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Survey finds Americans value mental health and physical health equally
Nearly 90 percent of Americans value mental health and physical health equally, yet about one-third find mental health care inaccessible, and more than four in 10 see cost as a barrier to treatment for most people, according to the results of a new survey released by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
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VA: How to talk to a child about a suicide attempt in your family
Department of Veterans Affairs
This online resource from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) provides age-specific information for talking with children and adolescents about a suicide attempt by a family member. Information includes why talking about a suicide attempt is important, ideas about when to talk about an attempt and how much information to share and examples on what to say and how it could be said.
Mother who picks skin gets 27 tattoos to cover hundreds of scars
Covered in tattoos, Nicole Dobbie looks like a work of art. But beneath her designs her skin is mottled with old scars and fresh, bleeding wounds. The 28-year-old suffers from a rare psychological condition which means she spends hours a day scratching and picking at her own skin.
Why do so many Asian-American students suffer from depression?
While suicides on college campuses aren't unique to students of Asian descent, the risk factors surrounding children of immigrant parents are comparatively higher. One 2010 study found that the number of Asian-American students suffering from depression was significantly greater than their Caucasian counterparts.
Robin Williams left 'unprecedented' mark on suicide hotlines
It's been just over since Robin Williams took his own life, and suicide prevention experts are still trying to make sense of the "unprecedented" impact his death has had on mental health. When any high-profile suicide takes place, mental health workers fear a contagion effect. In 1962, Marilyn Monroe's probable suicide was followed by a substantial spike in the national suicide rate.
RESEARCH AND PRACTICE NEWS
Biomarkers and questionnaires predict suicide risk
National Institutes of Health
Researchers have identified several genes in blood whose activity is related to suicidal thoughts and actions in men with psychiatric disorders. The genetic findings, combined with app-based questionnaires, may help clinicians predict which patients are likely to attempt suicide.
Study identifies symptoms of suicide risk for people with depression
Medical News Today
A new study finds behavior patterns such as risky behavior, psychomotor agitation and impulsivity occur before 50 percent of suicide attempts. The findings were recently presented at the 28th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Congress in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Goth teens at greater risk of depression and self-harm: Study
Teens who identify as goths are at greater risk of depression and self-harm, according to a new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry. Confirming a long-held stereotype that teens who gravitate toward gloomy music and black hair dye are inherently sad, the study found that teens who identify strongly with the goth subculture at age 15 are three times more likely to be depressed and five times more likely to inflict self-harm at 18 than their non-goth peers.
Depression may increase heart risk in rheumatoid arthritis
Mental health problems like anxiety and depression may partly explain why people with rheumatoid arthritis have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. Researchers linked anger, anxiety, depressive symptoms, job stress and low social support to increasing risk of hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis, for people with rheumatoid arthritis.
Brexpiprazole provides new 2nd-line treatment options for major depression
Brexpiprazole, an antipsychotic drug approved this summer by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is an effective and well-tolerated addition to conventional first-line antidepressants for the treatment of major depressive disorder, according to researchers. They detail their findings in two studies published this month in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
Poor sleep may impact treatment and recovery in veterans with PTSD
The Medical News
Poor sleep may impact treatment and recovery in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. A review of extensive research on sleep in TBI and PTSD has found that sleep-focused interventions can improve treatment outcomes in veterans. The article was published online in the journal Clinical Psychology Review.
No evidence of connection between PTSD and cancer
A large European study finds no evidence that post-traumatic stress disorder increases the risk for cancer. The findings are consistent with other population-based studies that report stressful life events generally are not associated with cancer. The study results appear in the European Journal of Epidemiology.
Impulsive, agitated behaviors may be warning signs for suicide
Risky behaviors such as reckless driving or sudden promiscuity, or nervous behaviors such as agitation, hand-wringing or pacing, can be signs that suicide risk may be high in depressed people, researchers report. Other warning signs may include doing things on impulse with little thought about the consequences. The findings were presented recently at the ECNP's annual meeting in Amsterdam.
Looking at your phone can make depression worse, study finds
Here's another reason you might want to start putting away your cell phone every once in a while: a new study has just concluded that looking at your phone can make depression worse if you are already feeling down in the first place. Published in Computers in Human Behavior, the study found that people who are depressed often rely on their phones to alleviate their negative moods.
Anxiety levels highest at mid-management in workplace
In the hierarchy of the workplace, it is those in the middle, not necessarily the bottom, particularly supervisors, who show the highest levels of anxiety and, to a lesser degree, depression, new research suggests. The findings were published online in the journal Sociology of Health and Illness.
How magnets 'reset' depressed brains
The Washington Post
Magnetic pulses from a device applied to the head appear to "reset" the brains of depressed patients, according to a new study from the United Kingdom. The circuitry in a part of the right prefrontal cortex is known to be too active in depressed patients, causing excessive rumination and self absorption and impaired attention. When the TMS was applied to healthy subjects in this study, the activity in that region slowed.
A day in the life of a PTSD patient: Flashbacks, discomfort and hope
Traumatic life-threatening events often leave emotional scars, which, like physical scars, remain with an individual for the rest of their lives. Although we all go through a healing period following trauma, for some, the emotional scars are so deep they interfere with their ability to function normally.
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