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Health News - Mental Health

One in 6 Ontario adults say they've had a traumatic brain injury in their lifetime
Nearly seventeen per cent of adults surveyed in Ontario said they have suffered a traumatic brain injury that left them unconscious for five minutes or required them to be hospitalized overnight... (Medical News Today)

Shining a fresh light on mental illness trends with the help of Twitter posts
Johns Hopkins computers scientists, who have already used Twitter posts to track flu cases, say their techniques also show promise as a tool to gather important information about some common mental... (Medical News Today)

Memory complaints link to stroke risk for the highly educated
Researchers have found that lapses in memory could signal an elevated risk of stroke, particularly in people with a higher vocational education or university training. (Medical News Today)

Brain scans link frontal abnormalities to suicidal behaviors in adolescents, young adults
Abnormalities in the prefrontal cortex and related brain areas are observed in adolescents who have attempted suicide, according to a report at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual... (Medical News Today)

Could laughing gas be used to treat severe depression?
A small pilot study suggests treatment with nitrous oxide or laughing gas may help patients with severe depression whose illness is not responding to conventional therapies. (Medical News Today)

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health survey reveals that over 230,000 Ontario adults seriously considered suicide in 2013
Results from an ongoing survey conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) show that 2.2 per cent - over 230,000 Ontario adults -- seriously contemplated suicide in the last year. (Medical News Today)

Medications for patients with first episode psychosis may not meet guidelines
Many patients with first-episode psychosis receive medications that do not comply with recommended guidelines for first-episode treatment, researchers have found. (Medical News Today)

Depression in people who live in unhappy places experienced more than a week a month
People in the country's unhappiest communities spend about a quarter of the month so far down in the dumps that it can harm their productivity, according to economists. (Medical News Today)

Researchers link vitamin D deficiency to seasonal affective disorder
In a new study, researchers hypothesize that vitamin D deficiency may be a driver of seasonal affective disorder - a form of depression that strikes during winter months. (Medical News Today)

Urgent action needed for long stay patients with severe mental heath problems suffering from lung disease
The rate of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a collection of mainly smoking-related lung diseases, could be substantially higher among people on long-stay psychiatric wards than the... (Medical News Today)

The protective power of belonging to social groups
Having a strong identification with a social group, such as a choir or a sports club, can help protect you against mental illness. (Medical News Today)

The biology of anxious temperament may lie with a problem in an anxiety "off switch"
Persistent anxiety is one of the most common and distressing symptoms compromising mental health. (Medical News Today)

For docs, more biology info means less empathy for mental health patients
Give therapists and psychiatrists information about the biology of a mental disorder, and they have less -- not more -- empathy for the patient, a new Yale study shows.The findings released Dec. (Medical News Today)

Study reveals structured exercise helps PTSD recovery
Structured exercise including resistance training and walking helps people recover from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as other mental health conditions, a new study has revealed. (Medical News Today)

Mental health inequalities in detection of breast cancer
Women with a mental illness (including depression, anxiety and serious mental illnesses) are less likely to be screened for breast cancer, according to new research published in the BJPsych. (Medical News Today)

In India, homeless, mentally ill women face vicious cycle
An award-winning study by a Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine researcher has documented how homeless, mentally ill women in India face a vicious cycle:During psychotic... (Medical News Today)

Experts conclude that hallucinations and delusions are common and understandable
A report published by the British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology challenges received wisdom about the nature of mental illness. (Medical News Today)

Review highlights difficulty of treating gamblers with personality disorders
Problem gambling, personality disorders often go hand in hand The treatment of people who cannot keep their gambling habits in check is often complicated because they also tend to suffer from... (Medical News Today)

Follow-up on psychiatric disorders in young people after release from detention
Juvenile offenders with multiple psychiatric disorders when they are incarcerated in detention centers appear to be at high risk for disorders five years after detention, according to a report... (Medical News Today)

The mental health impact of breast size differences in teens
Asymmetry affects self-esteem and emotional health, reports Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®Differences in breast size have a significant mental health impact in adolescent girls... (Medical News Today)

Better assessment of decision-making capacity
Physicians often find it hard to tell if a patient suffering from dementia or depression is capable of making sound judgements. (Medical News Today)

Women with mental illness are 40 percent less likely to receive routine cancer screenings
Women with symptoms of serious mental illness are significantly less likely to receive three routine cancer screenings - Pap tests, mammograms and clinical breast exams - than women in the general... (Medical News Today)

Mental disorders due to permanent stress
Activated through permanent stress, immune cells will have a damaging effect on and cause changes to the brain. This may result in mental disorders. (Medical News Today)

Job authority may increase depression symptoms in women
Women in authoritative job positions have more depression symptoms than those not in such positions, a new study finds. But for men, job authority may reduce depression symptoms. (Medical News Today)

Working in complex jobs linked to better later-life memory and thinking skills
A new study suggests that people who work in complex jobs - such as architects or lawyers - may have better cognitive skills later in life than those who work in more simple jobs. (Medical News Today)

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