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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 [...]

Gardens a Center of Calm for People With Dementia

July 30, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Spending time in a garden might help soothe the agitation that commonly strikes people with dementia, a new review suggests.
Looking at 17 past studies, British researchers found evidence that watering plants, or sitting or strolling in a garden can help soothe some dementia patients’ anxiety.
The [...]

Stress, Depression May Boost Stroke Risk, Study Finds

July 10, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Stress, hostility and depression may increase the risk for stroke, a new study suggests.
The study found that depression seemed to raise the risk of a stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA) by 86 percent. It also found that stress apparently raised stroke or [...]


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