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Self-Harm Cases Surging Among U.S. Girls

Posted 7 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 – There's a new sign of mental distress among American girls: Nearly 20 percent more young teen and preteen females have sought emergency room treatment for poisoning, cutting or harming themselves yearly since 2009, research shows. Girls ages 10 to 14 had an 18.8 percent increase per year in treatment for self-inflected injuries – the sharpest rise among young people ages 10 to 24, according to an analysis of ER data from 66 U.S. hospitals. Poisoning was the method used most often, said researchers led by Melissa Mercado. She's a behavioral scientist with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The overall increase in self-harm was more than 8 percent every year among all females studied, Mercado's team found. No similar upswing was seen among males. "Self-inflicted injury is one of the ... Read more

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If Dad Has Depression, Kids Might Develop It, Too

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – Having a father with depression may put teens at a heightened risk for the mental health problem, a new study suggests. Previous research had linked depression in mothers and in their children. But according to the investigators, this is the first study to find such an association between fathers and their children, independent of whether the mother has depression. The findings were based on an analysis of data from thousands of families in Ireland, Wales and England. "There's a common misconception that mothers are more responsible for their children's mental health, while fathers are less influential," said lead study author Gemma Lewis. She is a researcher with the division of psychiatry at the University College London. "We found that the link between parent and teen depression is not related to gender," Lewis said in a college news release. ... Read more

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Help for Seasonal Depression

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – As many as 20 percent of Americans get the winter blues when days grow shorter. For instance, you might feel blue around the holidays because of stress or if loved ones are far away. It's usually mild and clears up on its own in a short amount of time. But up to 6 percent of the population experiences the serious mood change during winter months called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. This type of depression goes away in the spring, but comes back year after year. Unlike the winter blues, SAD is a medical condition directly related to the lack of daylight. It's more common in women and in northern parts of the country, where there's less sunshine and winter is more desolate. Common SAD symptoms include: Deep sadness or anxiety. Hopelessness or helplessness. Irritability. Loss of interest in favorite activities. Fatigue or lack of energy. Difficulty with ... Read more

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Is Too Much Time Online Raising Suicide Risk in Teen Girls?

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – A spike in the amount of time teenage girls in the United States spend online is a likely culprit behind the surge in rates of depression, suicide and contemplation of suicide, new research suggests. The finding stems from an analysis of fatal injury data collected between 1999 and 2015 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as two large ongoing surveys that have been tracking the thoughts of roughly a half-million American teens since 1991. "Around 2012, rates of depression, suicide attempts and suicide itself suddenly increased among teens, especially among girls," said Jean Twenge. She is a psychology professor at San Diego State University and the study's lead author. "The increase occurred right around the same time smartphones became popular," Twenge said. "We found that teens who spent more time online were more likely to have at ... Read more

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Knowing Too Much About Your Genes Might Be Risky

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – There's such a thing as too much information when it comes to learning about your genes, two new studies suggest. In one study, participants thought they were learning about their genetic risk for depression, not knowing that the test results they were given had been made up at random. The study participants who were told they had a higher genetic risk for depression recalled having experienced more symptoms of depression than did those who were told they did not have an increased genetic risk. "These results suggest that merely being told they have a genetic propensity toward depression might actually distort people's memories about how much depression they've experienced in the past," the study's lead author, Matthew Lebowitz, said in a Yale University news release. The study's co-author, Woo-kyoung Ahn, a psychology professor at Yale, added that "this is ... Read more

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Childhood Spanking Could Heighten Adult Mental Health Woes

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – Adults who were spanked as kids may face heightened risk of certain mental health problems, a new study suggests. The study found that those who were spanked were more likely to have abused drugs or attempted suicide. And that was with other factors – including more severe physical or emotional abuse – taken into account. The findings don't prove that spanking, per se, led to adulthood mental health issues, said Andrew Grogan-Kaylor, one of the researchers. But the study is far from the first to suggest spanking can have long-term consequences. For years, numerous studies have linked spanking to negative effects on children's mental health, as well as adults', said Grogan-Kaylor, an associate professor of social work at the University of Michigan. There may still be a cultural debate over the merits of spanking, he noted. But as far as research goes, there's ... Read more

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Does All That Social Media Time Harm Young Minds?

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, texting: Sometimes it seems today's young adults are online more often than not. But new research suggests that the amount of time young adults spend on social media doesn't seem to affect their risk for mental health problems. The finding came from a study of 467 young adults who were asked about how much time each day they used social media, the importance of it in their lives and the way they used it. They also were asked about mental health issues such as social anxiety, loneliness, decreased empathy and suicidal thoughts. The researchers found little association between the amount of time spent on social media and mental health problems. The results were published online Nov. 1 in the journal Psychiatric Quarterly. The only area of concern was what the researchers called "vaguebooking," which refers to social media posts that ... Read more

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Alcoholic Parent May Sow Seeds for Teen Dating Violence

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – Having an alcoholic parent may increase the risk that a teen will commit dating violence, researchers say. Their new study also found that the root causes of teen dating violence may be planted as early as infancy. "Although teen dating violence is typically viewed as a problem related specifically to adolescent development, our findings indicate that the risk for aggressive behavior and involvement in dating violence are related to stressors experienced much earlier in life," said study author Jennifer Livingston. She's a senior research scientist at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions. "It appears that family dynamics occurring in the preschool years and in middle childhood are critical in the development of aggression and dating violence in the teenage years," Livingston said in a university news release. The study included 144 teens ... Read more

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Brain Scans May Have Spotted People Thinking About Suicide

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – Brain scans may be able to identify when people are having suicidal thoughts, researchers report. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults in the United States, but suicidal risk is difficult to assess and predict. This study included 17 people with known suicidal tendencies and a control group of 17 people without such tendencies. While in a brain scanner, the participants were presented with and asked to think about words relating to six concepts: death, cruelty, trouble, carefree, good and praise. The researchers said an algorithm they developed was 91 percent accurate in identifying whether a person was from the suicidal or control group and 94 percent accurate in identifying people who had attempted suicide. The study, published Oct. 30 in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, suggests a new way to assess mental health disorders, ... Read more

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Trauma Takes a Toll on Half of U.S. Kids

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – Nearly half of American children have faced at least one traumatic experience, such as the death of a parent, witnessing a violent crime or living with someone who is suicidal or abuses drugs or alcohol, new research reveals. These events can trigger high levels of stress, which can have serious and lasting effects on children's development, heath and overall well-being, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. They noted, however, that effective parenting, supportive neighbors, involved schools and teaching kids how to be resilient can all help reduce these harmful effects. "Every child deserves a healthy start," said Richard Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded the research. "A loving home, a good school, a safe neighborhood – these things are the foundation for a long and happy ... Read more

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Summer Baby, Higher Odds for Postpartum Depression?

Posted 23 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 23, 2017 – Certain factors related to pregnancy and delivery may affect a woman's risk of having postpartum depression, a new study suggests. The study showed that giving birth in the winter or the spring was linked to a lower risk of developing postpartum depression, as was having a baby at full-term. Using anesthesia during delivery also appears to lower the risk of postpartum depression. "We wanted to find out whether there are certain factors influencing the risk of developing postpartum depression that may be avoided to improve women's health both physically and mentally," the study's lead author, Dr. Jie Zhou, said in a news release from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Zhou is from Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. About 10 percent of women suffer from anxiety or depression after childbirth, the researchers said. Symptoms of postpartum depression ... Read more

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More Evidence That Depression Shortens Lives

Posted 23 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 23, 2017 – People with depression tend to die earlier than expected – a pattern that has grown stronger among women in recent years, new research finds. The study followed thousands of Canadian adults between 1952 and 2011. Overall, it found people with depression had a higher death rate versus those without the mood disorder. The link only emerged among women starting in the 1990s. Yet by the end of the study, depression was affecting men's and women's longevity equally. The findings do not prove that depression itself shaves years off people's lives, said lead researcher Stephen Gilman. The study could not account for the effects of physical health conditions, for example. "So one explanation could be that people with depression were more likely to have a chronic condition," said Gilman, of the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. But even if ... Read more

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Self-Harm on the Rise Among Teen Girls

Posted 19 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 – Teen girls are much more likely to self-harm than boys, and the dangerous practice is on the rise. That's the conclusion of a new British study that also found a strong link between self-harm – practices such as cutting or burning oneself – and a higher risk of suicide. Researchers reviewed information from nearly 650 general practices in the United Kingdom. The records had data on almost 9,000 patients aged 10 to 19 who self-harmed between 2001 and 2014. The investigators compared those children to more than 170,000 kids who didn't self-harm, matched for age and gender. The rate of self-harm was about three times higher among girls than boys. The rate rose 68 percent among girls ages 13 to 16 from 2011 to 2014. Referrals to mental health services within 12 months of self-harming were 23 percent less likely for children in the poorest areas, even though the ... Read more

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Gay Men's Suicide Risk Rises as Income Falls

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Gay and bisexual men with less education and income face more than five times the risk of attempting suicide than their wealthier and better-educated counterparts, a new Canadian study finds. "Less-educated men might feel a greater sense of hopelessness because they see few options to improve their lot, compared to their peers, who could address their poverty by using their education," said study lead author Olivier Ferlatte, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia. The study was based on a survey of more than 8,000 gay and bisexual men in Canada. The researchers focused on the answers from 145 men who said they'd tried to kill themselves within the past year. "The number of gay and bisexual men who die by suicide is comparable to those who die from HIV/AIDS. Yet we know little about the factors contributing to this health crisis and ... Read more

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Can 'Magic Mushrooms' Kick-Start Depression Treatment?

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – The active ingredient in "magic mushrooms" may help patients with tough-to-treat depression, a new study suggests. Twenty patients received psilocybin – the psychoactive compound in a group of mushrooms that cause hallucinations. Nineteen who completed the study showed improvement in their depression symptoms for up to five weeks after treatment, according to the researchers at Imperial College London. None had responded to traditional depression treatment, they noted. "We have shown for the first time clear changes in brain activity in depressed people treated with psilocybin after failing to respond to conventional treatments," said study leader Robin Carhart-Harris, head of psychedelic research at Imperial. However, his team emphasized that patients with depression should not try to self-medicate with magic mushrooms. While these results are promising, the ... Read more

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