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Helping Others as Volunteers Helps Kids 'Flourish': Study

Kids who devote some of their free time to volunteer work may not only help others, but also themselves.

That's according to a new study that found U.S. kids who spend time in community service are often thriving, physically and mentally.

Overall, kids who'd volunteered in the past year were in better physical health, had a more positive outlook on life, and were less likely to have...

Men’s Mental Health: Symptoms, Treatments & Where to Find Help

When it comes to mental health, men don't always seek help when they need it. But maybe they should.

June is Men's Mental Health Month, so here are the most common mental health conditions men experience, the symptoms that may differ in men vs. women and what resources are available for those seeking treatment options.


The Most Common Depression Medications, Explained

You've been diagnosed with depression. What's next?

The cornerstone of treatment remains antidepressants, so it's likely your doctor will prescribe one for you, but which one might be best?

You will join millions around the world who struggle with how to treat the mental health disorder. An estimated 3.8% of the global population experiences depression, according to the

  • Ann Schreiber HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 26, 2023
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  • Heavy Marijuana Use Might Raise Risk of Bipolar Disorder, Depression

    Heavy users of marijuana might face an increased risk of bipolar disorder and depression, a new study suggests.

    The analysis of more than 6.6 million Danish individuals found that having cannabis use disorder doubled or even tripled the odds for most forms of depression or bipolar disorder. When it came to bipolar disorder in particular, "cannabis use disorder was associated with higher r...

    Depression Treatments: Medications, Lifestyle Changes & More

    Depression is a debilitating condition that can leave its millions of sufferers in despair.

    Globally, an estimated 5% of adults suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organization.

    Luckily, there are a variety of depression treatments that can help manage and ease symptoms. Thes...

    Ketamine Beats Shock Therapy in Easing Tough-to-Treat Depression

    Ketamine may be an alternative to shock treatment for people with treatment-resistant major depression, a new study suggests.

    Currently, patients with major depressive disorder who don't find a medication or therapy that works may undergo electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), also known as shock therapy.

    But researchers have also been studying intravenous ketamine -- a powerful anesthe...

    5-HTP Supplement: What Is It, and Can It Help You?

    The supplement known as 5-HTP is available in both natural and synthetic versions and is used by some people to treat a variety of wellness issues.

    Here's a look at what this supplement is, its safety profile, side effects and drug interactions, and the potential health benefits that 5-HTP has to offer you for a balanced lifestyle.

    What is 5-HTP?

    In your body, 5-hydroxytryptop...

    PTSD, Other Mental Health Ills Haunt Gunshot Survivors

    For people who survive gunshot wounds, the trauma may leave mental scars that worsen with time, a new study finds.

    Among 87 adults treated for gun injuries at a Wisconsin trauma center, many had worsening symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression six months later.

    The findings, published May 22 in the

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  • May 23, 2023
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  • 'Complex' Genetic Links Between Marijuana Use, Psychiatric Ills

    A subset of people may be at high risk for both psychiatric disorders and for using marijuana, based on their genetics, according to a new study.

    Researchers from the University of Oslo in Norway have found that some of the genetic variants associated with cannabis use are also linked to psychiatric disorders.

    “These findings are important as they show that the complex links betw...

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): What It Is, Symptoms & Treatments

    Ever heard of the winter blues? This common phrase is used to describe that blah feeling that strikes during winter months when the weather is cold and the sky is gray in many parts of the country.

    The reality is, the winter blues is a form of depression.

    “When there is a shift in the season and our access to daylight, our bodies struggle to adjust to the new light and time frame,...

    Bipolar Disorder: What It Is, Symptoms & Treatments

    More than 10 million people in the United States are living with bipolar disorder, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

    It's characterized by severe, dramatic shifts in mood that can catch people off guard. The name ca...

    Everything to Know About Ketamine for Depression Treatment

    Did you know that ketamine is one of the newest possible methods for treating depression?

    For a better understanding of ketamine treatment, here are explanations of what it is, how it helps depression, what types of depression it can help with, its side effects and what you can expect during a ketamine therapy session.

    What is ketamine?

    Ketamine is a dissociat...

    Postpartum Depression: What It Is, Symptoms & Treatments

    Becoming a mother is an experience like no other -- a time of joy, anticipation and love. But, for some women, new motherhood can come with challenging emotions.

    Many women struggle with feelings of sadness, anxiety and overwhelming exhaustion. These emotional struggles, coupled with the physical demands of caring for a newborn, can be signs of a condition called postpartum depression (PP...

    The Different Types of Depression, Explained

    An estimated 5% of adults worldwide suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

    This mental health disorder permeates all areas of life from personal relationships to academic and professional ones and goes well beyond typical mood fluctuations ...

    Study Shows Season, Time of Day When Suicidal Thoughts Most Likely

    While people might assume suicide is more common in the darker months of winter, it actually peaks in spring and early summer.

    Researchers investigating what's happening have found that suicidal thoughts peak in December but then take a few months to reach a “tipping point.” People are also most vulnerable to ending their lives between 4 and 5 a.m., according to a

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 15, 2023
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  • Am I Depressed? The Most Common Symptoms to Look Out For

    Think you might be struggling with depression? It's not always easy to recognize, but identifying the symptoms is the first step toward getting the help you need.

    Depression is a common mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. In the United States alone,

  • Ann Schreiber HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 12, 2023
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  • In Survey, Half of U.S. Parents Believe Social Media Is Harming Their Kids

    Half of U.S. parents think social media is bad for their kids' mental health, a new survey reveals.

    The finding highlights growing concerns about how these platforms affect children's and adolescents' well-being, according to the On Our Sleeves Movement for Children's Mental Health, which had the Harris Poll conduct the survey.

    The program encourages parents to help their kids by t...

    U.S. Surgeon General Announces National Plan to Fight 'Loneliness Epidemic'

    U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has declared war on what he calls a "loneliness epidemic" in the United States.

    Murthy announced a “National Strategy to Advance Social Connection” to address this “epidemic of loneliness ...

    Which Kids Face the Highest Risk of Self-Harm?

    Growing numbers of American kids and teens are cutting or burning themselves, banging their heads against walls, pulling out their hair and even trying to die by suicide.

    But figuring out who is at highest risk for harming themselves has been a daunting challenge. Until now.

    Researchers report they have developed risk profiles that can help doctors pinpoint which kids or teens are ...

    Suicide Rates Among U.S. Adolescents Doubled in 10 Years

    Suicides among the youngest U.S. teenagers were rising for years before the pandemic with school stress, social media and guns standing as potential factors, according to a new study.

    Researchers found that between 2008 and 2018, the suicide rate among 13- and 14-year-olds nationwide more than doubled from roughly two deaths per 100,000 teens in 2008, to five per...

    In California Study, Many Veterans at Risk of Suicide Have Unlocked Gun at Home

    A new study on veterans, gun storage and suicidal thoughts points to an urgent need for mental health and substance-related services, according to researchers.

    The study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found that about 1 in 7 veterans with a firearm at home in Calif...

    Psychotherapy's Hidden Bonus: Healthier Hearts

    Treating depression with talk therapy may provide protection against heart disease, new research suggests.

    As depression lifts, people may begin to engage more in healthy eating and exercise, investigators believe.

    In a study o...

    Rate of U.S. Kids Attempting Suicide by Overdose Rose During Pandemic

    The number of kids who attempted suicide using over-the-counter or easily accessible medications is up sharply, a new study shows.

    This research spotlights a pediatric mental health crisis, said researchers from the University of Virginia Health System, who reviewed data on reported suicide attempts that were reported to the National Poison Data System in 2021.

    “This significant i...

    Could Better Access to Marijuana Be Linked to Rising Suicide Rates?

    Suspected suicide attempts linked to marijuana overdoses have been steadily increasing over the past decade, a new study reports.

    National Poison Data System records show a 17% yearly increase in reports of suicidal people who have been poisoned by using too much cannabis, said co-researcher Tracy Klein

    Intimate Relationships a Factor in 1 in 5 Suicides

    One in five people who die by suicide experienced intimate partner problems that included divorce, separation, arguments and violence, new research shows.

    “I think people hear the term intimate partner problems and go straight to intimate partner violence. That is a component of intimate partner problems, but it's not just about violence,” said study author

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • April 20, 2023
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  • Depression Around Pregnancy Could Raise Women's Heart Risks

    Depression during pregnancy may be linked to heart disease as soon as two years later, new research suggests.

    This is true even when patients don't have high blood pressure during pregnancy, the research team reports April 19 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

    “We need to use pregnancy as a window to future health,” said lead study author

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • April 19, 2023
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  • For Kids With Mental Health Issues, Pediatricians Are Often Only Source for Care

    With so many American kids and teens dealing with depression or anxiety, pediatricians are increasingly stepping in as mental health care providers. Now, a new study suggests they are doing a decent job -- but too few kids are being referred for talk therapy.

    Researchers found that in cases where a pediatrician prescribed medication for a child's depression or anxiety, it was by and lar...

    How to Find a Therapist Who Fits Your Needs

    Deciding to go into therapy is a big move, one that people sometimes struggle with for a variety of reasons.

    But now that you've realized therapy would be helpful for you, how to find a therapist? It's important to know what outcome you're hoping for and what you feel you need help achieving.

    It will take a little research to determine which professionals your insurance will cover ...

    U.S. Suicide Rates Began to Rise Again in 2021

    In a disappointing finding, a new report shows that suicide rates in America are on the upswing again after a momentary, and minute, decline.

    According to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate increased from 10.7 people per 100,000 people in 2001 to 14.2 per 100,000 in 2018. The rate then dropped to 13.5 per 100,000 through 2020, but rose a...

    Curbing Opioid Prescriptions Won't Raise Suicide Rates: Study

    Over the past few years the escalating opioid crisis has touched off a complex debate about how best to reign in suicide risk among patients who are prescribed the addictive painkillers.

    The question: Could rapidly cutting back on legal opioid prescriptions help, or might patients' desperation over lack of access inadvertently drive up suicide risk?


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  • April 11, 2023
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  • Sen. John Fetterman Discharged From Hospital With Depression 'in Remission'

    After six weeks of in-patient treatment at Walter Reed National MIlitary Medical Center, Sen. John Fetterman is back home in western Pennsylvania and in remission from depression.

    Fetterman will return to the Senate when Congress reconvenes April 17 after a recess. The Pennsylvania senator had been hospitalized since Feb. 15....

    Fatal Drug ODs Among U.S. Seniors Have Quadrupled in 20 Years

    Drug overdose deaths -- both accidental and intentional -- have quadrupled over the past 20 years among older adults in the United States, a new study finds.

    This increase in people ages 65 and older suggests the need for greater mental health and substance use policies, the authors said.

    “The dramatic rise in overdose fatalities among adults over 65 years of age in the past two ...

    Living Near Noisy Traffic Might Raise Suicide Risk

    Living with a lot of transportation noise can increase your risk of suicide, new research suggests.

    A study from Switzerland found that with every 10-decibel increase of average road traffic noise at home, risk for suicides rose by 4%. An association between railway noise and suicide was less pronounced.

    “We used suicides as an indicator for mental health disorders as we do not ha...

    Too Much Time Online Might Raise Kids' Odds for Mental Health Woes: Study

    Children's screen use could be altering their developing brains as they enter adolescence and increasing their risk for mood disorders, a major new study finds.

    Children ages 9 and 10 who spend more time on smartphones, tablets, video games and TV exhibited higher levels of depression and anxiety by the time they were 11 and 12, researchers found.

    Further, the investigators linked s...

    Rate of Kids Hospitalized in Mental Health Crisis Keeps Rising

    Children with mental health problems are flooding America's hospitals.

    A new study of 4.8 million pediatric hospitalizations between 2009 and 2019 found that the number of acute care hospitalizations for kids with mental health problems increased significantly. In 2019, most were due to attempted suicides, suicidal thoughts or self-injury, researchers said.

    "What we're seeing are mo...

    AHA News: Irregular Sleep Schedule Linked to High Blood Pressure

    People with irregular sleep patterns may face substantially higher odds of high blood pressure than those who stick to a schedule, even when they get the recommended amount of sleep each night, new research suggests.

    The study, published Tuesday in the journal Hypertension, found people who slept in on the weekends or varied the times they went to sleep and woke up throughout the week wer...

    Stress Might Mean Worse Sleep for Many Gay & Lesbian Youth

    In yet another sign of the stress that can haunt gay, lesbian and bisexual youth, a new study finds that compared with their straight peers, they are twice as likely to report trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.

    Depression and family conflict may be contributing to sleep issues in young LGBTQ people, the researchers noted.

    “Young people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisex...

    Could Melatonin Ease Self-Harm in Kids?

    For depressed or anxious children, taking melatonin may afford a good night's sleep and, as a result, lower the odds they will harm themselves, new research suggests.

    The risk of self-harm increased before melatonin was prescribed and decreased by about half after kids started taking the supplement,

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  • March 27, 2023
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  • Sen. John Fetterman Improving, Though Timing on Return to Work Still Unclear

    Sen. John Fetterman, who checked himself into Walter Reed Hospital for depression five weeks ago, should be back at work soon, his aide said Thursday.

    The Pennsylvania senator suffered a stroke last May that nearly killed him, and depression strikes one in three stroke survivors.

    Still, Fetterman's depression recovery is going well, spokesman Joe Calvello said Thursday.


    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 seld...

    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

  • Kirstie Ganobsik HealthDay Reporter
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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-trea...

    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 establishe...

    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 ...

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