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Social Life May Be Key to Suicide Prevention for Women

Posted 17 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 – Middle-aged women with a solid social life face a significantly lower risk for suicide than those who live in relative isolation, new research suggests. Moreover, friendships and outside activities were found to offer protection against suicide even for women who struggled with mental health issues, such as depression. "Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among middle-age (American) women, and it's been going up in recent years," said study lead author Dr. Alexander Tsai, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Center for Global Health of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Many factors besides mental illness probably contribute to suicide risk, Tsai said. "For example, our social networks are becoming narrower and narrower, and the number of women who now say they have no one to talk to about important things has tripled in the past two ... Read more

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Taking St. John's Wort for Depression Carries Risks: Study

Posted 17 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 – St. John's wort is a popular herbal therapy for depression, but a new Australian study highlights the fact that "natural" does not always equal "safe." Using reports filed with Australia's drug safety agency, the researchers found that adverse reactions to St. John's wort were similar to those reported for the antidepressant fluoxetine – better known by the brand name Prozac. Those side effects included anxiety, panic attacks, dizziness, nausea and spikes in blood pressure, the researchers reported in the July issue of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology. "It's concerning to see such severe adverse reactions in our population, when people believe they are doing something proactive for their health with little risk," lead researcher Claire Hoban, of the University of Adelaide, said in a university news release. Research has shown that St. ... Read more

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Psychiatric Woes Often Drive Euthanasia Requests in Belgium

Posted 1 day 16 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 – Depression and personality disorders are common reasons why psychiatric patients in Belgium request help to die due to unbearable suffering, a new study found. Euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002, and involves the use of drugs taken by mouth or given intravenously, the researchers explained. They reviewed requests for help to die made by mentally ill patients in the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium between 2007 and 2011. They were followed through 2012. Seventy women and 23 men requested euthanasia due to unbearable suffering from mental illness. They were between the ages of 21 and 80, with an average age of 47, the researchers said. Ninety-one had been referred for counseling. Seventy-three had been deemed medically unfit for work. Fifty nine were living alone, the study reported. Ninety had more than one mental health disorder. Depression (58 ... Read more

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Health Tip: Protect Your Heart From Stress and Depression

Posted 1 day 16 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- Your heart may pay a price when you're stressed or depressed. But there are things you can do to help lighten the burden. The American Heart Association recommends: Identify the source of your stress or depression, and find ways to cope with it. This may mean psychological therapy. Practice healthy habits, such as by taking a daily walk, but don't push yourself too hard, too fast. Devise a healthier meal plan. Don't reach for junk food when you get stressed. Make healthy lifestyle changes one at a time, rather than trying to change too much at once. Read more

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Health Tip: Offer Support to Seniors

Posted 1 day 16 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- Significant life changes, from losing a loved one to developing a health problem, can be particularly difficult for seniors. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to help: Learn about how people grieve and the normal stages of grief. Listen to your loved one speak about losses and feelings, even if you're not sure what to say. It's OK not to say anything, just to listen. Make a specific offer to help, rather than asking what you can do or waiting for the elderly person to ask. Learn to identify the warning signs of depression, including symptoms that interfere with daily activities. Read more

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Expert Panel Recommends Questionnaire to Help Spot Depression

Posted 2 days 12 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 – Part of your next visit to your family doctor's office should be spent filling out a questionnaire to assess whether you're suffering from depression, an influential panel of preventive medicine experts recommends. What's more, people concerned that they might be depressed could download an appropriate questionnaire online, fill it out ahead of time and hand it over to their doctor for evaluation, the panel added. In an updated recommendation released Monday, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force urged that family doctors regularly screen patients for depression, using standardized questionnaires that detect warning signs of the mental disorder. If a patient shows signs of depression, they would be referred to a specialist for a full-fledged diagnosis and treatment using medication, therapy or a combination of the two, according to the recommendation. These ... Read more

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Mental Illness Afflicts Many Juveniles in Jail

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 – Hospitalization for mental health problems is far more common among kids behind bars than among children and teens in the general population, a new study finds. Juvenile inmates also have longer hospital stays, which suggests they have more serious underlying mental health problems, according to the Stanford University School of Medicine researchers. "We know young people in the juvenile justice system have a disproportionate burden of mental illness, but I was really surprised by the magnitude of the problem, because hospitalizations typically occur for very severe illness," lead author Dr. Arash Anoshiravani, a clinical assistant professor of adolescent medicine, said in a university news release. The researchers analyzed nearly 2 million hospitalizations of children and teens in California over the age of 15. They found that mental health disorders accounted ... Read more

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Loneliness May Fuel Mental Decline in Old Age

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 20, 2015 – Loneliness and depression are linked to an increased risk of mental decline in the elderly, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 8,300 American adults aged 65 and older who were assessed every two years between 1998 and 2010. Seventeen percent reported loneliness at the beginning of the study, and half of those who were lonely had depression. Over the course of the study, mental decline was 20 percent faster among the loneliest people than among those who weren't lonely. People who were depressed at the start of the study also had faster mental decline. However, lower mental function did not lead to worsening loneliness, according to the study scheduled for presentation Monday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Washington, D.C. Data and conclusions presented at meetings are usually considered preliminary until ... Read more

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Dad's Involvement With Autistic Child Helps Mom, Too

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 – Involved parenting by the father of an autistic child improves the mother's mental health, a new study finds. Researchers looked at the families of 50 children with autism. They found that when fathers took an active role in parenting during infancy, it benefited both the child's development and the mother's mental well-being. When autistic children were 4 years old, their mothers had lower levels of depression and stress if fathers read to the children and engaged in "responsive caregiving activities" – such as taking them to the doctor or soothing them when they were upset. "In family systems that include children with autism, the stressors are huge, and mothers need all the support they can grasp," study co-author Brent McBride, a professor of human development and director of the Child Development Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said ... Read more

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Talk Therapy May Help Ease Insomnia, Even With Other Health Woes

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 – Talk therapy may help treat insomnia in people with physical or mental health problems, a new study suggests. With cognitive behavioral therapy, people talk with a therapist to identify the negative thoughts and feelings that cause them problems, and to learn ways to solve their problems, according to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. Past studies have found cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can improve sleep. But, many of those studies didn't include people with psychiatric and medical conditions. For the new study, researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago looked at 37 previous studies. The research included nearly 2,200 people and looked at cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia in people who had depression, alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder and/or with medical conditions such as cancer, chronic pain and ... Read more

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Mental Health Problems in Childhood Linked to Adult Woes

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 – Poor mental health in childhood may lower the chances of success in adulthood, a new study suggests. Duke University researchers found that children with mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and/or behavioral problems were six times more likely than those with no psychiatric problems to have difficulties in adulthood. Those later struggles included addiction, early pregnancy, criminal charges, difficulty getting and keeping jobs, education failures and housing instability, the study authors said. Even children with mild or passing episodes of psychiatric problems were at increased risk, according to the study in the July 15 issue of the journal JAMA Psychiatry. While the study found an association between poor mental health in childhood and problems later in life, it did not prove a cause-and-effect link. The researchers analyzed data from more ... Read more

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Daily Smartphone Use Might Offer Clues to Depression

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 – A new study suggests that how you use your smartphone could shed light on whether you might suffer from depression. The small study – involving just 20 women and eight men, averaging 29 years of age – looked at data from the people's phones to track the number of minutes they used their phone, as well as their locations throughout the day. The researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago tracked two weeks' of phone use and GPS data from the 28 participants' smartphones. The more time a person spent on his or her phone, the more likely they were to be depressed, according to the team led by clinical psychologist David Mohr, who directs the university's Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies. For example, average daily smartphone use by those with depression was 68 minutes, compared with only 17 minutes by those ... Read more

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Rexulti Approved for Schizophrenia, Depression

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 13, 2015 – Rexulti (brexpiprazole) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat schizophrenia, and as an add-on drug for major depressive disorder (MDD) when a first-line drug fails to effectively treat symptoms. Schizophrenia is a chronic, disabling brain disorder that primary affects people aged 30 and younger. Affecting about 1 percent of Americans, the disorder is characterized by hearing voices, believing other people are reading your mind, withdrawal and suspicion. MDD, commonly called depression, is characterized by unhappy mood that interferes with a person's ability to carry on life's daily activities. Other symptoms may include loss of interest in daily life, weight change, insomnia, restlessness, fatigue, feeling guilty or worthless, and inability to concentrate. Clinical studies evaluating the drug for both disorders involved more than ... Read more

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U.S. FDA Approves New Drug Rexulti for Schizophrenia, Major Depression

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 13, 2015 – A new drug to treat schizophrenia and depression has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Rexulti (brexpiprazole) tablets can be used to treat adults with schizophrenia. The new drug can also be used as an add-on therapy to antidepressant drugs for adults with major depression. "Schizophrenia and major depressive disorder can be disabling and can greatly disrupt day-to-day activities," Dr. Mitchell Mathis, director of the Division of Psychiatry Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release. "Medications affect everyone differently so it is important to have a variety of treatment options available for patients with mental illnesses," he added. The FDA's approval of Rexulti for treatment of schizophrenia is based on two six-week clinical trials with more than 1,300 people. People taking the drug ... Read more

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FDA Approves Rexulti (brexpiprazole) for Schizophrenia and Adjunctive Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

Tokyo, Japan and Valby, Denmark – July 11, 2015 –Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Otsuka) and H. Lundbeck A/S (Lundbeck) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Rexulti (brexpiprazole) as an adjunctive therapy for the treatment of adults with major depressive disorder (MDD) and as a treatment for adults with schizophrenia. Rexulti was discovered by Otsuka and co-developed with Lundbeck. It will be co-marketed by the two companies and is expected to become available to patients in the U.S. in early August 2015. The mechanism of action of Rexulti in the treatment of MDD or schizophrenia is unknown. However, the efficacy of Rexulti may be mediated through a combination of partial agonist activity at serotonin 5-HT1A and dopamine D2 receptors, and antagonist activity at serotonin 5-HT2A receptors. In addition, Rexulti exhibits high affinity (subnanomolar) ... Read more

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