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Keep Kids in Mind When Politics Intrude at Thanksgiving

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 – This Thanksgiving, especially, political differences could spark dinner-table debates that quickly escalate. Two psychiatrists warn that these heated exchanges can harm kids who may overhear them. "As a child psychiatrist, what alarms me the most is the animosity children are being exposed to – the palpable anger and even hatred is felt by children and it scares them," said Dr. Matthew Lorber. He directs child and adolescent psychiatry at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Ideally, he said, "the best-case scenario is to attach a promise of 'no politics' when Thanksgiving invites go out." But since that's often tough to enforce at family gatherings, Lorber offered up a few tips for adults to "model good behavior for children" when it comes to political discourse. First off, keep calm. "No yelling, no raising voices," Lorber said. Let people finish their ... Read more

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Psychiatric Drugs May Reduce Ex-Prisoners' Violent Crime Rate

Posted 2 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 – Released prisoners may be less likely to commit violent crimes if they're prescribed certain kinds of psychiatric medications, a new study suggests. These medications can affect someone's mental state. They include antidepressants, antipsychotics, psychostimulants, drugs to treat addiction and antiepileptic drugs, the researchers said. The study authors looked at information on more than 22,000 prisoners in Sweden. They were released between July 2005 and December 2010. The researchers had a median of nearly five years of follow-up information. During that time, 18 percent of the prisoners committed violent crimes, the researchers said. Three classes of drugs were linked to much lower rates of violent crimes. Antipsychotics were tied to a 42 percent reduction in violent crimes. For psychostimulants, the reduction was 38 percent. Drugs to treat addiction were ... Read more

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For Overheated Viewers of Presidential Race: 'De-Escalate First'

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – The bitter U.S. presidential race has led to heated arguments among many Americans, and tonight's third and final debate will likely fuel more stress. But there are ways to lower the tension and prevent spirited discussions about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton from getting too hostile, psychologists say. "De-escalate when arguments get too personal," said Emanuel Maidenberg, a clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. "The purpose of many discussions around politics is to express and exchange points of view – not to win. Be the first to de-escalate," he said in a university news release. The American Psychological Association reported last week that more than half of U.S. adults felt very or somewhat stressed by the vitriolic campaigns. Those results stemmed from an August poll – conducted ... Read more

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U.S. Psychiatric Patients Face Long Waits in ERs

Posted 18 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – People with mental illness often wait long hours – or even days – in an emergency room before receiving the care they need, according to a new poll conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). One in five ER doctors polled said they've had psychiatric patients who needed hospitalization who had to wait two to five days before being assigned an in-patient bed, the poll found. Two accompanying studies back up the poll results, revealing that patients with a wide array of mental health problems are more likely to wind up stuck in an emergency department for more than 24 hours. "Once the decision to admit is made, it can be nearly impossible to find an in-patient bed for these patients," ACEP President Dr. Rebecca Parker said during a news briefing. Findings from the survey were scheduled to be presented Monday at ACEP's annual meeting in Las ... Read more

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Anger, Heavy Exertion: Fast Track to a Heart Attack?

Posted 10 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 – Intense anger or heavy physical exertion may be triggers for a first heart attack in some people, new research suggests. In the study of more than 12,000 people, both intense activity and intense emotions each seemed to double the odds of suffering a heart attack in the next hour. That risk rose about threefold when people were upset and exerted themselves at the same time. The study is far from the first to suggest – and it does not prove – that bouts of anger or physical exertion can trigger a heart attack. But, it's larger than past studies, and more diverse – covering first-time heart attack patients in 52 countries, said Barry Jacobs, a spokesman for the American Heart Association who was not involved in the research. "This confirms that blowing your top is not good – for other people, or for you," Jacobs said. Do the findings mean that everyone who ... Read more

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Health Tip: Limit Kids' Exposure to 'Virtual Violence'

Posted 5 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Exposure to violence from TV and video games affects children's behavior, so it's a good idea for parents to limit what kids view. Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics: Don't allow children under age 6 to watch violent TV programming or play video games that include violence. Check the ratings on TV shows, movies and games to make sure they are appropriate for your child. Play the actual games and watch the TV shows your child likes to see the content firsthand. Don't be afraid to ban games and shows that promote violence. There are plenty of other options available. Read more

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Health Tip: Taming Your Toddler's Aggression

Posted 25 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Children can't follow your rules unless you're clear and consistent in enforcing them. Aggressive behavior is no exception. Here are suggestions to help soothe an angry toddler, courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics: Provide a home life that is secure and stable with loving but firm discipline. Offer positive reinforcement all the time, not just when your child is misbehaving. Change your child's focus with a distraction when the child begins to get out of control. Supervise your child during disagreements with playmates, but try to let children work out conflicts without intervention. Step in if children become aggressive. Teach your child appropriate ways for dealing with conflict, such as firmly saying no. Use time-outs as needed. Set a good example by controlling your own temper. Read more

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Limit Kids' Exposure to Media Violence, Pediatricians Say

Posted 18 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 – Media violence has become a routine part of the daily lives of American children, and parents, lawmakers and the media should take steps to change that, a leading pediatricians' group recommends. The new policy statement, from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), calls on pediatricians to routinely ask about children's "media diet," and for parents to limit the violent content their kids see – whether on TV, online or in video games. Video gaming is a particular concern, partly because of the advent of 3D technology that creates a "more immersive experience with violence," said statement author Dr. Dimitri Christakis. Christakis directs the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children's Research Institute. The policy statement points to a "proven scientific connection" between virtual violence and real-life aggression, the doctors ... Read more

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Can Trauma Trigger Violent Crime in Mentally Ill?

Posted 14 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 – People with serious mental illness who are victims of violence or exposed to stressful events are more likely to engage in a violent crime in the week following the trauma, a new study contends. Stressful experiences also affect people without psychiatric disorders, but not to the same extent, the researchers said. Some stressful events – such as being violently victimized, injured in an accident, losing one's parents or self-harming – act as "triggers," said study co-author Dr. Seena Fazel. He is a professor of forensic psychiatry at the University of Oxford in England. Experiencing one of these events increases the risk of committing a violent criminal act within a week of the trigger, especially in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Fazel said. People diagnosed with these conditions have higher rates of criminal convictions than the general ... Read more

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Clashes at Nursing Homes Not Uncommon

Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 13, 2016 – Many elderly adults in nursing homes face aggressive or disturbing behavior from their fellow residents, a new study suggests. The study found that one in five nursing home residents had been involved in an incident with a fellow resident within the past month. Most often that meant a verbal altercation, with a resident yelling or cursing at another. But some seniors were involved in physical scuffles, and some experienced inappropriate sexual behavior, the study found. Dr. Lisa Gibbs, a geriatrics specialist who was not involved in the study, called the findings "enlightening" and "something we need to be talking about." "In nursing homes, we put a lot of focus on residents' medical conditions," said Gibbs, who is chief of geriatrics and gerontology at the University of California, Irvine. "We've worked on areas like reducing medical errors, and preventing ... Read more

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Mentally Ill Still Gain Illegal Possession of Guns, Study Shows

Posted 8 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 – Almost two-thirds of violent gun crime arrests among the mentally ill were people who were already legally prohibited from having a firearm, a new study from Florida reveals. And close to one-third of the suicides carried out by the mentally ill were among people who weren't legally allowed to possess a firearm, the study found. "That's a failure of the enforcement mechanism," said study lead author Jeffrey Swanson. That troubling finding reflects a problem with the criteria for identifying individuals at risk, added Swanson, a professor with Duke University School of Medicine's department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Mental illness causes only a small fraction of gun violence in the United States, around 3 to 5 percent, said Colleen Barry, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. The Duke study "does bring new ... Read more

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For ADHD, Start With Behavior Therapy, Not Drugs: CDC

Posted 3 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 – Behavior modification therapy is preferable to drugs for treating children 2 to 5 years old who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, U.S. health officials say. "Behavior therapy has been shown to help improve symptoms in young children with ADHD and can be as effective as medicine, but without the side effects," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Research has shown that the benefits of behavior therapy can last for years," she said Tuesday during a midday media briefing. Medicines such as Ritalin are appropriate for some children, Schuchat said. But behavior therapy doesn't have the side effects such as stomach aches, irritability, appetite loss and sleep problems often associated with ADHD medications, she said. Also, the effects of long-term use of ADHD medications by young ... Read more

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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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Link Between Money Woes, Domestic Abuse Tough to Untangle

Posted 29 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 – Money problems and domestic violence appear to be linked, but it's not clear whether one leads to the other, researchers report. "What we don't know yet is whether financial stress makes a violent couple more violent, or is financial stress enough of a disruption in a relationship that violence begins? Both are plausible," said study corresponding author Corinne Peek-Asa. She is the director of the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of Iowa. Peek-Asa and her colleagues analyzed data collected from nearly 11,500 Americans, aged 24 to 32, in 2008 – the middle of the Great Recession. They then examined the association between financial issues and three levels of domestic violence: making threats/minor physical abuse; severe physical abuse; and physical abuse causing injury. More women (about 28 percent) than men (almost 23 percent) reported money ... Read more

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'You've Got Cancer' Can Take Devastating Mental Toll

Posted 28 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 – A cancer diagnosis is dreaded by all, and a new study details the psychological damage it often leaves in its wake for patients. The Swedish study found much higher rates of anxiety, depression and even drug and alcohol abuse for those who've been told "you have cancer," compared to healthier people. Cancer doctors weren't surprised, and noted that some patients are more prone to this type of distress than others. "For people that are barely keeping their lives in order, a cancer diagnosis can tip them over the edge," said Dr. Stephanie Bernik, chief of surgical oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. In the study, a team led by Dr. Donghao Lu, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, compared outcomes for more than 304,000 cancer patients against more than 3 million cancer-free people in Sweden. The investigators found that risks of anxiety, ... Read more

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