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'Cutting,' Self-Harm Greatly Raise Suicide Risk for Teens

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MONDAY, March 19, 2018 – Young people treated for self-inflicted injuries face a far higher-than-average risk of suicide in the next year, a new study finds. Among teenagers and young adults diagnosed with a "self-harm" injury, the risk of suicide in the next year was nearly 27 times higher than the U.S. norm, researchers found. Certain young people were at particular risk – including Native ...

1 in 20 Younger Women Suffers Major Depression

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MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – Depression is a big problem in women during and after pregnancy, but it's also a concern throughout the reproductive years. Now, new research reports that nearly 5 percent of women between the ages of 20 and 44 have struggled with major depression. And another 4 percent of women in that age group have experienced minor depression. But neither group is getting adequate ...

Certain Teens More Likely to Get Hooked on Opioids

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MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – Teenagers with any mental health problem are more prone to painkiller dependence after receiving a prescription opioid, a new study finds. The odds of progressing to long-term opioid therapy can double, triple or more, depending on the kid's diagnosis and the other drugs prescribed to treat their disorder, the researchers said. The findings mirror earlier studies showing ...

FDA Approves Latuda (lurasidone HCl) for Bipolar Depression in Pediatric Patients (10 to 17 Years of Age)

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MARLBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- March 6, 2018 – Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Sunovion) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) that expands the use of Latuda (lurasidone HCI) to include the treatment of major depressive episode associated with bipolar I disorder (bipolar depression) in pediatric patients (10 to ...

Early Periods Tied to Mental Health Issues Into Adulthood

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FRIDAY, March 9, 2018 – Mental health problems can last into adulthood for girls who start having their periods at an early age, a new study suggests. Previous research had found that girls with early periods have more frequent and severe mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders. They're also more prone to substance abuse, delinquency and failing or dropping out ...

Deportation Fears Putting Mental Strain on Hispanic Families

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THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 – Recent U.S. immigration policy changes are causing significant mental distress for many Hispanic parents in the country, a new study finds. A "substantial proportion" of Hispanic parents surveyed reported that "they are avoiding authorities, warning their children to change their routines and worrying about the future due to recent U.S. immigration policies and news," ...

Heart-Healthy 'DASH' Diet May Also Help Lower Depression Risk

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TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 – Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains may lower your risk of depression, new research suggests. "Making a lifestyle change – such as changing your diet – is often preferred over taking medications, so we wanted to see if diet could be an effective way to reduce the risk of depression," said study author Dr. Laurel Cherian, who's with Rush University ...

One Key Factor Raises Gay and Lesbian Teens' Suicide Risk

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TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 – Teens who are gay or lesbian but engage in heterosexual sex are at higher risk of a suicide attempt, new research suggests. "These findings are a wakeup call," said lead investigator Francis Annor of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. "We need to learn more about why teens who engage in sexual activity ...

Health Tip: Surviving Cancer Mentally

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by

-- If you're a cancer survivor, you may have mental health issues that affect your emotions, ability to concentrate, behavior and memory. Ten percent of adult cancer survivors feel they have mental health issues, compared with 6 percent of adults without a history of cancer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The CDC offers this advice for cancer survivors: Talk to your ...

Hormonal Birth Control Won't Raise Depression Risk: Study

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MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 – There's no evidence of a link between hormonal birth control and depression in women, researchers report. "Depression is a concern for a lot of women when they're starting hormonal contraception, particularly when they're using specific types that have progesterone," study lead author Dr. Brett Worly said in a news release from Ohio State University's Wexner Medical ...

Antidepressants Do Work, Some Better Than Others: Study

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THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 – Antidepressant drugs actually do help ease depression, countering debate over whether the medications do what they're supposed to, a large research review has found. Some antidepressants, though, are more effective and better tolerated than others, the findings showed. The researchers analyzed data from 522 trials – published and unpublished – that included more than ...

Pets Good Medicine for Those Battling Mental Ills

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FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 – Can the adoring gaze of a dog or the comforting purr of a cat be helpful to people with mental illness? Absolutely, new research suggests. Although furry companions won't replace medications or therapy for mental health concerns, they can provide significant benefits, according to British researchers. Their review of 17 studies found that pets can provide comfort, ...

Depression Common in U.S., Women Hit Hardest

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TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 – Nearly one in 10 U.S. adults has depression, and the rate is almost twice as high for women as men, health officials say. National survey data showed that more than 8 percent of adults aged 20 and older suffer from low mood, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among women, slightly more than 10 percent have depression, ...

No Proof At-Home 'Cranial Stimulation' Eases Depression

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MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – Devices that send electrical pulses to the brain – in the comfort of your own home – are a treatment option for depression and certain other conditions. But a new research review finds little evidence they work. The therapy – known as cranial electrical stimulation (CES) – involves a handheld device that delivers low-intensity electrical currents through electrodes ...

Valentine's Day Coping Tips When Loved One Is Gone

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MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – While many will be showered with flowers and candy on Valentine's Day, those who have lost loved ones may find the holiday hard to bear. "Valentine's Day is one of the days that might be stressful for some people if they have lost someone special to them. There might be memories that re-emerge that can make someone sad," said Dr. Jin Han. He's an assistant professor at ...

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