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Postpartum Depression Affects New Dads, Too

Posted 2 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Men can also suffer from postpartum depression after their baby is born. "Dads want to be part of the newborn experience, but often they feel like they're on the 'outside,' " said Dr. Yaprak Harrison, a professor of psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. "Moms may not always realize they're excluding dad from caring for the baby, and they may fail to realize that he wants time with the little one, too," said Harrison. Research has shown that up to 1 in 10 men struggles with this psychiatric condition after childbirth, which is usually associated with new mothers, Harrison and her colleagues noted in a medical center news release. New dads, like new moms, can experience mood-altering hormonal changes, the researchers explained. Some of the symptoms they exhibit can be similar, too, such as extreme fatigue and changes in eating or sleep habits. ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, Fatigue, Postpartum Depression, Dysthymia, Delivery, Psychiatric Disorders, Neurotic Depression, Depressive Psychosis, Cesarean Section, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Subway Surveillance Video Provides Clues to Suicidal Behavior

Posted 15 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 – Real-time video surveillance could help identify people at risk of suicide attempts in subway stations, Canadian researchers report. They reviewed closed circuit TV footage of 66 previous suicide attempts at a subway station in Montreal. They concluded that 24 percent of those attempts could have been identified and possibly prevented by people monitoring live video for certain types of behaviors. According to the researchers, two or more of the following behaviors appeared to indicate a suicide risk: Leaving objects on the platform. Frequently looking down the tunnel. Standing for long periods on the yellow line. Continually walking on the yellow line. Looking physically agitated. Staring at the tracks or the tunnel for long periods of time. Seeming depressed. The study was published Dec. 14 in the journal BMC Public Health. "Several of these behaviors have ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Dysthymia, Neurotic Depression

More Than 1 in 10 Pilots Suffer From Depression, Survey Finds

Posted 15 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 – More than one-tenth of professional airline pilots may suffer from depression, and a small percentage might experience suicidal thoughts, a new survey reveals. The findings come in the wake of the Germanwings air crash in 2015. In that tragedy, a co-pilot with depression deliberately crashed an airliner in the French Alps, killing all 150 people onboard. "We found that many pilots currently flying are managing depressive symptoms, and it may be that they are not seeking treatment due to the fear of negative career impacts," said senior study author Joseph Allen. He is an assistant professor of exposure assessment science at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. "There is a veil of secrecy around mental health issues in the cockpit. By using an anonymous survey, we were able to guard against people's fears of reporting due to stigma and job ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Lexapro, Zoloft, Cymbalta, Effexor, Prozac, Celexa, Citalopram, Major Depressive Disorder, Paxil, Sertraline, Pristiq, Fluoxetine, Venlafaxine, Effexor XR, Savella, Escitalopram, Paroxetine, Luvox, Duloxetine

Where You Live May Determine How You Die

Posted 13 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 – People along the southern stretch of the Mississippi River are more likely to die from heart problems than anywhere else in the United States. Suicide and homicide will claim the most lives in the southwestern part of the country. Deaths from chronic respiratory diseases are greatest in eastern Kentucky and western West Virginia. And mental and substance abuse disorders cause the most deaths in Alaska, eastern Arizona, New Mexico, eastern Kentucky and southwestern West Virginia. What causes a person's death depends in large part on where they spend their lives, concludes a new county-level analysis of U.S. mortality data. Armed with this sort of information, county and city health departments can focus their efforts on the specific problems affecting their communities, said lead researcher Ali Mokdad. He is a professor with the department of global health at ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Opiate Dependence, Major Depressive Disorder, Opiate Withdrawal, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Heart Disease, Smoking, Drug Dependence, Smoking Cessation, Agitation, Alcoholism, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders, Substance Abuse, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Aggressive Behavior

1 in 6 U.S. Adults Takes a Psychiatric Drug: Study

Posted 12 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 – One in six U.S. adults takes a psychiatric medication to cope with conditions such as depression, anxiety and insomnia, a new study finds. Researchers found that in 2013 nearly 17 percent of adults said they filled one or more prescriptions for antidepressants such as Zoloft; sedatives and sleep drugs, including Xanax and Ambien; or antipsychotics, used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. "From a drug safety perspective, I am concerned that so many of these drugs have withdrawal effects and that some of the overwhelming long-term use may reflect drug dependence," said study co-author Thomas Moore. "These questions need further investigation," added Moore, a senior scientist for drug safety and policy at the nonprofit Institute for Safe Medication Practices in Alexandria, Va. Because most prescriptions for these drugs are written by primary care ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Xanax, Insomnia, Anxiety and Stress, Lexapro, Zoloft, Cymbalta, Klonopin, Effexor, Prozac, Clonazepam, Celexa, Ativan, Citalopram, Major Depressive Disorder, Paxil, Trazodone, Sertraline, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Alcohol Can Be a Risky Guest at Holiday Parties

Posted 11 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Dec. 11, 2016 – During the holiday season, gatherings and parties are a part of the festivities. Unfortunately, so are alcohol-related accidents and deaths. Many people who attend seasonal parties seldom drink alcohol, making them more vulnerable to its effects, according to experts at UC Davis Health System in California. Meanwhile, heavy drinkers may use holiday gatherings as an opportunity to let loose and drink too much, the experts cautioned. Drinking in moderation can help prevent alcohol-related injuries and health issues. It's also important to appoint a designated driver who will stay sober and ensure partygoers get home safely, the experts advised. Everyone metabolizes alcohol differently. U.S. health officials define moderate drinking as one drink per day for women and two drinks for men. The type of alcohol also matters. One drink is the equivalent of: 1.5 ounces ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Alcohol Dependence, Alcohol Withdrawal, Alcoholism, Dysthymia, Hangover, Depressive Psychosis, Alcoholic Psychosis, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

For People With Mental Health Woes, Pets Can Be Invaluable

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 – Cats, dogs, birds and other pets can help people manage their mental disorders, a new study says. Researchers from the United Kingdom asked more than 50 adults with long-term mental conditions about the role pets play in their social networks. Sixty percent placed pets in the central and most important circle – above family, friends and hobbies. Another 20 percent placed pets in the second circle. Many said the constant presence and close proximity of their pets provide an immediate source of calm. For some, a pet helps distract them from symptoms and upsetting experiences such as hearing voices or suicidal thoughts. "You just want to sink into a pit... the cats force me to sort of still be involved with the world," one patient said. Another patient said: "I'm not thinking of the voices, I'm just thinking of the birds singing." The findings were published Dec. 8 ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Panic Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Mania, Paranoid Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Autism, Eating Disorder, Psychosis

Attempted Suicide Rates in U.S. Remain Unchanged

Posted 4 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 – The number of Americans who attempted suicide and wound up in the emergency room has remained steady in the past decade, a new report finds. Females were more likely to attempt suicide, but males used more violent methods. And all attempts were most common in the late spring, the researchers found. "What stood out to us the most is that while the rate of fatal suicide has increased, the overall rate of nonfatal suicide attempts has not changed much over the years, nor have the patterns – age, sex, seasonality, mechanism, etc. – changed much," said study co-author Joseph Canner. He is interim co-director of the Johns Hopkins Surgery Center for Outcomes Research in Baltimore. "An optimist would say this is good news, given that there was a major recession early in the study period and given all of the attention highlighting the despair of middle-aged men with no ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Depressive Psychosis

2 Out of 3 Depressed Teens Gain Lasting Benefits From Therapy

Posted 2 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 – For teens, depression can affect more than their relationships and educational achievement – it can harm their future prospects. But a new study suggests that many of these young people could reap long-term benefits from psychological counseling. "Depression can seriously impair people's lives, and in many cases begins during their teenage years," said Ian Goodyer, a professor at the department of psychiatry at the University of Cambridge in England. "If we can tackle it early on, evidence suggests we can reduce the chances of severe depression returning." According to background material provided in a university news release, psychological treatments are effective in the short term in about 70 percent of adolescents with depression. But it's not clear how these patients fare in the long term, the study authors noted. The study included 465 teens in England ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Lexapro, Zoloft, Cymbalta, Effexor, Prozac, Celexa, Citalopram, Major Depressive Disorder, Paxil, Sertraline, Pristiq, Amitriptyline, Fluoxetine, Venlafaxine, Effexor XR, Mirtazapine, Savella, Escitalopram, Remeron

Demi Lovato Wants to Change the Face of Mental Illness

Posted 1 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 – Since her 2008 breakthrough role in the Disney Channel musical "Camp Rock," singer and actress Demi Lovato has released five best-selling albums and a slew of hit singles. Numerous music awards have followed, as has a stint as a judge on the TV megahit "The X Factor." But for the 44 million American adults struggling with mental illness, it's the 24-year-old's decision to share her own mental health battles that may rank as her most meaningful achievement to date. "I've been very, very open about my story," said Lovato. "I was diagnosed when I was 18 with bipolar disorder," a condition shared by roughly 13 million Americans. "And ever since, I've been doing whatever I could to raise awareness about mental illness, and mental health, in America." Since 2015, Lovato has served as the public face of the "Be Vocal" initiative. It's a campaign that brings together ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Lexapro, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Cymbalta, Effexor, Prozac, Celexa, Citalopram, Major Depressive Disorder, Paxil, Sertraline, Pristiq, Bupropion, Amitriptyline, Viibryd, Fluoxetine, Venlafaxine, Effexor XR

Scans Show Changes in Some Soldiers With Mild Brain Injuries

Posted 30 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 – Disruption of certain brain circuits may be related to depression in soldiers with brain injuries, researchers report. The researchers conducted brain scans on 130 male soldiers who suffered mild traumatic brain injury and a control group of 52 men without brain trauma. The scans revealed that brain-injured soldiers with moderate to severe depression had disruptions in the circuits that connect brain regions that play important roles in thinking and emotional control. The study was to be presented Tuesday at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, in Chicago. "We can link these connectivity changes in the brain to poor top-down emotional processing and greater maladaptive rumination, or worrying, in symptomatic depressed soldiers after [mild traumatic brain injury]," study author Ping-Hong Yeh said in a RSNA news release. Yeh is a ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Head Injury, Dysthymia, Head Injury with Intracranial Hemorrhage, Head Injury w/ Intracranial Hemorrhage and Loss of Consciousness, Head Injury with Loss of Consciousness

'Enthusiastic' Dads May Mean Less Troubled Kids: Study

Posted 23 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – While quality time spent with kids is always important, new research suggests it's a man's attitude that's key to raising happy children. The British study found that the babies of confident, enthusiastic fathers were less likely to develop behavioral problems by age 9 or 11. "It is psychological and emotional aspects of paternal involvement in a child's infancy that are most powerful in influencing later child behavior," concluded a team led by Dr. Charles Opondo at Oxford University in England. The study involved more than 10,000 children and their parents. The investigators found that an engaged attitude on the part of dads was even more closely tied to their child's behavior than the time the men spent with their babies in childcare or housework. Opondo's team analyzed data from a British research project that's been tracking almost 15,000 people since ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Agitation, Dysthymia

Teen 'Choking Game' Played Solo Points to Suicide Risks

Posted 21 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 – About 4 percent of U.S. teens surveyed admit to trying the "choking game" – a potentially deadly game of temporary strangulation. And new research suggests that kids who "play" the game alone are much more likely to harbor thoughts of suicide. The so-called choking game is the practice of using hands, fingers or external wrapping materials – such as a belt, tie or noose – to apply strong pressure against the carotid arteries lining either side of the neck. Located on the right and left side of the windpipe, these arteries are critical conveyors of blood and oxygen to the brain. By interrupting the usual blood flow, and then suddenly removing pressure to restore flow, individuals reportedly trigger a short-lived feeling of euphoria. But, the practice carries a high risk for asphyxiation, loss of consciousness, and even death. And the risks grow when "players" ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Asphyxia

Depressed Women Less Likely to Get Best Breast Cancer Care: Study

Posted 18 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 – Breast cancer patients with a history of depression are less likely to receive recommended care for their disease, a new study finds. The study included more than 45,000 Danish women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer between 1998 and 2011. Of those, 13 percent had been treated with antidepressants and 2 percent had previously visited a hospital for depression. Compared with those who never took antidepressants, patients who used antidepressants were much less likely to receive recommended breast cancer treatments and had shorter overall survival, according to Dr. Nis Suppli, of the Danish Cancer Society Research Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, and colleagues. In addition, the researchers found that antidepressant use was tied to shorter breast cancer-specific survival: five years after cancer diagnosis, 13 percent of patients who used antidepressants had ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Breast Cancer, Dysthymia, Breast Cancer, Metastatic, Breast Cancer - Adjuvant, Breast Cancer, Prevention, Breast Cancer - Palliative

High Rate of Antidepressant Use After Cancer

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 – Treatment for depression and anxiety is nearly twice as common among U.S. cancer survivors as it is for those who never had the disease, a new study finds. Among more than 3,000 adult cancer survivors, 19 percent reported taking medication for anxiety, depression or both, researchers found. But when the research team looked at nearly 45,000 adults with no history of cancer, they found just one in 10 used these medications. "Overall, these findings are sobering," said lead researcher Nikki Hawkins, a behavioral scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We've come a long way in treating cancer medically, but these data tell us cancer can take a serious psychological and emotional toll for many years, even after treatment is complete," she said. Hawkins said it's remarkable that nearly one in five cancer survivors is taking medications ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Cancer, Major Depressive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Dysthymia, Melanoma, Breast Cancer - Adjuvant, Cervical Cancer

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