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'Fat Shaming' Begins in First Grade

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 – As early as first grade, severely obese children are getting teased, picked on and bullied more than normal-weight kids, a new study finds. The new research also found that these severely obese youngsters are more likely to be depressed and withdrawn. Obese children may turn to eating to cope with the pain of rejection or skip school to avoid being bullied, the researchers said. "The social climate at school can exacerbate weight and learning problems because it is so unpleasant," said lead researcher Amanda Harrist, a professor of child development at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. For many obese kids, home may not be much better, she said. Other studies have shown that obese children often have families that don't handle their emotions well and make fun of their kids' feelings, Harrist said. "At school, these kids are teased and picked on, and ... Read more

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Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – Doctors prescribe antidepressants for a wide range of medical problems other than depression, apparently fueling the boom in sales of these medications, researchers report. Depression accounts for only a little more than half the antidepressant prescriptions issued by Quebec physicians during the past decade, the Canadian study found. Doctors also issued antidepressants to treat anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, panic disorders, fibromyalgia, migraine, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and a host of other "off-label" conditions for which the drugs are not approved, according to the report. Two out of every three non-depression prescriptions for antidepressants were handed out under an off-label purpose, the findings showed. "The thing that's of concern here is that when prescribing for conditions other than depression, often these are for indications such as ... Read more

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Pain, Epilepsy Drug Lyrica May Increase Birth Defects Risk, Study Suggests

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 – The widely prescribed drug pregabalin (Lyrica) may slightly increase the risk for birth defects, a new study suggests. In a small study, researchers found that among women taking Lyrica during the first trimester of pregnancy, 6 percent had infants with major birth defects. In women who weren't taking the drug, 2 percent had a baby with a major birth defect, the study found. "These results should be taken with caution," said study senior author Dr. Thierry Buclin, from the Swiss Teratogen Information Service and the division of clinical pharmacology at the Lausanne University Hospital, in Switzerland. "It's a warning, but it cannot be taken as a certainty." Lyrica is prescribed for a range of health problems, including epilepsy, fibromyalgia and anxiety. The new study findings should be investigated further, Buclin said. "We should not unduly alarm ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Your Head in the Game

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Too much pressure takes all of the fun out of playing sports. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests these relaxation techniques to calm during-game jitters: Find a quiet spot to do some deep breathing. Take a deep breath in, hold it for five seconds, exhale and repeat. Flex a muscle group and hold it for about five seconds, then relax and release it. Do this five times with different muscle groups. Visualize a peaceful, relaxing scene. Picture all of the stress going out of your body. Try visualizing your success in the game. Think positively, instead of dwelling on mistakes or losses. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Performance Anxiety

Health Tip: Is Your Child an Emotional Eater?

Posted 6 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Children need nutritious food to fuel their growing bodies. But as with adults, some kids may eat for emotional reasons, rather than out of hunger. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these signs of emotional eating: Expressing a need to eat urgently, feeling shame or guilt about eating, or craving specific foods. Eating larger portions than usual. Eating at an odd time, such as in the middle of the night. Gaining weight rapidly. Sneaking extra food and hiding the packaging, especially when the child is stressed. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Obesity, Social Anxiety Disorder, Weight Loss

Harsh Parenting May Harm a Child's Physical Health

Posted 6 May 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 – Harsh parenting may leave more than psychological scars, it might also leave lasting physical problems – such as obesity – even into young adulthood, new research suggests. And having one kind, caring parent doesn't seem to counteract the effects of the harsh parent. "Harshness, as we measured it, is always bad for kids. But it is particularly bad if the adolescent perceives high levels of warmth and support from the other parent," said study lead author Thomas Schofield. The researchers defined "harsh" parenting as angry, hostile and antisocial. Until now, "we did not know if parenting that was harsh – while not falling into the category of abuse – could predict physical health," said Schofield, an assistant professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State University. For the study, Schofield and his colleagues examined the results of a study ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Obesity, Social Anxiety Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders

Bullying Can Turn Victims Into Bullies

Posted 1 May 2016 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 – A combination of face-to-face taunting and cyberbullying may greatly increase the risk that victims will become bullies themselves, a new study suggests. "Students who are victimized are more likely to exhibit aggressive behaviors towards others," said study principal investigator Alexandra Hua, from Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York. "This phenomenon may lead to a vicious cycle whereby bullies create bullies out of those they victimize." In the study, researchers analyzed data from U.S. students aged 10 to 17. The investigators found that 43 percent of the children had experienced face-to-face bullying and 7 percent had been subjected to some form of cyberbullying through text messages, social media and other means. Kids who experienced either in-person or online bullying were more likely to display aggressive behaviors, such as physical fighting, ... Read more

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Early Emotional Support May Help Kids Manage Feelings Later

Posted 26 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 – Preschoolers given higher levels of emotional support from moms, dads or other caregivers tend to have better emotional health during their childhood and teen years, a new study suggests. The researchers saw increased growth in a brain region known as the hippocampus in children who were highly supported at preschool age. The hippocampus is involved in emotion, learning and memory formation. Reductions in hippocampus volume have been linked with worse emotional health and unhealthy coping, the study authors said. "Support during the preschool period seems critical to healthy brain development, and healthy brain development is important for healthy emotional functioning," said study leader Dr. Joan Luby. She's a professor of child psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. The researchers reported that they didn't see changes in the volume of the ... Read more

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No Link Between Anti-Smoking Drugs, Mental Health Issues: Study

Posted 23 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 – The anti-smoking drugs Chantix (varenicline) and Wellbutrin (bupropion) don't appear to raise the risk of serious mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests. "Clinical guidelines recommend that the most effective way to give up smoking is smoking cessation medication and counseling. However, smokers do not use these services enough, in part due to concerns that the medications may not be safe," said lead author Dr. Robert Anthenelli, professor of psychiatry at University of California, San Diego. The new study, published April 22 in The Lancet, should help ease those concerns for patients, the researchers said. The study was requested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration due to concerns about the safety of the drugs used to help people quit smoking. Funding was provided by drug makers Pfizer (which makes ... Read more

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Eating Disorders Seem More Common in Schools Where Girls Predominate

Posted 21 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – Eating disorders may be more prevalent at schools where a greater portion of the student body is female, a new study suggests. British and Swedish researchers analyzed data from Sweden, and also found the risk increased when more of the students' parents had a university education. "Eating disorders have an enormous effect on the lives of young people who suffer from them – it is important to understand the risk factors so that we can address them," said study leader Dr. Helen Bould. Bould is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Oxford in England. "For a long time, clinicians in the field have noted that they seem to see more young people with eating disorders from some schools than others, but this is the first empirical evidence that this is the case," she said in a university news release. However, the study did not prove that these ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders, Anorexia, Bulimia, Anorexia nervosa, Anorexia/Feeding Problems

Health Tip: Your Extracurricular Teen

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- After-school activities generally are good for your teen, except when the added stress outweighs any benefit. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests teens should: Ask questions before committing. Find out how much time the activity requires, and consider whether it fits it in with school and homework. Consider if the activity could cause school performance to suffer. Think about whether there will still be time for fun and relaxation. Pay attention after joining. If there's too much stress, have a conversation with the activity leader. There may be time to rejoin later. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Performance Anxiety

Pediatricians Vary Widely in Diagnosing ADHD, Depression

Posted 1 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 – There is a large variation in how often U.S. pediatricians diagnose and prescribe drugs for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other mental health conditions, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among children seen at pediatricians' offices in over a dozen U.S. states, 15 percent were diagnosed with a mental health condition over five years. Most often, that meant ADHD – which accounted for close to two-thirds of all of those cases. Just over 3 percent of kids were diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, and 2 percent with depression, the findings showed. However, there were large differences from one pediatrician's office to the next, the study found. The proportion of kids diagnosed with ADHD at each practice ran anywhere from 1 percent to 16 percent – making it the disorder with the greatest variability. For other conditions, the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Watch for Mental Health 'Red Flags' in Kids

Posted 30 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Children and teens aren't immune to stress and mental health issues, and parents should be aware of potential warning signs. The American Academy of Pediatrics says don't ignore these behaviors from your children: Changes in sleep habits, whether sleeping excessively or not getting enough. Low self-esteem. Losing interest in once-enjoyed hobbies. In a sudden reversal, doing poorly in school. Losing appetite, or significant weight loss. Unusual changes in behavior, such as unexplained aggression or anger. Read more

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How to Tell If Your Teen Has a Mental Health Problem

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 – Mood swings and other challenging behaviors are normal in teens, which can make it difficult for parents to spot serious mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, an expert says. One in five teens will develop a serious mental health disorder, with most beginning by age 15. In many cases, however, they don't receive treatment until years later, according to Dr. Aaron Krasner, an adolescent psychiatrist and Transitional Living Service chief at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn. "Only 20 percent of children with mental disorders are identified and receive necessary mental health services. As a society, we have to do a lot better than that," he said in a hospital news release. A number of signs can alert parents to problems, Krasner said. These include significant changes in behavior at home or school, an unexpected decline in school ... Read more

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Health Tip: Fighting Stress

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- When you're super stressed, exercise is a great way to blow off steam, do a good deed for your body and distract yourself. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America suggests: Get exercise five days per week for 30 minutes each day. Focus on getting frequent workouts, even in short bursts, rather than waiting for a long period of free time. Enjoy walking, jogging or biking. Decide what's most enjoyable, whether a group fitness class or a workout by yourself. Download music, audiobooks or podcasts to listen to while you exercise. Ask a friend to exercise with you. Give yourself time to adjust to a new exercise routine. It often takes four-to-eight weeks to adjust and feel fitter. Read more

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