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U.S. Psychiatric Patients Face Long Waits in ERs

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MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – People with mental illness often wait long hours – or even days – in an emergency room before receiving the care they need, according to a new poll conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). One in five ER doctors polled said they've had psychiatric patients who needed hospitalization who had to wait two to five days before being assigned an in-patient bed, the poll found. Two accompanying studies back up the poll results, revealing that patients with a wide array of mental health problems are more likely to wind up stuck in an emergency department for more than 24 hours. "Once the decision to admit is made, it can be nearly impossible to find an in-patient bed for these patients," ACEP President Dr. Rebecca Parker said during a news briefing. Findings from the survey were scheduled to be presented Monday at ACEP's annual meeting in Las ... Read more

Related support groups: Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Schizophrenia, Paranoid Disorder, Psychosis, Agitation, Agitated State, Psychiatric Disorders, Severe Mood Dysregulation, Drug Psychosis, ICU Agitation, Aggressive Behavior

Foster Kids Face Higher Risk of Health Problems: Study

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MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – Children in foster care face increased risks of physical and mental health issues, from asthma to ADHD to depression, a new study finds. Considering the adversity foster children face, the study results aren't surprising, the researchers added. But this is the first study to compare their rates of health issues to those of U.S. children as a whole, including kids from low-income or single-parent families. The study confirms that children in foster care are particularly vulnerable, said lead researcher Kristin Turney, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Overall, her team found, foster kids faced two to three times higher risks of physical health issues such as asthma, obesity and hearing and vision problems. And they were five to seven times more likely to have behavioral issues or symptoms of depression or anxiety. No one ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Social Anxiety Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders, Executive Function Disorder, Aggressive Behavior

Mixed News on Drug Abuse Among Lesbian, Gay Americans

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THURSDAY, Oct. 13, 2016 – Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults have higher rates of substance use and mental illness than their straight counterparts, a U.S. government report shows. On the plus side, this group is much more likely than heterosexuals to receive needed treatment for those disorders should they arise, the same report finds. "This report offers unprecedented insight into the behavioral health needs of lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans – people critical to our community whose health concerns have often been overlooked," said Kana Enomoto, deputy principal administrator at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She spoke in a news release from the agency, which issued the new findings Oct. 13. The new data comes from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, focusing on a wide range of U.S. adults. The study found that about 39 ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Opiate Dependence, Smoking, Schizophrenia, Drug Dependence, Alcohol Dependence, Psychiatric Disorders, Substance Abuse, Alcoholism, Hangover, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Prenatal Factors May Raise Child's Risk for OCD

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THURSDAY, Oct. 6, 2016 – Pregnancy behaviors and certain childbirth complications may influence a child's risk of developing obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), a new study suggests. Cesarean sections, preterm and breech (backward) births, smoking while pregnant, and unusually large or small babies were all associated with increased risk for the mental health disorder, Swedish researchers reported. "The specific causes of OCD are unknown," said lead researcher Gustaf Brander, from the Center for Psychiatry Research at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. "While both genetic and environmental risk factors are thought to be associated with OCD, this is the first time that a set of environmental risk factors is convincingly associated with the condition," Brander said. People with OCD have uncontrollable recurring thoughts they try to deal with by repeating certain behaviors over and ... Read more

Related support groups: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Smoking, Delivery, Psychiatric Disorders, Premature Labor, Cesarean Section, Prematurity/Underweight in Infancy, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Better Job Prospects When Young May Pay Off in Better Health

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 – Living in an area where you can quickly climb the career ladder might pay dividends in boosting your health, a new study suggests. The study finds a strong link between what the researchers call "economic opportunity," and young adults' physical and mental well-being. The research "shows that opportunity may matter for public health," said lead researcher Dr. Atheendar Venkataramani, from the division of general medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "People living in places with higher opportunity report fewer days of poor physical and mental health, and they also appear to adopt healthier behaviors," he said in a hospital news release. The research involved data on nearly 150,000 Americans, aged 25 to 35. The Boston team assessed county-by-county levels of economic opportunity across the United States by using data from millions of income tax ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Health Tip: Health Risks of Childhood Obesity

Posted 29 Sep 2016 by

-- Obesity among children can lead to numerous health problems now and for many years to come. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says obese children are at greater risk of developing: High blood pressure and high cholesterol. Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and impaired fasting glucose. Asthma, sleep apnea and other breathing problems. Pain and discomfort of the joints and musculoskeletal system. Gallstones, heartburn and fatty liver disease. Behavioral problems, depression, poor self-esteem, poor quality of life and poor school performance. More Information See The Shape Of Things To Come – 8 Reasons Why Obesity Needs To Be Tackled Now for more information. Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Depression, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Type 2, Obesity, Hypertension, High Cholesterol, Indigestion, Insulin Resistance, Sleep Apnea, Pre-Diabetes, Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Psychiatric Disorders, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Gallstones, Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertensive Heart Disease, Executive Function Disorder

Study Links Pot Use to Relapse in Psychosis Patients

Posted 28 Sep 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 – A British study says it provides new evidence that marijuana use may boost the risk that people who struggle with psychosis will relapse. But critics said the effect seems to be small, and they questioned the validity of the research. A study co-author stands by the work, however. "We show that pot use causes an increase in the risk of relapse in psychosis and demonstrate that alternative explanations are unlikely to be true," said Dr. Sagnik Bhattacharyya, a reader in translational neuroscience and psychiatry at King's College London. "It would be appropriate to at least aim for reduction in pot use in patients with psychosis if complete abstinence is not realistic," Bhattacharyya added. People suffering from psychosis lose touch with reality and may hallucinate, develop delusions and struggle to think and speak normally. Sometimes psychosis is a symptom of ... Read more

Related support groups: Psychosis, Psychiatric Disorders, Cannabis

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, Major Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Social Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Paranoid Disorder, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder, Autism, Psychosis, Agitation, Psychiatric Disorders, Asperger Syndrome, Drug Psychosis

A Happy Spouse May Keep You Healthy

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 – Having a happy spouse seems to be good for your health, a new study suggests. The research included nearly 2,000 heterosexual couples between the ages of 50 and 94. Researchers asked about their happiness, health and exercise levels over six years. People with happy spouses were much more likely to report better health during that time. This association was the same for both husbands and wives and was separate from an individual's own happiness. The study was published online Sept. 19 in the journal Health Psychology. "This finding significantly broadens assumptions about the relationship between happiness and health, suggesting a unique social link," principal investigator William Chopik said in a journal news release. He's an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University. "Simply having a happy partner may enhance health as much as ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Psychiatric Disorders

Doctors Often Neglect Their Own Mental Health

Posted 28 Sep 2016 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 – Wary of the stigma of a mental health diagnosis and its toll on their careers, physicians often avoid getting help for depression and other mental illnesses, a new survey suggests. Researchers surveyed more than 2,000 female physicians to assess treatment barriers. Nearly half of those surveyed thought they met the definition for mental illness at some point in their careers, but didn't seek treatment. Many survey respondents said they felt they could persevere on their own or didn't have time to seek care. However, when researchers examined all of the reasons for skipping care, more than two-thirds were stigma-related. Many doctors said getting diagnosed would be embarrassing or shameful, or they believed they would be judged by others, deemed incompetent, or have their privacy and autonomy violated. "I have definitely suspected a lot of people were feeling ... Read more

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

Siblings of Schizophrenia Patients at Greater Risk for Same Diagnosis: Study

Posted 21 Sep 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 – People who have a brother or sister with schizophrenia are 10 times more likely to develop the mental illness, a new study out of Israel suggests. Researchers also found increased risks for bipolar disorder when a sibling had been diagnosed with it. Lead researcher Dr. Mark Weiser, from the department of psychiatry at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, called the results "quite striking." "This is a large study which allows us to put meaningful figures on the risks of developing mental disorders after they have arisen in a brother or sister," he said. However, the study only found an association between mental health disorders and risk to siblings; it did not prove cause and effect. The study involved siblings of more than 6,000 Israeli patients who were diagnosed and hospitalized with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or depression. They were compared to about ... Read more

Related support groups: Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders

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, Major Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Mania, Schizoaffective Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Psychosis, Psychiatric Disorders, Dependent Personality Disorder, Executive Function Disorder

Psychiatric Patients Face Longer Waits in ER

Posted 13 Sep 2016 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 – Patients seeking help for mental health problems wait hours longer in the emergency department than other patients do, a new study finds. People with mental health problems are also six times more likely to be transferred to another facility instead of receiving treatment at the hospital, the researchers added. "Previous research shows that patients in the ER often experience lengthy wait times, but our new study shows that psychiatric patients wait disproportionately longer than other patients – sometimes for several hours – only to ultimately be discharged or transferred elsewhere," said study author Dr. Jane Zhu. Zhu is with the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. The study included data from more than 200,000 ER visits in the United States. The visits occurred between 2002 and 2011. The average length of ER stay for psychiatric ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Paranoid Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Psychosis, Psychiatric Disorders, Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Does Losing a Father in War Shorten a Child's Life?

Posted 12 Sep 2016 by

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 – Young children whose fathers are killed in war may die prematurely themselves, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 4,000 French children born between 1914 and 1916 whose fathers were killed or gravely injured in World War I. The study found that their overall adult life expectancy was about one year shorter than other children. But the decrease in life expectancy was even higher – a median of 2.2 years – among children whose mothers were pregnant with them when their fathers were killed. The findings do not prove cause and effect. But they do add to knowledge about the long-term effects of negative early life experiences and the impact of mothers' mental stress on young children, the researchers said. The study was scheduled for presentation Sunday at the annual meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology in Paris. "The next ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Psychiatric Disorders, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Parents' Psychiatric Issues May Adversely Affect Some Children

Posted 1 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 – Some children of parents with a history of psychiatric illness may be at higher risk for attempting suicide and/or engaging in violent behavior, a new Danish study suggests. Danes born to parents who had themselves attempted suicide, or who had struggled with antisocial personality disorder or marijuana abuse, were found to face the biggest risk for attempted suicide or violence – up to four times as high, the study contended. But, study lead author Pearl Mok stressed that, despite any potential elevated risk, people born to parents with a psychiatric illness or a violent history aren't necessarily fated to experience similar difficulties. In fact, most such children won't experience any related problems. "Of the over 1.7 million people included in our study population, 2.6 percent first attempted suicide and 3.2 percent were convicted of a first violent ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder, Psychosis, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders

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