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  • Study: Every $1 invested in EAP translates into an ROI of $8.70
  • Medical tests for PTSD and TBI not far off
  • Alcoholism recovery genetic marker identified
  • Coming soon: App that analyzes speech to monitor mental health
  • EEOC law suits add to employer confusion about legality of wellness programs
  • UK research: Brain's hyper-vigilant threat response calmed by seeing love and support
  • EAPs key in rolling out new tools to deal with depression in the workplace
  • Multinational research: Too much sitting linked to increased depression
  • 'Medicalizing' low employee morale can make matters worse
  • Cognitive therapy, mindfulness may help with menopausal depression
  • Affordable Care Act expands mental health, substance use treatment

  • Study: Every $1 invested in EAP translates into an ROI of $8.70
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    A study conducted by the Morneau Shepell research group found that every $1 invested in an employee and family assistance program translates into a return on investment of $8.70 through a combination of improved productivity at work and less time away from work. "One of the most critical factors for business success is employee productivity: it impacts an organization's bottom line," said Paula Allen, vice president of Research and Integrative Solutions at Morneau Shepell.
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    Medical tests for PTSD and TBI not far off
    Military Times
    Researchers are inching closer to creating medical tests to detect post traumatic stress or mild traumatic brain injury — conditions that now are diagnosed only with self-reported symptoms and subjective exams. Scientists from five institutions are one year into a five-year, $42.9 million study to find biomarkers that can indicate evidence of these injuries common to combat veterans.
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    Alcoholism recovery genetic marker identified
    Medical Daily
    Acamprosate is a wonderful little drug capable of preventing relapse in some living with an alcohol dependency. The only trouble is acamprosate doesn't work on everyone, and doctors have no way of knowing who will benefit from this drug. Well, that is until now. A team of researchers believe they have found a genetic marker that will help them identify individuals who could benefit from acamprosate, a finding which could be the first step toward more effective pharmaceutical approaches to alcoholism.
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    Coming soon: App that analyzes speech to monitor mental health
    PsychCentral
    New research may lead to a smartphone app that analyzes your speech to monitor your mental health. It's based on research from the University of Maryland that shows that certain vocal features change as feelings of depression worsen. Researchers envision the day when those who are feeling depressed can open the app on their smartphone and simply talk about their day.
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    EEOC law suits add to employer confusion about legality of wellness programs
    Human Resource Executive Online
    When the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently sued a third employer in the current year for its wellness program, the result put HR leaders on notice. If you have a program in place or are thinking about starting a wellness program, confusion is sure to follow. According to legal experts and other interested observers, the EEOC's legal actions, based on violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, are in direct conflict with the Affordable Care Act, which encourages wellness programs for American workers.
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    UK research: Brain's hyper-vigilant threat response calmed by seeing love and support
    PsychCentral
    New research suggests that being reminded of being loved and cared for can reduce the brain's hypervigilant response to stress. University of Exeter, U.K., investigators found that observing pictures of others being loved and cared for reduces the brain's response to threat. The findings may aid the treatment of anxiety-related disorders and conditions such as post traumatic stress disorder.
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    EAPs key in rolling out new tools to deal with depression in the workplace
    Employee Benefit News
    Depression in the workplace can affect anyone and it takes an emotional toll on those affected, and can also have a significant financial toll on employers. A new program developed by the American Psychiatric Foundation and Employers Health Coalition aims to provide both employers and employees with the tools needed to help combat depression in the workplace.
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    Multinational research: Too much sitting linked to increased depression
    Reuters via Health24
    A new analysis of previous studies connects too much sitting at the computer or lying around watching TV to a greater risk of depression. Based on dozens of studies covering hundreds of thousands of participants, Chinese researchers found that sedentary behavior was linked to a 25 percent higher likelihood of being depressed compared to people who were not sedentary.
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    'Medicalizing' low employee morale can make matters worse
    The Age
    At least one third of workplace stress claims are due to "low morale" but are regularly being treated as clinical disorders, Australian psychologists have warned. With workplace mental health problems costing businesses $10 billion a year, an Australian Psychological Society conference this week heard that more than 30 percent of compensation claims were morale-related and therefore preventable.
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    Cognitive therapy, mindfulness may help with menopausal depression
    Reuters
    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.
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    Affordable Care Act expands mental health, substance use treatment
    The Associated Press via The Washington Times
    Eleven health centers in Illinois are receiving $2.4 million in federal funding to support mental health and substance abuse treatment. Health Resources and Services Administration Administrator Mary K. Wakefield announced the funding Nov. 6. The money is made available through the Affordable Care Act, which expands mental health and substance use disorder benefits to people with health insurance.
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