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Teen Boys Treated for Assault Often Want Mental Health Care, Too

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 – Many teen boys treated at an ER following a violent assault also want psychological services to help them cope with the trauma, according to new research. "Assault victims describe feeling constantly tense and 'on guard,' and having nightmares or unwanted flashbacks of the assault. Unfortunately, many youth also begin to avoid talking about the event or avoiding the places or people that remind them of the assault – school, friends, normal adolescent activities," said study author Rachel Myers, a research scientist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "It shows us that just treating the external wounds is not enough. Young men not only need, but want, help to cope with their fears and difficult emotions in the aftermath of injury," Myers said in a hospital news release. The study included 49 teenage boys between the ages of 12 and 17. All were treated at ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Head Injury, Agitation

In America's Poorest Communities, a Greater Risk of Child Abuse Deaths

Posted 24 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 – Growing up in a poor family is a well-known risk factor for child abuse, but a new analysis suggests it may also raise a young child's chances of dying from that abuse. More than 11,000 children, from newborn to age 4, died of physical abuse in the United States during the 15-year study period. In U.S. counties with the highest levels of poverty, rates of child abuse fatalities were more than three times greater than in counties with the lowest levels of poverty, the researchers found. Infants accounted for 20 percent of children in the study, but 45 percent of child abuse deaths. In high-poverty counties, there were 9.6 infant deaths per 100,000. The study also highlights racial disparities. It found that the fatality rate for black children in the lowest-poverty communities is higher than the rate for white children in counties with the highest levels of ... Read more

Related support groups: Head Injury, Agitation, Agitated State

Cleaning, Greening Vacant Lots May Help Fight Crime

Posted 21 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 – Tidying up that vacant lot in your community may help curb crime in the area, researchers say. In a new study, Michigan State University researchers compared crime statistics from 2005 through 2014 in Flint, Mich., with data from a greening program – called the Clean and Green program – in which thousands of abandoned lots were regularly mowed and maintained. "Generally speaking, I found that greening was more prevalent where violent crime, property crime and victimless crime were going down," study author Richard Sadler said in a university news release. Sadler is an assistant professor in the College of Human Medicine's division of public health. The Clean and Green program for vacant lots, a project of the Genesee County Land Bank Authority, was launched 13 years ago. Christina Kelly is the land bank's planning and neighborhood revitalization director. She ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Agitation, Agitated State

Health Tip: Minimizing Violence During Screen Time

Posted 18 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Kids see violence everywhere, especially from TV, movies and video games. So how can parents "minimize" what their kids see? The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Don't allow children under age 6 to see any violence. Play the video game with your child, or watch the show or movie together. This helps you understand what the child watches and offers a chance to talk about the values you share as a family. If you are not comfortable with what your child sees, do not be afraid to impose restrictions. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Agitation

Health Tip: Too Much Exercise Isn't Good Either

Posted 5 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- With all of the warnings that insufficient exercise can be deadly, more must be better, correct? Not necessarily, warns the American Council on Exercise. The organization mentions these emotional warning signs that you may be getting too much of a good thing: Irritability. Depression. Apathy. Difficulty concentrating. Loss of self-esteem. Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Agitation

'Synthetic Pot' Tied to Risky Sex, Violence and Drug Abuse in Teens

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – Marijuana is often seen as a relatively benign drug that produces a typically mellow high, but new U.S. government research shows that the drugs called synthetic pot appear to be much different. Teens who use synthetic pot are at a heightened risk for violent behavior, risky sex and abuse of other drugs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study revealed. Synthetic pot – sometimes called fake weed – covers a variety of drugs sold under hundreds of brand names. Spice and K2 were common brands in the past. Some of the chemicals in fake weed are similar to those in marijuana. These drugs are often marketed as natural and safe. But, they have unpredictable, and in some cases, life-threatening effects, according to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). And, they have become popular among teens because they are cheap and readily ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Anxiety, Contraception, Panic Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Emergency Contraception, Seizures, Opiate Dependence, Smoking, Paranoid Disorder, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Postcoital Contraception, Drug Dependence, Seizure Prevention, Agitation, Psychosis, Agitated State, Substance Abuse, Seizure Prophylaxis, Cannabis

Violent Video Games May Not 'Desensitize' Players, Brain Scans Suggest

Posted 8 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Young men who play violent video games the most – at least two hours a day – don't appear to become desensitized to violence or to lose the ability to feel empathy, a small German study suggests. "This doesn't mean everyone has to buy 'Grand Theft Auto 5' for their toddler, but it's part of an increasing flood of studies of various sorts that indicate that previous fears of violent video games were unfounded," said Christopher Ferguson, a leading critic of research linking video games to aggression. Scientists have spent years debating whether violent video games make people more aggressive and less affected by violence. But it has been difficult to isolate the specific effect of playing the games since so many other things affect how people see the world. Still, "over the last 10 years we've really seen a wave of behavioral studies indicating that violent ... Read more

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Is a Drowsy Teen Headed for a Life of Crime?

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – A new study suggests that teenage boys who are chronically sleepy in the daytime may be at higher risk of becoming violent criminals as adults. A team of U.S. and British researchers identified a link between frequent daytime drowsiness in the high school years to a 4.5-times greater likelihood that a boy would grow up to commit a violent offense by his late 20s. "It's the first study to our knowledge to show that daytime sleepiness during teenage years are associated with criminal offending 14 years later," study author Adrian Raine said in a news release from the University of Pennsylvania. He's a professor of criminology and psychology at the university. But at least one psychiatrist who reviewed the findings believes it may be premature to say sleepy teens are destined for a life of crime. Frankly, said Dr. Victor Fornari, "it is hard to find an adolescent ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Agitation

Why Certain Noises Really Irritate Some People

Posted 3 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 – Most people can recall a time when a certain sound annoyed them – say when your office mate was repeatedly clicking his pen – but some people find such sounds utterly unbearable. And new research suggests that brain abnormalities may explain why. People with a disorder called misophonia have an intense hatred of specific sounds, such as chewing, breathing or repeated pen clicking. These triggers can cause an immediate and strong "fight or flight" response in those with the disorder. "I hope this will reassure sufferers," the study's senior author Tim Griffiths said in a news release from Newcastle University. "I was part of the skeptical community myself until we saw patients in the clinic and understood how strikingly similar the features are," he added. Griffiths is a professor of cognitive neurology at Newcastle University and University College London in ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Agitation, Agitated State, Psychiatric Disorders, Hearing Loss, Aggressive Behavior

Parents of Kids With Heart Defects Face PTSD Risk: Study

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – Parents of children born with serious heart defects may be at high risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, a new study suggests. PTSD refers to anxiety and fear triggered by a past stressful event. Mental health issues in parents can put their children at risk for long-term health and behavioral problems, the researchers added. "The parents need extra support and mental health treatment that is feasible and accessible, and one thing that we propose is integrating mental health screening and treatment into pediatric cardiology care," said study senior author Sarah Woolf-King. She's an assistant professor in the psychology department at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. "Health care providers on the front line of treatment for these parents could play a significant role in connecting them to care," she added. These ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Heart Disease, Agitation, Psychosis, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders, Neurosis, Depressive Psychosis, Brain Anomalies incl Congenital

Chronic Bullying Can Show Up in Report Cards

Posted 30 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 – Chronic bullying can take a toll on kids' grades. That's the suggestion of researchers said they found that young children who are bullied for years, or teens who face increased bullying in high school, lack confidence in their academic abilities, get lower grades and dislike school more than their peers. "It's extremely disturbing how many children felt bullied at school," said lead researcher Gary Ladd, a psychology professor at Arizona State University. "For teachers and parents, it's important to know that victimization tends to decline as kids get older, but some children never stop suffering from bullying during their school years," he added. For the study, Ladd's team followed 383 boys and girls from kindergarten until high school. The team based its analysis on annual surveys completed by the students about their experiences, evaluations provided by the ... Read more

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

No Torture, Psychologists' Group Says to Trump

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 – Torture is ineffective and cruel, says a group of U.S. psychologists urging President Donald Trump not to restart the CIA's so-called "enhanced" interrogation program. Trump has said he would sign an executive order reinstituting torture, such as waterboarding, claiming it is an effective way to get information. The American Psychological Association is among those objecting to the controversial proposal. The group represents 115,700 scientists, educators, clinicians and students. "APA has expressed its forceful opposition to the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques that were authorized under President George W. Bush and halted by President Obama," said APA President Antonio Puente. "We are concerned that, if signed by President Trump, this order could open the door to interrogation practices that are now illegal and have been deemed cruel, inhuman and ... Read more

Related support groups: Agitation, Agitated State, Psychiatric Disorders, Aggressive Behavior

Docs: Kids to Suffer Under Trump's Tough Immigration Policies

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – U.S. pediatricians are taking President Donald Trump to task after he issued executive orders Wednesday that – the doctors said – will make the country a much less welcoming place for immigrant children. Not only will refugee children be harmed by the new policies, but children of immigrants already living in the United States will become frightened for their family's safety, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). "Children do not immigrate, they flee," AAP President Dr. Fernando Stein said in a statement. "They are coming to the U.S. seeking safe haven in our country, and they need our compassion and assistance. "Far too many children in this country already live in constant fear that their parents will be taken into custody or deported, and the message these children received [Wednesday] from the highest levels of our federal government ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Agitation, Agitated State, Performance Anxiety

When Loved One Has Breast Cancer, Partner Suffers, Too

Posted 24 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 – Breast cancer can take a heavy toll on the partners of patients, too, a new study finds. The stress of managing breast cancer care provokes symptoms of anxiety in more than 42 percent of partners and caregivers. And this stress-induced anxiety can last years after their loved one's illness, researchers found. Those who coped poorly with the bad news fared even worse, according to the study. Partners were more than twice as likely to report anxiety if they became emotionally withdrawn, went into denial about the situation, turned to drink, started blaming others for their problems or grew agitated and aggressive, said lead researcher Nancy Borstelmann. "Caregivers' mental health and how they cope needs attention," Borstelmann said. "This not only has implications for their own well-being, but also survivors' health and quality of life." Borstelmann is director of ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Breast Cancer, Drug Dependence, Alcohol Dependence, Agitation, Agitated State, Alcoholism, Breast Cancer, Metastatic, Hangover, Breast Cancer, Prevention, Breast Cancer - Palliative, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Does 'Juvy' Confinement Jeopardize Long-Term Health?

Posted 23 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 – Young people in juvenile detention or jail may suffer health effects that last well into adulthood, a pair of new studies suggests. Together, they suggest incarcerated teens will face higher rates of depression, worse physical health, and a greater risk of sexually transmitted diseases, compared to other young Americans. Experts said the studies highlight a little-recognized fact: Youth incarceration is a public health problem. The United States has the highest rate of "youth confinement" of any developed country, according to the advocacy group Campaign for Youth Justice. In 2013, out of every 100,000 minors, 173 were in confinement nationwide. "Juvenile incarceration is its own hidden epidemic," said Ralph DiClemente of Emory University in Atlanta. DiClemente, a professor of public health, wrote an editorial accompanying the studies, published online Jan. 23 ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Agitation, Psychiatric Disorders, Aggressive Behavior

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