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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...

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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  • For Seniors on Antidepressants, Adding a Drug May Work Better Than Switching

    Many older adults with depression don’t respond to their first antidepressant, so doctors will switch them to another one to see if that does the trick.

    Now, new research suggests that the best strategy for these folks may instead be to add the antipsychotic drug Abilify (aripiprazole) to the original antidepressant.

    “This is good news for older adults with difficult-to-tr...

    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 ...

    Depression Ups Odds for a Stroke

    In yet another example of the mind-body connection, people with depression symptoms may face an increased risk of having a stroke, as well as a worse recovery afterwards.

    A new international study, published online March 8 in the journal Neurology, found about 18% of those who had...

    Poll Finds Strong Links Between Depression and Lack of Sleep

    A new poll on sleep and mental health has found that more than 90% of adults who reported they get good sleep were also free of depressive symptoms.

    In its annual poll, the nonprofit National Sleep Foundation (NSF) focused this year on the impact of sleep on mental health because of the current mental health crisis in the United States.

    "In the day-to-day execution of our sleep he...

    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

  • Mandi Harenberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • March 3, 2023
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  • 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...

    Vaping Tobacco or Weed Appears Tied to Higher Anxiety in Teens

    For decades, people turned to cigarettes in times of stress. Now, a preliminary study hints that young people are using vaping in the same way.

    The study, of nearly 2,000 U.S. teenagers and young adults, found that those who vaped nicotine or marijuana were more likely to report anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts. In fact, a majority of vapers said they'd suffered anxiety or depress...

    Loneliness a Key Factor in Postpartum Depression

    When expectant or new moms experience depression, known as perinatal depression, loneliness may be a driving factor.

    “We found that loneliness was central to the experiences of expectant and new mothers with depression. We know that depression and loneliness are often interconnected — each one can lead to the other — and this may be particularly true for perinatal depression [which ...

    Sen. John Fetterman Recovering After Depression Diagnosis

    Sen. John Fetterman will continue to be away from the U.S. Senate for several weeks but he is on the "path to recovery," his spokesman said Monday.

    The senator is being treated for clinical depression at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after checking himself in on Feb. 15.

    “We understand the intense interest in John’s status and especially appreciate the flood of w...

    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...

    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...

    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

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 21, 2023
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  • 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

    Kids Visiting ER in Mental Crisis Often Get No Follow-Up

    A growing number of U.S. kids are landing in hospital emergency rooms for a mental health crisis. Now a new study finds that many do not get follow-up care after they're discharged.

    Experts said the findings, published Feb. 13 in the journal

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  • February 13, 2023
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  • 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 ...

    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...

    Fear of Public Spaces Is Common in People With Epilepsy

    Many adults with epilepsy have agoraphobia, or a fear of public places, new research suggests.

    That impacts quality of life and is something doctors should include in other screening that looks for anxiety or depression, the investigators said.

    "We know that agoraphobia can lead to delays in patient care because of a reluctance to go out in public, which includes appointments with ...

    In New Documentary, Michael J. Fox Describes Hiding Parkinson's, Struggles With Alcohol

    Actor Michael J. Fox details his experiences with Parkinson’s disease, including turning to alcohol and pills in an attempt to cope, in a new documentary.

    Fox, 61, has had the degenerative brain disorder since 1991, but didn’t disclose it publicly until 1998.

    The star — best known for the “Back to the Future” movies — said he was an alcoholic in the early days and also...

    Suicide Risk Rises When Cancer Strikes

    A cancer diagnosis can be devastating.

    Now, new research shows that patients diagnosed with cancer have a risk of suicide 26% higher than the general population.

    A variety of factors contribute to the elevated risk, including geography, race and ethnicity, economic status and clinical characteristics, American Cancer Society (ACS) researchers found.

    The study also showed a dec...

    ADHD Tied to Higher Rates of Anxiety, Depression

    Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be an even bigger predictor of depression and anxiety in adulthood than autism is, a new study finds — highlighting the mental health side of the disorder.

    It's known that kids and adults with ADHD often have co-existing conditions, including depression and anxiety. Research suggests that about 14% of children with ADHD have depression...

    Hormonal Therapies Are Boosting the Mental Health of Trans Youth

    As numerous U.S. states move to restrict transgender health care, a new study shows that such care can substantially improve teenagers' mental health.

    The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, followed transgender and nonbinary teenagers who received "gender-affirming" hormones -- either estrogen or testosterone -- for two years.

    During that time, researc...

    Acts of Kindness Could Be Natural Antidepressants

    People suffering from depression or anxiety may be able to help themselves by helping others -- even in small ways, researchers report.

    In a recent study of 122 people with depression or anxiety symptoms, those who started fitting small acts of kindness into their day showed an improvement in their symptoms.

    And when it came to boosting feelings of social connectedness, those kind g...

    Most Clergy Agree With Science on Treatment of Depression: Study

    Worries that clergy will urge depressed congregants to rely on prayer and not other mental health care appear to be unfounded.

    A nationwide survey found that 90% of clergy members embraced a medical understanding of the causes and treatment of depression. About 10% said they would recomm...

    Happy, Loved Teens Become Heart-Healthier as Adults

    When teenagers feel good about themselves and their lives, it may also do their hearts good in the long run, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that teenagers who generally felt happy, optimistic and loved went on to show better cardiovascular health in their 20s and 30s, versus kids who lacked that level of mental well-being.

    Overall, they were more likely to maintain a healt...

    Suicidal Service Members With Guns at Home Often Keep Feelings Secret: Study

    Military service members who conceal their suicidal thoughts are also more likely to store their guns unsafely, a new study reveals.

    “These findings highlight a real problem with our suicide prevention system,” said Michael Anestis, lead author of the study and...

    Exercise, Sports: A Natural Antidepressant for Teens

    An antidote to teenage depression might be found in school gymnasiums and on sports fields, a major new review argues.

    Supervised exercise programs are associated with significant reductions in symptoms of depression among children and teenagers, according to the analysis of data from 21 studies involving more than 2,400 kids.

    “This is the first time that we've been able to put en...

    Good Parental Leave Gives Big Boost to Moms' Mental Health

    Generous parental leave policies at work can do wonders for a new mom's mental health.

    This is among the key messages from a new review of 45 studies examining how parental leave policies affect mom and dad’s mental health and well-being.

    Mothers working for companies with generous parental leave policies were less likely to experience symptoms of depression, poor mental heal...

    Procrastinators May Delay All the Way to Worse Health

    College students who routinely cram at the last minute may not only see their grades suffer, but their health, too, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that of more than 3,500 college students they followed, those who scored high on a procrastination scale were more likely to report certain health issues nine months later. The list included body aches, poor sleep, and depression and a...

    Who Will Respond Best to Ketamine for Severe Depression? New Study Takes a Look

    Made infamous as the club drug Special K, ketamine is nowadays being seen as a wonder drug for some folks with hard-to-treat depression.

    However, a new study finds that some types of patients are more likely to gain a rapid and significant benefit from ketamine than others.

    Overall, while most patients did benef...

    Neighbors Make the Difference for Isolated Chinese-American Seniors

    Living in tight-knit communities where neighbors are connected to one another helped improve health outcomes for older Chinese Americans, a new study found.

    Rutgers University researchers used data from a study of more than 3,100 elderly Chinese people in the Chicago area to investigate whether the perception of trust and connection among neighbors had an impact on their risk of death.

    Long Stays Common for Kids Who Visit ERs in Mental Health Crisis

    It's a scenario no parent would ever want to witness: Their child suffers a mental health crisis and is taken to the emergency room, only to have to wait 12 hours or more for the right medical care.

    Sadly, it is what 1 in 5 of these young patients now face, new research finds.

    "For kids with mental health conditions, long waits in the emergency department have been a compounding pr...

    Women's Depression Symptoms May  Differ by Race: Study

    Depression can be tricky to detect in some people, and Black women may exhibit different symptoms, leading to missed care, researchers say.

    Black women report sleep disturbances, self-criticism and irritability more often than the stereotypical low mood, according to a new study.

    As a result, standard screening tools may underdiagnose depression in Black women, the study authors sai...

    4 Genes May Raise Risk for Suicide

    Scientists have pinpointed four genes that seem to play a part in how vulnerable you are to suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

    "It's important to note that these genes do not predestine anyone to problems, but it's also important to understand that there could be heightened risks, particularly when combined with life events," said study co-author

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  • December 14, 2022
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  • Most People With COPD Enjoy Good Mental Health: Study

    Surprisingly, most people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are in excellent mental health, Canadian researchers report.

    Two-thirds of COPD patients don't suffer from common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or addiction to drugs, the new study found. The key to well-being seems to be having the support of loved ones and not being isolated or lonel...

    After Angioplasty, Depression Can Keep Heart Patients From Taking Meds

    Patients who undergo angioplasty and stenting to open clogged arteries in and around the heart should also be screened for depression, according to a new study.

    Researchers found that depressed patients were less likely than their mentally healthy peers to take their prescribed medications, including beta-blockers, antiplatelets and statins.

    These medications reduce the likelihood...

    Record Number of Fatal Drug ODs for Pregnant, Postpartum Women

    Pregnant and postpartum women are dying of drug overdoses in record numbers, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made things worse, a new study shows.

    Deaths increased about 81% over the past four years, hitting a record high in 2020, according to researchers from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City.

    "We've seen significant increases in fatal and non...

    Could Bacteria in Your Gut Help Spur Depression?

    Depression may be a disorder of the brain, but new research adds to evidence that it also involves the gut.

    While depression is complex, recent research has been pointing to a role for bacteria that dwell in the gut -- suggesting that certain bacterial strains might feed depression symptoms, while others might be protective.

    In a pair of new studies, researchers identified 13 g...

    Long COVID Often Brings Another Issue: Stigma

    People with long COVID deal with months or years of punishing fatigue, mind-numbing brain fog or a frightening fight to take each and every breath.

    But they can also face the skepticism of others, a new study finds -- employers and doctors questioning whether they're really sick, friends avoiding them, family losing patience.

    About 95% of people living with long COVID say they've ex...

    Caregiving Can Heighten Loneliness, or Ease It

    Taking care of a loved one can either be a break from loneliness or help to bring loneliness on, depending on your circumstances, new research shows.

    Researchers broadly studied the issue, using data from 28 studies with more than 190,000 participants in 21 countries. They found certain types of caregiving — such as volunteering and caring for grandchildren — offered protection agains...

    Mental Health Care Shortage Could Play Role in U.S. Youth Suicides

    The kids aren't alright.

    Up to 1 in 5 children in the United States has a mental health condition, but only about half of those who need mental health care are now receiving it. What's more, suicide is the second leading cause of death among U.S. kids and teens, and youth suicide rates have been rising over the last decade.

    Now, about one year after the U.S. Surgeon General cit...

    Suicide Rates Declining for White Americans, But Not for Minorities

    In a finding that illustrates just how deeply racial disparities permeate the U.S. health care system, a new government report finds that suicide rates dipped slightly among white Americans while they rose for Black and Hispanic Americans.

    "Although the recent decline in suicide rates for non-Hispanic whi...

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