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Pet Pooch May Help Ease PTSD in Veterans

Posted 1 day 6 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 – Dogs may be more than best friends for military veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a small study suggests. Researchers found that vets who were given pet dogs showed significant improvement in their PTSD symptoms. The study included 19 U.S. veterans receiving treatment for the condition. PTSD can develop as a reaction to a terrifying event, such as war, natural disasters, sexual assault and other physical violence or trauma. People with the condition may have prolonged anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares and other life-altering symptoms. Nine of the veterans were randomly selected to receive a dog immediately. The other 10 were placed on a three-month waiting list for a dog. The dogs were simply pets, not trained service animals. Not only did the veterans with dogs show fewer PTSD symptoms, they also reported lower levels of depression ... Read more

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Predeployment Riskiest Time for Military Suicide Attempts

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 – Suicide attempts in the military aren't necessarily combat-driven. At the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army soldiers most likely to try to kill themselves were never deployed, new research shows. Moreover, risk was greatest just two months into service, according to the study of more than 163,000 soldiers. But the findings aren't a sign that going to war protects soldiers against suicide. "It is more likely that those who are not deployed are already at a higher risk for suicide, and that is one of the reasons they were not cleared to deploy," said Alan Peterson, professor and chief of behavioral medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Peterson, a military mental health researcher, wasn't involved in the study. Suicide rates within the military exploded during the wars of the last 15 years, said study lead ... Read more

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Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

Posted 6 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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Sexual Trauma in Military May Lead to Homelessness: Study

Posted 20 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

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

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Doctors Issue Call to Combat Climate Change

Posted 18 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

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

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

Posted 12 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

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

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Mindfulness Training May Ease PTSD

Posted 1 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

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

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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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PTSD May Stiffen Veterans' Arteries, Boosting Heart Risks

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

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

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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, 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 Drugs.com

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

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

Posted 16 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

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

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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

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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

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