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ADAA President discusses anxiety, depression and suicide
ADAA
ADAA mourns the loss of Robin Williams and others whose lives have ended due to suicide. His tragic death illustrates the great need for increased public awareness of the grave risk that suicide poses. "Both depression and anxiety carry a high risk of suicide," says Mark Pollack, M.D., ADAA President and Grainger Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center. "More than 90 percent of those who commit suicide have a diagnosable illness such as clinical depression, and often in combination with anxiety or substance use disorders and other treatable mental disorders.” Earlier this summer the Jack and Jill Foundation chapter in the Washington, D.C. area held a panel on mental health and suicide and donated $10,000 to ADAA for public education. In memory of Robin Williams, L.A. Creamery, a Los Angeles based company, will donate 5 percent of all sales from Aug. 11 — Sept. 10, to ADAA. The outpouring of support from individuals and the corporate community has been generous and allows for expanding efforts in public education.

ADAA has resources available for consumers and clinicians about preventing suicide.
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Deadline approaches for call for submissions for 2015 conference
ADAA
ADAA invites psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, neuroscientists and others working in the area of anxiety and depressive disorders to submit abstracts for peer-review for the 2015 Anxiety and Depression Conference to be held in Miami, Florida, April 9-12. The deadline is Sept. 8, for symposia, roundtables and workshops. The theme for this year’s conference is Anxiety and Depression: Translating Research, Innovating Practice. Conference co-chairs Kerry Ressler and Tanja Jovanovic encourage participation and learning why this conference is the place to be in 2015. Abstracts are due Sept. 8; research poster abstracts are due Dec. 5. ADAA’s website, ADAA.org, has information about how to submit and a link to the online submission site are at ADAA’s website. Go online to see information about registration, hotel and program highlights are available online.
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Mobile apps reviews available at ADAA
ADAA
ADAA has launched a new resource on its website for consumers and clinicians. Members will be reviewing and posting reviews of available apps for anxiety disorders and depression.
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RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS


Atypical depression may carry increased risk of obesity
dailyRx
Major depressive disorder and obesity have previously been connected to chronic conditions like cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes. But major depressive disorder and obesity may also be connected. A recent study found that people with atypical major depressive disorder (MDD) faced a higher risk of being obese than people who had other types of MDD or did not have MDD.
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Rat study finds PTSD can develop without trauma memory
PsychCentral
A new rat study finds that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop even without explicit memory of an earlier trauma. Researchers at the University of Albany and the University of California, Los Angeles, note there are case reports of people who have experienced terrible life events that resulted in brain damage, some of whom developed syndromes similar to PTSD even though they had no recollection of the event.
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Poor sleep quality increases suicide risk for older adults, study finds
Medical Xpress
Older adults suffering from sleep disturbances are more likely to die by suicide than well-rested adults, according to a study led by a researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine. "This is important because sleep disturbances are highly treatable, yet arguably less stigmatizing than many other suicide risk factors," said Rebecca Bernert, Ph.D., lead author of the study. Bernert is an instructor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Suicide Prevention Research Laboratory at Stanford.
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Depression, MCI combo dramatically accelerates brain aging
Medscape (free subscription)
Older adults with both depression and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may have brain biomarkers signifying an increased risk for accelerated brain aging, which could then lead to the development of dementia, new research suggests. The study, which included 80 patients older than 64 years with depression, showed that those who also had MCI versus those with normal cognition had significant differences in the brain activity of 24 proteins involved in the regulation of several pathways, including inflammation, intracellular signaling and cell survival, as well as a greater risk for cerebrovascular disease.
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New study says regular exercise can help with depression
Medical Daily
Doctors in Texas say physical fitness may be one of the best ways to prevent depression and may even be as effective in treatment as psychotherapy is. Their conclusions are based on a study of middle-school-aged children in northern Texas who were tested and surveyed for fitness and depression. They found that sixth graders, especially girls, were slightly less likely to become depressed by seventh grade if they had strong cardio-respiratory health.
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Anxiety associated with ulcer risk
Center for Advancing Health
A new study in General Hospital Psychiatry finds evidence of a relationship between anxiety disorders and the prevalence and incidence of ulcer over a 10-year period in a sample of U.S. adults. Though ulcer prevalence has decreased, approximately 500,000 new cases still occur annually in the U.S., with complications that can result in bleeding, perforation and death. A fairly recent discovery that many, but not all, cases are caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori has resulted in neglecting to investigate other contributing factors, said corresponding author Farah Taha, M.A., in the Department of Psychology at Queens College, City University of New York.
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Risk of suicidal behavior with antidepressants in bipolar and unipolar disorders
The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
The objective of this study was to examine the risk of suicidal behavior, including suicide attempts and deaths, associated with antidepressants in participants with bipolar I, bipolar II and unipolar major depressive disorders. A 27-year longitudinal (1981–2008) observational study of mood disorders was used to evaluate antidepressants and risk for suicidal behavior.
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Study: Cognitive behavior therapy via Internet effective treatment
Medical Xpress
A new study from Karolinska Institutet shows that exposure-based cognitive behavior therapy via the Internet is a more effective treatment for health anxiety than an active psychological treatment with relaxation and stress management. The results are presented in the British Journal of Psychiatry. Health anxiety involves a strong, persistent and excessive fear of succumbing to serious illness. The condition can cause great suffering to the patient and often occurs among patients within primary care.
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Study: Depression a risk factor for dementia
WebProNews
A new study published in the scientific journal Neurology on July 30, showed that depression is a risk factor for dementia. The results indicate that treating depression in older patients may stave off some of the symptoms of dementia related to thinking and memory skills. “This is a risk factor we should take seriously,” said lead author Robert Wilson, senior neuropsychologist at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Rush University.
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Study: Depression often left untreated in Parkinson's disease
Counsel & Heal
Although depression is one of the common symptoms of Parkinson's disease, it remains untreated for many patients, according to a new study. In fact, depression is the most prevalent non-motor symptom of Parkinson's, a chronic neurodegenerative disorder typically associated with movement dysfunction, the press release added.
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New research looks at the possible link between inflammation and depression
TIME
Scientists are studying alternative explanations for complicated conditions like depression, and researchers from the University of Cambridge are looking into a preliminary but interesting theory that a protein released into our blood when our bodies are responding to infections — referred to as an inflammatory marker — may have a role in mental health. The researchers hypothesize that there similar mechanisms that underlie chronic diseases, from heart disease and diabetes to mental illness and even skin diseases.
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Reclassification of PTSD diagnosis potentially excludes soldiers diagnosed under previous criteria
Medical Xpress
A new head-to-head comparison of screening questionnaires for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, shows a worrying discordance between the previous version of the PTSD definition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — fourth edition (DSM-IV) and DSM-5, released in 2013. The authors, led by Dr. Charles Hoge of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, Maryland, found that just under a third of soldiers who screened positive for PTSD under the old DSM-IV criteria were excluded when DSM-5 criteria were used, and just under a quarter of those who met criteria under DSM-5 would not have been identified using the older DSM-IV criteria.
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Looking to share your expertise?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of Anxiety & Depression Insights, we'd like to include peer-written articles by members of ADAA in future editions. As a member of ADAA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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About Anxiety & Depression Insights

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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