A new study by the University of Massachusetts finds that children who take antipsychotic drugs for the treatment of bipolar disorder, autism and other mental disorders may be at an increased risk of diabetes. Previously conducted research has linked “second-generation” antipsychotics to increased risk of developing diabetes amongst adults but this new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, raises concerns that medications may also lead to diabetes amongst children.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), to be published in 2013, is receiving push back from some experts in the form of an open letter and on-line petition.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the United States, has altered its approach to the administration of State Mental Health and Substance Abuse Block Grants. This change was undertaken to give individual States increased health funding flexibility and support in preparation for health coverage expansion in 2014.
A new study from the UK suggests that additional suicide prevention strategies should be geared to social networks because 75 per cent of suicides occur in people who have not sought mental health care in the year prior to their death. In these cases, clinical intervention is not possible because no contact has been made.
A new study conducted by researchers from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia shows that major depressive disorder is associated with increased risk for heart disease that starts in young adults. In a survey that included more than 7,000 participants under the age of 40 years, investigators found that young people with a history of depression or attempted suicide had a significantly higher risk of ischemic (IHD) and cardiovascular heart disease (CVD) than those without.
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Australian researchers have shown that a nutritious diet has a significant, positive effect on mental health and can even aid in the prevention and treatment of depression and anxiety.
A recently released study from Denmark found that patients who have any major psychiatric disorder are at significantly higher risk for suicide after their first hospitalization. The study looked at more than 175,000 people who were followed for up to 36 years. Findings suggest that among men, those diagnosed with bipolar or unipolar affective disorder have the highest absolute risk for suicide. Schizophrenia represented the highest risk for women, followed closely by bipolar disorder. Another significant risk factor for both genders was co-morbidity; the co-occurrence of deliberate self-harm doubled the risk.
While self-reports of disability related to other chronic conditions are decreasing, a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researcher has found that self-reports of mental health disabilities are on the rise. His findings will be published in the November edition of the American Journal of Public Health.
Researchers from the University of Washington, Seattle have found that depression occurring after age 50 years (termed later-life depression) is associated with an increased risk for dementia.