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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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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

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Two-Thirds of Americans Report Daily Discrimination in Poll

Posted 10 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 10, 2016 – Nearly seven in 10 Americans experience some form of discrimination, and that discrimination can contribute to higher stress levels and poorer health, researchers report. The online poll found 61 percent of more than 3,300 respondents reported daily discrimination, such as disrespectful treatment, receiving poorer service than others or being threatened or harassed. And nearly half of those surveyed said they had experienced major discrimination, such as unjustified questioning or threats by police, unfair treatment when receiving health care, and being fired or passed over for promotion at work. "It's clear that discrimination is widespread and impacts many people, whether it is due to race, ethnicity, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation," Jaime Diaz-Granados, executive director for education at the American Psychological Association (APA), said in ... Read more

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Health Tip: Dealing With Stress

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Everyone has stress, but some people deal with it better than others. Are you one of them? The American Heart Association recommends: Stay in close contact with friends and family. Take time each day to laugh and enjoy life. Focus on giving back through volunteer work. Get exercise every day. Also get plenty of sleep. Be happy about the things you are able to change, and try not to worry about little things. Avoid bad habits, such as smoking, excess alcohol and too much caffeine. Stay organized and tackle tasks in small steps. Slow down, and leave extra time so you're not always in a rush. Read more

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Health Tip: Soothe Your Child's Mood With Music

Posted 7 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Music has a powerful influence over mood, and it can be helpful for a child who feels anxious or has difficulty focusing. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions: Use music to help children focus and remember when they are studying. Use different types of music as cues for different things, such as studying, eating and preparing for bed. Soothing music can help manage impulsiveness and improve social behavior. Use relaxing, calming music to help soothe a child's anxiety. Use the same type of tune to help children fall asleep. Opt for something more upbeat when waking up in the morning. Read more

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Health Tip: Supporting a Child Who Struggles With Anxiety

Posted 26 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Parents can provide lots of comfort and reassurance to a fearful child. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America advises: Acknowledge your child's feelings. When he or she begins feeling anxious, remain calm. Offer praise and recognition for your child's accomplishments. If your child is struggling to progress or makes mistakes, don't punish the child. During a time that is stressful, adjust your expectations accordingly. Prepare for difficult situations, such as leaving for school in the morning. Read more

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Anxiety in Women May Mask Heart Disease Symptoms, Researchers Say

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 – Women with an anxiety disorder may have less blood going to their heart when exercising, according to a new study – and researchers suggest doctors may sometimes miss signs of heart disease in these women. In women who had never been diagnosed with heart disease, researchers found that those with anxiety were 75 percent more likely than women without anxiety to have reduced blood flow to the heart during activity. Study author Kim Lavoie says the findings may indicate that anxiety symptoms such as chest discomfort or palpitations – which can overlap those of heart disease – may mask heart disease in women. This could lead to misdiagnosis, she said. "If you're a woman and you say you're tired, short of breath, and really anxious about it, and you have no pre-existing heart disease, it's possible that doctors are confounding the two problems," said Lavoie, a ... Read more

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Mental Disorders Increasing for Younger Smokers

Posted 29 Jan 2016 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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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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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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