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Teens Given Anxiety, Sleep Meds May Be at Risk for Drug Abuse

November 25, 2014

TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Teens prescribed anti-anxiety or sleep medications are much more likely to abuse those drugs than other teens, a new study warns.
The findings show the need to conduct substance abuse assessments on teenagers before prescribing these drugs to them, the researchers said.
“Prescribers and parents don’t realize the abuse potential,” […]

Early Puberty Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Teens

November 25, 2014

TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Youngsters who enter puberty early are at increased risk for depression, a new study suggests.
Early puberty was linked with a number of factors associated with depression, such as poor self-image and high anxiety levels, according to the researchers. Early puberty was also linked to social problems, such as […]

Schools Key to Reaching Kids With Mental Health Needs, Experts Say

October 8, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Schools can play a crucial role in helping the 10 percent to 20 percent of children worldwide who would benefit from some form of mental health treatment, experts say.
About 75 percent of adults who use mental health services had a diagnosable disorder before age 18, according to a […]

Cancer Diagnosis Can Take Toll on Mental Health, Study Finds

October 6, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — One out of three people diagnosed with cancer also wind up struggling with a mental health disorder such as anxiety or depression, a new study from Germany reports.
Many people seem to cope with the natural stress of a cancer diagnosis, but for about 32 percent […]

Jealous, Neurotic Women May Face Higher Alzheimer’s Risk, Study Says

October 2, 2014

Middle-aged women with a neurotic personality style and prolonged stress may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests.

Talk Therapy Better Than Antidepressants for Social Phobia

September 26, 2014

Antidepressants are commonly used to treat social phobia, but a new report argues that “talk therapy” is the better first option.

The Parenting Trap: Coddling Anxious Kids

September 12, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Some parents may make things worse for their anxious kids by falling into what researchers call the “protection trap” — reassuring them, lavishing them with attention or making the threat go away, according to the results of a small study.
The finding indicates that […]

Sibling Bullies May Leave Lasting Effects

September 8, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — While a burly kid on the playground may be the stereotype of a childhood bully, a new study suggests some of the most damaging bullies are as close to home as you can get: They’re siblings who tease, make fun of and physically hurt their […]

Simple Steps Make Shots Less Scary for Kids, Nurse Says

August 22, 2014

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many children get anxious or afraid when they have to get a vaccination, but there are a number of ways that parents can make these shots easier for their kids, an expert suggests.
The first step is to explain to children in an age-appropriate way that the vaccinations help […]

Settling Back-to-School Nerves

August 16, 2014

SATURDAY, Aug. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — It’s normal for children to feel nervous or anxious about starting or going back to school, but there are a number of things parents can do to ease kids’ concerns, an expert says.
“The key to reducing back-to-school jitters is open lines of communication and creating a sense of […]



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