The stress of caring for a loved one with dementia can be a cause of clinical depression. According to UCLA’s Late-Life Depression, Stress and Wellness Research Program, the incidence of depression in family dementia caregivers is almost 50 per cent, and the probability of high emotional distress is twice the average present in the general population. Added to the fact that caregivers themselves are older people, and their ability to cope with stressful situations may be less than that found in younger individuals, there is also an impact on cardiovascular health and subsequent mortality.
The UK government recently released their response to the Sayce report – an independent commission charged with making recommendations for system reform to employment programs for persons with disabilities. A full consultation ran from July until October 2011 with 1,400 organizations and individuals responding. The government’s report reflects the responses from these consultations and lays out next steps.
On February 23, 2012 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the winners of a contest they sponsored that challenged software application developers to design a new Facebook app that could be used by people for personal emergency preparedness.
British researchers have found that middle-aged male smokers experience a faster decline in cognition and executive function than their non-smoking male counterparts. The good news is that men who had quit smoking for 10 years or more did not experience the same decline.
Researchers have recently found that the antidepressant fluoxetine did not increase or decrease suicidal behaviour in children, compared to children who were on placebos.
A systematic review and meta-analysis conducted by researchers in the USA reveals that exercise reduces depressive symptoms in patients who have a chronic illness and are experiencing mild to moderate depression.
A national study of individuals with serious mental illness found that work performance and co-workers’ attitudes toward them were two main sources of prejudice and discrimination at work.
According to the US government’s latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately one in five American adults have experienced mental illness in the past year; this equates to 45.9 million people.
A first of its kind, statewide study on the relationship between intensive psychiatric rehabilitation (IPR) and its impact on mental health service utilization, as well as on residential and employment outcomes, found unexpected results. Contrary to study hypothesis, mental health service use actually increased when people were engaged in psychiatric rehabilitation services.
A new study conducted by researchers from Harvard University and University of Massachusetts discovered that nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) – which include patches, gum, inhaler and nasal sprays – on their own do not help people to quit smoking over the long term. In fact, investigators found that NRTs are not more effective than simply quitting cold turkey.