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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

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False-Positive Mammogram Result Traumatic for Most Women: Study

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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

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9 Factors You Can Control May Be Key to Alzheimer's Risk

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THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – Up to two-thirds of Alzheimer's cases worldwide may stem from any of nine conditions that often result from lifestyle choices, a broad research review suggests. Those include obesity (specifically, high body mass index, an indication of obesity, in midlife); carotid artery disease, in which plaque buildup narrows major neck arteries and slows blood supply to the brain; high blood pressure; depression; being frail; being poorly educated; having high levels of a naturally occurring amino acid known as homocysteine; and (specifically among those of Asian descent) being a smoker and/or having either type 2 diabetes. The implication: Taking steps to minimize or eliminate such conditions might reduce the long-term risk for developing Alzheimer's, a brain disorder that affects memory and thinking. It is the most common form of dementia among seniors. "The current ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Diabetes, Type 2, Hypertension, Smoking, Major Depressive Disorder, Alzheimer's Disease, Dysthymia, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), Hypertensive Heart Disease

Psoriasis Linked to Higher Risk of Depression

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THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – People with psoriasis may be twice as likely to experience depression as those without the common skin condition, regardless of its severity, a new study suggests. "Psoriasis in general is a pretty visible disease," said study author Dr. Roger Ho, an assistant professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York City. "Psoriasis patients are fearful of the public's stigmatization of this visible disease and are worried about how people who are unfamiliar with the disease may perceive them or interact with them." Genetic or biologic factors may also play a role in the link between depression and psoriasis, which requires more research, he said. Either way, the findings mean that all individuals with psoriasis could benefit from screening for depression, Ho said, and their friends and family members should be aware of the connection as ... Read more

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Family Struggles May Affect Boys' Brain Development

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MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2015 – Family problems early in life might raise boys' risk of depression and anxiety, which is also tied to altered brain structure in their late teens and early 20s, a new study suggests. But the findings have a bright side, one researcher said. "Early life experiences have an effect on the brain," said Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, president of The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in New York City. But "what is most interesting and exciting about this study is that just as trauma can have a negative effect on the brain, positive experiences – including therapy and other interventions – can have a positive effect on the young brain and ultimately affect the level of functioning of the individual," he said. Borenstein was not involved in the new research. The British study was led by Edward Barker, of King's College London, and included nearly 500 males, ages 18 to ... Read more

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

Screen Teens With Depression for Heart Disease, Experts Say

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TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2015 – Teens with major depression or bipolar disorder may face a higher risk for heart disease and they need to be followed closely, new recommendations from the American Heart Association state. "Youth with mood disorders are not yet widely recognized as a group at increased risk for excessive and early heart disease. We hope these guidelines will spur action from patients, families and health care providers to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease among these youth," Dr. Benjamin Goldstein, a child-adolescent psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center at the University of Toronto, said in a heart association news release. Goldstein and his colleagues reviewed published studies and found that teens with major depression or bipolar disorder were more likely than other teens to have: high blood pressure; high cholesterol; obesity, especially around the ... Read more

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At Dutch Euthanasia Clinic, Requests From People 'Tired of Living'

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2015 – In Belgium and the Netherlands, where euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are legal, doctors are increasingly confronted by requests for such services from people with psychological illnesses or people who say they are "tired of living," a new study finds. The majority of these requests are denied, according to two studies focused on such clinics. Still, some patients did get their wish granted and received help ending their life. The studies were published Aug. 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The findings highlight worries about a "slippery slope" in terms of the reasons for which euthanasia requests might be granted, two U.S. experts said. "Although neither article mentions the term 'slippery slope,' both studies report worrisome findings that seem to validate concerns about where these practices might lead," Drs. Barron Lerner and Arthur Caplan of New ... Read more

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Could Too Many Refined Carbs Make You Depressed?

Posted 7 Aug 2015 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2015 – Refined carbohydrates – such as those found in white bread, white rice and sodas – may harm more than the waistlines of older women. New research shows that eating too much of these highly processed foods might also raise their risk of depression. Luckily, the opposite also appears to be true: The analysis also found that those who ate lots of whole grains, vegetables, fruits and dietary fiber appeared to see their risk for depression drop. The study involved more than 70,000 women aged 50 to 79. The findings, the investigators said, only show an association between "refined" carbs and elevated depression risk, rather than a direct cause-and-effect relationship. "[But] it is already well known that people who suffer from depression tend to crave carbohydrates," said study author James Gangwisch, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry with the ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Obesity, Weight Loss, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance

Most U.S. Schools Start Too Early for Kids to Get Enough Sleep: Study

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THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 – Five out of six middle and high schools in the United States start the day too early, which keeps students from getting the sleep they need, a new government report finds. Middle and high schools should aim for a start time no earlier than 8:30 a.m. to help kids get enough sleep, according to a policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics last year. But a review of U.S. Department of Education data found that slightly less than 18 percent of public middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later. The average school start time across the nation was 8:03 a.m., according to the report published in the Aug. 7 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Getting enough sleep is important for students' health, safety and academic performance," said lead author Anne ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Sleep Disorders, Obesity, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia

Regular Pot Use as Teen Not Tied to Long-Term Health Problems: Study

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TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015 – Regular marijuana use doesn't appear to put teens at increased risk for depression, lung cancer or other physical and mental health problems later in life, contends a new study that challenges previous research. "What we found was a little surprising," lead researcher Jordan Bechtold, a psychology research fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, said in a news release from the American Psychological Association. "There were no differences in any of the mental or physical health outcomes that we measured regardless of the amount or frequency of marijuana used during adolescence," Bechtold explained. The study included more than 400 males in Pittsburgh who were followed from age 14 to 36. Fifty-four percent were black, 42 percent were white and 4 percent were from other racial/ethnic groups. The participants were divided into four groups based on ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Lung Cancer, Dysthymia, Cannabis

Severe 'Picky Eating' May Point to Mental Health Issues in Kids

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MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 – A kid who is a seriously "picky eater" is also likely to struggle with emotional problems like anxiety and depression, new research suggests. About 3 percent of kids suffer from severe selective eating, to the extent that they can't eat out at a restaurant, said lead researcher Nancy Zucker, an eating disorders specialist at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. These kids are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression or social anxiety, when compared with kids who'll eat anything, according to findings published online Aug. 3 in the journal Pediatrics. Even kids who are moderate picky eaters – for example, they only have 10 foods they will reliably eat – are at increased risk for symptoms of anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, although not to the extent that they can be diagnosed with a disorder, Zucker added. The ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Performance Anxiety

Too Much Facebook, Twitter Tied to Poor Mental Health in Teens

Posted 31 Jul 2015 by

FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 – Teens who frequently use social media are more likely to say they struggle with mental health concerns that are not being addressed, new Canadian research reveals. At issue is the amount of time adolescents spend browsing and posting on sites such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. "It is difficult to speculate what mechanisms may link the use of social networking sites to mental health problems," said study author Dr. Hugues Sampasa-Kanyinga, from the department of epidemiology at Ottawa Public Health in Ottawa, Canada. While the study did not prove a cause-and-effect link, Sampasa-Kanyinga noted that the "use of social networking sites can lead to poor mental health, and poor mental health may be a reason why youth use social networking sites. That said, it could be that kids with mental health problems are seeking out interactions as they are feeling isolated ... Read more

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

Social Life May Be Key to Suicide Prevention for Women

Posted 29 Jul 2015 by

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 29 Jul 2015 by

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 28 Jul 2015 by

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

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Dysthymia, Dependent Personality Disorder, Avoidant Personality Disorder

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