Eating disorders, anxiety go hand in hand

Eating disorders, anxiety go hand in hand

Adolescent girls with eating disorders are at risk of also developing anxiety disorders, and vice versa, according to a new study.

Dr. Pamela K. Keel, of the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and colleagues examined the simultaneous occurrence of eating disorders and mood disorders among 672 female twins (ages 16 to 18 years) from the Minnesota Twin Family Study.

The subjects completed structured interviews that determined the presence of anorexia or bulimia, and assessed mood, anxiety, and substance use.

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FDA Warns About ADHD Drug Strattera

FDA Warns About ADHD Drug Strattera

The Food and Drug Administration warned doctors Thursday about reports of suicidal thinking in some children and adolescents who are taking Strattera, a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Manufacturer Eli Lilly & Co. announced that a black-box warning will be added to the drug's label in the United States. Such a warning is the most serious that can be added to a medication's label, and similar warnings will be added to the drug's labels in other...
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First evidence of brain abnormalities found in pathological liars

First evidence of brain abnormalities found in pathological liars

A University of Southern California study has found the first proof of structural brain abnormalities in people who habitually lie, cheat and manipulate others.

While previous research has shown that there is heightened activity in the prefrontal cortex – the area of the brain that enables most people to feel remorse or learn moral behavior – when normal people lie, this is the first study to provide evidence of structural differences in that area among pathological...
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Study On Depression Boosts Talk Therapy

Study On Depression Boosts Talk Therapy

Talk therapy can work as well as antidepressants in severely depressed people and should also be used as a first line of defense, University of Pennsylvania researchers concluded in a study published yesterday.

In a study of 240 patients, researchers found that cognitive therapy, a type of treatment that teaches patients to think more realistically, worked as well as a popular antidepressant for moderate to severe depression.

Patients who got four months of cognitive therapy also had about the same...
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Creativity and Depression

A new article by Douglas Eby explores how depression affects creativity:


"I only know that summer sang in me a little while, that in me sings no more."

That excerpt from one of her sonnets expresses how much poet Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) probably knew of depression.

Marie Osmond has described her experiences suffering from postpartum depression in her book Behind the Smile: "I'm collapsed in a pile of shoes on my closet floor. I have no memory of what it feels like to be...
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Drugs, sex may lead to teens’ depression

Drugs, sex may lead to teens' depression

In many cases, teenagers' drug use and sex behaviors may precede the development of depression, new research suggests. The findings challenge the belief that depressed teenagers engage in sex and drugs as a means of "self-medicating" their mental health condition.

"Sex and drug use are more dangerous in some ways, I think, than we thought," study author Dr. Denise D. Hallfors, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill told Reuters Health.

"This is a wake-up call for...
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Pets vulnerable to post-traumatic stress, too

Pets vulnerable to post-traumatic stress, too

Like war veterans and survivors of disasters, dogs and cats also can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Katrina survivors who are reunited with their pets may notice such signs of stress and anxiety as breaking housetraining or pottying outside the litter box, barking or meowing more than usual for no apparent reason, hiding and sometimes aggression. In addition, dogs may pant, pace or lose...
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Addressing children’s mental health needs in a crisis is vital, say pediatricians

Addressing children's mental health needs in a crisis is vital, say pediatricians

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges parents and other caregivers to pay special attention to children's mental health needs as the nation continues recovery and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina. The AAP has placed a listing of resources on its Web site at that address the physical and emotional needs of children. Children who have been displaced by the flood face many losses such as the loss of home, familiar...
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Study: Unwed mothers’ prospects for marrying well, or even marrying at all, are greatly diminished

Study: Unwed mothers' prospects for marrying well, or even marrying at all, are greatly diminished

Unwed mothers are significantly less likely to marry and more likely to cohabit than women without children. If they do marry, their husbands are more likely to have poor job prospects.

According to a new study by a Cornell University researcher, the findings suggest that unwed mothers are less likely than other women to improve their socio-economic status through marriage. Thus, he believes, the Bush administration's "marriage promotion" policies may...
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Yahoo Email Delivers That Desktop Feel Most Users Expect

Yahoo Email Delivers That Desktop Feel Most Users Expect

Good ole Walt Mossberg calls it like he sees it with usability of the new Yahoo! Mail versus the do-no-wrong Google's Gmail. Walt's got a point. Some programmers can be arrogant, and sometimes that arrogance can find its way into a program that others use too. When Gmail first came out, everyone was raving about how "cool" and different it was. Well, it was cool because of its use of a new programming technique...
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