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Lacking Trust in One's Doctor Affects Health of Emotionally Vulnerable Cancer Patients

HBNS STORY | July 22, 2014

The physical and mental well-being of people with cancer may be affected by how they feel about their relationship with their physician and by differences in attachment styles, finds a new study from General Hospital Psychiatry.

Mental Health Wins When Teens Play School Sports

HBNS STORY | July 1, 2014

Adolescents who play team sports in grades 8 through 12 have less stress and better mental health as young adults, finds new research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Growing Up Poor Impacts Physical and Mental Health in Young Adults

HBNS STORY | June 24, 2014

Socioeconomic adversity during childhood increases the likelihood of both depression and higher body mass index (BMI) in early adolescence, which can worsen and lead to illness for young adults, according to a new report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Psychological Distress Affects Tobacco Use Differently for Men and Women

HBNS STORY | June 17, 2014

A new study in the American Journal of Health Behavior finds that women are more likely than men to use tobacco products after experiencing severe psychological distress.

Blacks with Financial Worries Have Lower Health Scores

HBNS STORY | April 15, 2014

Black adults who reported feeling more financial strain also rated their health more poorly than those with less financial strain, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Behavior.

Hospitalization Increases Risk of Depression and Dementia for Seniors

HBNS STORY | February 27, 2014

People over age 65 who have been hospitalized are at significantly greater risk for dementia or depression, finds a new study in General Hospital Psychiatry.

Simple Waiting Room Test Can Help Diagnose Depression and Anxiety

HBNS STORY | February 25, 2014

A new study in General Hospital Psychiatry finds patients visiting the hospital for a variety of ailments can be easily screened for depression and anxiety as they wait for care.

Getting Help for Depression

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | February 20, 2014 | Be a Prepared Patient

Depression affects nearly one in ten Americans yet many people often go untreated. In fact, a recent study found that 70 percent of people surveyed with symptoms of depression received no treatment of any kind. Here's advice on how to get help...

Men, Elderly, Minorities Not Getting Treated for Depression

HBNS STORY | February 6, 2014

Depression rates are increasing in the U.S. and under-treatment is widespread, especially among certain groups including men, the poor, the elderly and ethnic minorities, finds a new study in General Hospital Psychiatry.

Welcome Shifts in Primary Care

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | January 23, 2014 | CFAH Staff

What exactly is primary care? There have been a number of news stories lately that point to shifts in its traditional definitions and in what patients can (or should) expect to receive from primary care providers...

Teen Concussions Increase Risk for Depression

HBNS STORY | January 9, 2014

Teens with a history of concussions are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression as teens who have never had a concussion, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Better Diagnoses May Help Vets with Anxiety Get Treatment

HBNS STORY | December 5, 2013

Veterans who suffer from anxiety may not get appropriate treatment for want of a specific diagnosis, finds a new study in General Hospital Psychiatry.

Color Us Stressed – How to Deal

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 2, 2013 | Jane Sarasohn Kahn

Coast-to-coast, stress is the norm for most Americans: 55 percent of people feel stressed in everyday life, and far more women feel the stress than men do. It will take a village to help manage stress, including but not limited to our doctors.

Teens from Military Families Suffer from Deployments

HBNS STORY | November 19, 2013

Teens that have had a parent or sibling on military deployment were more likely to have suicidal thoughts or be depressed than teens without military connections, finds a new study in The Journal of Adolescent Health.

Chronic Pain and Emotional Distress Often Treated With Risky Medications

HBNS STORY | November 12, 2013

People with chronic pain and emotional distress are more likely to be given ongoing prescriptions for opioid drugs, which may not help, finds a new review in General Hospital Psychiatry.

Lifestyle Behaviors Key to Post-Deployment Health of Veterans

HBNS STORY | October 31, 2013

A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that the lifestyle of veterans both pre- and post-deployment influences their post-deployment wellness.

Latest Health Behavior News

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | October 11, 2013 | Health Behavior News Service

In this week's health news: Patient-doctor relationship affects diabetes care | Women in Appalachia at risk for late stage breast cancer | People with asthma need not fear exercise | Treating depression helps some smokers quit...

It May Not “Get Better” For Bisexual Teens

HBNS STORY | October 1, 2013

A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that bisexual teens may be at risk for suicide even into young adulthood.

Treating Depression Helps Some Smokers Quit

HBNS STORY | September 19, 2013

Adding mood management strategies to smoking cessation programs helped people with depression or a history of depression quit smoking for longer periods than a standard program, finds a new review in The Cochrane Library

What Is Palliative Care?

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Plan for Your End-of-Life Care

Palliative care provides therapies are designed to make patients more comfortable and ease the symptoms of serious illnesses or conditions. Learn more.

Exercising with Others Helps College Students Reduce Stress

HBNS STORY | September 3, 2013

College students who exercise with friends are less likely to report feeling stressed, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Body Image Tied to Suicidal Thoughts in Young Teens

HBNS STORY | August 29, 2013

Seeing oneself as overweight or obese may be an important, independent predictor of suicidal thoughts, especially in young girls, reports a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Cyberbullying Puts Teens at Risk

HBNS STORY | June 4, 2013

Teenage victims of cyberbullying, defined as the use of the internet or cell phones to send hurtful and harassing messages, are more likely to develop symptoms of depression, substance abuse and internet addiction, reports a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Teens Experience Both Sides of Dating Violence

HBNS STORY | May 14, 2013

Teens in a relationship that involves dating violence are likely to be both a victim and perpetrator, as opposed to being just one or the other, finds a recent study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Chronic Pain Sufferers Likely to Have Anxiety

HBNS STORY | May 7, 2013

Patients coping with chronic pain should also be evaluated for anxiety disorders, according to new research published in General Hospital Psychiatry.

Depressed Teens Have Rocky Twenties

HBNS STORY | April 2, 2013

Depressed teenagers are more likely to have serious problems during their twenties, including ongoing mental illness and excessive drinking, finds a recent study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Elderly Women in Rural Areas Less Likely to Recover from Depression

HBNS STORY | March 19, 2013

Being female and living in a rural area are among several factors that predicted whether an elderly person with depression recovered over the course of a year, finds a recent study in Depression Research and Treatment.

Diabetes + Depression = Increased Risk of Death

HBNS STORY | February 13, 2013

People living with diabetes who also have untreated depression are at increased risk of death, according to a recent evidence review in General Hospital Psychiatry.

Need Help With Your Mental Health?

PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE

How can you distinguish clinical depression from day-to-day sadness - and when does it require professional help?

Depression: When Should You Get Help?

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Promote Your Health

Depression is a common condition, especially in people with chronic illnesses. Here’s how to recognize if you need help.

Handling Treatment Side Effects

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Participate in Your Treatment

Sometimes treatment can produce troubling side effects. Here’s how to recognize them and what to do if you have them.

Participate in Your Treatment

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Participate in Your Treatment

Better health is more likely when we agree on a plan of action with our doctor and follow it.

Promote Your Health

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Promote Your Health

Healthy eating, activity, and safety habits help us live for as long and as well as we can.

Make Good Treatment Decisions

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Make Good Treatment Decisions

We must understand what our treatment choices are and their risks and benefits.

Most People with Hepatitis C Go Untreated, Despite Effective Drugs

HBNS STORY | December 10, 2012

Just 20 percent of people infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) begin the recommended treatment regimen and less than 5 percent go on to successfully overcome the virus, according to a new review in General Hospital Psychiatry. Untreated substance abuse and depression are among the barriers to care.

Collaborative Care Teams Improve Mental Health Outcomes

HBNS STORY | October 17, 2012

Collaborative care, a model that involves multiple clinicians working with a patient, significantly improves depression and anxiety outcomes compared to standard primary care treatment for up to two years, finds a new review by The Cochrane Library.

Depression in Young Adults Linked to Higher Risk of Early Death

HBNS STORY | August 14, 2012

Depression in young adulthood can have long-lasting effects, potentially leading to a higher risk of death even decades later, suggests a new study in the Annals of Epidemiology.

Training Teens to Handle Emotions Improves Mental Health

HBNS STORY | April 19, 2012

Teens who received emotional intelligence training in school had improved scores on several measures of emotional well-being, including less anxiety, depression and social stress, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

People with Multiple Chronic Illnesses Have Trouble Coordinating Care

HBNS STORY | March 29, 2012

Younger patients and those with several chronic illnesses are more likely to report difficulties with care coordination than older patients with just one chronic illness, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

Primary Care Doctors Fail to Recognize Anxiety Disorders

HBNS STORY | February 21, 2012

Primary care providers fail to recognize anxiety disorders in two-thirds of patients with symptoms, reports a new study in General Hospital Psychiatry.

Few Depressed College Students Receive Adequate Care

HBNS STORY | February 16, 2012

Less than one in four college students with symptoms of serious depression receives adequate treatment. Current health care services on campus might not be sufficient for delivering good quality mental health care, according to a new study in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry.

Girls Report More Mental Distress and Are Prescribed More Psychiatric Drugs than Boys

HBNS STORY | January 10, 2012

More than 15 percent of Norwegian teenagers ages 15 to 16 reported “mental distress,” or symptoms of depression and anxiety, with significantly more girls reporting distress than boys, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Girls with mental distress were also more likely than their male counterparts to be prescribed psychiatric drugs.

Beyond Moodiness: Dangers of Adolescent Depression

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 20, 2011 | Conversation Continues

Several recent studies reveal that the causes of depression in children are many, and its outward manifestation in teens often goes beyond recognizable symptoms of sadness and lethargy.

Feelings of Depression and Binge Eating Go Hand in Hand in Teen Girls

HBNS STORY | December 13, 2011

Teenage girls who feel depressed are twice as likely to start binge eating as other girls are, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The reverse is also true: Girls who engage in regular binge eating face double the normal risk of depressive symptoms.

Group Programs to Prevent Childhood Depression Prove Effective

HBNS STORY | December 7, 2011

Psychological interventions to prevent depression in children and adolescents can be useful, with protective effects that last for up to a year, finds a new systematic review in The Cochrane Library.

Youth with Behavior Problems Are More Likely to Have Thought of Suicide

HBNS STORY | December 6, 2011

Children who show early signs of problem behavior are more likely to have thought of killing or harming themselves, suggests new research in the latest issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

No Difference in Side-Effects When Switching or Adding Antidepressants

HBNS STORY | November 17, 2011

Patients with depression who fail to see improvement after taking an antidepressant often have their initial medication switched or combined with a second drug. The perception of potential side effects has influenced clinician decisions about which strategy to take. New research now suggests one strategy may not be any more likely to be harmful than the other.

Pre-Existing Hypertension Linked to Depression in Pregnant Women

HBNS STORY | November 10, 2011

Women with a history of high blood pressure before getting pregnant have a higher risk of depression than women who develop pregnancy-related hypertension, according to a new study.

Cognitive Reframing Can Help Dementia Caregivers with Depression, Stress

HBNS STORY | November 9, 2011

A new evidence review from the Netherlands finds that a psychotherapy technique called cognitive reframing can help reduce caregivers’ stress when they are caring for loved ones with dementia.

Depressive Symptoms May Make Asthma Control More Difficult

HBNS STORY | October 25, 2011

People with asthma are more likely to have symptoms of depression. Those with asthma and depressive symptoms are more likely to sleep less, be physically inactive and smoke than asthmatic people without symptoms of depression. The combination of mental distress and asthma may lead to a worsening of asthma symptoms and an overall decline in health.

Stressed-Out Workers Less Likely to Stick With Wellness Centers

HBNS STORY | August 31, 2011

Asking people who join a gym, fitness or wellness center just one short question about their stress level can identify those who are at risk of health problems and poor health habits, according to a new study.

Guest Blog: Is It Post-Heart Attack Depression or Just Feeling Sad?

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | August 4, 2011 | Carolyn Thomas

One of the small joys of having launched my site [http://myheartsisters.org/] is discovering by happy accident the wisdom of other writers ' even when they're writing on unrelated topics not remotely connected to my favourite subject which is, of course, women and heart disease. For example, I happened upon a link to Sandra Pawula's lovely blog called Always Well Within. Sandra teaches mindfulness meditation, and she lives in Hawai'i (note her correct spelling).

With Diabetes, Untreated Depression Can Lead to Serious Eye Disease

HBNS STORY | July 28, 2011

Patients with diabetes who also suffer from depression are more likely to develop a serious complication known as diabetic retinopathy, a disease that damages the eye’s retina, a five-year study finds.

Sexually Victimized Girls With PTSD Not More Likely to Binge Drink Later

HBNS STORY | July 26, 2011

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common outcome of sexual assault among many teenage girls, but they do not necessarily cope by binge drinking, a new study finds.

Parents’ Military Deployments Take Emotional Toll on Teens

HBNS STORY | July 26, 2011

When military deployments call for their parents to serve abroad, adolescents have a tough time adjusting, and a new study shows their moods often lead to risky behavior.

Serious Distress Linked to Higher Health Care Spending

HBNS STORY | May 12, 2011

Sufferers of serious psychological distress spend an average of $1,735 more on health care each year compared to those without the condition.

Minority Women Might Have Higher Depression Risk During Pregnancy

HBNS STORY | March 22, 2011

A new study finds that African-American and Asian/Pacific Islander women have double the risk that others do of becoming depressed before giving birth.

Black Men at Both Ends of Economic Spectrum at Risk for Depression

HBNS STORY | March 8, 2011

Jobless African-American men might be at a greater risk of suffering from depression—as are African-American men making $80,000 and upward.

Support Groups Have Built-in Benefits for People with Depression

HBNS STORY | February 17, 2011

People who get together for support with depression may find their symptoms decrease, a new systematic review suggests.

Multiple Sclerosis More Linked to Depression in Minorities

HBNS STORY | December 21, 2010

For many with multiple sclerosis, the disease wreaks havoc with emotional well being, and according to a new study, minorities might especially be at risk for developing depressive symptoms.

Treating Women’s Depression Might Help Them Lose Weight

HBNS STORY | December 10, 2010

For women coping with obesity and depression, new research finds that improving your mood might be the link to losing weight.

Depressed Smokers Less Likely to Stay Tobacco Free

HBNS STORY | December 7, 2010

Depressed smokers want to quit the nicotine habit just as much as non-depressed smokers, but a new study suggests that depression can put a kink in their success.

In Cyber Bullying, Depression Hits Victims Hardest

HBNS STORY | September 21, 2010

When Depression Is Severe

PREPARED PATIENT ARTICLE

Severe depression is life threatening, so it is worth every effort you make and every resource it may take to get depression under control and make life more manageable.

Everyone Doesn't Call it the Blues

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | April 7, 2010 | Dorothy Jeffress

In a recent HBNS research news story, from a study in the journal, General Hospital Psychiatry, we reported that stigma prevents many Latinos from receiving treatment from depression. The study points out that many Latinos prefer to handle personal problems or concerns privately and may resist seeking treatment.

Stigma Keeps Some Latinos From Depression Treatment

HBNS STORY | March 26, 2010

Trends: From Anxiety to Depression and Back Again

HBNS STORY | March 25, 2010