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Dogs May Ease a Child’s Fears

November 29, 2015

SUNDAY, Nov. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The companionship of a dog may lower a child’s anxiety levels, a new study suggests.
The researchers looked at almost 650 children aged 18 months and older who were screened for anxiety. Of those children, 58 percent had a dog at home.
Only 12 percent of children with dogs tested […]

Depression More Common in Daughters of Older Mothers, Study Suggests

November 20, 2015

FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Daughters who were born to older mothers may be at increased risk for stress, anxiety and depression when they reach young adulthood, a new study suggests.
Researchers followed 1,200 Australians born between 1989 and 1991 for two decades. They found that daughters born to mothers who were aged 30-34 […]

Heart Transplant Mental Toll May Be Greater for Women

November 10, 2015

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women may have more mental stress after a heart transplant than men, a new study finds.
Heart transplant patients with higher levels of mental stress are less likely to take medications as prescribed and are at higher risk for infection, the researchers noted.
The study looked at 91 heart transplant […]

Surgeon’s Calming Words May Ease Stress of Surgery

October 27, 2015

TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Few moments in life are more daunting than those just before a surgery. But a new study finds that some reassuring words from a doctor just before an operation begins may be more effective than drugs in easing patient anxiety.
The French study was led by Dr. Emmanuel Boselli, […]

How Therapy Dogs Help Kids With Cancer

October 23, 2015

For kids battling cancer, relief from the stress of their situation may come on four legs, a new study shows.

Bullied Teens Face Roadblocks to Mental Health Services

October 23, 2015

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nearly one-third of American teens are bullied, but fewer than a quarter of them get mental health help, a new study indicates.
Victims of bullying are at risk for problems such as anxiety, depression and self-harm, said researchers led by Dr. Amira El Sherif, a pediatrician in Fayettville, N.C.
Her […]

When Anxiety Silences a Child

October 23, 2015

By Emily WillinghamHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — It’s a little-known anxiety disorder that renders one in every 150 children speechless in certain situations.
Called “selective mutism,” the inability to speak is not a choice for these youngsters, experts say.
“It’s best described as a phobia of talking,” said Alison Wintgens, an advisor to the […]

Constant Social Media Presence May Jeopardize Teens’ Mental Health

September 11, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Teens who feel a round-the-clock compulsion to participate on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter may pay a price in lost sleep. They may also face a higher risk for depression and anxiety, new research suggests.
British researchers surveyed nearly 470 teens to explore […]

Could Psychedelic Drugs Be Good Medicine for Some?

September 8, 2015

In a carefully controlled setting, psychedelic drugs such as LSD or “magic mushrooms” may benefit patients with hard-to-treat anxiety, addiction or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research suggests.

Many Say Mental Health Care Is Vital, But Often Tough to Get

September 1, 2015

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Although most Americans think mental health care is important, they often believe it’s expensive and hard to get, a new survey shows.
In questioning more than 2,000 adults, nearly 90 percent said they place equal value on mental and physical health. But one-third said mental health care is inaccessible. […]


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