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Homeless, Mentally Ill Youth Benefit From Housing Program

Posted 2 days 14 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 – A subsidized independent-living intervention appears to help homeless young people with mental illness get and keep a roof over their heads, a new Canadian study indicates. Called Housing First, the program has previously been tested with homeless adults with mental illness, and has been found to improve housing stability and quality of life, the researchers said. "Housing First is based on the concept of housing as a human right," said study lead author Dr. Nicole Kozloff. "[It's] the idea that having a safe and stable place to live is critical to helping people improve their mental health and achieve their goals," she said. Kozloff is a postdoctoral fellow with the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Since it first was first introduced in the 1990s, studies have repeatedly found ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Panic Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Mania, Paranoid Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Agitation, Autism, Psychosis, Psychiatric Disorders, Asperger Syndrome, Drug Psychosis

A Happy Spouse May Keep You Healthy

Posted 2 days 14 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 – Having a happy spouse seems to be good for your health, a new study suggests. The research included nearly 2,000 heterosexual couples between the ages of 50 and 94. Researchers asked about their happiness, health and exercise levels over six years. People with happy spouses were much more likely to report better health during that time. This association was the same for both husbands and wives and was separate from an individual's own happiness. The study was published online Sept. 19 in the journal Health Psychology. "This finding significantly broadens assumptions about the relationship between happiness and health, suggesting a unique social link," principal investigator William Chopik said in a journal news release. He's an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University. "Simply having a happy partner may enhance health as much as ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Psychiatric Disorders

Doctors Often Neglect Their Own Mental Health

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 – Wary of the stigma of a mental health diagnosis and its toll on their careers, physicians often avoid getting help for depression and other mental illnesses, a new survey suggests. Researchers surveyed more than 2,000 female physicians to assess treatment barriers. Nearly half of those surveyed thought they met the definition for mental illness at some point in their careers, but didn't seek treatment. Many survey respondents said they felt they could persevere on their own or didn't have time to seek care. However, when researchers examined all of the reasons for skipping care, more than two-thirds were stigma-related. Many doctors said getting diagnosed would be embarrassing or shameful, or they believed they would be judged by others, deemed incompetent, or have their privacy and autonomy violated. "I have definitely suspected a lot of people were feeling ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Agitation, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders, Neurotic Depression

High Utility Bills Strain More Than the Budget

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 – High utility bills can be more than a budget-buster. They also can cause anxiety and depression in low-income families, a new study finds. The study included 72 families in the Boston area with annual incomes of $32,000 or less and utility costs that were as much as $650 a month at the height of winter. Utility bills "at $200 per month represent nearly 30 percent of household income for those at or near the federal poverty level, making it a significant, and likely unaffordable, expense," said study author Diana Hernandez. "While participants often expressed an ethos of responsibly 'paying the bills,' many simply cannot afford the monthly utility payments and were often 'playing catch-up' in a vicious economic cycle of prioritization and trade-offs, complicating the already fragile financial profiles of low-income ratepayers," she said. Hernandez is an ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Performance Anxiety

Health Tip: Managing Daily Stress

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Stress can add up to serious emotional and physical health problems. Learning to manage it can help you handle whatever comes your way. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Trying not to spend time worrying about things that are out of your control. Finding ways to tackle small problems, giving you a better sense of control. Preparing for stressful events, such as a job interview. Viewing changes as challenges to embrace, rather than as threats. Finding ways to resolve problems with others. Leaning on friends, loved ones or counselors for support. Avoiding a cluttered schedule. Keeping your goals realistic. Exercising regularly, eating nutritious food and getting enough sleep. Blowing off steam with a hobby or sport you enjoy. Read more

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

How Much Video Gaming Is Too Much for Kids?

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 – Playing video games might improve a child's motor skills, reaction time and even academic performance, but new research shows that too much gaming can be linked to social and behavioral problems. Spanish investigators found that any skill enhancements linked to gaming among those aged 7 to 11 started to max out after about eight hours of gaming a week. And those who played nine hours or more a week were more likely to have social and behavioral problems. The bottom-line: "One to nine hours per week seems to be safe, but playing more than nine hours – one hour on weekdays and two hours on weekend days – may be not recommended for children 7 to 11 years old," said study author Dr. Jesus Pujol. But the study "does not permit [us] to directly establish whether the observed effects are a cause or consequence of gaming," Pujol stressed. "That is, children with ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Social Anxiety Disorder

Always Feeling Lonely? Maybe It's in Your DNA

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 – People with a lifelong inclination towards loneliness can probably place at least some of the blame on their genes, a large analysis suggests. The finding stems from a study involving nearly 11,000 men and women aged 50 and older. All were participants in a U.S. National Institute on Aging study focused on issues related to health, retirement and aging. Honing in on lifelong loneliness (as opposed to momentary bouts of solitude), all participants were first asked three basic questions: how often do you feel you lack companionship; how often do you feel left out; and how often do you feel isolated from others? The research team then examined the genetic background of each respondent. The researchers said they concluded that 14 percent to 27 percent of a lifelong tendency towards loneliness can be traced back to inherited traits. "For two people with the same ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Diagnosis and Investigation

Can Stress Lower a Woman's Fertility?

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – New research seems to confirm that stress lowers a woman's chances of becoming pregnant, particularly stress that occurs around the time of ovulation. "If you are feeling more stress than you usually do [around ovulation time], you are 40 percent less likely to get pregnant that month," said study author Kira Taylor. She is an assistant professor of epidemiology and population health at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences. Taylor believes her team's study is the first to look at stress at different time periods in a woman's monthly cycle, to determine if there are different effects at different points. In the study, the researchers evaluated 400 women, aged 40 and younger. All were sexually active and not using contraception. "Only about a third were actively trying to get pregnant, but all were having unprotected sex, ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Female Infertility, Ovulation Induction, Primary Ovarian Failure, Follicle Stimulation

Stress Might Undercut Benefits of Healthy Diet for Women

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – Stress could undo some of your healthy food choices, a new study suggests. Stressful events from the day before appear to eradicate any health benefits a person might have gained from choosing a breakfast rich in "good" monounsaturated fats, as opposed to a breakfast loaded with "bad" saturated fats, Ohio State University researchers found. "They physiologically looked like they'd eaten the high saturated fat meal," lead researcher Janice Kiecolt-Glaser said of stressed-out healthy eaters in the study. "Their advantage in eating the healthier meal disappeared." Previous research has shown that saturated fats increase inflammation in the body, which has been linked with heart disease, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and a host of other health problems, said Kiecolt-Glaser. She's director of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine at Ohio State's Wexner ... Read more

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

Close Bond Between Kids, Parents Has Long-Term Health Benefits

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – A strong and loving bond with parents may help protect kids' health for decades, a new study suggests. A well-off home also benefits their long-term health, but only if children also have a warm and healthy relationship with their parents, the Baylor University study found. "Previous research has associated high socioeconomic status with better childhood nutrition, sleep, neighborhood quality and opportunities for exercise and development of social skills. But good parent-child bonds may be necessary to enforce eating, sleep and activity routines," researcher Matthew Andersson said in a university news release. Andersson is an assistant professor of sociology in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, in Houston. In 1995, he asked more than 2,700 adults between the ages of 25 and 75 how their parents had treated them during childhood. Roughly a decade later, ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Obesity, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome

Even at Cancer Centers, Finding Relief for Pain Can Be Tough

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – Staff members at nearly one in 10 major U.S. cancer centers – all of which provide palliative care services – weren't certain such symptom-management and supportive care was actually available there, a new study reveals. The study suggests that for cancer patients, obtaining good relief for their stress and pain may not always be easy, the researchers said. Using an undercover "mystery shopper" approach, the Duke University team also had difficulty getting information about palliative care services during about one-third of calls to 40 U.S. National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers. "We were surprised that when we did get in touch with people [at these centers], so frequently we weren't able to get these questions answered," said study author Kathryn Hutchins, a fourth-year medical student at Duke, in Durham, N.C. She said part of the problem ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Anxiety and Stress, Back Pain, Muscle Pain, Neck Pain

For College Freshmen, Four-Legged Friends Chase Away Homesickness

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 – Man's best friend may also be a college student's best buddy, new research suggests. The study found that dog therapy can ease homesickness in first-year college students and possibly reduce their risk of dropping out. "Transitioning from high school to university can prove to be a challenge for many first-year students," John Tyler Binfet, an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia in Canada, said in a school news release. "Given that students who experience homesickness are more likely than their non-homesick [peers] to drop out of university, universities have a vested interest in supporting students during their first-year transition," he said. Binfet and his colleagues recruited 44 homesick first-year students. Half of that group went to eight weekly dog therapy sessions. The sessions lasted 45 minutes. The students interacted with dogs ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress

2 of 3 Parents Want Schools to Expand Health Education

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 – Many parents want teachers to go beyond sex education and substance abuse issues in their health classes, a new poll finds. Middle and high schools should teach kids how to cope with issues such as stress, depression, bullying and suicide, according to two out of three parents surveyed. "These results suggest that the stigma of mental health issues may have relaxed among today's parents, in favor of using a broad array of resources to help children and adolescents with these critical areas," said Sarah Clark. She is co-director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. While two-thirds of those polled said health education programs should include topics such as stress and bullying, only one-third said their child's school currently covers these topics. Nearly seven out of 10 parents said basic first aid should also be taught, and ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Depression, Contraception, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Overweight Kids Often Shunned, Bullied

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 – Preteens who are overweight are often bullied or excluded from social activities, increasing their likelihood of anxiety and emotional problems, researchers say. Efforts to prevent or ease emotional distress among overweight students must address these negative and discriminatory behaviors, according to the authors of a new study. "The widespread misconception is that anyone who is heavy is likely to feel distressed because of their weight, yet our findings suggest that demeaning peer responses to weight is the primary social factor underlying these emotional problems," said study lead author Jaana Juvonen. She is a professor of developmental psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. "These emotional issues can develop just as a teen is entering middle school, which is already a very difficult and emotional transition for many adolescents," ... Read more

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

Facebook Bullying Can Cause Depression

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 – Negative experiences on Facebook can increase the odds of depression in young people, a new study found. "It's important that people take interactions on social media seriously and don't think of it as somehow less impactful because it's a virtual experience as opposed to an in-person experience," said study author Samantha Rosenthal. She is an epidemiology research associate at Brown University's School of Public Health in Providence, R.I. "It's a different forum that has real emotional consequences," she said in a university news release. Of 264 study participants surveyed in 2013 and 2014, more than 8 in 10 reported at least one negative Facebook experience, such as bullying, meanness, misunderstandings or unwanted contacts. And 63 percent said they'd had four or more negative experiences since they'd started using the online service. Moderate-to-severe ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Dysthymia, Depressive Psychosis

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