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ADAA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Anxiety and Depression Conference — early registration ends soon
ADAA
The Anxiety and Depression Conference in Chicago, March 27-30, is not to be missed. This is your best chance to learn about the latest research and clinical trends in this area and connect with your peers. You can earn up to 30 CE/CME credits selecting from over 150 educational sessions on anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, depression and suicide. Register before the end of February to save with discounted early registration fees. View the program and highlights at adaa.org. Register at www.ADAA.org/conference .
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Cutting-edge management of anxiety and depression
ADAA
Join colleagues on March 29, in Chicago for one-day program designed to meet the education needs of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, psychiatric nurses and physicians focusing on the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression. This interactive session brings together nationally renowned experts focusing on refractory anxiety and depression including PTSD. There will be discussions of challenging cases and updates on pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy treatments for children and adults. The program offers 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. There will be opportunities to speak with experts, discuss your practice challenges and network with peers. Organized by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America in partnership with the Department of Psychiatry, Rush University Medical Center. Read more here.
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Improv for social anxiety
ADAA
Learn the powers of using improvisation in practice and how to combine it with CBT. Improv can help clinicians think out of the box and become more comfortable with the uncertainties of nontraditional treatment methods. Limited registration, few seats available. Register now.
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TAKING ACTION


Online CME webinar on tics in children
ADAA-Wiley Health Learning Library
Earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit for each of these online webinars sponsored by ADAA on the Wiley Health Learning Library.

Behavioral Treatment of Tics in Children with Anxiety
Friday, Feb. 28.
2 p.m. EST
Read more here .


NIMH Webinar on Substance Use

Substance Use and Mental Disorders: Early Detection, Prevention, and Treatment
Wednesday, Feb. 26.
12:30 - 2 p.m. EST

NIMH Deputy Director Philip Wang, M.D., Dr.P.H. will present on the state of science for mental health and mental disorders, with a focus on NIMH efforts related to suicide prevention and early detection of serious mental illness, including schizophrenia and related disorders.

Register here .

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Prioritized research agenda for suicide prevention released
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Research Prioritization Task Force of the National Institutes of Health has released their final report — "A Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives." This report is available for download at www.suicide-research-agenda.org. The agenda outlines 30 research areas that show the most promise and could help decrease the number of both suicide attempts and deaths in the U.S. The goal is for this agenda to be used by researchers themselves regarding the types of research they conduct in the future, funding organizations, family members, policymakers and other interested individuals to advocate for the field of suicide prevention research.
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RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS


Treatment for pediatric anxiety disorders falls short
Medscape (free subscription)
Results from the longest follow-up study of pediatric anxiety disorders to date show that fewer than 50 percent of children and youth who initially respond to acute treatment achieve long-term symptom relief. A multicenter, naturalistic follow-up study conducted by investigators at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md., showed that at a mean 6-year follow-up, 46.5 percent of youth with anxiety disorders who were randomly assigned to receive treatment were in remission.
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Migraineurs carry twofold risk for depression
Pain Medicine News
Individuals who experience migraines have twice as a high a risk for developing depression and suicidal ideation than the general population, according to new study data from researchers at the University of Toronto in Ontario. Data from the new study (Depression Research and Treatment 2013) demonstrated that of men with migraines, 8.4 percent reported depression compared with 3.4 percent of men without migraines. Of women with migraines, 12.4 percent reported depression compared with 5.7 percent of women who don't get migraines.
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The two-way street between depression and heart health
Daily RX
Symptoms of depression have been tied to heart problems in past studies. Is it possible that one condition causes the other? Researchers set out to answer this question in a recent study on heart disease, stroke and depression. Using medical records and questionnaires on depressive symptoms, these researchers found that increased symptoms of depression led to a higher heart disease risk.
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Study links steroid-dependent asthma to depression
Reuters
People with severe asthma who rely on prednisone are more than three times more likely to be depressed than those with severe cases who don't use prednisone and those with mild to moderate asthma, according to a new study from The Netherlands. Prednisone-dependent asthma patients "deserve" screening for depression and anxiety, the authors say, both to alleviate their suffering and possibly improve their physical health through mental health treatment.
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Psychiatric illnesses in adolescents contribute to chronic pain
Science World Report
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America has acknowledged that people with anxiety disorders suffer from various chronic pain issues, such as migraines, arthritis, fibromyalgia and back pain. A recent study conducted in Norway was the first to relate such troubles to adolescents.
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How colleges flunk mental health
Newsweek
One night in 2012, alone in his dorm room at Princeton University, Dan downed 20 Trazodone, his prescribed antidepressant. He had recently switched medication and was experiencing rapid mood swings; a fight with his girlfriend and a tense email exchange with a friend led him to overdose, which Dan says he knew was "ridiculous" even as he swallowed the pills.
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Critical review of outcome research on interpersonal psychotherapy for anxiety disorders
Depression and Anxiety
Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) has demonstrated efficacy in treating mood and eating disorders. This article critically reviews outcome research testing IPT for anxiety disorders, a diagnostic area where cognitive behavioral therapy has dominated research and treatment.
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Promising research in Dallas explores new treatment for PTSD
The Dallas Morning News
Preliminary research by a psychologist at the Dallas VA Medical Center suggests doctors may one day be able to cure soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder by simply erasing fears from their minds. Think of it as opening a document — a traumatic memory — on your computer, changing several lines of text, then saving the new file to your hard drive. For traumatized veterans, they’ll still be able to remember battlefield experiences, but the thoughts won’t invoke panic.
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CBT can be quick, cost-effective solution for insomnia
Psych Central
A new study shows that even a brief intervention of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) aids insomnia patients. Researchers discovered sleep improved in 86 percent of insomnia patients who completed at least three sessions of CBT. In the six months following treatment, healthcare utilization decreased and health care-related costs were reduced by more than $200 on average among treatment completers.
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Children and anxiety disorder
Ozarks First
Social media is changing the way young people form relationships and stay connected. It’s also changing the face of anxiety disorders, especially among children. MailOnline reports that up to 10 percent of schoolchildren are believed to be affected by some form of mental illness and/or anxiety, much of which is brought on by bullying, school-related stress and social media pressures.
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Depression, anxiety affect cognitive skills of middle-aged women with HIV
Psych Central
Researchers have discovered menopausal symptoms heighten anxiety in mid-life women with HIV, leading to a disruption of thinking skills. Additional menopausal characteristics such as hot flashes and depression suggest that treatment for these conditions can help improve quality of life among this cohort during this stage of change.
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Depression, anxiety and social phobias rising in kids
The Commercial Appeal
Educators are seeing more and more students suffering from depression, anxiety and social phobia. The acuity of mental illness among students has sharpened, they say, and it’s striking ever younger children, though many quietly bear the stress for years before snapping.
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Consistent mania monitoring during perinatal period warranted
News-Medical
Pregnant and postpartum women with bipolar disorder experience clinically severe symptoms, suggesting the need for continued monitoring of mania during this time, say researchers. The risk of suicide, substance abuse and impact on the mother–child relationship are of particular concern, notes the team, led by Cynthia Battle.
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Less sleep, more time online raises risk for teen depression
NPR
The teenage years are a tumultuous time, with about 11 percent developing depression by age 18. Lack of sleep may increase teenagers' risk of depression, two studies say. Teenagers who don't get enough sleep are four times as likely to develop depression as their peers who sleep more, according to researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
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Anxiety symptoms and coping strategies in the perinatal period
Medscape (free subscription)
The aim of the present study was to explore the prospective relationship between anxiety symptoms and coping strategies during late pregnancy and early postpartum. Participants completed the Hospital Anxiety Depression-Anxiety subscale and Carver's Brief COPE at two time points, namely during the last trimester of pregnancy and at two months postpartum.
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North Jersey doctors suggest psychotherapy to help treat anxiety disorders
NorthJersey .com
A little bit of anxiety can go a long way. Some stage fright can enhance your performance, for example. A few butterflies could propel you across the finish line. Too much, however, can be crippling. "It's a terrible thing," said a 59-year-old Paramus man who has been suffering from anxiety for 10 years.
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Loneliness can be lethal for seniors
Psych Central
New research suggests feeling extreme loneliness can increase an older person’s chances of premature death by 14 percent. University of Chicago researchers found the impact of loneliness on premature death is nearly as strong as the impact of disadvantaged socioeconomic status, which they found increases the chances of dying early by 19 percent.
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Studies claim medical marijuana may reduce suicide rates, traffic fatalities
PBS NewsHour
Contrary to the claims of outdated anti-marijuana PSA’s, a new study published in the the American Public Journal of Health claims that legalizing medical marijuana can reduce suicide rates by 5 percent among the general population and by as much as 10 percent among young male population. The study, co-written by professors from Montana State, San Diego State, and the University of Colorado at Denver, analyzed 17 years worth of statistics in search of shifts in suicide rates per 10,000 people in states where medical marijuana was legal from 1990 to 2007.
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How simple physical activity could stave off depression
The Atlantic Cities
There's been some discussion among mental health professionals in recent years about depression as a “luxury disorder,” far more prevalent in wealthy countries — especially the U.S. — than in the developing world. The idea is that once basic survival issues are out of the way, the demons of depression are more likely to set in. But depression is no longer just a problem in the traditionally wealthy nations of the global north. It's on the rise across the world.
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Smoking cessation linked to improved mental health
Medscape (free subscription)
Far from the conventional wisdom that it is better to overlook psychiatric patients' smoking in favor of treating the predominant mental illness first, 2 new studies suggest that reducing cigarette consumption or butting out altogether is significantly linked to improved mental health outcomes. "Clinicians tend to treat the depression, alcohol dependence, or drug problem first and allow patients to 'self-medicate' with cigarettes if necessary," lead investigator Patricia A. Cavazos-Rehg, Ph.D., Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis, Miss., said in a statement.
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About Anxiety & Depression Insights
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This news brief is a timely update about anxiety disorders and depression sent to members of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and other professionals interested in this area. Links to articles are provided for the convenience of the reader. External resources are not a part of the ADAA website, and ADAA is not responsible for the content of external sites. Linking to a website does not constitute an endorsement by ADAA of the sponsors of the site or the information presented on the site. For more information about ADAA, visit www.ADAA.org.
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