Study Shows Rising U.S. Depression Rates, Especially Among Teens

Depression - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 03:03

The incidence of depression is increasing in the U.S., according to researchers, and has risen more rapidly in young people. A study, conducted through Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, looked at the last decade's depression trends by income, gender, and education.

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Childhood spanking linked to depression, study finds

Depression - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 03:03

Children getting spanked may feel depressed, attempt suicide, drink at moderate-to-heavy levels or use illegal drugs when they grow up, a study by the University of Michigan shows. The study used data from the CDC-Kaiser ACE study, which sampled more than 8 300 people aged from 19 to 97. Study participants completed self-reports while seeking routine health checks at an outpatient clinic.

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Spotting signs of teen depression, anxiety

Depression - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 00:55

Being a teenager can be difficult, from the stages of puberty to the pressure of fitting in with groups in school, there's a lot of stress they can go through in their lives. With all this stress and pressure, a teenager can experience anxiety and depression .

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Canada, China partner on project using apps, texts to treat mental health

Mental Health - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 22:15

Canada and China are partnering on a project to enhance mental health care through technology, which could help youth in crisis. Canada and China are partnering on a five-year project to enhance mental health treatment through the use of smartphone apps, text messaging and electronic medical records.

Kaitlin Reeves says she struggles with anxiety and depression.

Depression - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 20:25

It's being called a crisis on campus - colleges and universities struggling to meet the growing demand for mental health services for their students. It's such a big problem that the American College Health Association is holding a national symposium on the issue next month in Washington, D.C. College senior Kaitlin Reeves, who struggles with anxiety and depression, says when things get bad, she knows there's help close by at the mental health center at her school.

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Psychiatrists Admit Harm Done to LGBs By Aversion Therapy

Mental Health - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 17:22

The Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK has issued a historic statement acknowledging for the first time the harm done to lesbian, gay, and bisexual people who were subjected to aversion therapy, the practice of using electric shocks or nausea-inducing drugs to try to "cure" people of their sexual orientation. "We hold our hands up," it said.

Mom's suicide ignites son's passion to enlighten others about mental illness

Depression - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 15:49

She had to be strong, DiGiso said. She was a single mother raising three young boys in Brooklyn while simultaneously battling depression and undiagnosed bipolar disorder.

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Physical activities and workouts may help curb depression: Study

Mental Health - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:31

Suffering from depression and anxiety disorders? More physical activities and workouts may help to uplift the mood and improve your mental health problems, suggests a new study. The study by Michigan State University found that exercises can quickly elevate a depressed mood, and the patients should create a comprehensive exercise plan and work regularly to achieve the specific goal.

UPDATE 1-Sage Therapeutics postpartum depression drug meets goal in two trials

Depression - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:59

Sage Therapeutics on Thursday said its drug to treat moderate and severe postpartum depression succeeded in reducing symptoms in patients enrolled in two late-stage trials, sending its shares up 50 percent in pre-market trade. Sage said it plans to submit an application for marketing approval of the injectable drug, brexanolone, to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2018.

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Sage Therapeutics stock bounces 50% after positive results for depression treatment

Depression - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:59

Mere months after Sage Therapeutics Inc.'s brexanolone therapy failed in a different disease area, the company and its drug had an improbable comeback in postpartum depression, reporting positive results in two late-stage clinical trials. Part of the excitement over the brexanolone results stem from the lack of treatments for postpartum depression, which is characterized by such symptoms as depressed mood, crying, anxiety and feelings of worthlessness or shame and affects an estimated 10% to 20% of women giving birth in the U.S. But investors have also got their eyes on an another prize: Sage's other therapy, SAGE-217, which is in mid-stage trials for major depressive disorder, also known as depression.

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Sage's Postpartum Depression Drug Succeeds in Two Phase III Studies

Depression - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:59

Brexanolone provided a rapid and durable reduction over 30 days in depressive symptoms as measured by HAM-D in both placebo-controlled multi-center trials CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- -- SAGE Therapeutics , a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel medicines to treat life-altering central nervous system disorders, today announced positive top-line results from two Phase 3 clinical trials with its proprietary i.v. formulation of brexanolone ; Study 202B in severe postpartum depression and Study 202C in moderate PPD. Brexanolone achieved the primary endpoint in both trials, a mean reduction from baseline in the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression total score compared to placebo at 60 hours .

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Sage Therapeutics postpartum depression drug meets main goal

Depression - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 08:29

Sage Therapeutics on Thursday said its drug to treat moderate and severe postpartum depression met the main goal in two late-stage studies.

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Triple win for county at national psychiatry awards

Mental Health - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 07:30

The Royal College of Psychiatrists' annual RCPsych Awards, held on Monday night, mark the highest level of achievement within the field of psychiatry. A team of mental health professionals at the Older Adult Community Mental Health Team in South Oxfordshire took home the Psychiatric Team of the Year award.

Tai Chi found to be pleasant and effective rehab for heart attack patients

Depression - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:12

Lovingly called "meditation in motion" by those who regularly practice it, the noncompetitive martial art of Tai Chi is now being validated as an effective and alternative rehabilitation treatment for heart attack patients. Tai Chi is comprised of a series of gentle physical movements that can be increased in pace over time.

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A Historic Election

Mental Health - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 05:11

MD, as its next president elect. This election was historic because the American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844 as the oldest medical association in the United States had never had an African American president.

OPINION: Mental illiness has serious ramifications for the workplace

Mental Health - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 02:51

As the Life Esidimeni saga and enquiry lays bare mental health challenges in our communities, why should employers consider psychiatric illness a workplace issue? It is a reality that stress, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are all examples of mental health disorders which may impact on someone in the workplace. More than 140 mentally ill patients died after they were moved from Life Esidimeni to Gauteng's non-governmental organisations .

Brentwood Hospital, Shreveport

Depression - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 01:42

"Surprisingly a lot of people think Christmastime, holiday time is when we have the most suicides," Dr. Kay Kennedy said. What people experience the most this time of year is the holiday blues, said Kennedy, a psychiatrist at Brentwood Hospital in Shreveport .

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Is Trump Crazy?

Mental Health - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 00:42

Ever since Donald Trump descended that escalator in his Fifth Avenue skyscraper, the media has been obsessed with adjudicating his mental health. During the campaign, we speculated over whether he was a sociopath or a narcissist or a psychopath , and we debated whether psychiatrists could even ethically issue warnings pertaining to the hypothetical pathologies of a presidential candidate.

Workplace mental health training could cut sick leave costs

Depression - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 21:10

A four-hour mental health training program for managers could yield fewer employee sick days and a roughly 10-to-1 return on investment, a study in Australia suggests. "Across the developed world, mental health has taken over as the leading cause of long-term work absence," said senior study author Samuel Harvey of the University of New South Wales Faculty of Medicine in Sydney.

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Special Counsel questions VA findings in Albany whistleblower

Mental Health - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 20:01

Valerie Riviello-Drew in July 2016 at Mildred Elley in Albany, where she teaches nursing classes. Valerie Riviello-Drew in July 2016 at Mildred Elley in Albany, where she teaches nursing classes.

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