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05 Sep

Climate Anxiety Is Real and It’s Impacting Both Kids and Adults

Dr. Christopher Lemon from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine offers parents advice on how to help kids who are feeling anxious about climate change, the environment, and their health.

07 Aug

Depression and Anxiety Do Not Raise Overall Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Researchers find no link between depression, anxiety, and most types of cancer, including breast, prostate, and colon cancers.

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Rates of Distress, Depression Have Doubled Among Transgender Americans Since 2014

The rate of self-reported mental distress and depression among American adults who identify as transgender or gender-diverse (TGD) has more than doubled between 2014 and 2022, an analysis of federal health data reveals.

During that time, "a record number of enacted laws has threatened the rights and protections of TGD people, including restricting access to gender-affirming care and permi...

More Americans Worry About Climate Change's Effect on Mental Health, Poll Finds

As summers get hotter and hurricane seasons less predictable, more Americans now say that climate change affects their mental health, a new poll finds.

In a survey conducted among more than 2,200 adults at the end of May, 53% of respondents said they believe that the effects...

Adults' Phobias Show Up as Differences in the Brain

Adults' phobias can be correlated with changes in the structure of their brains, a new study finds.

What’s more, the neurological differences seen in adults with phobias are more extensive than those observed in people with other forms of anxiety.

Phobia is the most common anxi...

Surgeon General Calls for Warning Labels on Social Media Sites

The U.S. Surgeon General announced Monday that he will push for warning labels on all social media platforms, stating that they may harm teens' mental health.

"The mental health crisis among young people is an emergency -- and social media has emerged as an important contributor," Dr. Vivek Murthy wrote in an essay publi...

Trouble Getting Your Kids to Sleep? You're Not Alone, Poll Finds

Nearly 1 in 4 parents struggle to get their child to sleep, a new poll reports.

Some of this is related to poor sleep hygiene, but some also is due to dark worries harbored by the kids, researchers report.

Parents of sleepless children are less likely to have a bedtime routine, more likel...

Poll Finds Many Young Workers Feeling Stressed, Isolated

Many younger workers feel stressed, isolated and unappreciated at their jobs, a new survey has found.

The 2022 Work in America survey, conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), found that young adults are struggling in the workplace:

  • Nearly half (48%) of workers ages 18 to 25 feel peop...

New Form of Psychotherapy Might Help Ease Chronic Pain

A new form of psychotherapy appears to work even better at treating chronic pain in older adults than gold-standard cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a new study finds.

U.S. veterans who received emotional awareness and expression ...

PTSD, Anxiety Is Rising Among College Students

America's college students seem to be more stressed than ever, with a new report finding a sharp rise in cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute stress disorder (ASD) on campuses across the country.

In a "national sample of U.S. college students, we found a notable increase in the pre...

Suicide Rates Among Cancer Patients Are Falling

Even as suicide rates have risen among Americans generally, one group appears to be bucking that trend: People diagnosed with cancer.

Experts are crediting improved access to counseling and other "psychosocial care" with easing the emotional toll of cancer and keeping more patients from making tragic decisions.

Nevertheless, cancer patients still face elevated risks for suicide, no...

Weighted Blankets May Not Help Troubled Children Sleep

Weighted blankets are trendy items, largely based on the idea that the pressure of a heavy blanket will help a person more easily slip into slumber.

But they do little to help troubled children sleep better, a new study has found.

There was no difference in sleep between weighted and normal blankets among a group of 30 children ages 6 to 15 adopted from foster care in Texas, accordi...

Are You a 'Stress Bragger'? It's Probably Backfiring

"Ugh, I'm so busy these days I can barely think straight. It's so crazy."

No doubt some friend or coworker (maybe even yourself) has moaned about how stressed and overworked they are.

Sometimes its fully justified, but in many cases folks see it as "stress bragging...

Mediterranean Diet Could Be a Stress-Buster, Study Finds

The Mediterranean diet has already been shown to be great for a person's physical health, but new research finds that following the Mediterranean diet also can lift your mood.

People on the diet tended to have lower levels of anxiety and stress, researchers reported recently in the journal <...

Money Worries Top Seniors' List of Health-Related Concerns: Poll

Worries over health-related costs are plaguing the minds of older Americans of all backgrounds, a new poll suggests.

Five of the six health-related issues that most people found very concerning had to do with health care costs, according to results from the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging. 

And the sixth issue – financial scams and fraud – also had to ...

How 'Unruly' Sports Parents Harm Their Kids' Mental Health

Everyone knows that specific type of sports parent – the over-the-top dad or mom who curses, shouts and even becomes physically aggressive during their kid's match.

While they might think they're cheering their kid to victory, such poor sports behavior actually can turn a child or teen off to athletics, psychiatrists warn.

“Some of those behaviors would be setting unrealistic ex...

Could You Spot the Silent Symptoms of Stress?

The silent symptoms of stress can be easily overlooked, but they're important to recognize to protect one's mental health, experts say.

Visible symptoms of stress are fairly obvious – irritability, anger, impatience, muscle tension.

“You may not be able to hide those for a long time. Immediately, people will notice it – family, friends and co-workers,”

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  • May 4, 2024
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  • Economy, Election Spur Rising Anxiety Among Americans in 2024

    A looming presidential election, continued economic struggles and the threat of gun violence have a rising number of Americans more anxious this year compared to last, a new poll finds.

    The

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  • May 2, 2024
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  • Staying Fit Boosts Kids' Mental Health

    The benefits of physical fitness for kids spill over into their mental health, new research shows.

    Getting plenty of exercise may guard against depressive symptoms, anxiety and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study published April 29 in the journal J...

    'Feeling Like a Burden' Can Be Motivator for Suicide in Preteens

    Quiet preteens who feel they're a burden on others are more likely to have suicidal thoughts and behaviors, a new study reports.

    Criticism from parents or caregivers also increased the likelihood of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, researchers found.

    Preteen girls with these traits are at especially high risk, according to the study published recently in the

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  • April 15, 2024
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  • Parents, You Can Ease a Teen's Stress Around Standardized Tests

    Standardized tests put a lot of pressure on teenagers who want to secure their future and make their parents and teachers proud.

    This stress can lead to symptoms like stomach aches, sleep problems, irritability and heightened emotionality, experts say.

    But there are concrete steps students can take to prepare for a standardized test while also keeping their cool.

    Live ...

    Black and Native Americans Hit Hardest by 'Deaths of Despair'

    More middle-aged Black and Native Americans are now falling prey to “deaths of despair” than whites, a new study finds.

    These deaths -- from suicide, drug overdose and alcoholic liver disease -- initially had been more common among whites.

    But a new analysis has determined that deaths of despair have skyrocketed for Black and Native Americans over the past decade.

    The deat...

    Suicide Rates Have Doubled in 20 Years Among U.S. College Athletes

    Suicides among U.S. college athletes have doubled over the past two years, according to data from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

    Suicide is now the second most common cause of death for college athletes after accidents, results show.

    “Athletes are generally thought of as one of the healthiest populations in our society, yet the pressures of school, internal a...

    Big Improvements Seen in Spotting, Treating Mental Health Issues Around Pregnancy

    Expecting or new mothers are much more likely these days to be diagnosed with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, new research shows.

    However, more women are also getting treated for these problems rather than roughing it out, researchers report in A...

    What Is 'Mindful Reading' and Can It Help Your Brain?

    Ever immersed yourself in a book and lost all sense of the time and place you're currently in?

    That's how reading can meld with mindfulness, one neuropsychologist explains.

    The experience can bring real mental health benefits, said

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  • March 29, 2024
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  • Stressed? Some Genes Could Raise Your Heart Attack Risk

    Folks with genetically-driven stress are more likely to suffer heart attacks after nerve-wracking events or times of unrest, a new study shows.

    People with above-average genetic scores linked to neuroticism and stress were 34% more likely to experience a heart attack followi...

    High Rate of Suicidal Thoughts Among Black Men in Rural America: Study

    Suicidal thoughts and contemplation of death haunt the minds of many rural Black men in the United States, a new study reports.

    One in three rural Black men said they had such dark thoughts within the past two weeks, University of Georgia researchers found.

    These thoughts are driven by childhood trauma, poverty and exposure to racism, all of which take a heavy toll on mental health ...

    Working-Age Americans Are Dying at Much Higher Rates Than Peers in Other Wealthy Nations

    Working stiffs in the United States are dying at higher rates than those in other wealthy nations, a new study finds.

    Death rates among working-age Americans are 2.5 times higher than the average of other high-income countries, researchers report in the March 21 issue of the International Journal of Epidem...

    Knitting Helps Keep Troubled Minds From Unraveling, Study Finds

    Stressed out, anxious or desperately needing to recharge?

    Grab some knitting needles and a pretty ball of yarn -- Swedish research shows yarncraft improves mental health without medication.

    "Knitters have a creative leisure interest that can also help them cope with life and so improve their mental health," said first author

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  • March 21, 2024
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  • As Treatments Ease Anxiety, Heart Risks Also Decline

    People with heart disease can stay healthier if they address their emotional problems as well as their physical ailments, a new study says.

    Treating anxiety and depression reduced ER visits and hospitalizations among patients with heart disease, researchers ...

    U.S. Falls Out of Top 20 in 'World's Happiest Countries' List

    For the first time, the United States has fallen out of the top 20 spots on the annual world's happiest nations list.

    Americans are now No. 23, far behind the top five countries -- Finland (No. 1), Denmark, Iceland, Sweden and Israel. 

    "The...

    ADHD Meds Cut Odds for Early Death, Especially by Overdose

    People diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) show a marked decline in their two-year risk for death once they start taking medication, new research shows.

    That was particularly true for deaths due to accidents and drug overdose.

    People taking ADHD drugs also showed no higher...

    Permissive Gun Laws Linked to Higher Suicide Rates

    When states let gun owners carry a firearm openly without a permit, death rates soar.

    Significantly more people died by firearms and suicides in states that have relaxed open carry laws, a nine-year study of death data from all 50 states shows. 

    "Our analysis suggests that because of the change in the law, which provides easier access to firearms, we saw an increased firearm su...

    Medical Costs for Kids' Mental Health Jumped 31% in 5 Years

    The cost to American families of caring for a child with a mental health condition rose by almost a third between 2017 and 2021, a new report finds, to an average $4,361 per year. 

    Overall, American families spent an estimated $31 billion in 2021 on child mental health services, which now make up nearly half (about 47%) of all child medical spending, the report found.

    The findi...

    Many Can't Access Mental Health Services that Save Money, Keep People Out of Jail

    When it comes to giving at-risk Americans access to the mental health services they need, prevention is far better than detention, new research confirms.

    However, a majority of the 950 U.S. counties surveyed in the report do not offer access to the types of mental health and substance use disorder services that can save communities money and prevent incarceration.

    "Most co...

    Some Women Escape the Mental Health Effects of Menopause: Study

    Menopause is thought to trigger mood changes among women, with changes in female hormone levels contributing to anxiety, depression and stress.

    However, a new study says some women are at more risk than others for menopause-linked mental health issues, and many escape them altogether.

    There's no evidence that menopause causes a universal rise in risk for mental health conditions lik...

    Stressed Parents Could Mean More Self-Harm by Kids

    Teens have a higher risk of self-injury -- deliberately cutting or burning themselves -- if they have a fraught relationship with a struggling parent, a new study shows.

    Teenagers were nearly five times more likely to self-injure if, when they were 6, their moms and dads reported stress and discomfort in their role as parents, researchers found.

    Teens also had a nearly doubled risk ...

    Using Marijuana to Ease Stress? Focus on CBD, not THC

    Folks hoping to quell their anxiety would do best to use cannabis products that don't get them high, a new clinical trial has found.

    The non-intoxicating marijuana compound CBD appears to help manage anxiety better than THC, the chemical in weed that gets people high, researchers say.

    Patients with anxiety randomly assigned to smoke CBD-dominant products experienced greater improvem...

    1 in 5 People Who Attempt Suicide Have No Prior Mental Illness

    One out of every five adults who attempt suicide never met the criteria for a mental illness by the time the attempt happened, new research shows.

    “This finding challenges clinical notions of who is at risk for suicidal behavior and raises questions about the safety of limiting suicide risk screening to psychiatric populations,” concluded a team led by

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  • February 27, 2024
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  • Firsthand Experience of Climate Change Disasters Is Stressing Teens

    Weather disasters driven by climate change are stressing out U.S. teenagers, a new study warns.

    Teens with the most firsthand experience of events like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, droughts and wildfires were more likely to show signs of mental distress than peers who hadn't been confronted with the effects of climate change, researchers report.

    “We know that climate change has ...

    Mental Health Issues a Prime Driver of Deaths for New Moms: Study

    Data from dozens of studies supports the notion that mental health crises are a big factor behind rising rates of maternal deaths during and around pregnancy in the United States.

    “We need to bring this to the attention of the public and policymakers to demand action to address the mental health crisis that is contributing to the demise of mothers in America," said

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  • February 26, 2024
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  • Grief Affects the Body, Not Just the Mind

    Of course grief can ravage your mind, but science shows it can also weaken your body, leaving you open to illness.

    “As humans, we are strongly motivated to seek out social bonds that are warm, dependable, friendly and supportive,” explained George Slavich. He directs the Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Rese...

    Women Working in Health Care Face Burnout at Higher Rates Than Men

    Women working in health care endure significantly more stress and burnout compared to their male co-workers, a new review concludes.

    Gender inequality, a poor balance between work and life and a lack of workplace autonomy all create pressure on female health care professionals, researchers report.

    On the other hand, there are factors that can protect women from stress and burnout: a...

    Recognize the Signs of Burnout in Yourself and Others

    Burnout: It's a common enough concept, but how do you know if you're experiencing it at work and at home?

    According to experts at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, a myriad of daily pressures placed on individuals can culminate in burnout.

    “Burnout is not a result of one singular thing,” explained Dr. Eric Storch...

    This Election Year, Health Care Costs Top Voter Concerns: Poll

    Unexpected medical bills and high health care costs are dominating an election where kitchen table economic problems weigh heavily on voter's minds, a new KFF poll has found.

    Voters struggling to pay their monthly bills are most eager to hear presidential candidates talk about economic and health care issues, according to the latest KFF Health Tracking Poll.

    Nearly three in four adu...

    Patients With Depression Face Highest Risk for Suicide in Days After Hospital Discharge

    People treated at psychiatric hospitals are at highest risk of committing suicide immediately after their discharge if they suffer from depression, a new study reports.

    Patients hospitalized for depression are hundreds of times more likely to commit suicide within the first three days of discharge, compared to the suicide rate of the general population, results show.

    “Although we ...

    Political Changes Are Stressing Hispanic Americans: Study

    Immigration has become a contentious topic in America, but new research shows the heated debate on the issue may be stressing out Hispanics across the country, whether they are citizens or not.

    After analyzing data from 2011-2018, the researchers discovered that, over time, there has an increase in psychological distress among all Hispanics as U.S. immigration policies came under fire.

    Access to Opioids Could Be Boosting Suicide Rates

    Increased access to prescription opioids has driven up U.S. suicide rates by making it easier to women to end their lives, a new study claims.

    The study also blames a shrinking federal safety net during tough economic times for rising suicide rates.

    “We contend that the U.S. federal government's weak regulatory oversight of the pharmaceutical industry and tattered social safety ne...

    More Kids, Teens May Be Taking Multiple Psychiatric Meds

    A study of mental health care in Maryland finds an increasing number of children and teens covered by Medicaid are taking multiple psychiatric meds.

    This trend towards "polypharmacy" might be happening elsewhere, prior research suggests.

    In the new study, Maryland kids ages 17 or younger experienced "a 4% increased odds of psychotropic polypharmacy per year from 2015 to 2020," repor...

    Stress Main Factor Driving Teens to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol

    American teenagers cite stress as the leading reason they might get drunk or high, a new report reveals.

    That only underscores the need for better adolescent mental health care, according to the research team behind the study.

    Better "access to treatment and support for mental health concerns and stress could reduce some of the reported motivations for substance use," concluded inve...

    During Grief and Loss, Simple Steps Can Help You Cope

    Filling the day with simple activities could be the key to improving mood and well-being after a person has suffered the loss of a loved one, a new study finds.

    These “uplifts” -- activities that can improve a person's mood -- helped ease grief on a day-to-day basis, researchers reported recently in the journal

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  • February 9, 2024
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  • Late-Life Divorce May Be Mentally Tougher on Women Than Men

    Divorce later in life might be harder on women than on men, based on patterns of antidepressant use in a new study of people aged 50 or older.

    Both sexes tended to increase their antidepressant use when going through a divorce, break-up or the death of a partner, researchers found.

    But women's use of these drugs was greater than men's, results show.

    Antidepressant use increase...

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