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Persistent Stress May Hasten Death in Heart Patients

Posted 1 day 7 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – If you have heart disease, unrelenting stress might hasten your death, researchers report. Adults who suffered from persistent mental distress, including depression and anxiety, were nearly four times more likely to die from heart disease and almost three times more likely to die from any cause compared to stress-free folks, New Zealand researchers found. "The cumulative burden of psychological stress increases the mortality risk in patients with heart disease," said lead researcher Dr. Ralph Stewart. The association only applied to people with persistent stress – not mild or occasional distress, the researchers said. And the results held true even after taking account of other potentially influential risk factors, said Stewart, an adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Auckland. Stewart cautioned that this study cannot prove that persistent stress ... Read more

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

Risky Behavior Triggers Vicious Cycle for Vets With PTSD

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 – Reckless behavior could worsen post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans, a new report suggests. The study of more than 200 U.S. veterans with PTSD found that risky behavior – which is one symptom of PTSD – creates a pattern of repeated stress that can have harmful results. The study was conducted by researchers at the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System. "For individuals with PTSD, exposure to new stressful events will often prolong their symptoms and can even make them worse. So, these findings suggest that treatment providers should ask trauma-exposed veterans about reckless behavior to make sure they are not engaging in harmful behaviors that could make their PTSD symptoms worse," study corresponding author Naomi Sadeh said in a VA news release. Besides having much higher rates of PTSD than civilians, veterans are more ... Read more

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

Teen Boys Treated for Assault Often Want Mental Health Care, Too

Posted 7 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 – Many teen boys treated at an ER following a violent assault also want psychological services to help them cope with the trauma, according to new research. "Assault victims describe feeling constantly tense and 'on guard,' and having nightmares or unwanted flashbacks of the assault. Unfortunately, many youth also begin to avoid talking about the event or avoiding the places or people that remind them of the assault – school, friends, normal adolescent activities," said study author Rachel Myers, a research scientist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "It shows us that just treating the external wounds is not enough. Young men not only need, but want, help to cope with their fears and difficult emotions in the aftermath of injury," Myers said in a hospital news release. The study included 49 teenage boys between the ages of 12 and 17. All were treated at ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Agitation, Head Injury

Helping Ease Kids' Fears After Manchester Terror Attack

Posted 23 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 – As reports of the carnage at Monday's Ariana Grande show in Manchester, England, continue to pour in, many teens with tickets to concerts during the coming summer music season may be reluctant to attend an event. But child and adolescent psychiatrists say it's important that parents let their teens follow through on their plans, even if the adults themselves are anxious about their letting kids go out. "It's never good for teenagers to learn the lesson that they need to avoid things that scare them," said Dr. Matthew Lorber, a child and adolescent psychiatrist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "You have to face your fears. "Now, that's going to conflict with parents' own fears," Lorber added. "But we wind up having teenagers who grow up to be highly anxious adults with things like panic attacks when they learn the message from their parents to be afraid ... Read more

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

'Fight or Flight' Response Greater in Combat Vets With PTSD: Study

Posted 15 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 15, 2017 – Combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a stepped-up "fight or flight" response, which researchers say may explain why PTSD boosts the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. PTSD can occur among civilians but is nearly twice as widespread in the military. Previous research had shown that veterans' "fight or flight" response is overactive. In this study, researchers measured this response directly in an attempt to learn why. The research involved 14 post-9/11 veterans who were diagnosed with PSTD and 14 without it. Both groups were exposed to two types of mental stress, including first-person war images and sounds shown through virtual reality goggles. As this happened, their blood pressure and heart activity were monitored. Using electrodes, the researchers also recorded activity in their nervous system. The study results revealed ... Read more

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Hypertension, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Heart Disease, Ischemic Heart Disease, Hypertensive Heart Disease

Meditation Can Help Improve Focus in People With Anxiety

Posted 7 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 5, 2017 – People who tend to ruminate and dwell on the same anxious thoughts could benefit from mindful meditation, a new study finds. Mindful meditation involves purposefully paying attention to the present moment without judgment. Researchers from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, found that just 10 minutes daily of mindful meditation can improve focus among people suffering from anxiety. "Our results indicate that mindfulness training may have protective effects on mind wandering for anxious individuals," said researcher Mengran Xu, a Ph.D. candidate at Waterloo. "We also found that meditation practice appears to help anxious people to shift their attention from their own internal worries to the present-moment external world, which enables better focus on a task at hand," Xu said in a university news release. The study involved 82 people with anxiety. The ... Read more

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

Psychiatric Scars of Wartime Brain Injury May Linger for Years

Posted 1 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 1, 2017 (HealthDay News ) – Brain injuries suffered during wartime exposure to an explosive device often leave psychiatric troubles that can last years, new research shows. The study also discovered an "evolution" of symptoms, as cognitive (thinking and memory) symptoms ease, but psychological aftereffects linger. Many soldiers who've suffered a traumatic brain injury "experience evolution rather than resolution of symptoms from the one- to five-year outcomes," said a team led by Christine MacDonald, from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. One expert in head injury care said the findings raise important concerns. "This suggests that soldiers experiencing a traumatic brain injury – especially those at higher risk for psychiatric effects – require much closer monitoring in the years after their injury," said Dr. Robert Glatter. He directs sports ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders

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

A 'Brainwave' to Help Fight PTSD

Posted 19 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – Technology using a patient's own brainwaves might offer hope against tough-to-treat PTSD, new research suggests. Post-traumatic stress disorder (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. "Conventional treatments for PTSD are often not sufficient for addressing this difficult condition," noted Mayer Bellehsen. He directs the Feinberg Division of the Unified Behavioral Health Center for Military Veterans and Their Families, in Bay Shore, N.Y. "While traditional behavioral treatments offer significant relief, many people cannot tolerate the treatment and discontinue prior to experiencing the full benefits," Bellehsen explained. The new study was led by ... Read more

Related support groups: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Diagnosis and Investigation

Anxious? Distressed? You're Not Alone

Posted 17 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – More Americans than ever before are stressed, depressed and anxiety-ridden, and many are unable to get the help they need, a new study suggests. An estimated 8.3 million American adults – about 3.4 percent of the U.S. population – suffer from serious psychological distress, an evaluation of federal health data concluded. Previous estimates put the number of Americans suffering from serious psychological distress at 3 percent or less, the researchers said. "Mental illness is on the rise. Suicide is on the rise. And access to care for the mentally ill is getting worse," said lead researcher Judith Weissman. She's a research manager in the department of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. This increase is likely a lasting after-effect of the Great Recession that began in late 2007 – a stress-filled time that caused long-term emotional ... Read more

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

Just 1 in 5 Mentally Ill Women Gets Cervical Cancer Screenings

Posted 17 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – Cervical cancer screening rates are much lower among women with severe mental illness than among other women, a new study finds. "The results of this very large study indicate that we need to better prioritize cervical cancer screening for these high-risk women with severe mental illnesses," said study senior author Dr. Christina Mangurian. She's an associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Researchers reviewed 2010-11 California Medicaid data for the study. Of the women with severe mental illness, 42 percent had some form of schizophrenia. Almost a third of the women had major depression. Nearly one in five had bipolar disorder, and the rest had anxiety or another disorder. The study showed that 20 percent of women with severe mental illness were screened for cervical cancer. But 42 percent of women in the ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Schizophrenia, Mania, Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Sexual Dysfunction, SSRI Induced, Autism, Psychosis, Psychiatric Disorders, Asperger Syndrome, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Neurotic Depression, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Neurosis, Excoriation Disorder, Dermatillomania

Sexual Abuse May Cause Early Puberty in Girls: Study

Posted 31 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 – It's common for parents to worry that their kids are growing up too fast. But in certain cases, early puberty in girls may be linked to sexual abuse, a small study suggests. Pennsylvania State University researchers examined data from 84 girls with a history of sexual abuse and 89 girls with no history of abuse. Those who were abused entered puberty eight to 12 months earlier than those who weren't abused, the investigators found. "Though a year's difference may seem trivial in the grand scheme of a life, this accelerated maturation has been linked to concerning consequences, including behavioral and mental health problems, and reproductive cancers," said study author Jennie Noll. She is director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State. Typically, children's physical and mental development occur in tandem. "High-stress situations, such as ... Read more

Related support groups: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Precocious Puberty, Sexual Deviations or Disorders

Trauma as a Teen May Boost Depression Risk Around Menopause

Posted 29 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 – Women who suffered trauma and stress during their teens have a greater risk of depression during the years leading into menopause, a new study suggests. Depression is common during these midlife years, the period called perimenopause. But whether certain women might be at higher risk has been unclear. "Our results show that women who experience at least two adverse events during their formative years – whether it be abuse, neglect or some type of family dysfunction – are more than twice as likely to experience depression during perimenopause and menopause as women who either experienced those stressors earlier in life, or not at all," said lead author Dr. C. Neill Epperson. She's director of the Penn Center for Women's Behavioral Wellness at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. "This suggests that not only does early life stress ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Menopausal Disorders, Postmenopausal Symptoms, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders, Perimenopausal Symptoms

Suicide Often Leaves Mental, Physical Woes in Surviving Spouse

Posted 22 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 – The loss of a spouse is never easy, but the loss of a spouse to suicide may be even more devastating, leading to a greater risk of a host of mental and physical problems, Danish researchers suggest. Surviving partners are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. Surviving spouses are also at higher risk for suicide themselves, the study said. "It's a really distressing event for people," said lead researcher Annette Erlangsen, from the Danish Research Institute for Suicide Prevention at the Mental Health Centre in Copenhagen. "Being bereaved by suicide is stigmatized and it is something people don't talk about," Erlangsen said. "Surviving spouses may feel isolated, and other people may be more afraid of addressing it. It's important to deal with the loss, and part of that is talking to others ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders

Drinking, Drug Abuse Doubles Veterans' Suicide Risk: Study

Posted 17 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 – U.S. veterans with substance abuse problems have a higher risk of suicide than veterans who don't, new research suggests. The study looked at more than 4 million veterans, and found that drug or alcohol problems affected 8 percent of males and 3 percent of females. These veterans had a more than twofold increased risk of suicide compared with those without a substance use disorder. The suicide rate was especially high among female veterans with drug or alcohol problems. These women had a more than five times greater rate of suicide than female veterans who did not have substance abuse problems. "We hope these findings will help clinicians and health systems care for people with substance use disorders, with mental health conditions, and with both – and focus suicide prevention efforts accordingly," said lead study author Kipling Bohnert. Bohnert is an ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Opiate Dependence, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Schizophrenia, Drug Dependence, Psychosis, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders, Substance Abuse, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Depressive Psychosis

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