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The Psychological Impact Of Gulf Coast Oil Spill
If you're worried about the BP oil spill, you're not alone. But for individuals living in the effected areas the outlook is even bleaker as fears extend from environmental damage to the destruction of home and livelihood.
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Workplace Suicides Increase 28 Percent
Occupational suicides increase by 28 percent last year, reports the Department of Labor.
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Can Summer Jobs Prevent Teen Suicide?
Holding a summer job has surprising benefits for teens at risk of suicide.
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Army Suicides Continue to Rise
A report shows Army suicides have risen for the fourth month in a row, continuing a rising trend.
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Witnessing Family Violence As A Child May Lead to Depression, Alcoholism in Adulthood
Witness violence between parents before the age of 18 has been found to have great effects on adult mental health including increased risk of depression, alcoholism and spousal and child abuse.
Teen Insomnia Increases Risk of Depression and Substance Abuse
Teens with sleeping troubles are vulnerable to depression, drug use, binge drinking and suicidal ideation later in life, shows new research published in the journal SLEEP.
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Youth Suicides High For Second Year
After a decade of decline, youth suicides soared by 18 percent between 2003 and 2004. New figures from 2005, the most recent year available, show that teen suicide rates dropped slightly but remained significantly higher than expected, suggesting the spike is not an anomaly.
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PsychBriefs: March 16-22, 2008
Attractive women want it all While the qualities men look for in potential mates vary little with their own attractiveness, women calibrate their wants based on their own desirability.
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Low Serotonin, Fights with Mom a Deadly Combo for Girls
Sixty-four percent of teen girls who engage in self-harm share two factors in common: low levels of serotonin, a chemical associated with mood quality, and conflicts with their mothers. This finding comes as a result of a study by University of Washington ...
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PsychBriefs: January 27-February 2, 2008
Our weekly wrap-up of news, interesting research, and noteworthy happenings in the worlds of psychiatry, psychology, and social work.
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Suicide Rates Jump Among Middle-Aged
Suicide rates for Americans aged 45 to 54 increased almost 20 percent between 1999 and 2004, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, marking an all-time high for this age group since the organization began tracking suicide rates in 1980.
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Suicide Risk in Bipolar Patients Depends Strongly On Family History
A family history of suicide has been linked to increased suicide risk for people with many mental health disorders. However, for individuals with bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, having a relative who ended their own life may increase their risk by as much as three times.
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Study Findings May Shed Light on Veteran Suicide
New research reveals surprising findings on veterans and suicide.
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PsychBriefs: September 30-October 6, 2007
More Evidence for Influence of Cinematic Smoking A study of 1,528 adults age 18 to 25 highlights the impact of on-screen smoking on young adults. Comparing subjects' exposure to smoking in films over the past 30 days to rates of smoking, investigators found...
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Two Genes Shown to Increase Risk for Suicidal Ideation
Can a simple test predict your risk for suicidal thoughts? A DNA study has identified two genes that increase the risk of suicidal thoughts in patients taking antidepressants by as much as 50 percent. The study examined the DNA of 120 people with no histor...
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PsychBriefs: September 2-8, 2007
Suicide Rates Rise in U.S. Girls A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on 2004 suicide rates shows an eight percent increase in suicides among Americans age 10 to 24 following a 13-year decline. This increase was most dramatic among gir...
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Teen Suicides Increase After Antidepressant Warnings
In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European regulators issued warnings against the use of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in children and adolescents. Shortly thereafter, the FDA issued a mandate sta...
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Breast Augmentation Linked to Tripled Risk of Suicide
Women who undergo cosmetic breast augmentation are three times more likely to commit suicide or die alcohol or substance dependence related deaths, shows a new study of Swedish women. The study, published in the August, 2007 issue of Annals of Plastic Surg...
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PsychBriefs: August 11 - 18, 2007
Our weekly wrap-up of news, interesting research, and noteworthy happenings in the worlds of psychiatry, psychology, and social work. Army Suicide Rates Up Army suicide rates have risen to 99 soldiers for 2006, up from 87 in 2005. Of these, 30 were soldier...
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Suicide Rates Highest Among Young Asian-American Women
CNN reports that suicide is the second leading cause of death among Asian-American women age 15 to 24 and these women have the highest suicide rate of any demographic. As early as fifth grade, these young women show the highest rates of depression and suici...
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Veteran Suicide Rates Rise Due To Inadequate Resources
A report issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs today states that approximately 5000 veterans will commit suicide this year, largely because the VA lacks widely available 24-hour care. Examining its 1,400 clinics, inspectors found that many clinics l...
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Migraine-Suicide Link May Appear As Early As Middle School
Past research has shown that rates of depression and anxiety more than double among people who suffer chronic migraines. Even more striking are the suicide rates: almost one in four women and one in seven men who experience migraine with aura, a visual or n...
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Gun In Home Doubles Risk Of Suicide
Suicide rates in the 15 states with the highest percentages of households with firearms are nearly double that of the lowest six states, shows a new study published in The Journal of Trauma. Researchers examined data on state gun ownership rates compared t...
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Young Hispanic and Elderly Asian Women at Highest Risk for Suicide
Young Hispanic and older Asian females have notably higher rates of suicide and suicidal ideation than their non-Hispanic white counterparts, reported experts from the New York State Office of Mental Health at a hearing of the State Assembly last week. In ...
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13 Percent of Teens with Problem Acne Attempt Suicide
Acne may have devastating effects on the mental health of teenagers, a new study shows. In a New Zealand study of nearly 9570 students age 12 to 18, nearly 35 percent of the students with problem acne also reported suicidal thoughts and ten percent reported...
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Study Clears Misconceptions About Blacks and Suicide
Findings from the National Survey of American Life show more suicide attempts by black Americans than previously thought. Surveying more than 5000 adults from African-American and Caribbean American backgrounds, the study found that 4.1 percent have tried ...
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Poor Readers Show Higher Risk of Suicide, Dropout
Adolescents with reading problems are more likely to drop out of school and to consider suicide, a Wake Forest University Study shows. Researchers tracked 188 high school students for three years. They found that 25 percent of students testing in the lowe...
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U.S. Suicide Rates Decline Dramatically
Researchers from the University of South Carolina reported Thursday that suicide rates in the United States have dropped significantly in recent years. Analyzing statistics gathered by the National Center for Health Statistics and the Census Bureau, resear...
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