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Many Say Mental Health Care Is Vital, But Often Tough to Get

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 – Although most Americans think mental health care is important, they often believe it's expensive and hard to get, a new survey shows. In questioning more than 2,000 adults, nearly 90 percent said they place equal value on mental and physical health. But one-third said mental health care is inaccessible. And 40 percent said cost is a barrier to treatment for many people, the survey found. Forty-seven percent of respondents thought they have had a mental health condition, but only 38 percent of them had received treatment. Of those who were treated, most thought it was helpful, including 82 percent who got psychotherapy and 78 percent who received medications. The survey also found that 86 percent of participants knew that mental health disorders such as depression are risk factors for suicide. Only 47 percent knew that anxiety disorders also increase suicide ... Read more

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Settling the Back-to-School Jitters

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 – Starting or returning to school can trigger anxiety in some children, but parents can help ease worried young minds, a mental health expert says. "Anxiety is one of the most common mental health challenges for children. Uncertainty fuels the fears, especially during times of transition, like starting a new school year," Dr. Theodote Pontikes, a pediatric psychiatrist at Loyola University Health System in Chicago, said in a university news release. One way to limit anxiety is to establish a routine before the first day of school that's similar to the one that will be used during the school year. This includes consistent sleep and wake times, no daytime naps, and scheduled meals and snacks. It's important to encourage a pattern of physical activity, which helps children release excess energy and sleep better at night, she said. It's also a good idea to have ... Read more

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How Parents Add to Math Anxiety

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 – Parents can spur math anxiety and poor math performance in children, a new study suggests. "We often don't think about how important parents' own attitudes are in determining their children's academic achievement. But our work suggests that if a parent is walking around saying 'Oh, I don't like math' or 'This stuff makes me nervous,' kids pick up on this messaging and it affects their success," study co-leader Sian Beilock said in a news release from the Association for Psychological Science. Beilock is a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago. For the study, researchers assessed math achievement and math anxiety among 438 first- and second-grade students. They also asked the children's parents about their levels of math anxiety and how often they helped their kids with math homework. The results showed that children of math-anxious parents learned ... Read more

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Family Struggles May Affect Boys' Brain Development

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2015 – Family problems early in life might raise boys' risk of depression and anxiety, which is also tied to altered brain structure in their late teens and early 20s, a new study suggests. But the findings have a bright side, one researcher said. "Early life experiences have an effect on the brain," said Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, president of The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in New York City. But "what is most interesting and exciting about this study is that just as trauma can have a negative effect on the brain, positive experiences – including therapy and other interventions – can have a positive effect on the young brain and ultimately affect the level of functioning of the individual," he said. Borenstein was not involved in the new research. The British study was led by Edward Barker, of King's College London, and included nearly 500 males, ages 18 to ... Read more

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How Parents Can Ease Transition to First Grade

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2015 – Parents can smooth a child's transition from kindergarten to the new demands of first grade, an expert says. "The sudden introduction of new skills and responsibilities of first grade can be an exciting yet stressful experience for both the child and their parents," said Beth Pendergraft, an early childhood coordinator in the department of teacher education at Georgia Regents University. "However, if parents can remain positive and patient with their child along with keeping open communication with the teacher, it will help everyone get a good grip on this new journey," she said in a university news release. You can talk to your child's teacher to find out what skills will be taught during the school year and incorporate those skills into daily family routines, she suggested. Also, try to give your child an idea of what to expect in class, including activities, ... Read more

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How to Mend a Broken Heart? Your Gender May Matter

Posted 14 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2015 – The pain of a romantic breakup may hit women harder at first, but they recover far more quickly from the loss than men do, new research suggests. "At some point, clearly, women get over a breakup," said study author Craig Morris, a research associate at Binghamton University in New York. "They will discuss in great detail the pain, the suffering, the misery, but they are talking about it in the past." Women often "return to the dating scene in many ways better than they were before," he said, having learned from and processed their mistakes. Conversely, men may not feel the same sharp jab of pain initially, yet they may never recover fully emotionally, Morris found. "When you talk to a man about a breakup," Morris said, "you can see he is still there. The anger. The disappointment. There was never any end to this for him. Most men never use the phrase, 'I got ... Read more

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Health Tip: Ease the Transition to a New School

Posted 12 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Children may be excited, but also a bit anxious, about the first day at a new school. Parents can offer support and encouragement to help the child enjoy the day. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these ideas: Remind your child of the positives, such as making new friends and simply having fun. Explain to your child that others will be nervous as well, and that teachers will be trying to make everyone feel comfortable. Offer reassurance that you'll help with any issues that occur at school. Write a special note that reminds your child that you are thinking of him or her. Find a buddy with whom your child can walk to school or ride the bus with. Remind your child to seek other new children at school. Offer your child plenty of attention, affection and support, especially during the first few days. Read more

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At Dutch Euthanasia Clinic, Requests From People 'Tired of Living'

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2015 – In Belgium and the Netherlands, where euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are legal, doctors are increasingly confronted by requests for such services from people with psychological illnesses or people who say they are "tired of living," a new study finds. The majority of these requests are denied, according to two studies focused on such clinics. Still, some patients did get their wish granted and received help ending their life. The studies were published Aug. 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The findings highlight worries about a "slippery slope" in terms of the reasons for which euthanasia requests might be granted, two U.S. experts said. "Although neither article mentions the term 'slippery slope,' both studies report worrisome findings that seem to validate concerns about where these practices might lead," Drs. Barron Lerner and Arthur Caplan of New ... Read more

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Parents' Happiness Key to How Big Families Grow

Posted 7 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2015 – Parents who become less happy after the arrival of their first child are less likely to have more children, a new study finds. The effect was especially strong among mothers and fathers who are well educated and older, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Germany said. They noted that the study deals with a "taboo subject." Even though many parents experience a considerable drop in happiness after the birth of their first child, the problem is rarely discussed. Each year, 20,000 Germans complete a life satisfaction survey. The survey revealed that the decline in happiness among some parents in the year after they have their first child is even larger than that caused by joblessness, divorce or the death of a partner. Only about 30 percent of first-time parents didn't experience a decline in happiness, according to the study ... Read more

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Social Life in Youth May Impact Health Decades Later

Posted 6 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 – Having good social connections at age 20 can lead to improved well-being later in life, a new study suggests. Previous research has shown that people with poor social links are at increased risk for early death. "In fact, having few social connections is equivalent to tobacco use, and [the risk is] higher than for those who drink excessive amounts of alcohol, or who suffer from obesity," study author Cheryl Carmichael, who conducted the study while a doctoral candidate at the University of Rochester in New York, said in a university news release. The study included 133 people who enrolled when they were 20-year-old college students in the 1970s. The participants kept track of their daily social interactions at ages 20 and 30. At age 50, they completed an online survey about the quality of their social lives and emotional well-being, including questions about ... Read more

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Social Skills Program for Young Adults With Autism Shows Promise

Posted 6 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 – A special program for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) improved their social skills, a new study finds. Because autism research tends to focus on therapies for younger children, the study's attention to this older age group is unusual, said lead author and program founder Elizabeth Laugeson, an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. "But the reality is these kids grow up and social demands change, and we are not keeping up with these demands," she noted. Anna Vagin, a speech language pathologist and director-elect of the California Speech and Hearing Association, agreed. "Those of us who work with students with ASD need to remember how quickly [they] become young adults," she said. "Each year is precious, and every therapy decision is important." The 16-week program, called PEERS, focuses on ... Read more

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Crohn's Disease, Colitis Tied to Anxiety in Study

Posted 4 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015 – People with inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, have an increased risk for an anxiety disorder, especially women, a new study suggests. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of disorders that cause chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. "Patients with IBD face substantial chronic physical problems associated with the disease," lead author Esme Fuller-Thomson, a professor from the University of Toronto, said in a university news release. "The additional burden of anxiety disorders makes life much more challenging so this 'double jeopardy' must be addressed." The study authors looked at 269 Canadian adults who had been diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease. The researchers found that these patients were two times more likely to have had generalized anxiety disorder at some point in their lives than adults ... Read more

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Severe 'Picky Eating' May Point to Mental Health Issues in Kids

Posted 3 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 – A kid who is a seriously "picky eater" is also likely to struggle with emotional problems like anxiety and depression, new research suggests. About 3 percent of kids suffer from severe selective eating, to the extent that they can't eat out at a restaurant, said lead researcher Nancy Zucker, an eating disorders specialist at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. These kids are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression or social anxiety, when compared with kids who'll eat anything, according to findings published online Aug. 3 in the journal Pediatrics. Even kids who are moderate picky eaters – for example, they only have 10 foods they will reliably eat – are at increased risk for symptoms of anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, although not to the extent that they can be diagnosed with a disorder, Zucker added. The ... Read more

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Too Much Facebook, Twitter Tied to Poor Mental Health in Teens

Posted 31 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 – Teens who frequently use social media are more likely to say they struggle with mental health concerns that are not being addressed, new Canadian research reveals. At issue is the amount of time adolescents spend browsing and posting on sites such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. "It is difficult to speculate what mechanisms may link the use of social networking sites to mental health problems," said study author Dr. Hugues Sampasa-Kanyinga, from the department of epidemiology at Ottawa Public Health in Ottawa, Canada. While the study did not prove a cause-and-effect link, Sampasa-Kanyinga noted that the "use of social networking sites can lead to poor mental health, and poor mental health may be a reason why youth use social networking sites. That said, it could be that kids with mental health problems are seeking out interactions as they are feeling isolated ... Read more

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Job Stress Might Make You Sick, Study Says

Posted 30 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – High levels of job stress may increase the risk of sick leave due to mental health disorders, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 12,000 workers in Sweden. Over five years, about 8 percent of the workers took mental health sick leave. Three-quarters of those who took mental health sick leave were women. Workers with demanding jobs, high job strain and little social support at work were at greater risk for mental health sick leave, as were those with unhealthy lifestyles. Smoking was a significant risk factor for mental health sick leave, but alcohol use was not. High levels of physical activity reduced the risk of mental health sick leave, according to the study in the August issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The findings add to previous research showing that psychological conditions in the workplace ... Read more

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