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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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City Life Tough on Teens' Mental Health

Posted 23 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 – City life seems to take a toll on the adolescent mind, new research suggests. The study included more than 2,000 18-year-olds in England and Wales who were interviewed about psychotic experiences (such as hearing voices and feeling extremely paranoid) since age 12. The research team from King's College London and Duke University found that teens raised in large cities were over 40 percent more likely to report psychotic experiences than those who grew up in rural areas. "These findings highlight the importance of early, preventative strategies for reducing psychosis risk and suggests that adolescents living in threatening neighborhoods within cities should be made a priority," said study co-senior author Helen Fisher. She is from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College. "If we intervene early enough – for example by offering ... Read more

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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

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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

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'Synthetic Pot' Tied to Risky Sex, Violence and Drug Abuse in Teens

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – Marijuana is often seen as a relatively benign drug that produces a typically mellow high, but new U.S. government research shows that the drugs called synthetic pot appear to be much different. Teens who use synthetic pot are at a heightened risk for violent behavior, risky sex and abuse of other drugs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study revealed. Synthetic pot – sometimes called fake weed – covers a variety of drugs sold under hundreds of brand names. Spice and K2 were common brands in the past. Some of the chemicals in fake weed are similar to those in marijuana. These drugs are often marketed as natural and safe. But, they have unpredictable, and in some cases, life-threatening effects, according to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). And, they have become popular among teens because they are cheap and readily ... Read more

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Patients Often Reject Drug-Only Psychiatric Treatment

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – Mental health patients are more likely to reject treatment if it involves only drugs, a new study finds. Some experts believe talk therapy should be the first treatment option for many mental health disorders. The new finding – from a review of 186 prior studies – supports that stance, the researchers said. "Patients often desire an opportunity to talk with and work through their problems with a caring individual who might be able to help them better face their emotional experiences," said study co-author Roger Greenberg. He's a professor of psychology at the State University of New York's Upstate Medical University. Greenberg and his colleagues analyzed 186 studies of patients who sought help for mental health conditions. Overall, the average treatment refusal rate was more than 8 percent. Patients offered drug therapy alone were almost twice as likely to ... Read more

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Little Weight Gain in Pregnancy Tied to Schizophrenia Risk in Kids: Study

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 – Gaining too little weight during pregnancy may increase the odds that a child will develop schizophrenia later in life, Swedish researchers suggest. Past research has shown that pregnant women in areas of famine are more likely to have children who suffer from mental disorders, including schizophrenia. The new study found a 30 percent increased risk for schizophrenia in children of underweight women in an industrialized country. "Even in a wealthy, well-fed population like Sweden, there are still mothers unable to meet the nutritional requirements for safe pregnancies," lead researcher Euan Mackay said. Mackay is a research assistant at the Karolinska Institute's division of epidemiology of mental health in Stockholm. Mackay cautioned that these findings cannot prove that women who don't gain enough weight during pregnancy are putting their child at risk for ... Read more

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No, Your Cat Isn't a Threat to Your Mental Health

Posted 22 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 – Cat owners can breathe a sigh of relief: Your feline's litter box likely won't put your family's mental health at risk. New British research challenges earlier beliefs that parasites in cat droppings might be linked to schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other mental health issues. "The message for cat owners is clear: There is no evidence that cats pose a risk to children's mental health," said study author Dr. Francesca Solmi, of University College London Psychiatry. Cats are carriers of an infectious parasite called Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii). They may pass this infection on to humans through their feces. The researchers behind this study wanted to know if contact with cats during childhood raised risk for mental illness. To find out, the researchers followed nearly 5,000 people born in the early 1990s until they were 18 years old. ... Read more

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Parents of Kids With Heart Defects Face PTSD Risk: Study

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – Parents of children born with serious heart defects may be at high risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, a new study suggests. PTSD refers to anxiety and fear triggered by a past stressful event. Mental health issues in parents can put their children at risk for long-term health and behavioral problems, the researchers added. "The parents need extra support and mental health treatment that is feasible and accessible, and one thing that we propose is integrating mental health screening and treatment into pediatric cardiology care," said study senior author Sarah Woolf-King. She's an assistant professor in the psychology department at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. "Health care providers on the front line of treatment for these parents could play a significant role in connecting them to care," she added. These ... Read more

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Should a Mental Disability Keep Patients Off Organ Transplant Lists?

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – Pressure is mounting for the U.S. organ donation network to tackle one of the thorniest ethical questions it's ever faced – whether a person with intellectual disabilities should be denied access to a transplant. A bipartisan group of 30 legislators from the U.S. Congress petitioned the Department of Health and Human Services in October to "issue guidance on organ transplant discrimination with regards to persons with disabilities," according to a new opinion piece in the Jan. 26 New England Journal of Medicine. The legislators' request follows several highly publicized cases in which people with intellectual disabilities have either fought to receive a transplant or have been outright denied a place on a waiting list, said co-author Dr. Scott Halpern. He's an associate professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania's ... Read more

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Obamacare Covered More People With Mental Illness, Addictions

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 – More Americans with mental illness and substance abuse disorders got health insurance after the Affordable Care Act was introduced, a new study shows. However, these patients still face significant barriers to treatment, the Johns Hopkins researchers added. "The Affordable Care Act has been very effective in reducing the uninsured rate in this vulnerable population, where there is a real need to get people into services," said study leader Brendan Saloner. He's an assistant professor in the department of health policy and management. "We got more people covered, but we didn't make dramatic progress in closing the under-treatment gap," Saloner said in a university news release. "We need to find ways to take the next step and ensure people are seeing the providers who can help them." For the study, researchers reviewed data from nearly 30,000 adults, aged 18 to ... Read more

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Hospital-Related Delirium May Help Worsen Dementia

Posted 18 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – Hospitalization-related delirium may speed mental decline in patients with dementia, a new study suggests. Delirium affects about one-fourth of older hospital patients and causes confusion and disorientation. British researchers looked at brain samples from nearly 1,000 people from the United Kingdom and Finland. They were 65 and older when they died. Records of their last 10 years of memory and thinking abilities, as well as episodes of delirium, were examined. Although the study couldn't prove cause and effect, the researchers found that memory changes were most severe among those with a history of hospital-related delirium and brain abnormalities indicating Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia. "If delirium is causing brain injury in the short and long-term, then we must increase our efforts to diagnose, prevent and treat delirium. Ultimately, ... Read more

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Most Smokers With Mental Illness Want to Kick the Habit

Posted 16 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 – Nearly six in 10 Americans with severe mental illness smoke, and a new study suggests that many of them want to quit. The problem is that many of these patients don't get help from their psychiatrists and caseworkers, researchers report. "Patients with serious mental illness die an average of 25 years younger than people who don't have these problems, and smoking is a big factor," said study author Dr. Li-Shiun Chen. She's an assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. "Smoking is a common and serious problem for our patients, and although smoking rates have been decreasing in the general population, the rates remain very high in this vulnerable population," Chen said in a university news release. In the past, psychiatric wards allowed patients to smoke so they could focus on treatment for their mental conditions, ... Read more

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'You're Not My Wife, You're an Impostor': Understanding Certain Delusions

Posted 6 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 – Some quirks of the mind can't yet be understood. But a new study may be closing in on one longstanding mystery: why someone might have delusions that a loved one is a stranger, or fail to recognize the family dog. "In the old days, they'd just say these people were crazy. But they are not crazy," said Dr. Kimford Meador, a professor of neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. Instead, the delusions typically follow a stroke or similar brain injury, said Meador, who was not involved with the study but reviewed its contents. Such cases are often labeled as "delusional misidentification syndrome." This rare group of disorders leaves patients convinced people and places are not what they seem. Someone with Capgras syndrome, for instance, may recognize a loved one but feel like something is amiss. The brain then concludes that ... Read more

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