Anxiety & Depression Insights
May. 27, 2014

Stand with ADAA during Mental Health Month
Most of us are reminded daily of the toll anxiety and depression takes on the lives of those affected and their loved ones. So during Mental Health Month we ask you to stand with ADAA. For more than 34 years ADAA has made a difference. We are committed to ending stigma and increasing awareness about available treatment for anxiety, depression and related disorders. Together we can make a difference for those who suffer from anxiety disorders and depression, as well as those who commit their life's work to treating, understanding, preventing and curing these disorders.

Let's harness our energy to speak. ADAA helps millions of individuals every year learn about these disorders and find treatment. Please join this campaign and tell your friends, colleagues and family that you contributed to this campaign because it's important to you. Ask them to stand with us to promote the prevention, cure and treatment of anxiety and depression. Send an email, post the link on your website, LinkedIn or Facebook, or tweet about it.

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Mark Pollack, M.D.
President, ADAAMore

5 new videos on social anxiety disorder
ADAA announces a new series of five videos about social anxiety disorder, featuring Dr. Richard Heimberg, ADAA member and leading expert. Contributing to public education about the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety and depression, ADAA partnered with the Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety to produce a series of videos about social anxiety disorder, which affects more than 15 million adults. View the videos.More

Selective mutism podcasts
DSM-5 classifies selective mutism as an anxiety disorder of childhood characterized by the persistent lack of speech in at least one social situation, despite the ability to speak in other situations. Here are two ways to learn more about selective mutism:


PTSD common following ICU stay
MedPage Today
Even a year after a stay in an intensive care unit for nontraumatic illness, a high percentage of ICU patients exhibit signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), researchers said. Between 34 percent and 36 percent of patients who survived an ICU experience exhibited PTSD symptoms 7 to 12 months later on the validated Impact of Events Scale, said Thiki Sricharoenchai, MD, an instructor in pulmonology at Thammasat University in Pathum Thani, Thailand.More

Generalized anxiety disorder: Causes, symptoms and treatment
People who experience generalized anxiety disorder exhibit excessive anxiety and worry about multiple events or activities most days of the week. While it is not unusual to experience stress occasionally, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) sufferers rarely get relief from worrying. Although some of the symptoms and reactions may be similar to that of a phobia, generalized anxiety disorder is not connected to a specific situation or thing. There is an unease that casts a shadow over all of your activities.More

Research: A third of first-time mothers suffer depressive symptoms
The Guardian
One in three first-time mothers suffers symptoms of depression linked to their baby's birth while pregnant and/or during the first four years of the child's life, according to research. And more women are depressed when their child turns four than at any time before that, according to the study, which challenges the notion that mothers' birth-related mental struggles usually happen at or after the baby's arrival.More

Depression does not impact on cognition in early bipolar disorder
Depressive episodes have no additional impact on cognition in patients early in the course of bipolar disorder, research suggests. In common with previous findings, the researchers identified impaired cognition in 68 patients with first-episode mania relative to 38 controls, all of whom were participants of the Systematic Treatment Optimization Programme for Early Mania.More

Study: Self-disclosure on Facebook among female users and its relationship to feelings of loneliness
Science Direct
The purpose of this study is to determine if there is a relationship between loneliness and self-disclosure in social networking sites (i.e., Facebook). The study collected data from six hundred and sixteen female Facebook users whose profiles were publicly available online. Out of these 616 Facebook users, half were categorised as "connected" and the remaining 308 users were categorised as "lonely"; based on clearly stating this feeling in their latest wall posting.More

Exploring the link between non-suicidal self injury, attempted suicide and adolescent identity
Medical Xpress
Around 45.5 percent of 'Alternative' teenagers self-injure and nearly 17.2 percent attempt suicide, according to scientists at the Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow and researchers from the University of Ulm, Germany. This is the first research to look at why teenagers in certain subcultures are more likely to self-harm and how their motivations differ from other teenagers.More

'Neurofeedback' may teach empathy to the hard-hearted, lessen postpartum depression symptoms
Medical Daily
Salman Rushdie once described the human spirit in The Satanic Verses as a mixed dichotomy between the angelic devil and the devilish angel. Similarly, neuroscientists say a continuum of empathic intelligence exists with the species, with varying tendencies toward altruism and psychopathology. Now, researchers in Brazil say the use of newly developed biofeedback techniques may help to "train" the mind to feel greater levels of empathy and tenderness for others.More

Unexpected death may trigger mania in loved ones
The American Journal of Psychiatry via medwireNews
The unexpected loss of a loved one can trigger a range of psychiatric disorders, including mania, in patients with no history of mental illness, a study shows. Previous case studies have suggested a link between sudden bereavement and mania onset, but this study is the first to show the association in a large population sample, say researcher Katherine Keyes from Columbia University, New York and co-workers.More

Why researchers think the gut holds the key to depression
Forget the brain. The latest advancements in the treatment of depression and anxiety are coming from a more unlikely source — the gut. Hamilton researcher Wolfgang Kunze has found that future treatments for some mental health disorders may not lie with drugs at all, but in understanding the role the gastrointestinal tract plays in sending signals to the brain.More

Study: Younger siblings more susceptible to suicide
Younger siblings are more likely to die by suicide than firstborns are, new research finds. For each increase in a person's birth order — meaning from the eldest child to the second-born, or from the second- to third-born, and so on — the suicide risk in adulthood went up 18 percent, according to the study, published May 13, in the American Journal of Epidemiology.More

Study: Anorexia and recurrent depression as deadly as smoking
The Telegraph
Mental health problems including anorexia and recurrent depression are as deadly as smoking, research has found. The loss of life expectancy associated with some serious mental health problems is the same or worse than that from smoking, Oxford University researchers said. More

Depression among preschool teachers may predict behavioral problems in young students
Medical Daily
Preschool students are more likely to experience intense feelings of sadness or aggression if their teachers suffer from depression, a new study finds. Young minds are notoriously absorbent, soaking in their surroundings on almost a consistent basis. Now research suggests these impressionable youngsters risk internalizing their teachers' depressive symptoms by modeling their behaviors at home. Interrupting this effect, the researchers explain, may be done with the help of concerted parents who can recognize behavioral changes early and take action.More

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