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Suppressing Negative Thoughts May Be Good for Your Mental Health, Study Finds

New research finds suppressing negative thoughts and fears helps make them less vivid and reduces depression, anxiety, and worry.

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$282 Billion: What Mental Illness Costs America Each Year

America's mental health woes essentially serve as an annual economic downturn for the nation, a new study says.

Mental illness costs the U.S. economy $282 billion every year, equivalent to the average economic recession, researchers report.

That estimate amounts to about 1.7% of American annual spending, and is about 30% larger than previous attempts to approximate the overall cost ...

Many Young People at Risk for Psychosis Are Torn About Using Marijuana

Even after they've experienced episodes of psychosis, many young people who use marijuana are unsure they want to quit the drug, new research shows.

Cannabis has long been linked to a heightened risk for psychosis -- a dangerous psychiatric state in which people lose their connection with reality.

However, "most people with psychosis don't worry about substance use until it detrimen...

'Friends' Star Matthew Perry Dead at 54

Matthew Perry, one of the stars of the beloved television sitcom “Friends,” died on Saturday.

Perry, 54, was best known for his portrayal of Chandler Bing in the long-running show, but he also starred in many other roles.

Capt. Scot Williams, of the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide division, confirmed Perry's death, the New York Times reported. Investiga...

Human 'Brain Cell Atlas' Brings New Insight Into Brain Health, Illness

After a massive five-year effort, researchers have unveiled an “atlas” that gives an unprecedented look at the intricacies of the human brain.

The atlas, which will be available to researchers everywhere, can be seen as similar to the atlases we all know: a book of maps.

But this one catalogues human br...

Posting Online About Mental Health Could Harm Your Career: Study

It's become more common for people to share mental health struggles on social media, but that decision could have a negative impact on future employment.

Potential employers view job candidates differently if they talk about their personal mental health publicly, a new study finds.

“People are often encouraged to discuss their mental health struggles on social media with the goal ...

Suicide Rates Continue to Rise Among Americans

The mental health crisis hitting Americans shows no sign of abating, with provisional numbers for 2022 showing suicides rose by another 2.6% last year.

That follows on an overall 5% increase in suicides in 2021, noted officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which on Thursday released the

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  • August 10, 2023
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  • Extreme Heat Can Take Toll on People Battling Mental Health Issues

    While the record-breaking heat the United States is experiencing this summer can stress people to their limits, it can be particularly hard to navigate for those with mental health issues.

    "All mental illnesses increase with heat because it results in more fatigue, irritability and anxiety, and it can exacerbate depressive episodes," said

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  • July 27, 2023
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  • Dad's Mental Illness Raises Risk of Premature Birth

    It's not only a mother's mental health that is tied to the risk for preterm birth — the father's matters, too.

    New research found that the risk of premature birth was higher for infants whose mothers or fathers had a psychiatric diagnosis than for those whose parents did not.

    Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden analyzed data on all live births to Nordic parents in ...

    How Much of a Difference Is 988 Making a Year After Its Launch?

    The national 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline has hit its one-year anniversary, and it appears that the public is increasingly turning to the number in times of darkness.

    The most recent statistics show a substantial increase in call volume, with nearly 160,000 more crisis calls, chats and texts in May 2023 compared to May 2022 -- two months before 988's activation on July 16.

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    Pets Don't Help Those With Severe Mental Illness Fare Better

    It's commonly thought that having a companion animal — be it a dog, cat or bird — is good for the owner's mental health.

    A new study suggests that's not so, at least for people with severe mental illness and for pets that aren't trained therapy animals. Pets may, however, be an important part of the social network for folks with severe mental illness.

    Having pets was not signifi...

    Program Helps Folks Battling Mental Illness Beat Another Foe: Smoking

    Dr. Richard Stumacher's coworker at Northwell Health in New York City used to smoke to curb her severe anxiety, and tried multiple times to stop.

    “She went through the program and she would quit, and then she would fall off, and we would always support her...

    Men's Mental Health: Warning Signs & Where to Go for Help

    Men typically don't want to discuss mental health issues, much less get treatment for one.

    That's a problem, given how many males struggle with mental health problems: Six million American men suffer from depression every year, while 3 million struggle with anxiety disorder, according to Mental Health Amer...

    Ketamine Beats Shock Therapy in Easing Tough-to-Treat Depression

    Ketamine may be an alternative to shock treatment for people with treatment-resistant major depression, a new study suggests.

    Currently, patients with major depressive disorder who don't find a medication or therapy that works may undergo electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), also known as shock therapy.

    But researchers have also been studying intravenous ketamine -- a powerful anesthe...

    Most Americans Don't Know What 988 Suicide Crisis Hotline Is For: Poll

    Only 13% of American adults understand the purpose of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline nearly a year after its widely publicized launch, a new survey from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows.

    “There is an opportunity and a n...

    Postpartum Depression: What It Is, Symptoms & Treatments

    Becoming a mother is an experience like no other -- a time of joy, anticipation and love. But, for some women, new motherhood can come with challenging emotions.

    Many women struggle with feelings of sadness, anxiety and overwhelming exhaustion. These emotional struggles, coupled with the physical demands of caring for a newborn, can be signs of a condition called postpartum depression (PP...

    Marijuana Use Implicated in Almost a Third of Cases of Schizophrenia in Young Men

    Marijuana appears to significantly increase young men's risk of developing schizophrenia, a new study suggests.

    Up to 30% of schizophrenia cases among men aged 21 to 30 are related to heavy and problematic use of marijuana, according to the findings.

    The researchers also found a tripled overall risk of schizophrenia linked to cannabis use in young men compared to women: Around 15% o...

    Regular Sleep May Be Crucial for People Living With Schizophrenia

    Consistently good sleep is important for everyone, but it is particularly important for patients with schizophrenia, a new study suggests.

    Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, along with collaborators in Italy, used wrist monitors to measure activity and rest in 250 people, including 150 patients with schizophrenia, in both outpatient settings and in psychiatric hospitals.

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    On Medicaid & Need Mental Health Services? Where You Live in U.S. Matters

    Medicaid reimbursement for mental health services varies widely across the United States, making it hard for many folks who need help to get it, a new study finds.

    Researchers found as much as a fivefold difference among states in Medicaid reimbursement rates.

    Even though Medicaid, the go...

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Symptoms & Treatment

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often develops following a traumatic event in someone's life, leaving the sufferer to struggle with vivid flashbacks, nightmares and panic attacks.

    The U.S. National Center for PTSD

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  • April 4, 2023
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  • Smoking Plus Mental Illness Can Send Caffeine Intake Soaring

    One group of Americans drinks more caffeinated beverages than all others.

    That's people who smoke cigarettes and also have serious mental illness, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to new research.

    While Americans overall are drinking more caffeinated beverages than ever, this group consumes the highest amount and also has the highest risk of negative health ...

    An Alzheimer's Drug Might Ease Hair-Pulling Disorder

    TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2023 (HealthDay Now) -- A long-established Alzheimer's drug can help people with a disorder that causes them to compulsively pull at their hair or pick at their skin, a new clinical trial has concluded.

    Memantine considerably improved symptoms in 3 out of 5 patients with either trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) or excoriation (skin-picking) disorder, researchers r...

    Americans Getting More Comfortable Talking Over Mental Health With Doctors

    Primary care doctors are no longer just in the physical health business: Americans are increasingly turning to them for mental health care, too, a new study finds.

    Looking at Americans' primary care visits between 2006 and 2018, researchers found a 50% increase in the proportion of visits that addressed mental health concerns. That figure rose from just under 11% of visits, to 16% by the ...

    Acts of Kindness Could Be Natural Antidepressants

    People suffering from depression or anxiety may be able to help themselves by helping others -- even in small ways, researchers report.

    In a recent study of 122 people with depression or anxiety symptoms, those who started fitting small acts of kindness into their day showed an improvement in their symptoms.

    And when it came to boosting feelings of social connectedness, those kind g...

    3-Week Program Effective in Helping to Ease Combat-Linked PTSD

    A short but intensive approach to "talk therapy" can help many combat veterans overcome post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new clinical trial has found.

    The study tested "compressed" formats of a standard PTSD treatment called prolonged exposure therapy, in which patients learn to grad...

    Who Will Respond Best to Ketamine for Severe Depression? New Study Takes a Look

    Made infamous as the club drug Special K, ketamine is nowadays being seen as a wonder drug for some folks with hard-to-treat depression.

    However, a new study finds that some types of patients are more likely to gain a rapid and significant benefit from ketamine than others.

    Overall, while most patients did benef...

    Long Stays Common for Kids Who Visit ERs in Mental Health Crisis

    It's a scenario no parent would ever want to witness: Their child suffers a mental health crisis and is taken to the emergency room, only to have to wait 12 hours or more for the right medical care.

    Sadly, it is what 1 in 5 of these young patients now face, new research finds.

    "For kids with mental health conditions, long waits in the emergency department have been a compounding pr...

    Pandemic Saw Big Rise in Deaths to Millennials From Multiple Causes

    Americans aged 25 to 44 — so-called millennials — are dying at significantly higher rates from three leading killers than similarly aged people just 10 years ago, the latest government data shows.

    Looking at data collected between 2000 and 2020, the new report from the U.S. National Center for He...

    Feds Make Big Funding Push for More Mental Health Clinics

    The federal government is pumping millions more dollars into an effort to expand the United States' network of community mental health centers.

    Up to 15 states now can apply for $1 million grants to help plan new

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  • October 18, 2022
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  • Americans Are Prioritizing Mental Health, With New 988 Hotline There to Help

    As the 988 crisis line debuts across the United States, a new Harris Poll shows that Americans are ready to make mental health and suicide prevention a top priority.

    Over eight in 10 adults now believe it's more important than ever to consider suicide prevention a national public health crisis, according to the poll spon...

    U.S. Suicide Rates Rose in 2021, Reversing 2 Years of Decline

    The suicide rate in the United States increased in 2021, following two years of decline, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The number of suicides increased to 47,646 in 2021, up from 45,979 in 2020, according to researchers at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

    As a result, the U.S. suicide rate also increased ...

    Could a Folic Acid Prescription Help Prevent Suicide?

    More than 1 million Americans attempted suicide in 2020, and a new study is hinting at a potential way to reduce that risk: prescription folic acid.

    The study, of more than 800,000 Americans in a health care database, found that when people were on prescription folic acid, their likelihood of being treated for

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  • September 30, 2022
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  • New 988 Suicide Hotline Sees Increase in Calls for Help

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched a new suicide hotline using just the numbers 988 in July, and now new data shows calls climbed 45% compared to the same time last year.

    "Our nation's transition to 988 moves us closer to better serving the crisis care needs of people across America," HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a

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  • September 12, 2022
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  • Could You Spot the Signs of Suicide Risk?

    Recognizing the signs that someone is considering suicide could help save a life.

    "Emergency physicians see many people who are struggling silently with their mental health," said Dr. Gillian Schmitz, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

    "One...

    Mental Health Issues Can Plague Families of Kids With Type 1 Diabetes

    Kids with type 1 diabetes and their closest relatives are more likely to experience mental health issues than people without the disease, Swedish researchers report.

    “Many clinicians assume intuitively that diabetes in a child negatively affects the mental health of both the patient and the family members,” said study co-author Agnieszka Butwicka, an assistant professor at the Karolin...

    What Drives Doctors to Take Their Own Lives

    Doctor burnout and suicide are a growing concern, a new study finds.

    "We often overlook the physical health of our health care workers, but poor health can lead to difficulty performing tasks at work, which then leads to job stress and mental health issues," said corresponding author Dr. Kristen Kim, a resident in psychiatry at UC San Diego Health.

    About 1 in 15 doctors experience s...

    4 in 10 U.S. Adults Who Need Mental Health Care Can't Get It: Survey

    There is a "staggering" gap between the number of Americans who need care for anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions and those who can actually get it, a new survey shows.

    In all, 42% of U.S. adults who needed care in the previous 12 months did not get it because of costs and other barriers, according to the online survey from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. Nea...

    Depression in Pregnancy Tied to Behavior Issues in Kids

    Children whose mothers had rising levels of depression during pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of behavioral problems, researchers say.

    "Our findings suggest that increases in mother's symptoms of depression from preconception to postpartum contribute to children's lower attention and behavioral control, which can raise the risk of problems across the life span," said study lead...

    Pandemic Has U.S. Hospitals Overwhelmed With Teens in Mental Crisis

    The COVID-19 pandemic and the isolation it imposed took a dramatic toll on kids' mental health, increasing the demand for services in an already overburdened system.

    As a result, many kids found themselves being "boarded" in emergency departments as they awaited care, according to a new study conducted at Boston Children's Hospital. The average wait was nearly five days without specialize...

    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 multiple conditions are common among people with psychiatric disorders, the investigators pointed out in a new study.

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    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 of depression or

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  • May 12, 2022
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  • 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 5% between 2014 and 2019, Spanish-language mental health services dropped by about 18% during that same time.

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    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 mental illness and cardiovascular disease which became stronger in the 1990s and 2000s," said study author Amanda Lambe...

    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 new study is among the first to begin to unravel precisely how they work.

    "T...

    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 month preceding their death, but it is not clear who they spoke to," said lead study author Allie Bond. She is a doctor...

    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 dry eye disease? Or do particularly troublesome eye symptoms feed ...

    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 mental health condition - including anxiety disorders, depression and behavioral disorders. They were also at greater ri...

    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.

    "Previous research has indicated that people diagnosed with a serious mental illness die 10-20 years earlier than t...

    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 disease, diabetes or asthma, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll survey found.

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  • 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 three mental health visits a year at no added cost to patients under the plan, which was introduced during Biden's State of...

    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 the hits, year after year, can also be linked to

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