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Gay 'Conversion Therapy' Often Begins at Home, With Devastating Consequences

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THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 – The new movie "Boy Erased"-- about a gay teen's ordeal when forced to attend a "conversion therapy" program – is shining a spotlight on a treatment deemed bogus and harmful by most experts. And new research shows the key role parents often play in efforts to change an LGBT child's sexual orientation. The first-of-its-kind study, which surveyed white and Latino young ...

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 ...

Concussion Tied to Suicide Risk

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MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 – People who have experienced either a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury are twice as likely to commit suicide than others, a new review suggests. The analysis also indicates that men and women who have had a concussion are also more likely to consider or attempt suicide. The investigators stressed that the absolute risk of suicide for any one concussion patient ...

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 ...

Colleges Strain to Keep Up With Students' Mental Health Concerns

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 – As stigmas surrounding mental health issues have eased, more U.S. college students are seeking help for emotional problems, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from the Healthy Minds Study, an annual online survey involving more than 150,000 students from 196 campuses. In 2017, 36 percent of students were diagnosed with mental health issues, compared to 22 ...

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 ...

Guns Kill Fewer Kids in States With Strict Firearm Laws

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FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 – Kids are safer in states with strict gun laws, a new preliminary study reports. Researchers found that the stringency of a state's firearm legislation has a direct impact on the number of kids killed by guns. Twice as many child gun deaths occur in states with the most lenient gun regulation, compared with states where gun laws are strictest, said lead researcher Dr. ...

Sharp Rise Seen in Kids' ER Visits for Mental Health Woes

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FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 – Mental health issues are sending more and more kids and teens to hospital emergency rooms, and that increase has been most dramatic among minorities, a new report shows. Between 2012 and 2016, overall admissions shot up 50 percent in the United States, the researchers said. "Prior to our study, we knew that an increasing number of children with mental health concerns were ...

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 ...

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