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Over 4 Million Working Americans Suffer From Anxiety Disorders

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 – A new study finds that 4.3 million Americans with full-time jobs had an anxiety disorder in the past year. That number represents 3.7 percent of full-time workers aged 18 and older, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). As the agency explained, people with anxiety disorders experience overwhelming worry and fear. However, these conditions can be managed through counseling and/or medication. "People with anxiety disorders can have a hard time gaining employment and sometimes dealing with certain situations," SAMHSA administrator Pamela Hyde said in an agency news release. "But fortunately, with treatment and support they can make enormous contributions to the workplace and the community." Researchers analyzed data from 67,500 respondents aged 12 and older who took part in SAMHSA's annual National Survey on Drug ... Read more

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

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder May Be Linked to Accelerated Aging

Posted 8 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 8, 2015 – Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may cause accelerated aging, a new study suggests. Previous research has linked PTSD with mental health disorders such as depression, insomnia, anger, eating disorders and substance abuse. But, this is the first time PTSD has been potentially linked to a number of biological processes that could lead to faster aging, the University of California, San Diego investigators said. The researchers reviewed 64 studies. Six of the studies found that people with PTSD had reduced telomere length. Telomeres – which are protective caps on the end of DNA strands on chromosomes – become shorter as people age. Other studies reviewed found a link between PTSD and higher levels of signs of inflammation, and that people with PTSD have higher rates of aging-related conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and ulcers. Several ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Insomnia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Drug Dependence, Eating Disorder, Dysthymia, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse

Few Military Women Seek Care After Sexual Assault: Study

Posted 1 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 – Most American servicewomen who are sexually assaulted don't seek health care right away, a new study suggests. Of more than 200 women who said they had been sexually assaulted while in the armed forces, fewer than one-third sought medical care after the attack, researchers found. "There are numerous health consequences associated with sexual assault," said lead author Dr. Michelle Mengeling, an affiliate investigator with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "Examples include gynecologic, gastrointestinal, chronic pain symptoms and sexual dysfunction. There are also mental health outcomes such as [post-traumatic stress disorder], depression, substance abuse and anxiety," she said in a VA news release. According to the study authors, women who are sexually assaulted tend to need more health care than other women in the years after they're assaulted. The ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexually Transmitted Diseases

More Evidence of Long-Term Illness in 9/11 Responders

Posted 16 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 – Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers who came to the rescue at the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, have some of the same chronic health problems that their colleagues in the police and fire departments do, a new study finds. When tracked over 12 years following the attacks, EMS 9/11 responders were seven times more likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than EMS workers who didn't work that day. Responders were also twice as likely to have depression, according to the study. EMS responders had nearly four times the risk of acid reflux and sinus infections compared to those who weren't at work on the day of the attack. And the risk of obstructive airway disease was more than doubled in EMS responders, the study found. Moreover, those who arrived at the scene right after the attack were most at risk of these physical and ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Serving in Iraq, Afghanistan Not Behind Rising Suicide Rates in Military: Study

Posted 1 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 – In a study of almost 4 million American military personnel, serving in Iraq or Afghanistan was not associated with suicide risk, a new study finds. The suicide rate among members of the military has increased over the past decade and seeing action in Iraq and Afghanistan seemed a likely culprit. But that appears not to be the case, said lead researcher Mark Reger, a clinical psychologist at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash. Rather, it is the separation from the service and readjustment to civilian life that plays a greater role, he said. "Everyone wants a simple answer to the suicide problem in the military," Reger said. "As the suicide rate started increasing, we were also deploying people to Iraq and Afghanistan, so it was reasonable to assume deployment was causing the increase in the suicide rate." But there is no data to support that assumption, ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder

Talk Therapy May Cut Suicide Rate Among U.S. Soldiers: Study

Posted 18 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 – Short-term cognitive behavioral therapy can lead to fewer suicide attempts among at-risk U.S. soldiers, a new study suggests. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of talk therapy designed to stop ineffective and damaging patterns of thinking. Mental illness diagnoses among active-duty U.S. military personnel rose by more than 60 percent during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with a similar increase in rates of suicide and suicide attempts, the researchers wrote. "The significant increase in military suicides over the past decade is a national tragedy," said study co-author Alan Peterson in a University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio news release. He is a professor of psychiatry at the university's School of Medicine. The study included 152 active-duty soldiers who had attempted suicide or were considered to be at high risk for suicide. Over ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder

Parents of Young Stroke Victims at Risk for PTSD, Researchers Find

Posted 12 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 – Parents of children who suffer a stroke are at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a small study suggests. The research included 10 fathers and 23 mothers of children and teens who had suffered a stroke, as well as nine stroke patients between the ages of 7 and 18. The researchers found that 55 percent of the parents met at least one of the PTSD criteria and 24 percent met all the criteria. PTSD was not seen in any of young stroke patients, but 22 percent of them had clinically significant levels of anxiety. "Our concern is that PTSD in parents of a child with stroke or pediatric stroke patients experiencing anxiety may have a harder time complying with therapy, which could affect health outcomes of the child," lead researcher Dr. Laura Lehman, a neurologist at Boston Children's Hospital, said in an American Stroke Association news release. "The ... Read more

Related support groups: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Ischemic Stroke

PTSD May Raise Women's Risk for Diabetes

Posted 8 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 7, 2015 – Women with post-traumatic stress disorder seem more likely than others to develop type 2 diabetes, with severe PTSD almost doubling the risk, a new study suggests. The research "brings to attention an unrecognized problem," said Dr. Alexander Neumeister, director of the molecular imaging program for anxiety and mood disorders at New York University School of Medicine. It's crucial to treat both PTSD and diabetes when they're interconnected in women, he said. Otherwise, "you can try to treat diabetes as much as you want, but you'll never be fully successful," he added. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops after living through or witnessing a dangerous event. People with the disorder may feel intense stress, suffer from flashbacks or experience a "fight or flight" response when there's no apparent danger. It's estimated that one in 10 U.S. women will ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Almost Half of U.S. Kids Suffer Traumatic Stress, Study Shows

Posted 11 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 – New research suggests that almost half of U.S. kids experience traumas that can disrupt their development. "This study tells us that adverse childhood experiences are common among U.S. children and, as demonstrated in adult studies, have lifelong impacts that begin early in life," study author Christina Bethell, a professor in the department of population, family and reproductive health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, said in a Hopkins news release. The researchers reached their conclusions by analyzing the results of a 2011-2012 survey of the parents of more than 95,000 children under the age of 17. The survey looked at kids who experienced several types of trauma, such as living in extreme poverty, seeing their parents divorce, living with someone who was mentally ill or abused drugs/alcohol, having a parent who served ... Read more

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Mini-Strokes May Lead to PTSD, Study Finds

Posted 3 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 – A mini-stroke may not cause lasting physical damage, but it could increase your risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a small, new study suggests. Almost one-third of patients who suffered a mini-stroke – known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA) – developed symptoms of PTSD, including depression, anxiety and reduced quality of life, the researchers said. "At the moment, a TIA is seen by doctors as a fairly benign disorder," said study co-author Kathrin Utz, a researcher in the department of neurology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. However, Utz and colleagues found that from a patient's perspective, a TIA is not so benign. "We found one in three patients develop PTSD, which is perhaps better known as a problem found in survivors of war zones and natural disasters," Utz said. PTSD can develop when a person experiences ... Read more

Related support groups: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Transient Ischemic Attack

Research Shows Possible Neurological Patterns for PTSD Symptoms

Posted 18 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 – Imaging technology has shed new light on how certain symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) manifest in the brain, according to a new study. PTSD is a mental health condition that can cause a wide range of debilitating symptoms, such as flashbacks to a traumatic event, being in a constant state of stress and avoiding certain situation and people, according to background information from the study. Researchers identified a specific opioid receptor in the brain linked to emotion that is also associated with a specific group of PTSD symptoms, including listlessness and emotional detachment. They suggested their findings could help doctors develop targeted, or personalized treatments for the condition. "Our study points toward a more personalized treatment approach for people with a specific symptom profile that's been linked to a particular ... Read more

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PTSD Link to Food Addiction Seen in Report

Posted 17 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 – Women who have the largest number of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms are almost three times more likely to develop an addiction to food, a new study suggests. The findings don't prove a direct link between PTSD and women overeating or becoming addicted to food. And it's also possible that certain women are prone to food addiction and experiencing trauma, PTSD, or both. Still, the research seems to add to existing evidence connecting PTSD to overeating and obesity, although the overall risk is fairly low, the researchers from the University of Minnesota said. The findings can be helpful, said the study's lead author, Susan Mason, an assistant professor with the university's division of epidemiology and community health. "If clinicians providing mental health care are aware that PTSD is sometimes accompanied by problematic eating behaviors, then they ... Read more

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Civilian Life, Not Combat, May Drive Many Veterans to Drink

Posted 31 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 – Difficulties in civilian life, rather than war experiences, are a source of drinking problems among U.S. National Guard soldiers back at home, a new study suggests. Setbacks such as job loss, divorce and financial problems – all common for returning vets – may make as many as 13 percent of vets turn to drink, researchers found. "Exposure to combat-related traumatic events has an important effect on mental health in the short term, but what defines long-term mental health problems among Guardsmen is having to deal with a lot of daily life difficulties that arise in the aftermath of deployment when soldiers come home," said lead researcher Magdalena Cerda, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. These difficulties don't just aggravate existing drinking problems; "they may lead to new ... Read more

Related support groups: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism

Too Little Known About PTSD Treatments for Veterans, Experts Say

Posted 22 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 20, 2014 – U.S. government agencies must do more to determine whether treatments are actually helping veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an expert advisory panel contends. The report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee says that the effectiveness of PTSD therapies remains unknown because they are not tracked by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. "Given that the DoD and VA are responsible for serving millions of service members, families and veterans, we found it surprising that no PTSD outcome measures are used consistently to know if these treatments are working or not," committee chair Sandro Galea, professor and chair of the department of epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, said in an institute news release. Symptoms of PTSD include re-experiencing an event (such as having a flashback), ... Read more

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More U.S. Service Members in Treatment for Mental Health Disorders

Posted 15 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 13, 2014 – About 3.5 percent of U.S. military personnel were in treatment for mental health conditions in 2012 – up from just 1 percent in 2000, a new military study finds. Experts said the rise is likely due to two factors: an actual increase in mental health disorders since Sept. 11, 2001, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; as well as the military's efforts to get more soldiers into treatment. "That second factor is the positive part of this," said Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, a psychiatrist and president of the New York-based Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, which studies post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among service members. "The military has become more sensitive to the needs of personnel and their families," said Borenstein, who was not involved in the research. "It's been making an effort to ensure that people who need treatment receive treatment." That ... Read more

Related support groups: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders

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