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Gambling: When Does Play Become Addiction?

While some gamble socially and others do it for a living, it’s a serious addiction for those who have an uncontrollable urge to keep going at the risk of losing everything.

“In our brain, the centers involved with gambling addiction are the same centers involved with substance addiction," said

CBD for Anxiety: Can It Help?

Anxiety disorder can make it hard to navigate life, but lately CBD has been touted as a natural treatment for the nerve-wracking condition.

You can buy CBD almost anywhere -- gas stations, spas, farmers markets and grocery stores. It comes in many forms -- from gummies to tablets to tinctures to lozenges and patches.

But is CBD good for anxiety?

Here, experts share their thou...

The Most Common Anxiety Medications, Explained

Endless worry, irritability and insomnia are all symptoms of a possible anxiety disorder.

Luckily, there are numerous anxiety medications that can help ease the condition.

Joy Alonzo, a specialist in the pharmacotherapy of mental disorders at Texas A&M's College of Pharmacy,

Mental Health Woes Double Women's Odds for Cervical Cancer

Women with mental illness have a risk for cervical cancer that’s twice as high as that for others, according to new research.

Swedish researchers noted that women with mental illness, neuropsychiatric disability or substance abuse were also less likely to get screening tests that can detect cervical cancer.

“Our results suggest that women with these diagnoses participate more se...

Close Bond With Your Teen Can Keep Them Physically Healthy, Too: Study

Ask your teen about their day and try to spend more quality time together.

It matters, a new study found.

Teens who report better relationships with their moms and dads are healthier both mentally and physically and less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol as you...

1 in Every 36 U.S. 8-Year-Olds Has Autism

More American children have autism than previously thought, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

It also finds that the COVID-19 pandemic delayed diagnosis for many, which could have lasting impact.

Data from 11 communities in the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, which tracks the number and characteristics of children with autism and ...

Too Much Social Media Could Raise Risk for Eating Disorders

Curated images of perfect bodies -- often highly filtered and unrealistic -- are common on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

And a broad new review of 50 recent studies across 17 countries finds that relentless online exposure to largely unat...

When Kids Lose a Parent, New Therapy Might Prevent Long-Term Mental Harm

The death of a parent is heartbreaking for a child or teenager, and those who experience it are known to be at an increased risk for depression and other mental health issues later in life.

But a new study finds that children who participated in a bereavement program with their families following the loss of a parent were significantly less likely to experience depression up to 15 years l...

The Most Common Anxiety Symptoms and How to Deal With Them

Anxiety disorders are no small matter, but knowing which symptoms point to trouble may help you navigate your intense fears and worries.

First, you are not alone: Anxiety disorders are estimated to plague nearly 40 million people in the United States each year, according to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America...

Good News or Bad, Patients Want Access to Medical Test Results

When waiting for medical test results, days can feel like an eternity.

In a new survey, patients overwhelmingly say they'd like their results immediately -- even if their provider has not yet reviewed them and even if the news is bad.

In April 2021, new rules went into effect requiring health care providers in the United States to make all results and clinical notes available immed...

The Most Common Anxiety Disorders, Explained

Sometimes an anxiety disorder feels like worry and ruminating about lots of little and big things.

Other times it’s focused on a specific phobia, such as a fear of flying or being in social situations. It can also be expressed as intense feelings about separation from loved ones.

What’s clear is that someone experiencing anxiety disorder symptoms isn’t alone. About 40 million...

Anxiety Attacks: Symptoms and Calming Techniques

Anxiety attacks can seem overwhelming when you’re in the middle of one, but with the right coping tools you can come out the other side.

What is an anxiety attack?

According to the Detroit Medical Center, an anxiety attack is a stretch of time during which you experi...

Florida's Board of Medicine Bans Gender-Affirming Care for Minors. Does the Science Back That Up?

In state after state, doors are quickly slamming shut on the ability of doctors to provide gender-affirming care for transgender minors.

The newest restriction is set to take effect Thursday in Florida, where that state’s Board of Medicine decided last month to ban the use of all puberty blockers, hormone therapies and/or surgeries for any patient under 18, whether or not those minors h...

After 3 Years of the Pandemic, Loneliness May Be Ebbing for America's Older Adults

On the third anniversary of the pandemic, a new poll shows fewer older adults are experiencing loneliness and isolation though the numbers are still high.

About one-third of adults aged 50 to 80 still sometimes or often experience isolation and loneliness, according to the University of Michigan researchers. They may go a week or longer without social contact from someone outside the hom...

Does Country Living Make Folks Happier? Maybe Not

It might seem like a move to rural living could bring calm and even happiness, but new research suggests that isn’t always so.

A study from the University of Houston found that those living in the country were not more satisfied with their lives than people who lived in urban areas. Rural U.S. residents didn’t feel like their lives were more meaningful, and they also tended to be mor...

Did 'Helicopter' Parents Cause the Mental Health Crisis in Today's Young?

Kids and teens are struggling with their mental health in America, and one new report suggests the overinvolvement of parents may be partly to blame.

Kids don't get to roam any more. They've lost time for free play and risk-taking amid parents' fears about the dangers of the world, said report co-author David Bjorklund<...

Postpartum Anxiety: What It Is, Symptoms and Treatments

You may have heard of postpartum depression and “the baby blues,” but did you know that there’s another widely studied mental health condition called postpartum anxiety?

Dr. Erica Newlin, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Westlake, Ohio, said in a

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  • March 13, 2023
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  • Clocks 'Spring Forward' on Sunday: Helping Your Kids Adjust

    The annual shift to daylight saving time is a challenge for many parents, whose children may struggle with the change.

    A pediatrics sleep medicine expert offers some tips for making springing forward a little easier for all ages.

    “Whether it be jet lag, spring break or daylight saving time, a break in sleep structure can make things challenging. But we have ways to cope with that,...

    Could Walks in the Park Ward Off Postpartum Depression?

    New moms who live on tree-lined streets may be somewhat less vulnerable to postpartum depression, according to a new study — the latest to link "green space" to better mental health.

    The study, of medical records from more than 415,000 new mothers, found that those living in ...

    COVID's Toll on Mental Health May Have Been Exaggerated: Study

    A new review of 137 studies from around the world has found that, despite dramatic stories about COVID-19’s impact on mental health, the psychological fallout from the pandemic has been less intense than thought.

    “Mental health in COVID-19 is much more nuanced than people have made it out to be,” said senior study author

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  • March 9, 2023
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  • How to Help Someone Dealing With Depression

    There is little that is harder than watching a loved one struggle with depression. So what can you do?

    More than you might think, experts say.

    First, depression is a mood disorder that can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, socioeconomic status or gender. Symptoms ranging from mild to severe and it impacts the way you feel, think and behave, according to the

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  • March 3, 2023
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  • Social Anxiety: What It Is, Symptoms, Treatments & More

    Have you ever been in a social situation where you felt nervous? Maybe starting a new job caused you to sweat a lot on your first day. Or going to a party where you didn’t know anyone gave you a nervous stomach.

    These are normal feelings that most people experience at different times in their lives.

    But social anxiety is a much different experience. It can be debilitating and int...

    Cats, Dogs 'Part of the Family' for Most American Pet Owners: Poll

    It won’t come as a surprise to those who love their furry friends, but a new poll finds many Americans saying their pets offer them mental health benefits and are a part of the family.

    Roughly 86% of cat and dog owners said their pets had a positive impact on their well-being, the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA)

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  • March 3, 2023
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  • Long COVID Patients Show Lower Levels of Brain Oxygen

    People who have long COVID — lingering symptoms after a COVID-19 infection — may also have lower brain oxygen levels, cognitive problems and psychiatric troubles, such as anxiety and depression.

    Researchers from the University of Waterloo in Canada and Drexel University in Philadelphia combined

    Is an Allergy to a COVID Vaccine Always Real? Placebo Trial Casts Doubt

    THURSDAY, March 2, 2023 (HealthDay) -- Allergic reactions to the Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccines are very rare, and a new study questions whether many of those that do occur are even real.

    In a small new study of 16 people who said they'd experienced an allergic reaction to a dose of the Pfizer vaccine, those who got a follow-up placebo (fake) vaccine were more likely to complai...

    Racism Brings Worse Heart Health for Black Women

    Black women who are exposed to certain forms of racism may be more likely to develop heart disease, researchers say.

    Specifically, Black women who said they faced discrimination in employment, housing and in their interactions with the police were 26% more likely to develop heart disease than their counterparts who had not experienced such structural racism.

    Structural racism refers...

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome Takes Big Toll on Mental Health

    When Dr. Yezaz Ghouri sees patients with the cramping, abdominal pain and diarrhea that are hallmark symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), he’ll typically ask how life’s going.

    More often than not, his patients say they are experiencing stress in their lives.

    Now, Ghouri's team has establ...

    An Alzheimer's Drug Might Ease Hair-Pulling Disorder

    TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2023 (HealthDay Now) -- A long-established Alzheimer’s drug can help people with a disorder that causes them to compulsively pull at their hair or pick at their skin, a new clinical trial has concluded.

    Memantine considerably improved symptoms in 3 out of 5 patients with either trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) or excoriation (skin-picking) disorder, researchers...

    How to Recover From Burnout

    Work isn’t always easy, but sometimes it becomes almost unbearable.

    You might experience a constellation of symptoms, including emotional exhaustion, a reduced sense of personal accomplishment and cynicism, which affects how you interact with others in the workplace.

    This is a condition known as burnout and though it’s not listed in the diagnostic manual used by psychiatrists, ...

    Anxious, Depressed? These Tips to Self-Care May Help

    A lot of people are dealing with anxiety, depression or just general unhappiness.

    Worry, sadness, restlessness, irritability and trouble sleeping are just a few symptoms of depression and

    How to Deal With Depression

    When depression hits, everyday activities like working, socializing, sleeping and even eating can become a daunting challenge.

    George Mason University clinical psychologist James Maddux treats patients with clinical depression in his practice. He said, “The problems with both depression and anxiety are the result of...

    How to Deal With Anxiety

    It’s natural for everyone to experience anxiety at different times in their lives. Maybe you’re worried about making a good first impression with your new partner’s family, and you become anxious in the days leading up to the meeting about what you’ll wear.

    Being anxious even has its benefits, according to the

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  • February 24, 2023
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  • Cutting Down on Social Media Brings Quick Boost to Teens' Self-Image

    All those images of beautiful-looking people on social media can deflate a young person's self-image, but there may be an easy fix: limiting time spent on TikTok, Instagram and the like.

    A new Canadian study finds that teens and young adults who already had symptoms of anxiety or depression a...

    Almost Two-Thirds of U.S. Doctors, Nurses Feel Burnt Out at Work: Poll

    America’s health care workforce is under unprecedented strain, and leaders of the medical profession are scrambling to shore up doctors and nurses who are burning out in record numbers.

    Nearly two-thirds (63%) of a nationwide group of doctors and nurses said they are experiencing a moderate or great deal of burnout at work, according to a new HealthDay-Harris Poll online survey...

    Parks, Rivers, Lakes: Nature's Great Stress Relievers

    Living closer to outdoor spaces and natural water may be better for your mental health, researchers say.

    A new study finds that close proximity to nature may reduce an older person’s risk for serious psychological distress. That distress can lead to mild impairment of thinking and memory, as well as dementia.

    The study is scheduled for presentation at a meeting of the American Aca...

    Types of Psychotherapy: Finding the Right Fit for Your Needs

    For anyone struggling with a mental health issue who is looking for support coping with stress or managing complicated feelings, help is available.

    It’s called psychotherapy, and it might be the answer you’re looking for.

    According to the American Psychiatric Associatio...

    LGBTQ+ Support Groups in Schools Boost Students' Mental Health

    About 44% of U.S. middle and high schools have student-run clubs that shine a light on issues that touch the lives of LGBTQ+ students.

    And new research suggests that depression risk among LGBTQ+ students is considerably lower in those schools where such Gender-Sexuali...

    Even Mild COVID Might Change Your Brain

    People who are experiencing anxiety and depression months after a mild case of COVID-19 may have changes affecting the structure and function of their brains, Brazilian researchers report.

    “There is still much to learn about long COVID, which includes a wide range of health problems, including anxiety and depression, months after infection,” said

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  • February 21, 2023
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  • Kicking the Coffee Habit But Scared of Withdrawal? Try Decaf

    Researchers may have found a way for coffee-lovers to cut back without suffering symptoms of caffeine withdrawal like headache, fatigue, bad mood and irritability.

    It’s a cup of decaf.

    A new study found that people experienced fewer withdrawal symptoms with the substitute.

    “A ...

    Sen. John Fetterman Enters Hospital for Treatment of Clinical Depression

    FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Sen. John Fetterman is being treated for clinical depression at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

    “While John has experienced depression off and on throughout his life, it only became severe in recent weeks,” Fetterman's chief of staff Adam Jentleson said in a

    No Sign That ADHD Meds in Pregnancy Can Raise Odds for ADHD, Autism in Kids

    Children who were exposed to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications their moms took during pregnancy are not more prone to neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD or autism, researchers report.

    The news may be welcome to women who’ve needed to take ADHD medication throughout their pregnancy.

    “We can see that the number of women of childbearing age who are...

    Looking for Love on V-Day? All That Swiping May Not Help

    If you're one of the millions seeking The One this Valentine’s Day, here’s a tip: Try swiping less.

    This is the main message from a new study that found excessive swiping on dating apps can cause partner choice overload, among other issues.

    “Dating apps m...

    Big Rise in U.S. Teen Girls Reporting Violence, Sadness -- Far More Than Boys

    An alarming new survey shows that American teen girls are experiencing record high levels of violence, sadness and suicide risk.

    Schools may be the answer to improving what’s happening for young people, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    About 3 in 5 girls -- 57% -- said they felt persistently sad or hopeless in 2021. That’s up 60...

    Americans Getting More Comfortable Talking Over Mental Health With Doctors

    Primary care doctors are no longer just in the physical health business: Americans are increasingly turning to them for mental health care, too, a new study finds.

    Looking at Americans' primary care visits between 2006 and 2018, researchers found a 50% increase in the proportion of visits that addressed mental health concerns. That figure rose from just under 11% of visits, to 16% by the ...

    Knowing Someone Who's Been Ill or Died of COVID Pushes Folks to Get Vaccine: Study

    A new study shows the importance of the messenger when trying to encourage people to get their COVID-19 vaccines.

    People who know someone who was sickened by the virus or who died from it were twice as likely to get their own vaccinations, researchers report.

    “This study shows that the messenger matters more than the message: Hearing about the experiences of a trusted person, su...

    Rare But Dangerous Form of Eating Disorder Could Run in Families

    Genes may have a strong influence over whether kids develop an eating disorder marked by extremely limited food choices, a new study finds.

    The study focused on a condition called avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). It's a relatively new diagnosis that describes people who seve...

    When Schools Ask Students About Suicide, Those At Risk Get Help Sooner

    Could asking teens a simple, but pointed, question about their mental health reveal whether they are at risk for suicide?

    It might, new research suggests.

    Since suicide is now the second leading cause of death among American teens, any strategy that could lower that risk may be worth trying.

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    Working Gets Tough When Grieving a Lost Spouse

    When Elizabeth R.’s husband passed away from bone cancer in 2016, she felt grateful that her employer offered generous bereavement leave.

    Now 40, she worked in the development department of a large nonprofit cancer group at the time and felt ready to go back when her leave was up. However, about two weeks into her return, she realized it was too much, too soon.

    “Every time I wou...

    Doctors Often Prescribe Antidepressants for Pain, But Do They Really Work?

    Antidepressants are often prescribed to people suffering from chronic pain, but a new evidence review argues that the science behind these prescriptions is shaky at best.

    These drugs helped people in chronic pain in only a quarter of potential uses tested, and even then the effect ranged from low to moderate, according to a combined analysis of 26 prior reviews.

    "We found that, for ...

    Could Vitamin D Help Ward Off Suicide?

    A new study hints that treating low vitamin D levels with supplements might have a critical benefit for certain people: a decreased risk of attempting suicide.

    In a study of more than 1 million U.S. veterans, researchers found that those prescribed vitamin D were nearly 50% less likely to attempt suicide over eight years, versus those who were not prescribed the supplements.

    The ben...

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