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Suicide Risk Especially High for U.S. Farmers

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 – Two decades after the U.S. farm crisis, the suicide rate among American farmers remains much higher than among other workers, a new study finds. "Occupational factors such as poor access to quality health care, isolation and financial stress interact with life factors to continue to place farmers at a disproportionately high risk for suicide," said study co-author Corinne Peek-Asa. She is a professor of occupational and environmental health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Peek-Asa and her colleagues found that 230 U.S. farmers died by suicide between 1992 and 2010. The annual suicide rate among farmers ranged between 0.36 and 0.95 per 100,000 during those years, according to the study. Meanwhile, the highest annual suicide rate for all other occupations during that time never exceeded 0.19 per 100,000, the researchers said. Suicide rates ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Dysthymia

Study Cites Top Reasons Young Autism Patients Are Hospitalized

Posted 8 days ago 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

When Parents Focus on Smartphones, Kids' Misbehaving Can Rise

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 – Could your smartphone prompt a toddler tantrum? Perhaps, a new study suggests. Young children whose parents interrupt family time by pulling out their smartphones or tablets appear more prone to misbehaviors, such as whining, sulking and tantrums, the research revealed. Study author Brandon McDaniel coined the term "technoference" about five years ago when researching technology's intrusion into face-to-face interactions and relationships. His new findings on kids and parents reinforce established research focusing on technology's effects on child development. "Do you like it when you feel snubbed by someone, when that person isn't validating or listening to you?" asked McDaniel. He's an assistant professor of human development and family science at Illinois State University. "It's the same thing with kids, but since they're not adults, the way they show it is ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder

Chronic Pain Common in Adults With Depression, Anxiety

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – Chronic pain afflicts about half of adults who have anxiety or depression, a new study finds. More than 5,000 adults in Brazil diagnosed with anxiety or mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder were asked about other health problems. Among those with a mood disorder, half reported chronic pain; 33 percent, respiratory diseases; 10 percent, heart disease; 9 percent, arthritis; and 7 percent, diabetes. Among those with anxiety, 45 percent reported chronic pain; 30 percent, respiratory diseases; and 11 percent each for arthritis and heart disease. Adults with two or more chronic diseases had an increased risk of a mood or anxiety disorder. High blood pressure was associated with both disorders at 23 percent, according to the Columbia University study published online June 1 in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Senior author Dr. Silvia Martins said ... Read more

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Can Loneliness Rob You of Needed Sleep?

Posted 1 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 – Loneliness may rob you of your sleep, British researchers report. In the study, more than 2,200 18- and 19-year-olds in England and Wales provided information about their loneliness levels and sleeping patterns. Between 25 percent and 30 percent of the participants said they felt lonely sometimes, and another 5 percent said they frequently felt lonely. Lonelier people were 24 percent more likely to feel tired and have difficulty concentrating during the day, according to the King's College London researchers. "Diminished sleep quality is one of the many ways in which loneliness gets under the skin, and our findings underscore the importance of early therapeutic approaches to target the negative thoughts and perceptions that can make loneliness a vicious cycle," said study author Louise Arseneault. "Many of the young people in our study are currently at ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Major Depressive Disorder, Fatigue, Social Anxiety Disorder, Dysthymia

Advocating for a Loved One

Posted 1 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 – There are times in life, like a health crisis, when a loved one needs you to be their eyes, ears and voice. Though you may be feeling anguish over his or her illness, a patient's pain, fear or even the effects of medication can keep them from being their own advocate. But, you can play a role not only in supporting them through a stressful time, but also in making sure they're getting the best care. Gathering information is key. Ask questions and do research about their medical condition, treatments, specialists in the field and even the best hospital or surgery center for having a procedure done. Get to know the doctors involved and ask for specifics if you don't understand any terms they use. Don't hesitate to bring another family member with you, especially when surgery or other complex procedures are being discussed. Keep careful notes. Even a minor illness ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder

MS-Related Brain Changes May Affect Social Skills

Posted 1 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 – Subtle brain changes may explain why some people with multiple sclerosis (MS) lose their ability to interpret clues about what other people are thinking and feeling, a new study suggests. Until now, there has been little study of the way MS affects the so-called "social brain." Portuguese researchers wanted to learn why some people with MS develop a social disconnect that can hurt relationships and breed isolation. It doesn't happen to everyone with MS, but experts agree that it's a big deal for those who experience it. "It could interfere with all spheres of social interaction," said lead researcher Dr. Sonia Batista, a neurologist at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. "The ability to interpret other people's feelings and intentions may influence people's ability to maintain a job and their relationships with family and friends," said Batista. That's ... Read more

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Does Dad Time With Infants Boost Babies' IQ?

Posted 31 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 30, 2017 – If you're a new father, spending plenty of time with your baby could boost his or her mental development, a new study suggests. British researchers looked at how 128 fathers interacted with their infants at 3 months of age. When the kids turned 2, the researchers measured their mental development. Infants whose fathers were more engaged and active when playing with them in their first few months of life did better on thinking skills tests at age 2 than other infants. Many factors have a major influence a child's development, and this study wasn't designed to prove a cause-and-effect relationship. But these findings suggest that father-child interactions at a young age are an influencing factor, the researchers said. The researchers didn't see any differences based on the gender of the baby. Dad's interactions had a positive influence on thinking skills for both ... Read more

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

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

Women Aren't Better at Reading People's Faces After All

Posted 19 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 – When it comes to spotting a familiar face, men are just as gifted as women, a new study suggests. The finding contradicts the widely held belief that women are better at recognizing faces and reading facial expressions than men are, the Penn State researchers said. "There has been common lore in the behavioral literature that women do better than men in many types of face-processing tasks, such as face recognition and detecting and categorizing facial expressions, although, when you look in the empirical literature, the findings are not so clear-cut," said researcher Suzy Scherf. She is an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience. "I went into this work fully expecting to see an effect of biological sex on the part of the observer in facial recognition – and we did not find any. And we looked really hard," she added in a Penn State news release. Facial ... Read more

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Mechanical Heart Valve Noise May Mean Sleepless Nights

Posted 19 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 – Nearly 1 in 4 people with a mechanical heart valve says the noise it makes disrupts their sleep, a new study finds. "For some patients the closing sound of their mechanical heart valve reduces their quality of life, disturbs their sleep, causes them to avoid social situations, and leads to depression and anxiety," said study lead author Kjersti Oterhals. She is a nurse researcher at Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway. The Norwegian researchers surveyed 245 patients with a mechanical aortic heart valve. The participants' average age was 60. Eighty-seven percent of men and 75 percent of women said that they were able to hear the valve. Twenty-three percent said the sound disturbed them during sleep and 9 percent said it disturbed them during the day. "Most of us need a quiet environment when we are going to sleep and these patients found it hard to ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Dysthymia, Prosthetic Heart Valves, Prosthetic Heart Valves - Mechanical Valves, Mitral Insufficiency, Aortic Stenosis, Mitral Stenosis, Aortic Insufficiency, Valvular Heart Disease

Health Tip: Limit a Young Child's Media Time

Posted 17 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Young children are drawn to the ever-growing number of screens around the home. But the American Academy of Pediatrics says parents should take steps to limit screen time, noting that too much of it means: Kids may have a harder time falling asleep, as they are overstimulated. Kids may develop problems with language, attention, thinking and social skills, because they don't interact as much with other people. Kids may become overweight or obese, because they're spending less time playing. Kids may develop behavior problems, as they try to imitate what they see on a screen. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Obesity, Social Anxiety Disorder, Weight Loss

Poverty May Be More Stressful for Women Than Men

Posted 9 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 – Women are more likely to be anxious when they live in a poor community than in a more affluent one, a new British study suggests. But researchers say the same isn't true for men. "We see from our study that women who live in deprived areas not only have to cope with the effects of living in poverty, but are also much more susceptible to anxiety than their peers," said study lead author Olivia Remes. She's a candidate at the University of Cambridge Department of Public Health and Primary Care. "In real terms, given the number of people living in poverty worldwide, this puts many millions of women at increased risk of anxiety," Remes said in a university news release. "Anxiety disorders can be very disabling, affecting people's life, work and relationships, and increasing the risk of depression, substance misuse and serious medical conditions," she said. Previous ... Read more

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

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, Agoraphobia, Performance Anxiety, Avoidant Personality Disorder

Health Tip: Don't Let Boredom Thwart Your Workout

Posted 24 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

-- It's difficult to keep exercising day after day if you're bored with the same routine. But you can mix it up so you look forward to your workout each day. The American Council on Exercise recommends: Figure out what's boring you. Maybe switch up your cardio workout with something new, such as a kickboxing class. Or skip the treadmill and run a trail. Try an entirely new activity, such as a team sport. Ask a friend to exercise with you. Set a goal to challenge yourself, such as running a 10K. Or use a gadget such as a fitness tracker. If you feel burned out, take a short break from exercise. Read more

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

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