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Parents' Social Anxiety May Raise Kids' Risk for Anxiety Disorder

Posted 7 Nov 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7 – Parental social anxiety should be considered a risk factor for childhood anxiety, according to researchers. In a new study, researchers from Johns Hopkins Children's Center found that kids with parents who have social anxiety disorder – the most common form of anxiety – are at greater risk for developing an anxiety disorder than kids whose parents have other forms of anxiety. The study revealed that the parental behaviors that contributed to children's anxiety included a lack of warmth and affection as well as high levels of criticism and doubt. "There is a broad range of anxiety disorders, so what we did was home in on social anxiety, and we found that anxiety-promoting parental behaviors may be unique to the parent's diagnosis and not necessarily common to all those with anxiety," the study's senior investigator, Golda Ginsburg, professor of child and adolescent ... Read more

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Anxiety Linked to Smarts in Brain Study

Posted 18 Apr 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, April 18 – Worrying may have co-evolved with intelligence as an important survival trait in humans, new research suggests. For the study, researchers looked at 26 people with generalized anxiety disorder and compared them to a group of 18 healthy volunteers without the disorder. The investigators found that both worry and high intelligence were associated with brain activity measured by the depletion of the nutrient choline in the brain's white matter. This suggests that worry may have co-evolved with intelligence, said Dr. Jeremy Coplan, a professor of psychiatry at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in New York City. "While excessive worry is generally seen as a negative trait and high intelligence as a positive one, worry may cause our species to avoid dangerous situations, regardless of how remote a possibility they may be," Coplan said in a center ... Read more

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Depression, Anxiety Tied to Physical Disabilities in Seniors

Posted 5 Apr 2012 by

THURSDAY, April 5 – Seniors with psychological distress such as depression or anxiety are more likely to have physical disabilities, a new Australian study says. Regular physical activity, however, can protect against such problems. Researchers examined data from nearly 100,000 Australian men and women, aged 65 and older, and found that 8.4 percent of them were experiencing psychological distress. Compared to those with no psychological distress, the risk of physical disability was more than four times higher among those with any level of psychological distress and nearly seven times higher among those with moderate levels. The researchers also found that seniors who were more physically active were less likely to have physical disabilities. The study appears April 5 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. "Our findings can influence the emphasis that we place on older ... Read more

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City Living Tied to More Anxiety, Mood Disorders

Posted 22 Jun 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, June 22 – People who are born and raised in cities have a greater lifetime risk for anxiety and mood disorders due to the impact that city living appears to have on two brain regions that regulate emotion and stress, a new international study indicates. The findings may lead to new ways to improve the quality of life for city dwellers, according to the researchers. Previous studies found that urban residents have a 21 percent increased risk for anxiety disorders and a 39 percent increased risk for mood disorders. They also have nearly twice the rate of schizophrenia compared to people who don't live in cities, said study co-author Jens Pruessner, of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal. He and his colleagues in Germany used functional MRI to study the brain activity of healthy volunteers from urban and rural areas. They found that city dwellers had ... Read more

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Health Tip: Dealing With Anxiety

Posted 13 May 2011 by

-- Anxiety can quickly spiral out of control and interfere with daily life. But there are techniques that will allow you to regain control, the American Academy of Family Physicians says. The academy offers these suggestions: Schedule 30 minutes each day to think about the things that are concerning you. Save your worry for those designated times. Think less about what will happen and concern yourself more with what's happening now. Practice relaxation techniques such as muscle relaxation or deep breathing. Get plenty of regular exercise and enough sleep. Don't abuse drugs or drink alcohol. Restrict or eliminate caffeine. Deal with things that have caused you anxiety in the past. Start by visualizing how you will deal with these factors. Doing so will help you deal with them for real. Talk about your fears with your doctor. He or she can help you devise a plan for how to better cope ... Read more

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U.S. Sees Slowdown in Spending on Mental Health

Posted 5 Feb 2011 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 4 – The amount of money spent on psychiatric drugs in the United States continues to grow but at a much slower rate than in previous years, a new federal government study has found. From 2004 to 2005, spending on psychiatric drugs rose 5.6 percent, compared with an increase of 27.3 percent between 1999 and 2000, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The agency's analysis of health-care costs from 1986 to 2005, the latest year comparable data is available, also found that spending on behavioral health accounts for a decreasing portion of overall health-care costs. Of the $1.85 trillion spent on all health-care services in the United States in 2005, behavioral health spending accounted for 7.3 percent ($135 billion). During the 20 years analyzed in the study, spending for mental health and substance abuse health care grew more slowly ... Read more

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For Many, Stigma of Mental Illness Lingers

Posted 24 Nov 2010 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 24 – Persistent efforts to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness haven't succeeded as well as hoped, suggesting that new strategies might be necessary. For decades, a number of organizations have been trying to persuade the public that mental illnesses such as depression, alcohol dependence and schizophrenia are neurobiological disorders, not just people behaving badly, hoping that harsh judgments would subside. Even drug ads unintentionally bolstered the view of the mentally ill as having "lifelong" or permanent problems, with their emphasis on science-focused explanations of the brain mechanisms behind some mental illness, claims a study appearing in the November issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. This study compared people's responses to vignettes describing individuals with mental illness in surveys conducted a decade apart, in 1996 and 2006. ... Read more

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Depression, Anxiety May Raise Surgery Risks

Posted 19 Oct 2010 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 19 – People with depression and anxiety have a slightly increased risk of death after undergoing surgery, a new study suggests. U.S. researchers analyzed data from 35,539 surgical patients admitted to intensive care units between Oct. 1, 2003 and Sept. 30, 2006. Of those patients, 8,922 (25.1 percent) had an existing psychiatric condition, including 5,500 (15.5 percent) with depression, 2,913 (8.2 percent) with post-traumatic stress disorder, 2,473 (7 percent) with anxiety, 793 (2.2 percent) with bipolar disorder, and 621 (1.8 percent) with psychosis. Initial analysis showed that the death rates within 30 days after surgery were similar for patients with and without psychiatric illness – 3.8 percent and 4 percent, respectively. But when the researchers adjusted for other factors, the death rate was higher for patients with a psychiatric condition, according to the report ... Read more

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Anxiety Disorders, Heart Disease a Bad Combination: Study

Posted 6 Jul 2010 by

TUESDAY, July 6 – Anxiety disorders may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure and death in people with heart disease, a new Dutch study suggests. The research included over 1,000 people with stable coronary heart disease who were assessed for anxiety disorder at the start of the study and then followed for an average of 5.6 years. During that time, there were a total of 371 cardiovascular events (heart attacks or other incidents that may cause damage to the heart). The yearly rate of cardiovascular events was 9.6 percent among the 106 patients with generalized anxiety disorder and 6.6 percent among the other 909 patients. After adjusting for a number of factors – such as other health problems, heart disease severity and medication use – the researchers concluded that generalized anxiety disorder was associated with a 74 percent increased risk of cardiovascular ... Read more

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Older Adults Have Lower Rates of Mood, Anxiety Disorders

Posted 5 May 2010 by

WEDNESDAY, May 5 – A new report finds that older people have lower rates of mental illnesses related to mood and anxiety than younger people, but the conditions remain common, especially in women. Researchers led by Amy L. Byers of the University of California at San Francisco analyzed a survey of 2,575 people aged 55 and older. Five percent said they'd had a mood disorder – such as depression or bipolar disorder – within the past year. Twelve percent reported anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, and 3 percent said they had both mood and anxiety disorders. The oldest people in the study, those aged 85 and older, were the least likely to report having the conditions. In general, women had around double the rate of the disorders as men did. "Given the rapid aging of the U.S. population, the potential public health ... Read more

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Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does

Posted 20 Mar 2010 by

FRIDAY, March 19 – Massage can reduce anxiety, but no better than a cheaper approach – simply relaxing while listening to soft, soothing music. A new study shows that patients, on average, had half the symptoms of anxiety three months after getting a series of 10 hour-long massages. But researchers were surprised to find that massages didn't reduce anxiety anymore than lying down and listening to enjoyable music. "We were surprised to find that the benefits of massage were no greater than those of the same number of sessions of ... listening to relaxing music," Karen J. Sherman, a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute, said in a news release from the institute. "This suggests that the benefits of massage may be due to a generalized relaxation response." The study is the first to examine the effectiveness of massage as a treatment for patients with generalized anxiety ... Read more

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Survey May Help Docs Diagnose Mood Disorders

Posted 9 Mar 2010 by

TUESDAY, March 9 – A single-page questionnaire can help primary-care doctors screen patients for common psychiatric illnesses, U.S. researchers report. Called My Mood Monitor (M-3), the checklist includes 27 questions designed to screen for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This study included 647 adults, aged 18 and older, who completed the questionnaire while waiting to see their doctor. The checklists were given to the patients' doctors, who used the information to discuss emotional health with their patients. The researchers found that the checklist was effective in screening for any mood or anxiety disorder 83 percent of the time and for a specific disorder 76 percent of the time. The findings are published in the March/April issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. "About one in 10 Americans who suffer from depression and ... Read more

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Anxiety Disorder Patients Process Emotions Differently

Posted 18 Feb 2010 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 18 – For those with the common mental illness known as generalized anxiety disorder, a new study has found that the brain processes emotions in abnormal ways. The study authors say the research could provide new insight into better treatments for people suffering from debilitating anxiety. "Patients experience anxiety and worry and respond excessively to emotionally negative stimuli, but it's never been clear really why," Dr. Amit Etkin, acting assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University and first author of the study, said in a news release. In the study, researchers gave MRI brain scans to 17 people with generalized anxiety disorder and 24 healthy people. The researchers wanted to understand what happened in participants' brains as they felt various emotions. The study authors found that the brains of the participants reacted ... Read more

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Psych Drugs Gaining Widespread Acceptance

Posted 16 Dec 2009 by

FRIDAY, July 31 – A growing number of Americans now have a positive opinion on psychiatric medications, a new study contends. About five out of six people surveyed felt psychiatric medications could help people control psychiatric symptoms, but many also expected the medications could help people deal with day-to-day stresses, help them feel better about themselves and make things easier with family and friends. "People's attitudes regarding psychiatric medications became more favorable between 1998 and 2006," said study author Dr. Ramin Mojtabai, an associate professor in the department of mental health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. Mojtabai expressed concern, however, that people's attitudes were increasingly positive, even in situations where there might not be a proven benefit to the drugs. "My hope would be for people to be more discriminating in ... Read more

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FDA Approves Cymbalta for Maintenance Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Posted 2 Dec 2009 by

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov 30, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Cymbalta (duloxetine HCl) for the maintenance treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in adults, Eli Lilly and Company announced today. "Since generalized anxiety disorder can be a chronic illness, it is important that doctors and their patients find a treatment option that is effective in both the acute and maintenance phase of treatment," said James M. Martinez, MD, U.S. Medical Director for Cymbalta. "With this additional approval, Cymbalta offers a new option for the maintenance treatment of this often-debilitating condition." The efficacy and safety of Cymbalta for the maintenance treatment of GAD were established in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Patients with GAD who initially had responded to treatment with Cymbalta 60-120 ... Read more

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