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Suicide Risk May Rise for Some After Weight-Loss Surgery

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2015 – Troubled people who have weight-loss surgery are more likely to attempt suicide following the procedure, a new study suggests. These patients were about 50 percent more likely to try to take their own lives after they lost a lot of weight, while more than nine of 10 suicide attempts involved patients with a history of mental health problems, the Canadian researchers found. "While we are clear and confident about the medical benefits of weight loss, especially through weight-loss surgery, I think we're not as attentive to the potential psychological benefits or harms of it," said Dr. Amir Ghaferi, director of bariatric surgery at the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Healthcare System in Michigan. Weight-loss surgery can cause a dramatic change in a person's life, and people struggling with mental illness or depression may not be able to cope, said Ghaferi, who ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Obesity, Major Depressive Disorder, Weight Loss, Dysthymia, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Neurotic Depression, Gastrointestinal Surgery

Face-to-Face Contact May Beat Email, Phone for Staving Off Depression

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TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 – While your days may be filled with electronic communications, a new study suggests that face-to-face contact may have more power to keep depression at bay, at least if you are older. The research doesn't prove that personal conversations are more valuable than email and phone calls. Still, study author Dr. Alan Teo, a staff psychiatrist at VA Portland Health Care System, is convinced there's a connection. "Meeting friends and family face-to-face is strong preventive medicine for depression," said Teo, who's also an assistant professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University. "Think of it like taking your vitamins, and make sure you get a regular dose of it," he said. It may seem obvious that interacting with other people – in a positive way – is good for your health. Indeed, "from prior studies we know that having social support and staying ... Read more

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Depression Adds to Burden of Alzheimer's Caregivers, Study Finds

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THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 – Depression increases the mental strain on people caring for loved ones recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, a new study finds. The study included spouses and other family caregivers of 236 people in Finland who were diagnosed with very mild or mild Alzheimer's disease. The caregivers were followed for three years after their loved ones were diagnosed. The highest levels of mental stress occurred in caregivers who had depression when their loved one was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, the investigators found. "The occurrence of even mild depressive symptoms predicted a psychological load on the family caregiver irrespective of, for example, the progression of the disease," study author Tarja Valimaki said in a University of Eastern Finland news release. Valimaki is a clinical researcher in the university's department of nursing science. The researchers also ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Alzheimer's Disease, Dysthymia, Seasonal Affective Disorder

Psoriasis, Depression Often Go Hand in Hand: Study

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THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 – Regardless of severity, patients with the often disfiguring skin condition psoriasis face an elevated risk for depression, new research suggests. The depression risk may be driven more by concerns about appearance than by the actual status of the skin, said study author Dr. Roger Ho, an assistant professor in the department of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine. "One small area of [psoriasis] involvement might mean a lot more to one person than an area three times the size for another person," said Ho. "I think the location of skin lesions, such as lesions in a more visible area or lesions in an area that impairs daily functioning, might play a bigger role." Between 2 percent and 4 percent of North Americans have psoriasis, Ho said. The autoimmune disorder causes red, raised patches of skin covered with silvery-white scales. These patches ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Postpartum Depression, Dysthymia, Plaque Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthropathy

'Placebo Effect' Might Help Predict Response to Depression Treatment

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – People with depression who show improvement when taking fake drugs get the greatest benefit from real medications, a new study finds. It appears that patients who can use their brain's own chemical forces to fight depression get more benefit when taking antidepressants than those who lack that ability, the University of Michigan Medical School researchers found. "We need to find out how to enhance the natural resiliency that some people appear to have," said research team leader Dr. Jon-Kar Zubieta, a former Michigan faculty member who is now at the University of Utah. The findings could help explain why responses to medications vary among depression patients and help lead to new treatments, he and his colleagues said. For the study, 35 people with untreated major depression were told they were receiving a new depression drug before receiving existing ... Read more

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Younger Native Americans Face High Suicide Rate: Report

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – A new federal report on suicide finds that young adult Native Americans continue to be at a much higher risk of killing themselves than other racial or ethnic groups in the United States. From 2012-2013, the suicide rate was 34 per 100,000 among male American Indians and Alaskan Natives aged 18 to 24. That's higher than white males, blacks, Hispanics and Asian/Pacific Islanders, the report found. The rate was 10 per 100,000 for female American Indians and Alaskan Natives, nearly twice the rate found among white females. The researchers added that a previous study suggested that death rates among Native Americans may be under-reported by as much as 30 percent. Experts who study suicide in Native Americans say there are many potential explanations for the higher suicide rates. But proven strategies to reduce them are lacking. "There isn't a lot of research ... Read more

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

Bullied Teens Who Exercise May Lower Suicide Risk, Study Finds

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FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 – Regular exercise may lower bullied teens' risk of suicide, researchers report. The researchers analyzed data from more than 13,500 U.S. high school students and found that being physically active four or more days a week reduced bullied teens' suicidal thoughts and attempts by 23 percent. The researchers also found that about 30 percent of bullied teens said they had felt sad for two or more weeks in the previous year; 22 percent thought about suicide; and more than 8 percent attempted suicide in the previous year. About 20 percent of the students said they had been bullied on school property. Bullied students were two times more likely to report sadness and three times more likely to think about or attempt suicide than those who weren't bullied. Physical activity on four or more days a week also led to large reductions in sadness, the researchers said. The ... Read more

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Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk of Depression

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FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 – People with sleep apnea are at increased risk for depression, but continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for their apnea may ease their depression, a new study suggests. The Australian study included 293 men and women who were newly diagnosed with sleep apnea. Nearly 73 percent had depression when the study began. The worse their apnea, the more severe their depression. However, after three months, only 4 percent of the 228 apnea patients who used CPAP for an average of at least five hours a night still had clinically significant symptoms of depression. At the start of the study, 41 patients reported thinking about harming themselves or feeling they would be better off dead. After three months of CPAP therapy, none of them had persistent suicidal thoughts. The study appears in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. "Effective ... Read more

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Suicides Decline With Prevention Measures at Known 'Hotspots': Study

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TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 – Preventive measures at "suicide hotspots" such as high bridges and cliffs might greatly reduce the number of suicides at these locations, a new review suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 18 studies to determine the effects of three methods of suicide prevention in use at known suicide hotspots around the world. The intervention methods include signs that encourage people to seek help and provide crisis telephone numbers (help-seeking), increased video surveillance and suicide patrols (third-party help), and measures such as installing safety nets and barriers to block the means of suicide (access restriction). The average number of suicides at the sites dropped from almost six to to slightly more than two per year after the interventions were implemented, according to the study being published online Sept. 23 in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry. When ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia

Paxil Isn't Safe for Teens, New Analysis Says

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 16, 2015 – A controversial clinical trial of the antidepressant Paxil came to the wrong conclusion when it declared the drug safe and effective for treating troubled teenagers, according to a reanalysis of the original data more than a decade later. This new look finds Paxil (paroxetine) can make some teenagers suicidal and likely to harm themselves, claims a report published Sept. 17 in the BMJ. "The original study says paroxetine is safe and effective for the treatment of depressed adolescents," said co-author Dr. John Nardo, a psychiatrist with the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute in Atlanta. "Ours says paroxetine is neither safe nor effective in the treatment of adolescents," Nardo added. "And I don't know of any example where two studies in the literature with the same data ever reached opposite conclusions." This reassessment was prompted by the RIAT ... Read more

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Could Eating Fish Help Ward Off Depression?

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THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 – Can eating a lot of fish boost your mood? Maybe, say Chinese researchers. Overall, the researchers found that people who consumed the most fish lowered their risk of depression by 17 percent compared to those who ate the least. "Studies we reviewed indicated that high fish consumption can reduce the incidence of depression, which may indicate a potential causal relationship between fish consumption and depression," said lead researcher Fang Li, of the department of epidemiology and health statistics at the Medical College of Qingdao University in China. But this association was only statistically significant for studies done in Europe, the researchers said. They didn't find the same benefit when they looked at studies done in North America, Asia, Australia or South America. The researchers don't know why the association was only significant for fish ... Read more

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Forgiveness May Boost Older Women's Moods

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TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2015 – The old adage that forgiveness is divine may be true for older women, but it may always not make men feel any better, a new study suggests. The researchers found that older women who forgave others were less likely to be depressed. And, that was true even if they felt unforgiven by others. However, men who forgave others, but also felt unforgiven had the highest levels of depression, the study revealed. The research stemmed from a survey of more than 1,000 American adults. The study participants were all aged 67 and older. The survey asked about their mental and physical health, as well as their religious beliefs. "When we think about forgiveness and characteristics of people who are forgiving – altruistic, compassionate, empathetic – these people forgive others and seem to compensate for the fact that others aren't forgiving them," study co-author Christine ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia

Many Say Mental Health Care Is Vital, But Often Tough to Get

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TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 – Although most Americans think mental health care is important, they often believe it's expensive and hard to get, a new survey shows. In questioning more than 2,000 adults, nearly 90 percent said they place equal value on mental and physical health. But one-third said mental health care is inaccessible. And 40 percent said cost is a barrier to treatment for many people, the survey found. Forty-seven percent of respondents thought they have had a mental health condition, but only 38 percent of them had received treatment. Of those who were treated, most thought it was helpful, including 82 percent who got psychotherapy and 78 percent who received medications. The survey also found that 86 percent of participants knew that mental health disorders such as depression are risk factors for suicide. Only 47 percent knew that anxiety disorders also increase suicide ... Read more

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'Goth' Teens Report More Depression, Self-Harm

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THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 – The dark look associated with Goths may not be all show: Teens in this subculture appear more prone to depression and self-harm than their peers, researchers report. Fifteen-year-olds who strongly identified as Goth – recognized by their distinctive black clothes, white and black makeup and black hair – were three times more likely to be depressed at 18 compared with teens who did not identify as Goth, the British researchers found. And they were five times more likely to report self-harming behaviors such as cutting or taking an overdose of pills as non-Goth teens, according to the study published Aug. 27 in The Lancet Psychiatry. "Our study does not suggest that being a Goth causes depression or self-harm, but rather that some individuals within this subculture may be particularly vulnerable," said lead researcher Lucy Bowes, an associate professor of ... Read more

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

False-Positive Mammogram Result Traumatic for Most Women: Study

Posted 26 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 – In a finding that won't surprise many who've been through this ordeal, researchers say emotional turmoil is common for women whose mammogram falsely suggests they have breast cancer. The Swedish study of nearly 400 such cases found that 88 percent of the women said they felt a sense of dejection, such as being uneasy, sad or unable to cope; 83 percent reported anxiety; 67 percent said they had behavioral changes, such as trouble dealing with spare time or work; and 53 percent suffered sleeping problems. One expert in the United States wasn't surprised. "It is well known that false-positive results on a mammogram or ultrasound can cause anxiety and distress," said Dr. Stephanie Bernik, chief of surgical oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Unfortunately, she added, women are in a tough spot because "at the current time, these tests are the best ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Breast Cancer, Ultrasound, Dysthymia, Breast Cancer, Prevention, Diagnosis and Investigation, Body Imaging

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