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COVID-19 Pandemic Worsens Teen Mental Health Crisis, New Study Finds

The Covid-19 pandemic is causing a spike in pediatric mental health emergencies and longer waits for psychiatric placements, researchers say.

Several Mental Illnesses Share Genetic Similarities, New Study Finds

Genetics may explain why more than half of people with mental illness have two or three conditions, researchers say.

Concussions Increase Risk of Mental Health Problems in Youth, Study Finds

After a concussion, children and teens are more likely to develop mental health issues, researchers say.

Gum Disease May Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease and Mental Illness, A New Study Finds

Patients with gum disease face an increased risk of developing chronic conditions, including heart failure, diabetes, depression and high blood pressure.

Too Much Sitting May Be Bad for Your Mental Health, Studies Find

Sitting too much during the COVID-19 pandemic increased depression and anxiety in physically active people, researchers say.

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16 May
Various Mental Illnesses Share Same Genes: Study

Various Mental Illnesses Share Same Genes: Study

Many people who get a diagnosis for one mental illness may find they have additional psychiatric conditions, and new genetic research offers an explanation why.

A number of mental illnesses share genetic similarities, researchers found. This discovery helps explain why m...

12 May
Depression, Anxiety Hit Minorities Hardest During Pandemic

Depression, Anxiety Hit Minorities Hardest During Pandemic

Americans' rates of depression and anxiety spiked during the first year of the pandemic, but the increases were much more pronounced among Black, Hispanic and Asian people than among white people, new research shows.

From April 2020 to April 2021, the overall incidence o...

09 May
It's Getting Tougher to Find Spanish-Language Mental Health Services in U.S.

It's Getting Tougher to Find Spanish-Language Mental Health Services in U.S.

Mental health has become a hot topic during the pandemic, but some groups have been burdened by having too few services available even before the challenges of these past two years.

A new study found that while the Hispanic population in the United States grew by almost ...

20 Apr
Mental Illness Linked to Higher Risk of Deadly Heart Issues

Mental Illness Linked to Higher Risk of Deadly Heart Issues

People with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other severe mental illnesses are at increased risk of death from heart problems, a large research review finds.

"Our systematic review and meta-analysis of over 100 studies has confirmed a strong association between severe...

12 Apr
How the 'Magic Mushroom' Drug May Tweak the Brain to Ease Depression

How the 'Magic Mushroom' Drug May Tweak the Brain to Ease Depression

Psilocybin — the active component in "magic mushrooms" — may help rewire the brains of people with depression.

Psychedelics including psilocybin have shown promise in treating many mental health disorders in recent years, and a

15 Mar
Suicides Involving Guns Have Key Differences, Study Shows

Suicides Involving Guns Have Key Differences, Study Shows

People who die by suicide with a gun are challenging to assist beforehand, and different from those who kill themselves using other means, a new study finds.

"Those who died using a firearm were more likely to have disclosed their suicidal thoughts to other people in the...

14 Mar
Could Depression Make Dry Eye Worse?

Could Depression Make Dry Eye Worse?

When people have both chronic dry eye and depression, their eye symptoms may be worse, a new study finds.

Researchers said the exact nature of the link is not clear: Does depression affect the severity of

09 Mar
Odds for Mental Illness Rise in Kids After Concussion

Odds for Mental Illness Rise in Kids After Concussion

Kids who've suffered a concussion are at heightened risk of mental health issues in the aftermath, a large new study suggests.

The researchers found that compared with their peers, children and teenagers with a past concussion were 39% more likely to be diagnosed with a ...

09 Mar
Heart Risks Double for People With Bipolar, Schizophrenia

Heart Risks Double for People With Bipolar, Schizophrenia

People with serious mental illness have up to double the risk of heart disease, and should have their heart health monitored from a young age, a new study finds.

Specifically, those mental health issues are bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.

07 Mar
Apps: They Help Manage Health Conditions, But Few Use Them, Poll Finds

Apps: They Help Manage Health Conditions, But Few Use Them, Poll Finds

Health and fitness apps are growing in popularity, but not among the people who might benefit most from them seniors and people with chronic health conditions.

Nearly two out of three American adults are living with a chronic health problem like heart diseas...

04 Mar
Biden Plan Will Tackle Mental Health Crisis in America

Biden Plan Will Tackle Mental Health Crisis in America

President Joe Biden has announced a new plan to expand mental health and drug abuse treatment that would devote millions to suicide prevention, mental health services for youth and community clinics providing 24/7 crisis care.

Health insurers would also have to cover thr...

03 Mar
More Years Playing Hockey, Higher Odds for CTE Linked to Head Injury

More Years Playing Hockey, Higher Odds for CTE Linked to Head Injury

Researchers already know that repeated hits to the head on the football field are linked to a degenerative brain disease, as seen in a number of retired NFL stars. Now, experts have turned their attention to ice hockey, another high-contact sport.

When studying whether t...

17 Feb
Mental Health Woes Can Rise in Year After COVID Recovery

Mental Health Woes Can Rise in Year After COVID Recovery

COVID-19 can take a heavy toll on the body, but new research shows that patients are also 60% more likely to suffer lingering mental and emotional woes in the year following their infection.

These problems included anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, opioid use disor...

14 Feb
Breakup, Then Breakdown: Men Can Crumble Mentally When Romance Ends

Breakup, Then Breakdown: Men Can Crumble Mentally When Romance Ends

There's some bad news for lovelorn men this Valentine's Day.

A new study has found that men are at an increased risk of mental illness after the breakdown of any romantic relationship. And, it found, stereotypes of masculinity may be partially to blame.

Researche...

11 Feb
Depression Levels High Among People With Spinal Cord Injuries

Depression Levels High Among People With Spinal Cord Injuries

Adults with spinal cord injuries have a high risk of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues -- and chronic pain is a major factor, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed private insurance claims from more than 9,000 U.S. adults with a traumatic s...

10 Feb
1 in 3 Adults With COVID Develops Other Health Issues Later: Study

1 in 3 Adults With COVID Develops Other Health Issues Later: Study

Nearly one-third of older COVID-19 survivors develop new health problems in the months after their infection, a new study finds.

Those conditions involve a number of major organs and systems, including the heart, kidneys, lungs and liver, as well as mental health problem...

02 Feb
As Winter Olympics Nears, America's Athletes May Be More Stressed Than Ever

As Winter Olympics Nears, America's Athletes May Be More Stressed Than Ever

With America's best skiers, skaters and snowboarders now heading to the Winter Olympics, a team of mental health professionals will be in Beijing to help them perform under the double strain of intense competition and a pandemic.

One of those professionals is Dr. David B...

19 Jan
Conservatorships Keep the Homeless in Psychiatric Wards Too Long: Study

Conservatorships Keep the Homeless in Psychiatric Wards Too Long: Study

Homelessness is difficult enough, but when it's compounded by serious mental health issues the result can be an inability to function at even the most basic level.

Sometimes that leads to round-the-clock involuntary hospitalization, and when that happens a state-appointe...

27 Dec
Heat Waves Bring Health Crises to the Homeless

Heat Waves Bring Health Crises to the Homeless

Add heat waves to the many health threats facing homeless people.

Last year, the United States had 580,000 homeless people -- 28% of them in California, where seven in 10 live outdoors. That's nearly nine times more than in any other state.

"The same weather that m...

22 Dec
Americans' Stigma Against Depression May Finally Be Fading: Study

Americans' Stigma Against Depression May Finally Be Fading: Study

Americans may be dropping some of the stigma they once had toward depression, but attitudes toward other mental health conditions still seem stuck in the past, a new study shows.

The research, based on interviews with U.S. adults conducted over 22 years, found a mixed ba...

30 Nov
Psychiatric Disorders and Type 2 Diabetes Often Go Together

Psychiatric Disorders and Type 2 Diabetes Often Go Together

According to new research, people with psychiatric disorders often have to deal with another trouble: Higher rates of type 2 diabetes than the general population.

"Increased prevalence of type 2 diabetes among individuals with a psychiatric disorder suggests that these c...

23 Nov
Singer Selena Gomez to Launch Mental Health Platform

Singer Selena Gomez to Launch Mental Health Platform

A new mental health media platform meant to connect people with educational resources and reduce the stigma around mental illness is planned by pop star Selena Gomez and her partners.

Wondermind is set to launch in February 2022 and will include mental health experts sha...

30 Sep
AHA News: Severe Mental Health Disorders May Increase Risk of Death in Men With Heart Failure

AHA News: Severe Mental Health Disorders May Increase Risk of Death in Men With Heart Failure

Men with heart failure have worse long-term survival rates if they have severe depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, according to a new study that urges doctors to change the way they treat people with mental disorders.

Previous research shows people with these ...

03 Aug
The Bigger the City, the Lower the Depression Rates?

The Bigger the City, the Lower the Depression Rates?

Americans living in big cities have relatively low rates of depression, despite the hustle and bustle -- or maybe because of it, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that compared with smaller U.S. cities, big urban hubs generally had lower rates of depressionamong re...

27 Jul
Severe COVID for People Under 45: Who's Most at Risk?

Severe COVID for People Under 45: Who's Most at Risk?

Young people aren't immune from severe COVID-19, and a new study warns that some are more at risk than others.

Folks under 45 have more than triple the risk for severe COVID-19 if they have cancer or heart disease, or blood, neurologic or endocrine disorders, according t...

27 Jul
Could Heavy Marijuana Use Be Driving Rise in Schizophrenia Cases?

Could Heavy Marijuana Use Be Driving Rise in Schizophrenia Cases?

There's been a sharp rise in schizophrenia cases linked with marijuana use since the mid-1990s, a new Danish study finds.

Prior research has suggested that marijuana -- particularly very heavy use -- is associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia. Although s...

24 Jun
Body's 'Signals' May Feel Different in People With Anorexia, Depression

Body's 'Signals' May Feel Different in People With Anorexia, Depression

The brain interprets physical signals differently in people with depression, anorexia and some other mental health disorders, new research shows.

British scientists examined "interoception" -- the brain's ability to sense internal conditions in the body -- in 626 patient...

15 Jun
Many U.S. Mass Shooters Had Untreated Mental Illness: Study

Many U.S. Mass Shooters Had Untreated Mental Illness: Study

A new study finds that many mass shooters in America suffered from a mental illness that wasn't being treated when they committed their crime.

"Without losing sight of the larger perspective that most who are violent are not mentally ill, and most of the mentally ill are...

04 Jun
Other Health Woes Common When Meth Addiction Strikes

Other Health Woes Common When Meth Addiction Strikes

Methamphetamine users are at increased risk for physical and mental health problems as well as other substance use disorders, new research shows.

Meth is an illegal and highly addictive stimulant drug that can harm organs such as the heart, lungs, liver and neurological ...

02 Jun
Tennis Star Naomi Osaka's 'Time Out' Highlights Common, Crippling Mental Health Issue

Tennis Star Naomi Osaka's 'Time Out' Highlights Common, Crippling Mental Health Issue

On Tuesday, tennis star Naomi Osaka announced her withdrawal from the French Open. The reason: An ongoing battle with depression and anxiety.

As the world's No. 2 woman's tennis player and a four-time Grand Slam tournament winner at the age of just 23, many fans may...

28 May
Massive Gene Study Probes Origins of Depression

Massive Gene Study Probes Origins of Depression

Researchers who pinpointed 178 gene variants linked to major depression say their findings could improve diagnosis and treatment of a disorder that affects 1 in 5 people.

The study draws on a huge database, analyzing the genetic and health records of 1.2 million people f...

27 May
Having OCD May Triple a Person's Odds for a Stroke

Having OCD May Triple a Person's Odds for a Stroke

Adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder, a common mental health condition known as OCD, may have more than triple the risk of having a stroke, according to a new report from Taiwanese researchers.

As to why, the study authors aren't sure.

The investigators specu...

03 May
'Ghosts and Guardian Angels': New Insights Into Parkinson's Hallucinations

'Ghosts and Guardian Angels': New Insights Into Parkinson's Hallucinations

Parkinson's disease is widely seen as a movement disorder, but it can cause an array of symptoms, including hallucinations. Now a new study has shed light on what is happening in the brain during those disturbances.

The study focused on Parkinson's patients who have so-c...

29 Apr
Breathing Dirty Air Could Raise a Child's Risk for Adult Mental Illness

Breathing Dirty Air Could Raise a Child's Risk for Adult Mental Illness

Kids exposed to air pollution may be at risk for mental illness in early adulthood, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that young adults in Britain who were exposed to higher levels of traffic-related air pollutants during their childhood and teen years were prone t...

07 Apr
1 in 3 COVID Survivors Struggle With Mental Health Issues Months Later

1 in 3 COVID Survivors Struggle With Mental Health Issues Months Later

Doctors are seeing such cases around the world: About a third of COVID-19 patients go on to develop "long-haul" neurological or psychiatric conditions months after being infected, new research shows.

The findings suggest a link between COVID-19 and a higher risk for late...

02 Mar
Could ADHD Raise Odds for More Serious Psychiatric Ills?

Could ADHD Raise Odds for More Serious Psychiatric Ills?

As if attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) isn't already tough on a child, new research suggests the condition might also raise the odds for a psychotic disorder later in life.

But parents should not panic.

"I would say that this finding should not

25 Feb
Mental Illness Not a Factor in Most Mass Shootings

Mental Illness Not a Factor in Most Mass Shootings

Contrary to what many believe, a new study finds that mental illness isn't a factor in most mass shootings or other types of mass murder.

"The findings from this potentially definitive study suggest that emphasis on serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia or psycho...

19 Feb
Many Psych Meds Trigger Weight Gain, But New Research Points to Better Options

Many Psych Meds Trigger Weight Gain, But New Research Points to Better Options

Scientists may have uncovered the reason critical medications for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder cause weight gain and diabetes -- findings they hope will lead to better drugs.

The medications, known as antipsychotics, help control the hallucinations, delusions and c...

18 Feb
Mental Illness in Childhood Could Mean Worse Physical Health Decades Later

Mental Illness in Childhood Could Mean Worse Physical Health Decades Later

As if suffering from a mental illness as a child isn't tough enough, new research suggests it could predict higher odds for physical ills in later life.

There was one silver lining to the findings, however.

Knowing that childhood mental illness is a factor, "you ca...

28 Jan
COVID Especially Deadly for People With Schizophrenia

COVID Especially Deadly for People With Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is second only to age when it comes to risk factors for dying from COVID-19, new research suggests.

People with this mental illness are known to be at greater risk for contracting COVID-19, but the new study shows they are also more likely to die from this ...

16 Nov
Two Key Lifestyle Factors May Ward Off Depression

Two Key Lifestyle Factors May Ward Off Depression

Less screen time and more sleep are critical for preventing depression, a new study suggests.

An international research team found that certain lifestyle choices may have a big impact on mood. That includes having a better-quality diet, getting more physical activity and...

02 Nov
Your Teachers May Have Been Key to Your Adult Mental Health

Your Teachers May Have Been Key to Your Adult Mental Health

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2020 (Health Day News) -- Great teachers can make a big difference in their students' long-term health, research shows.

Teenagers who had good, supportive relationships with their teachers became healthier adults, according to a new report.

"This re...

29 Oct
Tired, Anxious, Overweight: How Lockdowns May Have Harmed Your Health

Tired, Anxious, Overweight: How Lockdowns May Have Harmed Your Health

You might be onto something if you suspect your mental and physical health declined during the COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year.

Stay-at-home orders appear to have had an overall bad effect on people's health around the world, a global survey shows.

People repor...

28 Oct
Got Election Anxiety? Experts Have Coping Tips

Got Election Anxiety? Experts Have Coping Tips

It may be no surprise that this year's presidential election is taking a toll on the mental health of Americans.

In a new Harris Poll survey, conducted on behalf of the American Psychological Association, 68% of U.S. adults said the 2020 election is a significan...

30 Sep
Mental Health Issues Double the Odds of Dying With COVID-19, Study Finds

Mental Health Issues Double the Odds of Dying With COVID-19, Study Finds

People suffering from a psychiatric disorder could be more than twice as likely to die if they become infected with COVID-19, a new study suggests.

Folks diagnosed with any type of psychiatric problem -- anxiety or depression, dementia, psychosis -- were up to 2.3 ti...

25 Sep
Is Shock Therapy Making a Comeback Against Bipolar Disorder?

Is Shock Therapy Making a Comeback Against Bipolar Disorder?

Over the years electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) -- commonly known as "shock therapy" -- has gotten a bad rap.

But new research out of Italy suggests that reputation may be unwarranted. Investigators found that among bipolar patients who fail to respond to standard tre...

23 Sep
Severe Mental Illnesses Often Overlooked at Hospital Admission: Study

Severe Mental Illnesses Often Overlooked at Hospital Admission: Study

Severe mental illness diagnoses often get missed in patients hospitalized for physical health problems, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly 13,800 U.K. adults who were diagnosed with severe mental illness, including bipolar disorder and sc...

24 Aug
Lockdowns Tough on People With Eating Disorders: Survey

Lockdowns Tough on People With Eating Disorders: Survey

The coronavirus pandemic has brought significant challenges for people with eating disorders, a new study finds.

During the early stages of the pandemic lockdown in the United Kingdom, researchers at Northumbria University in Newcastle surveyed people who currently h...

21 Aug
Eating Disorders Cost Billions in the U.S.

Eating Disorders Cost Billions in the U.S.

Eating disorders -- such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge-eating disorder -- cost the U.S. economy nearly $65 billion in one recent year, a new report shows.

About 75% of that ($48.6 billion) was due to lost productivity, according to the researchers.

...

11 Aug
Narcissists Are Blind to Their Own Mistakes

Narcissists Are Blind to Their Own Mistakes

Narcissists don't learn from their mistakes because they don't acknowledge them, a new study shows.

When faced with a poor outcome due to their decisions, most people ask, "What should I have done differently to avoid this outcome?" But a narcissist says, "No one cou...

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