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'Fat Shaming' Begins in First Grade

Posted 4 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 The new research also found that these severely obese youngsters are more likely to be depressed and withdrawn.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

Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

Posted 5 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

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Pain, Epilepsy Drug Lyrica May Increase Birth Defects Risk, Study Suggests

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 – The widely prescribed drug pregabalin (Lyrica) may slightly increase the risk for birth defects, a new study suggests. In a small study, researchers found that among women taking Lyrica during the first trimester of pregnancy, 6 percent had infants with major birth defects. In women who weren't taking the drug, 2 percent had a baby with a major birth defect, the study found. "These results should be taken with caution," said study senior author Dr. Thierry Buclin, from the Swiss Teratogen Information Service and the division of clinical pharmacology at the Lausanne University Hospital, in Switzerland. "It's a warning, but it cannot be taken as a certainty." Lyrica is prescribed for a range of health problems, including epilepsy, fibromyalgia and anxiety. The new study findings should be investigated further, Buclin said. "We should not unduly alarm ... Read more

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Harsh Parenting May Harm a Child's Physical Health

Posted 6 May 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 – Harsh parenting may leave more than psychological scars, it might also leave lasting physical problems – such as obesity – even into young adulthood, new research suggests. And having one kind, caring parent doesn't seem to counteract the effects of the harsh parent. "Harshness, as we measured it, is always bad for kids. But it is particularly bad if the adolescent perceives high levels of warmth and support from the other parent," said study lead author Thomas Schofield. The researchers defined "harsh" parenting as angry, hostile and antisocial. Until now, "we did not know if parenting that was harsh – while not falling into the category of abuse – could predict physical health," said Schofield, an assistant professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State University. For the study, Schofield and his colleagues examined the results of a study ... Read more

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Even Non-Obese Report Better Mood, Sex Drive After Dieting

Posted 2 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 2, 2016 – Dieting might help improve your health, mood, sex drive and stress levels even if you're not obese, a new clinical trial reports. A group of either healthy weight or mildly overweight people who followed a calorie-restricted diet for two years lost nearly 17 pounds on average and enjoyed significant quality-of-life improvement, said lead author Corby Martin. He is director for behavioral sciences and epidemiology with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La. "Even among people who are relatively healthy, you see these positive biological and physiological changes occurring with calorie restriction," Martin said. Participants felt better and lost weight even though they fell short by half of their original calorie-cutting goal, Martin noted. Researchers had asked study participants to restrict their calorie intake by 25 percent, but over two ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Obesity, Major Depressive Disorder, Weight Loss, Dysthymia, Sexual Deviations or Disorders

Bullying Can Turn Victims Into Bullies

Posted 1 May 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 – A combination of face-to-face taunting and cyberbullying may greatly increase the risk that victims will become bullies themselves, a new study suggests. "Students who are victimized are more likely to exhibit aggressive behaviors towards others," said study principal investigator Alexandra Hua, from Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York. "This phenomenon may lead to a vicious cycle whereby bullies create bullies out of those they victimize." In the study, researchers analyzed data from U.S. students aged 10 to 17. The investigators found that 43 percent of the children had experienced face-to-face bullying and 7 percent had been subjected to some form of cyberbullying through text messages, social media and other means. Kids who experienced either in-person or online bullying were more likely to display aggressive behaviors, such as physical fighting, ... Read more

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More U.S. Kids Have Chronic Health Problems: Study

Posted 1 May 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 – The number of American kids suffering from asthma and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the increase, with poor children being hit the hardest, researchers report. Children living in extreme poverty who had asthma and ADHD were nearly twice as likely to have at least one other chronic medical condition. These conditions included developmental delays, autism, depression, anxiety, behavioral or conduct issues, speech and language problems, epilepsy and other seizure disorders, and learning disabilities. "These findings emphasize the importance of studying poverty and its impact on child health, as well as confirm the need for increased awareness to inform child health policy," said lead researcher Dr. Christian Pulcini, a resident at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. The reasons for the increase in chronic conditions aren't clear, but ... Read more

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Health Tip: Your Extracurricular Teen

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- After-school activities generally are good for your teen, except when the added stress outweighs any benefit. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests teens should: Ask questions before committing. Find out how much time the activity requires, and consider whether it fits it in with school and homework. Consider if the activity could cause school performance to suffer. Think about whether there will still be time for fun and relaxation. Pay attention after joining. If there's too much stress, have a conversation with the activity leader. There may be time to rejoin later. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Performance Anxiety

Pediatricians Vary Widely in Diagnosing ADHD, Depression

Posted 1 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 – There is a large variation in how often U.S. pediatricians diagnose and prescribe drugs for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other mental health conditions, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among children seen at pediatricians' offices in over a dozen U.S. states, 15 percent were diagnosed with a mental health condition over five years. Most often, that meant ADHD – which accounted for close to two-thirds of all of those cases. Just over 3 percent of kids were diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, and 2 percent with depression, the findings showed. However, there were large differences from one pediatrician's office to the next, the study found. The proportion of kids diagnosed with ADHD at each practice ran anywhere from 1 percent to 16 percent – making it the disorder with the greatest variability. For other conditions, the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Watch for Mental Health 'Red Flags' in Kids

Posted 30 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Children and teens aren't immune to stress and mental health issues, and parents should be aware of potential warning signs. The American Academy of Pediatrics says don't ignore these behaviors from your children: Changes in sleep habits, whether sleeping excessively or not getting enough. Low self-esteem. Losing interest in once-enjoyed hobbies. In a sudden reversal, doing poorly in school. Losing appetite, or significant weight loss. Unusual changes in behavior, such as unexplained aggression or anger. Read more

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How to Tell If Your Teen Has a Mental Health Problem

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 – Mood swings and other challenging behaviors are normal in teens, which can make it difficult for parents to spot serious mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, an expert says. One in five teens will develop a serious mental health disorder, with most beginning by age 15. In many cases, however, they don't receive treatment until years later, according to Dr. Aaron Krasner, an adolescent psychiatrist and Transitional Living Service chief at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn. "Only 20 percent of children with mental disorders are identified and receive necessary mental health services. As a society, we have to do a lot better than that," he said in a hospital news release. A number of signs can alert parents to problems, Krasner said. These include significant changes in behavior at home or school, an unexpected decline in school ... Read more

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Health Tip: Fighting Stress

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- When you're super stressed, exercise is a great way to blow off steam, do a good deed for your body and distract yourself. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America suggests: Get exercise five days per week for 30 minutes each day. Focus on getting frequent workouts, even in short bursts, rather than waiting for a long period of free time. Enjoy walking, jogging or biking. Decide what's most enjoyable, whether a group fitness class or a workout by yourself. Download music, audiobooks or podcasts to listen to while you exercise. Ask a friend to exercise with you. Give yourself time to adjust to a new exercise routine. It often takes four-to-eight weeks to adjust and feel fitter. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Performance Anxiety

Pre-Pregnancy Stress May Affect Baby's Size

Posted 22 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 – Stress hormone levels before pregnancy may affect a woman's risk of having a low birth weight baby, a new study suggests. Typically, levels of the stress hormone cortisol are high when you wake up in the morning and decline through the day. But some people have a low cortisol level in the morning, and a smaller-than-normal decline during the day, the study authors said. That abnormal pattern – associated with chronic stress and a history of trauma – has been linked to progression of a number of diseases, including cancer and hardening of the arteries, the researchers said. It may also predict the weight of your baby. "We found that the same cortisol pattern that has been linked with chronic stress is associated with delivering a baby that weighs less at birth," study author Christine Guardino, a postdoctoral scholar in psychology at the University of ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Prematurity/Underweight in Infancy

Stress Management Training May Help Cardiac Rehab Patients

Posted 22 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 21, 2016 – The addition of stress management training can make cardiac rehabilitation programs more effective, a new study indicates. "Cardiac rehabilitation programs do not routinely offer stress management, but this may change should demand increase. And because patients may be reluctant to ask for the programs themselves, the onus is on the physicians to recognize that stress management is important for the optimal medical management of patients," said study author James Blumenthal. He is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University School of Medicine, in Durham, N.C. In the study, the researchers looked at 151 heart patients, aged 36 to 84, in North Carolina. The patients received either 12 weeks of exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation alone or the same program along with weekly 90-minute group sessions on stress management. The stress ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Performance Anxiety

Kids Who Aren't Ready for Kindergarten May Suffer Long-Term Consequences

Posted 16 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 – Children entering kindergarten need to be socially and behaviorally ready for school or they may struggle in later grades, a new study suggests. "In 2015, kindergarten teachers rated more than half of students behind in social and behavioral skills needed for learning, and it's painful for the children who want to succeed, but become frustrated and hopeless," study author Deborah Gross, a professor of mental health and psychiatric nursing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, said in a university news release. The research included more than 9,000 public school students in Baltimore who were followed from kindergarten to fourth grade. In the fourth grade, those who began kindergarten behind in social-behavioral development were up to 80 percent more prone to be held back, the study revealed. Kids who weren't ready for kindergarten were also up to 80 ... Read more

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