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Social Life May Be Key to Suicide Prevention for Women

Posted 1 day 14 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 1 day 14 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 2 days 13 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 2 days 13 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 2 days 13 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 3 days 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 Health Problems in Childhood Linked to Adult Woes

Posted 16 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 16 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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Newly Enlisted Army Soldiers at Risk of Attempted Suicide: Study

Posted 9 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – Among U.S. Army personnel, enlisted soldiers on their first tour of duty appear to be most at risk for attempted suicide, a new study finds. Concerned by a spike in suicides and suicide attempts in the Army during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, researchers set out to identify key risks for suicide attempts between 2004 and 2009. "Those who were female, younger, early in their career, with a recent mental health problem, and never or previously deployed were at greatest risk," said study lead author Dr. Robert Ursano, chair of psychiatry at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. "By understanding who is at risk and when they are at risk, we can much better target treatments," Ursano said. The findings were published in the July 8 online issue of JAMA Psychiatry. In 2014, as part ... Read more

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Are Too Many Young Americans Getting Antipsychotics for ADHD?

Posted 1 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – A growing number of teens and young adults are being prescribed powerful antipsychotics, even though the medications aren't approved to treat two disorders – ADHD and depression – they are commonly used for, a new study shows. Researchers found that antipsychotic use rose among children aged 13 and older – from 1.1 percent in 2006 to nearly 1.2 percent in 2010. And among young adults – people aged 19 to 24 – antipsychotic use increased from 0.69 percent in 2006 to 0.84 percent in 2010. Of concern to some experts are the conditions for which many of these antipsychotic prescriptions are being written, namely attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and depression. Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves this class of drugs for psychiatric conditions such as psychosis, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or impulsive aggression tied to ... Read more

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Scans Suggest Recurrent Depression May Take Toll on the Brain

Posted 30 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 – The area of the brain involved in forming new memories, known as the hippocampus, seems to shrink in people with recurring depression, a new study shows. Australian researchers say the findings highlight the need to spot and treat depression when it first develops, particularly among young people. Ian Hickie, who co-directs the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney, led the study. His team looked at the neurology of almost 9,000 people from the United States, Europe and Australia. To do so, they analyzed brain scans and medical data for about 1,700 people with major depression, and almost 7,200 people who didn't suffer from depression. The researchers noted that 65 percent of the participants with major depression had suffered recurring symptoms. The study, published June 30 in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, found that people with ... Read more

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Common Antidepressants Linked to Higher Fracture Odds in Menopausal Women

Posted 26 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 – Women prescribed a common class of antidepressants to ease menopausal symptoms may face a long-term rise in their risk for bone fracture, a new study suggests. The antidepressants in question are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) medications such as Celexa, Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft. Besides being used to treat depression, these drugs are often prescribed as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to tackle hot flashes, night sweats and other problems that can accompany menopause. However, "SSRIs appear to increase fracture risk among middle aged women without psychiatric disorders," wrote a team led by Dr. Matthew Miller of Northeastern University in Boston. The team added that the effect seems to be "sustained over time, suggesting that shorter duration of treatment may decrease [this effect]." The study authors acknowledged that their ... Read more

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Many U.S. Men With Depression, Anxiety Don't Get Treated, CDC Finds

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Close to one in 10 American men suffers from depression or anxiety, but fewer than half get treatment, a new survey reveals. The nationwide poll of more than 21,000 men also found that among younger males, blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to report mental health symptoms. And when they do acknowledge psychiatric troubles, they are less likely to seek professional help than whites, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. "We suspect that there are several social and cultural pressures that lead black and Hispanic men to be less likely than white men to seek mental health treatments," said report lead author Stephen Blumberg, an associate director for science with the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). "These pressures, which include ideas about masculinity and the stigma of mental illness, may be ... Read more

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World's Population Is Getting Sicker, Study Shows

Posted 8 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 8, 2015 – A new global tally of health finds that only about 4 percent of people worldwide had no health problems in 2013, while a third – about 2.3 billion people – had more than five health problems. And the situation is getting worse, not better: Worldwide, the proportion of years of healthy life people lost because of illness (rather than simply dying earlier) rose from 21 percent in 1990 to 31 percent in 2013, according to the Global Burden of Disease study. The growing number of elderly people also means that the number of people who will be living with health problems will rise rapidly over coming decades, the researchers warned. The study involves data from 188 countries and looks at more than 300 illnesses and injuries, according to a news release from The Lancet, which published the findings June 8. The study is the largest analysis of trends in health around ... Read more

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Bullied Teens at Risk for Later Depression, Study Finds

Posted 2 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 2, 2015 – Young teens who are bullied appear to be at higher risk of depression when they reach early adulthood, according to new research. "We found that teenagers who reported being frequently bullied were twice as likely to be clinically depressed at 18 years," said Lucy Bowes, a researcher at the University of Oxford in England, who led the research. The researchers found an association, not a definitive cause-and-effect relationship, Bowes said. "In our type of study, we can never be certain that bullying causes depression," she explained. "However, our evidence suggests that this is the case." To explore the possible link, the investigators used data on nearly 4,000 teens in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, a community-based group born in the United Kingdom. At age 13, all completed a questionnaire about bullying. At 18, they were assessed for ... Read more

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