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For People With Mental Health Woes, Pets Can Be Invaluable

Posted 1 day 13 hours ago 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

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Turning to an Ancient Art to Help Ease PTSD in Veterans

Posted 2 days 8 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 – The age-old practice of Tai Chi shows promise in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans, new research shows. The study was small – just 17 U.S. veterans – and involved four introductory sessions of Tai Chi, the Chinese exercise regimen that involves slow, fluid movements. A team led by Barbara Niles, of Boston University School of Medicine, said the program helped ease the veterans' PTSD symptoms. Those symptoms included intrusive thoughts, difficulty concentrating and physiological arousal. Most of the veterans involved in the program said they would recommend Tai Chi to a friend, according to the study published Dec. 8 in the journal BMJ Open. One psychiatrist with experience treating PTSD said the approach might have merit. "Tai Chi is an ancient exercise developed in China, originally a form of martial arts, which has evolved into a ... Read more

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Medical School Can Be an Emotional Pressure-Cooker

Posted 4 days 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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1 in 7 Young Teens Is a Stalking Victim: Survey

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 – About one out of seven children in 6th and 9th grades has been a victim of stalking, potentially boosting their risk of substance abuse, dating violence and other dangers, a new U.S. survey finds. The research doesn't confirm that being stalked makes it more likely that a teenager will do risky things or become a victim in other ways. But the findings do raise the prospect that stalking among teens is a hazard beyond the fear and danger that it creates. "Teen stalking is a public health issue. A lot of kids are being stalked," said Dennis Reidy, a behavioral scientist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's division of violence prevention. He is lead author of the study reporting the survey findings. According to Reidy, little is known about the prevalence of stalking among young people in the United States. Just one study has examined the ... Read more

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PTSD May Affect Boys, Girls Differently, Brain Scans Show

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 – Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects the brains of girls and boys in different ways, a new study suggests. Researchers used MRI scans to examine the brains of 59 children, aged 9 to 17. The participants included 30 kids with PTSD and 29 without the disorder (the "control" group). Girls and boys in the control group had no differences in brain structure, the researchers said. But among those with PTSD, girls and boys showed differences in one part of the insula – an area of the brain involved in emotion and empathy. This brain area was larger in boys with PTSD than in other boys, and was smaller in girls with PTSD than in the control group girls, according to researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine in California. The findings, published online Nov. 11 in the journal Depression and Anxiety, are believed to be the first of their kind, ... Read more

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Parents Often Miss Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Kids

Posted 8 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 8, 2016 – Parents often fail to recognize post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) in young children, a new British study says. "When people talk about PTSD they often think about soldiers returning from war zones. But children who experience traumatic events such as car accidents, assaults and natural disasters are also at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder," said lead researcher Richard Meiser-Stedman, from Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia. "Symptoms can include traumatic memories and nightmares, avoiding reminders of the trauma, and feeling like the world is very unsafe," he explained in a university news release. Researchers followed more than 100 children aged 2 to 10 who had been in a road collision involving a car crash, or being hit while walking, or getting knocked off their bicycle. All had been taken to the hospital with ... Read more

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Be Alert for PTSD After Pregnancy Loss

Posted 2 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 – Post-traumatic stress disorder can develop in women after pregnancy loss, a new British study finds. Women who suffer a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy should be routinely screened for PTSD and receive mental health support, the researchers said. "We were surprised at the high number of women who experienced symptoms of PTSD after early pregnancy loss," said study lead author Jessica Farren, of the department of surgery and cancer at Imperial College London. "At the moment, there is no routine follow-up appointment for women who have suffered a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy," Farren said. "We have checks in place for [postpartum] depression, but we don't have anything in place for the trauma and depression following pregnancy loss," she said in a college news release. PTSD causes people to relive frightening or distressing events through nightmares, ... Read more

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Can Teens' Heart Rate, Blood Pressure Show Ties to Mental Ills?

Posted 26 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 – A young man's future risk of mental disorders could be tied to higher-than-average heart rate or blood pressure in his late teens, a new European study suggests. Young men with a resting heart rate and blood pressure that's elevated – but still within normal range – seem more likely to develop a wide range of mental illnesses later in their lives, researchers found. These include an increased risk of obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders, the results show. "We are coming to appreciate that psychiatric illnesses are brain diseases, and our central nervous system, which is mediated from our brain, controls autonomic functions," like heart rate and blood pressure, said Dr. Victor Fornari. He is director of the division of child and adolescent psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y. "We should recognize it would ... Read more

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Childhood PTSD May Leave Imprint on Brain

Posted 25 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 – The brains of children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have structural differences not seen in the brains of typical kids, a new study finds. PTSD is a mental health problem that occurs in some people who've lived through a shocking or dangerous event. The damaging effects associated with childhood trauma can lead to lasting changes in brain function, the Chinese researchers said. The researchers used MRI to compare brain structure in 24 children with PTSD and 23 without the disorder. All had experienced the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in south central China that killed nearly 70,000 people and injured more than 370,000. The two groups of children had significant differences in the network of neural connections in the brain, according to the study. "The PTSD group had changes suggestive of decreased local and global network efficiency due to damage or ... Read more

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Homeless, Mentally Ill Youth Benefit From Housing Program

Posted 28 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 – A subsidized independent-living intervention appears to help homeless young people with mental illness get and keep a roof over their heads, a new Canadian study indicates. Called Housing First, the program has previously been tested with homeless adults with mental illness, and has been found to improve housing stability and quality of life, the researchers said. "Housing First is based on the concept of housing as a human right," said study lead author Dr. Nicole Kozloff. "[It's] the idea that having a safe and stable place to live is critical to helping people improve their mental health and achieve their goals," she said. Kozloff is a postdoctoral fellow with the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Since it first was first introduced in the 1990s, studies have repeatedly found ... Read more

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Health Tip: Managing Daily Stress

Posted 27 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Stress can add up to serious emotional and physical health problems. Learning to manage it can help you handle whatever comes your way. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Trying not to spend time worrying about things that are out of your control. Finding ways to tackle small problems, giving you a better sense of control. Preparing for stressful events, such as a job interview. Viewing changes as challenges to embrace, rather than as threats. Finding ways to resolve problems with others. Leaning on friends, loved ones or counselors for support. Avoiding a cluttered schedule. Keeping your goals realistic. Exercising regularly, eating nutritious food and getting enough sleep. Blowing off steam with a hobby or sport you enjoy. Read more

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Internet Addiction May Be Red Flag for Other Mental Health Issues: Study

Posted 19 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Sept. 18, 2016 – Internet addiction may signal other mental health issues among college students, according to a new study. Canadian researchers say their findings could affect how psychiatrists approach people who spend a significant amount of time online. For the study, the researchers evaluated the internet use of 254 freshmen at McMaster University in Ontario. The researchers used a tool called the Internet Addiction Test (IAT), developed in 1998, as well as their own scale based on more recent criteria. "Internet use has changed radically over the last 18 years, through more people working online, media streaming, social media, etc. We were concerned that the IAT questionnaire may not have been picking up on problematic modern internet use, or showing up false positives for people who were simply using the internet rather than being over-reliant on it," said chief ... Read more

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Mouse Study Hints at Which Brain Cells Trigger Fear

Posted 9 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 – In experiments with mice, researchers say they have found cells in the brain that play a major role in triggering anxiety. These cells are in a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, the scientists said. To pinpoint these cells, the researchers blocked cells from getting the stress hormone called corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH). CRH is a hormone involved in the body's "fight-or-flight" response, the researchers explained. Much to the researchers surprise, when CRH was blocked in some cells, anxiety behaviors such as vigilance, fear and suspicion were reduced, said one of the study's authors, Rhong Zang. He's with the division of Endocrinology at Boston Children's Hospital. Without the influence of CRH in these cells, mice were able to do things they normally feared, such as walking on elevated gangplanks, exploring brightly lit areas and approaching ... Read more

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Child Abuse May Shorten Some Women's Lives

Posted 17 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 – Women who suffered physical or emotional abuse as children often die at a younger age than other women, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among nearly 6,300 middle-aged U.S. adults, female survivors of child abuse were more likely to die over the next 20 years, versus other women. And the worse the abuse was, the greater the impact appeared to be on a woman's life span. Those who said they'd suffered severe physical abuse were 58 percent more likely to die during the study period, compared with women with no history of child abuse. Experts said the findings, published online Aug. 17 in JAMA Psychiatry, highlight the lasting and extensive effects of child abuse. Previous research had already shown that survivors of abuse are at risk of poorer physical and mental health as adults. "Now we know that child abuse is also associated with later-life ... Read more

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Stressed Dads Can Affect Kids' Development

Posted 3 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2016 – When dads are stressed out about parenting, it may take a toll on their toddlers' development, a new study suggests. The study, of more than 730 families, found that when fathers had high levels of "parenting stress," their sons tended to have poorer language skills at age 3. And both boys and girls typically scored lower on tests of cognition – which refers to abilities such as paying attention, learning and reasoning. Researchers said the findings add to the growing understanding of how fathers affect their children's development. When it comes to kids' well-being, studies have traditionally focused on moms' influence, said Tamesha Harewood, one of the researchers on the new work. But more recently, studies have been digging into fathers' unique role. Researchers found that involved dads can affect preschoolers' language skills and emotional development – as ... Read more

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