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Parents Say Schools Don't Help Kids With Mental Health, Chronic Disease

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – Many parents don't believe schools are prepared to help students with mental health problems and serious physical health issues, a new survey finds. While 77 percent of parents were certain that schools would be able to provide first aid for minor issues such as cuts, they were less confident that schools could respond to more challenging health situations. For example, only 38 percent believed schools could assist a student suspected of having a mental health problem. The national poll on children's health was released Monday by the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan. "Parents feel schools can handle basic first aid, but are less sure about urgent health situations such as an asthma attack, epileptic seizure, or serious allergic reaction," Sarah Clark, poll co-director, said in a university news release. "And they have the most ... Read more

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Hurricanes' Toll on Mental Health Will Linger

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – Even after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma disappears, survivors could still suffer from mental stress caused by the massive storms, experts say. "Everybody who has been in a disaster is changed permanently in some way. You never forget it," said Dr. Carol North, a crisis psychiatrist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. North has studied thousands of survivors of major disasters, such as the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the Oklahoma City bombings. "Even though people are permanently changed by going through a disaster, they need not be damaged by their experience," she said in a medical center news release. Many people experience anxiety, lack of sleep, nightmares or irritability after a traumatic event, but most recover within weeks to months. However, some people may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and take ... Read more

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

Does Mother's Mental Health Affect Pregnancy?

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Three common mental health disorders – depression, panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder – pose no serious threat to pregnant women or the health of their babies, a new study finds. "I think a major take-home message is that women are not harming their babies if they have one of these psychiatric conditions," said study lead author Kimberly Yonkers of Yale University. She and her team followed more than 2,600 pregnant women at 137 clinical practices in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The researchers did find slight risks associated with certain psychiatric medications used to treat those conditions. For instance, babies of women who took benzodiazepines had slightly lower birth weights and needed additional ventilator support in 61 of 1,000 cases. Benzodiazepines, which include Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam) and Ativan (lorazepam), are ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders, Dysthymia, Delivery, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Premature Labor, Depressive Psychosis, Cesarean Section, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Hurricanes May Have Longer-Lasting Impact on Kids

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – Children may have a more difficult time coping with the devastating hurricanes that have recently hit the United States, an expert says. "Compared to adults, children suffer more from exposure to disasters, including psychological, behavioral, and physical problems, as well as difficulties learning in school," Jessica Dym Bartlett, a senior research scientist at Child Trends, said in that organization's news release. Even youngsters who hear about a disaster or see images on television may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, she said. "Understand that trauma reactions vary widely. Children may regress, demand extra attention, and think about their own needs before those of others – natural responses that should not be met with anger or punishment," Dym Bartlett said. Create a safe environment where children's basic ... Read more

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

Therapy for Kids With Autism Pays Off for Moms, Dads

Posted 11 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 – Behavioral therapy for children with autism also benefits their parents, a new study finds. About 70 percent of children with autism have emotional or behavioral problems and may turn to cognitive behavioral therapy to help with these issues. Usually, while kids are with the therapist, parents are in a separate room learning what the children are doing, but not participating, according to researcher Jonathon Weiss. "What's unique about what we studied is what happens when parents are partners in the process from start to finish. Increasingly we know that it's helpful for kids with autism, specifically, and now we have proven that it's helpful for their parents too," said Weiss, associate professor of psychology at York University in Toronto. The study included 57 children between 8 and 12 years of age who were undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy. They had ... Read more

Related support groups: Autism, Psychiatric Disorders, Asperger Syndrome

Health Tip: Childhood Obesity Can Trigger Adult Problems

Posted 9 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- About a third of people aged two to 19 are considered overweight or obese, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says. And the negative health effects of packing too many pounds may carry well beyond childhood, the academy warns. Examples include: sleep apnea, asthma and psychological problems. So what can parents do? Here's what the AAOS recommends: Keep kids active for at least 35 minutes per day. Be a role model. Don't expect your child to exercise while you're camped in front of the television. Include exercise in the entire family's daily routine. Promote active chores, such as raking leaves, painting or walking the dog. Limit video games to those that require kids to dance, hop, "play a sport" or move in some way. Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Asthma, Asthma - Maintenance, Psychiatric Disorders, Asthma - Acute

Health Tip: Mental Disorders Are Common

Posted 9 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- More than 43 million American adults, 18 percent of the U.S. population, had a mental disorder in the past year, the most recent surveys cited by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) show. These disorders – characterized by significant changes in mood, thoughts or behavior – often make carrying out daily activities more difficult and impair relationships with family and friends. If you or a loved one has a mental disorder, the agency suggests: Don't blame yourself or the person with the disorder. It's not an "attitude problem," but a medical condition. Listen to the person carefully, but don't judge him or her. Ask gently if you can make an appointment to see a health professional. The affected person may not be able to do this. As worried as you may be about the affected person, avoid the temptation to argue or convince the person of a problem. ... Read more

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Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Has Mental Illness or Drug Problem

Posted 21 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 – Nearly 1 in 5 American adults deals with a mental illness or substance abuse problem each year, a U.S. government study says. Oregon has the highest rate, and New Jersey the lowest, according to 2012-2014 data analyzed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Overall, almost 44 million Americans 18 or older had a diagnosable mental, behavioral or emotional disorder in the past year, researchers said. They reviewed national surveys on drug use and health. "The figures in SAMHSA's report remind us how important it is to take mental health as seriously as any other health condition," Kana Enomoto, SAMHSA acting deputy assistant secretary, said in an agency news release. The overall national rate of mental illness was about 18 percent. In Oregon, almost 23 percent of the state residents had any type of mental illness. Utah, ... Read more

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Many People Can't Spot a Faked Photo, Study Finds

Posted 18 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 – In an era when the phrase "fake news" is on many lips, a new study suggests that people are terrible at detecting whether photos have been manipulated to misrepresent reality. "Our findings suggest that people have an extremely limited ability to distinguish between real and fake images," said study lead author Sophie Nightingale. She's a graduate student at the University of Warwick in England. "In fact, people perform close to chance when asked if a photo has been manipulated. This suggests that we can be easily fooled by fraudulent online news," Nightingale said. Photo manipulation is hardly new. Photographers and others have faked photos since the early days of photography. For example, fraudulent photos of ghosts and fairies became a fad in the late 19th century. But computer digital technology has taken photo manipulation to a higher level. "It's never ... Read more

Related support groups: Psychiatric Disorders, Visual Defect/Disturbance

Dying May Not Be as Awful an Experience as You Think

Posted 7 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – Does the very idea of death worry and frighten you? There may be reassurance from a new study that finds those fears might be exaggerated. In fact, the research shows, death is often described as a peaceful, "unexpectedly positive" experience by those who approach it. Death is one of life's guarantees, yet it's something people often avoid talking about, according to study author Kurt Gray. He's an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "There's almost an unspoken assumption that death is something to be avoided at all costs," Gray said. But his team found that the abstract concept of death may be scarier than the reality. To look at the question, the researchers first searched for blogs by people who were terminally ill with cancer or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease) – diseases where patients ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Cancer, Breast Cancer, Agitation, Psychiatric Disorders, Colorectal Cancer, Breast Cancer, Metastatic, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Getting Over Guilt

Posted 6 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – Do you sometimes feel weighed down by guilt? Guilt over unethical behavior is so powerful that it can make you feel as though you've gained weight – even when your actual weight stays the same, according to a study by U.S. and Canadian researchers. Guilt is an important emotion. Appropriate guilt helps you recognize when you've made a mistake, and stops you from making the same mistake again. But sometimes we feel guilty even though we've done nothing wrong, and there is no misstep to think about or fix. If you're feeling guilty, figure out whether it's healthy and appropriate. If it is, the next step is to take action. The sooner you apologize or correct what you did wrong, the faster the guilt will go away. Once you've done this, it's important to recognize that you can't change the past – you need to let it go. As you move forward, try to learn from the ... Read more

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

Slowed Walking, Shrinking Brain?

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 – It isn't unusual for older people to slow down a bit as the years go by. But for seniors, slowed walking may signal mental decline, and now a new study suggests why. "Typically when physicians notice a slowing gait in their patients, they'll consider it a mechanical issue and refer the patient to physical therapy," said study author Andrea Rosso. "What we're finding is that physicians also should consider that there may be a brain pathology driving the slowing gait and refer the patient for a cognitive [mental] evaluation," she added. Rosso is an assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh's department of epidemiology For the study, the researchers looked at 175 people, aged 70 to 79, who had normal mental function at the start of the study period. The participants all had regular assessments over the course of 14 years. People who developed slowed ... Read more

Related support groups: Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Psychiatric Disorders, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Lewy Body Dementia

Poor Sleep May Worsen Suicidal Thoughts

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – Sleep problems may provide early clues about worsening suicidal thoughts in at-risk young adults as well as a potential way to intervene, a new study suggests. "Suicide is the tragic outcome of psychiatric illness interacting with multiple biological, psychological and social risk factors," said lead author Rebecca Bernert. She is a suicidologist and assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences from Stanford University Medical School. "Sleep disturbances stand apart from other risk factors because they are visible as a warning sign, yet non-stigmatizing and highly treatable. This is why we believe they may represent an important treatment target in suicide prevention," she said in a university news release. How could sleep potentially prevent a suicide? "Sleep is a barometer of our well-being, and directly impacts how we feel the next day. We ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Major Depressive Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Fatigue, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Mania, Borderline Personality Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders, Dysthymia, Drowsiness, Severe Mood Dysregulation, Cyclothymic Disorder, Hypersomnia

Michigan's Expanded Medicaid Plan a Boon for Workers

Posted 27 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 – Michigan's expanded Medicaid program not only improved low-income residents' health, but it helped them do their jobs better or get a new one. Those are the findings from a University of Michigan survey of nearly 4,100 Healthy Michigan Plan enrollees. Eighty percent of the respondents had incomes below the federal poverty level, and 28 percent were out of work. In the survey, nearly half the respondents said their physical health improved in the first year of coverage, and 40 percent said their mental or dental health got better. Sixty-nine percent of those who had jobs said they did better at work once they had health insurance. And 55 percent of those who were unemployed said coverage improved their ability to look for a job. Those who said their health improved after getting coverage were most likely to also report a positive effect on their work or job ... Read more

Related support groups: Oral and Dental Conditions, Psychiatric Disorders, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Study Cites Top Reasons Young Autism Patients Are Hospitalized

Posted 16 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – Having a mood disorder significantly boosts the odds that young people with autism will be hospitalized for psychiatric care, according to a new study. People with autism are often hospitalized when their behavior problems overwhelm their caregivers, the study authors said. "The demand is far greater than the number of clinicians, the number of programs and the number of beds we have," said study leader Giulia Righi. She is an assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior research at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School. Righi's team reviewed records of 473 people with autism, aged 4 to 20. The risk of hospitalization was seven times higher for those with a mood disorder. In addition, sleep problems more than doubled the chances of a hospital stay. And those with high scores on a scale of autism symptom severity had a slightly increased risk, ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Social Anxiety Disorder, Mania, Borderline Personality Disorder, Autism, Psychiatric Disorders, Asperger Syndrome, Severe Mood Dysregulation, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Cyclothymic Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

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