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Exercise Really Can Chase Away the Blues, to a Point

Posted 7 days ago by

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 – Exercise is good for your mental health, as long as you don't overdo it, researchers say. An analysis of data from 1.2 million people in the United States found they reported 3.4 days a month of poor mental health on average. But those who were physically active had 1.5 fewer "down" days a month than those who were not active. Being active for 45 minutes three to five ...

Parents' Religious Beliefs May Affect Kids' Suicide Risk: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 – Teens, especially girls, whose parents are religious may be less likely to die by suicide, no matter how they feel about religion themselves, new research suggests. The lower suicide risk among those raised in a religious home is independent of other common risk factors, including whether parents suffered from depression, showed suicidal behavior or divorced, the ...

Could a Blood Test Help Spot Severe Depression?

Posted 16 days ago by

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 – People with severe depression may have particularly low blood levels of an amino acid involved in brain function, a new study suggests. The substance, called acetyl-L-carnitine (LAC), is naturally produced in the body. It aids in metabolism, and animal research suggests it prevents "excessive firing" of cells in certain parts of the brain. LAC is also sold as a dietary ...

Media Reports of Celeb Suicides May Trigger 'Copycat' Tragedies

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MONDAY, July 30, 2018 – News reports on suicides may be quickly followed by a bump in suicide rates – especially if they contain details that sensationalize the tragedy, a new study finds. The research adds to evidence of a phenomenon known as "suicide contagion." It happens when vulnerable people identify with a person who died by suicide, and then see that route as a viable solution to their ...

Treating Depression May Prevent Repeat Heart Attack

Posted 24 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 – It's common for heart attack survivors to develop depression. Now a new trial has found that antidepressant treatment may help those patients avoid a second heart attack. The study, of 300 heart patients with depression, found that treatment with the antidepressant escitalopram (Lexapro) almost halved the risk of suffering another heart attack in the next eight years. ...

Supportive Managers Key When a Worker Is Depressed

Posted 24 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 – Employees struggling with depression take less time off from work if they receive support and help from their managers, a new study suggests. Many people suffer depression at some point during their working lives. But they often don't disclose their condition or seek help because they're afraid of repercussions, according to the researchers. The new findings – based on ...

Could Suicides Rise Along With Global Temperatures?

Posted 24 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 – Climate change may bring with it a grim harm: Researchers report that rising temperatures might trigger a spike in suicides in the United States and Mexico. "When talking about climate change, it's often easy to think in abstractions. But the thousands of additional suicides that are likely to occur as a result of unmitigated climate change are not just a number, they ...

Is Depression During Pregnancy on the Rise?

Posted 13 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 – Today's young mothers-to-be may be more likely to develop depression while pregnant than their own mothers were, a new study suggests. British researchers found that, compared with their mothers' generation, young women who became pregnant between 2012 and 2016 were at greater risk of having "high" scores when they were screened for depression. The reasons are unknown, ...

AHA: At 88, Heart Disease Won't Slow This Glam Texan Philanthropist

Posted 5 Jul 2018 by

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) – It's been said that one can never be too overdressed, and Betty Thrasher needs no convincing. Every day, the 88-year-old resident of Temple, Texas, applies makeup, coifs her locks and selects a fashionable garment for the day. Black is her favorite. "The way we look affects how we feel, and the way we feel affects the way we act," she said. ...

Health Tip: Cope With Loss

Posted 4 Jul 2018 by

-- Grief is a natural reaction to the loss of a loved one, and everyone grieves in a different way. The U.S. National Institutes of Health offers these suggestions for coping with loss: Take care of yourself by exercising regularly, eating healthy and getting enough sleep. Talk openly with friends and family. Do not make major changes right away. Join a grief support group in person or online. ...

Massive Study Finds Same Genes Drive Many Psychiatric Conditions

Posted 21 Jun 2018 by

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 – Mental illnesses ranging from depression to schizophrenia show a great degree of overlap in the genes that may contribute to them, a large, new study shows. Researchers said the findings should deepen the understanding of how various psychiatric disorders arise. Eventually, they might even change the way the conditions are diagnosed and treated. The "high degree" of ...

Could Antidepressants During Pregnancy Slow a Child's Motor Skills?

Posted 21 Jun 2018 by

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 – Babies exposed to antidepressants during their mother's pregnancy may face a slightly higher chance of having problems with their motor skills, a new review suggests. But the Australian researchers cautioned that more research is needed before firm conclusions can be made, since the studies they analyzed varied widely in the way they were carried out. Guidelines that ...

U.S. Suicide Rates on the Rise

Posted 7 Jun 2018 by

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 – Suicide rates are soaring across America, a new government report shows. Between 1999 and 2016, 25 states saw suicide rates jump more than 30 percent. There was variation: They rose by just under 6 percent in Delaware to more than 57 percent in North Dakota, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers. "Suicide is just one of the three ...

Never Ignore Depression

Posted 7 Jun 2018 by

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 – Studies show that depression is underreported. People aren't getting the help they need, sometimes because they don't know the warning signs or where to turn, or are embarrassed because of the stigma that can still surround mental health issues. But the numbers are too great to ignore. Up to 26 percent of U.S. women and up to 12 percent of men will experience major ...

Study Finds Abortion Doesn't Lead to Depression

Posted 30 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 – Abortion does not increase a woman's risk for depression, according to new research. The study, of nearly 400,000 women in Denmark, challenges arguments that terminating a pregnancy takes a toll on a woman's emotional well-being. "Policies based on the notion that abortion harms women's mental health are misinformed," said study leader Dr. Julia Steinberg. She's an ...

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