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Bad Neighborhoods May Make You Age Faster

Posted 11 days ago by

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 – Living in a bad neighborhood can accelerate aging, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 2,900 people in the Netherlands and found that those living in neighborhoods with high levels of noise, crime and vandalism were biologically 12 years older than those of similar chronological age living in other areas. Previous research has found links between living in a bad neighborhood and poorer mental and physical health, wrote study author Mijung Park, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. "Our team examined whether these environments also have a direct impact on cellular health. We found that indeed, biological aging processes could be influenced by socioeconomic conditions," Park said in a university news release. But, while the study found an association between living in a certain neighborhood and faster aging, ... Read more

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Poor Health as Teen, Poor Job Prospects Later, Study Suggests

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MONDAY, June 22, 2015 – Mental or physical health problems during the teen years may make it harder to get a good job or to complete higher education later on, a new research review suggests. "Chronic health conditions and particularly mental health conditions contribute substantially to education and employment outcomes," said study co-author Leonardo Bevilacqua, a researcher at the University College London Institute of Child Health in England. "This is extremely important for developing and implementing policies in and outside schools that promote health and support those with health conditions," he said. Teens' health needs to be a core focus in school to improve their educational and employment success, Bevilacqua added. Although the review found an association between mental or physical health problems in teens and greater difficulty pursuing a higher education or getting work, ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders

Psychosis Rarely Linked to Violent Crime, Study Says

Posted 12 Jun 2015 by

FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 – It's rare that people with mental illness have hallucinations and delusions before they commit violent crimes, researchers say. "High-profile mass shootings capture public attention and increase vigilance of people with mental illness. But our findings clearly show that psychosis rarely leads directly to violence," said study lead author Jennifer Skeem, associate dean of research at University of California, Berkeley's School of Social Welfare. Researchers analyzed 305 violent incidents committed by high-risk psychiatric patients in the United States. They found that only 12 percent of the incidents were preceded by hallucinations and delusions, collectively referred to as psychosis. The study was recently published online in the journal Clinical Psychological Science. Numerous studies have found that violence is often associated with anger, access to guns and ... Read more

Related support groups: Paranoid Disorder, Psychosis, Agitation, Psychiatric Disorders, Agitated State

Brains of Teens With Bipolar Disorder Develop Differently: Study

Posted 9 Jun 2015 by

TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 – Teens with bipolar disorder seem to have abnormal development in areas of the brain that help regulate emotions, researchers report. "In adolescence, the brain is very plastic so the hope is that one day we can develop interventions to prevent the development of bipolar disorder," senior study author Hilary Blumberg, a professor of psychiatry, diagnostic radiology, and of psychiatric neuroscience at the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, Conn., said in a university news release. Bipolar disorder typically appears in the teens and causes severe swings in mood, energy and activity levels. Problems with impulse control are common among people with bipolar disorder. People with bipolar disorder are also at high risk for substance abuse and suicide, the researchers said. Over two years, the Yale School of Medicine team conducted a series of MRI scans on 37 teens ... Read more

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Gun Violence Takes Toll on Kids' Mental Health, Study Finds

Posted 8 Jun 2015 by

MONDAY, June 8, 2015 – More than one in four children in the United States is exposed to weapon-related violence – as a victim or witness – which ups their risk for mental health problems, a new study says. Using 2011 data from a national survey of children and parents, researchers also estimated that one in 33 kids has been assaulted in incidents where lethal weapons – guns and knives – were used. Such lethal weapons exposure makes it more likely they will arm themselves, or associate with people carrying weapons. They are also more likely to suffer long-term psychiatric consequences, the study authors said. "Exposure to violence involving highly lethal weapons is associated with higher trauma symptoms, over and above exposure to all other types of violence, making it a strong contributor to adolescent depression, anxiety and aggression," said study co-author Kimberly Mitchell, a ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Agitation, Psychiatric Disorders, Agitated State

Women, Poor, Uninsured Face Higher Risk of Psychological Distress: CDC

Posted 28 May 2015 by

THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 – Women, people with chronic medical conditions, the poor and those without health insurance are more likely to struggle with "serious psychological distress," U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Serious psychological distress is a term that identifies people who are likely to be diagnosed with a mental disorder that limits their lives, according to the researchers. Overall, they found that about 3 percent of Americans surveyed have serious psychological distress. "People with serious psychological distress have a lot of challenges," said report co-author Laura Pratt, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. "People with mental health problems have a lot of needs that aren't being met." In the report, the researchers used data from the National Health Interview Survey. The information ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Psychosis, Agitation, Psychiatric Disorders, Dysthymia

More U.S. Kids Getting Mental Health Treatment

Posted 20 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – The number of U.S. children and teens being treated for mental health issues has risen by about 50 percent in the past 20 years – with most of those kids having relatively mild symptoms, a new study finds. The research, published in the May 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, comes at a time of growing concern over young people's mental health treatment. In particular, some worry that kids with milder issues are being overtreated with antidepressants, stimulants (such as those used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and antipsychotic drugs, said lead researcher Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City. According to Olfson, his findings suggest that kids with less serious symptoms account for a large share of young people getting mental health care – whether that means medication or ... Read more

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Immune System Genes May Change With the Seasons: Study

Posted 12 May 2015 by

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 – When the seasons change, your immune system response may also change, British researchers report. These findings might explain why conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease are worse in the winter than in the summer, the new study finds. The researchers from the University of Cambridge analyzed genes from more than 16,000 people worldwide, including those from both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. They found that the activity of nearly one-quarter of the genes differed according to the time of the year. Some are more active in winter and some are more active in summer, the research revealed. Seasons also affect our immune cells, and the composition of our blood and fat, according to the study. Findings were published May 12 in the journal Nature Communications. It's been known that there are seasonal variations in a number of conditions, ... Read more

Related support groups: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Heart Disease, Psychiatric Disorders, Immunosuppression

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

Related support groups: Anxiety, Depression, Schizophrenia, Psychiatric Disorders

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

Related support groups: Psychosis, Psychiatric Disorders, Diagnosis and Investigation

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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