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Childhood PTSD May Leave Imprint on Brain

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TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 – The brains of children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have structural differences not seen in the brains of typical kids, a new study finds. PTSD is a mental health problem that occurs in some people who've lived through a shocking or dangerous event. The damaging effects associated with childhood trauma can lead to lasting changes in brain function, the Chinese researchers said. The researchers used MRI to compare brain structure in 24 children with PTSD and 23 without the disorder. All had experienced the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in south central China that killed nearly 70,000 people and injured more than 370,000. The two groups of children had significant differences in the network of neural connections in the brain, according to the study. "The PTSD group had changes suggestive of decreased local and global network efficiency due to damage or ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Diagnosis and Investigation, Head Imaging

Surfing Through Selfies Tied to Low Self-Esteem?

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TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 – Almost everyone has looked at selfies posted on social media where the people in the photo look deliriously happy and wildly popular. But a new study suggests that some are doing it so much that it may lower their self-esteem. Penn State researchers conducted an online survey to assess how online viewing of selfies and groupies affected people's mental health. The more often people viewed their own or other people's selfies, the lower their self-esteem and life satisfaction was, the investigators found. "People usually post selfies when they're happy or having fun. This makes it easy for someone else to look at these pictures and think his or her life is not as great as theirs," study co-author Ruoxu Wang, a graduate student in mass communications, said in a university news release. But the study also found that viewing selfies and groupies on social media ... Read more

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

Health Tip: Supporting a Child Who Is Bullied

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-- Parents have a difficult time watching a child being bullied. But what can they do? Here are suggestions from Focus on your child's experience and listen to what he or she has to say. Find out more about the bullying, and make sure your child understands that you are there to help. Offer reassurance that your child did nothing to deserve bullying. Remember that it can be tough for kids to talk about being bullied. If your child won't open up to you, suggest that the child see a counselor at school. Come up with a plan together to help your child feel safer. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress

Even 6th Graders Commit Cyber Dating Abuse: Study

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THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 – Cyber dating abuse can be a problem even among sixth graders, a new study finds. A survey of 424 Texas students in grade 6 found that 15 percent admitted they had committed at least one type of cyber abuse toward a dating partner. The most common forms of abuse were using a dating partner's social networking account without permission and making a dating partner afraid of not responding to calls or messages, according to the researchers. Students most likely to commit cyber dating abuse were those who had a previous history of bullying and those who thought it was normal for boys to be violent against girls. "We still don't know if cyber dating abuse is really a distinct form of dating violence or if it's just dating violence being perpetrated through a new avenue. The literature has shown that there's a lot of overlap," said study author Melissa Peskin. ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Agitation

Health Tip: Ease Stress If You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

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-- Taking any steps possible to relieve stress is never a bad idea, but it's especially beneficial if you have rheumatoid arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation suggests: Taking a tai chi or yoga class. Flexing and then relaxing muscles throughout your body. Imagining and concentrating on a peaceful, relaxing place. Talking with family and friends. Joining an RA support group. Getting regular exercise. Taking up painting, pottery or another form of art. Getting organized, such as by making a daily list of to-do's. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Rheumatoid Arthritis

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

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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

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

U.S. Psychiatric Patients Face Long Waits in ERs

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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

Related support groups: Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Schizophrenia, Paranoid Disorder, Agitation, Psychosis, Agitated State, Psychiatric Disorders, Severe Mood Dysregulation, Drug Psychosis, ICU Agitation, Aggressive Behavior

Nurturing Childhood May Pay Off Decades Later

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MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – Older men raised in caring families might have more secure marriages in late life, researchers say. "Our study shows that the influences of childhood experiences can be demonstrated even when people reach their 80s, predicting how happy and secure they are in their marriages as octogenarians," said Robert Waldinger, of Harvard Medical School in Boston. But the study did not prove that a nurturing childhood caused marriages to be more stable late in life. He and his colleagues looked at data on 81 men in the United States who took part in a long-term study, beginning when they were teens. Half went to Harvard, while the others were from inner-city Boston. Those who grew up in a warm family environment were better at managing stress when they were middle-aged, according to the study authors. This helps explain why they had more stable marriages later in life, the ... Read more

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How to Help a Child Who's Cyberbullied

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MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – About 25 percent of American children and teens experience cyberbullying, but there are ways parents can help their children, a criminology and bullying expert says. Cyberbullying is intentional harassment, humiliation or any other form of abuse through use of computers, cellphones or other electronic devices. When a child is bullied online, parents must make sure the youngster feels safe, said Sameer Hinduja, a professor at Florida Atlantic University's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice in Boca Raton. Talk with and listen to your child to learn exactly what happened. Don't panic, but also don't minimize the situation or make excuses for the cyberbullying, Hinduja said in a university news release. Collect as much evidence as possible. That might mean printing out or creating screenshots of conversations, messages, pictures and any other items that show ... Read more

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

Foster Kids Face Higher Risk of Health Problems: Study

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MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – Children in foster care face increased risks of physical and mental health issues, from asthma to ADHD to depression, a new study finds. Considering the adversity foster children face, the study results aren't surprising, the researchers added. But this is the first study to compare their rates of health issues to those of U.S. children as a whole, including kids from low-income or single-parent families. The study confirms that children in foster care are particularly vulnerable, said lead researcher Kristin Turney, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Overall, her team found, foster kids faced two to three times higher risks of physical health issues such as asthma, obesity and hearing and vision problems. And they were five to seven times more likely to have behavioral issues or symptoms of depression or anxiety. No one ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Social Anxiety Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders, Executive Function Disorder, Aggressive Behavior

Health Tip: Preparing Your Baby for a Sibling

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-- Bringing a baby into the family is a big adjustment, especially for the youngest of the family who must adjust to the role of older sibling. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Talking about the new baby. Even if your youngest can't understand what it really means, it's good to talk about it. Sharing your excitement. Your child will start to feel excited too, simply because you are. Reading books together about getting a new sibling. Planning a special activity, gift or event to celebrate your oldest child once the new baby arrives. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

52 Percent of Americans Significantly Stressed Over Election

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THURSDAY, Oct. 13, 2016 – As Donald and Hillary duke it out on the campaign trail, Americans are feeling pummeled, too, a new poll finds. The 24/7 coverage of the acrimonious U.S. presidential election has caused stress for more than half of American adults, regardless of party affiliation, according to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA). "We're seeing that it doesn't matter whether you're registered as a Democrat or Republican – U.S. adults say they are experiencing significant stress from the current election," said Lynn Bufka, APA's associate executive director for practice research and policy. "Election stress becomes exacerbated by arguments, stories, images and video on social media that can heighten concern and frustration, particularly with thousands of comments that can range from factual to hostile or even inflammatory," she added in an ... Read more

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Mixed News on Drug Abuse Among Lesbian, Gay Americans

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THURSDAY, Oct. 13, 2016 – Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults have higher rates of substance use and mental illness than their straight counterparts, a U.S. government report shows. On the plus side, this group is much more likely than heterosexuals to receive needed treatment for those disorders should they arise, the same report finds. "This report offers unprecedented insight into the behavioral health needs of lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans – people critical to our community whose health concerns have often been overlooked," said Kana Enomoto, deputy principal administrator at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She spoke in a news release from the agency, which issued the new findings Oct. 13. The new data comes from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, focusing on a wide range of U.S. adults. The study found that about 39 ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Opiate Dependence, Smoking, Schizophrenia, Drug Dependence, Alcohol Dependence, Psychiatric Disorders, Substance Abuse, Alcoholism, Hangover, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Why Parenting May Be More Stressful for Mom

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TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – Being a parent is more stressful for moms than dads, a new study suggests. "It's not that moms are so stressed out with their kids, but relative to fathers, they're experiencing more strain," said study co-author Kelly Musick. She's an associate professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. The likely reason: Moms spend more time with their kids while doing tedious chores like cooking, cleaning and child care, while dads spend more play and leisure time with their kids, according to the researchers. The findings come from surveys of more than 12,000 American parents in 2010, 2012 and 2013. Moms also do more solo parenting, have more sleep disruptions and less leisure time, the researchers said. All are linked with lower levels of well-being. "Mothers are doing different things with their children than fathers are, things that ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Fatigue, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Mars-Bound Astronauts Could Face Dementia Risk, Study Contends

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TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – President Barack Obama's declaration Tuesday to send astronauts to Mars and back by the 2030s might come with health risks to the space travelers, a new study suggests. The study, which was done with rodents, suggests that astronauts traveling to Mars could be at risk for developing dementia because of high levels of cosmic ray exposure. It's a condition the study authors have dubbed "space brain." Researchers found that rodents exposed to highly energetic charged particles – similar to galactic cosmic ray exposure faced by astronauts on lengthy space flights – developed long-term brain damage that led to mental impairment and dementia. The effects included significant levels of brain inflammation and damage to neurons, the researchers said. It's important to note, however, that animal studies frequently fail to produce similar results in humans. The rodents ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Diagnosis and Investigation, Dementia with Depressive Features

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