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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

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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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

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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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 Res...

    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

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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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...

    Music Hath Charms to Boost Mental Health: Poll

    Music may be good medicine for older adults, boosting both their mental and physical health, a new survey finds.

    Virtually all people between the ages of 50 and 80 (98%) say they benefit in at least one health-related way from engaging with music, according to results from the latest University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging.

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    Could Bullying Raise a Teen's Odds for Psychosis?

    The Pearl Jam song “Jeremy” tells the story of a boy driven mad by bullies who commits suicide in front of his classroom.

    The song might reflect a real and ongoing threat to teens' mental health, new research suggests.

    Teens being bullied face a greater risk of early-stage psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations or paranoia, according to findings published recently in the jou...

    Black Americans Lose Sleep After High-Profile Police Killings

    Police killings of unarmed Black people are robbing the Black community of a precious commodity – sleep.

    Black adults across the United States suffer from sleep problems after they're exposed to news of killings that occur during police encounters, a new study published Feb. 5 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine finds.

    Specifically, Black adults experienced increases i...

    Even Mild Cases of COVID Can Leave Lingering Insomnia

    Even mild cases of COVID can trigger insomnia in most people, a new study reports.

    About three out of four people with mild COVID (76%) reported experiencing insomnia following their illness.

    Further, nearly one in four (23%) said they'd experienced severe insomnia, according to results published Feb. 5 in the journal Frontiers in Public Health.

    If you experience insomnia afte...

    Loneliness Is Plaguing Americans in 2024: Poll

    Americans are terribly lonely, a new poll reveals.

    Among U.S. adults, about one in three said they feel lonely at least once a week. Worse, one in 10 Americans say they feel lonely every day, results show.

    Younger people are more likely to experience loneliness, which is defined as a lack of meaningful or close relationships or sense of belonging, according to the American Psychiatr...

    High School Kids Who Use Weed, Alcohol Face Higher Risks for Suicidal Thoughts

    High school students who smoke, drink or use weed are more likely to be emotionally troubled and have suicidal thoughts, a new study finds.

    Teens who turn to nicotine, alcohol or marijuana are more likely to think about suicide, feel depressed or anxious, have psychotic episodes and exhibit inattention or hyperactivity, researchers report Jan. 29 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

    Leaving Pets Behind Adds to Trauma, Danger for People in Crisis

    Imagine being subjected to domestic violence in your home, wanting to escape -- but there's no place you can go that will accept a beloved pet.

    That's the gut-wrenching situation facing too many victims of domestic abuse, according to a new data review spanning 27 years.

    “In a lot of cases of domestic violence, there is evidence to suggest that people will delay leaving their rel...

    Women's Anxiety Rose in States Affected by Fall of Roe v. Wade

    Women are suffering more anxiety and depression in states that banned abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a new study shows.

    The court's Dobbs decision in June 2022 triggered laws banning abortion in 13 states.

    In the six months after, symptoms of anxiety and depression increased among women living in those states, particularly those ages 18 to 45, researchers r...

    Common Heart Drug Might Lower Anxiety in Kids With Autism

    Could a blood pressure drug thats been around since the 1960s help ease anxiety in people with autism?

    That's the main finding from a small study where 69 people between the ages of 7 and 24 who had autism were given the drug, called propranolol.

    “The findings show that propranolol could serve as a helpful intervention for reduc...

    Looking for a Good Therapist? Experts Offer Guidance

    If you decide to see a therapist, finding one who's right for you presents one of the biggest early hurdles.

    “The field of psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy has advanced over the years, and one of the ways it has advanced is by learning that certain therapies may work best for certain problems,” said Eric Storch,...

    Quick Withdrawal From Antidepressants Can Take Emotional, Cognitive Toll

    People coming off antidepressants often struggle with emotional and social turmoil, especially if they quit their meds cold turkey, a new study reports.

    Challenges reported by patients quitting antidepressants included feeling overwhelmed by their emotions, finding social situations less enjoyable, and feeling detached and less empathetic towards others.

    “Some symptoms were so sev...

    These Traits Help Keep College Kids Happy

    College freshmen who are more outgoing and agreeable -- and less moody -- are more likely to feel a sense of belonging at their new school, new research has found.

    Those personality traits could result in better academic performance and better mental health during college, the study authors concluded.

    However, two other important personality traits -- conscientiousness and openness ...

    Stressed Teens at Risk of Heart Trouble Years Later

    Stressed-out teens are likely to have more heart health risk factors in adulthood, a new study says.

    Teens with elevated stress levels tended to have high blood pressure, obesity and other heart risk factors as they aged, compared to those teens with less stress, researchers found.

    “Our findings suggest that perceived stress patterns over time have a far-reaching effect on various...

    Bigger Families Could Mean Poorer Mental Health for Kids

    A crowded house may not be the best for the mental health of a family's kids, a new study has found.

    Teens from larger families tend to have poorer mental health than those with fewer siblings, according to a large-scale analysis of children in the United States and China.

    In the United States, children with no or one sibling had the best mental health, while in China well-being was...

    Clues to How Mental Stress Takes Toll on Physical Health

    Stress appears to increase a person's chances of developing metabolic syndrome, a cluster of unhealthy factors that add up to an increased risk for serious problems, a new study finds.

    Inflammation driven by a person's stress levels can make them more likely to develop metabolic syndrome, just as their lifestyle and genetics also contribute to the risk, researchers said.

    So, simple ...

    Overcoming One Phobia Might Ease Other Fears, Study Finds

    Imagine easing a fear of heights by getting over a phobia of spiders.

    That might sound odd, but it works, researchers report.

    Folks who use exposure therapy to overcome one phobia can find themselves less afraid of other things, according to the results of a study published recently in the journal Translat...

    Black Teens Gain Mental Health Boost From 'Connectedness' at School

    "School spirit" appears to provide long-lasting mental health benefits for Black teens, new research finds.

    School connectedness -- the degree to which students feel like part of to their school community -- is a protective factor against depression and aggressive behavior later in life among Black students, researchers report in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

    “Our...

    Getting Hospital-Level Care at Home Is Safe, Effective: Study

    It's an approach that's becoming more widespread: Receiving hospital-level care in the home.

    A new study finds that folks "hospitalized" at home tend to do at least as well as if they'd been checked into a hospital for medical care.

    Patients getting hospital-level care at home have low death rates and are not likely to suffer a setback that requires a quick return to the ER, accordi...

    Better Mental Health in '24? Try Mindfulness + Exercise

    Combining mindfulness with exercise could be the key to managing stress during a potentially turbulent 2024, a new review argues.

    People who exercise and practice mindfulness meditation together tend to have less worry, stress, anxiety and depression than those who only engage in either activity, according to results from 35 studies involving more than 2,200 people.

    Mindfulness medi...

    Xanax, Valium in Pregnancy May Raise Miscarriage Risk

    A class of sedatives called benzodiazepines, which include meds like Ativan, Valium and Xanax, could be linked to higher odds for miscarriage if taken during pregnancy, new research finds.

    The findings held even after accounting for possible confounding factors such as anxiety and insomnia, the Taiwanese research team said.

    Looking at data on about 3 million pregnancies, "we found t...

    Many Americans Are Resolving to Boost Their Mental Health in 2024

    Three-quarters of Americans plan to start the New Year with a resolution to be more healthy, including 28% who want to focus on improving their mental health, a new survey has found.

    These folks plan to exercise more (67%), meditate (49%), keep a diary (26%), or see a therapist (35%) or psychiatrist (21%), according to the results of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Healthy Mi...

    Losing Sleep Makes for Unhappy, Anxious Days

    An exhaustive review of sleep research spanning five decades underscores the importance of getting your Zzzzzs.

    Sleep loss undermines emotional functioning and increases a person's risk for anxiety and depression, the study found. It also takes a toll on positive emotions like joy, happiness and contentment.

    "In our largely sleep-deprived society, quantifying the effects of sleep l...

    Could Spinal Cord Stimulation Ease Depression?

    Believe it or not, your spinal cord may be a pathway to better mood and even an end to depression, new research suggests.

    Investigators at the University of Cincinnati stressed that their pilot study -- to see whether tweaking the spinal cord can ease depression -- is in its very early stages.

    However, 20-minute sessions did seem to bring mental health benefits to participants, the...

    Holidays Can Be Tough on Kids With ADHD, Anxiety: Some Tips for Parents

    Kids with emotional problems or ADHD can find the holidays a very challenging time, as all the routines that provide a sense of order are jumbled in a whirl of activities.

    The kids are home from school and restless, their parents are hauling them along to Christmas shopping and holiday gatherings, and they're eating lots of heavy meals and sugary treats.

    But there are ways to limit ...

    The 'Most Wonderful' Time? Maybe Not, Say Holiday-Stressed Americans

    What's even more nerve-wracking than paying taxes?

    The holidays, according to a majority of Americans, who say it takes them weeks to recover from seasonal stress.

    "The holidays are an easy time to justify putting off healthy habits, but it's important to manage chronic stress and other risk factors to stay healthy during the holiday season and into the New Year," said

  • Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 20, 2023
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  • Depression, Anxiety Common in Caregivers of Stroke Survivors

    Anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress are common among people caring for the victim of a recent stroke, a new study has found.

    Nearly 30% of caregivers of severe stroke patients experience stress and emotional problems during the first year after the patient leaves the hospital, according to a report in the journal Neurology<...

    Suicide Rates Have Risen Steadily for Black Girls and Women

    Suicide rates for Black women and girls ages 15 to 24 have more than doubled over the past two decades, a new report finds.

    “Suicides are rapidly increasingly among young, Black females in the U.S.,” said study first author Victoria Joseph, an analyst in the department of epidemiology at Columbia Mailman School of Pu...

    Acne in Adults Can Bring Stigma at Work and Socially

    Acne can be terribly embarrassing for a teenager, but a new study has found that adults' blemishes might have even greater consequences for their social and professional reputation.

    People are less likely to want to be friends, have close contact or post a pic on social media with a person who has severe acne, researchers found.

    “Our findings show that stigmatizing attitudes about...

    Trim Your Holiday Stress This Season: Experts Offer Tips

    SATURDAY, Dec. 2, 2023 (Healthday News) -- The holidays are typically a happy whirlwind of gift-buying, house decorating, party planning and family gatherings, but all that work can also stress people out.

    Luckily, experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center say there are things you can do to keep your stress levels under control and help make your holidays happy.

    “Excess stress wea...

    U.S. Gun Suicides Keep Rising; Now Make Up Half of All Suicides

    The latest national data show that when it comes to suicide, Americans are increasingly resorting to firearms as their method of choice.

    An analysis by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that of the nearly 50,000 suicides recorded in the United States in 2022, more than half (27,000) involved a gun.

    Gun-related suicides have been on the rise o...

    Holiday Travel Sends Stress Levels Sky High: Here's Tips to Cope

    TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) --Traffic, crowds and unforeseen delays and disruptions can turn holiday travel from celebratory to chaos in a flash -- especially if you're prone to anxiety.

    Being aware of your triggers can help you be ready for any glitches that arise.

    "Triggers might include uncertainty of traffic, flight delays, being in public places, or seeing friends a...

    Hate Driving Your Cat to the Vet? FDA Just Approved a Drug for That

    If you belong to one of the 46 million American households with a cat, you already know how stressful a trip to the vet can be for your feline -- and you.

    Rescue might be on the way: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new medicine to help calm cat anxiety.

    The pill is called Bonqat, and it's designed "for the alleviation of acute anxiety and fear associated...

    Teens With Multiple Concussions Face Higher Risk of Suicidal Thoughts

    A year after suffering a concussion, teens, especially boys, are more likely than their peers to think about, plan and even attempt suicide, new research finds.

    With more concussions, the risk grows.

    Teen boys who reported two or more concussions in the past year were two times more likely to report a suicide attempt than those who had one concussion. Girls' odds for suicidal behav...

    'Tis the Season to Be Stressed, New Poll Finds

    The song says 'tis the season to be jolly, but many Americans find it to be more the season of stress and worry, a new survey reports.

    The strain of inflation and world affairs this year are adding to the other holiday-time stressors to create a toxic mental health cocktail, according to findings from Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine.

    Survey resu...

    U.S. Men Are Dying Much Earlier Than Women, as Death 'Gender Gap' Widens

    The gap in life expectancy between American men and women is now the biggest it has been since the mid-1990s -- almost six years.

    The pandemic and opioid overdoses are key factors in the gender difference in longevity, said researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

    "There's been a lot of research int...

    Depression Can Be a Killer for People With Diabetes

    Many people with type 2 diabetes also struggle with depression, and this combination can lead to premature death, researchers say.

    “More than 35 million Americans have diabetes, and more than 95 million have prediabetes, making diabetes one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.,” said study co-author

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 7, 2023
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