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Meditation Can Help Improve Focus in People With Anxiety

Posted 7 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 5, 2017 – People who tend to ruminate and dwell on the same anxious thoughts could benefit from mindful meditation, a new study finds. Mindful meditation involves purposefully paying attention to the present moment without judgment. Researchers from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, found that just 10 minutes daily of mindful meditation can improve focus among people suffering from anxiety. "Our results indicate that mindfulness training may have protective effects on mind wandering for anxious individuals," said researcher Mengran Xu, a Ph.D. candidate at Waterloo. "We also found that meditation practice appears to help anxious people to shift their attention from their own internal worries to the present-moment external world, which enables better focus on a task at hand," Xu said in a university news release. The study involved 82 people with anxiety. The ... Read more

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Tiny Babies May Face Mental Health Problems Later

Posted 13 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – Extremely low birth weight babies may be at increased risk for mental health problems later in life, a new review suggests. Researchers examined 41 studies conducted from 1990 to 2016. The studies included more than 2,700 extremely low birth weight babies (less than 1,000 grams, or just over 2 pounds) and more than 11,000 normal birth weight babies in the United States, Canada and 10 other countries. The extremely low birth weight babies had a higher risk for certain mental health problems. As children, they were more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and as teens they had a greater risk of ADHD and social problems, the researchers found. Compared to adults who were born at a normal weight, those born at an extremely low weight had higher rates of anxiety, depression and shyness, and markedly lower levels of social functioning, ... Read more

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Stress Buster

Posted 13 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The same system that activates the stress response in your body – the autonomic nervous system – also regulates other functions, including heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate. But unlike most autonomic functions, which are hard or impossible to control, you can easily take control of your breathing. When you're stressed, your breathing tends to become quick and shallow. So reminding yourself to breathe slowly and deeply makes this the perfect tool for self-regulating your nervous system and lowering your levels of stress. Here are four breathing exercises you can learn and do in just minutes: 1. Abdominal breathing. Put one hand over your belly. When you breathe air in right down to the abdomen, you'll notice your hand rise on the in-breath and fall on the out-breath. You can even gently push down on your belly on the out-breath, forcing the last bit of air out of your ... Read more

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If You Can't Stay Off Social Media, Maybe It's in Your Genes

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 – How many hours you devote to social networking, gaming and other online media may depend on your genes, British researchers report. People differ significantly in their use of online media, and researchers are trying to determine why. This new study of twins gives DNA some of the credit. Researchers at King's College London analyzed online media use by more than 8,500 16-year-old identical and non-identical twins. Identical twins share 100 percent of their genes; non-identical twins share 50 percent of their genes. The researchers concluded that genes, or heritability, accounted for more than one-third of the differences in use of online entertainment, gaming and educational media. "Our findings contradict popular media effects theories, which typically view the media as an external entity that has some effect – either good or bad – on 'helpless' consumers," ... Read more

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For People With Mental Health Woes, Pets Can Be Invaluable

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 – Cats, dogs, birds and other pets can help people manage their mental disorders, a new study says. Researchers from the United Kingdom asked more than 50 adults with long-term mental conditions about the role pets play in their social networks. Sixty percent placed pets in the central and most important circle – above family, friends and hobbies. Another 20 percent placed pets in the second circle. Many said the constant presence and close proximity of their pets provide an immediate source of calm. For some, a pet helps distract them from symptoms and upsetting experiences such as hearing voices or suicidal thoughts. "You just want to sink into a pit... the cats force me to sort of still be involved with the world," one patient said. Another patient said: "I'm not thinking of the voices, I'm just thinking of the birds singing." The findings were published Dec. 8 ... Read more

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Could Loneliness Be an Early Sign of Alzheimer's?

Posted 2 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 – Subtle feelings of loneliness might warn of impending Alzheimer's disease in older folks, a new study suggests. Healthy seniors with elevated brain levels of amyloid – a type of protein fragment associated with Alzheimer's disease – seem more likely to feel lonely than people with lower levels of amyloid, researchers found. "For people who have high levels of amyloid – the people truly at high risk for Alzheimer's – they were 7.5 times more likely to be lonely than non-lonely," said lead researcher Dr. Nancy Donovan. She's director of the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Studies have long shown that people who remain socially active are less likely to develop dementia, Donovan said. But the results of the new study suggest that that relationship may work the other way around, as well – that people in ... Read more

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Homeless, Mentally Ill Youth Benefit From Housing Program

Posted 28 Sep 2016 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

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Women More Prone to Anxiety Than Men, Review Finds

Posted 6 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 6, 2016 – Struggling with anxiety? Then odds are you're a woman and you live in either North America or Western Europe. That's the conclusion of a new British study that found that women are twice as likely to suffer from anxiety as men. Moreover, people in North America and Western Europe are more prone to anxiety disorders than those from other parts of the world. In North America, nearly eight of 100 people suffer from anxiety – the most in the world. In East Asia, it's fewer than three in 100 – the lowest, the review authors noted. "Anxiety is important and shouldn't be overlooked," said lead researcher Olivia Remes, who's with the department of public health and primary care at the University of Cambridge's Strangeways Research Laboratory. "Sometimes people think that anxiety is just a part of their personality or that there's nothing they can do about it, but there ... 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: Is Your Child Stressed?

Posted 4 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Children and teens aren't immune to stress. But can parents recognize the warning signs? The American Psychological Association mentions these potential symptoms: Acting moody or withdrawn. Having sleep or appetite changes. Clinging to parents. Avoiding activities that used to excite the child. Complaining frequently of headache or stomachache without an apparent cause. Behaving unusually with friends or teachers. Using words such as annoyed, confused, angry or worried, or using phrases such as "I'm stupid" or "No one likes me." Read more

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Health Tip: Supporting a Child Who Struggles With Anxiety

Posted 26 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Parents can provide lots of comfort and reassurance to a fearful child. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America advises: Acknowledge your child's feelings. When he or she begins feeling anxious, remain calm. Offer praise and recognition for your child's accomplishments. If your child is struggling to progress or makes mistakes, don't punish the child. During a time that is stressful, adjust your expectations accordingly. Prepare for difficult situations, such as leaving for school in the morning. Read more

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Social Groups May Lengthen Retirees' Lives

Posted 16 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 16, 2016 – Staying socially active by joining book clubs or church groups may add years to your life after retirement, a new study suggests. The more groups a person belongs to in early retirement, the lower their risk of premature death, Australian researchers found. The chance of dying within six years of stopping work was 2 percent for people who were members of two social groups before retiring and stayed in both. If they left one group, their risk of death increased to 5 percent, and it rose to 12 percent if they left both groups. "The sense of belonging that social group connections provide helps people sustain a meaningful and healthy life," said lead researcher Niklas Steffens, a lecturer at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Social planning may be as important as financial and medical planning to health and well-being in retirement, he said. "If ... Read more

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Mental Disorders Increasing for Younger Smokers

Posted 29 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 – Although fewer Americans are smoking, the rates of psychiatric disorders among those who do – particularly more recent smokers – are on the rise, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 25,000 people born in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and found that the national smoking rate has been falling since the 1960s. But the percentage of nicotine-dependent smokers has been rising. The study also found that the risk of substance-use disorders increased among all smokers with each decade, whether or not they were nicotine-dependent. But nicotine-dependent smokers who began smoking in the 1980s were more likely than older smokers to have psychiatric conditions such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder or antisocial personality disorder, according to the study. It was published Jan. 26 in the journal Molecular ... Read more

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Kindergartners With Traumatic Life Experiences Struggle More in School

Posted 14 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2016 – Childhood traumas of various sorts can cause kindergartners to struggle in class as well as life, new research contends. A study of more than 1,000 urban children showed those with difficult experiences up until age 5 had math and reading difficulties and difficulty focusing in kindergarten, and were also more likely to have social problems and to be aggressive toward others. The experiences included neglect or physical, sexual or psychological abuse. They also included living in a household with domestic abuse or with a household member who was in jail or prison, had a mental illness or had an addiction or substance abuse problem. "The first five years of a child's life are an incredible time of opportunity and vulnerability," said study lead author Dr. Manuel Jimenez, director of developmental and behavioral pediatrics education at Rutgers Robert Wood ... Read more

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Dogs May Ease a Child's Fears

Posted 29 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 29, 2015 – The companionship of a dog may lower a child's anxiety levels, a new study suggests. The researchers looked at almost 650 children aged 18 months and older who were screened for anxiety. Of those children, 58 percent had a dog at home. Only 12 percent of children with dogs tested positive for anxiety, compared with 21 percent of those without dogs, the researchers at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, N.Y., found. The study was published recently in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease. Having a dog may reduce a child's anxiety – particularly social and separation anxieties – in a number of ways, such as by triggering conversations and helping break the ice with new people, the researchers suggested. However, the study did not prove a cause-and-effect link between dogs and lower anxiety levels in children. "Interacting with a friendly dog also reduces ... Read more

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