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Poor REM Sleep May Be Linked to Higher Risk for Anxiety, Depression

Posted 2 days 17 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 – REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is the phase when dreams are made, and a lack of good REM sleep has long been associated with chronic insomnia. But new research is building on that association, suggesting that the bad and "restless" REM sleep experienced by insomnia patients may, in turn, undermine their ability to overcome emotional distress, raising their risk for chronic depression or anxiety. "Previous studies have pointed to REM sleep as the most likely candidate involved in the regulation of emotions," said study lead author Rick Wassing. He is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sleep and Cognition at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience in Amsterdam. Wassing noted, for example, that while REM is underway, key arousal hormones such as serotonin, adrenaline and dopamine are inactive. This, he added, may indicate that it is during good REM sleep ... Read more

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Anxiety Meds Like Valium, Xanax Won't Raise Seniors' Dementia Risk: Study

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 – Taking one of a class of anti-anxiety pills that includes Ativan, Valium or Xanax does not increase older adults' risk of dementia, a new study finds. However, experts note that these drugs – collectively called benzodiazepines – can have other side effects and should still be used with caution. As the study authors explained, some prior research has suggested that use of the medicines may be associated with increased risk of dementia. However, other findings have contradicted that finding. To look further into the issue, a team led by Shelly Gray, a professor of pharmacy at the University of Washington in Seattle, studied more than 3,400 people aged 65 and older. All did not have dementia at the beginning of the study. The benzodiazepine use of each patient was assessed, and each was then followed for an average of seven years. During that time, 23 percent ... Read more

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Stress-Prone Teen Males May Be at Risk of High Blood Pressure Later

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 – Young men who get stressed out easily appear to have a greater risk of high blood pressure later in life, a new study suggests. The researchers found that, among 18-year-old men, those who had the lowest stress-resilience scores were 40 percent more likely to develop high blood pressure later than those with the greatest ability to cope with stress. The investigators also found that being overweight was linked with an even greater risk of developing high blood pressure (or "hypertension") in those who had a low threshold for stress. However, it's important to note that the study can only show an association between stress response and later high blood pressure; it cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The research was based on data from more than 1.5 million men conscripted into the Swedish army between 1969 and 1997 at age 18. Their health was followed ... Read more

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Mental Disorders Increasing for Younger Smokers

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 – Although fewer Americans are smoking, the rates of psychiatric disorders among those who do – particularly more recent smokers – are on the rise, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 25,000 people born in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and found that the national smoking rate has been falling since the 1960s. But the percentage of nicotine-dependent smokers has been rising. The study also found that the risk of substance-use disorders increased among all smokers with each decade, whether or not they were nicotine-dependent. But nicotine-dependent smokers who began smoking in the 1980s were more likely than older smokers to have psychiatric conditions such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder or antisocial personality disorder, according to the study. It was published Jan. 26 in the journal Molecular ... Read more

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Transcendental Meditation May Help Relieve PTSD

Posted 12 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 – Transcendental meditation may help ease post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in some soldiers and seems to reduce their need for medication, a new study finds. "Regular practice of transcendental meditation provides a habit of calming down and healing the brain," study lead author Vernon Barnes, a physiologist at the Georgia Prevention Institute at the Medical College of Georgia, said in a college news release. The study included 74 active-duty U.S. military personnel with PTSD or other type of anxiety disorder. Half of them did regular transcendental meditation in addition to regular psychotherapy, and half did not. After one month, nearly 84 percent of those in the meditation group had stopped, reduced or stabilized their use of drugs to treat their mental health conditions, while nearly 11 percent increased their use of the drugs. In the ... Read more

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Men Have Greater Self-Esteem Than Women, Especially in Developed Nations

Posted 4 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 4, 2016 – Self-esteem increases as people grow older, and men tend to have higher levels of it than women do, a new international study finds. The gender gap in self-esteem was found worldwide. But the research revealed this self-esteem gender gap is widest in Western nations. The researchers examined data collected from more than 985,000 people. The information came from 48 countries between 1999 and 2009. Study participants were between the ages of 16 and 45. Overall, self-esteem tended to increase with age, the researchers found. Men at every age tended to have higher levels of self-esteem than women, they said. But there were notable differences between nations. Wealthier, developed nations with higher gender equality had larger gender gaps in self-esteem than poorer, developing nations with greater gender inequality, said the study's lead author Wiebke Bleidorn, from ... Read more

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Health Tip: Meditation May Help Your Heart

Posted 23 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Meditation can help mind and body relax, and the American Heart Association says it can help your ticker. The AHA says meditation may: Help ease stress. Improve your sleep. Help you focus on healthier activities. Supplement, but not replace, other heart-healthy behaviors, such as healthy diet and exercise. Read more

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Study Maps Areas of Brain Linked to PTSD

Posted 18 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 – Heightened fear responses occur in certain areas of the brain in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study reports. The research included 67 U.S. military veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001. All had been involved in traumatic events, and 32 of the veterans had been diagnosed with PTSD. The veterans underwent a series of tests, and had MRI brain scans during those tests. The tests revealed that veterans with PTSD had heightened activity in certain brain regions when shown images only vaguely similar to the event that triggered their PTSD. For example, the researchers saw heightened activity in an area called the visual cortex. This is significant because along with visual processing, that area of the brain also assesses threats, study leader Dr. Rajendra Morey, associate professor in the department of psychiatry ... Read more

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Stress May Boost Risk for Alzheimer's-Linked Thinking Problems

Posted 12 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 – Increased stress could be a risk factor for the kind of thinking difficulties that can lead to Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. However, the research did not prove that stress caused cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's. "We know that, in general, stress makes it harder to think clearly," said Dr. Gayatri Devi, a neurologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, who was not involved in the study. "But here's data showing that stress may put us at risk for developing diseases like Alzheimer's." The findings were published online Dec. 11 in the journal Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders. The study authors gave questionnaires to just over 500 adults, aged 70 and older, asking about how much stress they experience. None of the adults had signs of dementia at the study's start. The researchers followed these adults for more than three years. Each ... Read more

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Bullying Can Leave Lasting Mental Scars

Posted 9 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 – Bullying can lead to lasting psychological effects for both victims and tormentors, researchers report. More than 20 percent of children who have suffered bullying are prone to depression serious enough to require medical help by their late 20s, researchers from Finland said. "Frequent victimization at age 8 is associated with adult psychiatric disorders needing treatment," said lead researcher Dr. Andre Sourander, a professor in the department of child psychiatry at the University of Turku. Besides depression, researchers found that bullying or being bullied were associated with psychosis, anxiety, and drug and alcohol abuse. "We need to understand the importance of early peer and school experiences for children," Sourander said. "We should integrate a mental health perspective to anti-bullying campaigns, because early intervention can prevent long-term ... Read more

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Could Dim View on Aging Raise Your Alzheimer's Risk?

Posted 7 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 7, 2015 – Young and middle-aged adults who harbor negative thoughts about aging may face a higher risk for Alzheimer's disease decades later, new research suggests. The investigation compared early attitudes on aging expressed by dementia-free adults to Alzheimer's-related brain changes nearly 30 years later. "What we found is that negative perceptions on aging are definitely significantly related to [Alzheimer's] disease indicators," said study lead author Becca Levy, an associate professor at the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Conn. But why? Levy said the study wasn't designed to answer that question. And the study only found a link between stereotypes about aging and later Alzheimer's risk. But Levy speculated that it could be that a pessimistic stance on aging drives up stress. And stress, in turn, drives up Alzheimer's risk, she said. "Regardless, the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Talking to Kids About World Events

Posted 4 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Children will find out about the world's tragic events, so the information might as well come from you. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these guidelines for talking to children about a world tragedy: Explain the event in basic detail, but don't include graphic images or descriptions. Provide enough information without being overly frightening. Make sure your child understands that it's okay to be concerned and upset, and offer support and comfort. Reassure children that officials are doing their jobs and taking care of people. Read more

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Trying to Make Sense of the Senseless Violence

Posted 3 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 – Mass shootings and the accompanying carnage have now become a regular part of life in America. And mental health experts warn that this steady drumbeat of violence could have major consequences for the nation's psyche. There have been 355 mass shootings in the United States so far this year – defined as incidents in which four or more victims were shot, though not necessarily killed, according to ShootingTracker.com, a crowd-sourced website that monitors U.S. gun violence. That amounts to more mass shootings than days passed this year, far more than any other nation on Earth. And most of these horrific episodes fail to make national headlines. For example, Wednesday's bloodbath in San Bernardino, Calif., that left 14 people dead and 21 wounded occurred just hours after a shooting in Savannah, Ga., in which four people were shot and one died. But the ... Read more

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Dogs May Ease a Child's Fears

Posted 29 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 29, 2015 – The companionship of a dog may lower a child's anxiety levels, a new study suggests. The researchers looked at almost 650 children aged 18 months and older who were screened for anxiety. Of those children, 58 percent had a dog at home. Only 12 percent of children with dogs tested positive for anxiety, compared with 21 percent of those without dogs, the researchers at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, N.Y., found. The study was published recently in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease. Having a dog may reduce a child's anxiety – particularly social and separation anxieties – in a number of ways, such as by triggering conversations and helping break the ice with new people, the researchers suggested. However, the study did not prove a cause-and-effect link between dogs and lower anxiety levels in children. "Interacting with a friendly dog also reduces ... Read more

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Depression More Common in Daughters of Older Mothers, Study Suggests

Posted 20 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 – Daughters who were born to older mothers may be at increased risk for stress, anxiety and depression when they reach young adulthood, a new study suggests. Researchers followed 1,200 Australians born between 1989 and 1991 for two decades. They found that daughters born to mothers who were aged 30-34 had higher levels of stress at age 20 compared with those born to younger mothers. And daughters born to mothers older than 35 had much higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression, the study found. A mother's age at the time of birth had no effect on sons, and the father's age at the time of birth had no effect on either daughters or sons, according to the findings published recently in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. But scientists only observed an association between a mother's age at childbirth and her daughter's mental state as an adult. The study did not ... Read more

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