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8 Percent of Americans Have Depression But Few Are Treated: Study
Close to 8 percent of Americans have depression of some kind, but only about a third of those are getting treated for it, a major federal survey finds. The most depressed group? Women ages 40 to 59. More than 12 percent of women that age say they're depressed. The least? Teenage boys. Just 4 percent of them have been diagnosed with depression.
NBC News - 1/2/2015


Parental history of suicide attempt associated with increased risk in kids
A suicide attempt by a parent increased the odds nearly 5-fold that a child would attempt suicide, according to a report published online by JAMA Psychiatry. Other studies have established that suicidal behavior can run in families but few studies have looked at the pathways by which suicidal behavior is transmitted in families.
EurekAlert - 12/30/2014


For Anorexic Men, the Focus Is on Muscle: Collected data shows a 'paradox,' with men becoming malnourished as they try to bulk up
Anorexia is typically associated with women, but a new report finds that men -- especially men obsessed with muscularity -- can develop the eating disorder, too. The Canadian researchers noted that an estimated 10 percent or more of anorexia patients are thought to be male, though the actual number may be significantly higher. There was also a slightly larger proportion of gays with anorexia than is seen in women with the illness, the study found.
HealthDay - 12/29/2014


'Tis the Season for Seasonal Affective Disorder: Expert explains this type of depression, including symptoms to watch for
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs in some people due to decreased amounts of daylight during the winter. That decrease may trigger SAD by disrupting the body's internal clock, causing a drop in levels of a mood-affecting chemical called serotonin, or by altering levels of melatonin, which plays a role in sleep patterns and mood, researchers say. "The most important take-home message is that people who experience seasonal ...
HealthDay - 12/29/2014


ADHD May Raise Teens' Odds for Smoking, Drinking: Researchers found each additional symptom increased the risk of tobacco and alcohol use at a young age
Teens are more likely to start smoking or drinking with each additional symptom they have of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or conduct disorder, new research suggests. "Our findings underscore the need to counsel families about the risk of substance use as [these] children approach adolescence," said study author Dr. William Brinkman, research director at Cincinnati Pediatric Research Group, which is part of Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
HealthDay - 12/24/2014


Could playing Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' and other music improve kids' brains?
Children who play the violin or study piano could be learning more than just Mozart. A University of Vermont College of Medicine child psychiatry team has found that musical training might also help kids focus their attention, control their emotions and diminish their anxiety. Their research is published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
EurekAlert - 12/23/2014


Early exposure to antidepressants affects adult anxiety, serotonin transmission
Early developmental exposure to two different antidepressants, Prozac and Lexapro, has been studied by researchers in a mouse model that mimics human third trimester medication exposure. They found that, although these serotonin-selective reuptake inhibiting antidepressants were thought to work the same way, they did not produce the same long-term changes in anxiety behavior in the adult mice. About 15 percent of women in the United States suffer from ...
ScienceDaily - 12/19/2014


Internet addiction affects 6 percent of people worldwide
Internet addiction is an impulse-control problem marked by an inability to inhibit Internet use, which can adversely affect a person's life, including their health and interpersonal relationships. The prevalence of Internet addiction varies among regions around the world, as shown by data from more than 89,000 individuals in 31 countries analyzed for a study published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from ...
EurekAlert - 12/18/2014


Quality of parent-infant relationships, early childhood shyness predict teen anxiety
Social anxiety is one of the most common psychiatric disorders among children and adolescents. A new study has found that together, the quality of parent-infant relationships and early childhood shyness predict the likelihood of social anxiety in adolescence. In this longitudinal study, researchers studied 165 European-American, middle- to upper-middle-class adolescents who were recruited as infants.
ScienceDaily - 12/18/2014


Is there a better way to treat substance use in adolescents with co-occurring mental health disorders?
The majority (55-74%) of adolescents entering substance use treatment also have psychiatric disorders, such as depression, ADHD and trauma-related problems. Unfortunately, these youth face poorer treatment outcomes (e.g., relapse), and their mental health issues are often not directly addressed. Furthermore, few studies exist to guide those clinicians who would like to use integrated care to treat adolescent with co-occurring disorders. A new review proposes that ...
ScienceDaily - 12/18/2014


Why some antidepressants may initially worsen symptoms
New research helps explain a paradoxical effect of certain antidepressants--that they may actually worsen symptoms before helping patients feel better. The findings, highlighted in a paper publishing online December 17 in the Cell Press journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, may help investigators fix the problem as well as create new classes of drugs to treat depression.
EurekAlert - 12/17/2014


Season's eatings
Some women become preoccupied with their body weight and shape after changes in hormones drive increases in emotional eating, or the tendency to over consume food in response to negative emotions. The recurring nature of monthly increases in weight concerns in menstruating women may increase the risk of developing an eating disorder.
Michigan State University - 12/16/2014


3 ways to emotionally survive visits with family during holidays
"It always ends horribly," my client tells me as she recalls previous family holidays. "Twenty-plus years of therapy and self-improvement up in smoke in less than 20 minutes. Every year I promise myself that next year I won't go, but I always let myself get guilted into it again." Many of us dread the holidays for similar reasons. At my wellness center, clients will often book double the sessions of body work, acupuncture, coaching and hypnotherapy around the holidays ...
CNN - 12/16/2014


Domestic abuse may affect children in womb
Domestic violence can affect children even before they’re born, indicates new research by Michigan State University scientists. The study is the first to link abuse of pregnant women with emotional and behavioral trauma symptoms in their children within the first year of life. Symptoms include nightmares, startling easily, being bothered by loud noises and bright lights, avoiding physical contact and having trouble experiencing enjoyment.
Michigan State University - 12/16/2014


The ups and downs of support from friends when teens experience peer victimization: New study looks at depressive symptoms and delinquency among harassed youth
There are pros and cons to the support that victimized teenagers get from their friends. Depending on the type of aggression they are exposed to, such support may reduce youth’s risk for depressive symptoms. On the other hand, it may make some young people follow the delinquent example of their friends, says a team of researchers from the University of Kansas in the US, led by John Cooley. Their findings are published in Springer’s Journal of ...
Springer - 12/10/2014


Laughing gas studied as depression treatment
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, has shown early promise as a potential treatment for severe depression in patients whose symptoms don’t respond to standard therapies. The pilot study, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is believed to be the first research in which patients with depression were given laughing gas.
Washington University School of Medicine - 12/9/2014


Study links ADHD, conduct disorder with alcohol and tobacco use in young teens
A new study links ADHD and conduct disorder in young adolescents with increased alcohol and tobacco use. The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study is among the first to assess such an association in this age group.
EurekAlert - 12/9/2014


Wealth, power or lack thereof at heart of many mental disorders: UC Berkeley study finds self-worth key to diagnoses of psychopathologies
Donald Trump's ego may be the size of his financial empire, but that doesn't mean he's the picture of mental health. The same can be said about the self-esteem of people who are living from paycheck to paycheck, or unemployed. New research from the University of California, Berkeley, underscores this mind-wallet connection. UC Berkeley researchers have linked inflated or deflated feelings of self-worth to such afflictions as bipolar disorder, narcissistic personality ...
EurekAlert - 12/8/2014


Don't worry, be happy; just go to bed earlier: Binghamton researchers link late evenings to repetitive negative thoughts
When you go to bed and how long you sleep at a time might actually make it difficult for you to stop worrying, according to researchers at Binghamton University. The study, led by Binghamton Anxiety Clinic Director Meredith Coles and graduate student Jacob Nota, found that people who sleep for shorter periods of time and go to bed very late at night are often overwhelmed with more negative thoughts than those who keep more regular sleeping hours.
EurekAlert - 12/5/2014


Over 230,000 Ontario adults seriously considered suicide in 2013, CAMH survey shows
Results from an ongoing survey conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) show that 2.2 per cent -- over 230,000 Ontario adults -- seriously contemplated suicide in the last year. The 2013 edition of the CAMH Monitor, released today, included questions about suicidal ideation for the first time in the survey’s history.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - 12/4/2014


Check less to reduce email stress: Checking your email less can help reduce stress, says a UBC study
Is your inbox burning you out? Then take heart – research from the University of British Columbia suggests that easing up on email checking can help reduce psychological stress. Some of the study’s 124 adults — including students, financial analysts medical professionals and others — were instructed to limit checking email to three times daily for a week. Others were told to check email as often as they could (which turned out to be about the same number of times that they ...
University of British Columbia - 12/3/2014


People in unhappy places are depressed more than a week a month
People in the country's unhappiest communities spend about a quarter of the month so far down in the dumps that it can harm their productivity, according to economists. "This is a real concern not just in the United States, but across the world," said Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural economics and regional economics, Penn State, and director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development. "Poor mental health can result in considerable economic costs ...
ScienceDaily - 12/3/2014


How early trauma influences behavior
Traumatic and stressful events during childhood increase the risk to develop psychiatric disorders, but to a certain extent, they can also help better deal with difficult situations later in life. Researchers have studied this phenomenon in mice to learn how these effects could be transmitted to the next generation.
ScienceDaily - 12/1/2014


How to Help Someone Grieving in the Holiday Season: 'Let them know you care,' says expert
Holiday joy can be lost on someone grieving the death of a loved one. But supportive family and friends can help the bereaved cope with this difficult period, experts say. "One of the best ways to help those who are grieving during the holidays is to let them know you care and that their loved one is not forgotten," J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, said in a news release from the group.
HealthDay - 11/28/2014


Mindfulness treatment as effective as CBT for depression, anxiety
Group mindfulness treatment is as effective as individual cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in patients with depression and anxiety, according to a new study. This is the first randomized study to compare group mindfulness treatment and individual cognitive behavioral therapy in patients with depression and anxiety in primary health care.
ScienceDaily - 11/27/2014


'Trigger' for stress processes discovered in brain
An important factor for stress has been identified by scientists. This is the protein secretagogin that plays an important role in the release of the stress hormone CRH and which only then enables stress processes in the brain to be transmitted to the pituitary gland and then onwards to the organs.
ScienceDaily - 11/27/2014


Experience with family verbal conflict as a child can help in stressful situations as an adult
Individuals who were exposed to intense verbal aggression as children are able to handle intense conflict later in life, new research suggests. "Conflict experiences can be beneficial, by alleviating tension and avoiding conflict escalation, reducing communication apprehension, and contributing to closeness within the relationship," said an author of the study. "Given the diversity of outcomes associated with interpersonal conflict, efforts to understand variation ...
ScienceDaily - 11/24/2014


Talk Therapy Linked To Lower Suicide Risk: Danish study finds multiple sessions help prevent repeat attempts at ending life
Talk therapy significantly reduces suicide attempts and deaths among people who have previously attempted suicide, a new study finds. The new research included more than 5,600 people in Denmark who underwent six to 10 talk therapy sessions after they attempted suicide. The study also included more than 17,000 people who attempted suicide but received no treatment afterward.
HealthDay - 11/24/2014


1 in 5 U.S. Adults Dealt With a Mental Illness in 2013: Federal official urges people to seek treatment to 'restore their well-being'
Nearly one in five American adults -- 43.8 million people -- had a diagnosable mental illness in 2013, federal officials reported Thursday. The report also found that 10 million adults had a serious mental illness, 15.7 million had major depressive episodes, 9.3 million had serious thoughts of suicide, 2.7 million made suicide plans and 1.3 million attempted suicide.
HealthDay - 11/20/2014


A Bad Marriage Burdens an Aging Heart: Older women in unhappy relationships seem especially vulnerable, researchers say
A bad marriage increases an older adult's risk of heart trouble, and that's particularly true for women, a new study contends. Researchers examined five years of data from 1,200 married American men and women, aged 57 to 85. People with spouses who were overly critical or demanding were more likely to develop heart disease than those with supportive mates, the researchers from Michigan State University said. They also found that a bad marriage's harmful impact ...
HealthDay - 11/20/2014


Job authority increases depression symptoms in women, decreases them in men
A new study finds that having job authority increases symptoms of depression among women, but decreases them among men. "Women with job authority -- the ability to hire, fire, and influence pay -- have significantly more symptoms of depression than women without this power," said Tetyana Pudrovska, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and the lead author of the study. "In contrast, men with job authority ...
ScienceDaily - 11/20/2014


Teens who mature early at greater risk of depression, study says
Youth who enter puberty ahead of their peers are at heightened risk of depression, although the disease develops differently in girls than in boys, a new study suggests. Early maturation triggers an array of psychological, social-behavioral and interpersonal difficulties that predict elevated levels of depression in boys and girls several years later, according to research by led by psychology professor Karen D. Rudolph at the University of Illinois.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - 11/19/2014


Mindfulness techniques can help protect pregnant women against depression
Pregnant women with histories of major depression are at high risk of becoming depressed again in the months before and after their babies are born. A new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder found that practicing mindfulness techniques--such as meditation, breathing exercises and yoga--could help protect these women against a recurrence.
EurekAlert - 11/19/2014


Research shows why antidepressant may be effective in postpartum depression
An antidepressant commonly prescribed for women with postpartum depression may restore connections between cells in brain regions that are negatively affected by chronic stress during pregnancy, new research suggests.
EurekAlert - 11/19/2014


Global surge in ADHD diagnosis has more to do with marketing than medicine, expert suggests
A new article attributes ADHD's global growth to five trends: expanded, overseas lobbying efforts by drug companies; the growth of biological psychiatry; the adaptation of the American-based Diagnostic and Statistical Manual standards, which are broader and have a lower threshold for diagnosing ADHD; promotion of pharmaceutical treatments by ADHD advocacy groups that work closely with drug companies; and the easy availability of ADHD information and ...
ScienceDaily - 11/18/2014


High-fructose diet in adolescence may exacerbate depressive-like behavior: Animal study shows that diet alters important pathways associated with brain's response to stress
The consumption of a diet high in fructose throughout adolescence can worsen depressive- and anxiety-like behavior and alter how the brain responds to stress, according to new animal research scheduled for presentation at Neuroscience 2014, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the world's largest source of emerging news about brain science and health.
EurekAlert - 11/18/2014


Many Teens Suffer 'Cyber' Dating Abuse, Study Suggests: Researcher said the participants were part of 'high-risk' population
Many teens are abused online by the people they're dating, a new study suggests. This abuse can include being monitored, stalked, threatened and harassed through hurtful comments, the researchers said. The findings were based on surveys of teens who visited northern California school health clinics, and don't hint at how common this kind of abuse among teens is overall.
HealthDay - 11/17/2014


Could Depression Actually Be a Form of Infectious Disease?
Major depressive disorder (MDD) should be re-conceptualized as an infectious disease, according to a professor. A new article suggests that major depression may result from parasitic, bacterial, or viral infection. The article presents examples that illustrate possible pathways by which these microorganisms could contribute to the etiology of MDD.
ScienceDaily - 11/14/2014


Depression, overwhelming guilt in preschool years linked to brain changes
In school-age children previously diagnosed with depression as preschoolers, a key brain region involved in emotion is smaller than in their peers who were not depressed, scientists have shown. The research, by a team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, also suggests that the size of the brain’s right anterior insula may predict the risk of future bouts of depression, potentially giving researchers an anatomical marker to identify those at ...
Washington University School of Medicine - 11/12/2014


Hope for those with social anxiety disorder: You may already be someone’s best friend: People with social anxiety come across better than they might think, study finds
Making friends is often extremely difficult for people with social anxiety disorder and to make matters worse, people with this disorder tend to assume that the friendships they do have are not of the highest quality. The problem with this perception, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis, is that it’s not necessarily true from the point of view of their friends.
Washington University in St. Louis - 11/11/2014



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