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Military wives more likely to suffer mental illness, alcohol abuse

The San Diego Union-Tribune (11/1, Prine) reports that according to a new “report from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,” wives of military service members appear to be “more likely than their civilian peers to abuse prescription medications meant to treat anxiety,” attention-deficit/hyperactivity “disorder and other psychological problems.” Additionally, military wives may be “more likely than other married women to suffer from mental illness, consume liquor and binge drink, according to the analysis.”

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— “Report: military wives more likely to suffer mental illness, alcohol abuse,” CARL PRINE, San Diego Union-Tribune, November 2, 2016.

Worsening Depression In Type 1 Diabetics Associated With Poor Metabolic Control

Medwire News (11/2, McDermid) reports investigators “say that physicians should be alert for worsening depression in patients with type 1 diabetes, after finding it to be associated with poor metabolic control.” The study included “313 patients, aged 28 years on average, 258 of whom participated in all five annual follow-up assessments.” The findings were published online Oct. 27 in Diabetologia.

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— “Worsening depression flags poor glycemic control in type 1 diabetes,” Eleanor McDermid, MedWire News, November 2, 2016.

Young Adult Problem Drinkers Suffer More Health Problems Later In Life

HealthDay (11/2, Thompson) reports, “Young adults who are problem drinkers tend to suffer from more health problems later in life than non-drinkers, even if they conquered their alcoholism years earlier,” researchers found after reviewing “the long-term health records of over 600 US male veterans, about half of whom had a drinking problem in their youth.” The findings were published in the November issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs.

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— “Heavy Drinking While Young May Mean Hefty Health Tab Later,” Dennis Thompson, HealthDay, November 2, 2016.

Subtle Feelings Of Loneliness May Warn Of Impending Alzheimer’s

HealthDay (11/2, Thompson) reports, “Subtle feelings of loneliness might warn of impending Alzheimer’s disease in older folks,” researchers say after finding that “healthy seniors with elevated brain levels of amyloid – a type of protein fragment associated with Alzheimer’s disease – seem more likely to feel lonely than people with lower levels of amyloid.”

Healio (11/2, Oldt) points out, “Cognitively normal older adults with higher cortical amyloid burden or apolipoprotein E 4 were more likely to report loneliness, suggesting it may be a neuropsychiatric symptom of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease,” researchers theorized after conducting “cross-sectional analyses of data from the Harvard Aging Brain Study for 79 community-dwelling participants” in which “cortical amyloid burden was measured by Pittsburgh Compound B-positron emission tomography (PiB-PET).”

The findings were published online Nov. 2 in JAMA Psychiatry. The author of an accompanying editorial observed that the study’s conclusions merit “replication in larger samples and longitudinal designs.”

Related Links:

— “Could Loneliness Be an Early Sign of Alzheimer’s?,” Dennis Thompson, HealthDay, November 2, 2016.

Psychotropic Medication May Lower Rates Of Violent Reoffending Among Release Prisoners

Healio (11/1, Oldt) reports, “Rates of violent reoffending were lower among released prisoners in Sweden when they were dispensed antipsychotics, psychostimulants and medication for addictive disorders,” researchers found after analyzing “data from population-based registers for 22,275 released prisoners in Sweden.”

HealthDay (11/1, Preidt) reports, “Antidepressants and antiepileptics” appeared not to “have an effect on violent crime rates, the study found.” While “psychological treatments targeting general criminal attitudes and substance abuse also helped lower the likelihood of violent crimes,” the effects “weren’t stronger than those for medications, the researchers said.” The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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— “Psychiatric Drugs May Reduce Ex-Prisoners’ Violent Crime Rate,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, November 1, 2016.

Foundation News

“This is My Brave” Event Coming December 7


This is my Brave – Baltimore event will be held Wednesday, December 7.
Doors Open at 5 PM – Show starts at 6 PM at Towson University’s West Village Commons, Towson, MD 21252. The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry is supporting this inspiring, monologue-based production featuring people sharing their stories of living with and recovering from mental illness through original essay, poetry, dance and music.

Foundation Establishes Anti-Stigma Advocacy Award

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry has established the Anti-Stigma Advocacy Award. It is designed to recognize a worthy piece published in a major newspaper that accomplishes one or more of the following:

  • Shares with the public their experience with mental illness in themselves, a family member, or simply in the community.
  • Helps others to overcome their inability to talk about mental illness or their own mental illness.
  • Imparts particularly insightful observations on the general subject of mental illness.
  • A Maryland author and/or newspaper is preferred.

The award carries a $500 prize, and has its own dedicated page here.

The winner for 2016 is Amy McDowell Marlow.

My dad killed himself when I was 13. He hid his depression. I won’t hide mine.
Published February 9, 2016 in the Washington Post

In this piece, Ms. Marlow gives a very poignant description of dealing with her own depression and emotional experiences beginning in childhood while dealing with a parent’s depression and eventual suicide.

New PSA Examines Prisons, Inmates and Mental Health

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc.’s latest public service announcement on local Maryland radio stations focuses on mental health care in the United States prison system. It examines the problem of mental illness being the reason for incarceration in the first place, and the lack of care once a person is behind bars.

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You can listen to the ad using the player in the upper right of the website’s homepage. All past public service spots are also available for listening or to download on our Radio Advertisements page.

Follow the Foundation on Twitter!

The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Inc. now has it’s very own Twitter account. You can follow us there to get the latest news about what we’re doing as well as be notified of the psychiatric news we mention here and when a new radio spot goes online. Just click the button below or in the left column to add us to your Twitter feed!

New MFP Public Service Ad Looks at Civil Unrest Effects on Children

Sadly, the civil unrest in Baltimore this spring has psychologically harmed some of our children. Our latest public service advertisement looks at the effects of civil unrest on young minds, not just from seeing or experiencing actual violence, but also to being exposed to it through the media.

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Our full collection of advertisements is online for you to Listen and download all our public service ads here!“.