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

Posted 1 day 20 hours ago 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 2 days 21 hours ago 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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Childhood Stress Might Raise a Woman's Risk for Preterm Birth

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 – Stressful events in childhood may increase a woman's risk having a preterm baby, a new study suggests. The research included 200 mothers in Canada who provided information about stressful experiences when they were youngsters. One-third of the women had given birth preterm, while the others delivered at term. Preterm birth is considered to be any birth occurring before 37 weeks of pregnancy, according to the Mayo Clinic. A normal pregnancy usually lasts about 40 weeks. "All of the adverse childhood events that we asked about had to occur prior to the age of 18, and the average age of delivery in our study was 28 years. These adverse childhood events occurred, on average, 10 years or more before the women actually delivered," study co-author David Olson, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Alberta, said in a university news release. He ... Read more

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Mental Illness Afflicts Many Juveniles in Jail

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 – Hospitalization for mental health problems is far more common among kids behind bars than among children and teens in the general population, a new study finds. Juvenile inmates also have longer hospital stays, which suggests they have more serious underlying mental health problems, according to the Stanford University School of Medicine researchers. "We know young people in the juvenile justice system have a disproportionate burden of mental illness, but I was really surprised by the magnitude of the problem, because hospitalizations typically occur for very severe illness," lead author Dr. Arash Anoshiravani, a clinical assistant professor of adolescent medicine, said in a university news release. The researchers analyzed nearly 2 million hospitalizations of children and teens in California over the age of 15. They found that mental health disorders accounted ... Read more

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Talk Therapy May Help Ease Insomnia, Even With Other Health Woes

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 – Talk therapy may help treat insomnia in people with physical or mental health problems, a new study suggests. With cognitive behavioral therapy, people talk with a therapist to identify the negative thoughts and feelings that cause them problems, and to learn ways to solve their problems, according to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. Past studies have found cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can improve sleep. But, many of those studies didn't include people with psychiatric and medical conditions. For the new study, researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago looked at 37 previous studies. The research included nearly 2,200 people and looked at cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia in people who had depression, alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder and/or with medical conditions such as cancer, chronic pain and ... Read more

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Childhood Stress May Spur Weight Gain in Women

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 16, 2015 – Childhood stress appears to play a significant role in some women's weight gain, a new study suggests. Stress during adulthood does not affect women's weight gain, the researchers found. And neither childhood nor adult stress is associated with weight gain in men. Childhood may be a critical time for establishing patterns that affect women's weight over time, said study author Hui Liu, an associate professor of sociology at Michigan State University. Researchers analyzed data from more than 2,200 women and 1,300 men who were interviewed four times over 15 years as part of a national survey called Americans' Changing Lives. Childhood stress included family-related issues that occurred up to age 16. They included economic hardship, divorce, having at least one parent with a mental health problem, and never knowing one's father. Adult stress included factors such ... Read more

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Mental Health Problems in Childhood Linked to Adult Woes

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 – Poor mental health in childhood may lower the chances of success in adulthood, a new study suggests. Duke University researchers found that children with mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and/or behavioral problems were six times more likely than those with no psychiatric problems to have difficulties in adulthood. Those later struggles included addiction, early pregnancy, criminal charges, difficulty getting and keeping jobs, education failures and housing instability, the study authors said. Even children with mild or passing episodes of psychiatric problems were at increased risk, according to the study in the July 15 issue of the journal JAMA Psychiatry. While the study found an association between poor mental health in childhood and problems later in life, it did not prove a cause-and-effect link. The researchers analyzed data from more ... Read more

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For Those With Social Anxiety, Acts of Kindness May Be Therapeutic

Posted 10 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 10, 2015 – People with social anxiety who perform good deeds may have less trouble relaxing and interacting with others, new research finds. These acts of kindness can boost feelings of happiness and foster positive views of the world. Over time, deeds that promote positive interactions may enable people with this disorder to socialize more easily, the Canadian researchers said. "Acts of kindness may help to counter negative social expectations by promoting more positive perceptions and expectations of a person's social environment," study co-author Jennifer Trew, of Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada, said in a journal news release. "It helps to reduce their levels of social anxiety and, in turn, makes them less likely to want to avoid social situations." Social anxiety disorder causes people to feel threatened or anxious about mingling with others. It's more than ... Read more

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Newly Enlisted Army Soldiers at Risk of Attempted Suicide: Study

Posted 9 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – Among U.S. Army personnel, enlisted soldiers on their first tour of duty appear to be most at risk for attempted suicide, a new study finds. Concerned by a spike in suicides and suicide attempts in the Army during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, researchers set out to identify key risks for suicide attempts between 2004 and 2009. "Those who were female, younger, early in their career, with a recent mental health problem, and never or previously deployed were at greatest risk," said study lead author Dr. Robert Ursano, chair of psychiatry at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. "By understanding who is at risk and when they are at risk, we can much better target treatments," Ursano said. The findings were published in the July 8 online issue of JAMA Psychiatry. In 2014, as part ... Read more

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Too Much 'Feel Good' Brain Chemical May Trigger Social Phobia

Posted 17 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 – Levels of the brain chemical serotonin are too high in people with social phobia, rather than too low as previously believed, a new study says. Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden conducted brain scans on volunteers and found that those with social phobia – also called social anxiety disorder – produced too much serotonin in the amygdala, which is part of the brain's fear center. The more serotonin their brains produced, the more anxious they were in social situations, the investigators found. "Serotonin can increase anxiety, and not decrease it as was previously often assumed," researcher Andreas Frick, a doctoral student in the psychology department at Uppsala, said in a university news release. The study was published June 17 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. Serotonin, which is produced by nerve cells, helps to relay messages from one area of the ... Read more

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Many U.S. Men With Depression, Anxiety Don't Get Treated, CDC Finds

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Close to one in 10 American men suffers from depression or anxiety, but fewer than half get treatment, a new survey reveals. The nationwide poll of more than 21,000 men also found that among younger males, blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to report mental health symptoms. And when they do acknowledge psychiatric troubles, they are less likely to seek professional help than whites, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. "We suspect that there are several social and cultural pressures that lead black and Hispanic men to be less likely than white men to seek mental health treatments," said report lead author Stephen Blumberg, an associate director for science with the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). "These pressures, which include ideas about masculinity and the stigma of mental illness, may be ... Read more

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

Posted 28 May 2015 by Drugs.com

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

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Animals May Ease Social Anxiety in Children With Autism

Posted 22 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 – Being around animals may help reduce social anxiety in children with autism, new research suggests. The findings could lead to new treatment approaches that use pets such as dogs, cats and guinea pigs to help children with autism improve their social skills and interactions with other people, the researchers said. The study included 38 children with autism and 76 children without the disorder. All of the children wore special wrist devices designed to detect anxiety and other responses to social situations. The children first read a book by themselves. Then, they read a book to two other children and then had 10 minutes of group play. After that, the children were given 10 minutes of supervised play with guinea pigs. Researchers chose guinea pigs because of their small size and gentle nature. Compared to other children, those with autism had higher levels of ... Read more

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Over 4 Million Working Americans Suffer From Anxiety Disorders

Posted 21 May 2015 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 20 May 2015 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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