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Cancer Patients May Have Undiagnosed Depression

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MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 – Depression is common, though often overlooked, in people with cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers assessed depression in 400 patients treated for cancer between 2013 and 2016 at University Hospital Cancer Center, in Newark, N.J. They were between 20 and 86 years old, with an average age of 55. Depression was found in 40 percent of the patients, and 3 out of 4 of those patients were never diagnosed or treated for it, researchers found. The study was presented Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, in San Diego. Findings presented at meetings are typically viewed as preliminary until they've been published in a peer-reviewed journal. "Depression prevalence continues to be high among cancer patients, especially those receiving treatment at an urban cancer center, as well as those who identify as female or are disabled by ... Read more

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Workers Without Paid Sick Leave Suffer Ill Effects

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 – Lack of paid sick leave can cause mental distress for workers when they're ill because they're afraid of losing wages or their jobs, a new study says. In the United States, only seven states have mandatory paid sick leave laws, said researchers from Florida Atlantic University and Cleveland State University. "For many Americans, daily life itself can be a source of stress as they struggle to manage numerous responsibilities including health-related issues," said study lead author Patricia Stoddard-Dare. "Making matters worse, for those who lack paid sick leave, a day away from work can mean lost wages or even fear of losing one's job," added Stoddard-Dare, an associate professor of social work at Cleveland State. These stressors all together have the potential to interfere with workplace performance and affect overall mental health, she said in a Florida ... Read more

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Asthma Drug, Montelukast, Tied to Nightmares, Depression

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – The asthma medication Singulair (montelukast) appears linked to neuropsychiatric side effects, such as depression, aggression, nightmares and headaches, according to a new review by Dutch researchers. But experts aren't yet ready to pull the plug on this class of medication. "In our study, we give prescribing physicians the advice to be alert for signs and symptoms for allergic granulomatous angiitis [a rare complication associated with the drug] and for severe neuropsychiatric symptoms," said study lead author Dr. Meindina Haarman. "The doctor still decides whether or not to treat the patients with montelukast," said Haarman, from University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands. Dr. Matthew Lorber is a psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He cautioned against discontinuing the medication in children with asthma, a lung disease that ... Read more

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Caring for a Sick Pet Can Really Drain You

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – As much joy as a pet can bring to the life of its master, when that beloved dog or cat falls ill, the emotional toll exacted can be steep. In fact, caring for an ailing animal often ends up placing a significant "caregiver burden" on its owner, new research finds. "Think of the phrase, 'Giving until it hurts,'" said study author Mary Beth Spitznagel. Essentially, it's the heavy emotional burden one can experience when the act of caring stretches a person's physical, emotional or even financial capacities to the breaking point. "We found that individuals with a chronically or terminally ill pet showed greater caregiver burden compared to those with a healthy pet," said Spitznagel, an associate professor in the department of psychological sciences at Kent State University in Ohio. To explore the idea, her team focused on 238 adult pet owners. Nearly all were ... Read more

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Parents Say Schools Don't Help Kids With Mental Health, Chronic Disease

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – Many parents don't believe schools are prepared to help students with mental health problems and serious physical health issues, a new survey finds. While 77 percent of parents were certain that schools would be able to provide first aid for minor issues such as cuts, they were less confident that schools could respond to more challenging health situations. For example, only 38 percent believed schools could assist a student suspected of having a mental health problem. The national poll on children's health was released Monday by the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan. "Parents feel schools can handle basic first aid, but are less sure about urgent health situations such as an asthma attack, epileptic seizure, or serious allergic reaction," Sarah Clark, poll co-director, said in a university news release. "And they have the most ... Read more

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Suicidal Thoughts More Common for Transgender Youth

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FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 – Transgender youth are more likely to have suicidal thoughts, a new study finds. Researchers examined survey data from more than 900,000 high school students in California. They found that 35 percent of transgender youth said they'd had suicidal thoughts in the past year, compared with 19 percent of non-transgender youth. The study appears in the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. "It is crucial that studies of adolescent health include measures of gender identity alongside sexual orientation to better understand and create programs to address the needs of these youth across the United States," study lead author Amaya Perez-Brumer, from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, said in a journal news release. Increased rates of depression and victimization among transgender youth partly explain ... Read more

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Hurricanes' Toll on Mental Health Will Linger

Posted 12 days ago 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 days ago 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 days ago 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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ER Visits for These 3 Health Woes Don't Have to Happen

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – Each year, thousands of Americans end up in hospital emergency rooms for problems that could have been avoided, new research shows. The top causes of preventable ER visits in the United States include alcohol abuse, dental problems and mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety, the new study says. ER visits could be reduced if patients had better access to dental and mental health care, according to researchers from the University of California, San Francisco. The study comes as some insurers are looking to cut back on coverage for ER visits they deem "inappropriate" or avoidable. Researchers reviewed 424 million ER visits by 18- to 64-year-old patients between 2005 and 2011. Nearly 14 million visits (3.3 percent) were avoidable, meaning patients were sent home without receiving any care. The main reasons for avoidable visits were toothaches, back ... 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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Hobbies and Your Health

Posted 25 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 – Feeling overwhelmed or stressed? Consider taking up a hobby. Psychologists say that while you might not always be able to find a job you're passionate about, you can get emotional satisfaction – and stress relief – from a hobby you love. Hobbies can add balance to your life, which is especially important if you have a demanding job, according to research published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. And a hobby can be both exciting and rewarding. The study also found that enjoying a creative hobby during your personal time can actually boost your productivity and creativity at work. These findings have led some companies to offer creative outlets for employees, like writing workshops and music classes, in much the same way that other employers provide gym memberships. Whether through work or on your own, take the time to investigate ... Read more

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Cyberbullying Weighs Heavily on Young People

Posted 23 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 – Kids and young adults targeted by cyberbullies appear to be twice as likely to hurt themselves or to attempt suicide than their non-bullied counterparts, a new study finds. Cyberbullies themselves aren't immune, either. They're also more likely to have suicidal thoughts and take suicidal actions, the British researchers said. It's not clear, however, whether cyberbullying directly causes suicidal behavior or whether the link between the two is more complicated. The study included more than 150,000 kids and young adults from 30 countries. The researchers followed them for over 21 years. People who were bullied online were more likely to become cyberbullies themselves, the research revealed. And boys who were both bullies and victims were at an especially high risk of depression and suicidal behavior. "Prevention of cyberbullying should be included in school ... Read more

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Are Depressed Teens Prone to Violence?

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 – Teens with depression might be more likely to commit violent crimes, a new study suggests. Researchers who analyzed data from Finland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom consistently found modest increases in risk for violence among depressed teenagers. Information on more than 62,000 young people aged 13 to 27 was used in the study. "This research is important for two main reasons. First, it adds to the evidence of the many potential harms of untreated depression in young people," said study leader Dr. Seena Fazel. "Second, it suggests that closer liaison between criminal justice and mental health might prevent violence in high-risk individuals," said Fazel, a professor of forensic psychiatry at the University of Oxford in England. The study doesn't prove a direct cause-and-effect relationship. But the data from Finland, for example, showed that about 7 ... Read more

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Gun Access May Drive Higher Suicide Rates in Rural Areas

Posted 18 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 – The rate of suicide in rural America appears to be significantly higher than in urban areas, a new study reports. And much of the reason may have to do with the greater prevalence of gun ownership in rural areas, the study authors said. The findings stem from an analysis that focused on suicide rates in rural regions of Maryland. "The reason that rural suicide rates are higher is because people in these areas are killing themselves with guns," said study lead author Dr. Paul Nestadt. He is a postdoctoral fellow in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's psychiatric epidemiology training program. "The media focuses on homicides committed with guns, but only one in three deaths by firearm are homicides," he said in a school news release. "The other two are suicides. Most of the other leading causes of death are going down. Suicides are going up – ... Read more

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