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Sexual Trauma in Military May Lead to Homelessness: Study

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WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – U.S. veterans have a higher risk of homelessness if they suffered sexual trauma while in the service, and the odds are worse for men than women, a new study finds. Military sexual trauma is the name for psychological trauma resulting "from a physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment which occurred while the veteran was serving on active duty or active duty for training," according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Since 2004, VA medical facilities have screened for it in all veterans seeking care. About one-quarter of female veterans and 1 percent of male veterans report being victims of military sexual trauma during their military service, according to background notes with the study. Researchers analyzed data from more than 603,000 veterans, average age 39, who left the military between 2001 and 2011 ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Psychiatric Disorders, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Sexual Deviations or Disorders

Doctors Issue Call to Combat Climate Change

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MONDAY, April 18, 2016 – Climate change is already harming people's health by promoting illnesses linked to warmer temperatures and changing weather patterns, a leading group of U.S. doctors says in a new position paper. As a result, the American College of Physicians (ACP) is calling for "aggressive, concerted" action to fight climate change by curbing man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Respiratory illnesses, heat stroke and infectious diseases like Zika virus, dengue fever and cholera are flourishing as global temperatures rise, said Dr. Wayne Riley, president of the college. "Our climate is already changing and people are already being harmed. If we don't begin to address climate change, we're going to see more and more manifestations of these health problems," Riley said. "There is clear, compelling scientific consensus that climate change is real," he added. "There is no dispute." ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Migraine, Allergies, Asthma, Major Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sinusitis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Bronchitis, Migraine Prevention, Pneumonia, Asthma - Maintenance, Cold Symptoms, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Maintenance, Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, Dyspnea, Migraine Prophylaxis, Psychiatric Disorders, Asthma - Acute

Study: Many Vets Struggle With Suicidal Thoughts, Need More Help From VA

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TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 – Almost 14 percent of U.S. veterans surveyed during a two-year Veterans Affairs (VA) study reported having suicidal thoughts. More than 2,000 veterans were surveyed in 2011 and again in 2013. Each time they were asked whether they'd had suicidal thoughts in the past two weeks. Nearly 4 percent reported suicidal thoughts in the first survey, about 5 percent reported such thoughts in the second survey, and about 5 percent reported suicidal thoughts in both surveys – called chronic suicidal thinking. Overall, 13.7 percent reported suicidal thinking in one or both surveys, the researchers said in a VA media release. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published in 2011 found that 3.7 percent of American adults reported suicidal thoughts in the previous year. The VA's findings show the need for ongoing monitoring of suicidal thoughts among ... Read more

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

Mindfulness Training May Ease PTSD

Posted 1 Apr 2016 by

FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 – Mindfulness training can trigger brain changes that help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) manage disturbing memories and thoughts, according to a new study of war veterans. The goal of mindfulness training is to help people develop in-the-moment attention and awareness. This study included 23 U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who all received some form of group therapy. After four months of weekly sessions, many had reductions in their PTSD symptoms. However, some of the participants received mindfulness training, and only those veterans showed brain activity changes that could be detected on functional MRI brain scans. Before mindfulness training, when the veterans with PTSD were resting quietly, they had extra activity in brain regions involved in responding to threats or outside problems, the study authors said. After ... Read more

Related support groups: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Head Imaging

How to Tell If Your Teen Has a Mental Health Problem

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by

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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PTSD May Stiffen Veterans' Arteries, Boosting Heart Risks

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 – Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may have blood vessels that don't expand normally, a new study suggests. If vessels don't widen as they should, the risk of heart attack and stroke goes up, the researchers noted. The researchers also found that risk factors usually associated with blood vessel problems – such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and smoking – didn't seem to account for why people with PTSD were more likely to have blood vessels that didn't dilate properly. The researchers suspect that stress may be to blame. "We believe that we should try to gain a better understanding of the relationship between mental illness and cardiovascular health," said lead researcher Dr. Marlene Grenon. She's an associate professor of surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Veterans Affairs Medical ... Read more

Related support groups: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Heart Disease, Angina, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), Acute Coronary Syndrome, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Atherosclerosis, Cardiovascular Conditions and Disorders, Ischemic Heart Disease, Acute Coronary Syndrome - Prophylaxis, Coronary Arteriography

Stress Management Training May Help Cardiac Rehab Patients

Posted 22 Mar 2016 by

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, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Performance Anxiety

Heart Defects at Birth May Raise Risk for PTSD Later in Life

Posted 19 Mar 2016 by

FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 – Adults born with heart defects may be at increased risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), researchers say. The reason? High levels of mental stress associated with their condition and treatments, the study authors suggested. The study included 134 adults who had been born with heart defects, known as congenital heart disease (CHD). The investigators found that 11 percent to 21 percent of these adults had PTSD, depending on the method used to assess symptoms of the disorder. In comparison, PTSD rates are just 3.5 percent in the general population, the study authors noted. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can arise after experiencing life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters or personal trauma. The findings indicate that doctors and caregivers need to watch for signs of PTSD in adult patients with congenital heart disease. ... Read more

Related support groups: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Cardiovascular Conditions and Disorders

Anxiety, Depression May Reduce Women's Success With IVF: Study

Posted 16 Mar 2016 by

TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 – Depression and anxiety – but not necessarily antidepressants – are associated with a lower chance of becoming pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF), a new study suggests. The research included more than 23,000 women in Sweden who underwent IVF since 2007. Just over 4 percent of the women were diagnosed with depression or anxiety in the two years before IVF, and/or were prescribed an antidepressant in the six months before undergoing the fertility treatment. "We found that women undergoing their first IVF treatment who either had been diagnosed with depression or anxiety or had dispensed an antidepressant had lower rates of pregnancy and live birth rates compared to women who did not suffer from these conditions or take antidepressants before beginning their IVF treatment," study first author Carolyn Cesta said in a news release from Karolinska ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Female Infertility, Dysthymia, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Performance Anxiety, Ovulation Induction, Primary Ovarian Failure, Follicle Stimulation

Health Tip: Dealing With Stress

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by

-- 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

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

Earthquake Survivors With PTSD Show Brain Differences

Posted 1 Mar 2016 by

TUESDAY, March 1, 2016 – There appear to be significant differences in the brains of earthquake survivors with and without post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study by Chinese researchers finds. The research included 67 survivors who had PTSD and 78 who didn't. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops after a traumatic event. All of the study volunteers had MRI brain scans. The researchers saw changes in the thickness and volume of the cerebral cortex. The cerebral cortex is the outer layer of the brain – also called gray matter, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. People with PTSD had more thickness in the gray matter in certain areas of the brain than people who didn't have PTSD. The researchers also noted less volume in other areas of the brain in people with PTSD than in those without the disorder. The study was published ... Read more

Related support groups: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Diagnosis and Investigation, Head Imaging

Cyberbullying, Violence Linked to PTSD in Teens

Posted 27 Feb 2016 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 – Half the teens seen in a U.S. hospital emergency rooms reported being victims of violence or cyberbullying, and a quarter reported symptoms akin to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study says. Researchers at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, R.I., looked at more than 350 teens treated for any reason in the hospital's ER. They found that 46.5 percent reported violence at the hands of other teens, nearly 47 percent said they had been targets of cyberbullying, and nearly 59 percent said they had been exposed to community violence. More than 23 percent reported PTSD symptoms, nearly 14 percent had moderate or serious symptoms of depression, and about 11 percent said they had suicidal thoughts within the previous year. The study findings were published online recently in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The study found a strong link ... Read more

Related support groups: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Pregnancy May Ease PTSD for Some Women, Study Finds

Posted 16 Feb 2016 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 – Being pregnant may decrease symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in some women, new research suggests. PTSD can be caused by a traumatic event such as combat, traffic crashes, robbery, sexual assault, childhood or domestic abuse, natural disasters and house fires. The new study included 319 pregnant women with the stress disorder. Those with high levels of PTSD in early pregnancy saw symptoms decrease as they got closer to giving birth, the findings showed. Among women with low levels of symptoms, there was little change early on, the investigators found. But PTSD symptoms worsened in about one in four of these women as their pregnancy progressed. The study authors pointed out that this can affect women's ability to bond with their newborns and may raise the risk for postpartum depression. Women with the strongest social support during pregnancy ... Read more

Related support groups: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Delivery, Cesarean Section, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Why Americans Have Shorter Lifespans Than People in Similar Nations

Posted 9 Feb 2016 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 – Car crashes, shootings and drug overdoses, which cause more than 100,000 deaths a year in the United States, may explain why Americans' life expectancy is lower than in similar countries, a new study suggests. Americans' life expectancy is about two years shorter than residents of Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. For U.S. men, that difference translates into 76.4 years versus 78.6 years, while it means 81.2 years versus 83.4 years for women, the researchers reported. "About 50 percent of the gap for men and about 20 percent for women is due just to those three causes of injury," said lead researcher Andrew Fenelon. He is a senior service fellow at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Although shootings, car crashes and ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Cancer, Major Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Head Injury, Spinal Cord Trauma

Study: Causes of Gulf War Illness Pinpointed

Posted 2 Feb 2016 by

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 – Exposure to pesticides and other toxins appears to be the cause of Gulf War illness in U.S. veterans, a new analysis states. The Boston University researchers reviewed studies on Gulf War illness, and said their findings "clearly and consistently" show a link between the disorder and exposure to pesticides and taking pyridostigmine bromide (PB) pills, which were meant to protect troops against the effects of nerve gas. There's also evidence of a connection between Gulf War illness and exposure to the nerve gas agents sarin and cyclosarin, and to oil well fire emissions, according to the findings published in the January issue of the journal Cortex. These toxins damaged troops' nervous and immune systems, and reduced the amount of white and gray matter in veterans' brains, said study leader Roberta White in a news release from the university. White is a professor ... Read more

Related support groups: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Mestinon, Pyridostigmine, Central Nervous System Disorders, Nerve Agent Poisoning, Regonol, Mestinon Timespan, Nerve Agent Pretreatment, Gulf War Syndrome

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