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Psychiatric Patients Face Longer Waits in ER

Posted 13 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 – Patients seeking help for mental health problems wait hours longer in the emergency department than other patients do, a new study finds. People with mental health problems are also six times more likely to be transferred to another facility instead of receiving treatment at the hospital, the researchers added. "Previous research shows that patients in the ER often experience lengthy wait times, but our new study shows that psychiatric patients wait disproportionately longer than other patients – sometimes for several hours – only to ultimately be discharged or transferred elsewhere," said study author Dr. Jane Zhu. Zhu is with the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. The study included data from more than 200,000 ER visits in the United States. The visits occurred between 2002 and 2011. The average length of ER stay for psychiatric ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Paranoid Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Psychosis, Psychiatric Disorders, Body Dysmorphic Disorder

New Guidelines Issued on Breast, Genital Plastic Surgery for Teen Girls

Posted 23 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 – A growing interest among teenaged girls in plastic surgery on their breasts or genitals has prompted a leading ob/gyn group to recommend that doctors first talk to these young women about "normal" sexual development. "Our membership has been telling us this is coming up more and more frequently with their adolescent patients," said Dr. Julie Strickland. She is chair of the Adolescent Health Care Committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The new recommendations also suggest that physicians screen these patients for body dysmorphic disorder, which is an obsession with an imagined or slight defect in appearance. There are already guidelines from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) on breast augmentation and reduction among teenagers. If it's strictly for cosmetic reasons, the society recommends surgery should ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Breast Asymmetry Disorder

Young Transgender Women May Face Mental Health Woes

Posted 21 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 21, 2016 – More than 40 percent of young, low-income transgender women with a history of unsafe sexual behavior struggle with at least one serious mental health issue and/or substance abuse problem, a small study suggests. Nearly 20 percent have two or more serious mental health diagnoses, the investigators said. The findings concern both teens and young adults who identify as women but were born male. The study also found that mental health and substance abuse issues are roughly two to four times greater among these transgender women than among the U.S. population at large. The findings show that "interventions are urgently needed to address adverse mental health and substance use outcomes for young transgender women," said study author Sari Reisner, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. However, the researchers stressed that because the ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Borderline Personality Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Sexual Deviations or Disorders, Gender Dysphoria

Kids With Mental Ills Often Treated Solely by Primary Care Doctors

Posted 12 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 – Family doctors and pediatricians are often the sole source of a child's mental health care, particularly for kids suffering from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). More than one-third of U.S. kids receiving care for a mental health problem are treated by their primary care physician alone, without the involvement of a psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker, according to a new study. And four out of 10 children with ADHD are treated by a primary care physician without any collaboration with a mental health professional. Primary care physicians also appear more likely than psychiatrists to prescribe medications to treat kids with ADHD, according to the study published online Oct. 12 in the journal Pediatrics. Children with ADHD usually have trouble paying attention and controlling impulsive behaviors. Depending on the child's age, medication ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Adderall, Social Anxiety Disorder, Concerta, Ritalin, Borderline Personality Disorder, Focalin, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Methylphenidate, Agitation, Focalin XR, Autism, Psychiatric Disorders, Anorexia, Methylin, Daytrana

Many Say Mental Health Care Is Vital, But Often Tough to Get

Posted 1 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 – Although most Americans think mental health care is important, they often believe it's expensive and hard to get, a new survey shows. In questioning more than 2,000 adults, nearly 90 percent said they place equal value on mental and physical health. But one-third said mental health care is inaccessible. And 40 percent said cost is a barrier to treatment for many people, the survey found. Forty-seven percent of respondents thought they have had a mental health condition, but only 38 percent of them had received treatment. Of those who were treated, most thought it was helpful, including 82 percent who got psychotherapy and 78 percent who received medications. The survey also found that 86 percent of participants knew that mental health disorders such as depression are risk factors for suicide. Only 47 percent knew that anxiety disorders also increase suicide ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Mania, Schizophrenia, Paranoid Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Binge Eating Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Agitation

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