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The Jobs That Carry the Highest Suicide Risk

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THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 – The rate of suicide among U.S. workers has jumped 34 percent since 2000, and certain occupations seem to be riskier than others, government health researchers report. Those most at risk: men with construction and extraction jobs, and women in arts, design, entertainment, sports and media, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Increasing ...

All That Social Media May Boost Loneliness, Not Banish It

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 – For the billions of young people who seek community and connection on social media, new research warns their search may be in vain. Instead, spending too much time on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram may actually increase the risk of depression and loneliness. So concludes a small analysis that tracked the impact such sites had on the mental health of 143 users between ...

Murder of Family, Friends Takes Highest Toll on Black Teens

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TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 – Teens who lose a family member or friend to murder have an increased risk of suicide, and black teens are most likely to face this kind of heartbreak, a new study finds. University of Pittsburgh researchers analyzed the results of a 2014 survey of just over 1,600 teens, aged 14 to 19, in Allegheny County and found that 13 percent said a friend or family member had been ...

Major Injuries Take a Toll on Mental Health

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MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 – People who've suffered major traumatic injuries are at much greater risk for mental health problems and suicide, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 19,000 people in the Canadian province of Ontario who suffered serious injuries. Most of the injuries (89 percent) were accidental rather than intentional (for example, car crashes and falls). "Major ...

Community Choirs Can Be Social Salvation for Seniors

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FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 – Belonging to a community choir may be the best weapon against loneliness for seniors, a new study suggests. Researchers created community choirs for nearly 400 English- and Spanish-speaking participants at 12 senior centers in San Francisco. The choirs were led by professional choir directors and accompanists. The songs were culturally selected for each site, appropriate ...

A Childhood Full of Happy Memories Might Benefit Your Health Today

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MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 – Childhood memories of good connections with your parents can benefit your physical and mental health, according to new research. The study found that older adults with fond recollections of early relationships with their parents were more likely to have better health, fewer chronic illnesses and a lower risk of depression. Researchers analyzed two databases that included ...

Guns End More Lives by Suicide Than Murder

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FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 – Shootings make the headlines, yet the American public doesn't know that guns take more lives by suicide than by homicide, a new study reveals. In the United States, suicide is twice as common as murder, and suicide by firearm is more common than homicide by firearm, the researchers reported. However, the new "research indicates that in the scope of violent death, the ...

Health Tip: Warning Signs of Suicide

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-- Suicide is a key public health concern that claims the lives of more than 40,000 people each year in the United States, the National Institute of Mental Health says. It's the nation's 10th leading cause of death. There are many warning signs that someone may be thinking about ending their own life. Here's the agency's list: Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves Talking ...

Anti-Seizure Drug Potiga (ezogabine) May Be New Weapon Against Depression

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THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 – A drug used to control seizures may be a potent weapon against depression in patients who don't find relief with antidepressants, a small pilot study suggests. Some of the 18 patients taking ezogabine (Potiga) experienced a 45 percent reduction in depression and an increase in their ability to feel pleasure, as well as an increase in resilience and the capacity to ...

Michael Phelps Champions the Fight Against Depression

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TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 – Swimmer extraordinaire Michael Phelps has won 28 Olympic medals – 23 of them gold. Yet, despite all those medals and the accolades that came with them, Phelps has struggled with depression and anxiety. In 2014, it got so bad that he locked himself in his bedroom and stayed there for days. "During those days, I had thoughts of not wanting to be alive," Phelps said. "The ...

More College Students Seeking Mental Health Care

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THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 – Anxiety, depression and panic attacks are sending U.S. college students to mental health clinics in record numbers, a new study finds. Between 2009 and 2015, treatment and diagnoses of anxiety increased by nearly 6 percent among these students, followed by depression and panic attacks, which each increased about 3 percent. Anxiety is the most common problem, affecting ...

Facebook Posts May Hint at Depression

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MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 – People may rely on social media such as Facebook to showcase the highlights of their lives, like vacations. But new research suggests the language they use in posts might also help predict depression. Using sophisticated software, researchers were able to scan social media posts and detect depression months before it was apparent on clinical screening tests. "Social media ...

Soldiers' Suicide Attempts Often Come Without Prior Mental Health Diagnosis

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 – Many U.S. Army soldiers who attempt suicide have no prior diagnosis of a mental health issue, new research shows, and such histories may not be a good predictor of a soldier's suicide risk. "The study is one of few to be able to examine risk of suicide attempt among those without a past mental health diagnosis," said study lead author Dr. Robert Ursano. He directs the ...

Exercise Really Can Chase Away the Blues, to a Point

Posted 9 Aug 2018 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 ...

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