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Heavy Kids Face Triple the Odds for Depression in Adulthood

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 – As if it isn't tough enough being an overweight kid, a new study shows it could have long-lasting repercussions for psychological health, too. When compared with normal-weight kids who become overweight adults, overweight or obese youth in the study faced three times the risk of depression in adulthood, the research found. And, that risk was more than four times greater if they were overweight or obese in both childhood and adulthood, the investigators reported. The study doesn't prove that obesity causes depression. But the finding confirms earlier reports of an increased depression risk in young people who are obese, the study authors said. "Overweight children do have a higher risk of developing major depressive disorder over their lifetime compared to normal-weight children," said study author Deborah Gibson-Smith. More than one in three children in the ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Obesity, Major Depressive Disorder, Weight Loss, Dysthymia

Yoga, Meditation May Ease Some Breast Cancer Symptoms

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 – The diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer can come with a lot of anxiety, depression and other symptoms that affect quality of life. But mind-body therapies, such as yoga or meditation, may help ease these troubling concerns, a new study suggests. The researchers reviewed previous studies done on 80 integrative therapies. "We have good evidence that [some] mind-body therapies – such as meditation, yoga, relaxation – can provide benefit to breast cancer patients during and after treatment," said study researcher Heather Greenlee. She's an assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. "And we do have evidence that acupuncture is very useful in managing pain," she added. Evidence about dietary supplements and botanicals, however, are lacking when it comes to helping symptoms and side effects, she said. Greenlee ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Cancer, Major Depressive Disorder, Breast Cancer, Dysthymia, Breast Cancer, Metastatic, Breast Cancer - Adjuvant, Breast Cancer, Prevention, Breast Cancer - Palliative, Breast Cancer - Male, Osteolytic Bone Metastases of Breast Cancer

Mechanical Heart Valve Noise May Mean Sleepless Nights

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 – Nearly 1 in 4 people with a mechanical heart valve says the noise it makes disrupts their sleep, a new study finds. "For some patients the closing sound of their mechanical heart valve reduces their quality of life, disturbs their sleep, causes them to avoid social situations, and leads to depression and anxiety," said study lead author Kjersti Oterhals. She is a nurse researcher at Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway. The Norwegian researchers surveyed 245 patients with a mechanical aortic heart valve. The participants' average age was 60. Eighty-seven percent of men and 75 percent of women said that they were able to hear the valve. Twenty-three percent said the sound disturbed them during sleep and 9 percent said it disturbed them during the day. "Most of us need a quiet environment when we are going to sleep and these patients found it hard to ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Dysthymia, Prosthetic Heart Valves, Prosthetic Heart Valves - Mechanical Valves, Mitral Insufficiency, Aortic Stenosis, Mitral Stenosis, Valvular Heart Disease, Aortic Insufficiency

Suicide by Insulin?

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 – Insulin typically saves the lives of those with diabetes, but it can also be a way for some people to kill themselves, a new review warns. People with the blood sugar disease tend to suffer higher rates of depression, the researchers explained. And suicide or suicide attempts using insulin or other diabetes medications that lower blood sugar levels may not always be an easy-to-spot attempt at self-harm, they added. "Some suicides with insulin are likely missed in people with diabetes, just as [suicide may be missed] in people without diabetes using other medications or after a car accident. Could a suicide using insulin be missed? Absolutely," said Alicia McAuliffe-Fogarty, vice president of lifestyle management at the American Diabetes Association. Insulin is a natural hormone produced by the body. Its job is to help usher the sugar from foods into the body's ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Insulin, Dysthymia, Diabetes Mellitus, Depressive Psychosis

Bullied in 5th Grade, Prone to Drug Abuse by High School

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 8, 2017 – A child bullied in fifth grade is more likely to show signs of depression in seventh grade, and abuse substances like alcohol, marijuana or tobacco in 10th grade, researchers say. Their study of more than 4,000 kids in Los Angeles, Houston and Birmingham, Ala., suggests a dangerous trajectory between not-uncommon childhood abuse and worrisome behavior in high school. "Our study suggests that it's important to take peer victimization seriously," said study co-author Valerie Earnshaw. She's an assistant professor in human development and family studies at the University of Delaware. "There's still sometimes this idea that peer victimization and bullying are a normal part of adolescence and that lots of kids will experience it, so it's fine. But, this study adds to a growing body of evidence that peer victimization and bullying are not fine," Earnshaw said. To ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Drug Dependence, Dysthymia, Substance Abuse, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse

After Suicide Attempt, a Phone Call Could Save a Life

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 7, 2017 – A simple phone call can make a big difference to someone who's attempted suicide and may be contemplating another try. A new study found that follow-up phone calls after a suicidal patient was discharged from a hospital emergency department reduced future suicide attempts by 30 percent. The study included nearly 1,400 patients in eight locations across the United States who were provided with interventions that included specialized screening, safety planning guidance and follow-up phone calls. "People who are suicidal are often disconnected and socially isolated. So any positive contact with the world can make them feel better," said study co-author Dr. Michael Allen. He's a professor of psychiatry and emergency medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz. Allen is also medical director of Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners in Denver, which has implemented a ... Read more

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

Teen Suicide Thoughts, Self-Harm Cases Double in a Decade

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 4, 2017 – A controversial new Netflix series, "13 Reasons Why," has renewed public focus on the tragedy of teen suicide – and a new study suggests its release is timely. The report finds that the number of American kids admitted to children's hospitals for suicidal thoughts or self-harm more than doubled during the last decade. Diagnoses of suicidal thoughts or attempted self-harm increased from 0.67 percent of all kids treated in 2008 to 1.79 percent in 2015, according to data from 32 children's hospitals across the United States. Suicidal thoughts or attempts among kids appear to fluctuate with the school calendar, reaching their lowest levels during the summer and spiking in the fall and spring, said lead researcher Dr. Gregory Plemmons. He is an associate professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tenn. "Clearly, school can be a driver" for teen ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia

Reasons Why Parents Should Be Wary of '13 Reasons Why'

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 4, 2017 – It started as a bestselling novel aimed at teens. In 2007, Thirteen Reasons Why, by first-time novelist Jay Asher, outlined the story of a 16-year-old named Hannah Baker. In the book, Hannah recounts – from beyond the grave – the high school gossip, humiliation, bullying, invasion of privacy, betrayal and sexual assault that led her to suicide. In the spring of 2017, "13 Reasons Why" became an even more popular 13-episode series on Netflix. How popular? Netflix doesn't provide ratings. But in the month since it began streaming in its entirety, evidence of the series' wide reach can be seen in the young binge-watchers who've swamped social media to discuss the show. Twitter, for one, has already been deluged with 11 million series-related tweets. And that, says Variety magazine, makes the Netflix hit "the most tweeted-about show of 2017" so far. According to ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders

Grieving Friends Often Find Support Online

Posted 27 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 26, 2017 – When one person in a circle of friends dies, the others get closer, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed online interactions among hundreds of thousands of people after the death of a friend. They found a sharp uptick in interactions between people who lost a mutual friend immediately after the death. "It was a surprise to see just how much people came together after a mutual friend's death and how long this persisted," said study leader William Hobbs. A postdoctoral fellow at Northeastern University in Boston, he conducted the research as a University of California, San Diego doctoral student in political science. The study focused on Facebook comments, posts and photo tags by close friends and acquaintances of the person who died, and it spanned four years before and after the death. Hobbs and his colleagues found that these interactions increased right ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia

Genes May Govern Your Risk for PTSD

Posted 26 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 26, 2017 – Surviving trauma such as assault, rape or wartime combat can leave a person emotionally devastated. Now, new research suggests your genes may help determine whether you go on to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). "Our finding that PTSD is heritable suggests that our genes contain clues for why some people develop PTSD and others do not, despite having experienced a similar event," said lead researcher Karestan Koenen. The large study found that the genetic risk for PTSD is much higher for women than men. And it adds to evidence that mental ills such as schizophrenia share genetic links with PTSD, said Koenen, a professor of psychiatric epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Most people experience some level psychological distress after living through a severe or life-threatening experience. They may replay the event repeatedly in ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Diabetes, Type 2, Major Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dementia, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders, Diagnosis and Investigation

Kids Face Their Own Death Risks When a Sibling Dies

Posted 24 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 – The loss of a sibling can take an emotional toll on a child left behind. Now, new research shows these surviving children may even face a higher risk of early death themselves. The study of more than 5 million children found the greatest risk in the year after a brother or sister's death, and among kids who lost a same-sex sibling or one who was close in age. "Health care professionals should be aware of children's vulnerability after experiencing sibling death... Social support may help to reduce the level of grief and minimize potential adverse health effects on the bereaved individuals," study author Yongfu Yu and co-authors wrote. Yu is a doctoral fellow at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. Yu's team analyzed data from more than 5 million children in Denmark and Sweden. Between the ages of 6 months and 18 years, about 1 percent (55,818) lost a sibling. ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia

Study Cites Factors Linked to Suicide in the Young

Posted 20 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 20, 2017 – Teens and young adults who come from troubled backgrounds have a greater risk of killing themselves, a new study suggests. Kids exposed to suicide in the family, parental mental health disorders and substantial parental criminal behavior had the highest suicide rates, the study found. The findings "emphasize the importance of understanding the social mechanisms of suicide and the need for effective interventions early in life aimed at alleviating the suicide risk in disadvantaged children," according to study author Charlotte Bjorkenstam from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and her colleagues. The research included almost 550,000 people from Sweden born between 1987 and 1991. The study participants' health was followed until age 24. During the follow-up period, there were 431 suicides. The researchers investigated the links between suicide and seven ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia

Second Cancers Deadlier for Younger People: Study

Posted 20 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 20, 2017 – When a second cancer strikes, it tends to be far more deadly in the young, a new study reveals. The findings may help explain the poor outcomes of younger cancer patients overall, the researchers added. The researchers also found that survival odds for nearly all types of cancer are better for an initial cancer than for a second, unrelated cancer. That difference is greatest among patients younger than 40, the study authors said. "Although the increased incidence of second cancers is well known among cancer survivors, less is known about outcomes of these cancers or the influence of age," said study author Theresa Keegan. Keegan is a cancer epidemiologist at the University of California, Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. The researchers analyzed 1992-2008 data on more than 1 million cancer patients of all ages in the United States. They then looked for ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Cancer, Major Depressive Disorder, Breast Cancer

Prince Harry's Journey Shows Grief Can Be a Long Road

Posted 18 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 – Britain's Prince Harry's two-decade struggle to deal with the death of his mother, Princess Diana, is sadly all too common for children who suddenly face the loss of a parent, mental health experts say. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph this week, Prince Harry admitted that his inability to process his mother's death in childhood led to two years of "total chaos" in his late 20s. The prince sought professional counseling at 28 at the urging of his older brother, Prince William, after feeling "very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions." Now, at age 32, Prince Harry says he is in "a good place," he told the London newspaper. Children who fail to process their grief following a tragic loss tend to be haunted by it for years and even decades, said Dr. Matthew Lorber, a psychiatrist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "The way he ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia

Studies Question Link Between Mom's Antidepressant Use, Autism in Kids

Posted 18 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 – Taking antidepressants during pregnancy doesn't appear to raise a child's risk of autism, once other factors that could influence the risk are taken into account, two new studies suggest. "For a woman who needs to take this medication for her mental health and for her psychiatric stability, these results certainly suggest she shouldn't go without treatment," said Dr. Simone Vigod, senior author of one study and a psychiatrist at Women's College Hospital in Toronto. Depression during pregnancy can be dangerous for both mother and child. Pregnant women with untreated depression are more likely to have severe postpartum depression, and their children are more likely to be born prematurely or at a low birth weight, Vigod said. But earlier studies found a significant association between first-trimester exposure to antidepressants and autism spectrum disorder in ... Read more

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