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Health News - Mental Health

Children with pets have less stress
Children who have a dog at home are less likely to have mental or emotional problems and anxiety. Owning pets could be a strategy to ward off mental health issues later in life. (Medical News Today)

Stress worsens skin woes for students
A study of university students has shown that certain skin problems, including alopecia and pruritis can be exacerbated by stress. (Medical News Today)

Dads get baby blues, too
A new study shows that fathers as well as mothers can suffer from anxiety and depression around the birth of a new baby; around 1 in 10 men are affected. (Medical News Today)

Study shows white matter damage caused by 'skunk-like' cannabis
Smoking high potency 'skunk-like' cannabis can damage a crucial part of the brain responsible for communication between the two brain hemispheres, according to a new study by scientists from King's... (Medical News Today)

NICE recommends antidepressant Brintellix (vortioxetine), as a treatment for major depressive episodes
The National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) has announced its positive recommendation for the use of Brintellix (vortioxetine) in patients with major depressive episodes (MDE). (Medical News Today)

Mental health framework well-intentioned but lacks detail on new funding and service delivery, Australia
The AMA has welcomed the overall intent of the Government's new mental health framework, but questions remain over new funding, on-the-ground service delivery, and the ongoing role of the Federal... (Medical News Today)

Two-thirds of studies on 'psychosocial' treatments fail to declare conflicts of interest
Health services in many countries increasingly rely on prescribed 'psychosocial interventions': treatments that use counselling techniques to tackle mental health issues, behavioural problems such as... (Medical News Today)

Mental health risk for new dads
Researchers have found anxiety around the arrival of a new baby is just as common as postnatal depression, and the risks for men are nearly as high as for women. (Medical News Today)

Decreasing mental health services increases mental health emergencies
Countywide reductions in psychiatric services -- both inpatient and outpatient -- led to more than triple the number of emergency psychiatric consults and 55 percent increases in lengths of stay for... (Medical News Today)

Poorer areas need better access to mental healthcare
People who live in poorer areas in England are more likely to need mental healthcare but are less likely to access support and to recover from their symptoms following treatment, according to... (Medical News Today)

Smoking hits all-time low... but not for these 3 groups
Largest non-profit quitline in the US hires Native counselors, looks to help LGBT smokers and those with mental health issuesWhile the overall number of people who smoke in the United States is... (Medical News Today)

Younger generations of those in the military more vulnerable to suicide
In the last 10 years, the U.S. military has experienced an unprecedented increase in suicides among personnel. (Medical News Today)

Self-help books: Stressed readers or stressful reading?
Consumers of self-help books are more sensitive to stress and show higher depressive symptomatology, according to a study conducted by researchers at the CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal... (Medical News Today)

CU Anschutz researchers find new risk posed by opioid pain medication
Some hospital patients given the drugs on discharge risk becoming chronic users. (Medical News Today)

Are brain structure differences to blame for hallucinations?
Shorter lengths of a fold in the brain are linked to higher likelihood of hallucinations in people diagnosed with schizophrenia, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Tougher disability benefit assessment may have taken "serious" toll on mental health
Higher reassessment rate linked to more suicides, mental ill health, and antidepressant use. (Medical News Today)

Serious mental health consequences for children and young adults as a result of bullying in schools - children, teachers and GPs call for more support
Nearly half (44%) of young people who were bullied at school say it impacted on their mental health and that they experienced issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts... (Medical News Today)

Suicide rate significantly higher for patients with head and neck cancer
Patients with head and neck cancer have more than 3 times the incidence of suicide compared with the general population, with rates highest among patients with cancers of the larynx and... (Medical News Today)

Psychiatric assessments for predicting violence are ineffective
Standard approaches for investigating risk of violence in psychiatric patients and prisoners are inaccurate and should be abandoned in all future studies, according to researchers from Queen Mary... (Medical News Today)

A new treatment for hair pulling compulsion
A randomized controlled trial published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics by Swiss investigators discloses a new treatment approach to hair pulling compulsion called... (Medical News Today)

More young adults are failing to launch or 'boomerang' home: Study
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Melbourne, concluded that the changing nature of family living situations often led to avoidable conflict. (Medical News Today)

Higher suicide risk for those whose parents die when they are young
If a parent dies of suicide, the offspring have a greater risk of committing suicide later; a new study shows that even if the parent died of other causes, the risk is also high. (Medical News Today)

Virginia Tech shooting has lessons for strengthening college mental health services
As the nation reels from another mass shooting on a college campus, analysis of the 2007 attack at Virginia Tech University highlights the need for "comprehensive and coordinated mental health... (Medical News Today)

Brief cognitive-behavioral therapy helps those with problematic caffeine use
Engaging in brief, cognitive-behavioral therapy is an effective treatment for helping people with problematic caffeine use lower their caffeine consumption, according to a new study coauthored by... (Medical News Today)

Many adults with severe mental illness not being screened for diabetes
Many patients in the California public mental health care system with severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, who were taking antipsychotic medications were not screened... (Medical News Today)

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