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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


Cognitive therapy, mindfulness may help with menopausal depression
Psychotherapy and mindfulness techniques could help many women who experience depression during menopause, according to a review of existing research. Too few studies have looked at whether cognitive therapies are good alternatives for women who can’t or don’t want to use pharmaceutical treatments, the authors conclude, but the handful that did mostly showed positive results.
Reuters - 11/7/2014


PTSD in Women Linked to Premature Birth: Women with the condition were about one-third more likely to deliver early, study found
Having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) significantly increases a pregnant woman's risk of premature birth, according to a new study. Researchers examined more than 16,000 births involving female U.S. military veterans between 2000 and 2012, and found that having PTSD in the year before delivery increased the risk of spontaneous premature birth by 35 percent.
HealthDay - 11/6/2014


ADHD-air pollution link: Breathing dirty air during pregnancy raises odds of childhood ADHD-related behavior problems
Prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAH, a component of air pollution, raises the odds of behavior problems associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, at age 9, according to researchers.
ScienceDaily - 11/5/2014


Unconditional acceptance may help kids cope with setbacks
Kids who feel accepted and supported by their peers “no matter what” are less likely to have negative feelings about themselves after a setback, new research suggests. Kids in the study who spent time thinking about how they had felt accepted and valued by their peers, even when they made mistakes, were less likely to feel badly about themselves after getting poor grades three weeks later.
Reuters - 11/4/2014


Drinking and poor academics affect the future of children with behavioral disorders
Childhood behavioral conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and conduct disorder are linked with an increased risk of being convicted of a felony later in life, with heavy drinking and educational failure contributing to this link. The findings, which come from an analysis of 4,644 men, suggest that substance use and educational disengagement in adolescence operate as stepping stones toward adult criminality among behaviorally disordered children.
EurekAlert - 11/4/2014


Youth Pastors Feel Ill-Equipped to Help Young People Cope with Mental Health Issues, Baylor Study Finds
Many mental health disorders first surface during adolescence, and college and youth pastors are in a good position to offer help or steer youths elsewhere to find it. But many of those pastors feel ill-prepared to recognize and treat mental illness, according to a Baylor University study.
Baylor University - 11/4/2014


Typical ADHD Care Leaves Room for Improvement, Study Finds: Many pediatricians fail to follow guidelines for diagnosis, treatment
Many pediatricians provide inadequate care for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), relying too heavily on drugs and failing to thoroughly assess kids' symptoms, a new study reports. Nearly one-third of pediatricians who diagnose children with ADHD do not consult the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a necessary step in determining if the kids meet the criteria for the brain disorder, researchers found.
HealthDay - 11/3/2014


Women with bipolar disorder at 50 percent greater risk of delivering preterm babies
Women who have been previously hospitalized for bipolar disorder are nearly twice as likely to have premature babies compared to women without a history of mental illness, according to a new study by researchers at Women's College Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).
ScienceDaily - 11/3/2014


Most mental health disorders not increasing in children and youth, according to large Canadian study: Suicidal thoughts and attempts on decline
Symptoms of mental illness in children and adolescents do not appear to be increasing, according to a large study of Canadian youth published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) "Popular media tends to perpetuate the idea that the prevalence of mental disorders is increasing," writes Dr. Ian Colman, Canada Research Chair in Mental Health Epidemiology and associate professor at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, with coauthors. "However, ...
EurekAlert - 11/3/2014


Study investigates why sadness is the longest-lasting emotion
We have all been there at some point in our lives: that emotional span of time after a difficult breakup, the death of a loved one or an injury, when it seems like climbing out of the pit of despair is an insurmountable task. But why does sadness last longer than feelings of being ashamed, surprised, irritated or bored? A new study published in the journal Motivation and Emotion examines this question.
Medical News Today - 10/31/2014


Traumatic stress may affect DNA, but psychotherapy may heal it
A study published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics for the first time demonstrates that traumatic stress may induce DNA breakage, but psychotherapy may heal it. Previous research reveals an association between traumatic stress and an increased risk for numerous diseases, including cancer. At the molecular level, stress may increase carcinogenesis via increased DNA damage and impaired DNA repair mechanisms.
Medical News Today - 10/27/2014


PET scans reveal how psychodynamic therapy for depression may change brain function: Metabolic differences in key brain region could predict which patients are most likely to respond to psychodynamic therapy
A study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has identified for the first time changes in the metabolic activity of a key brain region in patients successfully treated for depression with psychodynamic psychotherapy, suggesting a mechanism of action behind one of the most historically important and widely practiced forms of therapy. They also found evidence that pretreatment metabolism in a different brain structure might predict which patients ...
EurekAlert - 10/27/2014


Dark Days Here for Folks With Seasonal Depression: Expert offers tips to compensate for reduced light exposure
October's shorter, darker days can trigger a type of depression, known as seasonal affective disorder, according to an expert. People affected by seasonal affective disorder, also called SAD, may feel overly tired, lack motivation and even have trouble getting out of bed. In extreme cases, SAD can lead to suicide, said Dr. Angelos Halaris, a professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Loyola University Chicago Stitch School of Medicine.
HealthDay - 10/24/2014


Relationships benefit when parents, adult children use multiple communication channels
Adult children's relationship satisfaction with their parents is modestly influenced by the number of communication tools, such as cell phones, email, social networking sites, they use to communicate, research has found.
ScienceDaily - 10/24/2014


Music therapy reduces depression in children, adolescents
Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have discovered that music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems. In the largest ever study of its kind, the researchers in partnership with the Northern Ireland Music Therapy Trust, found that children who received music therapy had significantly improved self-esteem and significantly reduced depression compared with those who received treatment without music therapy.
ScienceDaily - 10/23/2014


Two days later: Adolescents' conflicts with family spill over to school, vice versa
Family conflict and problems at school tend to occur together on the same day. A new study has found that these problems spill over in both directions for up to two days after. The study found that teens with more pronounced mental health symptoms, anxiety and depression, for example, are at risk for intensified spillover. The study followed over a hundred 13 to 17 year olds and their parents over a 14-day period.
ScienceDaily - 10/23/2014


Exposure therapy appears helpful in treating patients with prolonged grief
Cognitive behavioral therapy with exposure therapy (CBT/exposure), where patients relive the experience of a death of a loved one, resulted in greater reductions in measures of prolonged grief disorder (PGD) than CBT alone. PGD involves persistent yearning for the deceased and the associated emotional pain, difficulty in accepting the death, a sense of meaninglessness, bitterness about the death and difficulty in engaging in new activities. To diagnose PGD, ...
ScienceDaily - 10/22/2014


Bipolar disorder discovery at the nano level: Tiny structures found in brain synapses help scientists better understand disorder
A nano-sized discovery by Northwestern Medicine® scientists helps explain how bipolar disorder affects the brain and could one day lead to new drug therapies to treat the mental illness. Scientists used a new super-resolution imaging method -- the same method recognized with the 2014 Nobel Prize in chemistry -- to peer deep into brain tissue from mice with bipolar-like behaviors. In the synapses (where communication between brain cells occurs), they discovered ...
Northwestern University - 10/22/2014


U.S. Kids Use ADHD Meds More During School Year: Researchers suggest this may be to boost academic achievement
American children's use of stimulant medications is 30 percent higher during the school year than in the summer, a new study indicates. The findings suggest that many children may use stimulants to help them meet academic demands, according to the researchers. Stimulant medications improve concentration and help manage symptoms associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They are the most widely used type of medication among ...
HealthDay - 10/17/2014


Upbeat Walking Style Might Lift Your Mood: Negativity less likely in people with a positive gait, study says
The way you walk can affect your mood, according to a new study. Previous research has shown that depressed people move differently from happy people, according to study co-author Nikolaus Troje, a senior fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. "It is not surprising that our mood, the way we feel, affects how we walk, but we want to see whether the way we move also affects how we feel," he said in an institute news release.
HealthDay - 10/17/2014


Family Acceptance Key to Curbing Teen Suicides, Study Shows: Validation by peers also decreased likelihood of self-harm
Family rejection could be potentially deadly for teens already at risk for suicide, a new study has found. When teens were followed six months after discharge from a psychiatric unit for attempting suicide, the majority of boys and girls reported feeling family or peer "invalidation" at the time of discharge. "Family invalidation refers to a lack of acceptance of individuals' sense of self and their emotions," said lead researcher Shirley Yen, an associate professor of ...
HealthDay - 10/17/2014


Youth suicide: More early detection, better coordination are needed
Although progress has been made in recent years, the matter of youth suicide in Quebec still needs to be more effectively addressed. In fact, a new study shows that more lives could be saved through early detection and increased public awareness and information sharing among professionals.
ScienceDaily - 10/16/2014


Obesity and Depression Often Twin Ills, Study Finds: Nature of connection isn't clear, but both conditions can be treated, experts say
Depression and obesity tend to go hand in hand, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. The combination was so common that 43 percent of depressed adults were also obese, according to the report. That association was even more prevalent among those taking antidepressants: 55 percent of those patients were also obese.
HealthDay - 10/16/2014


More Evidence That Exercise May Help Fight Depression: But low mood can be a barrier to physical activity, study finds
Physically active people are less likely to show signs of depression, a new study finds. And exercise can help improve mood in people who already feel depressed, but there's a catch: Depressive symptoms appear to be a barrier to physical activity, the British researchers said. The findings, based on 11,000 adults ages 23 to 50, correlate with previous research suggesting that exercise can have a powerful effect on depression, although it's far from a cure-all.
HealthDay - 10/16/2014


Testing parents' patience, while treating kids' problem behavior
Humans have a focus on the short term. We are more interested in a potential benefit if we can get it now. The ability to delay gratification has been studied in children with the “marshmallow experiment”: a child can have one treat now, or two if he or she can wait a few minutes without gobbling the first treat. Psychologists and economists have shown that similar trends can be observed and measured in many spheres of life. They call the tendency for the perceived value ...
Emory Health Sciences - 10/14/2014


In-home visits reduce drug use, depression in pregnant teens
Intensive parenting and health education provided in homes of pregnant American Indian teens reduced the mothers’ illegal drug use, depression and behavior problems, and set their young children on track to meet behavioral and emotional milestones they may have otherwise missed.
ScienceDaily - 10/10/2014


Teenage Girls Are Exposed to More Stressors that Increase Depression Risk
Adolescence is often a turbulent time, and it is marked by substantially increased rates of depressive symptoms, especially among girls. New research indicates that this gender difference may be the result of girls’ greater exposure to stressful interpersonal events, making them more likely to ruminate, and contributing to their risk of depression.
Association for Psychological Science - 10/8/2014


Childhood psychological abuse as harmful as sexual or physical abuse
Children who are emotionally abused and neglected face similar and sometimes worse mental health problems as children who are physically or sexually abused, yet psychological abuse is rarely addressed in prevention programs or in treating victims, according to a new study.
ScienceDaily - 10/8/2014


Gay and Bisexual Youth Can Thrive With Positive Family Relationships
Gay and bisexual youth who are supported by their family and feel comfortable talking to them about their lives are less likely to become involved in high-risk sexual behaviors, according to a recent Rutgers study. “Youth had limited engagement in unsafe sex when the families were able to have open, reciprocal discussions that were low in disagreement. Close family connections seemed to provide a context for safety,” says Michael LaSala, associate professor and ...
Rutgers University - 10/7/2014


Childhood eating difficulties could be a sign of underlying psychological issues
Researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children's hospital are warning parents that difficult eaters could have underlying psychological issues, as they have found that restrictive behaviors can appear before puberty.
EurekAlert - 10/7/2014


Why do women struggling with low sexual desire not seek treatment?
Low sexual desire is common among both pre- and post-menopausal women. It can cause personal distress, harm relationships, and have a negative impact on body image and self confidence. Yet few women seek medical care for this condition, and the reasons are explored in a timely article in Journal of Women's Health, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.
EurekAlert - 10/7/2014


‘Broad Consensus’ that Violent Media Increase Child Aggression: Agreement found among researchers, pediatricians and parents
Majorities of media researchers, parents and pediatricians agree that exposure to violent media can increase aggression in children, according to a new national study. The study found that 66 percent of researchers, 67 percent of parents and 90 percent of pediatricians agree or strongly agree that violent video games can increase aggressive behavior among children. Majorities of these groups also believed that children’s aggressive behavior can be ...
Ohio State University - 10/6/2014


Weight-Loss Surgery May Not Always Help With Depression: About 4 percent of obese patients report negative mood changes months after procedure, study finds
While most severely obese people get a mood boost after weight-loss surgery, some may have a recurrence of depression symptoms months after they have the procedure, a new study finds. The study included 94 women and 13 men who were asked about their mood before having weight-loss surgery, and again six and 12 months after the procedure.
HealthDay - 10/3/2014


Sense of invalidation uniquely risky for troubled teens
A study of 99 teens hospitalized out of concern about suicide risk found that a high perception of family invalidation – or lack of acceptance – predicted future suicide events among boys, and peer invalidation predicted future self harm, such as cutting, among the teens in general.
Brown University - 10/2/2014



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