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Homeless, Mentally Ill Youth Benefit From Housing Program

Posted 28 Sep 2016 by

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

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Social Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder, Paranoid Disorder, Autism, Psychosis, Agitation, Psychiatric Disorders, Asperger Syndrome, Drug Psychosis

Health Tip: Managing Daily Stress

Posted 27 Sep 2016 by

-- 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

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Performance Anxiety

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

Posted 19 Sep 2016 by

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

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Psychosis, Psychiatric Disorders, Executive Function Disorder, Dependent Personality Disorder

Mouse Study Hints at Which Brain Cells Trigger Fear

Posted 9 Sep 2016 by

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

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Performance Anxiety

Child Abuse May Shorten Some Women's Lives

Posted 17 Aug 2016 by

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

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Stressed Dads Can Affect Kids' Development

Posted 3 Aug 2016 by

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

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder

Sleep Disorders 6 Times Higher Among Veterans

Posted 20 Jul 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 – Sleep disorders are six times more likely among American military veterans than in the general population, a new study finds. And veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) seem to have the highest rates, the researchers said. The research involved more than 9.7 million veterans treated by the Veterans Health Administration system between 2000 and 2010. The majority (93 percent) of these military service members were men. Slightly more than 750,000 were diagnosed with at least one sleep disorder, the study authors said. Over the course of 11 years, the investigators found that the rate of sleep disorders rose from less than 1 percent to nearly 6 percent. Sleep disorders were most common among veterans who had experienced combat and those with PTSD. "Veterans with PTSD had a very high sleep disorder prevalence of 16 percent, the highest among the ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Fatigue, Nightmares, Drowsiness, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Narcolepsy, Night Terrors, Sleep Paralysis, Insomnia - Stimulant-Associated, Hypersomnia, Cataplexy, Alcohol-Induced Sleep Disorder

Can Trauma Trigger Violent Crime in Mentally Ill?

Posted 14 Jul 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 – People with serious mental illness who are victims of violence or exposed to stressful events are more likely to engage in a violent crime in the week following the trauma, a new study contends. Stressful experiences also affect people without psychiatric disorders, but not to the same extent, the researchers said. Some stressful events – such as being violently victimized, injured in an accident, losing one's parents or self-harming – act as "triggers," said study co-author Dr. Seena Fazel. He is a professor of forensic psychiatry at the University of Oxford in England. Experiencing one of these events increases the risk of committing a violent criminal act within a week of the trigger, especially in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Fazel said. People diagnosed with these conditions have higher rates of criminal convictions than the general ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Paranoid Disorder, Psychosis, Agitation, Agitated State, Psychiatric Disorders, Drug Psychosis, Executive Function Disorder

Are 'Workaholics' Prone to OCD, Anxiety?

Posted 10 Jun 2016 by

FRIDAY, June 10, 2016 – Some workaholics may be prone to mental health disorders, compared to folks with greater work-life balance, new research suggests. These disorders may include anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression, the study authors said. The findings, based on a review of more than 15,000 Norwegians, suggest that "taking work to the extreme may be a sign of deeper psychiatric issues," said study lead author Cecilie Schou Andreassen. "Physicians should not take for granted that a seemingly successful workaholic doesn't have these disorders," said Schou Andreassen, a clinical psychologist with the University of Bergen, in Norway. The research doesn't delve into cause and effect, so it's not clear how mental health issues and overwork might be linked. Nor should hard workers be labeled as workaholics, although ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Social Anxiety Disorder, Dysthymia, Performance Anxiety

'Hidden' Brain Injury a Challenge for Military Doctors

Posted 10 Jun 2016 by

FRIDAY, June 10, 2016 – Soldiers who survive explosive blasts may suffer from a distinctive pattern of "hidden" brain injury, a small study finds. "Blast-related brain injuries are the signature injury of modern military conflicts," said study senior author Dr. Daniel Perl, of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, in Bethesda, Md. "Although routine imaging for blast-related traumatic brain injury often shows no brain abnormalities, soldiers frequently report debilitating neuropsychiatric symptoms such as headaches, sleep disturbance, memory problems, erratic behavior and depression, suggesting structural damage to the brain," he explained. "Because the underlying pathophysiology is unknown, we have difficulty diagnosing and treating these 'invisible wounds,' " Perl said. For the study, researchers analyzed the brain tissue of eight U.S. military personnel who ... Read more

Related support groups: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Head Injury, Head Imaging

Mentally Ill Still Gain Illegal Possession of Guns, Study Shows

Posted 8 Jun 2016 by

TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 – Almost two-thirds of violent gun crime arrests among the mentally ill were people who were already legally prohibited from having a firearm, a new study from Florida reveals. And close to one-third of the suicides carried out by the mentally ill were among people who weren't legally allowed to possess a firearm, the study found. "That's a failure of the enforcement mechanism," said study lead author Jeffrey Swanson. That troubling finding reflects a problem with the criteria for identifying individuals at risk, added Swanson, a professor with Duke University School of Medicine's department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Mental illness causes only a small fraction of gun violence in the United States, around 3 to 5 percent, said Colleen Barry, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. The Duke study "does bring new ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Psychosis, Agitation, Agitated State, Psychiatric Disorders, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

Women More Prone to Anxiety Than Men, Review Finds

Posted 6 Jun 2016 by

MONDAY, June 6, 2016 – Struggling with anxiety? Then odds are you're a woman and you live in either North America or Western Europe. That's the conclusion of a new British study that found that women are twice as likely to suffer from anxiety as men. Moreover, people in North America and Western Europe are more prone to anxiety disorders than those from other parts of the world. In North America, nearly eight of 100 people suffer from anxiety – the most in the world. In East Asia, it's fewer than three in 100 – the lowest, the review authors noted. "Anxiety is important and shouldn't be overlooked," said lead researcher Olivia Remes, who's with the department of public health and primary care at the University of Cambridge's Strangeways Research Laboratory. "Sometimes people think that anxiety is just a part of their personality or that there's nothing they can do about it, but there ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Agoraphobia, Performance Anxiety, Avoidant Personality Disorder

Pet Pooch May Help Ease PTSD in Veterans

Posted 29 May 2016 by

FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 – Dogs may be more than best friends for military veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a small study suggests. Researchers found that vets who were given pet dogs showed significant improvement in their PTSD symptoms. The study included 19 U.S. veterans receiving treatment for the condition. PTSD can develop as a reaction to a terrifying event, such as war, natural disasters, sexual assault and other physical violence or trauma. People with the condition may have prolonged anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares and other life-altering symptoms. Nine of the veterans were randomly selected to receive a dog immediately. The other 10 were placed on a three-month waiting list for a dog. The dogs were simply pets, not trained service animals. Not only did the veterans with dogs show fewer PTSD symptoms, they also reported lower levels of depression ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Predeployment Riskiest Time for Military Suicide Attempts

Posted 25 May 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 – Suicide attempts in the military aren't necessarily combat-driven. At the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army soldiers most likely to try to kill themselves were never deployed, new research shows. Moreover, risk was greatest just two months into service, according to the study of more than 163,000 soldiers. But the findings aren't a sign that going to war protects soldiers against suicide. "It is more likely that those who are not deployed are already at a higher risk for suicide, and that is one of the reasons they were not cleared to deploy," said Alan Peterson, professor and chief of behavioral medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Peterson, a military mental health researcher, wasn't involved in the study. Suicide rates within the military exploded during the wars of the last 15 years, said study lead ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Substance Abuse, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Gulf War Syndrome

Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

Posted 24 May 2016 by

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – Doctors prescribe antidepressants for a wide range of medical problems other than depression, apparently fueling the boom in sales of these medications, researchers report. Depression accounts for only a little more than half the antidepressant prescriptions issued by Quebec physicians during the past decade, the Canadian study found. Doctors also issued antidepressants to treat anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, panic disorders, fibromyalgia, migraine, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and a host of other "off-label" conditions for which the drugs are not approved, according to the report. Two out of every three non-depression prescriptions for antidepressants were handed out under an off-label purpose, the findings showed. "The thing that's of concern here is that when prescribing for conditions other than depression, often these are for indications such as ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Depression, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Headache, Anxiety and Stress, Panic Disorder, Lexapro, Fibromyalgia, Zoloft, Sleep Disorders, Wellbutrin, Cymbalta, Migraine, Insomnia, Effexor, Prozac, Celexa, Citalopram, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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