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Reuters (5/25, Seaman) reports that “the risk of suicide 10 years after adolescents were hospitalized for drug problems, alcohol abuse or violent injury was similar to the risk among those hospitalized for self-harm,” researchers found after examining “data on nearly 650,000 adolescents with accidental injuries and 333,000 with adversity-related injuries.” The findingswere published online May 25 in The Lancet. The authors of an accompanying editorial wrote, “Health-care professionals should no longer see an adolescent presenting in distress as a nuisance, wasting valuable clinical time, but as a vulnerable person deserving the second chance that responsive and sustained health care can provide.”
— “Alcohol, drug, violence and self harm among teens need similar attention,”Andrew M. Seaman, Reuters, May 25, 2017.
MedPage Today (5/24, Visk) reports, “Treating sleep disorders may improve depressive symptoms,” researchers found after evaluating “electronic medical record data from 1,981 patients ages 18 and up evaluated at the Cleveland Clinic’s Sleep Disorders Center between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2014.” Specifically, “positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy was associated with significantly improved scores on the Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2) over six months,” the study revealed. The findings were reported during a poster session at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting.
— “Treating Sleep Problems May Ease Depression,” DeeAnn Visk, MedPage Today, May 24, 2017.
The New York Times (5/24, Hauser, Subscription Publication) reports that currently, “at least nine states now ban ‘conversion therapy’ for minors, a discredited method meant to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, after Nevada and Connecticut this month joined others in prohibiting the practice.” As state lawmakers around the country “have debated the bans, many have noted during the legislative process that conversion therapy has been discredited by experts.”
— “Nevada and Connecticut are Latest to Ban Discredited ‘Conversion Therapy’,”Christine Hausermay, The New York Times, May 24, 2017.
Healio (5/12) reported, “One in five children experiences a serious mental disorder at some point in their life, according to the” National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The article went on to highlight some of the most popular “research articles” on youngsters’ mental health this year, including a report released by the “American Academy of Pediatrics and other pediatric behavioral health organizations…that outlines guidance and recommendations for clinicians treating children with past maltreatment.”
Link contains information from several studies.
— “NIMH: 20% of children develop mental health disorder,” Healio, May 12, 2017.
Healio (5/15, Oldt) reports researchers found “a high rate of relapse after low-intensity” cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) “for anxiety and depression, suggesting a need for relapse prevention, particularly among individuals with residual depressive symptoms.” Specifically, “53% of participants relapsed within 12 months.” The findings of the 439-patient study will be published in the July issue of Behaviour Research and Therapy.
— “More than 50% of low-intensity CBT patients relapse,”Amanda Oldt, Healio, May 15, 2017.
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