit for attempting suicide, the majority of boys and girls reported feeling family or peer "invalidation" at the time of discharge. "Family invalidation refers to a lack of acceptance of individuals' sense of self and their emotions," said lead researcher Shirley Yen, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, R.I. "This could mean anything from not accepting an aspect of their child's identity or preferences, such as sexuality, to telling their child they should not feel the way they do, such as feeling depressed or anxious." Yen said that parents may actually be supportive of their teens in other ways but could still ... Read more

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More Evidence That Exercise May Help Fight Depression

Posted 16 Oct 2014 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 – Physically active people are less likely to show signs of depression, a new study finds. And exercise can help improve mood in people who already feel depressed, but there's a catch: Depressive symptoms appear to be a barrier to physical activity, the British researchers said. The findings, based on 11,000 adults ages 23 to 50, correlate with previous research suggesting that exercise can have a powerful effect on depression, although it's far from a cure-all. "Exercise is good for you," said Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, a leading researcher into the effects of physical activity who wasn't involved in the study. "It improves your mental health and lowers your chances of getting depressed." It may seem obvious that exercise improves mood, but it's been difficult to prove scientifically. One of the challenges is that depressed people tend to be withdrawn and don't want ... Read more

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Obesity and Depression Often Twin Ills, Study Finds

Posted 16 Oct 2014 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 – Depression and obesity tend to go hand in hand, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. The combination was so common that 43 percent of depressed adults were also obese, according to the report. That association was even more prevalent among those taking antidepressants: 55 percent of those patients were also obese. Report author Laura Pratt, an epidemiologist at the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, could not explain why or how obesity and depression are so often linked. "We are just describing the relationship, but we don't have anything in our data that would help us answer the why question," she said. The researchers do know that as the severity of depression increases so does the odds of being obese, Pratt said. However, the study did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. In addition, gender and race played a role in the connection ... Read more

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Teen Girls May Face Greater Risk of Depression

Posted 15 Oct 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 – Teen girls have more relationship-related stress than boys, which puts them at greater risk for depression, a new study finds. Nearly 400 white and black American teens underwent an assessment for depression and then had three follow-up assessments at about seven-month intervals. Girls tended to have more depressive symptoms during the follow-up than boys. Boys' depressive symptoms seemed to decrease during follow-up, while girls' depressive symptoms did not. Further investigation showed that girls had more relationship-related stress (such as fights with parents or friends) than boys, which increased their risk for depression, according to the authors of the study published online recently in the journal Clinical Psychological Science. "These findings draw our focus to the important role of stress as a potential causal factor in the development of ... Read more

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