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Hurricanes' Toll on Mental Health Will Linger

Posted 14 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – Even after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma disappears, survivors could still suffer from mental stress caused by the massive storms, experts say. "Everybody who has been in a disaster is changed permanently in some way. You never forget it," said Dr. Carol North, a crisis psychiatrist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. North has studied thousands of survivors of major disasters, such as the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the Oklahoma City bombings. "Even though people are permanently changed by going through a disaster, they need not be damaged by their experience," she said in a medical center news release. Many people experience anxiety, lack of sleep, nightmares or irritability after a traumatic event, but most recover within weeks to months. However, some people may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and take ... Read more

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Young Americans Lead Rise in Suicide Attempts

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Although older people have the highest suicide rates in the United States, a new study finds suicide attempts by younger adults – especially those with mental disorders and less education – are now on the rise. The findings support a suicide prevention focus on young people who are poorer, "especially those who have made previous suicide attempts and those who have common mood, anxiety and personality disorders," said the study's lead author, Dr. Mark Olfson. He is a professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. The suicide rate in the United States has grown in recent years. On average, 121 people die by suicide every day and about 44,000 people kill themselves each year, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The highest suicide rates are in people aged 45 to 64, and 85 or older, ... Read more

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Does Mother's Mental Health Affect Pregnancy?

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Three common mental health disorders – depression, panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder – pose no serious threat to pregnant women or the health of their babies, a new study finds. "I think a major take-home message is that women are not harming their babies if they have one of these psychiatric conditions," said study lead author Kimberly Yonkers of Yale University. She and her team followed more than 2,600 pregnant women at 137 clinical practices in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The researchers did find slight risks associated with certain psychiatric medications used to treat those conditions. For instance, babies of women who took benzodiazepines had slightly lower birth weights and needed additional ventilator support in 61 of 1,000 cases. Benzodiazepines, which include Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam) and Ativan (lorazepam), are ... Read more

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Suicide a Danger for Some Women During Pregnancy: Study

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – Pregnancy isn't always a happy time. Suicide is a leading cause of death among pregnant and recently pregnant women, a new study finds. "Suicide is up there with causes of death like bleeding and high blood pressure," said Dr. Richard Silver, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Chicago. "There's no question that pregnancy is a time when mental health issues like depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts manifest themselves," added Silver, who wasn't involved in the study. Pregnant and recently pregnant women can be vulnerable to mental illness due to shifts in hormone levels, Silver said. Also, the "expectation that pregnancy should be a happy time" may be unrealistic, he suggested. For the study, Canadian researchers tracked women in Ontario from 1994 to 2008. They found that 5 percent of deaths during pregnancy or the ... Read more

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Instagram Photos May Offer Snapshot of Mental Health

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – The photos you post on Instagram can contain telltale visual clues that help predict if you're suffering from depression, a new study reports. Computer software designed to scan photos for these hidden signals accurately diagnosed people with depression seven out of 10 times, said lead researcher Andrew Reece. He's a graduate student with the Harvard University psychology department. "Depressed individuals in our study posted photos that were bluer, darker and grayer, compared to the posts of healthy participants," Reece said. "Depressed people also tended to prefer Instagram's Inkwell filter, which turns a color image into black-and-white, whereas healthy participants preferred the Valencia filter, which gives photos a warmer, brighter tone," he noted. In other words, people with depression were more likely to choose a filter that drained all the color out of ... Read more

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Yoga May Help Ease Depression

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 – If you've ever taken a yoga class, you probably know that it can help relax your body and your mind. Now, several new studies suggest that practicing yoga may also ease depression. But the leader of a session on yoga and depression held Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington, D.C., emphasized the research is preliminary. "At this time, we can only recommend yoga as a complementary approach, likely most effective in conjunction with standard approaches delivered by a licensed therapist," psychologist Lindsey Hopkins said in an APA news release. "Clearly, yoga is not a cure-all. However, based on empirical evidence, there seems to be a lot of potential," added Hopkins. She is a clinical psychologist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Hopkins conducted a study that included 23 male veterans who took part ... Read more

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Netflix Series '13 Reasons Why' Sparks Uptick in Google Searches for Suicide

Posted 31 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 – After the release of the controversial Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" – a show that depicts the suicide of a fictional teenager – there were surges in the number of Google searches using the term "suicide," a new analysis reveals. Specifically, searches that included the word "suicide" jumped 19 percent over a 19-day period after the series was first released. That amounts to between 900,000 and 1.5 million more searches of that nature than would routinely be expected in that time frame. What's more, most of those searches focused on questions related to the contemplation of suicide ("suicidal ideation"), such as inquiries on "how to commit suicide" and "how to kill yourself." "The World Health Organization has created stringent standards for how to present suicide in the media," explained study author John Ayers. He's an associate research professor with San ... Read more

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Too Soon to Widely Recommend Ketamine for Depression

Posted 28 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 – The drug ketamine – known as Special K on the party scene – shows promise as a depression treatment. But researchers aren't ready to recommend it because its long-term effects remain unknown. That gap in knowledge must be filled before ketamine can be widely used to treat depression, said Colleen Loo, co-author of a new research review. She's a professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia. Ketamine, an anesthetic drug, is increasingly being used off-label to treat severe and treatment-resistant depression. And some preliminary findings suggest rapid-acting effectiveness, Loo said. But "this has not been effectively explored over the long term and after repeated dosing," she added in a university news release. Loo and her colleagues examined 60 published studies of ketamine treatment for depression, involving a total of nearly 900 patients. The ... Read more

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Med Switch Not Always Best Choice With Tough Depression

Posted 11 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 – Switching to another antidepressant may not be the best way to help depression patients who don't respond to the first antidepressant they take, a new study indicates. Among more than 1,500 depression patients at 35 U.S. Veterans Health Administration medical centers, better symptom relief was achieved when people were prescribed an antipsychotic medication or a second antidepressant rather than being switched to another antidepressant, the researchers found. "We found that among three strategies evaluated in this study, evidence of the greatest symptom benefit was provided by adding an antipsychotic to previous antidepressant therapy," said study author Dr. Somaia Mohamed. She is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. The researchers found that 29 percent of patients who took the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole ... Read more

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Depression May Worsen Health for Cancer Caregivers

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 – Depression is known to be linked to worsening physical health, and a new study finds this may be especially true for cancer caregivers. The researchers recommended assessing caregivers' mental health soon after their loved one's cancer diagnosis. "Identifying caregivers in need, and connecting these caregivers to effective and accessible psychosocial services, are imperative next steps to improve comprehensive care for families facing cancer," study leader Kelly Shaffer said in a news release from the American Cancer Society. Shaffer is with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She and her team analyzed responses from 664 caregivers who answered American Cancer Society surveys. Specifically, the researchers looked for changes in participants' health from two years to eight years after their loved ones' cancer diagnosis. Two years after the ... Read more

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Electric Brain Stimulation No Better Than Meds For Depression: Study

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – For people who battle depression and can't find relief, stimulating the brain with electric impulses may help. But a new study by Brazilian researchers says it's still no better than antidepressant medication. In a trial that pitted transcranial, direct-current stimulation (tDCS) against the antidepressant escitalopram (Lexapro), researchers found that lessening of depression was about the same for either treatment. "We found that antidepressants are better than tDCS and should be the treatment of choice," said lead researcher Dr. Andre Brunoni. He's director of the Service of Interdisciplinary Neuromodulation at the University of Sao Paulo. "In circumstances that antidepressant drugs cannot be used, tDCS can be considered, as it was more effective than placebo," he said. The researchers used the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale. This test has a score range ... Read more

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Suicide Risk Is High for Psychiatric Patients Long After Discharge From Care

Posted 31 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 – New research confirms that psychiatric patients are at high risk for suicide immediately after being discharged from a mental health care facility, and that risk can remain high for years. "Discharged patients have suicide rates many times that in the general community," said a team led by Matthew Michael Large of the University of New South Wales in Australia. One psychiatrist in the United States said the study highlights the need to help patients long after they've been discharged from care. "Thoughts of suicide are not normal – like chest pain, they indicate a medical emergency that needs immediate treatment," said Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, president of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in New York City. "Changes in behavior – disturbances in sleep, appetite or level of functioning at work or school – are also warning signs that someone needs ... Read more

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Autism's 'Worryingly' High Suicide Rates Spur Conference

Posted 25 May 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 – High rates of suicide among people with autism are drawing specialists to a conference this week in England. "What relatively little we know about suicidality in autism points to a worryingly high prevalence of people with the condition contemplating and attempting to take their own life," said Sarah Cassidy, co-author of a paper written in advance of the meeting. "More concerning still, the small body of research that does exist exposes serious shortcomings in how prepared we are to intervene and provide effective support to those with autism who are most at risk of dying by suicide," said Cassidy. Cassidy is with Coventry University's Center for Research in Psychology, Behavior and Achievement. Researchers at Coventry and Newcastle universities organized the two-day meeting. Urgent action is needed to help those most at risk, but the issue is poorly ... Read more

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City Life Tough on Teens' Mental Health

Posted 23 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 – City life seems to take a toll on the adolescent mind, new research suggests. The study included more than 2,000 18-year-olds in England and Wales who were interviewed about psychotic experiences (such as hearing voices and feeling extremely paranoid) since age 12. The research team from King's College London and Duke University found that teens raised in large cities were over 40 percent more likely to report psychotic experiences than those who grew up in rural areas. "These findings highlight the importance of early, preventative strategies for reducing psychosis risk and suggests that adolescents living in threatening neighborhoods within cities should be made a priority," said study co-senior author Helen Fisher. She is from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College. "If we intervene early enough – for example by offering ... Read more

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Suicide by Insulin?

Posted 19 May 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 – Insulin typically saves the lives of those with diabetes, but it can also be a way for some people to kill themselves, a new review warns. People with the blood sugar disease tend to suffer higher rates of depression, the researchers explained. And suicide or suicide attempts using insulin or other diabetes medications that lower blood sugar levels may not always be an easy-to-spot attempt at self-harm, they added. "Some suicides with insulin are likely missed in people with diabetes, just as [suicide may be missed] in people without diabetes using other medications or after a car accident. Could a suicide using insulin be missed? Absolutely," said Alicia McAuliffe-Fogarty, vice president of lifestyle management at the American Diabetes Association. Insulin is a natural hormone produced by the body. Its job is to help usher the sugar from foods into the body's ... Read more

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