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Mental Health Disorders May Shorten Life Span: Study

Posted 11 Feb 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 – People with mental health conditions such as depression, chronic anxiety and schizophrenia tend to die at younger ages than their peers without psychiatric disorders, a new research review says. In fact, the researchers estimated that mental health disorders typically rob people of nearly a decade of life, and account for 8 million deaths worldwide each year. The findings, published online Feb. 11 in JAMA Psychiatry, come from an analysis of over 200 international studies spanning several decades. Researchers said the studies help put the global toll of mental health disorders into perspective. Although the study found an association between mental health conditions and earlier death, it wasn't designed to prove that the disorders were a direct cause of the early deaths. When people think of lives lost to mental illness, they might automatically focus on one ... Read more

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Stigma Keeps Employees From Admitting to a Mental Illness: Study

Posted 6 Feb 2015 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 – Many workers say they wouldn't tell their manager if they had a mental health problem, a Canadian survey finds. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health poll of more than 2,200 working adults in the province of Ontario found that 38 percent would not disclose a mental illness to a manager. Their reasons for keeping quiet included fears about the effect on their career, bad experiences of others who came forward and the risk of losing friends. Some said they wouldn't disclose a mental illness because it would not affect their work. On the other hand, having a good relationship with their manager and supportive company policies were the main reasons given by those who said they would disclose a mental illness. "A significant number of working people have mental health problems, or have taken a disability leave related to mental health. Annually, almost 3 percent ... Read more

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Childhood Neglect May Affect Brain Development, Study Says

Posted 26 Jan 2015 by

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 – Childhood neglect is associated with changes in the brain's white matter, a small study shows. "Our findings have important implications for public health related to early prevention and intervention for children reared in conditions of severe neglect or adverse contexts more generally," the researchers wrote. The study looked at 26 abandoned children in Romania who experienced social, emotional, language and mental development neglect while living in institutions. They were compared with 23 children who were placed in high-quality foster care and 20 children who grew up with their own families. The children were assessed at ages 30 months, 42 months, 54 months, 8 years and 12 years. The results showed a significant association between neglect early in life and changes in white matter. White matter enables nerve fibers in the brain to communicate. However, ... Read more

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1 in 5 U.S. Adults Dealt With a Mental Illness in 2013

Posted 20 Nov 2014 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 – Nearly one in five American adults – 43.8 million people – had a diagnosable mental illness in 2013, federal officials reported Thursday. The report also found that 10 million adults had a serious mental illness, 15.7 million had major depressive episodes, 9.3 million had serious thoughts of suicide, 2.7 million made suicide plans and 1.3 million attempted suicide. The findings were similar to those in 2012, the report from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration said. The review, based on the agency's annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, also found that 2.6 million (about 10 percent) of children aged 12 to 17 suffered major depressive episodes in 2013, but only about 38 percent received treatment for depression. In 2013, about 34.6 million adults (14.6 percent) received mental health care, including inpatient or ... Read more

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Soldiers Hospitalized for Mental Illness Face Raised Suicide Risk, Study Shows

Posted 12 Nov 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 – American soldiers hospitalized with mental health disorders have a significantly increased risk of suicide in the year after they leave the hospital, a new study finds. The researchers also identified a number of common factors among the 5 percent of soldiers with the highest risk of suicide. The suicide rate in the U.S. Army has increased since 2004, and is now higher than the civilian rate. Researchers looked at more than 40,000 active duty U.S. Army soldiers who were hospitalized with psychiatric disorders between 2004 and 2009. Within 12 months of being discharged from the hospital, 68 of the soldiers committed suicide, accounting for 12 percent of all U.S. Army suicides during this period. Five percent of soldiers with the highest predicted risk of suicide accounted for nearly 53 percent of post-hospitalization suicides. They also had higher rates of ... Read more

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Researchers Evaluate Blood Test for Psychosis

Posted 26 Sep 2014 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 – A blood test may help identify people at risk for psychosis, a new study suggests. Psychosis, which includes hallucinations or delusions, is caused by severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia, according to background information from the study. Researchers evaluated the experimental blood test in psychiatric patients with symptoms associated with a high risk for psychosis. The blood test identified people who later developed psychosis, according to the preliminary findings recently published online in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin. "The blood test included a selection of 15 measures of immune and hormonal system imbalances as well as evidence of oxidative stress," study corresponding author Dr. Diana Perkins, professor of psychiatry in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, said in a university news release. "While further research is ... Read more

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Aggressive People May Process Violence's Impact Differently

Posted 11 Sep 2014 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 – People's response to violence in the media depends on how aggressive they are naturally, a new study contends. "How an individual responds to their environment depends on the brain of the beholder," lead investigator Nelly Alia-Klein, associate professor of neuroscience and psychiatry at the Friedman Brain Institute and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, said in a Mount Sinai news release. The findings may help those designing programs that seek to reduce aggressive behavior starting in childhood, she said. "Aggression is a trait that develops together with the nervous system over time starting from childhood; patterns of behavior become solidified and the nervous system prepares to continue the behavior patterns into adulthood when they become increasingly coached in personality," she added. This could explain differences in people who ... Read more

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More Young Adults Getting Mental Health Care Under Obamacare: Study

Posted 4 Aug 2014 by

MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 – The number of young American adults getting mental health treatment has risen since the rule on dependent coverage went into effect with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, a new study finds. That key provision ensures that those aged 19 to 25 have the option of remaining on their parents' health insurance plan. It's been in effect since September 2010. In the new study, researchers found that the move may be allowing more young adults to receive mental health care. Soon after the rule took hold, the number of 18- to 25-year-olds in mental health treatment rose nationally – by a couple of percentage points among those who had potential symptoms of psychiatric conditions. "That's very good news," said Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, a psychiatrist and president of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in New York City. "Often, mental health disorders like ... Read more

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Muscle and Bone Injuries, Mental Disorders Plagued U.S. Iraq War Vets

Posted 10 Jul 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 – Muscle, bone and joint injuries, as well as mental health disorders, are the main reasons why U.S. soldiers who served in Iraq left the military, a new study finds. Researchers followed more than 4,100 Army soldiers, aged 18 to 52, from the start of a 15-month deployment in Iraq in 2006 until the end of four years after their return to the United States. Among those who were unable to return to a military career after the deployment, 60 percent had muscle, bone or joint injuries and nearly half had mental health conditions, according to the study published recently in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Low back pain, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder were the most common reasons why soldiers left the military. The researchers also found that lower rank was associated with an increased likelihood of a soldier leaving the military ... Read more

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

Posted 15 Jun 2014 by

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

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Mental Illness Linked to Shortened Life Spans

Posted 25 May 2014 by

FRIDAY, May 23, 2014 – Serious mental illness can take between seven and 24 years off a person's life, which is similar to or worse than the impact of heavy smoking, researchers report. "We found that many mental health diagnoses are associated with a drop in life expectancy as great as that associated with smoking 20 or more cigarettes a day," Dr. Seena Fazel, of the department of psychiatry, at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, said in a university news release. "There are likely to be many reasons for this. High-risk behaviors are common in psychiatric patients, especially drug and alcohol abuse, and they are more likely to die by suicide," Fazel noted. "The stigma surrounding mental health may mean people aren't treated as well for physical health problems when they do see a doctor." Fazel's team examined 20 studies that looked at the link between mental illness and ... Read more

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ICU Patients May Face Mental Health Issues After Discharge

Posted 18 Mar 2014 by

TUESDAY, March 18, 2014 – Critically ill people who survive a stay in the intensive care unit face a heightened risk of mental health problems in the months after hospital discharge, a large new study suggests. The study of more than 24,000 Danish ICU patients found that after discharge, people had an increased risk of developing depression, anxiety disorders or other psychiatric conditions. The rates weren't high: About 0.5 percent of patients had a new diagnosis in the three months post-discharge. But that was 22 times the rate seen in the general population over the same time period, the findings showed. Experts say the findings, reported in the March 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, highlight an emerging issue: As doctors get better at saving the lives of critically ill patients, more people will be at risk of longer-term problems beyond physical health. ... Read more

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Mental Illness to Blame for 10 Percent of Kids' Hospitalizations: Study

Posted 18 Mar 2014 by

TUESDAY, March 18, 2014 – Nearly 10 percent of children hospitalized in America are there because of a mental health problem, a new study finds. Most of these kids suffer from depression, bipolar disorder or psychosis. Unfortunately, there are too few trained psychiatrists, psychologists or hospital beds to treat these children effectively, experts say. "This is a common and costly problem," said lead researcher Dr. Naomi Bardach, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. More than 14 million children and teens in the United States have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, she noted. The costs for the most common diagnosis, depression, total about $1.3 billion a year, she added: "That's similar to the hospital costs just for asthma." The problem has been growing. Between 1997 and 2010, hospitalizations of children for mental problems ... Read more

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Could Childhood Nightmares Foreshadow Mental Ills as Teen?

Posted 28 Feb 2014 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2014 – Many young kids will have an occasional bad dream, but frequent nightmares or episodes of night terrors over a long period of time could be an early warning sign of mental illness, according to a new study. British researchers found children who experience persistent nightmares may be at greater risk for psychotic experiences, such as hallucinations, interrupted thoughts or delusions, by the time they are teenagers. "We certainly don't want to worry parents with this news; three in every four children experience nightmares at this young age," Dieter Wolke, from the University of Warwick in England, said in a university news release. "However, nightmares over a prolonged period or bouts of night terrors that persist into adolescence can be an early indicator of something more significant in later life." Nightmares occur during the REM, or rapid eye movement, ... Read more

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Mentally Ill More Often Victims Of Violence Than Perpetrators: Study

Posted 27 Feb 2014 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2014 – People with mental illness are much more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators of violent acts, a new study shows. Within a six-month period of time, nearly one-third of adults with a mental health disorder are victimized, the study revealed. The researchers also found a strong association between enduring a violent act and committing one. They suggested that reducing violence against mentally ill people could help protect others in the community as well. "We hear about the link between violence and mental illness in the news, and we wanted to look not only at the notion that the mentally ill are a danger to others, but the possibility that they are also in danger," study author Dr. Sarah Desmarais, an assistant professor of psychology at North Carolina State University, said in a school news release. The researchers examined surveys ... Read more

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