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Over 4 Million Working Americans Suffer From Anxiety Disorders

Posted 19 hours 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

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More U.S. Kids Getting Mental Health Treatment

Posted 1 day 15 hours ago by Drugs.com

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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The Plight of America's 'Elder Orphans'

Posted 2 days 18 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – Dr. Maria Torroella Carney grew increasingly distressed as she watched how emergency response teams had to help older, frail people who were living alone evacuate their homes in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Then, the sad story of a suicidal 76-year-old man in the Queens borough of New York City convinced Carney, an expert in elderly health care, to take a closer look at the plight of this vulnerable population. She tells the man's story in her new report on the growing number of "elder orphans" in the United States, a phenomenon that's largely the byproduct of the aging Baby Boomer generation. The Queens man lived by himself and tried to slit his wrists with a razor. "He was an independent individual, never married, and over the month or two months prior had become more isolated and was unable to access care in the community," Carney said. Fortunately, a ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Social Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Depressive Psychosis

Common Sports, Hobbies Often Popular Among People With Autism

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 – The stereotype of a person with autism often includes a "hobby" focusing on a highly specialized, obsessive activity. But a new study finds that – just as in typically developed people – people with autism often love sports, books or just watching TV. "Adults with an autism spectrum disorder [ASD] expressed an interest in many of the same hobbies and activities that non-ASD adults enjoy," said Dr. Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y. He reviewed the findings from the study, which was to be presented Wednesday at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City. Findings from medical meetings are typically considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. The new study was led by Sebastian Pacey-Smith, a graduate student at the University of ... Read more

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Girls With Autism Fare Worse Than Boys, Study Finds

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 – While girls are far less likely than boys to be diagnosed with autism, girls with the developmental disorder show more impairments compared to their healthy female peers than comparable sets of boys do, new research suggests. Scientists from the University of California Davis MIND Institute contend that girls with autism may suffer from greater social deficits than boys with the condition, which is characterized by problems with emotional and communication skills. "Many of the studies looking for behavioral differences in autism have only compared boys and girls with autism and not to their typically developing counterparts," said study author Christine Wu Nordahl, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. "So when we tried this approach, we were surprised because the findings were quite striking. In almost every measure, the girls with ... Read more

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Study Links Sleep Troubles to Children's Mental Health

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – There is a link between sleep and young children's mental health, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at sleep patterns and the mental health of 1,000 children starting when they were toddlers. They found that those with sleep disorders at age 4 were at increased risk for mental health problems – such as anxiety and depression – at age 6. They also discovered that children with mental health problems at age 4 were at increased risk for sleep disorders at age 6. Due to the study's design, however, it wasn't possible for the researchers to prove that sleep problems caused mental health issues or vice versa; the researchers could only show an association between these factors. Insomnia was the most common type of sleep disorder. Insomnia was diagnosed in nearly 17 percent of the children at age 4 and in 43 percent of them at age 6. Insomnia increased the risk ... Read more

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Bullying May Take Bigger Toll Than Child Abuse, Neglect

Posted 28 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 – Being bullied as a child may take a larger toll on a young adult's mental health than being abused or neglected at home, a new study suggests. Kids who are the victims of bullies are more likely to experience anxiety, depression and to try to hurt themselves as young adults than children who were mistreated by adults, British researchers found. "Until now, governments have focused their efforts and resources on family maltreatment rather than bullying," study author Dieter Wolke, from the University of Warwick, said in a journal news release. "Since one in three children worldwide report being bullied, and it is clear that bullied children have similar or worse mental health problems later in life to those who are maltreated, more needs to be done to address this imbalance. Moreover, it is vital that schools, health services, and other agencies work together ... Read more

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Child's Popularity May Rely on Understanding Others

Posted 15 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 – Children who are tuned in to what others want, think and feel are more popular in school than those who aren't as good at understanding others, a new review indicates. "Our study suggests that understanding others' mental perspectives may facilitate the kind of interactions that help children become or remain popular," said review leader Virginia Slaughter, head of the psychology department of the University of Queensland in Australia. For the report, published April 15 in the journal Child Development, researchers analyzed 20 studies that included nearly 2,100 children aged 2 to 10 in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. The strength of the link between being able to figure out what others think and feel and popularity was similar for preschoolers and older children. This suggests that this ability is important for making friends at an early age and ... Read more

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Behavioral Therapy Deemed Best for Social Phobia

Posted 26 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 – Antidepressants are commonly used to treat social phobia, but a new report argues that "talk therapy" is the better first option. In a review of 101 clinical trials, researchers found that "cognitive behavioral therapy" often helped people with social phobia – a type of anxiety disorder where people have a deep fear of being judged by others or embarrassed in public. The more common approach to tackling social anxiety – antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) – also helped, the review found. But cognitive behavioral therapy showed even bigger "effect sizes" across studies that tested it, the researchers report in the Sept. 26 online issue of The Lancet Psychiatry. SSRIs include widely prescribed medications such as Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft. While the drugs can ease symptoms of social anxiety, they can also have side effects, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Warning Signs of Social Anxiety Disorder

Posted 25 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

-- Social anxiety disorder can make seemingly simple social engagements seem like a nightmare. The U.S. National Institute on Mental Health says common symptoms of social anxiety disorder include: Finding it difficult and nerve-wracking to have a conversation with other people. Feeling extremely embarrassed and self-conscious in front of others. Having constant fear of being judged by others. Avoiding social activities or worrying for weeks before an event. Having difficulty making friends and maintaining friendships. Having physical symptoms such as trembling, blushing, sweating or feeling nauseous when around others. Read more

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Parents' Social Anxiety May Raise Kids' Risk for Anxiety Disorder

Posted 7 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7 – Parental social anxiety should be considered a risk factor for childhood anxiety, according to researchers. In a new study, researchers from Johns Hopkins Children's Center found that kids with parents who have social anxiety disorder – the most common form of anxiety – are at greater risk for developing an anxiety disorder than kids whose parents have other forms of anxiety. The study revealed that the parental behaviors that contributed to children's anxiety included a lack of warmth and affection as well as high levels of criticism and doubt. "There is a broad range of anxiety disorders, so what we did was home in on social anxiety, and we found that anxiety-promoting parental behaviors may be unique to the parent's diagnosis and not necessarily common to all those with anxiety," the study's senior investigator, Golda Ginsburg, professor of child and adolescent ... Read more

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Social Phobia in Teens Goes Beyond Shyness

Posted 17 Oct 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 17 – Social phobia is not simply shyness that has been exaggerated by psychiatrists and drug makers, according to a new study that compared rates of shyness and social phobia among American teens. Social phobia, also called social anxiety, is a disabling condition characterized by extremely high levels of self-consciousness and anxiety. Some experts have suggested that the condition is a "medicalization" of a normal variation in shyness levels or that it has been publicized by psychiatrists and drug makers in order to increase sales of psychiatric drugs, especially among youth. In the new study, researchers from the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health examined shyness and social phobia rates among more than 10,000 teens aged 13 to 18 who took part in a national survey. About half of the teens said they were shy, but only 12 percent of the shy teens met the criteria ... Read more

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City Living Tied to More Anxiety, Mood Disorders

Posted 22 Jun 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 22 – People who are born and raised in cities have a greater lifetime risk for anxiety and mood disorders due to the impact that city living appears to have on two brain regions that regulate emotion and stress, a new international study indicates. The findings may lead to new ways to improve the quality of life for city dwellers, according to the researchers. Previous studies found that urban residents have a 21 percent increased risk for anxiety disorders and a 39 percent increased risk for mood disorders. They also have nearly twice the rate of schizophrenia compared to people who don't live in cities, said study co-author Jens Pruessner, of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal. He and his colleagues in Germany used functional MRI to study the brain activity of healthy volunteers from urban and rural areas. They found that city dwellers had ... Read more

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Health Tip: Dealing With Anxiety

Posted 13 May 2011 by Drugs.com

-- Anxiety can quickly spiral out of control and interfere with daily life. But there are techniques that will allow you to regain control, the American Academy of Family Physicians says. The academy offers these suggestions: Schedule 30 minutes each day to think about the things that are concerning you. Save your worry for those designated times. Think less about what will happen and concern yourself more with what's happening now. Practice relaxation techniques such as muscle relaxation or deep breathing. Get plenty of regular exercise and enough sleep. Don't abuse drugs or drink alcohol. Restrict or eliminate caffeine. Deal with things that have caused you anxiety in the past. Start by visualizing how you will deal with these factors. Doing so will help you deal with them for real. Talk about your fears with your doctor. He or she can help you devise a plan for how to better cope ... Read more

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'Talk Therapy' Can Alter Brain Activity, Research Shows

Posted 16 Feb 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 16 – Psychotherapy triggers changes in the brains of people with social anxiety disorder, finds a new study. Medication and psychotherapy are used to treat people with social anxiety, a common disorder in which people experience overwhelming fear of interacting with others and of being harshly judged. But there's been far less research on the neurological effects of psychotherapy (talk therapy) than on medication-induced brain changes. The new Canadian study included 25 adults with social anxiety disorder who underwent 12 weekly sessions of group cognitive behavior therapy, which is meant to help patients identify and challenge their unhealthy thinking patterns. These clinical group patients were compared to two control groups who tested either extremely high or low for symptoms of social anxiety but received no psychotherapy. All of the participants underwent a series ... Read more

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