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Tough Economy, Alcohol Fuels Suicide Risk in Men: Study

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 – Heavy drinking may fuel the risk of suicide among men when the economy is sinking, new research suggests. Previous studies found a link between increased suicide risk among Americans and economic downturns. So, investigators from the University of California, Los Angeles decided to examine the role alcohol plays in that association. In general, recessions are linked with an overall decline in drinking, but heavy drinking increases, particularly among people affected by the economic downturn, said study author Mark Kaplan, a professor of social welfare at UCLA. "Surprisingly, there is evidence that individuals intoxicated at the time of death did not necessarily have a history of alcohol abuse prior to suicide," Kaplan said. The researchers analyzed data from 16 states to compare alcohol use between suicide victims and the general population in 2005-2007, during ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Alcohol Dependence, Dysthymia, Alcoholism, Hangover, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

'Fat Shaming' Begins in First Grade

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 – As early as first grade, severely obese children are getting teased, picked on and bullied more than normal-weight kids, a new study finds. The new research also found that these severely obese youngsters are more likely to be depressed and withdrawn. Obese children may turn to eating to cope with the pain of rejection or skip school to avoid being bullied, the researchers said. "The social climate at school can exacerbate weight and learning problems because it is so unpleasant," said lead researcher Amanda Harrist, a professor of child development at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. For many obese kids, home may not be much better, she said. Other studies have shown that obese children often have families that don't handle their emotions well and make fun of their kids' feelings, Harrist said. "At school, these kids are teased and picked on, and ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Obesity, Major Depressive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Weight Loss, Dysthymia

Predeployment Riskiest Time for Military Suicide Attempts

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 – Suicide attempts in the military aren't necessarily combat-driven. At the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army soldiers most likely to try to kill themselves were never deployed, new research shows. Moreover, risk was greatest just two months into service, according to the study of more than 163,000 soldiers. But the findings aren't a sign that going to war protects soldiers against suicide. "It is more likely that those who are not deployed are already at a higher risk for suicide, and that is one of the reasons they were not cleared to deploy," said Alan Peterson, professor and chief of behavioral medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Peterson, a military mental health researcher, wasn't involved in the study. Suicide rates within the military exploded during the wars of the last 15 years, said study lead ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Substance Abuse, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Gulf War Syndrome

Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – Doctors prescribe antidepressants for a wide range of medical problems other than depression, apparently fueling the boom in sales of these medications, researchers report. Depression accounts for only a little more than half the antidepressant prescriptions issued by Quebec physicians during the past decade, the Canadian study found. Doctors also issued antidepressants to treat anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, panic disorders, fibromyalgia, migraine, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and a host of other "off-label" conditions for which the drugs are not approved, according to the report. Two out of every three non-depression prescriptions for antidepressants were handed out under an off-label purpose, the findings showed. "The thing that's of concern here is that when prescribing for conditions other than depression, often these are for indications such as ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Depression, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Headache, Panic Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Fibromyalgia, Lexapro, Zoloft, Sleep Disorders, Wellbutrin, Cymbalta, Migraine, Insomnia, Effexor, Prozac, Celexa, Citalopram, Paxil

Seeing the Sea Soothes Stress

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, May 21, 2016 – A view of the ocean is good for the soul, a new study says. Researchers compared people who lived in various areas of Wellington, New Zealand, and found that having the sea in sight every day was linked with lower levels of stress. This association remained even after residents' wealth, age, sex and other factors were taken into account. However, viewing green spaces – such as grassy parks and forests – did not seem to show the same benefit, according to the study published in the May issue of the journal Health & Place. That may be due to the fact that researchers did not distinguish between types of green space, said study co-author Amber Pearson, an assistant professor of health geography at Michigan State University. "It could be because the blue space was all natural, while the green space included human-made areas, such as sports fields and playgrounds, ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Agitation, Psychiatric Disorders, Dysthymia

Family Rejection Triples Risk for Suicide Attempts by Transgender People: Study

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 – Transgender people can face big difficulties, but a new study shows their journey is made much harder when family members reject them. The researchers found that risks for attempting suicide more than tripled for transgender adults who experienced a "high level" of familial rejection. The risk for alcohol or drug abuse also rose much higher in these situations, the research found. Why is the potential rejection of parents, spouses and children so devastating? As researchers from the City University of New York explained, when transgender individuals face societal stigma, families can provide crucial support. However, when their families shut them out, this may deprive transgender people of a much-needed emotional "buffer" against that discrimination, wrote co-authors Augustus Klein and Sarit Golub. One expert agreed that the support of loved ones is key. "This ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Neurotic Depression, Depressive Psychosis, Gender Dysphoria

States With More Gun Owners Have More Gun-Related Suicides: Study

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 – In states where there are more gun owners, there are also more gun-related suicides, a new U.S. study finds. Looking at 33 years' worth of data, the researchers found that states with more gun owners generally had more suicides by firearm among both men and women. Men in those states also had higher overall suicide rates. The findings do not prove that guns lead to more suicides, said lead researcher Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor at the Boston University School of Public Health. However, his team considered many other factors that could affect a state's suicide patterns – including unemployment levels, divorce rates, crime and residents' typical alcohol intake. And still, suicide rates rose in tandem with gun ownership, Siegel noted. For every 10-percentage-point increase in a state's gun ownership level, the rate of gun-related suicides among men rose by 3 ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Boost Your Mood

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

-- If you have an occasional case of the blues, there are things you can do to help boost your mood. The University of Minnesota suggests: Getting regular exercise, focusing on activities that promote mindfulness, such as yoga. Eating a balanced, nutritious diet and limiting consumption of sweetened foods and drinks. Avoiding alcohol. Getting plenty of sleep. Finding support among your social circles and family. Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Insomnia, Major Depressive Disorder, Fatigue, Dysthymia

Scientists Test 'Magic Mushroom' Chemical for Tough-to-Treat Depression

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 – A hallucinogenic compound found in "magic mushrooms" shows promise in treating depression, a small, preliminary study found. "Depression continues to affect a large proportion of the population, many of whom do not respond to conventional treatments," said Dr. Scott Krakower, a psychiatrist who reviewed the study. "Although this was a small study, it does offer hope for new, unconventional treatments, to help those who are battling with severe depression," said Krakower, who is chief of psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y. The new trial included 12 people with moderate to severe depression who had been resistant to standard treatment. All of the patients were given the compound psilocybin, found in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Three months after treatment, seven patients had reduced symptoms of depression, according to a team led by Dr. Robin ... Read more

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

Could Inducing Brief, Mild 'Fever' Help Ease Depression?

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 16, 2016 – Temporarily raising the body temperature of people who are depressed seems to ease symptoms for up to six weeks, a small new study finds. The treatment, known as whole-body hyperthermia, essentially gives patients a mild, transient fever, the researchers explained. Similar to some antidepressant drugs, the treatment is thought to work by activating a part of the brain that produces the chemical serotonin. This brain region is less active in people with depression, the researchers explained. "Our hope is to find better and faster-acting treatments for depression than the antidepressants currently in use," said lead researcher Dr. Charles Raison of the University of Wisconsin. "We think that using heat to stimulate the skin activates serotonin-producing cells in the mid-brain, which then produce a change in how the brain functions," he explained in a university ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Lexapro, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Cymbalta, Effexor, Prozac, Celexa, Citalopram, Paxil, Trazodone, Major Depressive Disorder, Sertraline, Pristiq, Fever, Amitriptyline, Bupropion, Viibryd, Fluoxetine, Effexor XR

A Barefoot Run Might Be a Brain Booster

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 – Runners who want to boost their brain function should consider taking their running shoes off, new research suggests. The study found that after running barefoot, participants saw improvements in working memory, or the ability to recall or process information. Running in shoes, however, didn't result in the same advantage, researchers said. "The little things often have the greatest impact. This research shows us that we can realize our cognitive potential and enjoy ourselves at the same time," said study leader Ross Alloway in a University of North Florida (UNF) news release. "If we take off our shoes and go for a run, we can finish smarter than when we started," added Alloway, a researcher in the university's department of psychology. For the study, the researchers instructed 72 volunteers to run barefoot and with shoes at their own pace for about 16 minutes. ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Dysthymia, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Foot Care

Lithium Beats Newer Meds for Bipolar Disorder, Study Finds

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 – Lithium outperforms newer mood stabilizers in the treatment of bipolar disorder, a new study has found. Patients taking lithium had lower rates of self-harm and unintentional injury compared to those taking other bipolar drugs, such as valproate (Depacon, Depakote), olanzapine (Zyprexa) or quetiapine (Seroquel), said lead researcher Joseph Hayes. He is a fellow of psychiatry at University College London. "This is important because people with bipolar disorder are 15 times more likely to die by suicide and six times more likely to die by accidental injury than the general population," Hayes explained. People taking one of the alternative mood stabilizers were 40 percent more likely to harm themselves compared to patients on lithium, Hayes and his colleagues found. And people on valproate or quetiapine were 32 percent to 34 percent more likely to fall victim to ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Seroquel, Major Depressive Disorder, Lithium, Mania, Zyprexa, Seroquel XR, Quetiapine, Olanzapine, Dysthymia, Symbyax, Valproic Acid, Severe Mood Dysregulation, Zyprexa Zydis, Depakene, Cyclothymic Disorder, Eskalith, Lithobid, Eskalith-CR

Depression Strikes, Stays With Many Caregivers of Critically Ill

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 – Caregivers for the critically ill often suffer depression that lingers long after their loved one's hospital stay ends, new research suggests. "Caregivers to patients who have spent at least seven days in the ICU [intensive care unit] commonly experience symptoms of depression for the full first year after ICU discharge," said study leader Jill Cameron. She is a researcher at the University of Toronto. "A large portion of them improve over the year, but a [sub] group does not," Cameron said. Surprisingly, the ones who are most depressed "are not necessarily caring for the sickest patients," she added. Her team collected information on 280 caregivers of patients who had been in the ICU for seven days or longer on mechanical ventilation, which helps patients breathe. It is needed for serious medical conditions such as respiratory arrest, lung injury or traumatic ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Head Injury, Dysthymia, ICU Agitation, Respiratory Tract Disease, Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Depressive Psychosis, Head Injury with Intracranial Hemorrhage, Respiratory Arrest, Head Injury w/ Intracranial Hemorrhage and Loss of Consciousness, Head Injury with Loss of Consciousness

Study: Ex-NFL Players Aren't at Greater Risk for Suicide

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 – Professional football players aren't at greater risk of suicide than the general U.S. population, federal health officials report, although players are far likelier to suffer concussions. For the study, the researchers calculated the suicide death rate for 3,439 retired National Football League players who played for at least five seasons between 1959 and 1988. Previous studies have suggested that different football positions carry different risks. To account for this possibility, the researchers divided the players into two groups. The first group included athletes who played positions involving speed, such as running back, wide receiver and quarterback. The other group included those who played positions that didn't rely on speed, such as offensive and defensive linemen. Punters and kickers were excluded from the study because these positions rarely involve ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Head Injury, Dysthymia, Head Injury with Intracranial Hemorrhage, Head Injury w/ Intracranial Hemorrhage and Loss of Consciousness, Head Injury with Loss of Consciousness

Can the Anesthetic Ketamine Ease Suicidal Thoughts?

Posted 10 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 – Low doses of the anesthetic ketamine may quickly reduce suicidal thoughts in people with long-standing depression, a small study suggests. By the end of three weeks of therapy, most of the 14 study volunteers had a decrease in suicidal thoughts and seven ended up not having any such thoughts, the researchers found. To get into the study, patients had to have had suicidal thoughts for at least three months, plus persistent depression. "So, the fact that they experienced any reduction in suicidal thinking, let alone remission, is very exciting," said lead researcher Dr. Dawn Ionescu, an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Despite these results, many mysteries still remain about the drug, Ionescu said. For example, "we don't know yet how the drug works," she said. "In addition, we do not know if the doses of ketamine being used for ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Lithium, Dysthymia, Ketamine, Clozapine, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Clozaril, Lithobid, Eskalith, Depressive Psychosis, Eskalith-CR, Denzapine, Ketamine/ketoprofen/lidocaine, Clozapine Synthon, Lithotabs, Ketalar, Clopine, Lithonate, Zaponex

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