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Muting Your Phone May Cause More Stress, Not Less

MONDAY, June 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Are you plagued by FOMO -- "fear of missing out"? Then silencing your smartphone may not be the stress-buster you think it is.

That's the takeaway from a new study that found many folks check their phones a lot more when they're set to mute or vibrate than wh...

Youth Suicide Attempts Drop in U.S. States With Hate Crime Laws

THURSDAY, June 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Hate crime laws that protect gay, lesbian and transgender people may have an unexpected benefit: fewer teen suicide attempts, among kids of all sexual orientations.

That's the conclusion of a new study that looked at what happened in U.S. states that enacted hate crime laws with protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgen...

Pets Help Their Humans De-Stress, Stay Fit: Survey

While chronic stress is a key risk factor for heart disease and stroke, most cat and dog owners say pets help them chill out and stay active.

A new American Heart Association (AHA) survey of 1,000 pet owners found 95% relying on their animal companions for stress relief. About 7 in 10 said they'd rather spend time with their pet than watch television, and nearly half (47%) said their pets...

Obamacare May Have Helped Lower Suicide Rates

Suicide rates are rising more slowly in states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new study finds.

“Suicide is a public health problem, and our findings indicate that increasing access to health care -- including mental health care -- by expanding Medicaid eligibility can play an i...

Stress Can Age, Weaken Your Immune System

TUESDAY, June 14, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Stress may take a huge toll on your health, weakening your immune system and opening the door to serious illness, a new study suggests.

Traumatic events, job strain, daily stres...

The 988 Mental Health Hotline Is Coming. Is America Ready?

WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The mental health equivalent of 911 is about to launch across the United States, but a new study finds that many communities may not be prepared for it.

Beginning July 16, a new 988 number will be available 24/7 for Americans dealing with a

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  • 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Who Need Mental Health Care Can't Get It: Survey

    WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- There is a "staggering" gap between the number of Americans who need care for anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions and those who can actually get it, a new survey shows.

    In all, 42% of U.S. adults who needed care in the previous 12 months did not get it because of costs and other barriers, according to the on...

    COVID Might Raise Odds for Psychiatric Disorders Later: Study

    People who've been through a bout of COVID may be more vulnerable to mental health disorders in the months following their infection, a new study warns.

    Researchers analyzed data on more than 46,000 people in the United States who tested positive for COVID-19 and an equal number of people with other types of

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  • June 8, 2022
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  • Intentional Overdoses Rise Among U.S. Kids, Teens

    FRIDAY, June 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of U.S. kids are attempting suicide by medication overdose — with the biggest increase seen among preteens, a recent study shows.

    Researchers found that between 2015 and 2020, there was a 27% increase in overdose suicide or attempted suicide among U.S. children and teenagers. While teens accounted for most of t...

    Team Sports: Good for Kids' Minds, Too

    THURSDAY, June 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who play team sports may win some mental health benefits, but the same may not hold true for those in solo sports, a large, new study suggests.

    A number of previous studies have linked team sports to be...

    Pandemic Has U.S. Hospitals Overwhelmed With Teens in Mental Crisis

    The COVID-19 pandemic and the isolation it imposed took a dramatic toll on kids' mental health, increasing the demand for services in an already overburdened system.

    As a result, many kids found themselves being "boarded" in emergency departments as they awaited care, according to a new study conducted at Boston Children's Hospital. The average wait was nearly five days without specialize...

    A Lover's Embrace May Calm Women More Than Men

    Is an upcoming final exam or big-time job interview stressing you out?

    Hug your honey.

    That's the takeaway from new research that showed how embracing your significant other can help calm women.

    But sorry, guys, the same isn't true for you, according to the study published May 18 in the journal PLOS ONE.

    "As a woman, hugging your romantic partner can prevent t...

    Various Mental Illnesses Share Same Genes: Study

    Many people who get a diagnosis for one mental illness may find they have additional psychiatric conditions, and new genetic research offers an explanation why.

    A number of mental illnesses share genetic similarities, researchers found. This discovery helps explain why multiple conditions are common among people with psychiatric disorders, the investigators pointed out in a new study.

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    Depression, Anxiety Hit Minorities Hardest During Pandemic

    Americans' rates of depression and anxiety spiked during the first year of the pandemic, but the increases were much more pronounced among Black, Hispanic and Asian people than among white people, new research shows.

    From April 2020 to April 2021, the overall incidence of depression or

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  • May 12, 2022
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  • Week Off Social Media Boosts Mental Health: Study

    It's no secret that too much social media can be bad for one's mental health. Now, research suggests that taking even a brief break from TikTok, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter can ease symptoms of depression and

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  • May 11, 2022
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  • It's Getting Tougher to Find Spanish-Language Mental Health Services in U.S.

    Mental health has become a hot topic during the pandemic, but some groups have been burdened by having too few services available even before the challenges of these past two years.

    A new study found that while the Hispanic population in the United States grew by almost 5% between 2014 and 2019, Spanish-language mental health services dropped by about 18% during that same time.

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    Kids Who Witness Domestic Violence May Suffer Mentally for Decades

    Witnessing violence between your parents is traumatic when it happens, but a new study finds that trauma can raise your risk of depression and other mental health problems.

    The study included more than 17,700 Canadian adults who took part in a national survey on mental health. Of those respondents, 326 sa...

    Poor Sleep Linked to More Mood Disorders During Pandemic

    Having trouble getting your shut-eye during the COVID-19 pandemic?

    You may be at increased risk for anxiety, depression and other mental health struggles.

    That's the key takeaway from an analysis of data collected from nearly 5,000 people who wore a digital sleep device before and...

    As Pandemic Continues, Advice for Parents on How to Manage Anxiety in Kids

    Anxiety over the COVID-19 pandemic is common among young children, and parents may wonder how to quell those concerns.

    An expert from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has some advice.

    "Parents should have a clear idea of what their thoughts are about the virus and get on the same page as their partner," said Laurel Williams, a professor in the department of psychiatry and behav...

    When Pot Is Legal, Prescriptions for Pain, Depression, Anxiety and Sleep Drop: Study

    When people have legal access to marijuana, they're less likely to take certain prescription drugs, new research suggests.

    U.S. states where recreational marijuana is legal have seen large drops in the use of prescription drugs for pain, depression, anxiety, sleep, psychosis and seizures, the researchers found.

    "These results have important implications," said study co-author Shyam ...

    Mental Illness Linked to Higher Risk of Deadly Heart Issues

    People with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other severe mental illnesses are at increased risk of death from heart problems, a large research review finds.

    "Our systematic review and meta-analysis of over 100 studies has confirmed a strong association between severe mental illness and cardiovascular disease which became stronger in the 1990s and 2000s," said study author Amanda Lambe...

    Mental Health Issues Linked to Higher Risk of Breakthrough COVID Infections

    People with substance abuse disorders, depression and other mental health conditions may be at higher risk for COVID-19 -- even when they are fully vaccinated, new research suggests.

    "Individuals with psychiatric disorders, and especially older adults with psychiatric disorders, may be particularly vulnerable to breakthrough infections," said study author Kristen Nishimi, a postdoctoral f...

    Your Personality May Safeguard Your Aging Brain

    Certain personality traits may make older adults more or less vulnerable to waning memory and thinking skills, a new study suggests.

    The study, of nearly 2,000 older adults, found that those high on the "conscientious" scale — organized, self-disciplined and productive — were less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment. That refers to subtler problems with memory and other mental...

    Hospital Work During Pandemic Was Like a War Zone: Study

    Health care workers battling the pandemic may be suffering moral traumas at a rate similar to soldiers in a war zone, a new study suggests.

    The pandemic has brought a stream of stories about overtaxed health care workers, facing repeated COVID surges, resource shortages and public resistance to the vaccines that can keep people out of the hospital. Workers' distress is often called burnou...

    Gun Violence Wreaks Havoc on Lives of Survivors, Their Families

    Gun violence can cause significant, long-lasting mental harm to survivors and their families, according to a new study.

    In the year after their injury, survivors are at increased risk for pain, mental health and substance use disorders. Their family members also have higher likelihood for mental health issues. Both victim and loved ones have the added burden of higher health care costs, <...

    Parents' Expectations Driving College Kids to Dangerous Perfectionism: Study

    Kids today feel more pressured by their parents' high expectations, and that may be feeding a rise in perfectionism, a new study suggests.

    Some people claim the title "perfectionist" ...

    Many U.S. High School Kids Report Sadness, Stress, Abuse During Pandemic

    If there's any doubt that America's teens have suffered mightily during the pandemic, a new government survey offers fresh proof of the pain restrictions from the coronavirus has inflicted on this vulnerable group.

    Many high schoolers have experienced physical and emotional abuse, poor mental health and chronic sadness and hopelessness as COVID-19 raged across the country for the past two...

    Does Social Media Harm Kids? It Might Depend on Their Age

    Your child's risk of harm from social media is higher at certain ages and it's different for girls and boys, researchers report.

    To figure out how social media use affected "life satisfaction" among 10- to 21-year-olds, the investigators analyzed long-term data on 17,400 young people in the United Kingdom.

    The

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  • March 29, 2022
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  • Depression Raises Stroke Risk for Heart Attack Survivors

    Heart attack survivors with depression have an increased risk of stroke, and more research is needed to find out why, according to the authors of a new study.

    "There could be a multitude of de...

    Noisy Neighborhood? It Could Raise Your Odds for Heart Attack

    Living in a noisy neighborhood may not only cost you sleep, it could also increase your odds for a heart attack, researchers say.

    They concluded that 1 in 20 heart attacks in New Jersey were associated with noise from highways, trains and air traffic.

    "When people talk about pollution, they're usually talking about particles in the air or water," said lead author Dr. Abel Moreyra, a...

    'Magic Mushroom' Therapy: Does It Interact With Other Medicines?

    Psilocybin, the psychedelic substance in "magic" mushrooms, is generating lots of interest as a potential treatment for a host of mental ills, but new research warns there is little data on how it might interact with more traditional psychiatric medications.

    "There's a major incongruence between the public enthusiasm and exuberance with psychedelic substances for mental health issues — ...

    Could the Party Drug Ecstasy Help Treat PTSD?

    The party drug "ecstasy" might be the key to helping people heal from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new clinical trial results indicate.

    In a small study, PTSD patients treated with a powerful combination of the psychedelic drug, also known as MDMA, and talk therapy were much more likely to...

    Would Your Teen Admit a Mental Health Issue? Poll Finds Roadblocks to Getting Help

    Would you know if your teen was struggling with mental health issues?

    Most parents say yes, but many also doubt their teen would tell them something was wrong, a new poll shows.

    Specifically, nearly 95% of the parents surveyed said they were somewhat or very confident that they would notice the signs of trouble. Yet, only about 25% think their adolescent would definitely talk to th...

    Medical Marijuana Rx Ups Odds for Overuse, With No Benefit to Health: Study

    Using medical marijuana to treat pain, anxiety or depression may quickly lead to dependence, without relieving symptoms, a new study suggests.

    Those most at risk for misusing medical marijuana are patients using it to treat anxiety and depression, the researchers found. Based on these findings, the b...

    U.S. Teachers Often Faced Harassment, Violence During Pandemic: Poll

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on America's teachers, and nearly half of those recently surveyed said they're thinking about quitting their jobs or switching schools.

    Enforcing mask-wearing and pivoting to remote learning hasn't been easy. But many teachers and other school staff have also endur...

    Postpartum Depression Rates Have Tripled for New Moms During Pandemic

    Rates of postpartum depression among American mothers rose nearly three-fold during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with large increases in major depression and thoughts of self-harm, according to a new study.

    It included 670 new moms who completed online screening between February and Jul...

    Mental Issues Can Linger More Than a Year After Severe COVID

    People who have severe COVID-19 are at higher risk for depression and other mental woes that can last more than a year, a large study suggests.

    Researchers reported that COVID patients who were bedridden but not hospitalized for a week or more can experience depression, anxiet...

    Suicide Rate Is Spiking Upwards in Preadolescent Children

    In the past two decades, a growing number of preteens have taken medicines or other chemicals as a way to end their lives, new research warns.

    The mental health of children has become a big talking point in light of the pandemic, but the study data showed the problem has been percolating for years: There has been a 4.5-fold increase in suicidal ingestion cases among children between the a...

    Mental Health of America's Children Only Getting Worse

    A fresh review of recent government surveys suggests the well-being of 73 million American kids is under strain and seems to be getting worse.

    The upshot: anxiety,

    Some Teens Are Overdosing With Meds Prescribed for ADHD, Anxiety

    Taken correctly, prescription drugs used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can help teens and young adults navigate their condition, but a new study finds many are dying from overdosing on these medications.

    In 2019,

    High Anxiety: Poll Finds Americans Stressed by Inflation, War

    Inflation, Russia's invasion of Ukraine and continuing concerns about money and COVID-19 have Americans more stressed than ever, a new poll conducted last week reveals.

    The biggest concerns: rising costs of food, energy and other everyday items due to inflation (87%); supply chain issues (81%); global uncertainty (81%); Russia's invasion of Ukraine (80%), and potential Russian cyberattack...

    Pooch Power: Therapy Dogs Bring Quick Relief in the ER

    A day that includes a trip to the emergency room is probably a high-stress one, but man's best friend could help you cope, new research finds.

    The study found a reduction in pain, anxiety and depression that ranged from 43% to 48% in patients who were treated with a visit from a trained

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  • Anxious? Try Hugging Your 'Breathing Pillow'

    Could hugging a soft, mechanized pillow that simulates slow breathing help test-stressed students ward off anxiety and stress? British researchers are betting on it.

    The pillow in question looks like any typical cushion, noted study author Alice Haynes. She's a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.

    But when hugged, the light blue plush cushion deploys ...

    Odds for Mental Illness Rise in Kids After Concussion

    Kids who've suffered a concussion are at heightened risk of mental health issues in the aftermath, a large new study suggests.

    The researchers found that compared with their peers, children and teenagers with a past concussion were 39% more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health condition — including anxiety disorders, depression and behavioral disorders. They were also at greater ...

    Upcoming Surgery Worry You? Poll Says You're Not Alone

    Many older Americans have concerns about elective surgery beforehand, but most who go through with it are satisfied with the outcome, a new survey finds.

    Elective surgery includes many operations for conditions that are not immediately life-threatening, such as knee replacem...

    Brain Changes May Fuel 'Long COVID' Anxiety, Confusion

    Here's more evidence of the toll that COVID-19 takes on the human brain: A new study finds biomarkers of neuron damage and brain inflammation in the blood are associated with brain function changes in both hospitalized COVID-19 patients and people with long COVID.

    Combined blood biomarker ...

    Apps: They Help Manage Health Conditions, But Few Use Them, Poll Finds

    Health and fitness apps are growing in popularity, but not among the people who might benefit most from them seniors and people with chronic health conditions.

    Nearly two out of three American adults are living with a chronic health problem like heart disease, diabetes or asthma, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll survey found.

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  • Crowdfunding Can Help Pay for Cancer Care, But Takes Emotional Toll

    Crowdfunding helps some U.S. cancer patients pay bills, but it can trigger shame and other negative feelings in some people, a new study finds.

    "Young adults are at that point in life where they are beginning to achieve financial independence and finding career employment," said study first author Lauren Ghazal, a postdoctoral nursing student at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. "...

    A Hotter Climate Could Trigger More Mental Health Crises

    Extreme heat from climate change is making it harder for people with mental illness and drug addiction to cope and adding to pressure on pandemic-stretched U.S. emergency rooms.

    During these severe summer temperature spikes, Americans with depression, anxiety, mood disorders and drug addiction are increasingly flocking to hospital ERs for help, a

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  • Microdosing LSD: Can It Help or Harm Mental Health?

    Microdosing has become trendy in the era of drug legalization, with TV shows like "Nine Perfect Strangers" promoting the potential positives of regularly taking tiny amounts of psychedelics.

    But a new study finds that short-term microdosing of one hippy-era psychedelic, LSD, doesn't appear to cause any lasting or dramatic improvements to a person's disposition or brainpower, researchers r...

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