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Low-income Pregnant Women in Rural Areas Experience High Levels of Stress: Mothers’ and Babies’ Health at Risk

Low-income Pregnant Women in Rural Areas Experience High Levels of Stress: Mothers’ and Babies’ Health at Risk

A new study indicates low-income pregnant women in rural areas experience high levels of stress yet lack appropriate means to manage their emotional and physical well-being.

Reporting Potentially Violent Patients Is Not Going To Curb Gun Violence, Mental Health Professionals Say

Reporting Potentially Violent Patients Is Not Going To Curb Gun Violence, Mental Health Professionals Say

In response to the new gun law passed in New York on January 15th, some mental health professionals are claiming that reporting patients with a tenancy toward violence is not going to help resolve gun violence issues.

Giving Lithium to Those who Need it

Giving Lithium to Those who Need it

Lithium is a ‘gold standard’ drug for treating bipolar disorder, however not everyone responds in the same way. New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders finds that this is true at the levels of gene activation, especially in the activation or repression of genes which alter the level the apoptosis (programmed cell death).

Move to Less Impoverished Neighborhoods Boosts Physical and Mental Health

Move to Less Impoverished Neighborhoods Boosts Physical and Mental Health

Moving from a high-poverty to lower-poverty neighborhood spurs long-term gains in the physical and mental health of low-income adults, as well as a substantial increase in their happiness, despite not improving economic self-sufficiency.

Preventing Depression Requires Proactive Interventions by Health-Care System

Preventing Depression Requires Proactive Interventions by Health-Care System

Major depressive episodes can be prevented, and to help ensure that they are, the health care system should provide routine access to depression-prevention interventions, just as patients receive standard vaccines, according to a new article co-authored by UCSF researcher Ricardo F. Muñoz, PhD.

Risk Factors For Paternal Depression Identified

Risk Factors For Paternal Depression Identified

New research released in this months Maternal and Child Health Journal helps to identify certain factors associated with paternal depression. Risk factors for depression in fathers include poverty, living with a depressive partner, having special needs children and unemployment. It has previously been identified that children with depressive parents have increased rates of expressing mental illness during their life times. 15% of children with fathers who display depressive symptoms had evidence of behavioral or emotional problems.

Self Harming Youths On Medicaid Failed By The Medical System

Self Harming Youths On Medicaid Failed By The Medical System

Many emergancy rooms across the US are failing to protect young people who self harm by discharging them without emergancy mental health assessments, a new report by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital suggests. The findings are published in this months Journal of the American Academy of Children and Adolescent Psychiatry, and derived from a national study of Medicaid data.

Positive Effects of Meditation on Mental Health

Positive Effects of Meditation on Mental Health

A new report released by Yale researchers explores the positive impact of meditation. It has long been considered that meditation can help to improve some health related issues, such as quitting smoking or the ability to cope with cancer. However, this new research also suggests that meditation can help to improve anxiety related illnesses, as well as attention deficit disorders and hyperactivity.

Poor Physical Health Reduces Life Expectancy For Mentally Ill Patients

Poor Physical Health Reduces Life Expectancy For Mentally Ill Patients

People with server mental illness could have a reduced life expectancy, a new report suggests. However, the reduced life expectancy has more to do with patients poor physical health rather than acts of suicide. Cardiovascular disease tops the list of physical illnesses within mentally ill patients.

Research Investigates The Most Damaging Symptoms OF PTSD

Research Investigates The Most Damaging Symptoms OF PTSD

Sufferers of PTSD, on average, are willing to give up 13 years of their life and undergo life threatening treatments in order to reduce their symptoms, new research suggests. The new study on PTSD performed by USC also discovered that recollection of traumatic events and avoiding certain thoughts had minimal effect on the patients sense of well being. However, depression, insomnia and anxiety were associated with lower quality of life for patients.

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