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Women, Poor, Uninsured Face Higher Risk of Psychological Distress: CDC

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THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 – Women, people with chronic medical conditions, the poor and those without health insurance are more likely to struggle with "serious psychological distress," U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Serious psychological distress is a term that identifies people who are likely to be diagnosed with a mental disorder that limits their lives, according to the researchers. Overall, they found that about 3 percent of Americans surveyed have serious psychological distress. "People with serious psychological distress have a lot of challenges," said report co-author Laura Pratt, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. "People with mental health problems have a lot of needs that aren't being met." In the report, the researchers used data from the National Health Interview Survey. The information ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Psychosis, Agitation, Psychiatric Disorders, Dysthymia

Demi Lovato Gets Vocal About Mental Illness

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THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 – Demi Lovato huddled in the back of her tour bus, eyes wet with tears as she watched a horde of fans streaming into the venue where she was about to play. "I was young and successful and I was looking up at the venue where I was about to play, where I would be able to live out my dreams, something I dreamed of for years, and yet I was crying in the bus," Lovato, now 22, recalled. "I was feeling empty and for some reason I was feeling hopeless, even though I had hope right in front of me." She didn't know it at the time, but Lovato was deep in the throes of a depressive episode, a symptom of her as-yet-undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Lovato eventually got help. Now, the former "X Factor" judge and top 10 recording artist is lending her star power to a campaign aimed at encouraging others who struggle with mental illness to speak out and seek help. Mental illness ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Mania, Dysthymia, Severe Mood Dysregulation

Heed the Warning Signs of Teen Suicide, Experts Say

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TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 – Youth suicide is a major problem in the United States, but being alert to the warning signs can help avert tragedy, experts say. Thousands of teens take their own lives every year, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds, and the sixth leading cause of death among 5- to 14-year-olds, the academy explained in a news release. Many signs of symptoms of suicidal feelings are similar to depression and parents should be alert for such signs, according to the academy. These signs include: changes in eating and sleeping habits, withdrawal from family, friends and regular activities, violent or rebellious behavior, or running away, drug and alcohol use, unusual neglect of personal appearance, or significant personality changes, chronic boredom, concentration problems, or ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia

Hospice May Help Ease Depression After Loss of Spouse

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TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 – Hospice care may help a surviving spouse better cope with depression following the death of a loved one, a new study reports. Survivors are just as likely to be depressed following the death of their life partner whether or not hospice eased the patient's suffering and helped them pass with dignity, researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine found. But hospice care seems to provide a modest benefit in terms of a survivor's ability to recover from that depression, said lead author Katherine Ornstein, an assistant professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. "If a spouse dies, you're more likely to be depressed. That's the way it is. Hospice doesn't get rid of that," Ornstein said. "But we found that the group in hospice is improving afterward. Your likelihood of having reduced depression going ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia

Depression Linked to Death of Many Heart Failure Patients

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SATURDAY, May 23, 2015 – Depression significantly increases the risk of death in heart failure patients, a new study finds. Heart failure patients with moderate to severe depression had a five times higher risk of death than those with no or mild depression, researchers found. "We know that depression is common in heart failure and affects 20 to 40 percent of patients," said study author John Cleland, a professor of cardiology at Imperial College London and the University of Hull in England. Of the 154 patients studied, 27 had mild depression and 24 had moderate to severe depression. Over an average follow-up of 302 days, 27 patients died. The increased risk of death associated with moderate to severe depression was independent of other health problems and the severity of heart failure, the researchers said. The study was to be presented Saturday at the annual meeting of the Heart ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Heart Failure, Congestive Heart Failure, Dysthymia, Left Ventricular Dysfunction

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

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia

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

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Parkinson's Disease, Postpartum Depression, Dysthymia, Parkinsonian Tremor, Parkinsonism

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

Related support groups: Depression, Lexapro, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, Paxil, Citalopram, Sertraline, Fluoxetine, Major Depressive Disorder, Escitalopram, Paroxetine, Luvox, Postpartum Depression, Dysthymia, Paxil CR, Fluvoxamine, Sarafem, Luvox CR, Brisdelle

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

Related support groups: Depression, Social Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Depressive Psychosis

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

Related support groups: Depression, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Major Depressive Disorder, Sleep Apnea, Dysthymia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome

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

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Depressive Psychosis

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

Related support groups: Anxiety, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Nightmares, Night Terrors, Dysthymia

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

Related support groups: Depression, Insomnia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Drug Dependence, Eating Disorder, Dysthymia, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse

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

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Seasonal Affective Disorder

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