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Medical School Can Be an Emotional Pressure-Cooker

Posted 2 days 4 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 – Many medical students from around the world struggle with depression, and more than 1 in 10 have suicidal thoughts, researchers report. And only about 16 percent of the students who tested positive for depression sought treatment, they added. The researchers analyzed nearly 200 studies that included a total of 129,000 medical students in 47 countries. They found that the rate of depression or depressive symptoms was 27 percent. The researchers also found that 11 percent of the students reported thoughts of suicide. The findings were published in the Dec. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Reliable estimates of depression and thoughts of suicide among medical students are key for efforts to prevent, treat and identify causes of emotional distress in the students, according to study leader Dr. Douglas Mata, of Brigham and Women's Hospital ... Read more

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Attempted Suicide Rates in U.S. Remain Unchanged

Posted 4 days ago 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

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2 Out of 3 Depressed Teens Gain Lasting Benefits From Therapy

Posted 6 days ago 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

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Demi Lovato Wants to Change the Face of Mental Illness

Posted 8 days ago 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

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Scans Show Changes in Some Soldiers With Mild Brain Injuries

Posted 9 days ago 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

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Spiritual Experiences Seem to Trigger the Brain's Reward System

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 – Religious experiences may trigger the brain's reward system in much the same way that sex, gambling, drugs and music do, a small study suggests. Researchers conducted functional MRI brain scans of 19 devout young adult churchgoers while they were doing activities meant to boost spiritual feelings. "When our study participants were instructed to think about a savior, about being with their families for eternity, about their heavenly rewards, their brains and bodies physically responded," said study author Michael Ferguson. He conducted the research while a bioengineering graduate student at the University of Utah. All of the participants had been Mormon missionaries. Almost all said they'd experienced feelings of peace and physical sensations of warmth during the experiment. Many were tearful by the end of the scan, Ferguson and his colleagues said in a ... Read more

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'Enthusiastic' Dads May Mean Less Troubled Kids: Study

Posted 16 days ago 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

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Sexism Could Harm Men's Health: Study

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 – Men who have "playboy" attitudes and believe in power over women may face a higher risk for mental health trouble than men who don't, a broad new research review suggests. The finding on sexism, and other so-called "traditional views" on masculinity, stems from an analysis of 74 studies conducted between 2003 and 2013. The studies included nearly 19,500 predominantly white male participants, the researchers said. The research "looked at expectations about what it means to be masculine, and how that relates to mental health outcomes among men," explained study lead author Y. Joel Wong. "What we found overall is that the more that men conformed to masculine norms the poorer their mental health, and the less likely they were to seek mental health services," he said. Wong is associate professor of counseling and educational psychology at Indiana University ... Read more

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Teen 'Choking Game' Played Solo Points to Suicide Risks

Posted 17 days ago 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

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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, Breast Cancer, Metastatic, Dysthymia, Breast Cancer - Adjuvant, Breast Cancer, Prevention, Breast Cancer - Palliative

Neighborhoods May Be Key to Teens' Mental Well-Being

Posted 18 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 – Teenagers living in cohesive neighborhoods – where trusted neighbors get involved in monitoring each other's children – experience fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety, a new study suggests. The researchers also found consistent results across different cities regardless of family composition and neighborhood income, indicating strong neighborhoods help teen mental health across various populations. Along with common risk factors, neighborhood environments should probably be given more attention when looking for potential factors linked to teen mental health problems, said study author Louis Donnelly. He's a postdoctoral research associate at the Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J. "Notably, whether a child grew up in a higher- or lower-income household, the associations were similar. The ... Read more

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Health Tip: Thinking About Psychological Therapy?

Posted 16 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Psychological therapy involves more than discussing your problems with a professional. It can also help you cope with life's challenges, especially issues that bother you. Here are common reasons to seek therapy, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians: Depression. Marital problems. Sexual issues. Stress and anxiety. Addiction. Grief and loss. Anger. Your career. Family issues. Chronic illness. Domestic violence. Eating disorders. Read more

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Depression on the Rise Among U.S. Teens, Especially Girls

Posted 14 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 – Depression is on the rise among American teens and young adults, with adolescent girls showing the greatest vulnerability, a new national survey reveals. Back in 2005, the risk of major depressive disorder for teenage boys was pegged at 4.5 percent, and 13 percent for teenage girls. By 2014, however, boys' risk of depression rose to 6 percent, but for girls it soared to more than 17 percent, the survey found. "These are episodes during which the adolescent experiences five or more depressive symptoms for a period of two weeks or longer," explained study author Dr. Ramin Mojtabai. He is a professor in the department of mental health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. A closer look shows that teen depression risk only started to edge upwards starting in 2012, with risk weighing more heavily on teen girls throughout the ... Read more

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Self-Harm a Cause of Death During Pregnancy and for New Moms

Posted 9 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 8, 2016 – In the past decade, "self-harm" has been the leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths in Colorado, a new study finds. Of all 211 maternal deaths in Colorado between 2004 and 2012, 30 percent were attributed to self-harm. That included suicides and drug overdoses – most often in the year after a woman gave birth. Self-harm was the most common cause of maternal deaths – ahead of car accidents, medical conditions and homicide, the researchers said. It's not clear whether self-harm deaths are becoming more common, said lead researcher Dr. Torri Metz, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Denver Health Medical Center. Nor is it known whether other U.S. states are showing the same pattern, she said. But the results underscore the importance of screening pregnant women for depression, according to Metz. Guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Menopause and a Decline in Intimacy

Posted 2 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 – Women might say "not tonight, dear" a lot more often in the year and a half before their final period, a new study finds. Sexual decline typically starts 20 months before a woman's final period and continues for several years after menstruation ends, the study authors reported. The researchers analyzed data from nearly 1,400 U.S. women at midlife, and also found that menopause-related declines in sexual function can vary according to race and ethnicity. A diminishing sex life is a serious issue, the researchers said, noting three-quarters of study participants said sex was moderately to extremely important to them. "This study highlights the need for health-care providers to have open conversations with their patients about their sexual issues, because there are many options for women to help maintain or improve their sexual lives as they transition to and ... Read more

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