Music Soothes Nervous Eye Surgery Patients

May 27, 2016

FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Listening to relaxing music before eye surgery reduces patients’ anxiety and their need for sedation, a new French study suggests.
“Music listening may be considered as an inexpensive, noninvasive, non-pharmacological method to reduce anxiety for patients undergoing elective eye surgery under local anaesthesia,” said lead researcher Dr. Gilles Guerrier, […]

Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

May 24, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Doctors prescribe antidepressants for a wide range of medical problems other than depression, apparently fueling the boom in sales of these medications, researchers report.
Depression accounts for only a little more than half the antidepressant prescriptions issued by Quebec physicians during the past decade, the Canadian […]

‘You’ve Got Cancer’ Can Take Devastating Mental Toll

April 28, 2016

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A cancer diagnosis is dreaded by all, and a new study details the psychological damage it often leaves in its wake for patients.
The Swedish study found much higher rates of anxiety, depression and even drug and alcohol abuse for those who’ve been told “you have cancer,” compared […]

Study: Many Vets Struggle With Suicidal Thoughts, Need More Help From VA

April 12, 2016

TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Almost 14 percent of U.S. veterans surveyed during a two-year Veterans Affairs (VA) study reported having suicidal thoughts.
More than 2,000 veterans were surveyed in 2011 and again in 2013. Each time they were asked whether they’d had suicidal thoughts in the past two weeks.
Nearly 4 percent reported suicidal […]

Pediatricians Vary Widely in Diagnosing ADHD, Depression

April 1, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — There is a large variation in how often U.S. pediatricians diagnose and prescribe drugs for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other mental health conditions, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that among children seen at pediatricians’ offices in over a dozen U.S. states, 15 percent were diagnosed […]

Even Controlled, Epilepsy May Still Cause Problems for Kids

March 31, 2016

THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Even when their seizures are well-controlled, children with epilepsy can still have learning and behavioral disorders that lead to social and educational problems when they’re young adults, a new study finds.
“Frequency and intensity of seizures remain important predictors of how well a child does into adulthood. But, somewhat […]

How to Tell If Your Teen Has a Mental Health Problem

March 29, 2016

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Mood swings and other challenging behaviors are normal in teens, which can make it difficult for parents to spot serious mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, an expert says.
One in five teens will develop a serious mental health disorder, with most beginning by age 15. In […]

Young Transgender Women May Face Mental Health Woes

March 21, 2016

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, March 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — More than 40 percent of young, low-income transgender women with a history of unsafe sexual behavior struggle with at least one serious mental health issue and/or substance abuse problem, a small study suggests.
Nearly 20 percent have two or more serious mental health diagnoses, the […]

Constantly Reaching for Your Smartphone? You Might Be Anxious or Depressed

March 15, 2016

Some young adults who constantly reach for their smartphones might be anxious or depressed, preliminary research suggests.

Anxiety, Depression May Reduce Women’s Success With IVF: Study

March 15, 2016

TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Depression and anxiety — but not necessarily antidepressants — are associated with a lower chance of becoming pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF), a new study suggests.
The research included more than 23,000 women in Sweden who underwent IVF since 2007. Just over 4 percent of the women […]


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