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Older People May Be More Prone to Reveal Suicidal Thoughts

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 – Nearly one-quarter of older Americans who took their own lives told someone about their intentions before doing so, a new study reveals. Researchers reviewed 10 years of national data and found that 23 percent of people aged 50 and older who killed themselves had disclosed their suicide intent. The older they were, the more likely they were to disclose, the investigators found. Any indication of suicidal thoughts is an opportunity for prevention, said study lead investigator Namkee Choi. She is chair in gerontology at the University of Texas at Austin. Doctors and others "need better preparation to screen and aid those in need to prevent suicide," Choi said. People with depression and health problems, and those who had recently received mental health care or treatment for drug or alcohol abuse, were also likely to say something before trying to kill ... Read more

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Young Americans Lead Rise in Suicide Attempts

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Although older people have the highest suicide rates in the United States, a new study finds suicide attempts by younger adults – especially those with mental disorders and less education – are now on the rise. The findings support a suicide prevention focus on young people who are poorer, "especially those who have made previous suicide attempts and those who have common mood, anxiety and personality disorders," said the study's lead author, Dr. Mark Olfson. He is a professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. The suicide rate in the United States has grown in recent years. On average, 121 people die by suicide every day and about 44,000 people kill themselves each year, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The highest suicide rates are in people aged 45 to 64, and 85 or older, ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Depressive Psychosis

Cyberbullying Weighs Heavily on Young People

Posted 23 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 – Kids and young adults targeted by cyberbullies appear to be twice as likely to hurt themselves or to attempt suicide than their non-bullied counterparts, a new study finds. Cyberbullies themselves aren't immune, either. They're also more likely to have suicidal thoughts and take suicidal actions, the British researchers said. It's not clear, however, whether cyberbullying directly causes suicidal behavior or whether the link between the two is more complicated. The study included more than 150,000 kids and young adults from 30 countries. The researchers followed them for over 21 years. People who were bullied online were more likely to become cyberbullies themselves, the research revealed. And boys who were both bullies and victims were at an especially high risk of depression and suicidal behavior. "Prevention of cyberbullying should be included in school ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Seasonal Affective Disorder

Instagram Photos May Offer Snapshot of Mental Health

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – The photos you post on Instagram can contain telltale visual clues that help predict if you're suffering from depression, a new study reports. Computer software designed to scan photos for these hidden signals accurately diagnosed people with depression seven out of 10 times, said lead researcher Andrew Reece. He's a graduate student with the Harvard University psychology department. "Depressed individuals in our study posted photos that were bluer, darker and grayer, compared to the posts of healthy participants," Reece said. "Depressed people also tended to prefer Instagram's Inkwell filter, which turns a color image into black-and-white, whereas healthy participants preferred the Valencia filter, which gives photos a warmer, brighter tone," he noted. In other words, people with depression were more likely to choose a filter that drained all the color out of ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Dysthymia, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Neurotic Depression, Depressive Psychosis

Yoga May Help Ease Depression

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 – If you've ever taken a yoga class, you probably know that it can help relax your body and your mind. Now, several new studies suggest that practicing yoga may also ease depression. But the leader of a session on yoga and depression held Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington, D.C., emphasized the research is preliminary. "At this time, we can only recommend yoga as a complementary approach, likely most effective in conjunction with standard approaches delivered by a licensed therapist," psychologist Lindsey Hopkins said in an APA news release. "Clearly, yoga is not a cure-all. However, based on empirical evidence, there seems to be a lot of potential," added Hopkins. She is a clinical psychologist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Hopkins conducted a study that included 23 male veterans who took part ... Read more

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Electric Brain Stimulation No Better Than Meds For Depression: Study

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – For people who battle depression and can't find relief, stimulating the brain with electric impulses may help. But a new study by Brazilian researchers says it's still no better than antidepressant medication. In a trial that pitted transcranial, direct-current stimulation (tDCS) against the antidepressant escitalopram (Lexapro), researchers found that lessening of depression was about the same for either treatment. "We found that antidepressants are better than tDCS and should be the treatment of choice," said lead researcher Dr. Andre Brunoni. He's director of the Service of Interdisciplinary Neuromodulation at the University of Sao Paulo. "In circumstances that antidepressant drugs cannot be used, tDCS can be considered, as it was more effective than placebo," he said. The researchers used the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale. This test has a score range ... Read more

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After Suicide Attempt, a Phone Call Could Save a Life

Posted 7 May 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 7, 2017 – A simple phone call can make a big difference to someone who's attempted suicide and may be contemplating another try. A new study found that follow-up phone calls after a suicidal patient was discharged from a hospital emergency department reduced future suicide attempts by 30 percent. The study included nearly 1,400 patients in eight locations across the United States who were provided with interventions that included specialized screening, safety planning guidance and follow-up phone calls. "People who are suicidal are often disconnected and socially isolated. So any positive contact with the world can make them feel better," said study co-author Dr. Michael Allen. He's a professor of psychiatry and emergency medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz. Allen is also medical director of Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners in Denver, which has implemented a ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Dysthymia, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Neurotic Depression, Depressive Psychosis

Tanning's Allure Tied to Other Addictions

Posted 31 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 – People who seem to have a deep tan year-round – whether from the sun or indoor tanning – may be "addicted" to tanning. And new research suggests there's also a link between such tanning and other addictions. "People who were tanning-dependent were six times as likely to have a history of alcohol dependence, and were almost three times as likely to have seasonal affective disorder (SAD)," said study leader Brenda Cartmel. She is a senior research scientist at the Yale University School of Public Health. SAD is a type of depression related to the shorter, darker days of winter. Cartmel said previous smaller studies have also suggested these associations. Cartmel's team surveyed nearly 500 people who had previously sunbathed or used an indoor tanning bed. All of the participants had also been part of a study on early onset skin cancer among those under age 40 in ... Read more

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Disabled Kids at Higher Risk of Abuse, Study Finds

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – Children with certain mental or behavioral disorders are at increased risk of abuse or neglect, a new study suggests. The findings add to evidence that children with disabilities face higher abuse risks. But they also suggest those risks vary depending on the type of disorder a child has. "We've known for years that children with disabilities have an increased risk of abuse," said Dr. Vincent Palusci, a pediatrician at NYU Langone Medical Center, in New York City. But the new study "took a deeper dive," he said. Overall, the researchers found that children with autism, Down syndrome or certain birth defects, such as spina bifida, were not at heightened risk of abuse. But, children with intellectual disabilities were. The same was true of kids who fell into the broad category of "mental or behavioral disorder" – which included problems ranging from depression ... 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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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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For People With Mental Health Woes, Pets Can Be Invaluable

Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 – Cats, dogs, birds and other pets can help people manage their mental disorders, a new study says. Researchers from the United Kingdom asked more than 50 adults with long-term mental conditions about the role pets play in their social networks. Sixty percent placed pets in the central and most important circle – above family, friends and hobbies. Another 20 percent placed pets in the second circle. Many said the constant presence and close proximity of their pets provide an immediate source of calm. For some, a pet helps distract them from symptoms and upsetting experiences such as hearing voices or suicidal thoughts. "You just want to sink into a pit... the cats force me to sort of still be involved with the world," one patient said. Another patient said: "I'm not thinking of the voices, I'm just thinking of the birds singing." The findings were published Dec. 8 ... Read more

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Nearly 10 Million U.S. Adults Considered Suicide Last Year

Posted 15 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 – Almost 10 million U.S. adults seriously thought about committing suicide last year, federal health officials reported Thursday. Rates of suicide are at historically high levels, having jumped 27 percent since 2000, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Nearly three million adults made a plan to take their own life. And 1.4 million adults attempted suicide but weren't successful, according to the report. Overall, the percentage of adults contemplating suicide has remained stable over the past eight years. But, growing numbers of young adults are considering taking their own lives. The latest SAMHSA report revealed an increase in suicidal thoughts among 18 to 25 year olds – from 7.5 percent in 2014 to 8.3 percent in 2015. An increasing number of young women have made failed suicide attempts – up ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Dysthymia, Seasonal Affective Disorder

Know the Warning Signs of Suicidal Thoughts

Posted 12 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 – Family, friends and acquaintances can play a key role in suicide prevention by being alert for signs and taking action to help someone who may be struggling, a mental health expert says. Nearly 43,000 Americans commit suicide each year, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For the past two decades, suicide rates have been rising in the United States, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The sharpest rises in suicide rates have occurred among men aged 45 to 64 and girls aged 10 to 14, according to the CDC. "There remains a lot of stigma associated with people who seek help for mental health, which prevents them from getting the assistance they need. We need to pay more attention to suicide prevention," said William Zimmermann. He's a clinician supervisor of New Jersey Hopeline, a suicide prevention hotline operated ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Seasonal Affective Disorder

Gay, Lesbian Teens More Likely to Suffer Rapes, Attacks: CDC

Posted 12 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 – Lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students are much more likely to be victims of physical and sexual violence and bullying, and more needs to be done to protect them, a new U.S. government study says. "These tragic disparities call for accelerated action by public health and education agencies, communities, and families to protect the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual youth," said Dr. Jonathan Mermin. He is director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Getting a better assessment of the extent of the problem, "is critical to protect the health and well-being of more than one million lesbian, gay and bisexual high school students," he added in an agency news release. The CDC report found that lesbian and gay students were much more likely than heterosexual ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Postpartum Depression, Dysthymia, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Neurotic Depression, Depressive Psychosis

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