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Health News - Mental Health

When drug treatment of social anxiety is not sufficient: The role of psychotherapy
A randomized controlled study has evaluated the role of psychotherapy in patients whose social anxiety did not respond to drug treatment. (Medical News Today)

New study to help people withdraw from inappropriate long-term antidepressant treatment
One in 10 adults are being given antidepressants each year, but up to 50 per cent of patients could be given an alternative treatment, a University Professor suggests. (Medical News Today)

Transgender identity 'should not be classified as a mental disorder'
A new study finds that mental health issues among transgender individuals are largely triggered by stigma, rather than transgender identity itself. (Medical News Today)

National survey shows public lukewarm on physician-patient gun discussions
According to a nationally representative survey of adults in the United States, about 2 out of 3 people agree that it is at least sometimes appropriate for health care providers to discuss guns... (Medical News Today)

Study finds average 6-year delay between onset and diagnosis of bipolar disorder
Long delays mean missed opportunities for early intervention to reduce the severity of episodes of bipolar disorder. (Medical News Today)

Changes in brain structure during teenage years provide clues to onset of mental health problems
Scientists have mapped the structural changes that occur in teenagers' brains as they develop, showing how these changes may help explain why the first signs of mental health problems often arise... (Medical News Today)

GPs lead the way in supporting patients with perinatal mental health conditions, UK
A 'one-stop' hub of resources to support GPs to deliver the best possible care to patients with perinatal mental health conditions has been launched by the Royal College of GPs. (Medical News Today)

US suicide rate for people with Epilepsy exceeds levels in general population
Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control studied the prevalence of suicide among people with epilepsy compared to the population... (Medical News Today)

Mental illness: Could brain size be a risk factor?
Scientists explain why larger brains are more susceptible to mental illness.The larger the brain, the weaker the long-distance cortical connections. (Medical News Today)

Lack of Sleep Increases a Child's Risk for Emotional Disorders Later
When asked how lack of sleep affects emotions, common responses are usually grumpy, foggy and short-tempered. (Medical News Today)

Medical records show long-term effects on patients of 'mini-strokes'
New findings from the University of Birmingham challenge the 'transient' nature of 'mini-strokes' and provide insight into the long term impact of an under-recognised condition. (Medical News Today)

Infections, antibiotic use linked to manic episodes in people with serious mental illness
In research using patient medical records, investigators from Johns Hopkins and Sheppard Pratt Health System report that people with serious mental disorders who were hospitalized for mania were... (Medical News Today)

Patients with OCD are 10 times more likely to commit suicide
Patients with OCD are 10 times more likely to commit suicide, contrary to what was previously thought. (Medical News Today)

How fiction might improve empathy
In a new review, a psychologist discusses how engaging in fiction - whether through reading a book or watching a TV drama - may improve real-world empathy. (Medical News Today)

Some adolescent cancer survivors may require more comprehensive mental health screening
Research from the Childhood Cancer Survivors Study has identified distinct profiles of psychological symptoms in adolescent cancer survivors; a finding that is expected to advance mental health... (Medical News Today)

Study points to fast-acting drug for OCD
A single chemical receptor in the brain is responsible for a range of symptoms in mice that are reminiscent of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), according to a Duke University study that appears... (Medical News Today)

Marrying young: Marital expectations for kids influenced by mom
Children's expectations of when or if they will marry, particularly if they will marry young, are heavily influenced by the experiences of their mothers. (Medical News Today)

Why do stand-up comedians die young?
A landmark study shows that stand-up comedians are more likely to have a premature death than comedy actors or dramatic actors. Why is this the case? (Medical News Today)

Clozapine shows better efficacy in children with schizophrenia than in adults
Childhood-onset schizophrenia is a rare, severe, and difficult to treat form of the disease, but a new study suggests that children show a stronger response to clozapine than to other antipsychotic... (Medical News Today)

Suicide rate is 22% higher among people with epilepsy than the general population
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues first report on epilepsy and suicide. (Medical News Today)

New study finds no evidence of weekend increase in mental health patient suicide
A new study from the University of Manchester, prompted by current government policy for a 'seven-day NHS', has found that suicide deaths by mental health patients are actually lower at the... (Medical News Today)

The irony of awkward
BYU study shows the effects of problematic media on social withdrawal for young millennials. (Medical News Today)

Religious service attendance associated with lower suicide risk among women
Women who attended religious services had a lower risk of suicide compared with women who never attended services, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. (Medical News Today)

Stress contagion possible amongst students and teachers: UBC study
Teacher burnout and student stress may be linked, according to a University of British Columbia study. (Medical News Today)

Could a smartphone app be key to preventing future suicide attempts?
New research presented today at the Royal College of Psychiatrists' International Congress shows how a smartphone app and a computer test can help identify suicidal patients. (Medical News Today)

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